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Private Hilltop view w/ Garden Courtyards & Desert

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


Half Baths
Minimum Stay
3 nights


Tucson House Rental Photos and Description

House, 3 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2.25 Baths, (Sleeps 6-8)

Set back over 500 feet from the street and accessible only on an unpaved driveway, this mid-century home sitting on a desert hilltop, can restore creativity and promote relaxation with its openness and natural lighting that fills each room. Large picture windows from the living room, dining and bedrooms offer views of the City, Catalina Mountains, Tucson Mountains and memorable sunrises and sunsets. A high ceiling wood beam living room with flagstone fireplace, offers a relaxed spacious atmosphere for family gatherings or to just sit and enjoy the views.

Enjoy outdoor meals on the east facing patio that runs the length of the house while absorbing the panoramic city and mountain views. Entry, lower and upper courtyards are available to watch the sunrise and sunsets. Nearby wildlife corridor offers frequent visits from desert creatures.

A full kitchen with new appliances, cookware and dishes allows you to decide how much or little you wish to cook. The natural light filled dining room looks out into a courtyard and patio and across the living room. A flagstone wall divider between the kitchen and dining room is the ideal height for a serving line buffet. Walking distance to nearby grocery store, restaurants and retail offer fast convenience.

A huge master bedroom with windows on three sides has a queen bed plus a convertible sofa, perfect for a quiet reading spot. Two other roomy bedrooms can accommodate 3 – 5 more persons with queen beds and a futon sofa. The east facing bedroom guests will be greeted by Tucson’s beautiful colorful sunrises peaking over the Rincon mountains.

Surrounded by 40 acres of Sonoran desert and a nearby City nature park, one can take early morning hikes thru the desert. Located less than 5 miles from downtown Tucson and the University of Arizona, nearby golf courses, tennis courts and bike/ hiking trails provide easy access for all levels of interest and ages.

Property is ideal for those who wish for a true desert experience, a relaxing get-away and still want to be close to conveniences within an urban context.

Keywords: house, home, vacation rental, secluded, urban getaway

More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed

Nancy Tom
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
November 13, 2016
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About Nancy Tom

Having moved to Tucson over 35 years ago, the environment surrounding this home has a maintained it’s wide open desert space. We can watch the changing colors of the sky, mountains and city from the privacy of the outdoor patio. With Tucson’s weather, we can enjoy many meals outdoors; open doors and windows to let in fresh air. With open desert surrounding us on all four sides, we have learned to live with the desert dust that gets tracked into the house. It's part of desert living. We cherish the quiet solitude, the relaxing open space and the energizing creativity that is generated from this hilltop.

One of our favorite activities is watching the summer monsoon storms move across the valley with the smell of anticipated desert rain. The spring brings unexpected colors of yellow, red, purple, orange and white from desert wildflowers.

We have rented this home as a long term rental for over 20 years, and recently we decided to rent it out as a short term vacation rental. We hope you enjoy this special retreat as much as others have.

Nancy Tom purchased this house in 1970

Why Nancy Tom chose Arizona

Built by two brothers in the 1950’s as winter cabins for themselves and their guests, two mirrored homes sit atop a hill at the base of the Tucson Mountain foothills surrounded by 40 acres of Sonoran desert. Since these houses were built, the city has grown around us, with a city park with sports lights and a neighborhood shopping center just across the street. Since the 1980’s this residence has been home to writers, artists, architects, professionals and their families who rented this home for long periods. In 2010 we decided to offer one of the homes as a vacation rental. We want others to experience this special place of openness, relaxation and connection to Tucson and the desert.

What makes this house unique

A private unpaved driveway contributes to the quiet solitude of the home. During the winter, a small courtyard between the two homes, yields fresh limes, lemons, grapefruit and pomegranate.

Within walking distance is a grocery store and restaurants. Within a 15 minute drive are: 3 golf courses, 2 hospitals, University of Arizona and Pima Community College, tennis courts, 3 city parks, downtown, Arizona Sonoran Desert Museum, Old Tucson and numerous hiking trails in the Tucson Mountains and the nearby City park.


Excellent! 4.6/5 -
(17 traveler reviews)

Private Hilltop view w/ Garden Courtyards & Desert
average rating of 4.5882354 based on 17 reviews
Palos Verdes Estates, California

Comfortable & Convenient

  • 5 of 5

We were a family of 6 coming to Tucson to celebrate our U of A grad. The house is, as advertised, conveniently located to U of A - about 15 mins. We had plenty of space, enjoyed the beautiful view from the large picture window in the family room, especially the wildlife that came to visit. In the afternoons we were visited by a family of coyotes passing through (not a problem - in fact, kind of fun), hummingbirds, rabbits and lizards.

We did not have a chance to meet Nancy & Fe, but they were wonderful hosts, as we had everything we needed.

