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Relax at Desert Dream with Mountain Views, Saltwater Pool & Nurturing Spa

Bedrooms 3
Space 2,015 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Sleeps 6. 3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, 2015 square feet.

Welcome to my 'Desert Dream' ~Vicki Butler, Owner

Your vacation starts with a very well appointed, fully furnished home. I have taken the time to provide you the things that make a house a home. Luxurious beds and linens, Direct TVs, hi-speed wireless Internet, washer/dryer, and a well equipped kitchen await you. As you move to the outside, the beautiful panoramic view of the Catalina Mountains serve as a backdrop for your private, saltwater pool & spa, outdoor dining, BBQ grill, covered patio, and elevated sun deck. Inside or out - life is but a dream.

As the owner of this home, I wanted to create a sanctuary for myself, my family, and all those who come to visit. The ambiance of Desert Dream allows me to relax, rejuvenate, and shed the burdens of daily life; and, let the calmness of the desert embrace me. Tucson not only warms my body, but my heart and soul. It truly is my Desert Dream.

Things to Do: Enjoy hiking and biking the numerous mountain and city trails, or experience world class golf at one of the numerous golf clubs sprinkled throughout Tucson. Maybe you'd like to watch the desert bloom in the Spring! Or see the Arizona Diamondbacks during their Major League Spring Baseball Training. Come on down for the famous Tucson Gem & Mineral show, or visit the local wildlife and gardens at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum (my personal favorite!). Need more ideas: Tombstone, The Copper Creek Mine, Reid Park Zoo, Aircraft Boneyard, Biosphere II, and the beautiful 1700 Spanish Mission: San Xavier del Bac (another personal favorite of mine!). Want to cool off? See Tucson underground via Kartchner Caverns State Park or Colossal Cave Mountain Park. Or just stay home and plunge into the salt water pool, or enjoy a relaxing massage from the spa. Afterall, it is your 'Desert Dream.'

Where to eat.: There are so many restaurants sprinkled about Tucson. Want to stay close to home? Enjoy a glass a wine or beer with a steak sandwich or gyro at the local favorite, Pappoule's Greek Restaurant, located at the Foothills Mall. Around the corner is the Outback Steakhouse serving up steaks, ribs, chicken, and shrimp. There is the World Sports Bar Grill stationed at the entrance to Walmart off of LaCholla - here you can enjoy a meal and watch your favorite sports team offered on one of their many T.V.s

Interested in pizza or a sandwich? Try another personal favorite of mine, Sauce, located on the corner of Ina & N. Oracle Road. Right next door you can stop in for a delicous gelato at Frost (voted #1 as Tucson's favorite gelato). Looking to celebrate a special evening? Then Wildflower may be the place to go! Do make reservations ahead of time during peak season's. If you were to ask me what is my #1 favorite place for breakfast or lunch? Then I would hands down tell you to go to Tohuno Chul Bistro (located off of Ina), where you can sit outside under the shade of an umbrella, and enjoy a delicious meal while watching the hummingbirds, butterflies, dragonflies, and birds flit about the flowers and tree's. I consider Tohuno Chul to be the butterfly and hummingbird haven!

Looking to explore a little further out? Make reservations at the Guadalajara Mexican Original Grill where they make salsa to order right at your table! You could also head down to the University area and taste all of the sandwich shops and exotic fare. Or go downtown for Cafe Poco Cosa with its imaginative Mexican cuisine. The J Bar Lounge or La Pasada for happy hour with a view. Other popular hits are the La Encantada Mall for Ra (sushi), NoRTH (modern Italian cuisine), Blancos (tacos & tequila), Blue Fin (seafood) and you can always pop into AJ's (excellent fine foods grocer).

For the best pancakes in town, you've got to drive down to BoBo's - the all American greasy spoon. Try Frank's for breakfast with an attitude. Viavace is always a top dining choice.

And don't forget your own backyard. Fire up the BBQ and throw some steaks or seafood on the grill.

