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Exquisite Western Home with Expansive Views of Tonto

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Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
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Minimum Stay 3 nights

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Minimum Stay
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New River House Rental Photos and Description

House, 4 Bedrooms, 2.5 bath (sleeps 9) + Guest Casita

Come stay in the lap of luxury 'Western Style'. From the moment you enter the property grounds you will be struck by the natural beauty of your surroundings. From the babbling stream to the lush plantings you will want to spend time here. Enter this designer home furnished with upgrades galore.

The gourmet kitchen boasts all Viking appliances, granite counter tops furniture-like cabinetry. Decorated with antiques, western decor and saddles. Enjoy your meal next to the gas fireplace.

Enter the well appointed living room with expansive views of the forest. Relax in front of the 48' TV and enjoy another gas fireplace.

The Master bedroom is a true retreat to the Saltillo tiled and decorated for a genuine western experience. Upon entering you will be in a sitting area with 42' flat screen TV and bee hive gas fireplace, down two steps to the king bed that over looks the forest as well. Savor your cup of coffee while viewing nature first-hand at the table and enjoy the solitude.

The bathrooms are exquisitely appointed. Mexican tile in the master with a claw foot tub and marble bowl and counter top in the unique powder room.

The other bedrooms are equally as nice, outfitted with a queen, double and twin.

There is a gas barbeque and Kiva fireplace and table for your outdoor dining pleasure on the lower patio/pool area.

There is a two bedroom self contained casita (guest house) available as well - just ask. This can be rented separately from the main house.

The horse set up means you can saddle up your favorite pony and ride the more than 5 million acres of the Tonto National Forest we border. Access it directly from the mare motel. Plenty of space to park you horse trailer/s, RVs, boats or Quad trailers.

If you don't 'cotton' to riding horses, ride your ATVs, hike or mountain bike to the near by petroglyphs.

Keywords: Remote, secluded, quiet residence,

More Details
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible

Jim Humphrey
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
October 12, 2016
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About Jim Humphrey

I built this home for my family. The kids are grown and we are ready to share it with visitors who can appreciate the seclusion and unique views of the Sonoran desert. From here we enjoy walks on the desert, Indian ruins and petroglyphs, and all a major metropolitan center has to offer with 20 minutes or so.

Why Jim Humphrey chose Arizona

We were looking for a special place to build, on the edge of the desert in the Cave Creek area. We sent out 20 letters to land owners with property on the edge of the national forest and one owner responded, who had ten acres he would sell. Over the years I have enjoyed creating a desert oasis where the birds and wildlife come to feed and water. It is a unique location that any nature lover is sure to enjoy. There is a huge selection of native plants, cactus and trees surrounding the home and casita.

What makes this house unique

This is our home. We have enjoyed it every day of the last 15 years. When we have visitors, we know they are enjoying the seclusion, the views and the wildlife as well as the pleasures of the house itself (some say it is like a museum)

Guestbook comments from the owner

My husband and I could not have chosen a more perfect place to stay for our wedding vow renewal of 40 years. We felt like we were staying in a comfy, but elegant art museum. We'll be back, soon I hope.
Oct 2013
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Exquisite Western Home with Expansive Views of Tonto
average rating of 5.0 based on 26 reviews
Calgary, AB, Canada

Nature Lovers Paradise

  • 5 of 5

If you want a quiet, serene location with big views that just don't quit, this is it. Words can not truly express this oasis. The owner is an experienced gardener, no need to go see the desert plant botanical gardens, as it is all right here for you to enjoy in the yard hour after hour. Plus the Tonto park starts right where the backyard ends, so the back yard really never ends until it finds the mountains in all directions miles away. Literally thousands of cacti in any direction you look.

Nature walks start at your back door with easy walking, biking, and hiking trails. More challenging trails can be found too. Bird life abounds here, with regular hummingbird visits all day. Lots of wildlife to see for those with a keen eye, always something moving or making sounds so you always have something to entertain you.

Plenty of room and privacy in the spacious house for everyone, with tons of windows to enjoy the views. Ample decorations throughout to allow you to browse like a museum. Kitchen is well equipped with practically every tool you could need. Bedrooms are spacious with comfortable beds. There are no street lights in the neighborhood, so it is dark at night, but there is plenty of outdoor ambient lighting to make for short strolls around the property, with star gazing country style.

Night life is crickets and coyote howls, with back yard sunsets that go on for hours.

