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Desert Beauty, Close to City, Quiet and Private

Bedrooms 1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


Minimum Stay
3 - 7 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 leather 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 a few hours
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
16 January, 2017

About James

Professional who enjoys beautiful and very peaceful surroundings.

James purchased this cottage in 2003

Why James chose Arizona

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.


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(20 traveller reviews)

Desert Beauty, Close to City, Quiet and Private
average rating of 4.8 based on 20 reviews

A Picture Perfect Desert Experience

  • 5 of 5

Put aside any concerns you might have about staying in a glass house. We woke each morning to the most amazing sunrises, seen from the comfort of our bed with views of the desert and mountains and plenty of privacy offered by the design and the location of the house. All of the amenities you need including laptop connectivity if you miss having a TV which we did not. Well furnished, easy to live in for an extended period and the most wonderful property manager. An easy, short walk through the desert to close-by stores, but lots of choices by car. The hiking, nearby national monuments and museums are great and Downtown Tucson a quick drive as well. This will become a new tradition for us and can't wait until next time.

  • Review Submitted: Dec 16, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you had a good stay in the Glass Cottage! And of course -- welcome back soon...
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The Best New Wave Secret in the Desert

  • 5 of 5

This was a perfect place for my wife and I to stay since we are in love with the Arizona desert AND modern, space-age design. The home here is great fun and we love how the shower/dressing area is situated. The arrangement of shelf nooks in the concrete wall behind the bed is also very inventive. If you turn out all the lights and shower at night, the moon, stars and saguaro silhouettes are what you see out of the glass shower wall. The sunrise is fun to watch from the bed in the morning and the dining/kitchen/living room house is a great place to be as the desert "wakes up." The scenic "yard" has a really good energy and is like the wild desert. We saw javelina, coyotes and fun reptiles during our stay. My wife got to actually pet a baby horned lizard one morning. The homes and gardens are all equally interesting in the neighborhood and there are so many places to walk. The house is exactly as shown and described. Nice sized refrigerator for your groceries AND a new deck of playing cards. I found it hard to vacation there without fantasizing house plans in my head for a home in the surrounding area. Jim has a notebook that includes good places to eat, etc. We found that we had accidentally gone to a couple of the restaurants before we had seen this. And they WERE excellent. Great Indian and Thai places as well as lots of Mexican food to choose from in the area. Carella helped us with everything we needed and she knows a lot about the terrain, wildlife and the best places to hike. Don't let her "art gallery owner" persona fool you. Rumor has it that she herds wild goats in the Catalina Mountains whilst mountain biking. (wink)

  • Review Submitted: Nov 25, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you enjoyed the Glass Cottage! And especially that you bonded not only with the house, but with the wonderful desert of which it strives to be a part. Looking forward to a return visit.
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  • 5 of 5

The propert is incredible! Top of the line on everything. It was difficult to leave. A perfect location for a secluded getaway without having to go far from city center. Can't wait 'til I can go back!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 2, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for the lovely review -- and do come back!
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Desert Modern Gem

  • 5 of 5

Living in this modern work of art surrounded by Saguaros in bloom and every cacti you could dream of was pure bliss ! The floor-to-ceiling glass walls and the natural materials used offer an exquisite desert experience. At all times, we were in connection with this superb nature surrounding us. The birds, the 7 am cottontails (loyal, every morning) and the views, stunning from everywhere, from sunrise to sunset. We felt like we were glamping in an Aman private suite for a fraction of the price.

As modernism aficionados we really appreciated the architecture and the mid-century modern touches.

Our arrival and departure were really efficient and pleasant with lovely Carella.

The house was very clean and it smelled SO naturally good (no toxic air freshner here). Every appliance was high quality, and the air conditionner worked well and fast (but we didn't have to use it except to refresh ourselves when we got back from a hike).

The location is also perfect, secluded but close enough to Whole Foods and Sprouts, close to Saguaro National Park West, Desert museum, Catalina State Park and more...

We will be back for sure :)

Thank you Jim and Carella for this sublime stay !

  • Review Submitted: May 10, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for this lovely review. You are welcome back any time (and I am sure the cottontails will be awaiting your return...) ! Jim
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Modern Desert Gem

  • 5 of 5

This house is the perfect desert hideway.

Living in a modern work of art, surrounded by Saguaros and every cacti you could dream of was pure bliss. Every morning around 7 we were delighted to see cottontails, I even saw a Jack Rabbit running behind the house.The desert views are stunning in every light and from everywhere.

