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Find Peace In our Southwest Desert Casita

Bedrooms 1
Space 1,400 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 2 nights


About the property

North Scottsdale 1,400 sq.ft.1 BR Home

The 1,400 sq.ft. 1 bedroom Casita is located on our private 2 1/2 acre pristine Sonoran Desert property - a truly unofficial Nature Conservancy. Come take a tour:

The Casita, has its own private desert cactus garden .

ENTER OUR 2 1/2 ACRE PROPERTY: Onto our private driveway between large desert trees, past a red split-rail western fence on the right and our "corral--type" metal gate, you are facing the east side of our private Casita home. As you drive over the red-rock gravel area you are facing the east side of the Casita.

Your first choice, depending on your vehicle, you can drive directly into the one-car garage (with a private door entering directly into the Casita itself) or park in the large open area outside the building, walking to the right, under the arch past a Century Tree and desert plants. Continue alongside the garage wall (covered with lush green plants growing to its roof-line) and have your first look at our full Sonoran Desert. To the left, you enter through the two low Mexican wooden gates onto the north portion of our three sided Casita patio.

PATIO: The extra-wide patio "wraps-around" on three sides of the Casita. Each side has at least one table and plenty of comfortable chairs. The sound of moving water greets you from the patio's fountain.

In the distance on the north side you can see Lone Mountain with its hiking trails; the west and south patios overlook desert views. On the south side of the Casita is also a large private, enclosed cactus garden, with some special specimens and its own seating area.

ENTERING YOUR VACATION HOME: From the west patio through a large pair of sliding glass doors, you enter into the west "wing" of the "L-shaped" carpeted living room.

LOOKING TO THE RIGHT "WING": In the far corner, on each of two walls, is a double sliding glass "picture windows" (with screens), facing west and west and south. In the corner is a large comfortable chair and ottoman; more book shelves and books and an audio system. Under one set of windows is a "day-bed", the top doubling as another "couch" or bed (twin mattresses - the bottom one is hidden until pulled-out and raised. Interesting, twin mattresses, when placed side-by-side are but a few inches less wide than a king-sized mattress. This side of this "L" wing has an antique western desk with wired & wireless modem, art work and bookshelves, and a door to the bedroom.

Throughout the carpeted living room are ceiling fans, real-wood ceiling vegas, colorful art-work, recessed ceiling lights, small tables and lamps..

LOOKING TO THE LEFT: In the near corner where the two "wings" meet, is a wood burning fireplace, large wood vega mantle, in front of which is a long leather sofa (the two end sections can raise as "leg rests" for relaxing reclining.

THE "LEFT" WING of the "L" features another couch and a sofa; with small tables, art work and lamps, Opposite these is a full wall of recessed book-shelves. These feature large flat-screen large TV with Direct TV and HBO and a CD/cassette player attached to the TV. There are also numerous books from our private collection featuring a great variety of topics. On two designated shelves are many modern fiction novels (for this shelf do not worry about "finishing a novel" - start reading one and you can take-it-home. There are also some cassette and DVD films and CD music disks - and our larger private collection is also available.

FULL KITCHEN: Beyond the farthest couch is a dining room table, doorway to the garage and our large kitchen with appliances on three sides and a double window facing the east; plenty of recessed ceiling lights The electric kitchen (save on restaurant costs) has a- 4 burner stove top, oven and built-in microwave; dishwasher; new pots and pans; double kitchen sinks, garbage disposal and reverse osmosis water dispenser; large refrigerator with ice & water dispensers (both using reverse osmosis water); and adjacent large floor-to-ceiling walk-in pantry.

THE BEDROOM: Accessible either thorough a door in the southern side of the living's "L" wing, or a door between the bedroom and the bathroom. Featuring a queen size bed, new ceiling fan with light, lamps, art work, large chest of drawers and a flat screen TV with Direct TV and HBO, some chairs, a picture window (with screens) looking out onto the private cactus garden, and the southern desert beyond.

THE BATHROOM: Accessible through a private door to the bedroom, and from the living room. It features high clerestory windows for daytime light; a large (2 person) Jacuzzi bathtub; 2 sinks, a large walk-in tiled shower with tile seat, and a private lavatory with sliding vest-pocket door for privacy. The shower and lavatory have safety rails. There is also an iron and ironing board. Behind two "shutter" doors is a private washer/dryer. There is also a "linen closet" with extra towels, sheets, etc.

