PRIVATE HILLTOP VIEW W/ GARDEN COURTYARDS & DESERT

Nancy Tom

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Sleeps8
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights
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PRIVATE HILLTOP VIEW W/ GARDEN COURTYARDS & DESERT

Tucson House Rental Photos and Description

House, 3 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2.25 Baths, (Sleeps 6-8)

Set back over 500 feet from the street and accessible only on an unpaved driveway, this mid-century home sitting on a desert hilltop, can restore creativity and promote relaxation with its openness and natural lighting that fills each room. Large picture windows from the living room, dining and bedrooms offer views of the City, Catalina Mountains, Tucson Mountains and memorable sunrises and sunsets. A high ceiling wood beam living room with flagstone fireplace, offers a relaxed spacious atmosphere for family gatherings or to just sit and enjoy the views.

Enjoy outdoor meals on the east facing patio that runs the length of the house while absorbing the panoramic city and mountain views. Entry, lower and upper courtyards are available to watch the sunrise and sunsets. Nearby wildlife corridor offers frequent visits from desert creatures.

A full kitchen with new appliances, cookware and dishes allows you to decide how much or little you wish to cook. The natural light filled dining room looks out into a courtyard and patio and across the living room. A flagstone wall divider between the kitchen and dining room is the ideal height for a serving line buffet. Walking distance to nearby grocery store, restaurants and retail offer fast convenience.

A huge master bedroom with windows on three sides has a queen bed plus a convertible sofa, perfect for a quiet reading spot. Two other roomy bedrooms can accommodate 3 – 5 more persons with queen beds and a futon sofa. The east facing bedroom guests will be greeted by Tucson’s beautiful colorful sunrises peaking over the Rincon mountains.

Surrounded by 40 acres of Sonoran desert and a nearby City nature park, one can take early morning hikes thru the desert. Located less than 5 miles from downtown Tucson and the University of Arizona, nearby golf courses, tennis courts and bike/ hiking trails provide easy access for all levels of interest and ages.

Property is ideal for those who wish for a true desert experience, a relaxing get-away and still want to be close to conveniences within an urban context.

Keywords: house, home, vacation rental, secluded, urban getaway

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Suitability:
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Nancy Tom (Owner)
Advertiser since 2010
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About Nancy Tom

Having moved to Tucson over 35 years ago, the environment surrounding this home has a maintained it’s wide open desert space. We can watch the changing colors of the sky, mountains and city from the privacy of the outdoor patio. With Tucson’s weather, we can enjoy many meals outdoors; open doors and windows to let in fresh air. With open desert surrounding us on all four sides, we have learned to live with the desert dust that gets tracked into the house. It's part of desert living. We cherish the quiet solitude, the relaxing open space and the energizing creativity that is generated from this hilltop.

One of our favorite activities is watching the summer monsoon storms move across the valley with the smell of anticipated desert rain. The spring brings unexpected colors of yellow, red, purple, orange and white from desert wildflowers.

We have rented this home as a long term rental for over 20 years, and recently we decided to rent it out as a short term vacation rental. We hope you enjoy this special retreat as much as others have.

Nancy Tom purchased this house in 1970

Why Nancy Tom chose Tucson

Built by two brothers in the 1950’s as winter cabins for themselves and their guests, two mirrored homes sit atop a hill at the base of the Tucson Mountain foothills surrounded by 40 acres of Sonoran desert. Since these houses were built, the city has grown around us, with a city park with sports lights and a neighborhood shopping center just across the street. Since the 1980’s this residence has been home to writers, artists, architects, professionals and their families who rented this home for long periods. In 2010 we decided to offer one of the homes as a vacation rental. We want others to experience this special place of openness, relaxation and connection to Tucson and the desert.

What makes this house unique

A private unpaved driveway contributes to the quiet solitude of the home. During the winter, a small courtyard between the two homes, yields fresh limes, lemons, grapefruit and pomegranate.

Within walking distance is a grocery store and restaurants. Within a 15 minute drive are: 3 golf courses, 2 hospitals, University of Arizona and Pima Community College, tennis courts, 3 city parks, downtown, Arizona Sonoran Desert Museum, Old Tucson and numerous hiking trails in the Tucson Mountains and the nearby City park.

