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Private Hilltop view w/ Garden Courtyards & Desert

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Space 2,100 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

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

Nancy Tom
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 19, 2018

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 Tucson

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.


Tucson House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2100 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
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
  • 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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(25 traveler reviews)

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Private Hilltop view w/ Garden Courtyards & Desert
average rating of 4.6 based on 25 reviews

Enjoyed very much

  • 5 of 5

Would rate 4.5. Would have liked more light

For reading. Bedding was wonderful. Hosts were great

  • Submitted: Mar 2, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your suggestion to provide more light for reading. We started out by changing out the dining room lights and will move to other key areas. I love it when guests have the time to read one or two of the many books we have or even leave/ exchange books.
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Arlington, TX

Absolutely Perfect

  • 5 of 5

We felt right at home. Great for family gatherings as it’s so spacious inside and out. Beautiful view of the mountains and city. Very close to Tumamoc. Utensils, cookware, and dishes we needed for cooking and serving our meals were provided.

  • Submitted: Jan 2, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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Beautiful house, perfect location

  • 5 of 5

We’re Tucson natives who visited Tucson for the holidays and brought some friends along with us. We thought it would be better to get a house instead of all staying separately, and we were right! This house was perfect, with plenty of space, comfortable beds, a big dining room table and beautiful views. It’s secluded while still being easily accessible to EVERYTHING: we went to the desert museum, downtown, visited relatives on the NW side of town, and never felt like we spent much time in the car. Bonus: the Toms were great hosts! Thank you!!!

  • Submitted: Dec 26, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We were so glad you found the house and location to work out for your needs! Thank you for your stay and you are most welcome to stay again.
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Can't wait to come back!

  • 5 of 5

Six of us stayed at the Tom's wonderful home for 10 days and loved it! When we, and all our guests, first walked in the door and saw the beautiful living room and the magnificent view of mountains, or city lights at night, through the picture window, we all exclaimed out loud, "wow" or the equivalent. The views of mountains on three sides, and the city at night, were marvelous. The large porch and two patios were great. The home was beautiful and beautifully furnished. Everything was very high quality, from beautiful tile floors to stainless steel appliances, and a side-by side fridge with ice available through the door. It wasn't just clean, it sparkled. The location was very convenient to the city and to the parks we wanted to see, and to the expressway and stores. Nancy and Fe were more like hosts than landlords and it was a delight to get to know them. We are all anxious to come back and to include more of our family. We had no problems and no reservations. A terrific place to stay, with terrific hosts. Peter Kellogg, Minneapolis, MN

  • Submitted: Mar 21, 2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your warmth and gracious enthusiasm for the home and for Tucson. We are glad all of you were appreciative of the treasures Tucson has to offer and the furnishing of the home. We try hard to see that our guests are comfortable and needs are met. It was a delight having you and we'd welcome you back along with any of your friends. Nancy
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Tucson stay

  • 4 of 5

We enjoyed our stay, location was great for the activities we had planned. Nancy and Fe very accommodating.

  • Submitted: Mar 18, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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San Ramon, CA

Thanksgiving Holiday

  • 5 of 5

This was the perfect family Thanksgiving holiday. My son and nieces were not coming home for Thanksgiving so decided to take it to them. We spent a week in this wonderful house with my parents and family visitors. The property is secluded and even though you are close to Tucson city life it felt like we were miles away from the nearest neighbor. The view from the house is spectacular and it was the perfect place to spend time with family. The home was equipped with everything we needed.

  • Submitted: Jan 15, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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




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.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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