Fully restored 1915 Queen Anne on quiet tree-lined street in Armory Park. Walk to yoga, glass studios, Santa Teresa Tile Works, Children's Museum; brew pub, restaurants, churches, all downtown venues including convention center, Music Hall, opera. Less than a mile to Fourth Avenue shopping, galleries, and street fair. Little more than a mile to the University of Arizona, Centennial Hall, and Arizona State Museum. Twenty minutes to airport.
Simple classic furnishings. Large eat-in kitchen with appliances, basic supplies, coffeemaker and coffee. Front and back porches for relaxing, extra well-lit studio room for writing or making art. Basic pantry with teas, spices, oil, vinegar, etc. Clawfoot tub (original to another Armory Park home) with hand-held/wall-mounted shower. Extensive reading library as well as art books. Lots of my whimsical art on the walls. We salvage, reuse, recycle, and compost; gardens are in process of being replanted, lots of native species and herbs.
One bedroom features a queen bed, the other a full; 100% cotton linens, sun-dried. Pack and Play, stroller and booster seat available on request. Bicycle, helmet, lock, and light available with deposit.
On-street free parking; secured gated yard. Washer available; solar dryer (clothesline). Hair dryer, iron and ironing board, gas barbecue; sewing kit, umbrellas. Owner next door.
The Artist's Guest House is a lovely two bedroom bungalow filled with collectibles and original art. There's plenty to look at, but the rooms are spacious and the overall aesthetic is roomy and not overly cluttered. I can't speak of the neighborhood since we spent no real time there, but street parking was easy. Kathleen lives just next door but gave us plenty of space to do our own thing. A quick note about the tub/shower/running water: the place (and plumbing) are old and not high tech or super efficient. If what you want is fast and sleek then you might be better off somewhere else. But if charming and slower paced are just fine by you, then this is a really lovely spot.
My husband, sister, and sister's boyfriend met in Tucson for Thanksgiving and Kathleen's guest house was the perfect home base. It was very comfortable with all the amenities of a hotel, but with the comfort of being at home. The kitchen was well appointed and we were able to cook Thanksgiving dinner for the four of us, as well as several other large meals, with up to 3 of us working in the kitchen at a time.
The location can absolutely not be beat. It was central to all our activities (most of which were spur of the moment): Saguaro NP hike, Senora Desert Museum, dinner at El Charro & movie at El Con Mall. There is also a market and some restaurants that were within walking distance. The neighborhood is very cute, as is the house, which is very nicely decorated with inspiring original art. Will definitely stay again if we make it back that way.
Artist's Guest House is a perfect description. Kathleen's house is the way you wished you lived if you swept away all the unimportant stuff and kept the things that really mattered: a garden, a french press, a sketchpad and some pastels, a giant bathtub, a down comforter... Absolutely charming, lovely place and we really appreciated the apples and other goodies in the kitchen.
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