Sleeps8
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights
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4.4
based on 8 traveler reviews

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Private Hilltop view w/ Garden Courtyards & Desert
average rating of 4.375 based on 8 reviews
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Private Hilltop view w/ Garden Courtyards & Desert
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p324507vb
520 622-4506 (Arizona, USA)
Tucson Arizona
San Francisco, CA, USA
5

Perfect weekend getaway

  • 5 of 5
This is a gem of a house. The place is really clean and well maintained. The owner is a gracious host.
It is a great feeling to wake up in the morning here and take in the view of the lovely city of Tucson encircled by mountains. I should also mention the spectacular sunset without which this review would be incomplete. Do not miss it for the world if you are here!! All in all, I had a really good time.
I highly recommend this amazing rental and I would definitely like to come back here.
  • Submitted: Jul 13, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you enjoyed your stay and were able to watch from the property's lower courtyard patio, the City's fireworks display starting from nearby "A" Mountain on 4th of July. As this is the monsoon season, there can be spectacular sunrises and sunsets. I'm glad you were lucky enough to experience this.
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Private Hilltop view w/ Garden Courtyards & Desert
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p324507vb
520 622-4506 (Arizona, USA)
Tucson Arizona
Tucson, AZ
5

Wonderful Tucson Staycation

  • 5 of 5
We are from Tucson and were looking for a temporary place to stay while our house was under construction. The house made us feel like we were on vacation and I didn't want to leave when it was time to go. The morning sunrises, the natural daylight that enters the home and the views made this place so enjoyable. If we have any future visitors from out of town we will definitely recommend this vacation rental.
  • Submitted: Jul 9, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm glad the convenient location of the property worked for you and that you enjoyed the views and abundant natural lighting. Feeling like you were on vacation, while being a local Tucson resident, says a great deal. Thank you.
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Private Hilltop view w/ Garden Courtyards & Desert
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p324507vb
520 622-4506 (Arizona, USA)
Tucson Arizona
1

Did not live up to expectations.

  • 1 of 5
While plenty large enough to accommodate our party of 3 couples this house was a great disappointment. It had some mid century charm if it was refurbished a bit and cleaned better. The pictures do not represent the view which was of a large and brightly lit sports field and shopping center. (yes you can walk to it and that is your view) The area for walking contains large areas fenced off and labeled "possible hazardous waste". One large disappointment was that there was no comfortable furniture on the large patio which would have been nice for sunbathing or reading but nothing comfortable to lay or sit on , only a few hard metal chairs. Kitchen stock was meager. One bathroom drain was plugged and owner did not respond until a day later. We managed to unplug. Stove was not functioning properly and we had to fix that too. House was not very clean. My socks were filthy the first time I walked in the bathroom and I could not find good mop to clean with . one bedroom door would not close. VCR did not function properly. I think this could be a cute house if owner spent some money on upgrading and furnishings. The owner can't help that they built a shopping center across the street but should be properly represented. Of our 5 pics that we narrowed down to this was the most expensive so we were very disappointed.
  • Submitted: May 1, 2014
  • Stayed: Mar 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your comments and suggestions. I apologize for your deep disappointment. As my husband and I have opened up this house in only the past few years to short term rental, we are still making improvements to the grounds and house. As there is an upper patio level and a lower courtyard level, the shopping center is more visible on the higher level. As the planters of bamboo and other landscape mature in the courtyard, the views of the shopping center and sports lights will blend better with the beautiful mountain and city views available from the upper patio. It is our vision to make this a place to relax and enjoy the beauty of nature even with nearby urban reminders.

As we continue to make improvements, we do plan to add more outdoor furniture at the lower courtyard to allow for more socializing, lounging and being able to appreciate the garden, city and mountain views. With the desert wildlife and their unique behavior patterns coming frequently to visit the lower courtyard and the patio deck, thick cushions are provided but can not be left outside.

The area where you walked and found the fence, is a very small portion of the 60 acres of City owned land which is planned as a City walking trail park. The signage, placed years ago before the City completed testing of the site, has yet to be removed. As we’re aware of this history, we are not concerned, and I apologize for not making our guests aware of this. With all this open desert surrounding all four sides of the property, dust is commonplace, and is just part of living with nature in the desert. It’s impossible to keep the desert dust out. As soon as one walks in the house, dusty footprints can be seen tracked throughout. Your suggestion of a good mop and dust mop is noted and I appreciate guests who are so mindful of keeping the house clean during their visit.

