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100 Year Old Historic Downtown Retreat with private Salt Water Spa/Pool

Bedrooms 2
Space 950 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

2 Bedroom, 1 Bath Quaint Home With A Salt Water Spa/Pool Close To Downtown

Be prepared to fall in love! This vintage home retains much of the original charm from when it was first built in 1916, but with just the right amount of modern updates to enjoy. Located in the Dunbar Spring Neighborhood, one of Tucson's first neighborhoods, adjacent to downtown and just 2 miles from University of Arizona, this 950 square foot home has one bedroom with a king-size deluxe bed for maximum comfort, a second bedroom with a queen bed and a pullout couch in the living room. It is decorated with a mix of antiques and modern pieces and contains quite a bit of art from latin and local artists. Heating, cooling and hot water tank are all new and energy efficient. Carport accommodates 2 cars and the driveway could readily house an RV. The kitchen has a full size gas range/oven and refrigerator and freezer. The kitchen is completely outfitted with everything you would need to cook/ bake at home, complete with pots, pans, bakeware, dish ware, toaster, blender, indoor grill, coffee maker, french press, expresso maker, a full array of herbs and spices. There is a full size washer and dryer. The bathroom has an oversize shower with 3 shower heads. There are 2 flatscreen TV's, one in the living room, one in the main bedroom, which also has a DVD player. The kitchen has a glass table with four chairs and outside on the covered, private patio, is another table and 4 chairs for outdoor dining.

But the back yard!!!! This is one of the biggest highlights of our home! With the outdoor dining on the covered porch, the cozy outdoor fireplace with seating, the tranquil sound of the fountain, the bistro area, the safe and gated salt water spa/pool with outdoor seating, this is a place to recharge as a single traveler, enjoy romantically as couple, have a blast as a family, or host a party or gathering with friends (the former owners told us once there was a party out there that housed 150 people!). There is a lovely cactus garden, outdoor bar, outdoor mini 'fridge, grill and twinkling outdoor lighting to enjoy your evenings!


Take the Sun link streetcar downtown to one of the many restaurants in the area, shops and art galleries. Just minutes to super fun 4th avenue and University of Arizona. Hiking spots are as close as 15-20 minutes away!

More Details

Property Manager
Judy or Melissa
Member since: 2015
Speaks english, spanish
Response time
Within an hour
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
22 May, 2018

About Judy or Melissa

Hi! My name is Judy and I live in Oro Valley. I grew up in Connecticut, but moved to Tucson in 1979 to attend University of Arizona. I have seen Tucson really expand over the years, but have always loved the charm of Tucson's older neighborhoods. I have traveled around the world, but always come back home to the land of cactus and sunshine. Most likely, it will be my wonderful daughter-in-law, Melissa, who will be your contact person while in Tucson. She is smart (U of A grad in Biology), warm, friendly and welcoming and an outstanding fix it girl! I hope you really get a chance to enjoy our lovely Dunbar Spring Retreat!

Judy or Melissa purchased this house in 2015

Why Judy or Melissa chose Downtown

Dunbar Spring neighborhood is culturally diverse and is home to some of the country's best environmentalist like Brad Lancaster, who is a water harvesting whiz and travels all over the world teaching people and governments on permaculture and water-harvesting. It is my goal to obtain solar panels for the whole house and a water harvesting collection system. The Dunbar Spring Neighborhood organic community garden, was once voted the Best Community Garden in Tucson. I look forward to helping with this project to restore it to its original splendor. There is such pride in the history of this neighborhood as you can see by the artistic signposts and painted street art. I love being a part of all this!

What makes this house unique

The former owners have said they have hosted huge parties at this home and I can believe it with the many seating areas and nooks in the back yard, the bubbling fountain, the romantic sound of the train rumbling by, the outdoor fire pit, and the salt water spa/pool, but it is also a wonderful place to feel cozy inside. I loved mixing latin elements with antiques with modern touches for a homey, but eclectic feel. I wanted to decorate with some vintage Tucson photos, but was unable to find any. Instead, I used photos I took in Peru and printed them in sepia tone. One picture of children is from my travels in Guatemala. There is a series of paintings of horses by local Tucson artist Virginia Stonebarger and a pastel and mixed media collage of the Maitreya Buddha by local artist Pat Aiken. The settee is a 19th century piece from a plantation in Virginia, as is the spool bed from 1895.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house rental in Downtown, Arizona

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 950 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • Events Allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • City Centre ...
  • Adventure
  • Historic
  • 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 ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower enclosure
  • One bathroom, with a large over-size shower with small black river stone floor and 3 shower heads.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 extra lg. double bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 large double bed
  • Main Bedroom has a king size bed with an ultra comfortable mattress. The floor in saltillo tile. The closet has a set of 3 built-in drawers and plenty of hanging space an a supplied luggage rack. There is a flat-screen TV with a DVD player. Bedroom 2 has a queen bed and a 3 drawer dresser and a closet. The floor is also saltillo. The couch in the living room has a pullout full-size bed in it.
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • long term rentals available
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Hot Tub
  • Private Pool ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • equestrian events
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • caving


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100 Year Old Historic Downtown Retreat with private Salt Water Spa/Pool
average rating of 4.78125 based on 32 reviews

Perfect house and backyard to celebrate graduation

  • 5 of 5

The house is so darn cute!! The bathroom is spectacular!! The backyard and pool area is a wonderful oasis! We had an amazing time this weekend with family in town to celebrate UofA graduation. This was the perfect gathering place for all of us. Thanks for helping make this weekend awesome!!

