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Minimum Stay 7 - 30 nights

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2 bedroom Villa, 1000 SF, mountain views from every window, courtyard patio

Enchanting 'Cactus Villa' in exclusive 'Rancho Sin Vacas,' a prestigious enclave of private homes situated high in the heart of the Catalina Foothills at Tucson's northern edge -- one of the city's best locations, and premier communities.

The upscale gated community has 24/7 security that is manned by a professional and friendly staff that monitors every vehicle entering and leaving 'Rancho Sin Vacas.'

This desirable villa at 'Rancho Sin Vacas,' at a desirable price, is one story -- no stairs to climb with luggage or groceries. Your personal, covered parking spot, steps away from your front door, is in a unique parking lot reserved for only 4 units and their guests, unlike the shared mass parking lots of all the other units.

The convenient end villa is private and quiet -- no one lives above or below -- and you are not sandwiched between two common side walls that block your mountain views, the city lights, and the energizing natural daylight.

The 1000 SF 'Cactus Villa' is well appointed and tastefully decorated in Southwestern/Mexican decor with authentic Mexican Saltillo tile flooring throughout. Tile flooring is more sanitary and healthier than carpeting, especially in bedrooms, as it contributes to a low allergen environment for persons with allergies, as well as for persons without allergies.

Say goodbye to the 300 SF cookie-cutter resort or hotel room, and enjoy true resort-style living at 'The Cactus Villa' in 'Rancho Sin Vacas' at a fraction of the cost of the resorts that are just a few minutes away down Skyline/Sunrise, and without the high taxes and surcharges. Just unpack, and relax in affordable luxury.

The Great Room has a spacious, open floor plan combined with the kitchen and dining area, which is ideal for entertaining. It has 18' vaulted ceilings, a French door to the private patio, and wraparound floor-to-ceiling windows that flood the rooms with light and sun, and offer panoramic views of the breathtaking Catalina Mountain range, and of the distant twinkling lights of the city below.

The kitchen in The Cactus Villa is larger than those one finds in most condos, with full size appliances that include a refrigerator with ice maker. You will entertain with pride in a kitchen that is fully equipped with high quality stainless steel cookware and every utensil you would need to prepare anything from breakfast to snacks, cocktail foods to a feast, or an intimate candlelit dinner to enjoy with your spouse or with your guests. You don't have to go out for any meal unless you are in the mood to dine at any of the many wonderful restaurants in the area.

The convenience of full size washer and dryer means you can pack lighter and save on airline surcharges.

Also provided are extra touches to pamper you, like feather pillows, Egyptian cotton linens, and thick fluffy towels.

There are cable TVs in EVERY room: In the Great Room, a flat screen HDTV and a DVD/VHS player. In the guest room/library, a brand new flat screen HDTV, and a TV in the master bedroom.

Wireless, high-speed Internet, Preferred Digital cable package with On Demand, and unlimited local calls are included.

For your additional enjoyment you will find an extensive collection of DVD and VHS videos, a stereo CD & tape player, a classical music tape library, as well as other types of music tapes.

Lounge in the library/guest room, or in your cozy reading corner in the bedroom with a book from our large personal library of quality and interesting books, or perhaps one that was donated by one of our many lovely guests.

Play board games, chess, cards, enjoy a fondue, gather around the piano, or just relax in front of a cozy fire in the kiva fireplace after a day in the invigorating mountain air of Tucson or greater Arizona.

Outside the Great Room is an extra large and private courtyard patio that offers direct access to the miles of winding roads to walk, hike or bike within gated 'Rancho Sin Vacas.' If you like to get up early, you can watch the sun rise and enjoy the closeness to the mountains as you enjoy your morning coffee or tea on your private patio.

The patio is surrounded by lush, mature vegetation, with two bistro tables and chairs, patio umbrella, ample additional seating for your guests, 2 comfortable anti-gravity reclining chaises, a brand new Weber gas grill, a copper wood-burning pit, cozy lanterns, candles, and a collection of musical wind chimes that create a magical atmosphere in which to rest or star-gaze and enjoy the cool nights, or the warm sunny days of the serene and starkly beautiful Arizona Sonoran Desert.

In the winter, you can view the snow-capped mountains from your wrap-around windows, or while you soak in the warm Arizona sun in a comfortable chaise lounge on your private patio. In the summer, the higher foothills elevation (approximately 3500 ft) keeps the temperatures cooler than the city below.

