Art House hosts guests seeking desert seclusion/city access. One of two, this suite has two bedrooms with private bathroom/private entrance/ patio. a mini-kitchen, with use of common areas: kitchen, library,hearth rm,laundry patios,pool.
The Art House (pet-friendly, child-welcoming, safe neighborhood, reunion-perfect)) contains two spacious, private suites rented out separately or together within a spacious 4000 sq.ft., glass and brick, mid-century home. We're flexible: we'd welcome you for one night, one wee , one month or longer.
Suite #2 has two bedrooms with a mini-kitchen, bathroom and private outdoor entrance with wrought iron security doors that may be left open on the cooler desert nights.
This suite has a long hallway and privacy door between Suite #1 and a lighted pathway to the main entrance.
Suite # 2's bathroom is a newly renovated with two sinks, tiled floor, and tiled shower. Large shower and loo are separated from the sink area by a privacy door.
This suite also has its own heating and cooling system with guest control.
Furthest from the common rooms and behind the sound-blocking privacy door Suite #2 has a queen-sized bed in one bedroom as well as a queen-sized memory-foam padded double-sized futon/couch in the other bedroom/sitting room. In this room is 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.
Both bedrooms open to an intimate lounge area with patio table and chairs behind a high wooden fence.
As guests you have use of most of this rambling home for your own enjoyment and entertaining needs.
Hosts Charlotte and Bob have a separate and private suite, patio and studio within the house.
Art House is secluded on a acre, providing a stimulating retreat and a desert oasis for both residential guests and arts events. We've enjoyed hosting art-centric people including artists in all mediums as well as as art and book lovers.
Filled with the work and collections of four generations of visual artists and writers, Art House bursts with paintings, sculpture, books, antiques and eccentric appointments.
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.
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 pool area, roof deck.
It also has its own heating and cooling system controlled by guests.
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. One helmet is available at this time. Guests provide locks if needed.
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 a large puppy—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 beans for grinding and tea provisions including organic milk for beverages and various sweeteners.
If guests have more than their own refrigerator holds they may use main refrigerator.
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 firepit, free parking in driveway and street, pool, roof deck with table/chairs/daybed. There is WiFi throughout the property.
Interaction with Guests
We interact with guests as much as seems indicated.
Keys to your privacy doors and some room doors are available.
I've been a local art critic for 15 years as well as an art critic--Bob likes the technical world. 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.
My parents & I had a lovely 1 night stay with Charlotte & Bob. We were away for the majority of our visit but loved waking up in the art house, brewing a cup of coffee & lounging on the roof deck.
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.
Beautiful setting in the outskirts of Tucson, with glimpses of Gambel's quail and coyotes. Our group especially enjoyed sunrise and sunset on the rooftop patio. The house had an eclectic mix of furniture and art. Charlotte and Bob were flexible and welcoming. Young puppy was sweet and quiet.
This home was charming and comfortable. We felt very welcomed by Charlotte and Bob. The location was excellent, with easy access to downtown Tucson. The rooftop deck had stunning views, and our party of seven had plenty of room using both suites.
The house is chock full of art and antiques, which suited our tastes well. We would definitely stay there again.
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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