The back yard is sloped with flat areas, and nice brick pathways down to the pool and spa areas. Some might find the slope to much if you are not sure footed. With the amount of cacti little ones which have not learned to not touch will be teary eyed.

Lots of groceries and restaurants to choose from starting about 20 minutes away, so a car is a must.

We found it hard to leave, and we want to come back, repeatedly.

  • Submitted: Mar 29, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The Best of Arizona's Desert

  • 5 of 5

If you want to experience the best kept secret in our state visit the Tonto Forest and stay at Jim's beautiful main house or in his casita. We have lived in Arizona for 40 years . Our adult children have grown up here and love the outdoors. We all had a wonderful reunion at TontoRanch. We rented both the house and the casita for our group. I can't say enough wonderful things about the owner, his property, the views, and Tonto Forest. We hiked and went mountain biking and enjoyed the views from the houses. If you are not familiar with this area, this is a unique desert experience. Thanks for a wonderful vacation.

  • Submitted: Feb 13, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Birthday Weekend

  • 5 of 5

We rented this house for my 30th birthday. My family flew in from Colorado and were in shock when we walked in the front door! The pictures do not do this house justice. We spent our days hiking, swimming, and listening to the coyotes at night. The backyard is beautiful with an endless view of the Tonto National Forest. We can't stop talking about when our next vacation here will be!

  • Submitted: Apr 21, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect Southwestern Christmas

  • 5 of 5

We were very surprised when we arrived. This wasn't what we were expecting. This is far better than anything we had anticipated! This isn't just a rental property.... it is a beautiful home with everything you could need for a great vacation. The property is gorgeous with the Tonto National Forest as your backyard with plenty of trails to keep you busy looking for the petroglyphs. The pool , hot tub and out door grill add to the whole outdoor experience. The house is a comfortable museum of SW decor that pulls you into the whole SW experience, and very relaxing with fireplaces, sitting areas, beautiful kitchen and dining area. It has it all. The master suite is huge! I rated this 5 stars only because they don't have 10. The owner is very accommodating and called us to be sure we had everything we needed. He even set up a Christmas tree for our arrival. We had older adults and college age kids and they all had a great time. We so hope that we can get back. The perfect Christmas vacation. We loved it!

  • Submitted: Dec 31, 2013
  • Stayed: Dec 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Crystal Lake, IL

A Heavenly Slice of Life

  • 5 of 5

This was an excellent experience as the home was in perfect order and so well stocked! Jim, the owner, was responsive and patient to our numerous questions. He was easy to work with during the entire rental process.The trip was a perfect combination of relaxation and exploration. The area is an easy drive to sites in the Verde Valley as well as Sedona. The area is surrounded by lakes and hiking trails in the Tonto National Forest. Morning greeted us with a chorus of doves, Gambel's quail, various songbirds, and toads. The sight of the desert flora in the surrounding forest, amazing desert landscaping, birds bathing in the waterfall and dining at feeders, and the infinity edged pool was awesome. The house is well decorated with authentic Native American pieces that are truly museum quality and exquisite western antiques. Everything about this rental and trip was perfect and fun! Sunshine everyday was SO welcome! We can't wait to return again someday...

  • Submitted: Apr 23, 2013
  • Stayed: Apr 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Stafford, CT


  • 5 of 5

My husband & his friend stayed at the Casita in October and they couldn't say enough positive things about the home & grounds. This got me more & more excited for our short visit this December. When we arrived, and I first walked through the gate, I thought I was in a private paradise! So BEAUTIFUL!

The inside of the home was equally as beautiful! I wish I was staying a month! The windows, overlooking the Tonto... We were lucky enough to have a full moon during our stay. It was so peaceful, with the reflection on the desert & all over the stars, just can't explain.

What a wonderful, accomandating man, Jim is too. Thank you!

So looking forward to our visit in June!

  • Submitted: Jan 3, 2013
  • Stayed: Dec 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Petroglyphs within 1 3/4-2 miles, thousands of Saguaro cacti just out side your door step, great hiking, bike and horse trails


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New River House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • King size beds (1) In master, Queen size Beds (1) In guest bedroom and sofa queen in Fish room (office), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Queen hide a bed in (Fish Room) office, Bunk Beds (1) Twin and a full in Cowboy Room
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Game Console ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Private Pool ...
  • nude beach
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • horseback riding
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • rock climbing

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