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Madera Canyon home w/ spectacular mountain view

Molly Elliott

Member since: 2012
Speaks: english, spanish
Sleeps4
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 6 - 28 nights

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Molly Elliott

Member since: 2012
Speaks: english, spanish
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Within a few hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
March 25, 2015
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Madera Canyon home w/ spectacular mountain view

Sleeps4
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 6 - 28 nights

Overview

Green Valley House Rental Photos and Description

1 Bdr/2 Bath + loft surrounded by Coronado National Forest. Walk to trailheads.

Fully Furnished 1 Bdr/2 Bath + loft in Madera Canyon surrounded by the Coronado National Forest. Fabulous porch with swing, glider and room to feed the whole family while watching hummingbirds at your feeder. One of a kind woodwork 'makes' this home. 1326 sf of indoor living space. Central AC/heat. Full kitchen, laundry in basement. Property is walking distance to trailheads, picnic areas and favorite birdwatching spots. It all adds up to the best place for an extended stay in Madera Canyon.

Please note: There is no TV reception (we do have a dvd player). Metered Satellite Internet is provided (but not unlimited). This is a remote property. Your cell phone will have limited connectivity in the canyon (Verizon works best). There is a landline in the cabin. While there are two gift stores in the canyon, the next closest businesses are 15 miles away. I recommend you get gas and stop at the grocery store before you drive into the canyon. Don't forget to buy a bag of sugar to make syrup to feed the hummingbirds!

Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Molly Elliott (Property Manager)
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
March 25, 2015

About Molly Elliott

I spent summers in Tucson, Arizona with my grandparents as a little girl. They had a small cabin in Madera Canyon - one of only a handful of private homes - and my sister and I loved going there on the weekends and playing in the creek or hiking the trail to Mt. Wrightson. As an adult I have returned to visit my grandparents many times with my children to introduce them to the jewel that is Madera Canyon. The photo is of my grandfather blowing bubbles with my daughter off the edge of the porch.

Molly Elliott purchased this house in 1990

Why Molly Elliott chose Green Valley

In 1990 my grandparents built the current home which they nicknamed Hummingbird Hill. It sits at a high spot in the canyon which lends itself to beautiful mountain views, sunsets and hummingbird watching. It was their dream retirement home. I have recently inherited it and can't bear to part with it - not only because of the memories but also because of the unique building and location. My husband and I are not able to move to the canyon right now as we have jobs out of state, but hope it can become our dream retirement home as well.

What makes this house unique

The home itself was custom built by Richard Lansky. You won't believe the detailed woodworking. Take a careful look at the photo gallery. Richard still lives in the canyon and helps me with maintenance. The location is also amazing. Madera Canyon is a natural gem and it is minimally developed so you will have tons of opportunities to enjoy nature. The cabin is on private property but borders Coronado National Forest land on all sides. There are a handful of residents in the canyon and it is a popular weekend spot for people from Tucson so you will not be completely alone, but there's still plenty of space for solitude. I love some of the local businesses that rent out by the night, but this is truly the best place for an extended stay as it has a fully equipped kitchen and laundry facility.

Guestbook comments from the manager

I had a super time at the cabin in Madera Canyon in June. The hummingbirds on the porch were unbelievable. I had to get up well before dawn to get the feeders washed, filled up, and out. I did a great hummingbird business until 3 days before the end of my stay when the bees took over. I wasn't sure what to do about them, so I just let them have the lot.



The trails were wonderful. I witnessed an epic fight between a male trogan and a pair of sulfer bellied flycatchers over a nesting space. It went on and on. Pink feathers and yellow feathers were flying. I also got a big thrill over the masses of house wrens raising their families. They are fearless and great hunters. They were fantastic fun to watch. If you sit still long enough, the fledglings would hop all around you. In spite of the no rain, birds were nesting everywhere.



I did have 4 bear encounters over the month. They were the best kind of bear encounters, the kind where the bear makes an annoyed sound and turns and runs away.



You are so lucky to have such a lovely cabin in such a fantastic place. I keep my eye open for places to buy in Madera. Meanwhile, I hope to come back and rent again in 2015.
May 2014
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Sleeps4
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 6 - 28 nights
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Reviews

5
based on 4 traveler reviews

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Madera Canyon home w/ spectacular mountain view
average rating of 5.0 based on 6 reviews
Marana, AZ
5

