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JUST PERFECT PRIVATE HOME, Super Views, Pool/Spa, not a Condo, PRIVATE.& FUN!

Bedrooms 2
Space 2,300 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights


About the property

Lovely, comfortable home. 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 single 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.

Written by a former tenant!

The Carefree Life

The thermometer read just fifty two

And my wife, who’s not a moaner,

Said “Take me away to somewhere warm,

I’ve never been to Arizona.”

So I searched the Net for several hours,

You have to tread warily, see?

But in the end I found us a place,

And its name was Painted Carefree.

There was no doubt, we had to go

And explore the state of Arizona.

A couple of emails, and we’re already friends

With Susan, the property owner.

Four days in Flagstaff to acclimatize

Then we drove down the I 17,

Finding the house was easy because

It’s the most colorful house to be seen.

The painted house was cool, I mean cool(!),

Full of art and rugs and treasures

And so was the pool, in a watery way,

We could splash around there at our leisure.

We were keen to film the wildlife,

And there, just over the wall

Were Mr. and Mrs. Javelina,

With their baby, all stripey and small.

Then came a wily coyote

Strolling along by the wash

It was all so terribly exciting,

What else would we see, oh my gosh!

But later that day, close up to the lens

Was the prettiest thing you could look at,

Taking a drink, with its whiskers all wet.

Was a shy and magnificent bobcat!

We’ve had our fun, enjoyed the sun

There’s been so much to attract us

We loved the hills and critters too

And the amazing saguaro cactus.

The time has come to pack our bags

With a feeling of deflation,

But it’s been just great, a memorable time

What a wonderful vacation!

P & D G, Cambridge, UK

‘By the time we get to Phoenix we’ll be cryin’………

More Details

Susan L. M. Smith
Member since: 2010
Premier Partner

This HomeAway partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english, spanish, We will work out any language barrier .
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 20, 2018

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 Carefree

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. We take extreme pride in providing a perfect home for your vacation. Every thing is clean and all is working well. We are particular with caring for our beds and linens, changing the mattress pad after each stay is part of our routine. We are available to help you at anytime with any concern. 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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Carefree House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2300 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 9:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Contact me if you want to leave later than check out or arriver earlier to check in. We can adjust in most cases, unless we are back to back.
  • While trying heat the pool or the spa, please, if you find it confusing, call Teri. She will come and show you exactly how to work the system.
  • Pool heating costs are an estimate and will be based on usage and time of year. If you plan to heat the pool, consider a charge of $70-$100 per day.
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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average rating of 5.0 based on 51 reviews
Ramona, CA

Perfect Southwest Ambiance

  • 5 of 5

Wow! What a healing aura this home has! It has everything you need- we made Thanksgiving dinner for 8 in the kitchen and didnt miss anything! The outdoor spaces and location are like none other. Susan and Terri were so nice and efficient to work with. I hope we get to come back soon!

  • Submitted: Nov 26, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you.............We feel so proud of our selves each and every time we get a wonderful review like the one you just wrote. It makes us happy to know we made you happy. Please come back soon. You have to meet the art neighbors, so you have good reason. Cheers
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New Hampshire, USA

The Southwest at Its Best

  • 5 of 5

This is a magnificent vacation property. Unlike the metro areas of Phoenix and Scottsdale, Carefree and the neighboring town of Cave Creek still feel like the old southwest. Entertainment ranges from art to bull riding to hikes in the desert wilderness of Spur Cross.

The home is a gem! It is surrounded by a large protected area that gives the feeling of true desert life. Yet, you can easily walk to dozens of shops and restaurants. Life is seldom better than sitting on the patio with a fire burning in the chiminea or sitting in the hot tub with a star-filled sky unencumbered by city lights.

The owner's interest in landscaping, plants and flowers is apparent everywhere. Birds of various variety are constantly visiting the feeding stations.

For golfers like us, there are dozens of courses in the immediate area. Our favorites are Rancho Manana and Dove Valley, but Maricopa County has more than a hundred choices that are magnificently groomed. There are also dozens of fabulous restaurants in the area. High on our list are the Tonto Bar and Grill, Spotted Monkey, and White Chocolate restaurants.

The property is well-maintained and clean as would be expected with an owner who is actively involved in its management. In summary, this house is the perfect location for anyone visiting Arizona who wishes to have the mix of the Phoenix/Scottsdale metro scene with the small town atmosphere of the old west. It is like having your own private resort.

