We are Gilbert and Cassandra Cardenas. Arizonans. Parents. Neighbors. Hosts.

We enjoyed hosting for a year out of our spare bedroom so much that we had to figure out a way to continue after we had kids! Our first year of marriage in a San Francisco studio apartment inspired our affinity for smart uses of small spaces. Fast forward three years to two little girls, a year and a half of researching/planning and a year of building, our custom designed modern tiny house on wheels rolled into our backyard just for you, our guests.

The Nest Phoenix Tiny House was custom designed by architect design team Wake|Floyd and has been featured on numerous tiny house blogs and news mediums, inspiring new designs all around the world. We are called "The Nest" for many reasons. We hope our guests feel cozy, surrounded by just the things that they need, but are able to gaze out the wall of windows and enjoy the outdoors, just like a bird perched in a nest. The Phoenix is also a symbol of rebirth. We hope guests feel at peace and wake up refreshed, ready to take on their day. Finally, through space saving solutions, handmade decor, and local art, we hope guests will be inspired to do a little "nesting" of their own upon returning home remembering Myquillyn Smith's message in her book, The Nesting Place: "it doesn't have to be perfect to be beautiful."

Our mission is to provide the experience of tiny living with stellar hospitality in a great community. We delight in making our guests feel welcome, at home, and cared for. We love hosting and getting to know people from all over the U.S. and abroad. Come visit!

Your neighbors,

Gilbert and Cassie 


Gilbert Cardenas is an Army Veteran, enjoys The Economist, home-cooked meals, fine wine, wrestling with his dog, Zala, and being a great dad. He works close by in Human Resources and has a Masters in Public Administration from Arizona State University. He is also working on launching his own product.


Cassandra Cardenas has a background in marketing and customer service, and a Masters in Voice Performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. She sings professionally with Arizona Opera and various local groups. She also makes concrete planters for The Nest Gift Shop. Cassandra loves DIY projects, cooking and baking, exploring the outdoors, and being a mom to Annabel and Leila.