Desert Arts Oasis Near Downtown

House - Entire home/apt · North Blue Ridge Road, Tucson, AZ 85745, United States

Hosting artists/art-lovers wanting desert seclusion plus city access. Two separate suites are available in large home ( each w' 2-3 bd rms, small kitchens, separate entrances) with use of common
library,kitchen,hearth rm,dining rm, patios, pool.

Your host, Charlotte
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Hosting artists/art-lovers wanting desert seclusion plus city access. Two separate suites are available in large home ( each w' 2-3 bd rms, small kitchens, separate entrances) with use of common
library,kitchen,hearth rm,dining rm, patios, pool.

The Space

Bailey House is owner occupied and has two spacious, private suites rented out separately within this spacious 4000 sq.ft., glass and brick, mid-century home. Secluded on a acre, providing a stimulating retreat and a desert oasis, Bailey House enjoys hosting artists in all mediums including writers, actors, film makers, film crews, visual artists, dancers, art instructors, historians and those in the healing arts. Art appreciators also welcomed.
One suite comfortably sleeps four in two bedrooms, and the other suite sleeps five in three bedrooms.
Filled with the work and collections of several generations of visual artists and writers, this house overflows with paintings, sculpture, books, antiques and eccentric appointments.
Writer Charlotte Lowe lives on site and is seasoned in providing community connections and support (artist statements, film site locations, writing tutorials, etc.) for art projects.
Only 15 minutes from downtown and the University of Arizona, this sprawling oasis is located in a low-crime residential neighborhood with as much privacy, tranquility as a retreat center.
Privacy is always respected yet sharing common space in this permissive atmosphere with other creative people often inspires fresh work--and an enjoyable break from one's usual reality.
Each of the two and three bedroom suites have private bathrooms and mini-kitchen with private entrance. There is an charge of $25 per day per person beyond recommended occupancy. During Gem Show (Jan.11- Feb.15) the rate is $135 per suite.
Guests in either of the two suites have complete use of house and grounds including its use for entertaining friends. Common areas include a formal dining room, a library with pellet stove, kitchen, (with microwave, gas top stove, dishwasher, ovens) laundry and a hearth room/breakfast/cocktail area with working wood fireplace, clothing optional/screened pool area, roof deck. There is WiFi throughout the property.
The lower suite, Suite #1, contains three bedrooms, a mini-kitchen (microwave, electric tea kettle, coffee maker, small refrigerator, dishes, glasses, etc.) and shares one bathroom, tub and shower.
These rooms are separated by a long hallway with privacy doors on each end.
The first bedroom in Suite #1 has a comfortable antique double canopy bed, reading chair, good lamp light, a Napoleon-era shaving stand as well smoking stands for bedside tables, family portraits and several oriental rugs. Its lace-covered door opens out to the patio. Across the hall is a smaller bedroom, with paintings by family artists as well as folk art, many vintage appointments, with a set of twin beds.
Both are next to a bedroom with a convertible single lounge/sofa bed, coffee table, vintage stereo and mini-kitchen. All rooms have doors and two have security screen doors and private entrances.
Suite #1 has a 1960s era bathroom equipped with sink, loo, tub and shower. It is the suite nearest to the entry hall and library.
The lower suite or Suite # 2 has two bedrooms, a mini kitchen, private bathroom with two sinks, large shower and a private outdoor entrance with wrought iron security doors that may be left open to the coolness of our desert nights. It also has its own heating and cooling system controlled by guests.
Furthest from the common rooms and behind a sound-blocking privacy door Suite #2 has a queen-sized bed as well as a queen-sized memory-foam padded double-sized futon/couch, a lounging chair, table and chairs, radio/CD player and desk. It is also equipped with a mini-kitchen with microwave, small refrigerator, coffee makers, basic cutlery, dishes and condiments. This secondary room may be best used as bedroom or combination bed/ sitting room.
Suite #2 is the largest guest room of the five with a newly renovated Mexican-themed bathroom. It has two sinks, tiled floor, and tiled shower. Large shower and loo are separated from the sink area by a privacy door.
Both rooms have both entry and exit doors and open to an intimate lounge area with patio table and chairs behind a high wooden fence.
If desired, there is no passage between suites and perfect privacy for both.
Linens, towels, basic toiletries are supplied and changed/re-stocked regularly. Soap,shampoo,hair dryers provided. Cleaning and linen changes are provided for rooms upon request.
All rooms are non-smoking. Smoking is permitted on certain patios or all patios if guests are in (website hidden) the main kitchen cooking necessities such as pots, pans, dishes, etc. are for common use. Guests are asked to use the dishes in their own suites and to put dirty items in a bin that will be bused and replenished daily. Kitchen glasses, dishes available by request.
Two self-cleaning ovens are available for those who require a kosher kitchen.
This property has five patios, one with fountain, a fenced large Pebble-tec pool, large hammock, sun umbrellas, tables and chairs for lounging.
There is also a roof deck with daybed, table and chairs. One shaded patio also has an outside dining area, ceiling fan with light and Ping-Pong table.
A gas grill with one stove-top and a outside moveable fire pit are on patio for use by all.
Two bikes (a man’s and a woman’s) are available for use with deposit Guests provide their own helmets and locks.
Adjoining the kitchen is a covered porch with table and chairs ( great for breakfast ) with a view of a watering hole that attracts animals (javelina, deer, bobcats) and birds (quail, dove) native to the area.
Next to this porch are stairs leading up to the roof deck and views of dramatic sunsets and sunrise as well as the vivid Tucson skyline at night.
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.
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.
We have in residence one indoor/outdoor cat, and female standard poodle—both friendly.
Additional amenities include concierge service with pick-up/delivery to the airport for an added fee of $30.
Guests are asked to provide their own food and laundry supplies for their stay with the host providing first day coffee and tea provisions including organic milk for beverages and various sweeteners.
If they have more than their own refrigerator holds they may use main refrigerator.

