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Bedrooms 3
Space 1,200 sq. ft.
Property type house


About the property

King beds, unique, great views, Guest house available for rent

Experience the beauty and charm of the Southwest nestled into Boulder Ridge Mountain Range, Sunset Mountain Casitas are overlooking the lights of the Valley of the Sun. Relax above the hustle and bustle of city life, with all of its conveniences just minutes away. We are dedicated to making your stay memorable, comfortable and fun, insuring your Arizona vacation is one that you will repeat. Take a safe, short journey upward through the mountainous terrain into the natural setting. These vacation homes are fully furnished and located near shopping centers, golf courses, and the quaint town of Cave Creek & Carefree. This area the homes were built in the mid 70's, we have updated them with themes and they are now unique and offer tremendous views and awesome sunsets within the Metro area. We are featuring one house The Ranchero, that also has a guest house, available for a separate charge. Sit around a fire or in the spa overlooking the city lights at any Casita. If you need additional space the Parlor, a 1890's western decor house could be available, can be rented alone or together with Ranchero. It is connected by a stairway. Repeat customers are many, so I know you won't disappointed. Private trails too!

Sunset Mountain Casitas: These dwelling are nestled into a lush desert mountain environment and offers fantastic views of the valley below. ****Casita Ranchero**** Sleeps 4 or 6 with approximately 1200 sq. ft. of furnished living space. Guest house, The Parlor approx. 600 sq ft, sleeps two with additional fee. This two bedroom provides a king size bed in the 2 bedrooms, a pull out couch in the livingroom. The Ranchero is handicap accessible with handicap bathroom. Both bedrooms have a private en suite (bath). An additional 1/2 is off the hallway. The Parlor is a wonderful, unique, western 1890's parlor with a king size bed. This is a studio unit. Additional features on all Casitas are BBQ Grills, firepit or Chimanaa and patio with panoramic views. Enjoy the decks with private, secluded spa overlooking the valley below! Private trails around and throughout our mountain for a little exercise. A full kitchen with every convenience. This house can provide a perfect setting for 3 couples or a large family, or bring along your in-laws! Enjoy a private setting and convenient to freeways & activities! For more Information just ask!

Activities: Several public golf courses close by. Shopping at malls indoor and outdoor or the quaint town of Cave Creek just minutes away. Swimming in public pool during the summer about 15 minutes from Casita. Sking in the summer and boating at the several lakes is about 20 minutes. Winter sking in Flagstaff. Visit the wonderful towns of Prescott (1 1/4 hour), Jerome (2 hrs), Sedona (11/2 hrs), Flagstaff (2 hrs). Any of those a great day trip. Even the Grand Canyon, you are on the right side of Phoenix for all visits to great places in Arizona. Bring your hiking shoes for our own private trails entering from each casita and all through the mountain.

Area Info: Area: 3 minutes from the 101 Freeway & Hwy 51

5 minutes from I-17

10-20 minutes from The Mayo Clinics

15 minutes from TPC of Scottsdale

15 minutes from WestWorld in North Scottsdale

20 minutes from Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport & the Arizona Cardinals football stadium

30 minutes from Downtown Phoenix - Diamondbacks & Suns Games

30 minutes from Glendale Arena - Phoenix Coyotes & Arizona Sting Games

40 minutes from ASU Sun Devil Stadium

50 minutes from Phoenix International Raceway (NASCAR)

90 minutes from Firebird International Raceway

90 minutes from Sedona, AZ

4 hours from the Grand Canyon National Park

Easy access to all the Valley's spectacular Golf Courses

Book a discounted tee time at golf courses throughout Metropolitan Phoenix

More Details

Fran Titze
Member since: 2005
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 15, 2018

About Fran Titze

Kent and I are from Nebraska and are Husker Fans. Kent is a Horticulturalist and I am a Realtor with Realty One Group. We own Horticultural Frontiers Landscape and Design in Phoenix. Kent has been in Phoenix since 1984 and I have since 2002. We knew each other in High School and reconnect at a class reunion and got married in 2003!

Fran Titze purchased this house in 2004

Why Fran Titze chose Phoenix

We bought our 4 properties one at a time starting in 2004, with the one bedroom Mirage, the view made the decision easy and as the other houses became available we purchased them. It is convenient with each house above the other. We also live on the mountain so we are just minutes away if our guest need us. Kent's mom and son and his family also are on the mountain, so we are very protective and proud of our little place in the world.

What makes this house unique

The Mirage we purchased first. We thought we could fix it up and sell or rent it but after doing so we fell in love with the house and the view and decided to do short term vacation rental. We loved the theme idea so as we acquired each one we decided to not only have the decor match the theme but even the permanent fixtures! The Margarita was the last house a one bedroom, it is the 3rd highest house in Phoenix, so fantastic views. Everyone loves the houses, views and the themes. One of the benefits for us is when friends and family come to visit they have a nice place to stay. Also a benefit is we have made pretty good friends with a few of the people who come to visit every year. We have one person who will be coming for their 5th anniversary at Sunset Mountain. I love all our houses and can't decide which I like best. The guest house is located directly beneath the Ranchero and is a Studio. It is called The Parlor, it's décor is an 1890's western look!! You won't be disappointed with it!


