Tucson, Arizona

Off-grid, passive solar, sustainable. Isolated, secluded yet convenient to all amenities. Surrounded by Sahuaro National Park, high above Tucson, uncomparable views. Beautiful, livable design with 20" thick masonry walls. Glorious and rare.

Energy Efficient Home Green Home Sustainable Home Off the Grid Photovoltaic (PV) Solar - Photovoltaic
$1,250,000 Asking Price (USD)
$7,801 Annual Property Tax
$1,200 Annual Utility Cost
3,468 Square Feet
3 / 3½ Beds / Baths
20 acres Lot Size
1990 Year Built
Single Family Property Type

What makes your home a Green or Healthy Home?

The home is totally ‘off the grid’, our energy provided by the sun and some wind, but we do have a backup propane generator. The home was featured in Fine Home Building magazine that describes the systems in the house and also in Solar Today magazine. This house was one of the first of its kind and thousands of peoples have toured the home to learn more about solar energy and water conservation. It is passive solar with exterior shutters on all openings, 20" thick masonry walls, beautiful brick floors. Water is precious here in the desert and we conserve in every way imaginable, have a grey water system, rain water harvesting, underground cisterns.

Property Description

We call this 'Dream with Sahuaros' and that really is what it is.
Unbelievable setting, incredibly sustainable, but is the livability that makes this 'home'. You must see the beautiful materials, masonry and cedar, and all of the special touches, like lighted niches, copper accents, There is a sense of space yet it is intimate and always connected to the spectacular sahuaros and desert outside. There are 8 different outdoor spaces to soak up the various beauties that are here. It doesn’t get much better than spending the evening in the hot tub overlooking this unique view of the city or sitting next to a cozy fire outside and listening to the quail start their day or watching a doe and fawn sipping from the back yard water source as you sip your morning coffee or lying on the balcony watching the stars and hearing the howling of the coyote pack nearby. Then top it off, literally, with a glass of wine in the tower high above the house with 360 degree views.
Your guests, and there will be many who want to come stay with you, have a separate, totally equipped casita so you get to enjoy them and your total privacy too.
This house is incredible well built and if your were to come here a thousand years from now the massive walls would still be standing.
You really have to see the website (I am not allowed to give it to you, haha) with the drone footage and the history of this piece of land.

Neighborhood Description

on 20.5 acres at the end of a rural road in the Tucson mountains in Sweetwater canyon. Nearest neighbor is 1/2 mile away. On an old historic mining claim and surrounded by Sahuaro National Park. This ‘tropical desert’ is thick with a wide variety of plants, cactus, but especially our incredible sahuaros. High above Tucson with unbelievable 360 degree views, secluded hiking all around. There is nothing like this in all of Arizona.

Market Area

Tucson is a great city, surrounded by scenic mountains, in beautiful desert, sunny with wonderful winter weather so popular as a seasonal escape. There is a major airport and lots of outdoor activities especially hiking and biking. A 130 mile Loop was just completed with parks and trails along the many washes.

School District

This property is in the Marana School District.


Nearest neighbor is 1/2 mile away, so if you want seclusion, privacy, isolation, this is the place for you. The property is gated and very safe.

Location of Home or Land


Elevation of Home


Air Quality

Agriculture in Area No
Industry in Area No
Air Pollution in Area No
Pesticide Free No
Fragrance Free Yes
Cleaned with Green Products Yes

Interior Environment

Heating System Fireplace
Solar - Active
Solar - Passive
Cooling System High Efficiency Heat Pump
Passive Cooling
Swamp Cooler
Ventilation System Other
Whole House Filtration None
Whole House Vacuum No

Energy & Water

Energy System Off the Grid
Photovoltaic (PV)
Solar - Photovoltaic
Water System Rain Water Collection
Wastewater System Other
Septic System

Construction Information

Construction Type Masonry/Concrete
Exterior Finish Masonry
Interior Finish Earthen Plaster
Wood - Solid
Interior Paint Low VOC
Floor Material Other
Roof Material Flat
Window Material Metal Dual Glazed
Insulation Material Fiberglass
Urethane Foam

Garage / Car Port

Garage / Carport Yes
Garage Type Detached
Number of Cars 1
Garage Area 300 sqft

Property Website

Website: http://sweetwaterliving.info

Contact Information

Gale Marsland

7101 W Sweetwater Dr
Tucson , AZ 85745 US

Listing ID: 20336