Take in stunning views from this beautifully renovated historic 1 BR home, named for the Italian town Old Bisbee compares to: Taormina! 5 minute walk to downtown, hiking trails, & only 4 steps from rare, private parking in Od Bisbee. Mile-high Bisbee is 20 degrees cooler than our northerly Tucson and Phoenix neighbors!
Cathedral ceilings with transom windows all around and open floor plan maximize views in all directions, and keep this house very cool in summer (AC in bedroom and living room)! Casa Taormina, originally a miner's shack built in the 1920s, is near the tail end of a complete renovation, as is evidenced by the beautiful photos!
All new fixtures and mosaic in bathroom, complete with broken tiles gathered from the beaches of Taormina itself, and a clawfoot slipper tub for soaking (with shower for convenience).
Cozy bedroom also has a cathedral ceiling and high accent windows and ledges which open up the space, with south-facing windows affording views into Mexico. Plush, new queen-sized bed with luxurious bedding and pillows, and new carpet allow for the ultimate in creature-comforts.
Kitchen is complete and gorgeous, with butcher block countertop, 18" dishwasher from Italy, double sink, custom shelves, oak cabinets and beautiful glass tile backsplash.
Living room features a dining bar adjacent to kitchen, with another window-side "bar" fashioned from a re-purposed antique ironing board. New plush carpet also just added to living room. Dining table is classic Bisbee style, with refinished former 1920s bedroom door serving as a long, Italian, family-style dinner table top (glass top on way)! Dining room floor finished in experimental "paper-bag flooring."
For lounging, and drinking in the breathtaking views, an eclectic assortment of comfortable furniture awaits you. Also included are an assortment of interesting books, magazines, board games, playing cards, art supplies, and a selection of DVDs (no cable TV and wifi can be temperamental in Bisbee canyons).
Finally, the orientation of Casa Taormina, with front and back patios, indigenous and flowering plants, cacti and herbs, plus cool evening breezes and stunning views all around are sure to please.
Accès des voyageurs
Bedroom sleeps two, with a new plush queen size bed and carpeting just added! Futon in living room for two additional guests and additional lounging opportunities. Full bath with tub/shower, gas range, fridge, basic kitchen wares, condiments and breakfast fixings, at a minimum, are included (usually eggs, bread/pastry, butter, fruit, juice, coffee, tea). Parking for one car (turn around much trickier with two cars and inadvisable). Road and narrow drive passable for car/passenger truck/SUV, but NOT for larger vehicles or trailers (very limited turn around).
Échanges avec les voyageurs
Hostess lives in the house on the hillside directly below "Casa Taormina" and is available at check in and check out, if necessary, and for any concerns or questions that arise during your stay! Key left in lock box for after-hour check-in, or in the event that hostess is not immediately available at check in or check out.
Casa Taormina is suitable for up to five guests (in a pinch), with one full-sized futon, one queen-sized bed, and a single foam mattress available for one additional guest on floor if necessary! It is not, however, suitable for very small children. The yard is not child safe, nor is the location or property handicap accessible.
Casa Taormina, like much of Bisbee, is in a canyon. As such, most cell service (Sprint/Verizon/AT&T) works fine, but please be aware that internet can sometimes be spotty.
Two night minimum stay. 4 adults maximum (5 in a pinch...older children or infants only; yard not suitable for young children or toddlers). No pets. No smoking in house. It is understood that house renovation, though nearly complete, is still in progress (on-hold while house is occupied!) and house still has some unfinished qualities and building materials tucked away within house and in yard.
I am from the small town of Bisbee, in the southeast corner of Arizona in the United States, the guidance counselor and long time teacher at the local high school here, a job which I am passionate about and dedicate much time to. I have three children, who are very bright, creative and kind. For the past several years, I have been working to renovate the home above my home to share with family, friends and others (my extended clan harks from Italy and is largely based in New York). It has been a project of love and is still in progress. Mom and dad just visited to put in their touches in the yard!
We travel to New York every year and have visited Airbnb homes in Brussels and Paris. Of late our travels have taken us mainly to college towns as I prepare to send my first off to college all too soon.
The motto above the door to our home is "You are beautiful and filled with greatness. Share it." I have this same motto painted on the wall of my guidance office as well. I believe we each have beauty within us to share, and that is how I have raised my children. I look for guests who see the beauty in themselves and in others and are ready to appreciate and share that which is in our lovely town of Bisbee.