  • Review Submitted: 13/05/2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great property!

  • 5 of 5

Property was as described. It looks as good as the pictures. No surprises. The backyard was perfect place to chill out. We would stay again. The train issue others complained about was only a minor issue versus the convenience and location to UofA,downtown and ease of access to I-10 and did not effect the ability to get a good nights sleep.

Robert M.

  • Review Submitted: 01/05/2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Peaceful, quiet, pretty place with character.

  • 5 of 5

Enjoyed the property. well equipped, peaceful, beautiful plantings. The master bedroom needs a better light for reading on one side and the living room could use a recliner or chair and ottoman but these are fixable. Melissa was friendly and helpful. The salt water pool was wonderful, we used it as a hot tub. We had friends over for a meal one night and stayed talking outside till ten. Appreciated the wine, crackers and chocolate provided. Be aware this property is very close to the train tracks and trains were very loud but not in the house. It did not effect our enjoyment. We will book again.

  • Review Submitted: 26/04/2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Clean, well stocked but noisy.

  • 3 of 5

The house was clean and the yard, small pool (large in-ground hot tub) was nice. It has a heater which can be turned on. It was nice having a kitchen and the kitchen was stocked with some needed supplies. Some thoughtful snacks were left for us by the owners. The bathroom has been updated and had nice shampoo, conditioner and body lotion out for use. The house was not within walking distance of anything. The main issue we had with the house is there's a train very close to the backyard making a long, LOUD whistle often throughout the day and night.

  • Review Submitted: 15/04/2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great family reunion

  • 5 of 5

Our family loved the house and backyard. Our 3 year old grandson adored the pool, the yard, the birds, and the house. The kitchen worked very well for us. The location of the house was perfect. We were close to the Children's Museum and easy access to the airport. Thank you. We had a great time.

  • Review Submitted: 11/04/2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Our family had a fantastic stay in this sweet little house. It was quiet and comfortable. We would definitely stay here again.

  • Review Submitted: 15/03/2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
10 Miles
Tucson International Airport
Nearest Barpub
1.5 Miles
Hotel Congress- 311 E. 11th Avenue
Nearest Train
0.9 Miles
Amtrak- 400 N Toole Avenue
Nearest Motorway
0.5 Miles
I10 interstate
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Cafe Poca Cosa, Hub Restaurant & Ice Cream
Car: recommended

Dunbar Spring historic neighborhood is located adjacent to downtown Tucson and just west of the University of Arizona. Downtown Tucson, thriving with a mix of urban cool, Latin roots and historic charm provides exciting and fun nightlife for everyone. Enjoy live music at Club Congress or La Cocina Cantina at Old Town Artisans or have tapas while listening to authentic Spanish guitar while watching traditional Spanish flamenco dancers at Casa Vincente. Enjoy craft beers at the Dusty Monk Pub or Borderlands Brewing Company. Try an imaginative spin on Mexican cuisine at the upscale and culinary brilliance of Cafe Poca Cosa. Dance the night away at H20 discotec or sample vegan cooking at its best at the Tasteful Kitchen.


Meet Me at Maynards- free walk/run every Monday night at 5:15pm, stay afterward for live music and $2 beers.

Second Saturdays- is an outdoor live event in the streets with live music, activities, food and fun.

Tucson Gem and Mineral Show, always the last week in January and first 2 weeks in February, is the largest in the world and is in over 40 different locations around the city.

Just minutes from Tucson Convention Center and Centennial Hall offer year round entertainment including plays, dance performances, the symphony, etc.

The historic Fox theatre is a venue for concerts attracting artist from around the world.

Take in some of the many art galleries like the Conrad Wilde Gallery, Etherton Gallery or Phillabaum Glass Studio or museums like the Arizona Historical Society or Tucson Museum of Art.

Fourth Avenue, just 4 minutes away by car, is home to the twice annual 4th Avenue Street Fair (mid- December and mid-April). Enjoy the many funky, cool shops, restaurants and book stores as well as live music and special events.

Tucson has 284 days of sunshine a year, and there are so many outdoorsy things to do. Go for a hike at Gates Pass, 10 minutes away (also a great spot to watch the sunset!) or walk Tumamoc Hill (5 minutes away).

University of Arizona is just 5 minutes away, an easy car ride or walk to the Modern Street Car which will take you all around the university area with great shopping, restaurants and University of Arizona sports events.

But one of the best things about the Dunbar Spring Vintage Retreat, is enjoying the backyard oasis. Whether hosting a party with the many places for outdoor seating, gathering around the fire or enjoying the solar-heated, salt water spool (spa/pool combo), the backyard is a delight.


Rates & Availability

Contact Manager

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee AU$79.3
Pet Fee AU$66.09
Damage Insurance AU$77.98

Manager's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if cancelled at least 30 days before arrival date.