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

Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights


Minimum Stay
4 - 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.

Keywords: Tucson, vacation, rental, vacation rental, arizona, house, private pool, garden, central Tucson, charm, confort, family, private, luxury, near university of arizona

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Member since: 2009
Speaks: english, french
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Calendar last updated:
February 16, 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.


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TUCSON OASIS! Central Tucson 3 BR + Guest House/Jacuzzi/Pool, Walled and gated
average rating of 4.88 based on 25 reviews
New Mexico

Graduation Weekend

  • 5 of 5

We could not have found a more perfect home for our family to gather in celebration of my sons' graduation. The location was perfect for what we needed, the bedrooms accommodated the 8 of us, plus a three year old comfortably, and it turned out to be the perfect place to relax and enjoy each others company.

The house is surrounded by fencing, with a coded gate as an entrance. Very private and quiet. Once you enter the property you are greeted by the sound of many birds, with rabbits sniffing about an array of incredible cactus and other desert plantings. The pictures do not do it justice! This was like having a botanical garden at your doorstep. Even more breathtaking was the fact that this "garden" provided the foreground to the mountain range surrounding Tucson. Beautiful any time of day or night! The patio stretches the length of the house, views no matter where you looked.

The pool was beautiful with it's tile and surroundings. Large enough for laps, deep enough for diving, and safe for our 3 year old. The weather was warm, so I think all of us took advantage of the water.

The house itself is one story, lots of light, with traditional southwestern tile, and wood ceiling. Everything was in excellent condition when we arrived. We liked that the home had a lot of personal touches. Many books, and quite a collection of artwork, much of it original. We enjoyed looking at it all, each of us having our favorites. The home made us all feel very comfortable.

We chose to eat in every night, even though there are many restaurants close by. The kitchen, gas grill, scenery, and seating made it too easy to stay in and do our own cooking. Tucson has a wonderful selection of grocery and specialty food stores, all of them pretty close to this home.

The owners of the home were easy to communicate with, always responding to my inquiries quickly. I felt like they enjoy this home, take pride in it, and would like others to enjoy their stay. I have already recommended this property to friends, and will continue to do so. We hated to leave, but may visit again!

  • Submitted: May 26, 2013
  • Stayed: May 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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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Central Pennsylvania

Excellent place to stay with groups

  • 5 of 5

I’m a visiting professor at the U of A and I always stay at the Palo Verde House, I’ve stayed several times with my professional team as well as my family, and we love it. After a long day in the lab the Palo Verde House is always a great escape. We keep coming back year after year, I think we’ve been there five or six times! The long shaded porch and the jacuzzi and the large pool and amazing garden and mountain views, its always a refuge from the East Coast winter. Yet were close to the University, where I need to be. The kids love it, and with young kids because of the walls you never have to worry about them wandering off or getting on the road. The property manager is highly responsive and always ready to troubleshoot problems.

  • Submitted: Sep 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A place of enchantment

  • 5 of 5

Behind a gate in Tucson, lies an idyllic home filled with beautiful art and graced by gorgeous landscaping. Our family celebrated our son's college graduation together in this wonderful home: which is centrally located. We had every amenity imaginable: pool, hot tub, barbecue and fully stocked kitchen. The rooms are spacious and well-appointed, the house is clean and welcoming and the manager is friendly and helpful. Before we arrived, I asked the owner if there was a hairdryer in the home (in case I needed to pack one). He sent me back an email letting me know he'd ordered one for our stay. It was waiting when we arrived. It was very clear to us that the owners and managers are most accommodating and thoughtful.

There are lots of great activities in Tucson. We rented bikes and rode up Mt. Lemon and along the bike trails close to the home. We explored downtown Tucson (great lunch at The Little One and dinner at Athens). The hiking is magnificent. On our last evening, we sat at the bar of Hacienda del Sol and enjoyed the jazz band and views of the mountains. But the best times were spent sitting outside on the patio, enjoying a glass of wine with family and watching the sunset over the cactus gardens. Such a great experience; we plan on returning.

  • Submitted: May 19, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfectly lovely!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed for a long weekend and it was perfectly lovely. Quirky and intriguingly decorated. Clean and well maintained. No downsides at all that we could see.

  • Submitted: Apr 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from 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
4 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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St. Francis Cabrini House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 2200 sq. ft.
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 ...
  • Events Allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • 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.

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