Very nice Christmas week

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful place to spend a week. Since you're at the end of the road, the only traffic noise that you hear is headed to/from the trailheads/parking area so it dies down in the evening and it's never bad (there was some construction work nearby putting in a couple bridges, but that wasn't much of an issue either but we did have to wait ten minutes or so one time to drive down the hill). Very quiet and secluded; even though there are other properties nearby, you're above them in elevation so it feels like you're alone in the wilderness with a great view out the front. The cabin is wonderful with custom-made woodwork (loft "bridge," stair rails, cabinetry). Even though it's listed as one bedroom, the upstairs loft is quite big and, in fact, the 3/4 bath upstairs seems bigger than the full bath on the main level (there's a hide-a-bed up there, but we didn't use it). My only complaint is that the cabin was so nice that we didn't want to get out more than we did! It was pretty cool when we were there (got some snow late Christmas evening and it got well below freezing a few nights), so we didn't use the deck as much as we would have liked, but it's got to be wonderful in warmer weather. Did have a few hummingbirds over Christmas week, but they were pretty scarce (remember to bring in the feeders if it's going to get below freezing overnight). Nearby hikes are a bit strenuous but I did hike up to Josephine Saddle one day (up the Super Trail and back down on Old Baldy Trail for about 6.8 miles round-trip). A nice hike to do is to walk from the cabin down to amphitheater on the road and take the Nature Trail up the hill (a bit steep at first, but once you get higher up, it levels out) and then head up-canyon to the trailhead near the cabin. No stores or meals available except by heading down to Green Valley. There are some spices and a few edibles in the cabin, presumably left by previous renters; that came in handy since we forgot to bring some (we left some stuff for visitors coming after us). Water pressure is low, but more than adequate. Internet service is quite slow, but more than adequate (as remote as it felt, it was amazing to have internet service at all). No TV service which was fine with us, but it is nice to watch DVDs in the evening; there are a number of them in the cabin, but it doesn't have the selection of a DVD rental store so bring your own. Did go over to Tubac one day. Try Elvira's restaurant for the moles! Expensive though.

  • Submitted: Jan 3, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
5

Private Nature Lodge

  • 5 of 5

Deer tiptoe up the driveway, hummingbirds fight over the feeders, small creatures, lizards, squirrels, sparrows, and juncoes, scamper across the porch floorboards. This house is for people who love nature and crave a spell of solitude. The view from the porch looks out over the Madera Canyon forest canopy and up to the hills and mountains. It is lovely. If you don't want to hit the trails, you can birdwatch right from the porch swing; I counted 14 species one late afternoon, and I wasn't trying very hard. However, there is a great network of trails only a short walk from your front door. Everything from an easy 3 mile nature trail to a strenuous march up to the top of Mt Wrightson. The variety of habitat is incredible. You can also get in the car and drive down to the desert grasslands, about 10 minutes away and walk the desert washes. I never went out walking without seeing something wonderful. The house is comfortable and interesting. There is plenty of room for 2 people. We didn't even use the loft, except to walk over that fantastic bridge to the upstairs balcony. The kitchen is well-equipped, and the living room and the beds are comfortable. We stayed only 10 days, but I could have used a month. If you are a nature lover, this is a great vacation rental!

  • Submitted: Sep 28, 2013
  • Stayed: Sep 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm so glad you had a great experience. Do let me know if you want to come for that full month! I do want to caution future out-of-state visitors who may not be familiar with the washes to be very careful around the dry washes. Flash flooding in the washes is a real problem. Every year you hear of someone who gets hit with an unexpected wall of water while in a wash. Even if the day is sunny in the valley, do NOT go in the wash if there is rain anywhere in the vicinity (especially higher up the mountain from you).
Fond du Lac, Wisconsin
5

Hummingbird Hill

  • 5 of 5

We certainly enjoyed our month stay at the rental unit. The home was spacious and unique in a wonderful way. The property where it is located is very private, with access to hiking trails almost right out the front door. The home was well supplied with all the necessities. We enjoyed it enough that we have decided to rent again in 2014 for two months. That should indicate our stamp of approval.

  • Submitted: Apr 30, 2013
  • Stayed: Jan 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Roanoke, VA, U.S.A.
5

Nancy E.

  • 5 of 5

Wonderfully furnished. Particularly enjoyed the bird life and the small animals. Saw a number of nearby tourist sites (Tubac, San Xavier del bac Mission, Univ. of AZ at Tucson museum, Wildlife refuge south of Green Valley, Old Tucson Studios) and many days just relaxed at the cabin. Night skies were clear and full of stars.Hiking and biking is very popular.

  • Submitted: Apr 15, 2013
  • Stayed: Feb 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway

Map

Nearest Airport
37 Miles
Tucson
Nearest Golf
17 Miles
Canoa Ranch Golf Club
Nearest Motorway
14 Miles
I-19
Nearest Restaurant
14 Miles
The Olives Bistro
Car: necessary

Madera Canyon is nestled in the northern slopes of the Santa Rita Mountain range east of Green Valley and south of Tucson, Arizona. The flora along with the streams that carved out this canyon help to sustain the many bird, mammal, and insect species that breed and visit here. Visitors from all over the world arrive in search of such avian specialties as the Elegant Trogon, Elf Owl, Sulphur-bellied Flycatcher, and Painted Redstart. Over 230 species of birds have been recorded in the Canyon with 15 hummingbird species among them.

Thousands of birders, hikers, photographers, artists, and those simply seeking a place to enjoy a picnic under the shade of a sycamore tree—next to the cool water of a creek—have fallen in love with Madera Canyon.

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Rates & Availability

From $60 Per night

Green Valley House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rental rates quoted in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
March 2015
Mar 1 2015 - Mar 31 2015
6 night minimum stay
$75
$500
$1,500
 
 
Spring
Feb 1 2016 - Apr 30 2016
28 night minimum stay
$1,800
 
 
My Standard Rate
6 night minimum stay
$85
$1,800
 

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Pet Fee $200
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Amenities

Green Valley House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1500 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural
Theme:
  • Away From It All
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking
  • Garage
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • King size beds (1), Sleep Sofa (1) Sleeper sofa in loft
Entertainment:
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Stereo
  • VCR
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing

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