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JUST PERFECT PRIVATE HOME, Super Views, Pool/Spa, 1 or 2 weeks in Feb available

Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights


About the property

Lovely 2 Bd, 2 Bt, not stark. Exceptional privacy and views! Perfect retreat.

My home is conveniently located in Carefree, AZ, surrounded by 20 acres of land preserve. Totally private! This is a private house, not a villa or condo. Easy walking to shopping, dining and entertainment in the village of Carefree. Just minuets from historic downtown Cave Creek and not far from the Boulders Resort. Carefree is located due north of Scottsdale.

My home is bright and airy and in great condition. It is comfortable and "user friendly", the privacy amazing. Outdoor living at its very best, cannot be more comfortable and private. My home is very easy to maintain. Neighbors call it the HAPPY HOUSE. Viewed from our private back patio are, javalina, quail, coyote, bobcats, desert fox, road runners, jack rabbits and mule deer are seen regularly at our natural watering hole or frolicking in Galloway wash. A mountain lion has been seen as well. (Wish there was a photograph). There is a 360 degrees of Mountain views and the very best Arizona sunsets. The home is located in the heart of Carefree, but one feels like they are way out in the desert because of being surrounded by 20 acres of land trust.

The house is situated on 2+ acres with a privacy wall that surrounds the pool and outdoor living area that can be enjoyed day or night. I am very proud of my home and keep it clean, organized and personal.

There is a Living room / dining area / TV room and workable, well equipped kitchen. Master bedroom has king sized bed, master bath, walk in closet and a private bedroom patio. The mattress is foam.

A comfortable King bed in the guest room can be separated into twin beds.

Enjoy romantic, starry Arizona nights from the pool, patio or around the outside bee hive fireplace. Great outside dining area. Well landscaped, most enjoyable. Wonderful for entertaining. Wonderful for relaxing. Wonderful for private sunbathing.

Enjoy horseback riding, spring baseball training, golf, hiking, all are within close proximity . We are located in the north end of the Valley of the Sun, anything that Phoenix or Scottsdale has to offer is no further than an hour away or less. Sedona Az. is a good hour north. Tonto National Forest, Bartlett Lake 15-30 minutes east. A great location for city access and real desert living and exploring. Great hikes to indian ruins and parks (Spur Cross, Tonto National Park, Browns Ranch). All very close. Within walking distance is the post office, grocery store, farmers market, very fine dining, cowboy dining, wine bars, shops and local live music.

Just a Gem! You won't go wrong! And we will make every effort to make sure you are happy.

More Details

Susan L. M. Smith
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english, spanish, We will work out any language barrier .
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
September 22, 2017

About Susan L. M. Smith

I am a outdoor type person. Love animals, love to garden, love great food, love to have fun. You will recognize all these passions at my lovely home! My home in Carefree is very special to me. I take the best care of it that I can. I want your vacation to be personal. I want you to feel free to contact me for your needs and for anything that makes you as content as possible. Teri, my friend and manager, is wonderful and helpful. We aim to please you and to make this a fun, relaxing great experience for you. And it is clean. We are very serious about the beds and linens. Have fun!

Susan L. M. Smith purchased this house in 2004

Why Susan L. M. Smith chose Arizona

This home has been purchased in Carefree as our retirement home. It is perfect. Perfect location, perfect layout, perfect views. The house is a perfect size for a couple or two. While in the home you feel like it is really big, but it is not. You can easily manage it without feeling over whelmed. It truly is perfect. I am not ready to retire and are letting others enjoy it till our time comes. This is a home not just a rental! Please take care of my home!

What makes this house unique

Privacy! Privacy! Privacy! Views! Views! Views! Plus amazing wild life. Superior Resort Living within the privacy of a home. Check out our awesome reviews. Outdoor living at its very best.

