House-Sitter Needed for our Desert Eco-Home

House Sitter Needed for Username: JanetZ   

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Posted or Updated   May 14,2018

Location
West of downtown, Tucson
Pima,Arizona United States
Availability
Sep 3,2018
For 17 days | Short Term

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My husband and I have a spacious comfortable Southwestern-style house on 8 acres in the Tucson Mountains on the West side of Tucson. Our property actually backs onto Tucson Mountain Park, so we are surrounded by gorgeous desert, there are very few neighbors and lots of hiking opportunities. Our house is built of Rastra - a concrete-styrofoam block that is 11 inches thick, and we have solar power, solar hot water, and rain water harvesting.

Our home is just 15 minutes from downtown Tucson and 10 minutes to the freeway, and even though there are no shops within walking distance, there are lots of amenities in a short driving distance from the house.

We have two small dogs, three cats, and 5 chickens.  All the pets need to be watered, fed and cared for daily, and the dogs walked once or twice a day. We also have vegetable plots and fruit trees and some landscaping that needs regular watering. Besides pets and plants, responsibilities include periodically picking up mail, taking out garbage and recycling, and respecting the flora and fauna of the desert.  Our 7 pound 13 year old Chihuahua, Milagro, loves to go for walks and hikes and although is shy will warm up to you within a day or two. Our miniature Pincher, Dobie, is 17 years old and a bit slow and chubby, but is a sweetheart who loves food and his toys. The cats will enjoy pats and scratches and sometimes laps and cuddles, and the chickens like lots of food scraps and will provide you with wonderful healthy eggs.  The chicken coop needs regular but simple looking after. We practice organic and permaculture principles in our home and garden, so no chemicals are used and little waste is generated.

Our home is surrounded by saguaros and numerous other cacti and desert plants, and nestled in the hills of the Tucson Mountains, on the border of Tucson Mountain Park, you can hike on several trails from the house. We have a large comfortable Southwestern home built in 2003 with lots of Mexican charm, great views, and pleasant patios.  

We have a large kitchen with a walk-in pantry and lots of appliances, all modern conveniences, and filtered water.  The master bedroom suite has a huge walk-in closet, double sinks, and separate walk-in shower and large soaking tub.  There are 3 other bedrooms and two other bathrooms, a laundry room, and a 3-car garage.  There are two large patios for outdoor living.  The home has central AC and a central vacuum.  We also have internet with wifi.
Some things to consider -

Although we are close to downtown Tucson, our house is 3 miles to the nearest convenience store.  

We are up on a hill, so walking the dogs every day requires walking down and back up the hill.

We are in the desert and occasionally see scorpions, snakes, tarantulas, and other dangerous critters. But you also may see desert tortoises, roadrunners, quail, coyotes, deer, javelina, lizards, bobcats, etc.

We do not have cable or satellite TV available.  We pick up a few channels on an antenna, and we have a projector and screen for watching movies.  We use Netflix DVDs, which you are welcome to use while we're gone, or watch movies from our selection of DVDs.  There is also a Redbox for DVD rentals at the convenience store/gas station about three miles away.

There is no home land line; we use our cell s only. So house-sitter would need to provide their own cell .

The weather in September can be hot!  Expect temperatures to be around 100 degrees, and cooling to 80 degrees before sunrise.
 

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