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TUCSON OASIS! Central Tucson 3 BR + Guest House/Jacuzzi/Pool, Walled and gated

Bedrooms 4
Space 2,200 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

House, 4 Bedrooms, 4 Baths, (Sleeps 8)

This charming property in northeast central Tucson offers a private little paradise and a rare piece of "old" Tucson.

This house was part of an artist's colony that was originally constructed in the early 1940's when this part of town was still completely undeveloped with virgin cactus and the lush desert oasis character that defines Tucson. As Tucson evolved, the artist's colony was subdivided, but this lot remained original to size and remains a rare and oversized almost 1/2 acre lot that preserves a desert feel right in central Tucson!

We have kept the house spirit with antiques and art and a garden that still has a wild character to it.

The house sits on a little hill and is completely surrounded by a six foot fence, so it 'floats' somewhat above the neighbourhood and gives unobstructed views to the north and east of the nearby Catalina mountains and foothills. A truly unique experience of an 'old Tucson' gem in northeast central Tucson that gives a feeling of privacy.

Sit on the front porch and enjoy the view of the Catalina Mountains, or take a dip in the luxurious stone-decked pool. The saguaros and mediterranean trees, orange and lemon trees and roses invite birds of all sorts to this quiet natural sanctuary, where all the best Tucson attractions are at your fingertips. Also enjoy the luxury beds inside designed for a perfect sleep.

The property has a main house and a guest house. The main house has two master bedrooms, each with a king bed and its own attached bathroom with shower. There is a smaller bedroom with a queen bed and closet without an attached bathroom. However there is a third bathroom with its own shower in the main house off the living room. Each bedroom has its own door that opens on to the front or back garden.

The guest house has a king bed, living room with its own cable tv, outside sitting area, and kitchen (refrigerator and microwave and seating area) The guest house has its own bathroom with shower.

Entirely walled, the property protects small children and dogs from wandering off the property. Access to the property is through two remote controlled/keypad operated entry gates.

The pool and oversized jacuzzi can be heated upon request and subject to weather conditions for an additional charge, see rates. In the wintertime we advise just heating the jacuzzi.

The side patio has a Weber propane grill and bar/seating area.

200 channels of Cox provided cable television, WiFi throughout the property (ethernet cable provided as well), DVD player, and a CD/tape stereo are provided, along with a decent library of CD’s. There is a large private library stocked with a variety of nonfiction and fiction titles. Not to mention a sizeable collection of Betty and Veronica and Archie comic books for the young ones.

Nest thermostat controlled heating/air conditioning in the main house via a powerful Trane HVAC unit recently installed.

There are various sitting areas around the property, including a sitting area in front of a Mexican cheminea for outside fires. Wood is provided, mesquite, eucalyptus, and white pine.

Ideally located just minutes from the University of Arizona, La Paloma and Lowes Ventana golf courses, the Tucson Tennis and Racquet Club, Refkin Tennis Center, Gem Show and Spring Training venues, it is also close to some of the city’s best restaurants and shopping places.

The house is 5-10 minutes from the Riilto Wash bike path, the longest bike path that cuts for 15 miles plus through the center of Tucson. We find biking on the streets around the house and over to the shopping/restaurants on Campbell very easy as the streets are unusually wide and have very little traffic. Its a 15-20 minute ride to the University of Arizona campus. A cyclist's paradise! Bike to the Riilto Park Saturday farmer's market or to the Roasting Sage Coffee shop.

Select grocery shopping at the Rincon Market /AJ's/Trader Joe's and the city’s best farmers’ market at St. Phillips Plaza. The new (and massive!) Whole Foods at River and Craycroft is 10 minutes from the house. Upscale dining options include Vivace, Hacienda del Sol and Acacia restaurant. And local favorite El Corral. Don't miss the antiques on Country club ..., and Sammy's Sonoran hot dog stand at Country Club and Grant.

Perfect for families with children. The large pool, big enough for laps, is designed to safety codes with surrounding fence and closing child-proof (5 and under) gate.

Convenient, affordable, and accessible day care options within ten minutes of the address.

Night-life at the historic Hotel Congress, Rialto Theater and Centennial Hall’s fine arts performances will keep you more than entertained. When you’re ready for adventure, take a day trip to Mt. Lemmon, Sabino Canyon or Saguaro National Park.

You will love the confort, privacy, and convenience of this wonderful Tucson vacation getaway.

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Member since: 2009
Speaks: english, french
Response time:
Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
April 22, 2017

About Robert

Tucson is our escape from cold and rainy northern climates. We enjoy it all year round. Christmas, Spring, even the hot summer!

Robert purchased this house in 2008

Why Robert chose Arizona

We love the convenient central location of this property and the magic of the house and grounds, filled with peaceful spirit. The footprint of the property is almost half an acre, and to find a lot that big is rare in central Tucson. The house was part of an old artist's community built in the early 40's when literally nothing was around. The 150-200 year old saguaros which tower in the garden were there though, and the four of them on the property are rare. The property is completely fenced/walled, and sits up on a little hill from the street. From street level the top of the fence is almost 9 feet! So its very private and has the great, unobstructed mountain views.

What makes this house unique

The very large lot with mature desert landscaping make this home a relaxing private retreat. We were able to build an oversized pool area because of the large lot. The entry gates make for maximum privacy and easy exit/entry. We hope our guests will enjoy it as much as we do.


