Singer Linda Ronstadt, who was recently inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, is selling her charming 1929 Mediterranean-style home in Arizona.
It was designed by the architect Roy Place with a clay-tile roof and balconies overlooking the Catalina Mountains.
Ronstadt, who is a Tucson native, bought the house in 1994 and it was featured in Architectural Digest (photo above).
She lived here with her two children. She now has Parkinson’ Disease, and is sadly no longer able to sing. She has retired to San Francisco near her family.
Her sister told the Arizona Daily Star “Now with her illness, she cannot keep up with two houses. I know she is going to miss this house. She thinks of how beautiful the sunlight is when it comes in through the windows in the morning.”
I’m always happy when I see kitchens in older houses that weren’t updated so much that they no longer look like they belong in them, and this green one fits the bill.
“The iron hardware in the house is original, including the doorknobs and latches. The style of the house represents the late 1920s period with the use of tile, pink plaster, wrought-iron touches, arched doors and windows,” her sister says.
She told me the pink bathroom may look vintage and original to the house, but it’s actually a new addition.
The gardens on the property feature roses, bougainvillea, citrus and palo verde trees.
The house was painted the same pink as the Benedictine Monastery in Tucson.
“Linda loved that color and that church. We would go with our grandmother to pray at the monastery’s chapel as young girls,” her sister, Suzy O’Brien, says.
The house has 5 bedrooms, 5 baths, and nearly 5,000 square feet.
For more photos and information, check the listing with Christine and Russell Long
at Long Realty, as well as the articles in the Arizona Daily Star
and Architectural Digest (photos by Robert Reck).
Okay. Here’s the thing.
I’ve never been a fan of pink, nor has anything pink ever hung in my closet.
But my head’s been turned by all this pale pink you’re seeing everywhere.
Linda R’s bathroom is beyond gorgeous, + yes, I agree — so glad it wasn’t gutted!
Hi Kay! I’m not a big “pink person” in general, either, but there’s something about a vintage pink bathroom like this that gets me every time (maybe because I had one growing up, come to think of it!). I also love that she had her house painted to match the church she grew up in. Have a great Thursday!
The bathroom looks to be a very special shade of pink called Mamie Pink. It was inspired by Mamie Eisenhower, who supposedly re-did part of the White House with it.
Awww, I didn’t know that Linda Ronstadt has Parkinson’s ;-(
I love her home in Arizona. I keep telling my husband that I think AZ would be a great place to live after we retire in about seventeen years! I think the dry heat might help my sore knees. Now, if I could only come up with the million plus to buy that gorgeous home!
Happy Mother Day to you Julia 😉
Thanks, Karen! We’re planning to have brunch on Sunday with my mom and the rest of the family. Kind of sad my son won’t be home from college for it, though. Miss that kid!
P.S. I always think about Arizona when my Spring allergies kick in. Would be nice to enjoy May without the sniffles! 🙂
I hope your son will be home before too long, for summer vacation!
My son is taking finals this week, so he will me home for Mothers Day, Yay!
That’s nice that you’ll be together for it! Jake only has a few weeks left until summer break. His freshman year flew by fast!
Carrie S G says
Spanish style homes are not really my taste – but this one is really nicely done and I could picture wandering around in my bare feet. And I’d take that sunporch and slap it on the side of my own home any day!
Julia, I love all the same things about this house that you do. I totally agree about ;the kitchen and bathrooms. This house is definitely move-in ready for me – love it.
You don’t find many beautiful old homes like these anymore. They have all been gutted,over-modernized and stripped of their original vintage charm. Its great that Ms. Ronstadt left so much of the original 1920’s fixtures in this home intact. Hopefully, the new owners will do the same. I know all of your readers wish her all the best and a Happy Mothers Day as well.
She did a beautiful job and I am sure it pains her to leave such a place. I hope her memories there ease some of that for her. That pink bathroom is simply darling!