More Details

Vicki Butler, Owner
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 16, 2018

About Vicki Butler, Owner

Living in Alaska for over 30 years, it was time for me to find a place to warm up, kick back and feel the sun in my face. Currently I enjoy traveling and teaching classes & workshops for meditation, crystals, essential oils, and more!

Vicki Butler, Owner purchased this house in 2009

Why Vicki Butler, Owner chose The Bluffs

When I visited Tucson, I fell instantly in love! With an abundant amount of daily sunshine, the beauty of the surrounding mountains, the desert plant life, and the amazing wildlife - it was easy to choose Tucson as my vacation destination.

What makes this house unique

This home has been crystal gridded for easy releasing of stress, family harmony, relaxation, and joy! Time and again I received emails sharing that the families had plans to tour the city, and fell so much in love with the property they decided to stay and enjoy the saltwater pool/spa and the view!


Please note that pool heat (84°) is optional and is an additional $300/week. If you would like to add the pool heat, be sure to request it when submitting your booking. For stays longer then a week, you may request to add it for one week or every week booked (be sure to share which week/week's you would like the pool heated).

Please note that the Hot Tub heat is included in the original quoted rate. The hot tub is also salt water, and the jets are set to massage strength.


The Bluffs House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2015 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Town
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Filtered Water
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Shampoo
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Water Cooler
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Master Bath - toilet , tub , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Master Bedroom - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
  • The master bedroom comes complete with a luxurious king size pillowtop mattress and high quality luxury linens. View the Catalina Mountains and the sparkling pool from your bay window. Wake up each morning to beautiful sunrises right from your bed. Master bath has garden tub, shower, dual vanities, walk-in closet, ceiling fan, and plenty of room to retreat for that afternoon nap. Bedrooms 2 and 3 have the same quality linens, with one King size and one Queen Size pillowtop bed. They share the hall bath.
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Pool Table
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Beach Towels
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • 10 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • roller blading
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • tennis
Designed to be your home away from home. Very relaxing, very accommodating. Desert Dream puts you at ease the minute you walk in the door. You will spend as much time outdoors as you do indoors. The fantastic Catalina Mountains, your outdoor gas BBQ grill, sparkling pool and hot tub await you and your family. The kitchen comes well appointed and stocked with basic spices, and supplies. Stop by our two grocery stores (Albertson's is within a mile, Safeway or Fry's is only 2.3 miles away (opposite directions on Thorneydale) and you are set. Or take advantage of our variety of nearby restaurants.


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Relax at Desert Dream with Mountain Views, Saltwater Pool & Nurturing Spa
average rating of 4.9583335 based on 48 reviews

Perfect Property for a Getaway and Great Communication.

  • 5 of 5

Our family (wife and 2 adult children) spent 10 days at Desert Dream and it was truly wonderful. The house was amazing and we loved Tucson.

Let's start with the house. The pictures don't do it justice. It is very spacious and well appointed. Beds were super comfortable, as was the furniture. Kitchen had EVERYTHING we needed and was well supplied with spices, condiments, baking supplies, etc. when we arrived. The pool was great and the spa heavenly. We had it heated (we stayed in December) and spent a lot of time there. When we saw the pictures of the mountains at sunset in the ad, we thought they were probably enhanced. They're not. Sunset is exceptional there and we made it a point to be there each night to see it. I must admit I was a little apprehensive about being in a subdivision but it was a non-issue. Once your in the house, you really feel like it's you, the pool and the desert. A flock of quail came right up through the fence to drink from the pool a couple of mornings. We also saw bunnies and even a coyote! From the kitchen table you can see humming birds feeding on the flowers just outside the window.

I have been to Tucson for business several times over the years but really didn't know how much it had to offer. We went horse back riding, antiquing, a lot of hiking, toured downtown, went to a museum at ASU, spent a night observing at Kitts Peak Observatory and even took an overnight trip to the Grand Canyon. There are tons of dining options. We just loved it.

Finally, the owner was great. She gave us her cell number and was always available via text for any questions we had about the house and we only had a couple. Very accommodating and down to earth.

Bottom line, we would highly recommend Desert Dream and hope to return.