Guest Access

Common areas of house including kitchen, laundry, library, hearth room, four patios, parking in driveway, pool, roof deck, gas grill.

Interaction with Guests

Most often I will be on site in my private in-house quarters. At times I may not be in residence but will make arrangements for other family members to handle guests arrivals and any needs.
I interact with guest as much as seems indicated/desired by both guest and myself. I am friendly but not omnipresent. Parties either given by guests or myself need not be all inclusive. Meals do not have to be shared. My suite/patio and studio are off-limits to guests unless invited.
Unless requested to not enter suites or private rooms I will go in daily to get dirty dishes (in bin provided for guests) and trash. Keys to your privacy doors and some room doors are available.

The Neighborhood

Each house in this residential area just outside of Tucson has at least an acre of lush desert, wildlife and a sense of privacy.

Getting around

Bus about a half mile away. Parking is ample and free at the house.

Other Things to Note

Bailey House is a shared house and sometimes late night activities must be taken to areas of the house where others aren't sleeping or working. Headphones for television available. Many outside areas don't adjoin bedrooms. The hearth room is also at a distance from most rooms.

Room type: Entire home/apt
Accommodates: 9
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 2
Beds: 6
Extra people: No Charge
Minimum Stay: 2 nights
Security Deposit: $100
Cleaning Fee: $30
Cancellation: Flexible
Pet Owner: Dog(s) and Cat(s)
Overall Guest Satisfaction
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  • Lovely space and lovely host! Stayed there with a group of seven friends and we had the most lovely, relaxing time. The house feels spacious and is filled with wonderfully eclectic art, and Charlotte was a very helpful but laid-back presence. Each room was well-equipped with a fridge and tea/coffee. If I've ever in Tucson again, I know where I'll be staying!

    May 2014
  • Charlotte is a fascinating person and a warm and gracious host. She greeted us warmly, gave us a quick tour of her house and a clear overview of necessary details (keys, lights, AC, dos and don'ts), and then answered our many questions about her background as an art critic and about the amazing features and artwork in her house. It is an incredible place -- a commodious and beautifully-designed living space and an eclectic art museum. One could spend a month there and still learn more daily. It is a place to relax in and become part of -- much more than a just a nice place to stay. Unfortunately, we were there only one night, so didn't take advantage of all that the place offers, including the pool, outdoor grill, and nature watching (javelinas, birds). We will return -- and for a longer stay!

    May 2014
  • I was looking for a place where my siblings and I could meet in Tucson for a four day mini reunion during the Tucson Folk Music Festival. We are very used to using (website hidden) but recently we have found AIRBNB and were extremely lucky to find Charlotte's Desert Artist Retreat. The location is in the hills towards the Tucson Desert Museum and the lot is three acres up on a hill. It is remote but close to the downtown area of Tucson. Although, there are two suites, we only needed the one with three bedrooms and a shared bath. Charlotte gave us the run of the house which is an incredible sprawling 4,000 square feet adobe ranch complete with lots of art work, metal sculptures, patios, rooftop deck and a very refreshing and all maintained pebble swimming pool. Charlotte, an incredible hostess, made us feel right at home and our very comfortable experience couldn't have been better. We felt like we were visiting family. Better than any hotel or vacation rental I have ever experienced. Nothing artificial or stuffy just as I like it. I would rate our four day stay FIVE STARS and look forward to going back in the near future.