CARPETED WALK-IN CLOSET Is entered through a corner of the bathroom. It features a series of long wood rods for hanging clothing, hotel-type luggage rack, numerous additional blankets, pillows etc. above and beyond those in the bedroom.

Beautiful sunset views in Sonoran desert, from inside, or from the patios.

Our property and surrounding areas are like an unofficial Sonoran Desert nature sanctuary - bird watching (resident or migrant cardinals, hawks, pygmy owls, doves, etc), numerous variety of cactus and desert plants. Binoculars, bird-books and 'nighttime star books' await with accompanying telescope. Setback from road, peaceful surroundings (all properties nearby are 2.5 or 5 acres; no multi-home developments or gated community.) Great bike trails (2 'road bikes' available), hiking & horseback riding trails (100+ miles; horse boarding available on property); privacy; big 'desert' night sky.

Horseback lessons and trail rides available nearby.


"THE STUDIO": our separate 750 sq.ft. "Studio Building" (HomeAway property #4157005). Also located on our 2 1/2 acres of Sonoran Desert, this free-standing building sleeps two, boasts picture windows and glass doors (desert views), walk-in closet, bathroom with shower; full kitchen (4 burner electric stove & oven, full size refrigerator, microwave, etc. for all cooking needs).

HORSE CORRAL: Also on our property is our very large horse corral featuring 3 large shades - 12x12x12 with metal roofing and water troughs. Across the street is a trail that leads to the statewide trail system and absolutely wonderful riding trails.


CACTUS LEAGUE BASEBALL: Spring Training baseball under the warm Arizona sun has been a tradition for devoted fans since 1947 when two teams first came here to prepare for the rigors of the long regular season. Today, 15 teams train in the Phoenix metropolitan area in the greatest concentration of professional baseball facilities found anywhere in the United States. For visitors, the Cactus League couldn't be more convenient, with short drive times between ballparks and an easy drive from your Scottsdale house. Truly, the Cactus League is the premier destination for baseball lovers. GOOGLE Arizona Cactus League for the 2017 Spring Training season.

GOLF: Scottsdale's world famous golf courses are all nearby (Legend Trails - 15 minutes; Troon North 15 minutes; TPC 20 minutes, etc.)

SCOTTSDALE AQUATIC CENTER and YMCA: Featuring lap pools, wading pools, and exercise rooms. Each are 15-20 minutes away.

HIKING & CYCLING: Incredible trails (flat and mountain) and the famous Scottsdale Desert Preserves - as close as "across the street" and others within 20 minutes or less. Some guests have come from the State of Washington, with their mountain bikes, to "year-after-year" cycle Scottsdale's famous trails.

MUSICAL INSTRUMENT MUSEUM (MIM): The "only one in the world" - 20 minutes away.

WEST WORLD - Annual Arabian Horse Show and other horse events - 15 minutes away.

BARRETT JACKSON and other national auto show: - 15 minutes away.


Scottsdale Healthcare :(Thompson Peak) - 15 minutes;

Mayo - 15 minutes

Piper Surgery - 20 minutes

Healthcare South (Shea)- 15-20 minutes

Scottsdale (Osborn) - 20-25 minutes

Guests have made our home a "medical destination" - pre-and-post surgery all call our property "healing" and "curative" - peaceful and serene - "nature" helping that which is "natural healing" within us.

CAVE CREEK & CAREFREE: Within 15-20 minutes drive; shopping, restaurants, cowboy bars and western dancing, bull-riding exhibitions etc.

SCOTTSDALE & PHOENIX: Cinemas, Phoenix zoo, Phoenix Desert Botanical Gardens, churches, synagogues, live theater, symphony, ballet, parks, water-park, large variety of restaurants including 5-Star dining, museums, art galleries, casinos, recreation centers, beauty spas, miniature golf, scenic drives, sightseeing, tennis courts, basket ball court, hot air ballooning, ice-skating in the desert, water-tubing, ATM/bank, groceries, massage therapists and other activities.

LARGE LAKES NEARBY: Bartlett Lake - 30 minutes; Lake Pleasant 40 minutes, with possible boat and 'skidoo' rentals.

