About this listing
The Desert Moon Retreat is surrounded by the towering saguaro cacti of the Sonoran Desert but just minutes away from town. There is the main house with 2 bed/2 baths or the studio guest house to choose from. Both share the pool area.
Check in time
This award winning architectural wonder has all round rooms reminiscent of the Hopi Indian's historic Kiva. With its plan in the shape of the crescent moon, architect Alex Riley designed this residence in 1984 to contain sculptural spaces with floor to ceiling windows that capture the mountain, city and desert views. It is located at the base of the Santa Catalina Mountains in a quiet desert setting complete with a collection of botanical cactus, succulents and other native and near native desert plantings. The rooms are spacious, the accommodations are luxurious and guests come to rejuvenate and relax while immersing themselves in the Sonoran Desert with all of its spectacular flora and fauna. This 3.5 acre property contains many outdoor spaces perfect for enjoying the sunrise, outdoor dining or the colorful sunsets. The location is perfect for winter skiers, year round bicycling, golf, mountain hiking, and much more! The Desert Moon Retreat has two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a queen size sofa-bed, full kitchen abundant with cooking utensils, large side by side refrigerator, microwave, and cappuccino maker, an outdoor grill, many outdoor sitting areas, a wonderful pool, new hot tub, two fireplaces, a dining area, breakfast nook, two offices, two large walk in closets, washer and dryer and outdoor sitting areas off of each bedroom.
Pool and spa area are shared by guests staying in the guest house.
Interaction with Guests
Owners maintain pool, spa, landscape, and trash. We try to complete work between reservations however, this isn't always possible.
The house is located on 3.3 acres and is surrounded by the Sonoran Desert.
There is no public transportation.
Check in time is 4pm or later, check out is 11am or sooner.
Smoking is NOT allowed in the house.
DOGS are permitted only with prior approval. Additional fee of $10/night per dog. NO CATS, BIRDS, ETC, SORRY.
Pool and Spa Rules:
1. NO PEOPLE THAT WEAR DIAPERS (YOUNG AND OLD) ARE ALLOWED IN POOL OR SPA.
2. NO PETS IN POOL OR SPA.
3. NO GLASS CONTAINERS ALLOWED IN POOL OR SPA AREA-THIS A HEALTH DEPARTMENT REQUIREMENT AS BROKEN GLASSES REQUIRE US TO EMPTY POOL
ANYONE FOUND TO BREAK THESE RULES WILL BE ASKED TO LEAVE IMMEDIATELY AND WILL BE CHARGED AN ADDITIONAL $1000 TO EMPTY AND REFILL POOL AND/OR SPA. NO EXCEPTIONS.
3. NO SMOKING IN HOUSES, NO FIRES, NO ILLEGAL DRUGS, NO LOUD MUSIC, NO PARTIES, NO OUTSIDE GUESTS WITHOUT PRIOR APPROVAL. THIS IS NOT A PARTY HOUSE, IT IS INTENDED FOR RELAXED VACATIONING ONLY.
PLEASE RESPECT THE OTHER PEOPLE LIVING IN THE AREA.
The house was amazing. My best friend and I met in AZ from California and Ohio. Very spacious and open. Modern, yet rustic at the same time with the wooden built ins etc. the landscape is amazing in the front and back of house. So much to look at from the birds/roadrunners to the chipmunks and lizards.
We enjoyed cooking in the kitchen and when we wanted To go out we were about a 25 minute drive away. This didn't bother me because the location of the house is so far removed from the chaos and that is what makes half of the experience.
You are minutes from hiking and at the house is at the base of MT. Lemmon which was a great drive to take.
There was a car parked at the cottage but We never saw any guests so we never had to share the pool.
There are 6 patios I believe? One off each bedroom as well as the one bathroom. The front as well as the back doors. Also one by the pool and one clear out back that faces the sunrise.
It was very hot this time of year but that's what made this amazing property affordable to me.
I ran out of propane for the grill one evening and the host Carla replaced it within a day. We never met the host, but that wasn't an issue for us. I don't need someone lingering. We knew she was there if we needed something.
The other reviews mentioned complaints about the flooring. It is definitely rough and you need shoes. But I thought it was part of the experience and loved it. You do need shoes though.
I would return to this property in a heartbeat.
Thank you, Coty! We appreciate your review which was very thorough. We are so glad you enjoyed the Desert Moon Retreat, its surrounding area and you even got up to Mt. Lemmon--one of my favorite places to go! If you are ever in Tucson again, please feel free to look us up, we would love to accommodate you again. Take care, and thanks again for the thoughtful review.
Amazing!! Would definitely book again- no complaints
The natural area around this house is absolutely beautiful. Such gorgeous views of the mountains and desert. We saw an array of wildlife like javelinas, a coyote, deer, a packrat, and a huge collared lizard (we heard rumors that a gila monster and a bobcats were also in the area but didn't see them ourselves). I took a sunrise hike up Soldier trial (which is just 5 minutes up the road toward Mt. Lemmon) it was so beautiful and peaceful, a great way to start the morning!
The house is very unusual and artsy with lots of windows to look out on the scenery. The floor was very sharp, however, more like what you would expect from an outdoor patio, so shoes inside are a necessity. The yard was beautiful but the pool area seemed small when you have to share it with people staying in the small guest house, and the hot tub is right next to the guest house door. We felt it was invading their privacy to use it, and never got in the hot tub for that reason.
While Carla was quick and professional in her online communications when we set up our reservation, our one in-person contact with her was extremely disappointing. Apparently she had confused us with someone staying in another one of her properties and accused us of having an unauthorized guest and of having not told her about our dog. When I sent her a message later with a copy of our original agreement she apologized, which was appreciated, but the experience left us with a bad feeling. Ultimately, we did not feel welcomed and would not rent from Carla again.
I am sorry, Camerin,that you did not feel welcomed. You certainly did not show that feeling in the emails we had back and forth during your stay. People make mistakes, and I apologized for mine and you accepted. I thought it was fine after that. By the way, I never mentioned the dog, you did!
This was a fantastic place to stay. On the edge of town, near the foothills and the entrance to Mount Lemmon. The house is an amazing design, all curves, and very comfortable for our family. Swimming pool to cool off in. Beds are exceptionally comfortable.
Carla was very responsive and easy to communicate with. The Desert Moon Retreat was perfect for our group and we were all very impressed with the architecture and setting of the home.
We loved the location of Desert Moon. We found it quiet and relaxing. The home was comfortable - beds and furniture. All was good. Very interesting home.
Thank you for a lovely place to stay.
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About the Host, Carla
I am an interior designer, landscape designer, and real estate agent with Canyon Group Realty llc. We work with people interested in purchasing property in Tucson and offer property management services including vacation rentals, corporate rentals, long term rentals, and even watching properties should you wish to have a second home in Tucson but not want to rent it out. You can contact us for additional information. Our vacation rentals such as these are operated under Desert Moon Vacation Rentals llc. I enjoy this career very much as I get to meet so many interesting people!