We are centrally located for easy access to major roads that connect you to the beautiful parks and attractions of Arizona. Far enough away from the highways to be in a rural community, yet close enough to go to other wonderful Arizona places with ease. Being north of Scottsdale puts you in a more rural community without the hustle and bustle of the city, yet with a simple drive the city is accessible. The access to hiking and outdoor activities is right there without traffic. Our Carefree/Cave Creek location is in town, which, means most everything is in walking distance. You may walk to dinner, wine bars and walk home. You can walk to the grocery store or post office. But when you are at the home you would think that town is a zillion miles away and that is because we are sounded by 20 acres of Land Trust. Your going to love it, just like I do!

Guestbook comments from the owner

Colorful, casual and comfortable!! If you are a fan of the Carefree/Cave Creek/North Scottsdale area you could do no better than to spend a week or so at Painted Carefree. It's a totally unique private home with great outdoor living space to catch the desert sun and to enjoy warm, relaxing evenings; Susan's personal touch will make you feel so right at home you won't want to go home. We met there to attend a conference, conduct our brief annual meeting, attend some Spring Training games. Perfect
Mar 2012
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Tonto National Forest
"Wonderful place. Indian ruins everywhere. Drive east on Cave Creek Hwy. and go toward Seve..."
Tonto Bar & Grill
"Wonderful food, consistent food and uses local ingredients. Local meaning cactus blossoms, ..."
Buffalo Chip Saloon
"Bull riding on Wednesdays and Fridays. Very fun place. Must visit at least once, food is O..."
Golf at the Boulders
Binkley's Restaurant
"A very fine eating establishment. If you know food and wine, this is a great experience for..."
El Encanto Mexican Patio Cafe
"Our local Mexican restaurant. It is fun and well worth a stop. "
AJ's Fine Foods - North Scottsdale Rd
Harold's Cave Creek Corral
"Live music, cowboy food, local yokels and great watering hole. Very eclectic crowd. Never k..."
The Spotted Donkey Cantina
Cafe Bink LLC
"A real bistro right in the heart of Carefree. Very nice place for lunch and or dinner. Wal..."
Brown's Ranch Trailhead
Black Mountain Cave Creek
The Boulders Golf Club
Big Earl's Greasy Eats
"Locals eating breakfast and lunch. "
Town Center of Carefree
Horny Toad
"Great Fried Chicken and fun for the kids. Been in town since the 70s. Food is consistent a..."
Cartwright's Sonoran Ranch House
"Real nice place to have cocktails and dinner."
Rancho Manana Golf Course
Heard Museum North Scottsdale -- CLOSED
"All about our local native Americans. Interesting and important."
Oak's Diner & Flapjacks
"Breakfast with the locals!"
Spur Cross Ranch Conservation
"Great place to walk and bike and ride a horse. Check Out MTM Ranch for horse back riding. "
The Good Egg
"Very good breakfast."
Carefree Bistro
"Walking distance from the house and excellent food"
Sundial Cafe
"Walking distance from the house and a very nice breakfast!"
MTM Ranch Horseback rides of Scottsdale AZ
"Absolutely the best place to ride a horse in our area, if not Arizona. She can customize ri..."
Brix Wine & Bistro
"Walking distance to a fine wine bar. "
Indigo Crow
"Very nice dinner establishment. Good food, good drinks!"
Oregano's Pizza Bistro
"Food OK, very kid friendly."
Nearest Airport
35 Miles
Sky Harbor
Nearest Barpub
0.3 Miles
There are bars and wine bars within steps!
Nearest Ski
100 Miles
Car: recommended

The Cave Creek, Carefree area is a eclectic western area that has fine dinning and funky western bars. Lots of hiking, biking and horse back riding trails. Golf is within minutes. Fishing, boating, a short beautiful drive away. Shopping around the conner. Art festivals on most weekends. Easy day trips to Arizona's best locations. Thirty minutes to spring training or Barrett car auction. Near perfect sunny weather all year long. Cave Creek was established in the early 1860's. It is part of the Military trail and has been home to Native Americans for centuries. Gold was discovered and people came to prosper. Then ranching and now an eclectic mix of everything. Movie stars on the hills, cowboys at the bars.

