About This Listing
Art House hosts guests seeking desert seclusion/city access. Located in house, Suite 2 has privacy door, 2 bedrooms with own bathroom/ entrance/ patio, mini-kitchen+use of main kitchen, library,hearth rm,laundry. patios,cloth.optional pool,roofdeck
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 2 is found under "Guest Access"
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 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 are also two bronze javelina on the patio by nationally renown Tucson sculptor Mark Rossi, whose works also are found at the Arizona Sonoran Desert Museum.
Other sculptures found throughout the property, are welded reclaimed metal by the late artist Claude Bailey of upstate New York and Tucson.
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.
All bedrooms and bathroom along the hallway have doors. In addition Suite 2 has two outside entrances that lock as does Suite 1, whose doors open to the main patios and pool area.
Suite 1 also has a small doggie door for guests traveling with a pet. For guests with children, Suite 1 is often the best choice with a twin bed room equipped with tubs of toys and books, plus age-appropriate cups and dishes.
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.
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.
Furthest from the common areas, Suite #2 has two bedrooms (one with a mini-kitchen), with private bathroom and its own outdoor entrance with wrought iron security doors--to be left open safely on the warmer desert nights.
This suite has a long hallway and solid privacy door between Suite #1 and also has a lighted pathway to the main entrance.
Suite # 2's Mexico-themed bathroom is newly renovated with two sinks, tiled floor, and large, walk-in tiled shower with linen shower curtain. On the walls are a print of a undulating, sensual woman by Mexico city/Tucson artist Cristina Cardinas as well as classic Kitch bullfighter paintings from a noted artist in that sub-genre. Molas, fabric art made by the Kuna Indians outside Panama, are framed and hung near the double sinks. The towel racks are of wrought iron and the toilet is new with low water usage. Tiled shower and loo are separated from the sink area by a wood privacy door.
This suite also has its own heating and cooling system with guest control plus electric heater and portable fan.
Suite #2's Great Aunt Dorothy Room has a queen-sized bed with damask headboard, big fat shams and shiny wood nightstands with vintage lamps (60s, 70s) with antique oriental woodblock prints ( mid 1800s) framed on the walls. There is a feather stuffed love seat covered in champagne colored silk and a thick, comfy American version of the oriental rug on the cork floor .
There are also two reproductions of the Cats Head ,retrieved from the USS Constitution as it sank, by a family member and currently in place on the now- restored ship.
The other bedroom--the Flower Room--also has a queen sized bed with a thick memory foam mattress covering a basic futon mattress. The bed, if you don't wish to use it as such, can easily be used as a futon couch.
This is a room full of flower paintings by the late artist Claude Bailey, whose sculptures also are found throughout the property. It's a eclectic, comfortable, homey room with grandfather's oak table and chair, vintage Art Deco lamps, a green velvet covered chair with a pole lamp made to hold spools of thread while sewing and a white cushy Greek Flokati rug. There is a small bamboo desk and wood chair as well as radio/CD player and some CDs. The Harvard Classics are in the closet bookcase as well as other books.
The futon, if not needed as a bed, can be easily converted to a couch.
It is also equipped with a mini-kitchen with microwave, small refrigerator, coffee makers, coffee grinder, electric kettle, basic cutlery, dishes and condiments.
We supply coffee beans for your first night or two and a little pitcher of organic milk in your refrigerator.
There is an open cupboard making it easy to find your dishes and cups--napkins and cheese board.
Both keyed bedrooms open to an intimate, clothing optional lounge area with patio table. chairs and chaise lounge behind a high wooden fence painted with a abstract flower mural by local artist Tom Rossi. This suite is closest to the driveway and doesn't involve leaving through main house. It also has a brick path providing separate access to the main entry. Nearby is a back gate with quicker access to the pool area.
Suite 2 also has its own self-controlled heating and cooling system plus portable fan and electric heater.
No passage between suites may be requested (by Suite 1 ) ensuring perfect privacy for both suites. Also, an agreement can be requested of Suite 1, though us your hosts, to allow hallway access to the common rooms. Often only one suite is occupied and this is a non-issue.
Linens, towels, basic toiletries are supplied and sheets and towels are changed weekly or by request. Body soap,shampoo,conditioner, sun-screen, hair dryer provided.
All rooms are non-smoking. Smoking is permitted on patios --a private patio will be designated if some guests object. In the main kitchen cooking necessities such as pots, pans, dishes, etc. are for common use.
For daily, casual use, guests are asked to use the dishes provided in their own suites and to use the bin in their room to bring dirty dishes to the main kitchen where they will be washed and replenished daily.
Glasses, dishes, etc. from the main kitchen for special meals/entertaining available by request.
Two self-cleaning ovens are available for those who require a kosher kitchen.
Outside there is a flood light for late entry, and on the path to the main door there are path lights as well as porch lights for clear visibility. There is ample parking space in the driveway or on the street.
Interaction with Guests
We interact with guests as much as seems indicated. Your private parties don't have to include us and we leave you alone when you want to read or sun on the patios.
After the tour of the house we basically leave you to your own pleasures.
Keys to your privacy doors and some room doors are available.
I've been a local art critic for 15 years as well as a food critic--Bob likes the technical world.