St. Francis Cabrini House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 2200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
    Bathroom 4 -
  • 4
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • King size beds (3) 3 King beds on property, 3 are Simmons memory foam, Queen size Beds (1) Queen memory foam, Child Beds (1) fold up baby bed Gracko, Baby Cribs (1) Linen provided
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Private Pool ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • racquetball
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Saguaros, roses, citrus, olive trees and a lot of birds in the large walled mediterranean garden, pathways throughout the garden and private outdoor seating areas. Pretty good library too! There are three resources close to the house worth mentioning. One is the Tucson Racquet Club on Country Club, less then ten minutes from the house. They have 35 courts, several pools, racquetball, gym, its open 24 hours a day/7 days a week, pro shop, racquet loaners, bar and restaurant, programs and camps/actitivities for KIDS. Its public and you can join for a day/week/month, really a great place! Second is the Jewish Community Center, the JCC. Its also less then 10 minutes from the house on River. Tennis courts, gyms, and lots of activities/camps, day care and afternoon care for kids. Also public (and you don't have to be Jewish!) Last is the Riilto Wash bike path just 10 minutes from the house, 15 miles long and paved. You can ride it to the Racquet Club or the Phillips/Riilto farmers markets.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(29 traveler reviews)

TUCSON OASIS! Central Tucson 3 BR + Guest House/Jacuzzi/Pool, Walled and gated
average rating of 4.8965516 based on 29 reviews
St. Charles, Illinois

Great Tucson Property

  • 5 of 5

The best point we can make is that we already booked for next year!

We loved the property as it afforded us outdoor living......pool, hot tub, patio etc. The garden area with the various desert plants and birds was spectacular.

The property location is perfect for a variety of hiking trails, golf courses and restaurants.

All this and the Arizona sun and sky....loved it.

  • Submitted: Mar 31, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We’re very pleased this group so enjoyed the house they will return next year. As they note, and we agree, that’s the best review of the house we could possibly hope for! We will look forward to hosting them again.
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Large eclectic home with beautiful grounds. Beautiful pool and jacuzzi.

  • 5 of 5

This home and casita are in the NE corner of Tucson. The birds are everywhere and the home is well stocked. I can suggest this home for a large group.

  • Submitted: Apr 9, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful home and desert garden with a lovely porch, pool and hot tub.

  • 5 of 5

3rd time staying here. Owner and property mgr both good communicators, helpful, and very reasonable. Home is clean and the outdoor spaces make it even better.

  • Submitted: Apr 2, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dan you are a special guest because you have now stayed at the house three times! Safe to say you “get” this house and that means a lot to us. I got your note that you’d like to return next year for a fourth visit, so of course the answer is yes. We’d love to have you and your group again, and we’re so glad you feel at home there. As a naturalist, outdoorsman and mountain climber the mountain views and desert garden can be your home away from home. I’ve got my eye on the Tucson peak you climbed last year, just need a little time to shape up! So...see you next year!
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Sugar Land, TX

This is every bit as beautiful as the photo.

  • 5 of 5

We loved staying in this unique house. There is something interesting to look at everywhere inside. The entire property is beautifully landscaped. Would definitely stay again. Perfect for family reunion!!!

  • Submitted: Mar 27, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for writing us a nice review. We loved hosting you. So important to us that our guests enjoy the house as much as we do! Please join a small but growing group of guests that return for another visit! All best!
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Madison, IN

Super comfy house will lots of space and privacy!

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time renting from Toby. Tom, the caretaker, met us at the house and answered all of our questions, even the silly ones and we were on our way! Our adult children met us in Tucson for Thanksgiving week. We had plenty of space for the 7 of us and 2 dogs. The yard is amazing with art work and cactus everywhere! Inside is fun and funky with antiques but not stuffy at all! We celebrated Thanksgiving here and had all we needed to cook the turkey along with about 7 sides and 2 desserts! I would totally recommend this site for its convenient location, privacy, and great chill atmosphere!

  • Submitted: Nov 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks B for your nice comments about our house! We spent five Christmas holidays there ourselves with our kids but its getting harder to make it and we miss the house terribly, as well as the garden, the magic desert and Tucson! So if we can’t be there ourselves its just great to share it with a family like yours that had a great reunion and enjoyed the property (and its decor!). We’ve had many families at the house, small and large, and something about that place just works so well for a fun reunion! Please return and stay again! All best RH
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Eclectic house in an eclectic neighborhood. Great location! Beautiful gardens! Very peaceful.

  • 4 of 5

We had an enjoyable week at this property. We found the house and neighborhood a little underwhelming, but the beautiful gardens, and peaceful setting made up for it. The house was in a perfect location for seeing the sights. The house was clean, and well appointed.

  • Submitted: Oct 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
11.5 Miles
Tucson International Airport
Nearest Golf
5.5 Miles
La Paloma Country Club
Nearest Restaurant
0.7 Miles
Le Rendez-vous
Car: recommended

Great child day care and activities in Tucson, e.g., the Jewish Community Center takes kids from all faiths and has great facilities and ongoing vacation and after school programs.

The Tucson Racquet Club is open to the public and just a 10 minute drive from the house, they have 35 courts, youth programs, gym, massage, adult exercise classes, restaurant and bar, etc., great ressource!


Rates & Availability

St. Francis Cabrini House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
May 6 2017 - May 14 2017
5 night minimum stay
May 22 2017 - Jun 30 2017
4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
Jul 1 2017 - Jul 5 2017
4 night minimum stay
Sep 2 2017 - Sep 5 2017
4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
Nov 18 2017 - Nov 26 2017
5 night minimum stay
Dec 16 2017 - Dec 31 2017
7 night minimum stay
Gem show
Jan 24 2018 - Feb 11 2018
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $100 + Tax
Cleaning $150 + Tax
Tax Rate 12.05%

Rental contract to follow
Damage deposit by check upon arrival : 500 $ to be returned after check out
Upon request, payable in advance, subject to weather conditions
Pool heat : $40 per day, pool heat runs for 6 hours and heats to 84 degrees.
Jacuzzi heat: $20 /day, operated by a keypad at renter's discretion.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 90 days before arrival date.

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