For you that have not been to Arizona here is a bit of information. If you are just traveling here to get out of the cold winter, of course, winter months are it! But if you are traveling to visit Arizona and see all the sights, mid September, October, mid April through May are the best. Kids are in school so not so many people at the parks, temperature is cool enough not to be uncomfortable hot, the "tourist" have basically gone home, no extra heating of the pool, the most fabulous warm nights and little to no rain. My home is very centrally located, far enough from the freeways to be out of the city and close enough to travel to various regions of the state. It is a perfect base for sight seeing. Hope to see you!


Carefree House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: 9:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Downtown
  • Mountain ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Town ...
  • Village ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Free Local Calls
  • Garage ...
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer
  • Garbage Disposal
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Master Bath - toilet , shower , jetted tub , We have double sinks and a lot of light. Hair dryer too!
    Guest Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , Nice complete bathroom. Has a hair dryer!
  • Full master bath with jetted tub, walk in shower, double sinks.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , The Master Bedroom is comfortable and inviting.
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , Can be turned into a king, has nice bathroom and is private.
  • In the master bedroom we have a king size bed. In the guest room there is either twins or the twins made into a comfortable king. Both rooms have a private bath and are well separated form each other for privacy.
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • DVR
  • MP3 Dock
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Towels
  • Beach Umbrellas
  • Binoculars
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Deck Furniture
  • Fully Fenced Property
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Porch Furniture
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Jacuzzi
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • Whirlpool
  • jetted tub ...
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
My rental is a home. It is not a stark rental by all means. It is full of personality and warmth. Outdoor living at its finest. The house is well maintained and clean. I take extreme pride in my home. It pleases me to please you and hear all the fine comments that my renters have shared with me. I plan to live here someday, so looking after the house and caring for its surroundings is extremely important to me. We will cater to your needs and will provide to the best of our ability. If you need the home stocked with some of your favorite things we can make that happen. Just please ask us. You really cannot go wrong in staying here. The home is comfortable and easy to maintain. Thanks for considering 'Painted Carefree'


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JUST PERFECT PRIVATE HOME, Super Views, Pool/Spa, 1 or 2 weeks in Feb available
average rating of 5.0 based on 44 reviews
Englewood, CO

Beautiful Stay!!

  • 5 of 5

Thank you Susan for a wonderful few days! The house is very private and quiet. The desert setting was absolutely beautiful with gorgeous views. I highly recommend this property. Thanks again!

  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Looking forward to your next visit. Take care and thank you for your review and staying a my great home.
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Fantastic home and location

  • 5 of 5

We expected a great place when we booked our stay, but this home was even better than expected. The photos don't do it justice. The interior is decorated in a personal and eclectic way, while remaining very tidy. There are plenty of books to peruse on your down time. The interior is great, but the outdoor space is even better. Our family, including our two year old, used the pool for hours everyday. The spa was great for post workout soaks. The grill area is really nice and we ended up grilling more than we thought we would. The surrounding area is gorgeous and quiet. When we did eat out, we had plenty of excellent close options. Susan and Teri were very kind and generous with their time and made everything easy. We plan on returning soon!

  • Submitted: Jun 20, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wonderful folks you are!! Thanks for the really lovely review. You know my door is always open!! Take care
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Kansas City


  • 5 of 5

Am writing this review sitting on the covered patio on our last day here. It is where we have spent most of our time while staying at Painted Carefree. From the patio one has a 270 degree view from Black Mountain to the Continentals. The mountains are ever changing from sunrise to sunset. One can also see the colorful flower gardens and watch the many different birds enjoy the feeders and plants. We too saw the javelinas near the water hole but never did spot the bobcat. Grilling, eating outside, sitting in front of the outdoor fireplace or stargazing from the spa all added to the amazing outdoor living.

