About This Listing
Art House hosts guests seeking desert seclusion/city access. Located in-house, Suite 1 has privacy door, 2 bedrooms with own bathroom/ entrance to patio, mini-kitchen, with use of main kitchen, library,hearth rm,laundry. patios,pool, roof deck.
The Art House offers two spacious, private in-house suites which may be rented separately or together (ask for special discount).
Information specifically about Suite 1 is found under "Guest Access" on this page.
Both suites are located within our spacious 4000 sq.ft., glass and brick, mid-century home built in 1963. The Art House is a comfortable, well-used home that welcomes adults, children and your pets.
Providing privacy and a peaceful retreat for all our guests is our priority. We also indulge eccentricities--just ask.
We, your hosts Charlotte and Bob, along with our dog and cat, have our own quarters within the house and share the many common areas with our guests.
('Nando is an inside-outside cat and Bunter is a very large, playful and gentle puppy that gets along with other dogs.)
Common areas of house include kitchen, laundry room, library with media center and pellet stove, hearth room with fireplace, hammock, large patio with lounge chairs, outside dining, gas grill, moveable fire-pit, free parking in driveway and street, pool, roof deck with table/chairs/daybed. There is WiFi inside and out.
We enjoy when our guests make full use of the amenities.
The Art House is prime for lounging with five patios, one with a fountain, a weekly-maintained Pebble-tec pool, large hammock, sun umbrellas, tables and chairs for casual meals or moonlight dining.
The pool area is clothing optional with a flag that can be raised to both notify others and insure privacy.
The ramada is a great place to get out of the sun with a table under a sun umbrella, ceiling fan (with light for the evening) and a Ping-Pong table.
A gas grill with one stove-top and a outside moveable fire pit are on patio for use by all.
There is also a covered porch outside the kitchen with table and chairs ( great for breakfast ).
It's in an unfenced area with a view of our watering hole that attracts animals (javelina, deer, bobcats) and well-fed birds (quail, dove& more) native to the area.
There, also, are stairs to a roof deck and a feather daybed, table and chairs. It's a fine place for to enjoy a sunset glass of wine or later, the vast skyline.
For more athletic fun there are two bikes (a man’s and a woman’s) one lock and one helmet available.
Both suites have been made private with the addition of two hallway doors that divide the two spaces.
We must be notified of overnight guests who are not booked to stay at The Art House and extra charges may apply.
Guests provide their own food and laundry supplies for their stay with the exception of first day coffee beans for grinding as well as tea and other provisions including organic milk for beverages and various sweeteners.
If guests have more than their own refrigerator holds they may use main refrigerator if there is room. Otherwise there is a small outside refrigerator and ice chests. There is filtered water in both suites.
Ice made from filtered water is in the main kitchen refrigerator and each suite has an ice bucket.
The patio areas, one-third acre, are fenced and safe for both children and animals. The pool is fenced and has a high latch.
Outside there are porch lights for clear visibility and pathways to both driveway and street
Throughout the house is an eclectic mix of art, antiques and simple craft from four generations of family artists along with our own collection of sculpture, paintings and prints.
We've enjoyed hosting art-centric people including artists in all mediums: visual artists, film makers, dancers, musicians and writers.
Avid readers often select a book from our large library or put on some vinyl- then lounge on one of the addictively comfortable couches each with a desert view through large glass doors. Its also a compelling place for a nap.
This space has contemporary art, folk art and masks from New Guinea and Africana, (inherited from a cousin who did the sound on the original Tarzan films in Africa.) There is also a television screen, cable and NetFlix.
The main hallway features a mix of prints and outsider art. The Hearth Room has regional contemporary art and colonial pieces.
We like being flexible: we'd welcome you for one night, one week , one month or longer and accommodate most early or late arrival times. We also provide special monthly rates upon request.
The common areas, inside and out, are also available as venues for parties and events. Prices are by request.
