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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 an hour
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
16 April, 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 4.763158 based on 38 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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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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Views of the Sonoran Desert

  • 4 of 5

We enjoyed our stay in the Tucson desert; waking up with the sun, watching the bird activity and a half hour drive, at most, to Sabino Canyon hikes and even closer, the Saguaro National Park, West. It is a lovely, private retreat where you feel connected to the environment yet close to necessities. The site manager, Carella, is warm, helpful, responsive and informative. If you are looking for complete quiet and remoteness, the proximity of I-10 precludes this

  • Review Submitted: 25/12/2017
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you enjoyed your time in the glass cottage, and particularly that you were able to take advantage of the many wonderful hiking options nearby.
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Unique Gorgeous Glass House Nestled in the Saguaros!

  • 5 of 5

Being Midwestern 1920's bungalow dwellers, we wanted a change of scenery as winter descended on us so we choose this contemporary 'cottage' and were not disappointed! Read through the other reviews for more details, but here were our highlights:

- The kitchen is well equipped and we loved to cook in it. Our favorite views were from this 'wing' of the cottage - the windows perfectly frame 'Sombrero Peak'.

- The full moon will keep you awake, but you won't care. Get up and revel in the moonlit desert.

- The bed is really comfortable with high quality sheets and a lovely real linen duvet cover.

- It's a bit like sleeping in an art museum - which was fun

- The shower is the bomb.

- Every evening after a day of hiking we'd come back, shower off the desert dust, and enjoy cocktails on the porch. We'd say, 'cue the sunset' and magically, the desert did!

As others have said, this place is fairly secluded but you are, literally, minutes away from a busy suburban area. You will hear traffic noise and the occasional train. You will also hear coyotes. You may also hear a burro (or was that a mule?) braying (never saw it though!) There is a small road that offers access to the 'main house' but we only saw one car drive by during our stay (keep that in mind if you want to walk around sans clothes - because... glass house).

And one final thing - the communication and hospitality were top notch!

  • Review Submitted: 04/12/2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: What a lovely review -- thanks so much for taking the time to share so much about your time in the Glass Cottage! And btw for those who would like to be 'au naturel', the bedroom unit is oriented in a way that ensures that absolutely nobody (except perhaps a passing coyote) can see inside. My architect was a genius!
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Wonderful space.

  • 5 of 5

Great place, helpful people. Thank you!

  • Review Submitted: 29/11/2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad you enjoyed the Glass Cottage, and thanks for your kind words.
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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

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Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee AU$125.82
Damage Deposit AU$320.98

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.