Inside, the house is charming and inviting. It is truly a well loved home. The kitchen has all you need (we entertained family several times), the beds are comfortable and the tv room is cozy.

The location does allow for easy walking to the shops and restaurants of Carefree. The eastern part of Cave Creek is also walkable. We did rouse ourselves most mornings to take long walks into the hilly neighborhoods to the north of Painted Carefree, a great way to see the gorgeous desert landscape.

Teri was here to show us around upon our arrival, and it was nice to know she was nearby in case we needed anything. Susan is an accessible and accommodating owner making the rental process easy. She is an amazing person to share this very special place with others!

  • Submitted: Apr 14, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I cannot thank you enough for such a wonderful review. Please come back to visit at anytime. Thanks for fixing the screen door!!
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Sugar Grove, Il

Best of the Best

  • 5 of 5

We have stayed in many condos/homes in the area and this tops them all in the categories of views, privacy, location, cleanliness, comfort, owner and manager. Even though the house is amazing we spent every waking moment in the spectacular patio and back yard enjoying the gardens and bird watching. One possible drawback; we didn't enrich the local economy. There are many terrfice restaurants and attractions in the area but we loved the home too much to go out much. It's close to town but has a real country feel. Terry and Susan are the friendliest easiest people to work with and we thank them for all the personal touches that made our stay unforgettable.

  • Submitted: Mar 21, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you!!! Great review for Teri and me. We try, and I am so happy you see it! Makes us feel good. I am also glad you are coming back next year. Keep in touch and stay safe.
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Marquette, MI

Just Perfect!

  • 5 of 5

We just completed our third visit to the Painted Carefree. Each year we love the place more. It is such a happy, colorful, relaxing home. Certainly well loved and care for. We spend every moment we can in the outdoor space. The views, sunrises and sunsets are beyond description. Since the weather was cooler this year we spent more time in the sun on the front porch looking at the view of Black Mountain. We were also lucky to have visits from the bobcat and jabalinas. Words cannot describe how special the Painted Carefree is. Can't wait for next winter! Thank you Susan and Teri for your gracious hospitality.

  • Submitted: Mar 17, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: You both are the best! See you next year. Thank you for keeping my home so nicely and for being such wonderful guests!
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San Diego


  • 5 of 5

I could not think of a more appropriate word than home to describe Painted Carefree. I am writing this review as I am enjoying another gorgeous sunrise wrapped in a blanket from the front porch. Everything about Painted Carefree is special - from the front porch to the resort-like backyard. For our anniversary trip, there were sweet touches throughout the home. I do not think I can do this home justice by my words; other than stating we are definitely coming back and cannot wait to do so. If you are coming to the Phoenix/Scottsdale area, do yourself a favor and stay here. Trust us, you'll love this place and of course, Susan and Teri!!!

  • Submitted: Dec 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: S and B, I am getting to the point of not knowing how to respond to all these wonderful reviews. I do know that they please me so much to read that you and others have been so happy and content. Thank you for being great guest and please come back. Happy Anniversary!
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $300
Damage Insurance $59
Damage Deposit $500

Please fill free to book "Painted Carefree" by credit card. Credit card companies do charge a fee. A 3% credit card convenience fee will be taken from your security deposit at the end of your stay. You may pay by e-check to avoid a convenience charge.
Please note that cleaning fees, pet fees can change according to your circumstances and length of stay. Pet fees are based on breed of animal.
You are given a $30.00 allotment for gas usage for heating your pool or spa. ($80.00 for month stays). Any excess fee will be taken from your $500.00 refundable security fee. Normally if pool covers are used and heating pool/spa when weather is permitting, a overage does not happen. Your deposit will be returned to you within 15 days.
It is best to contact me and to work out any questions personally.
We are ready and willing to work with you. Thank you so much for your interest.

Please do not use my Arizona address for mailing. There is no mail delivery in Carefree Arizona.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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