Tucson Vacation Home for Rent
If you love nature and seek a comfortably furnished and peaceful place to relax or work, you've found it.  This spacious, custom-built 2-bedroom, 2-bath house is situated on a private 50-acre parcel of pristine desert that bridges a 700-acre nature preserve and a wildlife sanctuary/research parcel owned by the University of Arizona, contiguous with Saguaro National Park. Mule deer, peccaries, grey foxes, bobcats, coyotes, roadrunners, desert tortoises, and quail are among the resident wildlife.

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House Description
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A custom-built home on one level, handicap accessible, with dual, central cooling (evaporative and AC). 2 spacious bedrooms, 2 full baths. Fireplace. Front and back patio areas with a redwood deck off the master bedroom, affording a view of city lights and the full-moon rising.

Comfortably furnished, with a king-sized bed in the master bedroom and two twins in the second bedroom.

Utilities: Gas, electric, water, water softener supplies, local phone service with an answering machine, DSL high-speed internet service, and satellite television reception are included in your rental fee.

Cleaning: We provide house-cleaning service once every two weeks. Optional weekly cleaning is available for a supplementary fee of $50/hour.

Pets/Smoking: No pets are allowed unless agreed to in advance. Absolutely no smoking indoors. House has been carefully built so as to not disturb its natural desert setting and has no fenced-in areas.

  • Washer/dryer in master bedroom/walk-in closet area
  • Dishwasher
  • Blender, bread machine, toaster, coffee maker
  • Gas stovetop
  • Full-sized electric oven
  • Microwave oven
  • Large refrigerator/freezer in kitchen
  • Outdoor propane grill
  • High-speed internet service with WI-FI
  • Personal computer station (Windows) with printer
  • Entertainment center in living room for playing audio tapes, DVDs, CDs, and videocassettes
  • 35" Toshiba TV with DirecTV satellite reception
  • Basics such as pillows and bedding, towels, pots, pans, flatware, dishes, and a wide selection of condiments are included.
  • Paper products and detergents are provided for stays of three weeks or less.
  • Guests are asked to bring their own toiletry items.

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Your Host
Photographer/ecologist THOMAS WIEWANDT lives close by and will arrange and oversee your stay at Tucson Retreat.  His work blends art and science to reveal the mystery, beauty, and complexity of the natural world. Thomas' films for the National Geographic Society and the BBC have earned him an Emmy Nomination in cinematography, a Gold Apple Award, and four Cine Golden Eagles; and his children's book HIDDEN LIFE OF THE DESERT (Random House/Crown, 1990) made the John Burroughs List of Outstanding Nature Books for Young Readers. His photographs have also been featured in many calendars, books, and magazines worldwide, including Audubon, Arizona Highways, Smithsonian, National Wildlife, Geo, and publications by the National Geographic Society.

Thomas' most recent, award-winning book, THE SOUTHWEST INSIDE OUT – An Illustrated Guide to the Land and Its History, grew from 11 years of experience designing and leading photographic safaris for curious visitors to the American Southwest.  You can view or purchase his work at www.WildHorizons.com .