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Wildflowers are blooming ~ 1920's Sam Hughes Casita ~ Villa Blanca Mariposa

Bedrooms 2
Space 915 sq. ft.
Property type bungalow
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights


About the property

Stay at Villa Blanca Mariposa a lovely 1.5 Bedroom/1 Bath Home and walk to UofA

Welcome to Villa Blanca Mariposa, perfect for a relaxing vacation with immediate urban amenities, well situated only two blocks from the University of Arizona, within a mile of the University Medical Center, near the Gem Show venues, and close to anything in Central Tucson. This charming 1920's bungalow home is located in Sam Hughes, a National Historic Neighborhood, has been recently lovingly updated, is bright, spacious and very comfortable.

This fully outfitted historic home has a complete kitchen with a gourmet stainless range, microwave, coffee maker, blender, all utensils and dishes. The dining room seats four, and boasts beautiful furnishings. All utilities are included; even cable television and high speed internet! There is a 42 inch flat panel tV in the living room and a 32 inch Smart TV in the Master Bedroom, a HE washer/dryer, and a wonderfully charming vintage bathroom - complete with luxury linens. Villa Blanca Mariposa sleeps two persons comfortably (up to four people) with a master bedroom that sleeps two (King size bed), and a half bedroom

which sleeps up to two guests on a Twin Trundle Bed.

With the gorgeous weather found in Tucson, the large rear patio can double as another living room, dining room and kitchen with comfortable patio furniture and a beautiful stainless grill.

Local vegetation are perfect for enjoying the birds and butterflies while sipping your morning beverage.

Well Behaved Pets may be considered. Smoking never permitted.

Villa Blanca Mariposa welcomes you to Tucson!

More Details

Property Manager
Erica K.
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 26, 2017

About Erica K.

An entrepreneur by nature, I have enjoyed the freedom and flexibility that a self directed path can provide. I have loved to travel and annually embark upon both a beach vacation and an exotic destination in a far away continent - you will find exotic mementos from my travels adorn Villa BlancaMariposa and inspire the eclectic sampling of the world within. Growing up in Tucson in this very property, I wanted to name my special bungalow to honor my connection to my mother, my family and the heritage of the house, hence the name Villa Blanca which means white house - where my friends said I lived as a kid. While home in Tucson, I love to landscape, You will see me working on my properties tending to the mesquite trees, Peruvian apple cactus a native willow or assisting guests at Villa Blanca and other homes. I have always enjoyed cooking - entertaining friends and family and hosting many social events, and look forward to hosting you during your stay in Tucson!

Erica K. purchased this bungalow in 2010

Why Erica K. chose Tucson

My parents were renting the carriage house house in the 1960's while attending the University of Arizona. Reading an ad in the paper the original owners of Villa Blanca - had listed it for sale - it turned out to be my parents landlords - who enjoyed the young couple so - and sold it to my parents over another buyer. With the assistance of my Grandmother for a down payment, My mother and father moved to the front house and raised us girls - in 2010 Villa Blanca passed through the generations from my grandmother, mother and sister to my self - for me to share with you as Villa Blanca.

What makes this bungalow unique

I love Villa Blanca with all of my heart - it is a beautiful home full of warmth and truly does hold every memory in life - Christmas trees, Easter bunnies, Thanksgiving Dinners, watching sesame street while laying on the living room floor, cartwheels in the front yard - giggling with friends - walking to school - having breakfast at Rincon market, bicycling to the UofA. Now it's your turn to make some memories and experience the warmth and love of a family home known as Villa Blanca.

Guestbook comments from the manager

Dear Erica, Everything was perfect from your sweet house to the wine, flowers, toiletries, linens, furnishings, etc. We appreciated your dining and activity recommendations & all of the resource books, pamphlets, etc. Can't wait to come back next Year!
Mar 2015
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Sam Hughes Bungalow Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • bungalow
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 915 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Downtown
  • Town
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 twin/ single , Twin Trundle Bed Sleeps Two in Half Bedroom
    Bedroom 1 - 1 king , King Bed sleeps two in Master Bedroom
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 6 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • limited accessibility
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • roller blading
  • swimming
  • tennis
Thank you for viewing,and booking!