  • Submitted: May 17, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad that the wildlife came by to greet you, when we couldn't. With the beautiful weather during the months of March to May, there are many activities going on during weekends. Thank you again for your stay and glad you found everything to your liking!
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Spacious, comfortable house close to amenities.

  • 4 of 5

We were 4 adults and 3 children in this roomy, well-furnished house. It was just the right size for our group, with space for the kids to enjoy the outdoors and relaxing, open areas in the house. We had everything we needed in every room. Plenty of shopping and entertainment is close, yet it is a quiet and peaceful environment. We would definitely recommend this house and hope to go back.

  • Submitted: Mar 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Anchorage, Alaska

Family Reunion

  • 5 of 5

Highly recommend staying at this beautiful home. The 9 days we spent inTuscon spending time with family and celebrating milestone birthdays was even better due to this home. The views and outside patios are beautiful. This home was the main gathering place for our family meal and card games. The kitchen is stocked with adequate utensils, pots, etc, to cook for a large group and the beds were very comfortable. I personally felt like I was home. Our daughter, felt very comfortable staying here with her two toddlers. Everyone in my family loved the home. The owners were very accommodating and friendly. We look forward to renting this home again on our next trip to Tucson.

  • Submitted: Jan 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are glad the home and property worked out so well for you and your family gatherings. Glad to see the courtyards and patio enjoyed by all ages. It would be nice to have you back.
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Christmas in Tucson

  • 5 of 5

We had the pleasure of staying in this beautiful property for a week in December. The House is nicely secluded on a hill just west of Tucson. It is conveniently located near two main roads but set-back so as not to be in a noisy location. the home is comfortably appointed with ample kitchen utensils, towels and all the necessary accouterments. It has 3 nice bedrooms and lots of common areas (living room, dining room and patios) so no one feels like they are on top of each other! We also liked the way our hosts decorated the place with enough furniture and art work but not too much to make it feel fussy! The owners live next door, so if you need anything they are close by. But they gave us our privacy, so we didn't feel uncomfortable. We loved this home and hope to come back soon! We like to bicycle and there are both hilly bike paths and a flat bike path (near an arroyo) close by!

  • Submitted: Jan 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your stay and so glad you were able to enjoy the courtyard with your Tucson family.
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Denver, CO, USA

Wonderful home with great guests

  • 5 of 5

A really unique home on a hill in west Tucson. 1950's styling, apparently built by some tile factory owners and that makes sense because there is tile everywhere. Very clean, nice beds, workable kitchen (though we ate out a lot). Wonderful hosts, cannot imagine how they could have been nicer or more helpful. Easy to access from airport, and easy to get on/off 10/19 freeways. Three real bedrooms with two baths. We were three college friends just having a fun relaxing weekend together. Would definitely come back.

  • Submitted: Nov 4, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for selecting our property for your college classmate reunion. Glad we were able to meet your expectations and provide a place to sit around and relax and still be conveniently close to great attractions. You and your families are welcome back anytime!
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U of A graduation trip

  • 5 of 5

My family and I stayed at this property from Thursday to Sunday and we had an amazing time! the house was clean, comfortable and so conveniently located! across the street there is a supermarket, a bank and nearby you'll find some restaurants. one of the nights we had dinner al fresco the views from the patio are amazing!. we didn't get to meet the owners as they were out of town that weekend :(. we would definitely come back and recommend this place to our friends who now have students at U of A. thank you so much Nancy for sharing your house with us!!

  • Submitted: May 27, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm so glad you were able to enjoy your family gathering and your daughter's graduation while staying at the house. You definitely took care of the house as if it were your own. Thank you so much! I wish I could have welcomed you personally and I'm happy you were able to find everything you needed.
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Nearest Airport
11 Miles
Tucson International Airport
Nearest Golf
1 Miles
El Rio Golf Course
Nearest Train
3 Miles
Amtrak Station
Nearest Motorway
1.5 Miles
Nearest Point of Interest
El Rio golf course
Nearest Point of Interest
St Mary's hospital
Nearest Point of Interest
Pima Community College
Nearest Point of Interest
Gateway to Tucson Mountains
Nearest Point of Interest
10 minutes to University of Arizona
Nearest Point of Interest
10 minutes to downtown Tucson
Nearest Point of Interest
Walking distance to grocery store, restaurants
Car: necessary

Rates & Availability

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3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59
Cleaning Fee $175
Tax Rate 17.65%

Light cleaning on a biweekly basis will provided for stays greater than two weeks. Rates are subject to change until reservations are made.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Tucson House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2100 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , 1 sleep sofa /futon
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • Queen size Beds (3), Sleep Sofa (1), Futon Sofa (1)
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • churches
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • racquetball
  • tennis

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