  • Submitted: Feb 8, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Secluded desert resort yet close to everything.

  • 5 of 5

Our stay at Painted Carefree was wonderful. This home is a real gem plus the owner Susan and her manager Teri were so gracious. The house is immaculate with high end southwestern decor. We felt at home the minute we got there. We felt secluded from the hustle and bustle, yet we could walk to local restaurants, wine bar, and even Starbucks. Sitting on the porch with a cup of coffee and watching the wild life of the desert was a real morning treat. We watched a horned owl one morning. The privacy of the 2 and a half acres surrounded by the beautiful natural desert landscape allows you to experience the desert and wildlife. Susan has beautifully landscaped her home with flowering shrubs which adds a sweet softness to this abode. We would highly recommend this home and plan on returning next year. Thanks again to Susan and Teri. Their response time to our queries was within minutes! Our favorite restaurants were Alberto’s, Cartwright’s, Big Earl’s Greasey Eats, Village Coffee Shop (has great crepes), Harold’s, El Encanto just to name a few. Brix the wine bar was so much fun. Great wine and it is such a friendly atmosphere. We met locals and vacationers alike. The owners are so nice! We also took a day trip to Jerome, Flag Staff, and enjoyed the luminaries at the Botanical Gardens in Pheonix. Didn’t want to leave to go back to our home in Delaware!

  • Submitted: Jan 12, 2018
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Cannot wait till next year when you return again. It was Teri and my pleasure to have accommodated the both of you. Your review, makes us very happy and gives us the motive to keep going and trying harder and harder. Have a healthy New Year and Thank you. And Thank you for the hummingbird feeder. So much nicer than my old one!! Cheers
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Midland, Texas

Care free in Carefree!

  • 5 of 5

This home was everything we were looking for, and more! The pictures don't do it justice. The home was a perfect getaway for my wife and I, and we enjoyed 5 nights in this appropriately named town. Both the owner and the host were very pleasant and easy to work with. Thank you so much, Susan and Teri, for allowing us the opportunity to stay in Painted Carefree.

  • Submitted: Nov 7, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Thank you. I love the reviews and Teri and I were more than happy that you were happy. Till you visit us again! Cheers!
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New Hampshire

October in Carefree

  • 5 of 5

We recently stayed at “Painted” for 12 days, and all I can say is; terrific house in a terrific location. The house itself is very comfortable and quiet, and the outdoor living space is, yup, you guessed it terrific.

Geographically the house is very close to both downtown Carefree and Cave Creek, so restaurants, stores, Starbucks, nightlife, whatever you need is extremely close by, literally minutes away. Remarkably for it’s very near proximity to both towns, it is also extremely quiet and peaceful. Basically, the best of both worlds, convenient to everything without feeling (or sounding) like it.

Very pleasant daytime views of the surrounding mountains from the patio, and equally nice for sitting under the stars at night.

I really can’t say enough good things, so I will just summarize with this; we have rented numerous houses in both the Scottsdale and Tucson areas, and after one brief stay, Painted has become our favorite and we look forward to returning in the near future

  • Submitted: Nov 2, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: What a super review. This makes both Teri and me most happy. All I can say is Thank you and we will be so happy to see you again!
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Pocklington. East Yorkshire. UK

Relaxing Holiday

  • 5 of 5

Here we are on our last day at Painted Carefree. Just had a swim, and now sat on the patio watching the world and animals go by.

Susan & Teri are as always a pleasure to deal with, nothing is too much trouble.

This is our second time here, and it has been another wonderful holiday, we took lots of photos & video of hummingbirds, coyotes and javelinas, and of course the ever present desert quail.

Last year we were here in June and the heat was a bit excessive, up to 120 F. This time of a more bearable 95 F.

We used the outdoor patio & pool area everyday, and used the BBQ at least 5 times. I never realised I could cook steak so well.

We have already booked again for next year at this time, and are really looking forward to coming back.

Thank you Susan for letting us enjoy your amazing home for our holidays.

  • Submitted: Oct 7, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much Kevan. I am so happy you are happy staying at my home. Always welcome! Till next October. Cheers
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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..."
The Boulders Golf Club
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 Feed
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 Club
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!


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Cleaning fee $300
Pet Fee $0
Property Damage Protection $59

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.
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 determined by our gas meter. Normally if pool covers are used and heating pool/spa when weather is permitting, a overage does not happen.
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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