Monday, April 24, 2017

a few reviews

Images: our photos, at the home and using a Dreamscope app to turn them painterly

Reviews from some of our renters

Great Place to Stay
This place has everything you need to enjoy the tucson sun. It's centrally located to everywhere in Northwest tucson. Thanks again for a great vacation!! 
stayed April 2017

Review from vacation rental site-- 2016:
Location: Oro Valley, Tucson & Southern Arizona, Arizona, USA Accommodations: Main home (1440 sf), tile and carpeted floors with Oriental rugs in living and dining room. 2 Bedrooms (sleeps four), den, 2 small Bathrooms. 
The home benefits from an easy-flowing, open floor plan. In the winter, a wood-burning fireplace adds ambiance. Kitchen is fully equipped, with dining table, kitchen table. Both bedrooms have queen beds. Master bedroom has its own small bathroom with walk-in shower. Third room is den with futon sofa, which would make a good bed for children. All three rooms recently re-carpeted. Washer in the house with dryer in storage room entered from covered patio (240 sf.) 
Private unheated swimming pool, with auto-cleaner, patio, and fenced enclosure offers a peaceful place to sun and read. Dine by the pool or enjoy the sunken stone patio with a circular enclosure to use briquettes. Experience the freedom of swimming in your own private pool (it's a bit chilly during the late fall, winter and early spring but still available for hearty types).
Creative environment in a quiet neighborhood above the end of cul-de-sac with circular drive. With great privacy, the home sits in the middle of 1.3 acres of natural desert and is perfect for nature lovers. Watch the sunrise over Pusch Ridge as you awaken and hours later set over the Tucson Mountains from a hanging swing at the front of the house. Large, fenced back patio is a great spot to view many types of birds, along with bunnies, ground squirrels, coyotes, javelina and the occasional bobcat.
Everything about this house is oriented toward the creative person looking for a quiet get away, a place to paint or write. A photographer will find no end of subjects. There are two desks with space for two writers to finish or start their manuscripts. 
Grocery store, fuel and three restaurants are less than a mile away, Canada Del Oro Wash trail 1/2 mile on sidewalk, five miles to diverse shopping, two movie theaters, hiking, golf courses, restaurants and Catalina State Park. House has WiFi/DSL, DirecTV with150 channels. and local programming 55" HDTV and Netflix included and local phone service. Monitor and keyboard in the den, just bring your laptop. A FAX, Inkjet printer, and scanner on office desk. We are NO SMOKING, and like pets.

Wednesday, January 04, 2017

Casa Espiritu

Of the places I love to be, Casa Espiritu is high on the list. The house sits on a small ridge with desert around it. To eat on its patio is to share in a small piece of natural desert with its denizens. Sit quietly and enjoy their conversations and a piece of their lives.

Storms and their aftermath add to the excitement of desert living.

Watching the moon rise over Pusch Ridge is a reminder of cycles, of nature, and natural beauty. It's a great way to relax and let yourself just be.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Main Living Area

A house of and for art

With a woodburning fireplace and a window that looks out toward the Tucson Mountains, the living room is designed to make conversation easy as well as viewing the widescreen television (with many DVDs in the cupboard alongside the cabinet). 

Behind the bookcase, well stocked with books, is a desk and reading chair providing its own little corner for writing or reading. The closet is for coats but also the modem and what is needed to keep the house up and the computers working.

There are two inside tables for dining. The dining room is an alcove off the living room with a sideboard for dishes and another for games, tablecloths, napkins, and mats.The house makes full use of sculptures, paintings, and Native American crafts-- all inspired by the Southwest. This is a home aimed at comfort, sanctuary, and increasing creativity in anyone.


Master bedroom has a king, while the two smaller bedrooms each have a queen. There is a small bathroom off the master bedroom with a shower. The main bathroom is also small but with a tub. The bedrooms are filled with art (from originals, prints, posters, to giclèes), as this home is about inspiration.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Patio, pool and surroundings

Set on 1 1/3 acre, as much natural desert as possible has been kept to make it feel like it's along a desert trail with cactus, ironwood trees, and palo verde. 

There are three patios. The first one is beyond the dining room and kitchen with its own table and chairs to sit and enjoy the birds or grill a steak. This patio is fenced to make it safe for small pets but has a large gate that can be opened for those most interested in a full view to photograph quail and other visitors from LaCañada wash half a mile away. These can include many types of birds, rabbits, rodents, bobcats, javelina, coyotes, and snakes (which sometimes are rattlesnakes).


 The pool area has its own fence both from the patio yard and the desert beyond. It is not heated but it is maintained for swimming year round. There is a second outdoor table and chairs for dining as well as a sunken patio with a small fire pit (only safe to use briquettes due to fire risk).

Saturday, January 09, 2010

Denizens of Casa Espiritu

They live here too

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Nature and nurture

Within twenty miles of Casa Espiritu are many interesting places to visit-- petroglyphs, hiking trails, museums, wildflowers, cactus, spiritual places, and creeks. Each has its own appeal for those interested in knowing more about history or just immersing themselves in nature. Every season is different and offers its own unique pleasures. The following photos, from many seasons, and not labeled, shares only a tiny bit of what the Arizona-Sonora Desert offers.