'The Cactus Villa' at 'Rancho Sin Vacas' is a year-round birder's paradise. You'll delight at the many species of hummingbirds, gambrels quail, roadrunners, cardinals, finches, orioles, and other birds that abound in the trees and shrubbery right outside your doors or at our feeders. You'll see majestic hawks, and hear owls and other nocturnal birds.

You'll also hear the coyotes yipping in the mountains that are just a short distance from your doorstep. If your timing is good, you may even get to see the beautiful bobcats that live in those mountains.

Your 'Rancho Sin Vacas' 'Cactus Villa' is host to a spectacular variety of desert wildlife that you will enjoy watching every day from every room of the villa, or as you relax on the patio. Keep a camera handy because if you like wildlife and beautiful natural desert scenery, you will love your surroundings and the 'desert visitors' to 'The Cactus Villa' at 'Rancho Sin Vacas.'

'The Cactus Villa' in 'Rancho Sin Vacas' is perfect for a vacation at any time of the year. You will feel so comfortable and at home in this quiet and private enclave in the Foothills that, like the wonderful repeat guests we enjoy, you too will want to make 'The Cactus Villa' at 'Rancho Sin Vacas' your 'winter retreat' -- or 'any time retreat' -- year after year.

'The Cactus Villa' is the premier 'Villas at Rancho Sin Vacas' vacation rental that others in the complex try to emulate, from the often word-for-word usage of my creative language throughout their entire property descriptions and other information, to the copying of my giving my villa a unique name - 'The Cactus Villa' - and using 'enchanting' to describe it. But that's all right. After all, Imitation IS the highest form of flattery! :)


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  • non smoking only
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • pets not allowed
Argie (Owner)
Advertiser since 2010
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About Argie

State University of New York at Stony Brook, B.A., magna cum laude

Former Deputy Tax Receiver, Town of Smithtown

Argie purchased this villa in 1998

Why Argie chose Tucson

ADDITIONAL PHOTOS OF THE CACTUS VILLA AT: https://picasaweb.google.com/thecactusvilla

After many years of traveling to the Southwest, as a desert lover I knew I wanted a piece of Arizona. When I first saw Tucson, I knew it was where in Arizona I wanted to be. The stark beauty of the desert, the climate, and the many days of sunshine were the reasons for my choice.

My search for the perfect Tucson property took several years. When I first drove up Camino Sin Vacas towards the magical Catalina Mountains and to the villa that would come to be known as The Cactus Villa at Rancho Sin Vacas, I fell in love, and I immediately knew that my search was over.

Now I share my corner of paradise with travelers whose love for Tucson is the same as mine.

What makes this villa unique

At The Cactus Villa we are committed to excellence and to a quality experience for every guest. Our pride in our villa is evident in the variety of photos we provide to give the traveler a true representation of every aspect of OUR property -- inside AND outside.

In addition to strict attention to every detail beforehand, we maintain communication with our guests during every stage of their visit - before, during, and after - to insure that all their needs are/were met, and we are available to them at all times. We are proud to offer outstanding service and pricing that are second to none.


Guestbook comments from the owner

This was the third year that we stayed at Argie's lovely Cactus Villa and we had a wonderful time once again. Argie is very accommodating and very accessible if there are any questions, and she is very professional, making the rental process easy and providing a quick refund of rental deposit after the stay. The villa is beautifully decorated with a southwest motif and lovely warm colors, and it is extremely well furnished. There are lots of southwest touches like clay pots, figurines, cool area rugs, etc. and the villa is bright and sunny. The kitchen is very well stocked with appliances and everything you need, we like to cook and we were able to make some great dishes. There is everything you need for a comfortable and pleasurable stay, Argie has thought of everything! The patio is surrounded by flowers and bushes and mesquite trees and is very private. There is very nice outdoor seating and a barbeque grill. The community surroundings are really beautiful, and there are some great walks within the community with some beautiful houses surrounded by an unspoiled desert landscape. The community is right up against the mountains and so there are great views and great sunsets and sunrises. We love to hike and the villa is within 10 - 15 minutes drive from some of the best hiking in the Tucson area. The location is also not far from the historic downtown and there is a very nice outside mall a few minutes drive away. We highly recommend the Cactus Villa, it was a real find for us!
Jan 2014
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Enchanting 'Cactus Villa' heart of Catalinas in prestigious 'Rancho Sin Vacas.'
average rating of 5.0 based on 2 reviews
Enchanting 'Cactus Villa' heart of Catalinas in prestigious 'Rancho Sin Vacas.'
+1 6312695980
Tucson Arizona
Santa Fe, NM

Cactus Villa, An Exceptional Tucson Experience

  • 5 of 5
I have stayed at “The Cactus Villa” three times. The location is superb, offering the best of both the city of Tucson and the privacy of the secluded, beautiful foothills area. The villa accommodations here are excellent, the owner is friendly, conscientious and responsive, and there is a good local contact as well.

