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Desert Beauty, Close to City, Quiet and Private

Bedrooms 1
Space 950 sq ft
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Tucson Glass Cottage: open-concept living in the desert

This architect-designed original home was completed in early 2013. High sloping ceilings, floor-to-ceiling glass walls, polished concrete floors, custom poured concrete feature walls, bamboo drop ceilings, beautiful recessed lighting and myriad 'Architectural Digest' touches make this the perfect spot for the discerning traveller seeking an urbane hideaway in the Sonoran desert.

The panoramic floor-to-ceiling glass walls mean you will be completely in touch with the desert landscape. Saguaros and other cacti surround you. Quail, rabbits, javelinas, coyotes may wander by. You will wake up on the bedroom to the sun rising over the Catalina Mountains to the east and can view the sunset over the Tucson Mountains from the dining area.

Covered quartzite stone decks facing both west and east. Acacia chairs and table on the east deck, bistro table and chairs on the sunset deck. Lounge chairs for sunny afternoons. Driveway parking for one car, a second car can be parked in a pull-out immediately across from the Cottage.

The Glass Cottage comprises two separate units, connected by a covered breezeway.

One half of the Glass Cottage has a Poliform queen size bed; Wassily-style chairs and a Frank Ghery cocktail table and 'Wiggle Chair' in the sitting area facing a working acorn fireplace; dressing room with ample drawers and hanging space; huge two-person glass shower with stone floor and stunning views to the west; vanity area with bamboo sink on cantilevered concrete counter; and a separate and fully enclosed toilet room. Facing east, you will wake up facing the sun rising over the Catalina Mountains.

A few feet away across the covered breezeway, the other half of the Glass Cottage contains the fully equipped kitchen with beautiful tiled countertops; a custom-designed trestle oak dining (or work) table, with 6 chairs; a Danish swivel reading chair and Damson reading lamp; and a flip-down sofa, ideal for an afternoon nap. Facing west, you'll be treated to the sun setting over the Tucson Mountains as you prepare dinner.

Tucson Glass Cottage shares 3.3 acres with only the owner's residence, some 100 yards away and oriented to ensure privacy for both homes. The Cottage is accessed by a private gravel road, shared only by the owner's home. The acreage is in the center of a group of 6 similarly large plots, far from traffic.

This is the perfect spot for an individual or couple seeking real tranquility and a touch of luxury in a magical desert setting. Yet an easy drive into the University area, downtown, and into the magnificent Saguaro National Park.

More Details

Member since: 2013
Speaks english, french, spanish
Response time
Within 12 hours
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
19 June, 2018

About James

Professional who enjoys beautiful and very peaceful surroundings.

James purchased this cottage in 2003

Why James chose Tucson

The perfect mix of the true Sonoran desert experience with easy access to the city and all urban comforts.

What makes this cottage unique

Peaceful and gloriously natural, yet easy access to urban amenities.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage rental in Tucson

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 950 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower enclosure , Shower with mid-torso jet spray, windows with privacy screen
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 large double bed , Queen size mod. firm mattress, Poliform frame
    Other - 1 sofa bed/futon , Sofa in dining side of cottage flips down as bed
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • long term rentals available
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • recreation centre
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain climbing
  • roller blading
  • tennis
Floor to ceiling glass window walls oriented to give you complete connection with the desert but with complete privacy as well (note: no draperies or other window coverings). No television service, though DVD player is available.


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
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Desert Beauty, Close to City, Quiet and Private
average rating of 4.780488 based on 41 reviews

Air and light

  • 5 of 5

We spent ten delightful days in February 2018 at the Glass Cottage. Chosen because of its architectural interest and location, our experience proved to be as good as the web-site promised.

We had a great time in this beautifully designed and unusually well equipped cottage. The building sits lightly in the desert landscape and, because of the management of space and natural light, there is little feeling of separation between inside and out. The latter was a real positive for us as, even though it was chilly and raining for the first three days of our vacation, there was no frustration about having to spend time indoors. We were able to comfortably dry out after our rather damp trudges through the magical countryside and to sit reading while catching glimpses of the coyotes, peccaries and local bird life slipping in and out of the mist surrounding us.

Internally, the kitchen operates as a proper working space, and the areas for relaxation and sleeping are comfortable without being cluttered. All furniture has been carefully chosen and placed with some nice pieces enjoying the right to be both used and admired. Overall, a very high level of care has been taken to organise the use and flow of both the interior and immediate surroundings of the building. Throughout there is lovely detailing and this adds much to the pleasure of living in this peaceful and rather special home.

Set in what might appear to be a remote environment, the cottage is actually conveniently close to everyday shopping and – while they cannot easily be seen -- has other houses around. The cottage sits on the edge of the astonishing Saguaro National Park that offers not only an extraordinary landscape of enormous cacti and brush but also many miles of beautiful hiking and biking trails. Illustrative of the owner’s efforts to ensure guests have the opportunity understand and enjoy the local environment, books and other useful background materials are available in the house.

This review would be incomplete without noting the care taken, by both the owner and manager, to ensure our time was as enjoyable as possible. Information sent prior to our arrival was clear and the welcome warm. After initial contact there was unobtrusive follow-up – a very nice blend of support and respect for privacy. Thank you both. We had a splendid break and would very much like to return.

  • Review Submitted: 29/03/2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for taking the time to write such a thoughtful review! It’s always a delight to have visitors who appreciate the home and its desert environs. Hope you will return soon!
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So far this is our all time favorite rental we've stayed in.