Only 15 minutes from downtown and the University of Arizona, our sprawling oasis is located in a low-crime residential neighborhood secluded on a acre.
The Arizona Desert Sonoran Museum and many hiking trails are nearby. Art museums and galleries are 10-15 minutes away. Grocery stores, gas, public golf course and post-office are about one mile away The neighborhood is also very walkable.
Suite # 1 has three bedrooms and a private bathroom with tub and shower. It can sleep five people comfortably.
One bedroom--the Ricky and Luci Room--has vintage 60s twin beds and decor. It can also be a good bet for guests with younger children as there are tubs of toys and a few games available in the closet as well as a good children's library spanning many ages. On the walls is outsider folk art as well as a 1950s-60s memorabilia such as a portrait of Rin TinTin , a framed Life magazine cover of T.V. cowboy Hopalong Cassidy and rotating Disney movie images of that period. The only bedroom without an outside entrance, it does have a large screened window which may be left open to capture a breeze or the cool desert night air. It's covered with a curtain made of chenille. There are matching shams on the beds and a rag rug between--as well as a nightstand with a goose head lamp. The closet also contains a small chest with drawers and hanging space with hangers. Extra blankets and pillows also found there.
A second bedroom--the Admiral Moore Room-- has a antique double carved wood canopy bed covered in dark rose damask, a Napoleonic-era men's shaving stand, smoking stands of the same period are used bedside, a comfortable Victorian-era reading chair has a good lamp on a nearby table and Oriental rugs cover the cork floors. A long rose curtain, made of a vintage lace tablecloth covers a glass paned door leading to the patio and pool area. The closet contains an antique wooden chest of drawers, hanging space and hangers, ice bucket, a shaving mirror, extra pillows and blankets. There are several portraits by various artists of family members, all of whom had this canopy bed as their marriage bed--(with the exception of the print of Joan of Arc in battle!) The artist, Helen Sewell, who illustrated the first Little House on the Prairie books, did two of the portraits on the wall. As a side note: She was orphaned and raised by this family of admirals and artists depicted on the walls.
A third room--the 60s hipster room with a faux Jackson Pollock painted floor-- is a possible single bedroom with a bed that coverts into a lounge.
Either way it easily serves as a gathering room with bucket chairs, 60s hanging lamp, a cabinet record player, cocktail tray on wheels, the aforementioned couch covered with a atomic art patterned print (with matching sheets), long marble surf-board shaped coffee table and orange Greek flokati (shaggy goat fur) rug as well as an original Playboy Club ice bucket/martini glasses and shaker. On the walls: an Abstract Impressionist painting, carved ebony African masks, dynamic abstract prints, African fabric wall covering, Dave Brubeck album covers, art gallery prints from the 70s, and a photograph of JFK and Jackie.
As for the sensible stuff: There's a microwave, small refrigerator, coffee maker, electric kettle, bottled water in glass jug, basic cutlery, vintage dishes, cups, glasses, corkscrew, coffee grinder and basic condiments. You'll be provided with coffee beans for grinding and a small jug of organic milk (in refrigerator) to tide you over for the first couple of days.
There's a black-out curtain over a glass paned door with wrought iron security doors that may be left open to the coolness of our desert nights. It leads to the patio and pool area.
In the open closet area there's an old cherry wood chest of drawers and space/hangers for clothes.
This suite is closest to the common rooms in the main house, adjacent to the foyer, and is behind an old reclaimed Barrio door with glass panes soaped (in a local traditional way) for privacy. Down your hallway there is a solid wood privacy door between your suite and Suite 2. If there are guests in Suite 2 they may request (through us, your hosts) to use the hallway to more easily access the common rooms. All of your rooms have doors and others using the hall may not bother you a bit. But your situation (skip and run naked love nest? or your kids running back and forth) may dictate your preference. Don't worry. The other suite does have private access both to the pool area as well as the front/main house entry and is well aware before they book that they will use the outside entrances.
Either way, no one has complained.
