Diane Keaton's $1.5 Million Tucson Home Defines Desert Chic

Updated 11/08/19

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One of Diane Keaton's real estate purchases might be just as quirky as the actress herself. In 2018, the timeless star scooped up an adobe estate for $1.5 million in the Barrio Viejo neighborhood of Tucson, Arizona. The Sonoran row house is a far cry from the Oscar winner's $17.5 million former New York City apartment: She swapped clean white walls and black-and-white tile floors for exposed plaster, brick floors, and beamed ceilings.

The one-of-a-kind property has 4 bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms, and tips the scales at 4572 square feet, with a separate-but-attached four-room guesthouse. Built in the 1880s, the adobe structure has since been restored by another owner, though the original plaster walls and traditional details remain. This desert-chic abode looks like an idyllic escape from the modern world and features quaint sitting rooms, a library, and décor inspired by its natural desert surroundings.

It's a well-established fact that Keaton is obsessed with remodeling—and then reselling—the homes she buys. And while she was clearly charmed by this historic property (it was actually awarded for its adept preservation) the actress will likely add it to her ever-growing list of successful flips. Let's take a look inside, shall we?

Mud-Plaster Walls

A view from the living room into the kitchen of Diane Keaton's rustic Tucson home.
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Exposed adobe walls and farmhouse-style wide-plank wood floors add to the off-the-grid feeling of this Southwestern desert home.

Rustic Charm

A hallway in Diane Keaton's Tucson home.
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It's a rustic home that brings outdoor elements inside—and this entryway is no exception— thanks to a variety of textures and materials like brick, straw, and mud.

Farmhouse Style

A rustic farmhouse style kitchen in Diane Keaton's Tucson home.
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Multiple pendant lights, suspended from raw wood beams above, illuminate the high-ceilinged eat-in kitchen; a large wooden island provides seating and extra prep space.

Exposed Beams

A combination living/dining area in Diane Keaton's Tucson home.
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The dining room effortlessly blends into the living area within this long section of the T-shaped house. Note the chic midcentury-modern vibes that nicely complement the austere structure.

Roughed-Up Adobe

The master bedroom in Diane Keaton's Tucson home
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The exposed adobe walls of the master bedroom are raw and unrefined, contrasting the smooth hardwood floors and contemporary rug.

Huge Master Suite

A bedroom in Diane Keaton's Tucson home.
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A zoomed-out view of the master bedroom illustrates that the space is ample enough to accommodate a large sitting area (or two).

Adjoining Bath

The master bath in Diane Keaton's Tucson home.
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The master bath incorporates 1960s-inspired floor tiles, midcentury-style pendant lamps, a clawfoot tub, and an open shower area with a lime plaster surround.

Deceptively Unassuming

Diane Keaton's Tucson, Arizona home.
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The home's exterior view resembles more of a commercial structure than a house; you'd never guess the potential of this unassuming-yet-intriguing home. 

Get the Look

Desert-chic is well within your wheelhouse: Furnish your space with organic, hand-hewn pieces like these to channel Keaton's effortless Southwestern style.

Fur Rug

A brown patchwork hide rug with geometric designs.
Williams Sonoma Cali Laser Cut Hide Rug $1595
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A patterned rug like this laser-cut cowhide warms and softens raw, rustic spaces.

Distressed Console

A whitewashed pine console table with a black metal base.
World Market Antique Gray Reclaimed Pine Sita Console Table $480
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Its welded black metal base is a modern foil to its distressed pine top. Plus, this one has some history: The wood was sourced from a farming community outside Beijing, China, and can be traced back hundreds of years. Use it as a desk, or place it behind a sofa.

Tin Mirror

A hammered aluminum sculpted Mexican vintage mirror.
1stDibs Early 1900 Mexican Metal Wall Mirror $3500
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Hojalata, or tin work, is one of the loveliest representations of Mexican folk art you can find. Silver tones shine nicely against rustic and all-white walls.

Paper Pendant

A paper Akari 15A pendant lamp by Isamu Noguchi.
Isamu Noguchi Akari 15A $900
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Biomorphic shapes and organic materials, such as the washi-paper shade and ribbed bamboo frame of this iconic Isamu Noguchi-designed midcentury pendant, work well in desert-style interiors.

Low-Slung Sofa

A large modular leather sectional sofa.
Article Mello Leather Sectional $3899
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Short-stack pieces of furniture are perfect in high-ceilinged spaces, and this sectional can be pulled apart for more versatile seating options. Plus, the supple leather (in "Taos brown," naturally) will develop a gorgeous patina with age.

Ethnic Bench

A bench upholstered in a blue striped kilim.
Le-Coterie Adolfo Stripe Kilim Bench $1495
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Midcentury-style furniture, like this tapered-leg bench, works well in Southwestern-inspired interiors: Its seat is upholstered in a nubby, striped-wool kilim textile, and would look amazing in an entryway or at the foot of a bed.

Stoneware Pots

Set of three stoneware pedestal planters with green drip glaze.
Jamie Young Set of 3 Berkeley Pots $180
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Indoor plants are key in any natural, relaxed space. These handmade stoneware pots feature dripped reactive glazes that result in subtle, one-of-a-kind differences.

Carved Wood Dresser

A blue carved wood dresser.
Anthropologie Lombok Six-Drawer Dresser $1998
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Filigree-inspired carvings adorn the doors of this six-drawer dresser. Its washed-indigo hue would pair lovely with the earth and terra-cotta tones typically seen in desert homes.

Handwoven Pillow

A striped handwoven lumbar pillow.
The Citizenry Siempre Lumbar Pillow $175
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Although this colorful lumbar pillow was hand-loomed in a workshop in San Pedro, Peru, you'd never know it, because it looks exactly like a vintage Mexican Saltillo blanket.

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