OTHER ATTRACTIONS: Hot air ballooning, glider airplane rides, horseback riding

LET YOUR HOLIDAY BRING YOU "THE BEST OF ALL WORLDS": Although your desert home is in the peaceful and quiet Sonoran desert, you are close enough to drive to downtown Scottsdale in 20 minutes and downtown Phoenix in 45 minutes and partake of all which Scottsdale and Phoenix have to offer.

Phoenix International airport - 45 minutes without traffic.

Highway '101' (15 minutes) & '51' (20 minutes).

More Details

Member since: 2009
Speaks: english, Slightly familiar with Italian, French & Spanish
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 4, 2018


Jerome and Linda, your caring host and hostess, have their home on the 2 1/2 acre campus; nearby, yet far enough to maintain privacy. We are not "absentee owners" who leave you to fend for yourselves. While we respect our guest's space, we are also available for advice and assistance. Check out our Guests' Testimonials.

Linda is a retired educator, reading specialist & reading tutor. She is also an interior designer.

Jerome is a professional mediator, arbitrator and attorney; a twice invited Presenter at the United Nations, who has taught programs in mediation, meditation, yoga and Aikido. He is also a licensed Real Estate Agent and has helped out-of-state/out-of-country visitors find their "Arizona Dream Home."

Why JEROME LANDAU chose Scottsdale


Want other family members or friends to share your holiday? Next door, yet still on our property is our separate, free-standing 750 sq. foot Studio Building available for family or friends (HomeAway property # 4157005). The full studio apartment is fully carpeted, has twin beds, large picture windows, walk-in closet, bathroom with shower, full kitchen and amenities (stove with oven, full size refrigerator, kitchen appliances, linens, towels, cooking utensils, large flat-screen TV with Satellite and HBO; Internet Wi-Fi; etc.)

Because we expect you will enjoy it as much as our prior visitors, please see the Testimonials section.

What makes this house unique

THE BEST OF BOTH ARIZONA / SOUTHWEST WORLDS: Our Casita guests enjoy all the above, and yet are still close to world class golf, shopping, restaurants, theater, sports activities (including Cactus League games, PGA championship tournament, world class equestrian events & the Barrett Jackson auto extravaganza, and others); and internationally recognized medical facilities and physicians (including the Mayo Hospital and Honor Health Hospital ) within 15 minutes.

The City of Scottsdale was recently honored as "No. 3 in Recreation" and "No. 1 in golf courses, hiking trails and bike rentals." To mark National Park and Recreation Month, personal finance website "WalletHub", having ranked the best and worst cities for recreation, ranked Scottsdale the best of the 100 largest cities across the U.S., for both public golf courses and number of hiking trails.

Many of our guests relocate to Scottsdale, or buy a second home here.


We are horse & dog friendly (for dogs, depending on breed and size) call and "ask us!" Sorry, no cats permitted.

Guestbook comments from the owner


…The warmth of your welcome… Alma del Desierto is sacred land, and the smiles of the Ancestors for your respect for it is palpable.

There seems to be an unseen doorway between your land and the world outside.

While I appreciated the convenience to urban destinations & shopping nearby mountain trails there’s something about the space you’ve created that allows me to strip off tasks & personas, kick back, settle in and replenish. Always, I go home renewed & unexpectedly stronger.

How do you do it? Is it the owls & the doves that come to nest? The bunnies that know they’re safe? The orange & red sunsets behind the saguaros night after night? Or maybe is the sound of Linda’s laughter through it all that weaves it all together.

However you do it, I’m grateful for your gentle wisdom, Jerome, and for your open-hearted joy, Linda. Alma del Desierto is so much more than a destination. Each time I leave permeated with your kindness. It’s an unspoken gift that I can walk back into my world. Thank you for the hospitality & love you give so freely. ===============.

…My stay has been very enjoyable. I’ve always loved the desert and you have carved out an interesting wildlife filled home, including the woodpecker. I very much enjoyed your home and meeting you both.


What a fabulous place this is! The desert is so beautiful and just releases your soul. You two are the best “LANDLORDS” EVER! Thank you for the sunsets, bike rides and good talks with you!