There is also a small doggie door in the hipster room which can be opened for your use if you are bringing your pet.
Your private Angry Bird shower curtain sets the theme for this vintage cartoon animal tiled bathroom. It has one sink, large mirror, colorful paintings on the walls and tub with shower .
Heating and cooling is controlled centrally in the main house but all rooms have new vents in good working order. Evaporative cooling is used is dry hot months and air-conditioning in muggy months such as August and September.
Interaction with Guests
We live on site and as longtime residents of the Old Pueblo can offer recommendations for dining, entertainment and local attractions. We also provide community connections and support for projects including private arts events and workshops.
Your privacy and comfort is our main concern.
We don't invade your parties or talk you to death.
Private. Secure. Great walks or hikes. Neighbors wave. Close to everything you need yet feels as if you're out of town. It's an easy neighborhood for biking.
Bus is one mile away. We're close to I-10, downtown, University of Arizona, Arizona Sonoran Desert Museum, hiking trails, Tucson Museum of Art, Museum of Contemporary Art, galleries, shops, dining.
Other Things to Note
We cater to eccentricities. Art House, as well as a haven for the bookish, arty and lovers is an occasion venue for jazz concerts, poetry readings, workshops.
We are LBGT friendly and supportive.
Weddings are our next big venture and we hope to have guests consider Art House for their smaller (up to 75 people) , alternative celebrations. Lists of local providers (celebrants, singers, musicians, caterers, etc. are available when booking venue.
No smoking in the house. Several patios for smoking. No guests overnight without additional booking. Guests use the dishes provided in their own suites and clean up accordingly. Common areas are treated as such and are left in good shape to be used by all.
Charlotte's home is lovely. You could spend hours admiring all the interesting antiques and beautiful artwork throughout the home. There's a deck on top of the home and at night the view of the skyline is amazing. You are made to feel very welcome and at home the moment you arrive. Their dog is adorable and friendly and loves to play. Very comfortable stay and would certainly stay again.
I feel like I won't be very original because I so agree with all the other amazing reviews. Charlotte and Bob are as kind, generous, easy-going, and gracious as all the other reviewers have said (which is one of the many reasons that I chose to stay at their Desert Retreat with my 5 year old son who excitedly had his first view of quail and javelina from their living room).
They are accessible, and completely unobtrusive all at the same time, and greet you with a big smile day or night, if you happen to bump into them or need something. I would not hesitate to recommend them as hosts or their Desert Retreat as a place to stay. I managed to leave a few things behind and Charlotte was all over it and mailed them to be before I even knew they were missing.
The suite that we stayed in was essentially a wing of their house. But, as noted above and in other reviews, you can come and go, have privacy or conversation.. whatever works for you. This suite has 2 bedrooms, a bathroom, and a living and "kitcheny" area (there is no sink or hot plate in that area, but, it is as advertised in their posting and completely worked for us. Everything was absolutely immaculate.
They have a couple of wifi options so that you can be sure to get a strong signal anywhere in the suite. I mention this as just one example of their thoughtfulness.
We also used the spotless pool and loved it. Watched the wildlife mainly from their shared living room. Did a big load of laundry. Had freshly ground coffee each morning, thanks to the fresh beans, grinder, and coffee pot in the suite.
My son was a little unnerved by being around a big dog, which was the only downside to us entering and leaving through the front door of the main house. Having said that, the dog and cat are friendly and wonderful, it was simply my son's first time around a big dog.
The location was perfect for us, given that we went almost daily to the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum or to U of A. As others have said, you are close to the interstate, the mall, and the university, and the Desert Museum, and yet, are tucked away in a quiet and beautiful neighborhood.
We loved our time there, and would happily go back any time.
Charlotte and Bob were very nice and welcoming and their home is beautiful and incredibly unique. We were only there for one night but wished we could have stayed longer. They were very accommodating of our two dogs who got along great with their puppy. We definitely recommend this as a place to stay.
