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Joelyn Hilton

Member since: 2010
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Speaks: english

Cozy Studio Close to Hiking, Lake, Nature

22 Reviews
Bedrooms Studio
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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Studio, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2)

Surrounded by mountains, the tranquility of the desert help to make this vacation get-away the perfect place to relax and enjoy.

Two large windows allow plenty of natural sunlight, and a beautiful view of the Superstition Mountains. The kitchenette boasts granite countertops, eating area, and plenty of gadgets for cooking. The bathroom is home to a large, custom, tiled shower. A bookcase compliments the living area, and includes many books, DVD's, and games. Outside, an outdoor patio and barbeque area are on the main level, and an awesome viewing deck above provides the perfect setting for a glass of wine at the end of the day.

There’s plenty to cook with including a microwave oven, electric burner, skillet, convection oven, pans, crock pot, and toaster. All cooking utensils, plates, glasses, etc., are included.

We are located in the Arizona desert, closely surrounded by beautiful mountains, native plants, and occasional wildlife. We are within walking, hiking, and biking distance to Usery Mountain Park, which includes many trails, a world class archery range and several picnic areas. Rio Salado Shooting range is 10 minutes away. The Superstition Mountains are 10 miles due east. The Salt River is nearby as are four lakes where you can enjoy fishing, boating, swimming, etc. Beautiful golf courses are also within a couple of miles.

Keywords: casita, desert, hikers paradise

More Details
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Joelyn Hilton (Owner)
Member since: 2010
Call Owner
Speaks: english

About Joelyn Hilton

After teaching, we love being able to unwind in the quiet and spaciousness of our desert surroundings. We moved into our house about twelve years ago and built the separate studio on our one-acre property a few years later.

Joelyn Hilton purchased this cottage in 2010

Why Joelyn Hilton chose Arizona

There are two reasons we moved to East Mesa - one, to build a ceramic art studio, and two, to be close to hiking and mountain biking. We were able to convert part of the ceramic art studio into the vacation rental, with it’s own separate entrance.

What makes this cottage unique

We’re close to nature, but also within a few minutes to food shopping, coffee shops, convenience stores, and gas. Close freeway access takes you to malls, movie theatres, hospitals, public transportation, and the airport.

Free Culture Passes available at the local library: first come/first served. Let us know ahead of time and we'll see if we can get them!


based on 22 traveler reviews

Cozy Studio Close to Hiking, Lake, Nature
average rating of 4.9545455 based on 22 reviews

.What a wonderful little oasis!

  • 5 of 5

What an awesome little get away, so comfortable and peaceful. Beautiful view of the superstition mtnssunrise and set. The panoramic view from the upstairs patio is amazing! I will definitely book again!

  • Submitted: Apr 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Really nice place

  • 5 of 5

I stayed for four nights recently and it was perfect for my needs - quiet, good location, lovely views, room was attractive and comfortable. I was out and about a lot so having a nice shower was a huge plus - all the little stuff like that is just right. I was meeting friends for meals but it looked like there was enough gear to manage if I was cooking. The owners seemed very nice. I liked the idea that I could get them quickly if there was a problem but it's not like they were in my face or anything. Really a great place if you want to enjoy the outdoors or other activities in that area.

  • Submitted: Mar 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Best Vacation Advice; Listen to the Locals!

  • 5 of 5

Perusing all of the positive reviews written about this VRBO by other guests convinced the two of us to choose this location for our week in Mesa from January 20-27, 2016. The accompanying picture and description included with the listing were spot on; the studio is surrounded by mountains, nature, lakes; it is close to hiking trails, restaurants, and scenic drives through the mountains, yet, it is located in a quiet and secluded neighborhood. This casita is the perfect choice for adventurous, outdoor enthusiasts who enjoy a cozy room with a view!

We enjoyed the amazing sunrises, sunsets, and even a moon rise on the two patios, one located on the rooftop of the casita! The view of the mountains was spectacular; especially the Superstition Mountains that were only a short drive away! We drove a short distance and hiked the nearby Usery Park trails, Hieroglyphics Trail in the Superstition Mountains, and the Pinnacle Peak Trail. We were also close to the Apache Trail Scenic Drive that had amazing lakes, trails and views as well as a fun town, Tortilla Flats, where we enjoyed a delicious pancake breakfast at the town’s restaurant on the drive up!

Visited many nearby restaurants and bars; particularly Kneaders Bakery and Restaurant in Mesa and the Rusty Spur Saloon in Old Town Scottsdale for the live music! The best part was spending time with our hosts, Chip and Joelyn, who were interesting, helpful, fun and genuinely concerned that we were happy and content. Their property is beautiful, well-maintained, artistically staged and welcoming with solar lights and easy access. The three-ring binder on the coffee table with numerous brochures listing all of the activities and eating places and the excellent recommendations from our hosts were all of the information we needed to plot our adventurous week in Mesa! Happy Trails, Chip and Joelyn, until we meet again.

  • Submitted: Feb 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Stay!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I came for a long weekend to celebrate our 10th anniversary. We wanted something in Mesa, and we wanted something comfy, but didn't need anything big since it was just us and we planned on being out hiking most of the time anyway. This casita was perfect! It was cozy, the bed was SO comfortable, and the location was perfect for everywhere we wanted to go. I'd highly recommend this place to anyone! Chip and Joelyn were so nice and the place was beautiful. Don't make the mistake of waiting til the last morning to go up to the patio like we did either. The views may have been my favorite part of our stay!

  • Submitted: Oct 10, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Baldwin, WI


  • 5 of 5

Looks exactly as pictures - beautiful! Very clean. Plenty big enough for the two of us. Enjoyed the patio above and being able to see the Usery and Superstition Mountains and city lights of Mesa. Within walking distance to the hiking trails in the Usery Mountain Regional Park. Easy drive to sights around. Look forward to our next stay.

  • Submitted: Apr 2, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Toronto Canada

Great getaway

  • 5 of 5

Perfect stay for me and hubby before baby comes in sept. Beautiful views, great outdoor patio and just outside the busy city but close enough to get to where you need to be.

Shower is beautiful!

  • Submitted: Mar 28, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
16 Miles
Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport
Nearest Barpub
5 Miles
Red White & Brew
Nearest Golf
6.5 Miles
Viewpoint Golf Resort
Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
AZ-202 loop
Nearest Restaurant
3.3 Miles
Chilero's Mexican Grill
Car: necessary

Archery, shooting range


Rates & Availability

Mesa Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
May 1 2016 - Sep 30 2016
3 night minimum stay
Jan - Apr 2017
Jan 1 2017 - Apr 15 2017
3 night minimum stay
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3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $150
Cleaning Fee $45 + Tax
Tax Rate 7.27%

Cancellation policy: 30 days or more before arrival date, refund of all monies paid, less a $25 cancellation fee. 14-29 days before arrival date, 50% refund of monies paid. Less than 14 days before arrival date, no refund. If I am able to rent the property for some or all of the canceled time, I will refund up to the amount of the replacement rental fees collected, less a $25 cancellation fee.

50% at time of booking; remainder upon arrival

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Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Mesa Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 380 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Custom tiled shower, with bench seat and mosaics made by the owner. Soap and shampoo included.
  • Studio, Sleeps 2
  • Queen size Beds (1)
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
Saguaro lake is a 20 minute drive. Boat rental available.

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