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(45 traveler reviews)

Wildflowers are blooming ~ 1920's Sam Hughes Casita ~ Villa Blanca Mariposa
average rating of 4.9333334 based on 47 reviews

Exceeded our expectations

  • 5 of 5

The property was wonderful and enhanced our stay in Tucson. It was quaint and clean and the amenities made our week easy. It was decorated nicely with comfort in mind. The beds and pillows were super comfy. The kitchen was equipped with everything you could possible need and neatly organized. The bathroom was clean with plenty of towels, hair dryer and basic bath amenities. The home was located close to multiple freeways making it easy to see the sights. It was also located close to grocery stores if you needed items. We enjoyed the semi-private, fenced in back yard with patio table and chairs. Perfect for morning coffee, late afternoon cocktails, and our small dogs. In summary we had a great experience and would recommend it to others. The only tricky part was the second bedroom has a trundle that makes exiting the home through the back door tricky, but seriously a very small issue. If we are ever back in Tucson, I would stay here again.

  • Submitted: Apr 24, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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The place was beautiful, inviting and immaculate!

  • 5 of 5

Villa Blanca Mariposa was such a beautiful historic home with all the modern amenities you expect. Staying in the home took us back to old Tucson. The house was well decorated and immaculate but kept the charm of the 1920s. Erika was so welcoming and added so many personal touches that I felt like I had the service of a fine hotel. I will definitely be staying here again!

  • Submitted: Apr 16, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Scottsdale, AZ

Charming 1920's home!

  • 5 of 5

You can see pride of ownership in this charming 1920's family home that the owner was raised in! Erica's parents were students at the UA renting the apartment above the car port and bought the home in the 1960's and raised their family here! The love for the home is evident. Erica was great! The house was SO clean, and has all the comforts of home. The darling kitchen and bathroom are original but it doesn't feel old, its so clean and well appointed. The location is awesome and sitting in the back yard is lovely. We had a plumbing issue and Erica was all over it, reachable by phone, and was able to assist in getting the help we needed to solve the problem immediately. I love this house and would stay here again in a heart beat!! We hope to soon as it was so convenient to visit our boys who attend the UA. Walking distance to the stadium, Rincon Market and we so enjoyed our walks in the darling Sam Hughes district.

  • Submitted: Mar 27, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Born in CA

Darling Cottage in the Heart of Sam Hughes near UA

  • 5 of 5

Our third stay at Villa Blanca. This time Mariposa was for our son's wedding! Erica went above and beyond, to make sure we had what we needed to entertain guests after the wedding was over at a little backyard get-together! Mariposa is decorated and furnished meticulously with antiques and the most modern amenities including every kitchen appliance one could need on vacation! We will be back to visit our son and stay at one of Erica's properties then as well. She has spoiled us!! The best "resort" in Tucson is Villa Blanca Mariposa (or Pajaro)!!!!

  • Submitted: Mar 22, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
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Burlington, VT

Couldn't ask for a better stay.

  • 5 of 5

We've rented many places through VRBO, and Villa Blanca Mariposa ranks at the top. I couldn't come up with a negative if I tried. The location is great--two blocks from the U of A campus and two miles from downtown. East 6th street is a busy street at times, but being set way back with a 5' wall facing the road, you wouldn't know that. The kitchen was better-equipped than most rentals. The furniture, including the bed, is very comfortable. Erica, the owner, was immediately responsive to any questions we had and made great recommendations for restaurants. A well-deserved 5 stars!

  • Submitted: Jan 31, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Norfolk, VA

Very Pleased!

  • 5 of 5

Erica was a gracious host and available whenever we needed her. The house was perfect for the four of us and had all we needed. We did have an issue with the dryer but I suppose that is bound to happen to someone eventually, so why not us? Nice place to stay and centrally located. Only regret is we didn't partake of the back courtyard because we were so busy enjoying Tucson!

  • Submitted: Dec 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
8 Miles
Tucson International Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.02 Miles
Bob Dobbs Bar & Grill
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Randolph Park
Nearest Train
2 Miles
Amtrak Station
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
0.01 Miles
Social House
Nearest Ski
40 Miles
Mount Lemmon
Nearest Beach
243 Miles
Puerto Penasco Mexico
Car: not necessary


Rates & Availability

Sam Hughes Bungalow Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Manager accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
2017 spring
Apr 3 2017 - May 9 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 3 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
2017 Summer Special
May 15 2017 - Aug 5 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 3 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
Summer Cusp 2017 Season
Aug 26 2017 - Oct 12 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 3 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
2017 Fall
Oct 13 2017 - Nov 30 2017
Changeover Day: Thursday
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 3 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
Winter 2017-2018
Dec 1 2017 - Jan 26 2018
Changeover Day: Friday
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 3 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
Special Event 2018
Jan 27 2018 - Feb 17 2018
4 night minimum stay
Spring 2018
Feb 19 2018 - Apr 21 2018
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 3 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 3 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $90
Pet Fee $50

Manager'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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