    May 2014
  • Wow! It was a very pleasant and enjoyable stay (4 nights) that we had with Charlotte! She was fantastic, interesting, friendly, and accommodating. We all enjoyed the feeling of "home". We learned about javelinas that came up to the house. Her home is filled with very interesting and fascinating memorabilia. And Charlotte herself is something else. She is definitely worth the time to get to know. This was our first experience and certainly look forward to future encounters with other airBnB hosts! Thanks, Charlotte!

    April 2014
  • A friend and I stayed in one of the two-bedroom suites during a three-night stay in Tucson. The house, with its colorful, art- and artifact-filled rooms beckons investigation, and the peaceful sculpture-appointed back patio area (complete with hammock, pool, and no fewer than four sitting areas) invites you to linger. If we'd had one more day, I might have spent all of it at the house, watching for quail and javelina from the yard, looking out for sunsets from the rooftop deck, and listening for coyotes from inside the house at night.

    We didn't see a whole lot of Charlotte as our days and evenings were filled with activities, but I interacted with her enough to be charmed and to recognize her graciousness and scheduling flexibility.

    The house is a just a 10-minute drive from downtown Tucson, but this distance offers some desert quiet and a different experience--one that suited me completely. I'd stay here again next time I'm in Tucson.

    April 2014
  • Charlotte was kind, thoughtful, and welcoming. We enjoyed the stay in this interesting, artsy setting. The natural setting and views from this place are stunning. We felt very comfortable there.

    April 2014
  • Fantastic hosts. Very comfortable living quarters. Host went the extra mile to make sure we were happy with the stay. Definitely recommend to others.

    March 2014
  • We are experienced visitors to the Southwest and felt extremely fortunate this trip to have found Charlotte's 'Artist's Retreat' since we were traveling with a friend from London and we wanted her to have a good experience. The location is unbeatable, as we enjoyed hiking Tucson Mt. Park and Suajaro Natl Park W which are close by. With direct access to central Tucson, we easily accessed the museums, galleries, restaurants and shops, as well as Sabino Canyon and the Botanical Gardens. We felt very comfortable sleeping, relaxing and having meals at Charlotte's place in both the indoor setting and the expansive outdoor setting. Sharing Charlotte's very special artist/art-lover's space, which includes her wonderful kitchen, library, pool and delightful pets, as well as her art collection (lovingly displayed), made for a very memorable visit. Most importantly, Charlotte's personal warmth, and our patio discussions exchanging various experiences, made our stay very special. We are informing all of our friends about Charlotte, her ambiance, and her very special Tucson retreat.

    March 2014
  • Charlotte Lowe is a gracious, inviting, accommodating and thoughtful host. She has a lovely home in an area of Tucson unknown to me which I loved. The apartment we rented, two bedrooms, one with frig, coffee pot, and microwave, bath and a courtyard sitting area was clean and comfortable. The area is lovely to walk in, though rain and thundar curtailed our walk, Hurrah!

    March 2014
  • A wonderful place on the outskirts of Tucson, yet close enough to everything so you wouldn't have to drive too far to get to many of Tucson's attractions. Nice rooms, private, clean and comfy. I would go back!

    February 2014
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The University of Arizona, Naropa, Charles University in Prague.
Am a professional writer working in poetry, journalism and creative non-fiction.
I'm a writer who works in my home studio and also provides support and community contacts for art projects. I 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. I'm active, optimistic, like conversations but am not intrusive.I don't inject myself into your activities without invitation and don't expect one. I don't wander into your room and start talking. In short: I respect your privacy but am up for enjoying your company. I've spent many years hosting artists/dancers/writers/musicians as part of my life with a husband that was a painter and sculptor. I was an art critic and arts/food writer in Tucson for 15 years and also worked from the Arizona and Texas Commissions on the Arts Poet-in-the-Schools programs. My first full-length book of poetry, "Stealing The Dog's Prozac" was released by Press 53 last year. I've also produced, written and performed with a laugh-out-loud, true-confessions comedy group, Monolog Cabin recently. My idea of an ideal third career is this one--hosting an on-going art salon as well as providing an oasis for retreating -and not so retreating--artists in all mediums. I enjoy the beauty of our individual differences and welcome guests of all ethnic backgrounds and sexual preferences. Arriving here at six-weeks-old, I've grown up both in Tucson and on a ranch in Southern Arizona, Am fairly well-traveled in Europe, Mexico and South America. I like (and accept as guests) children, cats, dogs, birds, snakes and most all other creatures. I know the hidden treasures of Tucson and like the share the insider information about "The Baked Apple" that comes from being a near-native. What can't I do without: family, aged pug, Woodhouse, standard poodle Lily, formerly feral cat, 'Nando, art, tacos The Sunday New York Times delivered to my door and in summer,, within quick reach, a private swimming pool 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
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