Alie B says
This is so pretty and feminine! Amazing that this home, probably largely unchanged since the 20’s, doesn’t seem the least bit outdated. I guess good design just imparts a sort of timelessness (is this a word?) that works in any era. The sunroom, with its white wicker, reminds me of the sunroom in “Driving Miss Daisy”.
So sad that Linda Ronstadt is unwell and must leave this gem behind. Hopefully the home’s new owner will preserve and love it the way Linda obviously has done.
Anita G says
So sad that Linda has to give up this home. It certainly is beautiful, and yes, the kitchen and bathroom pictured are wonderful. I hope someone shows the home as much love as it deserves when they buy it. Thanks for sharing, Julia!
This is stunning. Just the right amount of restraint was used in the updating of the home. Not too modernized – not too quaint.
Christiina from Dallas says
I didn’t know she was selling her house. Glad we are able to peek inside now since it’s for sale. It is so cute and charming. Not overdone at all and not too decorated.
I have always loved her music and I even sent her a fan letter when I was a little girl. I feel so bad for her that her wonderful gift that she gave to the world, her singing voice, can no longer be used.
What a fabulous house! Love that so many of the original features are intact and in good condition. That bathroom is amazing. It reminds me of one featured in the May issue of “House Beautiful” that was a 1930’s Spanish Revival style – but in Beverly Hills, California, that was also pink and black. Another “House Beautiful” recent feature was of an expanded bath done in Deco style black and white, but with features very similar to what is shown here – also in a California Spanish Revival. Loving these retro bathrooms!
I haven’t seen the May issue of HB yet, so I’ll have to check it out today. I love a retro bathroom like that, too. Thanks, Carolyn!
Esther George says
Hi Julia I love Spanish style architecture, it’s funny that’s how I found your blog I looked up Spanish Style Landscaping and to my delight there you were (my lucky day). It is such a pretty home inside and out. The kitchen is beautiful and I love the colours. I find that my taste in colour has changed I’m still not adventurous with wall colours but I like splashes of colour and right now I’m into Orange, Red and Pink. Thank you for sharing. Till next time Regards Esther from Sydney. PS have a wonderful weekend.
Thank you Julia for this posting. I love Linda Ronstadt. Her home is very soothing, which I normally would not associate with the colour pink. But somehow it works in this wonderful house.
Enjoy your Mothers Day.
I hate seeing the rockers get old. She used to perform nearby in West Covina, CA, shoeless, of course. I didn’t know she had kids!
This is my dream house! I live in AZ and that kind of yard, with the grass and mature landscaping, is just as much part of the dream! I too am so happy to see the original pink bathroom and the kitchen that isn’t filled with granite and stainless. I am just as in love with that blue tiled shower with the arched ceiling and the laundry room with its green cabinets and backyard views. The master closet with built-ins that look original…SWOON! Thanks for sharing! I’m sure it makes her sad to part with it, and I hope the new owners will maintain its original features just as lovingly!
Amanda Shaub says
I was born in Tucson and even went to Catalina High School-same as Linda! Her house is pure Tucson. Wish I could buy it!
Sad to hear of her illness & not singing anymore. It’s a beautiful, timeless house..and I do love pink. I hope the next owners respect and preserve it, too..hopefully they’ll be fans of hers & will.
Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com says
What a great place. I love the playhouse.
I have a soft spot for this kind of house. Loved seeing the pink bathroom and like you say it looks untouched since the 1920s.
What a lovely and soothing home; I had no idea she lived in Tucson, or had Parkinson’s Disease. May her life be healed and blessed. Thanks for sharing the beautiful home Julia.
I this home!
okay pink is my favourtie color but when i think pink houses i always picture barbie doll but this changed that
Elizabeth Sagarminaga says
Great place. I love the playhouse. Lovely and soothing home you have shared. I am so happy to see the original pink bathroom and the kitchen. Good share.