I usually vacation in the summer, so I enjoy the cooler, high mountain setting. The main exposure is northeast, providing a welcome respite from the sun when you’re outside. There is nothing more enjoyable than a night under the stars after a day of exploring Tucson’s many treasures, an invigorating swim in the pool, or a barbecue with friends in the comfortable and private patio - or all of the above!
  • Submitted: Oct 17, 2010
  • Stayed: Jul 2008
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
Enchanting 'Cactus Villa' heart of Catalinas in prestigious 'Rancho Sin Vacas.'
+1 6312695980
Tucson Arizona
Smithville, TN

Our Favorite Place

  • 5 of 5
My wife and I have stayed there at least ten times. It is our favorite among all the places we have vacationed. Being in a gated community with parking just a few steps from the door is one of the things we like and the quietness and tranquility are unbeatable. Watching the sunrise over the Catalina Mountains is a terrific way to begin the day and the sunsets will sooth any anxiety. We're birdwatchers so seeing the Gambel's Quail around the patio and having hummingbirds buzzing around the flowers are a delight to us. The townhouse location makes it easy for us to travel to all of the birding spots to the south and east for day trips. Shopping is convenient with major stores being only ten minutes away. The accommodations at the townhouse are great so all we need to bring are our clothes and birding equipment. The furnishings are comfortable and in good taste. We recommend this lovely place to anyone who wants an enjoyable and relaxing stay in one of the best locations possible.
  • Submitted: Apr 2, 2010
  • Stayed: Jul 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
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El Charro Cafe
"Features authentic Mexican cuisine. Very cozy environment."
Catalina State Park
"Good location; easy access. Very pretty park."
Metropolitan Grill
"Continental cuisine, good pastries, convenient for take-out"
Golf Club at Vistoso
Pusch Ridge Stables
Nearest Airport
20 Miles
Tucson International
Nearest Train
10 Miles
Nearest Motorway
10 Miles
Nearest Ski
2 Miles
Car: necessary

The peaceful community setting of 'Rancho Sin Vacas,' off Skyline Drive/Pima Canyon and north of Ina Road, is secluded and removed from traffic and noise, yet only minutes from Campbell Avenue and the upscale La Encantada Mall with many boutiques and specialty shops, Crate and Barrel, an AJs market, as well as a beautiful Apple computer store. Also a few minutes away are The Foothills Mall, The Tucson Mall, supermarkets, pharmacies, the post office, FedEx/Kinko's, state-of-the-art medical facilities -- and all the amenities one could desire at a home-away-from-home.

It's only a five minute drive from 'The Cactus Villa' at 'Villas at Rancho Sin Vacas' to the fine art galleries and restaurants at the corner of Ina and Campbell to the east, and less than a mile west to Oracle Road (Route 77) -- a main north/south thoroughfare with shopping and restaurants to suit every palate and price range.

You probably know that Tucson has 350 days of sunshine, more than two dozen golf courses designed by the likes of Tom Fazio and Jack Nicklaus, and some of the best Southwest cuisine this side of the border.

What you might not know is that Tucson is surrounded by four different mountain ranges, and there's great skiing at nearby Mount Lemmon. The city has a wealth of historic places to explore, from the 19th century St. Augustine Cathedral to the old homes and store fronts in El Presidio.

Just outside of Tucson, you can visit old mining towns, missions and archaeological sites, including the petroglyphs at Signal Hill and the reconstructed dwelling at Dankworth Village.

When temperatures get too brutal for outdoor pursuits, such as hiking the 150 miles of trails in the Santa Catalina Mountains, you can always hop in a summer class with the University of Arizona at Tucson's lifelong learning program. There's even a course on pirates!

If you have the time, side trips to places like:

Rocky Point, Mexico on The Sea of Cortez -- about 4.5 hrs.

Las Vegas -- about 6.5 hrs.

Los Angeles or San Diego -- about 7 hrs.

Tubac - 50 min

Nogales, Mexico - 1 hr. (shopping on the border of Mexico/Arizona)

The Grand Canyon


National Parks at the Arizona-Utah border and the Four Corners area

-- all can easily be made from 'The Cactus Villa' at 'Rancho Sin Vacas' -- our little corner of paradise!

