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Desert Moon Retreat Main House Architectural Gem

Desert Moon Retreat Main House Architectural Gem

6 guests
2 bedrooms
3 beds
2 baths
6 guests
2 bedrooms
3 beds
2 baths

Nestled high in the foothills of the Sonoran Desert on the outskirts of Tucson, this is an award winning architecturally significant house by noted architect, Alex Riley. Desert Moon Retreat has 11 round rooms (inspired by the Hopi Kiva), that combined, make up the shape of a crescent moon. The house focuses on the pool area with its tranquil waterfall and in the distance, city lights and stunning mountain views.

With commanding views of three mountain ranges from the full height windows, it is the perfect getaway for the adventure seekers or for those wanting a peaceful desert experience. Accommodations include two bedrooms (king beds), a full kitchen, breakfast nook, two fireplaces, washer/dryer, two office areas and two uniquely appointed bathrooms. Minutes from downhill skiing or a round of golf, or simply basking in the desert sun by the pool, this property offers a unique vacation experience.

Recent improvements to the landscape include a new pebble tec pool and new landscaping in several areas.  With several outdoor seating areas, there are abundant desert botanicals to enjoy surrounding this property. Our guests tell us the photographs don't do it justice!

There is a guest house on site and it shares the pool area and hot tub with this property. If you want privacy you can either rent both or ask us about one of our other houses that are private.


Hot tub
Cable TV

Sleeping arrangements

Bedroom 1
1 king bed
Bedroom 2
1 king bed
Common spaces
1 sofa bed

House Rules

No smoking
No parties or events
Not safe or suitable for infants (Under 2 years)
Check-in is anytime after 4PM
Check out by 11AM

3 Reviews

Odessa User Profile
May 2018
This house is like a work of art! It was so gorgeous and serene, and the surrounding desert was a perfect backdrop for this oasis. Although its outside of downtown (~25 minutes), we actually preferred staying at the house to going into town. I highly recommend staying here!
Martin User Profile
May 2018
This House is set within an amazing landscape and also is a really convenient location for being at the base of the mountain.... So close to everything whilst being isolated and remote enough to forget everything. I went there to spend some time with friends and even though my st…
Carla User Profile
Response from Carla:
Thank you, Martin, for taking time to write a review. We are so glad you enjoyed your stay and it was very nice to meet both of you and the cute dog. Thanks again!
May 2018
Jesse User Profile
April 2018
We had an amazing time at the property! It was way more beautiful than the pictures describe. The landscape and pool were perfect. The desert surroundings were incredible. We will definitely be back for a longer stay!! Thank you ladies so much. Loved it!! 🌵👍

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Tucson, Arizona, United StatesJoined in September 2011
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I am an interior designer, landscape designer, and real estate agent with Canyon Group Realty llc. We work with people interested in purchasing property in Tucson and offer property management services including vacation rentals, corporate rentals, long term rentals, and even wa…
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