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Sprawling 120 Acre Retreat / Multi-Family Compound

12050 S Desert Sanctuary Rd, Benson, AZ 85602, USA
$1,249,000

Description

You’ve found your next chapter in life here at the Desert Sanctuary near Benson, Arizona.  Conveniently located 45 minutes from Tucson, Arizona, this 120 Acre Serene Property is nestled at the base of the Rincon Peak.  Just a short jaunt down a 4 mile country road leads you back to this incredible private sanctuary.  

Boasting over 6,844 of living space, this property includes a 2100 Square Foot Main House with 3 bedrooms and 3 baths, and a gorgeous kitchen.  There are 4 beautifully restored guest cottages, turn-key ready for AirBNB guest accommodations.  The olympic sized pool was restored and features tons of space to entertain and relax, with an adjacent Pool House/Game Room and outdoor restroom and shower facilities.  Surrounding the main buildings are 5 well appointed RV Hookup Sites, plenty of room for dry tent camping, a “Prayer House” perfect for meditation or massage, and a large Dining Hall which was originally a Pottery Building created by the Sri Ashram community in the 1960s.

History runs deep in the veins of this property dating back to the 1800s when it was homesteaded by the first Sheriff of Pima County where it supported a 600 acre cattle ranch.  In fact, the original farmhouse still stands today at the back of the property and would make a perfect candidate for further restoration for another guest house, common room, etc.  

In the early 1960s Timothy Leary co-founded the Sri Ashram on the property, welcoming guests from all over the world.  The Ashram was mostly self-sustaining.  Members built the now Dining Hall as a pottery manufacturing building to help generate income.  In fact, several plaques and designs still remain in the stone walls of the building.  

Fast forward to the mid-1970s, the property was purchased by the World University where it was used as a non-denominational accredited University.  Unfortunately after the passing of the Founder, the University property fell into disrepair for a number of years.

In 2014 the current owner had an incredible vision and passion for historic properties and fell in love with the Desert Sanctuary.  He lovingly restored each building, the grounds, the pool, and added modern amenities.  He now enjoys a successful hospitality offering with guests coming from all over the world to enjoy the sanctuary.  

Continue the legacy at The Desert Sanctuary with your own vision for its future.

Detail

  • Property ID
    254587
  • 10
    Bedrooms
  • 7
    Bathrooms
  • Square Footage
    6844 sqft
  • Lot Size
    120.24 acres
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    Year Built
    1941

Updated on October 3, 2020 at 3:48 pm

Address

  • Address: 12050 S Desert Sanctuary Rd, Benson, AZ 85602, USA
  • City: Benson
  • State/county: Arizona
  • Zip/Postal Code: 85602
  • Country: United States

Contact Agent

Jeff Dorman
  • Jeff Dorman
  • Realty Executives Arizona Territory
  • [email protected]
  • 520-599-1088
  • 520-599-1088
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