  • 5 of 5

It was really magical waking up to gorgeous sunrises every morning. It didn't even matter that it was 6am. Only once did we put on eye masks and sleep a little longer. It was such a nice way to wake up with the gradual increase of natural light. We just got up and drank coffee outside and enjoyed the cool mornings temperatures and fantastic view. This kitchen is the most stocked rental I have ever stayed in. The knives could use a sharpening, but other than that there are enough dishes and pots/pans to have a 12 person dinner party and even make fresh juice with the breville for cocktails or just morning orange juice. The concrete flooring and modern but rustic/natural style of this place was just awesome. It is set back for privacy, but only a short drive to get any forgotten items from nearby grocery stores.

  • Review Submitted: 10/05/2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So pleased that you enjoyed your time in the Glass Cottage! It’s wonderful to have guests like you who enjoy being ‘at one’ with the gorgeous Sonoran desert!
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a chance to be nearly one with the desert

  • 5 of 5

Had a dreamy stay in the glass cottage.

Cactus in bloom, luring birds with long beaks to plunge into pools of nectar.

Coyote trotted by in the morning.

All that glass dissolves in/out.

Kitchen perfect for whipping up kick ass grub.

Jagged, rusted mountain contours outside the sunken, glass shower a playful touch.

Sweet to see original art placed throughout.

& the prism effect of the front corner as it leaks a rainbow across the desert floor-- enchanting.

Perfectly situated for exploring East & West National Park on foot.

The small library with natural history/bird books -- a thrilling, welcome source of enrichment to deepen the experience of wandering the Sky Islands.

How lucky to be in Tucson when the ocotillo waved their magic, flaming wands.

James, you've offered wayfaring strangers a phenomenal treat!


Thank you for sharing your wondrous see-through cottage & your obvious passion for winged creatures.

Please consider blinds of some sort on the south side to help cool the main room to keep energy costs down & hot sun from cooking the space.

Also, it would behoove you to replace the baby bear's couch for a comfy, sink-in-able sofa suitable for papa & mama bear to repose while studying bird books to see what just swooped past...

Overall? Lovely. Serene.

  • Review Submitted: 27/04/2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So pleased that you found the glass cottage to be a “swank” way to reconnect with the amazing Sonoran desert. Hope you will return soon!
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Peaceful retreat

  • 5 of 5

We appreciated returning to the serenity of the Glass Cottage after a day of hiking or biking. When listening closely, we only heard sounds of nature. Rising with the sun each day was joyful! All amenities we needed were provided. We loved the clean contemporary aesthetic and enjoyed the artwork. Thank you for sharing this great place!

  • Review Submitted: 24/04/2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for your thoughtful comments. And delighted that you had the true “Glass Cottage experience”!
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A unique accomodation

  • 5 of 5

The pictures tell the story accurately. This was my second time staying there and I would highly recommend it to people who can do without television and a fast internet connection. The cottage is surrounded by saguaro cactus and natural desert. Things are not manicured. It's almost like camping in that regard except that you get a comfortable bed, a well stocked kitchen , a good shower and easy access to Tucson. When an issue came up James, the owner, and Carella, the manager, were responsive.

  • Review Submitted: 11/02/2018
  • Date of Stay: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the return visit! Good news is that 5G satellite internet is here now, and a DVD player also installed in the Glass Cottage. So for your next visit you can have not only a stylish way to connect with the Sonoran desert but also much easier connections to the world.
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The Desert Surrounds You in the Glass Cottage

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our time spent at the Glass Cottage. Separated into two living units, the great expanse of glass walls (shaded from the sun and with vegetation providing privacy) puts one onto the desert floor, while remaining in air conditioned/heated comfort. Jim's place is filled with modern design and art, as well as being well equipped for housekeeping. We spent two luxurious weeks there, while daily exploring the many natural and cultural amenities of the Tucson area. Only downside is the WiFi capability, which can be dicey. Perfect place for a single lodger or a couple.

  • Review Submitted: 31/01/2018
  • Date of Stay: January 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for the thoughtful review, and delighted you enjoyed being 'on the desert floor'! Hope you'll return soon.
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Nearest Airport
15 Miles
Tucson International
Nearest Train
10 Miles
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Interstate 10 (I-10)
Car: necessary

Down a private gravel road to 3.3 acres of gorgeous and unspoiled Sonoran desert, shared only with the owner's main home (some 100 yards away). The panoramic floor-to-ceiling glass walls mean you will be completely in touch with the desert landscape -- saguaros and other cacti. Quail, rabbits, javenlinas, coyotes will wander by. You will wake up on the bedroom to the sun rising over the Catalina Mountains to the east and can view the sunset over the Tucson Mountains from the dining area.

Just minutes from the house you will be at the entrance to the magnificent Saguaro National Park (West) with endless hiking trails, climbs of varying difficulty, and the not-to-be-missed Sonoran Desert Museum.

All major shopping needs and a major cinema complex less than a five minute drive away. Five minutes also takes you to Hwy. I-10, from which it is a 15 minute drive to the University of Arizona, 20 minutes to downtown Tucson, and about an hour to Phoenix.


Rates & Availability

Contact Owner

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee AU$132.8
Damage Deposit AU$338.77

Rates are subject to change until booking is confirmed.
An additional cleaning fee of $98 for biweekly cleaning is required for bookings in excess of 14 nights. Biweekly routine cleaning will be scheduled by property manager at a mutually convenient time for duration of stay.
Outdoor noise, including music, is not allowed.
Breach of house rules provided with rental contract will lead to additional damage claim and/or termination of rental.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.