This place is a dream. 360 views, quiet desert, beautiful interior and exterior, and easy access to downtown, which we needed this trip. I'd love to go back and stay for a few nights and just soak up the amazing solitude that this place can offer. The suite was well equipped, clean, and very comfortable, and the whole Desert Retreat had a special museum-like feeling to it. I can't wait to visit again!
Charlotte and Bob were SO sweet and accommodating. Their home is absolutely beautiful and they have wonderful art everywhere. Their dog Bunter is so cute and sweet and got along great with my older cranky pup. The yard is gorgeous and later in the evening we got to see a whole group of javelina! So cool!!! All in all we had a great time. I will definitely stay again!
We had a truly wonderful stay with Charlotte, Bob, Nando and Bunter. The Art House was welcoming and our suite was cozy and filled with charm and character, as was our hostess.
We will be back in Tucson and we will certainly make the Art House our first choice.
Charlotte and Bob are amazing hosts and very accomodating. We arrived super late into Tuscon after a 13 hour drive and they were nice enough to leave their house open for us. Their house is amazing and spacious with outdoor patios, roof deck, pool and fire pits. Close enough to Tuscon yet far enough away that you feel like you are in the beautiful desert landscape. They have a cute dog named Bunter too! Great stay in Tuscon, would totally go back. Thanks guys!
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About the Host, Charlotte And Bob
I'm a writer who works in my home studio and also provides support and community contacts for art projects. I'm engaged to Bob, an innovation management consultant and community media activist has his office and home at Art House as well. Getting married this winter!
We enjoy sharing this large, peaceful space with other artists or those who want to explore their artistic potential or love being in a home that is filled with generations of artworks by family and well-known artists/ friends.
We're active, optimistic, like conversations but are not intrusive. We don't inject ourselves into your activities without invitation or wander into your room and start talking. In short: We respect your privacy but are up for enjoying your company.
Solo, I've spent many years continuing a family tradition of hosting artists,dancers,writers,musicians and adventurers.
I was an art critic and arts/food writer in Tucson for 15 years and also worked as a Master Poet with the Arizona and Texas Commissions on the Arts Poet-in-the-Schools programs. My best gig was Poet-in-Residence for Galveston Island.
My first full-length book of poetry, "Stealing The Dog's Prozac" was released by Press 53 two years ago.
With Monolog Cabin, a true-confessions comedy group now 'resting' after six years of cabaret--I co- produced, wrote and performed .
Bob is a serial innovator and entrepreneur. He’s been an actor in and advisor to companies, agencies, and individuals seeking innovation competence in the public, private, and NGO sectors.
Most recently, Bob co-founded and chaired Atelier Tomorrow AB (ATAB), a think-tank headquartered in Malmö, Sweden.
Over the last six years, he's worked on several pioneering Scandinavian projects including Eksploria, a “theme park of the future”; DESINOVA, an extensive examination of optimal relationships between business innovators and designers, for the Danish Chamber of Commerce; and the Nordic Clearinghouse for Service Innovation.
Early on in his career, Bob served as Principal Consultant (policy analyst and strategist) with the California State Assembly, working mainly on telecom and information policy issues. During hearings in 1982-83, he coined the term, “electronic commerce.” And Bob wrote and managed to passage California’s unique Universal Telephone Service Act, the Electronic Commerce Act, and the Personal Information Integrity Act (not enacted).
He has three published books — Municipal Control of Cable Communications (Praeger 1977), An “Open” Approach to Information Policymaking (Ablex 1989), and an anthology, Information Design (MIT Press, 2000).
Bob comes equipped with a passport, the Tao Te Ching, and when near water, bodysurfing fins.
His motto is "The Future: live it or live with it."--Firesign Theater
My life mottos are currently:
"It's useful to be top banana in the shock department."--Holly Golightly in Breakfast At Tiffany's
" Success is never final; failure is not fatal; the only thing that matters is courage."--Winston Churchill