As modernism aficionados we really appreciated the architecture of the house and the classic mid-century modern touches. The house is clean, smells goooood (naturally good, no toxic air fresheners !) and the appliances were also top notch.

Do not worry that the house might get too hot during daytime: the air conditioner works well and fast (but we never really needed to use it except to refresh ourselves when we got back from a hike for a couple of minutes).

The location is the perfect base for exploring this amazing area. Very close to Saguaro National park West and to Catalina State Park.

Carella was wonderful, efficient and very respecful of our privacy :)

Thank you James for this modern desert gem !

  • Review Submitted: May 7, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Superb Sonoran Desert Immersion Experience

  • 4 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Glass Cottage. It was a secluded and comfortable destination at which we could while away an entire day or use as a launching pad for a day trip to any point of the compass. Upon returning from our first hike in the Tucson Mountain sector of the Saguaro National Park, we noted how many of the same plants were growing (and blooming) right outside the expansive scene-grabbing windows of the cottage–the owner and architect were careful to leave most of the site undisturbed. The two wings of the cottage face opposite directions, and since each wing has ample lounging space (indoors and outdoors) you can find either sun or shade at any time of day. There are desert and mountain views all around. The kitchen is well-equipped though some dishes are out of reach for height-challenged guests (there is a step stool). We loved the sun waking us early through the east-facing window wall of the bedroom wing (late sleepers beware!). The harsher light is the late afternoon sun in the living/kitchen wing, but sunsets are the upside. The designer mirrored cabinet above the bath sink is attractive and handy for keeping toiletries out of sight. As of the date of our stay (Spring 2016), the shower spray heads need repair or replacement; water spray is leaky and irregular (the minerals in the hard water must take a toll on fixtures and glass). The cottage is furnished with classic modernist gems, like Wassily chairs, and gallery-worthy works of art. Shopping options are plentiful but we mostly frequented Sprouts or Whole Foods due to their proximity to Frost Gelato (corner of Ina and Oracle). There's a great bike (and walking) path along the Santa Cruz River about a mile from the property. Our arrival and departure were easy and efficient, thanks to the friendly greeter/hostess. Other than several rabbits and copious birds, we didn't have any passersby during our stay, which afforded us two glorious weeks of privacy, relaxation and play-it-by-ear excursions. Because we hope to return to this unique and special accommodation, we enthusiastically recommend it to art-, architecture- and nature-loving adults who adhere to the "leave no trace" principle when they step out into the world or into someone else's home.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 20, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: So delighted that you enjoyed your time at the glass cottage, and that you appreciated the design and effort to allow guests to feel very much a part of the desert. And yes, new showerheads are on the way! Do hope you will return for another tranquil respite…
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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

Rental Rates for this holiday cottage in Tucson, Arizona

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
January 2017
1 Jan 2017 - 31 Jan 2017
3 night minimum stay
February 2017
1 Feb 2017 - 28 Feb 2017
3 night minimum stay
March 2017
1 Mar 2017 - 31 Mar 2017
3 night minimum stay
April 2017
1 Apr 2017 - 30 Apr 2017
3 night minimum stay
May 2017
1 May 2017 - 31 May 2017
3 night minimum stay
Sept 2017
1 Sep 2017 - 30 Sep 2017
3 night minimum stay
October 2017
1 Oct 2017 - 31 Oct 2017
3 night minimum stay
November 2017
1 Nov 2017 - 30 Nov 2017
3 night minimum stay
December 2017
1 Dec 2017 - 31 Dec 2017
3 night minimum stay
January 2018
1 Jan 2018 - 31 Jan 2018
7 night minimum stay
February 2018
1 Feb 2018 - 28 Feb 2018
7 night minimum stay
March 2018
1 Mar 2018 - 31 Mar 2018
7 night minimum stay
April 2018
1 Apr 2018 - 30 Apr 2018
3 night minimum stay
May 2018
1 May 2018 - 31 May 2018
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable Damage Deposit A$332
Cleaning fee per 14 days A$126

Rates are subject to change until booking is confirmed.
An additional cleaning fee of $95 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.
Surcharge for stays under 30 days during Tucson Gem and Mineral Show.
Breach of house rules provided with rental contract will lead to additional damage claim and/or termination of rental.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage rental in Tucson

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 950 sq. ft.
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 ...
  • 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 , Leather sofa in dining side of cottage flips down as bed
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • long term rentals available
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • 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 (no draperies or other window coverings). No television service.