Highlights of a few Tucson activities and attractions:



Skiing at Mt. Lemmon (9157 ft)

The U of A, and the endless downtown activities and cultural events

4th Avenue - Funky shopping in the '60s' or NYC 'Village' atmosphere

Casinos - the popular Indian casinos 1/2 hr; the Las Vegas casinos 4.5 hr

Movie theaters

Gem & Mineral Shows (January-February)

World-class golfing - 15 min

Tucson Rodeo (February)

Major league baseball spring training mid-February through early April

Tohono Chul Park - 1 mile

U of A's Biosphere 2 - 50 min.

Pima Air Space Museum - 30 min

Titan Museum - 40 min

Arizona-Sonoran Desert Museum - 40 min

Old Tucson Movie Studios- 40 min

Tombstone - 40 min

Catalina State Park - 15 min

Sabino Canyon - 20 min

Saguaro East National Monument - 20 min

Tucson Mountain Park - 30 min

Beautiful and peaceful Mission San Xavier del Bac - 25 min

Arizona Desert Jeep Tours

Colossal Caves - 30 min

Kitt Peak Observatory - 1.5 hr

-- and so much more of what makes Tucson such a premier vacation destination.

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Availability & Rates

Availability & Rates


Tucson Villa Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Early Fall
Sep 1 2014 - Oct 31 2014
7 night minimum stay
Nov 1 2014 - Nov 30 2014
7 night minimum stay
Dec 1 2014 - Dec 31 2014
7 night minimum stay
Winter Peak
Jan 1 2015 - Mar 31 2015
30 night minimum stay
Early Spring
Apr 1 2015 - Apr 30 2015
7 night minimum stay
May 1 2015 - Jun 30 2015
7 night minimum stay
Jul 1 2015 - Aug 31 2015
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $100 - $200 $100
Refundable damage deposit $500


Cleaning $100-$250 - actual charges incurred, based on extent of cleaning required

January-March by CALENDAR month only
Refundable reservation
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Tucson Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Resort
  • Mountain View ...
  • Downtown ...
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Away From It All
  • Adventure
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment
  • Washing Machine
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Sofa Bed
  • Air Conditioning
  • Heating
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Laundry Soap
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Paper Towels
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Shampoo
  • Basic Soaps
  • Toilet Paper
  • Wireless Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Telescope
  • Thermos Bottle
  • Telephone ...
  • Internet ...
  • Kitchen
  • Stove
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Refrigerator
  • Oven
  • Microwave
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Coffee Maker
  • Toaster
  • Blender
  • Lobster Pot
  • Pantry Items
  • Stove
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Ice Maker
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • Second sink and vanity between master bedroom and bathroom separate from main bath.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 Guest Room/Den - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Full Futon
    Living room queen sleeper sofa - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Queen sleeper sofa
  • DVD Player
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Games
  • Piano
  • Video Library
  • Music Library
  • Television
  • Satellite / Cable
  • VCR
  • Radio
  • Stereo
  • CD Player
  • Audio Tape Player
Communication / Internet:
  • fax
  • Beach Towels
  • Barbecue
  • Gated Community
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Golf ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 8 garden chairs
  • non smoking only
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • pets not allowed
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
  • Communal Pool
  • Heated Pool
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • arboretum
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • live theater
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
  • zoo
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • festivals
  • forests
Leisure Activities:
  • scenic drives
  • antiquing
  • outlet shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • eco tourism
  • walking
  • horseback riding
  • photography
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • golf privileges optional
  • mountain climbing
  • spelunking
  • equestrian events
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • skiing
  • golf
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • cycling
ORIGINAL REVIEWS ON VACATIONHOMERENTALS WEB SITE Cactus Villa feels like 'home' September 6, 2014 We arrived at the Cactus Villa late on a Tuesday evening. The minute we walked in, we felt welcomed, as if it were waiting just for us! Argie has decorated the Villa with respect to the desert and Arizona culture. Every convenience was there for us. It was difficult to leave to go exploring in the area because the Villa was so lovely. The Saltillo floors were amazingly beautiful. Her furnishings were perfectly chosen and placed. We spent every evening outside on the back patio and observed many birds and wildlife. Morning walks in the gated community were gorgeous and everyone I met was very friendly. The location was also convenient. We were never more than minutes from any destination, yet we were tucked up into the foothills. We are very grateful that we had the opportunity to be guests at the Cactus Villa. We would love to come back for a longer stay. Owner's reply: Sharon, Thank you
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