Phoenix House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6 ...
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Smoking allowed ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Mountain View ...
  • Town
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telescope
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Casita Parlor (The Studio) - toilet , shower , Full Bath no tub, shower
    Casita Ranchero - toilet , shower , two & 1/2 bathrooms, one handicap, plus 1/2 bath
    Ranchero 2nd Master - toilet , shower , Handcap Toilet and shower
  • Each Casita has showers The Rancheo is our two bedroom each bedroom has a bathroom, one is a handicap bathroom, also has a 1//2 bath off the livingroom
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Casita Ranchero - 2 king , 1 sleep sofa /futon , This is the two bedroom house
    2nd Master Bedroom - 1 king , This is an handicap bedroom and bathroom
    Guest house/Parlor - 1 king , 1 sleep sofa /futon , In livingroom/This is a studio
  • Casita Ranchero has two King beds (Comfortable Quality mattress) Pull out bed in 1 of the couches. . Casita Parlor studio house with king bed
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Towels
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Deck Furniture
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Porch Furniture
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Wood Deck
  • 8 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Singles
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Jacuzzi
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • duty free shops
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
Both houses have great views. The Parlor is connected with a stairway to the main big house. Separate but close! It also has a full, kitchen, washer and dryer, private hot tub. Perfect for the large family or 3 couples. Or just a couple getaway for the weekend in a romantic Parlor!


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(21 traveler reviews)

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average rating of 4.6666665 based on 21 reviews


  • 5 of 5

My husband and I stayed in The Parlor (Studio) from the 17th through the 24th of March for Spring Training. We couldn't ask for better people to meet. Fran was very nice and hospitable. A true fellow Husker Fan!!!

The décor was absolutely adorable. Views to die for. We were treated (?) one night to a wind and rain storm-followed by a lightning show. Because of it's location - the view was incredible. The unit was stocked with the items you need to cook if you so desire. Private deck and Hot tub were the icing on that cupcake.

The Parlor is perfect for a couple. Not enough room for more than two people. Unfortunately we were unable to hook up with Fran to view the other units - for future rentals.

  • Submitted: Mar 26, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your review! I am sorry I missed you to show you the Ranchero, please take a look at the pictures, I think your family would love it! Usually you don't want a storm on your vacation, but I agree the lightening in Phoenix is beautiful to watch! Hope to see you two again and I am glad you enjoyed The Parlor! Fran Titze
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Incredible Home and Better Host!

  • 5 of 5

Could not have enjoyed The Ranchero more! From the incredible views to the owner-designed custom furniture, the home is truly a masterpiece. The host made us feel at home from the moment we met! Unforgettable trip!

  • Submitted: Feb 8, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Comfortable & Convenient

  • 5 of 5

My stay in the Mirage was very enjoyable - great sunsets from the deck, privacy and all the things you need to relax & feel at home. The location was perfect for most of my destinations especially hiking trails which are just minutes away. The high ceiling in the main room adds atmosphere to the nicely appointed decor. Friendly hosts ensure a nice stay - glad i chose this rental home.

  • Submitted: Apr 19, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am so happy you enjoyed The Mirage for your vacation in Phoenix. We hope you will try us again in the future! Fran Titze
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Perfect getaway!

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time. It was extremely relaxing and so awesome to have our place to call home for a few days! The decks were a perfect view point! We spent four days busy and one full day at the house just hanging out!! We will be back! Ken & Fran were so hospitable! Don't climb the driveway in flip flops! We will be back if Fran & Ken will have us!!!

Scott & Sue Case

Mike & Kari Haase

  • Submitted: Mar 31, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Denver, CO

Was just perfect.

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I, plus two dogs, stayed in the Salon, the studio rental. It was comfortable, the outside porches and view were spectacular. The hot tub was delightful. The dogs were happy. We let them wander in and out. So relaxing after staying in hotels with the dogs.

  • Submitted: Mar 7, 2016
  • Stayed: February 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

The Margarita was perfect for us. Loved the privacy, view and especially our own private sundown hot tub. The spacious deck was perfect for meals and the 100 Scrabble matches we played during our 2 month visit.

Thank you to Fran, Kent and Aaron our spa guy.

See you again in December 2016

Wendy & Pidge from Minnesota

  • Submitted: Feb 20, 2016
  • Stayed: November 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks you guys! We couldn't ask for better guest. So glad you are coming back next season! Fran and Kent PS. I will tell Aaron Hi, from you too!
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Nearest Airport
15 Miles
Sky Harbor
Nearest Golf
0.5 Miles
Nearest Train
30 Miles
Maricopa, Az
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
Nearest Ski
120 Miles
Car: recommended

Sunset Mountain Casitas are located on the northern edge of Phoenix approximately 1/2 mile from 101 and Cave Creek Road. Close to several lakes, minutes from Mayo Clinic. The Casita sits back from any traffic and high above road noise and city sounds yet moments from escaping the urban life to Lake Pleasant and Saguaro Lake. We are located upon a Saguaro populated mountain with several desert wildlife. Fox, coyote, roadrunners, quail, javelina and several birds. A reasonable drive to Sedona and the Grand Canyon.

Golf: Golf in every direction. From expensive to very reasonable.




Additional information about rental rates

cleaning fee $150
Pet Fee $50
Refundable damage deposit $300
Property Damage Protection $79

Guest house is available upon request for $75.00 weekdays, $100.00 weekends. December and January $125.00 and $150.00, February and March $175.00 and $200.00
Special Days - will price

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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