About this listing
Centrally located within 3.5 miles to the U of A, downtown, and 4th Avenue.
One mile off I-10 in a quiet neighborhood.
As of February of 2016 I have taken over managing our Airbnb rentals while my mom, Marcy, enjoys retirement by traveling in Central America.
If you enjoy your privacy and the opportunity to meet other travelers this space might be a good fit for you. There are 2 other Airbnb guest spaces on the property, both of which are located in the main house.
This is a peaceful space focused on environmental sustainability and a love for nature. Solar hot water, rainwater collection cisterns, grey water systems connected to the outdoor shower, bath, sink, and washing machine (which water native plants and citrus trees), low water use, and recycling are some of the ways that the use of natural resources is reduced while nurturing the environment. Native plants in both the front and back yard attract local wildlife such as birds, butterflies, hummingbirds, and lizards.
This room is a great fit for people who enjoy the outdoors. The room is cosy (8ft x 12 ft) and includes a double bed, a small desk, and a small dresser. There is additional storage space in a large weatherproof bin on the patio. There is also plentiful outdoor space to enjoy including a private patio. In the backyard you have access to an outdoor shower, bath tub, and sinks that are all plumbed with hot water. These amenities are shared with the 2 other guest rooms.
The outdoor kitchen is shared with one other guest room. It includes a gas stove, microwave, blender, dishes and cooking utensils, bins for storing dry food, toaster, coffee grinder, french press, and a table. The outdoor mini fridge is for your private use - the other guests have a mini fridge in their room. When washing dishes the strainers must be used as the water feeds directly to the orange tree and food scraps will clog the pipe.
You also have access to a shared full bathroom through the back door of the main house. You share the bathroom with one other guest room (1-2 guests) which is located directly across the hallway from the bathroom. The bathroom requires an ejector pump to function which means only human waste and toilet paper can be flushed down the toilet. Everything else must be put in the trash (floss, feminine hygiene products, condoms, paper towels, etc) or the pump will get clogged requiring a plumber and the loss of your deposit.
A private patio area was recently added behind your room. It is shaded for most of the day with some afternoon sun. Yoga mats are provided and are stored in the large brown storage bin in front of the room.
There are certain ingredients found in many conventional bath and shower products that can't be used in the outdoor shower, bath or sinks because they are harmful to the plants that the grey water system feeds. I do provide products that you can use during your stay here, but if you would like to use your own I can check them for you when you arrive or give you a list of the prohibited ingredients. You can use any products you would like in the indoor bathroom.
The longer term renter in the front section of the house dog sits for up to 3 dogs at a time (usually 1-2 dogs). If you like dogs they will have access to the back yard during your stay. If you are not comfortable around dogs let me know and I will coordinate to have the dogs kept in the front section of the house and separately fenced area of the front yard.
The Airbnb guests in the front section of the house will have access to the outdoor shower and bath tub, but will not share the indoor bathroom with you. They will have their own entrance, bathroom and kitchen separate from yours. You will share driveway parking and will walk past the main house on your way to your detached room. You will also share washing machine access with them.
I am looking for quiet and peaceful people who are conscious of their carbon footprint. Please make yourselves comfortable, but don't run the AC or heater with windows open, and turn them off or to low when you are out.
This is a smoke free and TV free home. If you are watching a movie on your laptop or listening to music in the outdoor common areas or while your room windows are open, please wear head phones to ensure a quiet atmosphere for everyone.
Bus transportation is 3 blocks away. It takes 1 bus to go to 4th Ave or downtown. From downtown you can pretty much get anywhere in the city on the 2nd bus. Current cost is $1.50 with free transfer or a $3.50 unlimited day pass.
Guests have access to the outside shower, sink, stove, and bath tub which are shared with 2 other guest rooms.
You have access to an outdoor kitchen which is shared with 1 other guest room.
You also have access to the full bathroom inside the home from the back door, which is shared with the occupants of the guest room directly across from the bathroom.
The patio behind your room is for your private use.
Interaction with Guests
Since I do not live on the property everything is set up for self check in, which is detailed in the itinerary once you book the room. I live 3 miles away and available to help answer any questions before or during your stay. I come by several times a week to water plants in the yard.
I love this neighborhood. It is a diverse working class neighborhood so if you are accustomed to or are expecting a more affluent environment or gated community my home is probably not the best fit. Most of the homes on my block still have original owners living here so the neighborhood seems to have its own built in neighborhood watch. There are two churches, a park, an elementary school and mini markets all with a couple blocks. Restaurants are within walking distance as well.
Easy access to bus system. Located 3 to 3.5 miles from historic 4th Avenue, downtown and the U of A. Easy bicycling to these places as well. Bus is $1.50 with free transfers.
Other Things to Note
There are several great dining options within walking distance. For inexpensive, authentic Sonoran Mexican food check out Taqueria Juanitos, El Guerro Canelo, or one of the many food trucks in the area.
Monterey Court is a great option for unique shops, massages, happy hour, live music, drinks, and dinner. Monterey Court is 5 blocks from my home and has an excellent venue of music in their outdoor courtyard 6 nights a week. The restaurant is moderately priced with a good selection of salads, sandwiches and specials. Full bar with beer flights on Fridays from 5-7. Live music starts at 6 or 7 and goes until 10pm as this is a residential neighborhood.
I can recommend several other great restaurants within a 5-10 minute drive.
Only human waste and toilet paper can be flushed down the toilet. The bathroom requires an ejector pump to function, which clogs more easily than regular plumbing. Everything else must be put in the trash (floss, feminine hygiene products, condoms, paper towels, etc) or the pump will get clogged requiring a plumber and the loss of your deposit.
Do not use BitTorrent or download anything illegally using the wifi connection. A previous guest used BitTorrent for an illegal download and the internet was disconnected the following day as a result. Another incident could result in permanent loss of our internet service.
Do not run AC or heater with windows open.
No loud music or movies. If watching a movie while sitting outdoors please use head phones. Also, if your windows are open and other people want to enjoy the peace and quiet of the back yard please use head phones.
The outdoor kitchen is directly outside the other rental bedroom so if you need to cook outside between the hours of 10pm and 8am please be respectful and do so as quietly as possible.
Since the kitchen is a shared space please wash dishes after every meal. Use strainers and place food debris in container. This will minimize bugs and insects.
In the outdoor shower use shampoo, conditioner and body wash provided unless your products are free from harmful ingredients to the grey water system. I have a list of prohibited ingredients you can check your products against.
Only use laundry detergent that is provided - the washing machine is connected to the grey water system and feeds the plants in the yard so only bio-compatible detergent can be used.
From Jan 26 - Feb 13, 2017 the minimum stay is 7 nights.
Beginning in February of 2016 I am taking over managing Airbnb rentals from my mom Marcy. I bought the house in 2004 and spent 7 years living there and working on making it a sustainable oasis. My mom began sharing it with Airbnb guests in 2011 and now that she is retired she is traveling in Central America for a year, or maybe longer!
I came to Tucson in 2002 and immediately fell in love with the Sonoran Desert. I love to hike and explore the outdoors so let me know if you are looking for a good outdoor adventure and I will let you know what my local favorites are.
I love exploring new places, meeting locals and other travelers, and experiencing how locals live. This is the first house I owned and it has a very special place in my heart. When I travel I love finding unique places to stay that offer both privacy and an opportunity to meet other travelers. I am excited to offer my home travelers so they can experience a sustainable approach to desert living that balances communal living and privacy.
I live 3 miles away and am available to help answer any questions you have and make sure your stay is comfortable.