Thank you so much for allowing us to stay…We truly enjoyed our stay. Thank you also for all your kindness, we couldn’t have asked for more…


Thanks for a wonderful stay…God’s Blessings on you both…


…To be blessed with a space that is full of love, tender moments and exquisite thoughtfulness is a gift…We are in gratitude in the spiral time that we have had in this clean and pure space. It is a joy to know you both. We hope for more moments with you.


Oh my goodness, again I’ve found peace in the desert! Also, I’ve met 2 new friends on my journey this life. Your little corner of the world here is a slice of paradise…


…How to speak about the specialness & sacredness here? We are so at home & obviously, it’s because we’re family.


We’ve enjoyed our stay but especially your generosity and good wishes…

Nov 2016
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Scottsdale House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1400 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
  • PETS Want 2 bring a dog> tell us type number, breed, size, training.We ARE pet friendly yet first need this information to answer your request 2 book
  • CATS: Sorry, although we are "cat" people, some of our guests have been allergic to cats and so we do not permit cats with guests.
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Monument View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower , jetted tub , carpeted,sunlit, clerestory windows, 2 sinks, private toilet
  • Large bathroom with high clerestory windows to permit light and privacy. Double sinks, full wall mirror over sinks, large walk-in tile shower with tile seat and handicap bar; private lavatory with handicap bars (vest-pocket door); two person Jacuzzi Tub; adjacent large walk-in closet; doorways to bedroom and living room; enclosed washer/dryer.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , ORGANIC,ANTI-ALLERGEN SHEETS
    Living room - 2 twin/ single , "Daybed"in far section of living room (opens to 2 twin bed)
  • Bedroom has Queen Serta Mattress.. 37' flat-screen television with Direct TV and HBO; Ceiling fan; picture window looks out over private enclosed desert garden and the desert beyond. Doorways, one to bathroom (with walk-in closet) and other to south wing of the living room.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • 9 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Jerome and Linda live on the property and are available for guidance and suggestions, "urgencies" & emergencies". We are NOT absentee landlords. Independent Massage therapist(s) available "at Casita" by your appointment.


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average rating of 5.0 based on 21 reviews
Cave Junction, OR

Comfortable home in the desert

  • 5 of 5

I've stayed in a lot of vacation rentals and many of them only furnish the house and kitchen with the barest of necessities. Jerome and Linda have provided a property that has most of the comforts of home. It's nice to have a fully stocked kitchen and bathroom and an impressive library. Quiet desert surroundings make this place a gem! Then there's Jerome and Linda; hosts with the most! Though they live on the property they fully respected my privacy. When we had the time to get together, I found their company and conversation to be a plus to my stay. And then there's the outdoor spiral staircase to the roof of their house that they made fully accessible to me to watch the glorious desert sunsets every evening. I can't wait to come back to Phoenix and see them in the future.

  • Submitted: Dec 9, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A Wonderful Escape

  • 5 of 5

The internet advertisement for the Casita seemed far too good to be true, could such a wonderful sounding place really exist, and what about the terrific reviews left by the past guests? Well .... as we now know, yes, it is all real!

The minute we arrived, Jerome's welcome made us immediately feel at ease and when Linda popped in for a quick chat we felt like we'd already known them for years. Straight away, it was obvious that our time here was going to be rather special. Their warm and sincere welcome was such a wonderful surprise. The peaceful tranquility of the Casita, (a home, not just a vacation rental) and its unspoiled environment so close to the many trails that we hiked, was just perfect. The location was convenient to shopping, dining, and a perfect spot to just explore the surrounding area. The home was clean, had all the supplies to cook if you want, Jerome and Linda were there if you needed them, but was also private and serene. Oh, we also enjoyed your neighbor's menagerie which included a couple of alpacas, a Shetland pony and an entertaining and friendly donkey adding to the very rural atmosphere.

The next time we visit, we'd love to spend more time just chatting with Jerome and Linda as we seemed to click immediately.

