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Susan L. M. Smith

Member since: 2010
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Speaks: english, spanish, We will work out any language barrier .

JUST PERFECT PRIVATE HOME, Super Views, Pool/Spa, VERY PRIVATE. Book for fall!

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Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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Stunning 2 Bedroom, 2 Baths Home Exceptional privacy and views! Perfect retreat

This private house is conveniently located in Carefree, AZ, surrounded by 20 acres of land preserve. Totally private! This is a home, 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.

This home is bright and airy and in great condition. It is comfortable and 'user friendly', the privacy amazing. Out door living at its very best, can not be more comfortable and private. My home is very easy to maintain. Neighbors call it the HAPPY HOUSE. Viewed from the private back patio are, Javalina, quail, coyote, bob cats, 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 would never know it as it is 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 are 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 at the very most. 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.

Keywords: Carefree, Cave Creek, Arizona, Single family, desert home, mountain views, super views, 2+ acres, surrounded by 20 acres nature reserve, privacy, the village, walking distance, cowboys, western life, outdoor living

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  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair accessible
Susan L. M. Smith (Owner)
Member since: 2010
Call Owner
Speaks: english, spanish, We will work out any language barrier .

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. Out door 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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based on 33 traveler reviews

JUST PERFECT PRIVATE HOME, Super Views, Pool/Spa, VERY PRIVATE. Book for fall!
average rating of 5.0 based on 35 reviews

Truly Amazing ... Absolutely Pristine High Desert beauty with seclusion and Luxurious Atmosphere!

  • 5 of 5

My bride and I celebrated a very special time (4 days) at Susan's place in the wonderful foothills in Carefree. It's an amazingly appointed southwestern home that feels just like that - home. It is surrounded by 5 acres of privacy with a preserve out back full of wildlife. We heard wildlife every night as we had our dinner on the back deck. Weather was warm in the day and cool at night. The back "garden" is truly a sanctuary with plants, brush, trees ... a pool with spa that fit in among the extensive sandstone decking. I asked for some special things and they went over the top in providing lots of fun things, some of which I didn't recognize because it fit so well into warm home. I'm in a wheel chair and had no problem getting around either. Some rentals make you feel obligated to leave some sort of tip. Painted Carefree made me "want" to leave a generous tip for Terri, who prepared the place so well for us. It's only 30mins from my home but feels like a world away. We will be back regularly to have private time in a truly special place. Thanks, from my heart :).

  • Submitted: Sep 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Sir, you and your "bride" were a pleasure to have stay at my home. I hope to you meet you one of these days, as you can not be any nicer to work with. I am so glad that this little vacation worked well for the both of you, I so much wanted that. Anytime you want to come back, the door is open. My best to you.
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Pocklington. East Yorkshire. UK

Painted Carefree

  • 5 of 5

We've just returned home after 2 weeks at the Painted Carefree.

Found Susan and Teri very friendly and easy to work with. The house was delightfully quirky with lots of personal touches which made it feel like home.

The outside area was fabulous, private and spacious. The garden was lovely and the pool was amazing.

We saw lots of birds and animals and the bobcat once, but unfortunately no camera. There are lots of supermarkets and deli's nearby with plenty of restaurants in Cavecreek.

The town of Carefee is worth a look with the biggest sundial ever (and it was accurate).

It's just the place for a lovely relaxing holiday and we would love to go back again.

  • Submitted: Jun 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: You were wonderful guests, right from the beginning of our correspondence along time ago. I am so much hoping that you will return and visit again and that I am available to meet you in person. Teri gave you 5 stars as well. Glad you made it home safe and sound and thanks for visiting Painted Carefree!!
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Crystal Lake, IL

Happy Place

  • 5 of 5

What a wonderful place Painted Carefree is to rent. It is the largest two bedroom house we've ever seen. The outdoor living space is amazing, too! The owner has thought of every detail and it's evident the minute you walk in the door, We foumd Carefrebhaie and the surrounding area special and will be sorry to leave it behind.

  • Submitted: Apr 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you J&S. The sports channels were difficult. So glad you enjoyed my home. Hope to see you again!!
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Marquette, MI

A personal favorite

  • 5 of 5

Just returned from another 2 week visit to the Painted Carefree. We think it is our favorite place to visit in the world.The home is colorful and comfortable and the outdoor space with the mountain views is a piece of paradise. We love relaxing at poolside and watching the birds and wildlife over the back wall. The Carefree/Cave Creek area is so unique and this home just seems to belong.

Thank you Susan for your gracious hospitality and Teri for your offers to assist us in any way. We were not disappointed in anyway by our stay and look forward to 2017.

  • Submitted: Mar 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much. We think you two are the perfect tenants and are extremely happy that you will be returning for year number 3. You make it easy for us, knowing all is good hands and tidy. Thanks...
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Longmont, CO

Lovely home

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I spent a week in this lovely home. It is warm and inviting and has a fabulous private patio with spa, dipping pool, seating areas, and citrus trees. The patio overlooks an open space for wildlife viewing.

There are good hiking trails, horseback riding, and some restaurants in the area.

I highly recommend this rental property.

  • Submitted: Feb 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So happy that your time at Painted Carefree was a great time! Hope to host you again in the upcoming years. Stay well.
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  • 5 of 5

we loved this home - really did: it was so very personal, really reflecting what I guess to be the true character of the owner

it is beautifully laid out - so much space! we were still getting lost on our last day!!

we loved the outdoor areas especially: we spent so much time looking over the wall - watching (lots of) quail, northern flicker, road-runner, desert wren as well as rock squirrel (?), jack rabbit / hare and, much to our delight, five coyote together! it was really amazing ...

the house was wonderful as a base - great to fall back into after a busy (and hot!) day exploring: and everywhere seemed so close, especially the malls; the local restaurants were great, though walking there was, well, not easy - whatever happened to sidewalks?!

our favourite - by a long way - was TONTO (we drove there!): undoubtedly the best restaurant we've eaten in in the US for many years ...

all-in-all, a great holiday, a wonderful experience - but not enough time to do all the things we could have done!

our thanks to a very helpful and considerate owner for allowing us to share her beautiful home: and also thanks to Teri for looking after us so efficiently

  • Submitted: Oct 18, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so very much. You are more than welcome to return at anytime. 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..."
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
"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

Carefree House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Great Season
Sep 17 2016 - Dec 31 2016
3 night minimum stay
Winter High Season
Jan 1 2017 - May 17 2017
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Pet Fee $0
Cleaning fee $300

We prefer E-checks because of the low transaction fee. If paying by credit card a 3% transaction fee will be applied. 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. 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.

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Carefree House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • 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 ...
  • Kitchenette
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
  • Wet Bar
  • 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 5
  • 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.
    Den - this room is private and couch can be a bed.
  • 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
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • 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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