Guests are encouraged to let us know of any matters that would make their stay better. They are given our contact information for email, text, and phone. If a matter is urgent, it is best addressed by phone rather than text or email. We since have had guests stay for two weeks after your visit. We were not aware of the stove, VCR or bedroom door being a concern during your stay. Because we live next door, my husband and I have been able to address other guests’ concerns promptly when we become aware of an issue.
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Private Hilltop view w/ Garden Courtyards & Desert
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p324507vb
520 622-4506 (Arizona, USA)
Tucson Arizona
Michigan
5

Great Location and Accomodation

  • 5 of 5
In the past we've stayed farther up in the foothills when we visit Tucson, but we were growing tired of the vast amount of time we would spend driving to get most places. This nice home strikes the right balance of being set away from the city, while being close enough to I-10, Downtown and the UofA Campus to explore all that the Tucson area has to offer. My wife and I visited with our energetic 2 year-old who loved running around the enormous patio. His grandparents also stayed with us and there was plenty of room and privacy for everyone.
  • Submitted: Mar 20, 2014
  • Stayed: Feb 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing, Families with Young Children
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Private Hilltop view w/ Garden Courtyards & Desert
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p324507vb
520 622-4506 (Arizona, USA)
Tucson Arizona
4

Great Location/great views

  • 4 of 5
This house worked out great for our trip to Tucson. There is a spacious picture window to view the sunrise and out the front door we saw spectacular sunsets. The only negative was looking out on the shopping center but the view of looking east towards the mountains and Tucson made up for it. The bedrooms were large and comfortable beds. The location was very convenient for all our site seeing activities. It had everything we needed but can't say that we really used the kitchen because we only ate breakfast there. The owners are next door but they respect your privacy and are there for anything you might need. They even provided us some delicious grapefruit.
  • Submitted: Mar 8, 2014
  • Stayed: Feb 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Girls Getaway
Owner's Response: Yes, there are wonderful sunrise and sunset views available from the house and I’m glad you got to experience both. As mentioned, one need only look beyond, towards the mountains and city to appreciate the expansive sense of openness. The garden planters contain newly planted bamboo to help screen the shopping center and provide a sense of serenity. As the garden matures, it should help create an even better sense of place. My husband and I are very mindful of our guests’ privacy, so thank you for noticing. We’re happy to share the lemon and grapefruit from our trees. In fact we’ve planted 3 more citrus trees, a mandarin orange, kumquat and pommelo since your visit. Hopefully next year the lime tree will be producing.
Nancy
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Private Hilltop view w/ Garden Courtyards & Desert
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p324507vb
520 622-4506 (Arizona, USA)
Tucson Arizona
Columbia
5

All the conveniences of home and more!

  • 5 of 5
We had an 8-person family gathering here, with a 6-year-old and a toddler. The fenced-in area of the yard gave them plenty of space to play while the rest of us enjoyed the desert views. The location felt very private, but was still close to all the amenities. Great location for birdwatchers! While we were here, we saw plenty of desert wildlife. Home was attractively furnished, and the beds were really soft. (Late risers might want to avoid the east-facing bedroom.)

I enjoyed the wireless Internet to keep up with work and news from home over the holidays. We also very much appreciated the washing machine and dryer, and the convenience of being able to make our own breakfast. This was much nicer than a hotel would have been, and for eight of us, less expensive too!
  • Submitted: Dec 29, 2013
  • Stayed: Dec 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children
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Summer
Jun 1 2014 - Sep 30 2014
3 night minimum stay
$150
$950
$1,900
 
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
$225
$1,500
$4,100
 

Additional information about rental rates

Processing Fee $25
Property Damage Protection $49
Cleaning Fee $175
Tax Rate 17.65%
Notes Light cleaning on a biweekly basis will provided for stays greater than two weeks. Rates are subject to change until reservations are made.

Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Amenities

Amenities

Tucson House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2100 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
General:
  • Iron & Board
  • Towels Provided
  • Hair Dryer
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Broadband Access
  • Air Conditioning
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Clothes Dryer
Kitchen:
  • Stove
  • Oven
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Coffee Maker
  • Toaster
  • Kitchen
  • Ice Maker
  • Refrigerator
  • Microwave
  • Dishwasher
  • Cooking Utensils
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Queen size Beds (3), Sleep Sofa (1), Futon Sofa (1)
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Stereo
  • CD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
Outside:
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Deck / Patio ...
Suitability:
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Attractions:
  • zoo
  • restaurants
  • museums
Leisure Activities:
  • shopping
  • horseback riding
  • wildlife viewing
  • sight seeing
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • golf
  • hiking
  • tennis
  • mountain biking
  • cycling
  • racquetball
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