I'm also an almost-native Arizonan. Between the both of us we can alert you as to where you might want to go---but we only provide recommendations on request.
Each house in this residential area just outside of Tucson has at least an acre of lush desert, wildlife and a sense of privacy. We're near all the action (Downtown, University of Arizona, I-10) Walking dogs, running---it's a grand place.
Bus about a half mile away. Parking is ample and free at the house.
Other Things to Note
We have a large dog and a fat cat. Suite 1 has a doggie door but wouldn't fit a dog over 40 pounds. Both of our animals are very gentle--please have dog-acclimated children.
Smoking allowed outside. No smoking in house or in private suites.
Clothing is optional in the pool area but guests who choose to swim nude are asked to raise the flag by the pool gate notifying other guests of that activity--
Cocktail hour is traditional but not mandatory.
Children are welcome.
Accompanying adults will be responsible for the safety of children including at the pool and on the roof deck.
One parking spot is reserved for owner. Please don't block.
Parties are allowed including large gatherings but should be arranged in advance with owner or generally discussed .
Guests have use of dishes, refrigerator, etc. in their suites and require permission to use those in main kitchen with exception of pots, pans, etc.. Washer, dryer, clothesline available to guests providing their own detergent, etc.
Please don't appropriate main kitchen food/drink either of owner or other guests. Spices, condiments are fair game.
Some pets accepted.
Guests whodon't return keys will be ill-thought of by management.
Eccentricities indulged. Madness discouraged.
This is a very welcoming and charming house in the desert. So quiet and peaceful. The roof deck is a great place to see the whole city and beautiful sunrise.There are art works in every corner of the house and I wish I could spend more time to enjoy them.Most importantly,our amazing hosts,Charlotte and Bob, are very friendly and gracious. They gave us many helpful information and tips for our trip. And I love their life style and the great taste of everything.Can't say enough positive things about their ART HOUSE. I wish I could come back.Although it was a short stay, it still my best airbnb experience ever.THANK YOU!!!
Charlotte and Bob were great hosts. Always available to answer any questions and give advice. They live in a nice quite neighborhood. And we got to watch the sunset from the roof of the house. We were in suite #2. Very private. Very comfortable bed.
The dog is so friendly. My friend is allergic to cats and had no problems because the cat is usually outside.
Would definitely stay there again.
The rooftop patio for sunset was nice, it had decent view of the mountains and city. Bathroom was clean and a nice space. The living spaces were interesting to say the least, but just like the pictures. Wish I would have had more time on the back patio too. Didn't get a chance to take a dip in the pool, but it did look inviting. The normal hosts were out for vacation, but they had a friend looking after the house and she took good care of us. Overall positive experience. Beats the price of JW Marriott just a few miles away by a long shot which can be upwards up $300/night, but it was on the high side of what I would rent on airbnb
The best word to describe the atmosphere at Bailey House is probably "bohemian". Someone who wants an antiseptically clean and tidy environment with a place for everything and everything in it's place may not be completely comfortable here, but anyone who is fascinated by nooks and crannies filled with intriguing bric a brac will love it, and no one could fail to be charmed by the delightful hosts Charlotte and Bob. They genuinely encouraged us to treat the place like it was our home, were eager to find out if there was any facility missing of which we felt in need, and were so friendly, yet went out of their way to leave us undisturbed if we were just relaxing on one of the several sunny (or shady, if preferred) patios. A thoroughly enjoyable experience.
We were greeted personally by Charlotte and Bob when we arrived at their desert retreat, and immediately felt relaxed and comfortable. Charlotte gave us a complete tour of the entire property, including the private suite (#2) that we rented for our 7 night stay in Tucson. The suite was clean, with ample room for the 3 adults in our party. Charlotte's home is exactly as described in the airbnb listing - a sprawling space filled with many works of art, antiques and collectibles. The outdoor space is sprawling as well, with several private patios set up for grilling, ping pong, entertaining...and swimming (beautiful pool). The most attractive feature of this home was, for us, its privacy! Charlotte's place is set in a VERY quiet neighborhood where the large lots are well appointed with desert shrubs and cactus plants, so that while there ARE neighbors, one doesn't see or hear them! We enjoyed being able to sit outside and visit over cocktails in this very quiet and private space.
We found this location to be VERY accessible to Tucson, too. Whether taking in spring training baseball games at the nearby Kino Sports Complex (our reason for visiting Tucson), or simply dining in downtown Tucson for the evening, we were never more than a 15 minute drive to our destination.
Overall, we had a very positive experience staying at Charlotte and Bob's home. They were attentive to our needs, yet at the same time afforded us the privacy we desired. If we find ourselves traveling to Tucson in the future, we will surely stay here again!
Charlotte and Bob are wonderful hosts! We felt very welcome and thoroughly enjoyed this unique property.
I especially enjoyed the roof top deck (which provided stunning sunset views), playing ping-pong and BBQ-ing out back with friends and family.
The location worked out perfectly for me. It is convenient to down town and many nearby activities, but also has a feeling of a calming retreat. Our rooms were very comfortable, and I enjoyed the eclectic works of art about the house and property.
When in Tucson, I would definitely stay here again. It is a great desert getaway.
Thank you Charlotte and Bob.
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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