  • Submitted: Dec 23, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Mike! I couldn't have written a description of Desert Dream better then your review. I'm so happy you were able to enjoy the amazing sunrises and sunsets that Tucson has to offer! Combine that with the nourishing salt water pool, and it's instant detox from the every day stresses in life! It was equally great that it was so easy to communicate with you as well! I appreciate the extra efforts in taking such good care of my home. I look forward to your return to Desert Dream the next time you visit Tucson. All My Best, Vicki
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Wonderful Vacation Spot

  • 5 of 5

A great choice for our group. Lovely, well-appointed home with beautiful views and a good location for our activities.

  • Submitted: Mar 12, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful. Loved the pool and hot tub!😀?👍?🎉?

  • 5 of 5

Vicki responded quickly in response to questions.

Very quiet neighborhood.

The pool table was a great bonus.

Very comfortable relaxing stay!

  • Submitted: Feb 26, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Fabulous Liz! I'm so glad you opted for the pool heat and took advantage of those amazing Catalina Mountain views in the saltwater pool. Thank you for taking such good care of Desert Dream! I would love to have you back the next time you choose Tucson for your vacation destination. All My Best, Vicki Butler, Owner
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  • 5 of 5

Totally awesome Home!!you won't be disappointed.vicki was amazing to work with and that is a bonus!

  • Submitted: Jan 15, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Vicki! I was equally Blessed to have such caring and proactive renters stay in my home. I look forward to your return! ~Vicki
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Amazing view and everything you need, very clean and comfortable

  • 5 of 5

One of the best VRBOs we have experienced. The home was really clean and well maintained. We felt as if we were staying on our own home. Everyone was comfortable. Kitchen fully stocked! The view was amazing and the spa we perfect for cold winter nights.

  • Submitted: Jan 3, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wonderful Sheri! I'm so glad you were finally able to enjoy a great experience! I've done my best to create as comfortable of a home away from home as possible. And Yes, the view IS the icing on the cake! Thank you for choosing Desert Dream! I look forward to hearing from you the next time you travel to Tucson. :-) ~Vicki Butler, Owner
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Fall Getaway

  • 5 of 5

Our group consisted of 5 adults traveling to see the WSU/UA football game which the Cougs lost unfortunately! That was the only down part of an otherwise wonderful experience at Vicki's Desert Dream! SHE (VICKI) went ABOVE and beyond is assuring we had everything needed including upgrading to a TV sports package within a half hour of our request! She also allowed to get in early with luggage on our arrival day. All the necessary stores, etc are close by with easy freeway access. The hot tub is grand complete with a peaceful view of the mountains and desert. This is where I will be staying with Tucson visits in the future!

  • Submitted: Nov 12, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm so glad to hear you all enjoyed your stay! You were really quite fortunate in that there was not a departure on the same day of your arrival, and my cleaner was able to get the house completed ahead of schedule. When possible, I am happy to accommodate special requests! Thanks to your passion for sports, I am happy to now offer the sports package to all who visit. I look forward to your return visit Kim! All My Best, Vicki Butler, Owner
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Nearest Airport
25 Miles
Tucson International Airport
Nearest Barpub
2.3 Miles
Fox and Hound, Thunder Canyon Brewery
Nearest Golf
0.6 Miles
Omni Tucson National Golf Course
Nearest Motorway
6.1 Miles
Car: necessary

Welcome to 'Desert Dream'. Enjoy a full panoramic view of the Catalina Mountains from your covered patio. Colorful sunsets and brilliant sunrises await you. Prepare your meals from the outdoor BBQ or from the fully appointed kitchen. Plunge into the pebble tec, self cleaning, salt water pool or enjoy a relaxing massage from the spa. After all, it is your 'Desert Dream'.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $140

--Pool Heat $300/week (Optional)

--Cleaning Fee, Add $50 ($190) for 7 occupants (upon approval only)

**Gem Show rates 2019: $1895 per week, one week minimum

-- Thanksgiving & Christmas require a minimum one week stay

A mid-stay cleaning charge of $140.00 will be added to stays of one month or longer.

--$200 Security Deposit

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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