  • Submitted: Mar 26, 2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfect Desert Retreat

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I spent 2 perfectly relaxing weeks at the casita. We were totally comfortable in the spacious and tastefully decorated accommodations that were in the midst of the beautiful desert surroundings. The additions of a garage and washer/dryer were a real "plus." Each morning we experienced the beauty of the desert sunrise from the kitchen window, and each evening the sunsets were magnificent from the lovely wrap-around deck. The casita was located in a quiet, safe, open desert neighborhood that was just begging you to explore it on foot (which we did daily) or bicycle. Many hiking trails, particularly Pinnacle Peak Park, were accessible. The interesting small towns of Carefree and Cave Creek were 10 minutes away - great restaurants, art shows and galleries. Jerome and Linda were perfect hosts living a "stones throw" away - accessible but never intrusive. The welcome basket of fresh fruit was so appreciated and enjoyed! This was a great "getaway" from the Colorado winter temps. We'd return in a heartbeat.

  • Submitted: Mar 12, 2017
  • Stayed: January 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nice people, great location and a clean modern facitity

  • 5 of 5

The location in North Scottsdale among small horse ranches and open desert is ideal. It is far removed from the congestion and noise of Phoenix, yet near up-scale shopping, unique restaurants and major routes. I valued the proximity to over 100 hiking trails, some quite challenging. The casita itself has all the conveniences and features of any modern home along with privacy and beautiful desert landscaping. The real gem is finding an accomplished, intelligent couple willing to provide instant service for practically any issue. Yup! Linda and Jerome make this an exceptional value for your Phoenix vacation.

  • Submitted: Mar 8, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Denver Colorado

Piece do paradise!

  • 5 of 5

We spent a wonderful 6 weeks plus at the casita, it was everything advertised and more! We couldn't have asked for anything better. The house felt very comfortable and welcoming the moment we walked in. We enjoyed the large wrap around patio, sitting in the sun reading or just relaxing,listening to the birds or just enjoying the peace and quiet of the desert. In the evenings we would have "happy hour" and enjoy the sunsets that were beyond beautiful some evenings. The daily walks around the area were wonderful and we looked forward to going out and feeding Kid. We had our dog, Bailey with us and he was as welcomed a guest as we were. Linda and Jerome are wonderful people who love sharing their knowledge and little corner of heaven with people. Thank you for a wonderful time we were sorry to see it end. Warren, Tisha and Bailey.

  • Submitted: Feb 11, 2014
  • Stayed: December 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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San Clemente

November getaway

  • 5 of 5

Thank you, Linda and Jerome, for a beautiful and relaxing time at your wonderful casita in the desert! The newly decorated decor is both beautiful and comfortable. November is and awesome month to visit. Every morning we enjoyed our coffee on the wrap around patio while watching birds and other desert animals forage. The sunsets were spectacular. Our late night walks in the safe neighborhood allowed for great star gazing. We love your casita!!!

  • Submitted: Dec 1, 2013
  • Stayed: November 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Sky Harbor, Phoenix, AZ
Nearest Barpub
5 Miles
15 minutes - Bar Restaurants
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Troon North & South; Legend Trails
Nearest Motorway
10 Miles
US '101' & STATE '51'
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
Multipe upscale American & Ethnic 10 minutes
Car: necessary

We are a close drive to world renowned golf courses; Mayo & other hospitals & healthcare facilities; Cactus League baseball; live & cinema theaters; symphony, ballet, opera & other Scottsdale & Phoenix cultural events; scenic hiking, cycling, horseback riding; several large lakes ( 30 minute drive); Musical Instrument Museum (MIM -'"Only one in the world!"); football and basketball (in season). Hiking and Biking on nearby desert trails.

Artists and photographers guest with us specifically to "paint" and photograph our scenery, birds, wildlife; beautiful, peaceful, healing and contemplative atmosphere. The desert is a "tuning fork" - helping us find physical and emotional balance and harmony; yet we are within 15 minutes of shopping, restaurants, entertainment and more.

CACTUS LEAGUE BASEBALL: Spring Training baseball under the warm Arizona sun has been a tradition for devoted fans since 1947. Today, 15 teams train in the Phoenix metropolitan area in the greatest concentration of professional baseball facilities found anywhere in the United States. For our guests the Cactus League couldn't be more convenient, with short drive times between ballparks and each an easy drive from our property. Truly, the Cactus League is the premier destination for baseball lovers. GOOGLE Arizona Cactus League for the 2018 Spring Training schedule.

"This IS Scottsdale!"


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $125 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $250
Cleaning Fee $125 + Tax
Tax Rate 13.92%





Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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