Vail, Arizona

Small Rammed Earth home on 4 acres of Wild Sonoran Desert. Perfect house to transition into self-sufficient living or quietly retire surrounded by stunning natural beauty.
Natural Home
$375,000Asking Price (USD)
$1,863Annual Property Tax
$2,300Annual Utility Cost
1,098Square Feet
1 / 1Beds / Baths
4.2 acresLot Size
1996Year Built

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Key Green Features

Native Landscaping

The house is in the Sonoran desert,Saguaros, Prickly pear,Palo Verde,and wildflowers included.

Passive Solar

The house is oriented correctly to the sun and has clerestory windows that open for air currents to carry hot air up and out,keeping the house cool.

Eco-Friendly Materials

Earth / Soil

Where was this used? The walls are 18" of compacted earth from the site.

Clay Brick

Where was this used? The floors are red brick through out.




Heating and Cooling Features

Heat Pump (Air Source)

Year installed: 2000

Seer Rating: 12


There is a working HVAC Heating and Cooling unit.

Property Description

This 1996 Quentin Branch rammed earth sanctuary sits hidden on 4 acres of Saguaro forest at the edge of the Rincon Mountains just east of Tucson. Featuring a passive solar design,this home has clerestory windows which illuminate the rooms with natural light by day and provides views of stars in the night sky,no city lights. The earthen walls are literally made from the mountains,built from the place it sits making it not only energy efficient but colored beautiful tones of desert earth. Solid brick floors run through out the house and patio. Located in the Rincon Valley in the town of Vail Arizona the property is surrounded by magnificent mountain vistas and wild Sonoran desert. This home is on the grid with water rights to a shared well.This small home could easily be made off grid and sustainable with water catchment and solar. There is a radiant heat system in the brick floors. I have not investigated its potential but it is there. The house is perfect for one or two people and simple to care for. It is full of possibilities and dreams. The conveniences and culture of Tucson Arizona is a 30 minute drive away but you will never get tired of leaving the pavement and cruising the 3 miles of dirt road back home to the sweet little house tucked away on a dead end road. You can wake up and walk all day,hike into the National Forest trail system or hit other near by trail heads, like the AZT. There is a horse barn/ carport with water and power. Horses ,goats and chickens are all welcome. The neighborhood has Protective Covenants,no HOA, a Shared Well Agreement,6 homes share the well and a Private Road Maintenance Agreement.

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Listing ID : 21699