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Gorgeous Sonoran Desert Hillside Home

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,400 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 30 - 90 nights


About the property

3 Bedroom, 2 Bath With Garage & Pristine Sonoran Desert Hillside Backyard

Sip your coffee while watching the wildlife in the pristine Sonoran desert hillside in your backyard. Or enjoy dining on the handmade Moroccan table in the kitchen. This home is in a fantastic location in a shallow canyon just north of Fountain Park. I just finished an extensive renovation including wood and travertine stone floors. And I've painted every nook and cranny possible! My interior designer selected a global palette including such stunning colors as Hummingbird Green and Poseidon Turquoise. The living room is decorated with objects from around the globe & has seating for seven. The coffee tables were handmade in Marrakesh. The chest under the 55 inch Samsung flatscreen HDTV is from India. It has fabulous silver inlay. The wall hanging above the banana bark chairs is batik. I got it in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. The end table just below it is from Jordan. The inlay work is very detailed. The rug is from the souq in Marmaris, Turkey. The mosaic ceiling light fixtures are from Aqaba. Turn on the light switch. They are extremely cool. Outside is a private, covered patio. There is seating for five. It's fun sitting here, watching the wildlife. The protected, pristine Sonoran desert hillside begins five feet behind the house just past the retention wall. Lots of birds visit the hillside including three species of hummingbirds - Anna's, Costa's & Black-chinned, Cactus Wrens, coveys of Gambel's quail, Curve-billed Thrashers, Gila Woodpeckers, Verdins - an interesting, very small bird, and Phainopeplas - look for the male that perches on the Palo Verde tree just to the north. The kitchen is just lovely. My interior designer, Suzan McDonald of Suzan Ann Interiors, has done a masterful job in this room. Its vibrant colors, granite countertops and stone floor are both beautiful and functional. You'll enjoy preparing delicious meals in the fully equipped kitchen. It has a full size refrigerator, a five burner gas stove and large oven. It also comes with a dishwasher and a deep double sink. There are lots of dishes, glasses, pots, pans, etc. The dining table is handmade from Marrakesh. It is flat out beautiful. The chandelier is a unique creation from Marrakesh also. The gorgeous curtains are from an Indian women's cooperative. The master bedroom includes a king size bed with an Indonesian opium bed headboard. The maple wood floor is brand new. The ceiling is Starry Night Blue and the walls are Currant Red. The large oak chest was purchased by my grandparents, Frank & Fortuna Steffek, in 1913 on their honeymoon after getting married in a double wedding with my great aunt and uncle. The windows look out onto the very private Sonoran desert hillside backyard. The sliding glass doors open to the covered patio. The attached bathroom has 2 sinks with travertine stone countertops. The floor is also travertine. The toilet is in a separate room. The full oval tub includes a shower. The closet is a walk-in. The second bedroom has a queen size bed with an textured verde iron headboard with matching footboard. The Bombay dresser ties in rather well. The wood floor was just installed. My interior decorator picked the Bird of Paradise paint color. The third bedroom has a queen size sofa bed. It also includes a desk. Please feel free to enjoy the books in the bookcase. The new wood floor matches the second bedroom, and the room is painted Coastal Paradise. These two bedrooms share the hall bath which has a full bathtub including shower. The laundry room contains a full sized washer and dryer along with an iron & board. There is an attached two car garage with an automatic opener and keyless entry pad. Approximately 200 yards (meters) away is the community swimming pool and spa. The spa is heated all year.

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Morris McKinney
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 22, 2018

About Morris McKinney

I have retired after spending many years building and renovating luxury homes. My childhood was spent in Wichita, New Orleans & Seattle. My love affair with the Phoenix area and especially Fountain Hills began when grad school took me here. This home is where I live currently and plan on staying for many years to come. One of my main interests is traveling. While you are enjoying Arizona, I will be traveling. I promise to check my email every day in case you need anything. In addition you will have a local guy to contact who can repair or replace anything really fast.

Morris McKinney purchased this house in 2007

Why Morris McKinney chose Diamante Del Lago

This home appealed to me because of its location and its amenities. It is located in a shallow canyon in the affluent Phoenix and Scottsdale suburb of Fountain Hills. It is close to lots of useful and interesting stuff. There is a desert hiking trail across the street. The library is nearby. At the end of the block is a 38 acre lake.

What makes this house unique

The Sonoran desert hillside backyard of this home keeps me entertained for hours. It is permanently preserved as a natural area. Nothing is allowed to be developed on the hillside - no trails, benches or anything else. It is just pure nature. It also has never been disturbed. It is pristine and begins five feet behind the house. Lots of birds visit. The neighborhood is extremely quiet. There are no busy traffic streets nearby. The interior of the home is especially comfortable. The layout is immediately appealing. And since my business has been building houses, I knew even before the purchase, that it would be fun turning it into the fabulous luxury home it now is.


Diamante Del Lago House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1400 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible
  • /
  • Check-out: 12:00 PM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 40
  • Not suitable for children ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
  • No overnight parking on the street. No recreational vehicle parking overnight.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • The master bedroom has its own adjoining bathroom with two sinks with travertine countertops, a separate room for the toilet, a travertine stone floor and a full size oval tub with a shower. It has a walk-in closet. The second and third bedrooms share the hall bathroom with a full size bathtub and a travertine stone floor.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • The master bedroom has a king size bed with an Indonesian opium bed headboard. The brand new maple wood floor adds a definite richness. The oak chest was purchased by my grandparents, Frank & Fortuna on their honeymoon in 1913. The protected Sonoran desert hillside starts right outside the windows. The attached bathroom also includes a walk-in closet. Bedroom number 2 has a queen size bed with a textured verde iron head & footboard The wood floor was just installed. The Bombay chest of drawers has a matching mirror. Bedroom number 3 has a queen size sofa bed and is also set up as an office. It has a desk and bookcase.
  • Books ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Hot Tub ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • tennis


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Gorgeous Sonoran Desert Hillside Home
average rating of 5.0 based on 1 reviews

Nice place, great location

  • 5 of 5

The home was clean when we arrived. The location is absolutely ideal. You can walk to the park (which hosts events often), restaurants, shopping, the farmer's market, even the grocery store. The Overlook Trail is an added bonus and the pool is also really close by. We will be staying here again.

  • Submitted: Apr 21, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
25 Miles
Sky Harbor Airport
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Grapeables Fine Wines
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Desert Canyon Golf Club
Nearest Motorway
4 Miles
Highway 87
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Euro Pizza Cafe
Nearest Ski
196 Miles
Sunrise Park Resort
Nearest Beach
243 Miles
Puerto Penasco, Mexico
Car: necessary

The spectacular Sonoran desert begins in the protected, pristine hillside in your backyard. Hummingbirds, cactus wrens, coveys of Gambel's quail, Gila woodpeckers, and roadrunners are just some of the birds that regularly visit. Just across the street is Lake Overlook Trail. It is a mile and a half long with sweeping mountain views. At the end of the block Is Fountain Park with the world's fourth highest fountain. You can see it every hour for 15 minutes from your covered patio. Lovely walkways, grass, trees, benches, restaurants and a play area for the little ones surround the lake. It also has an interesting assortment of water birds. Fountain Park hosts a wide variety of events including Ballet Under the Stars, Concerts in the Park which include a variety of musical genres, Movies in the Park, Oktoberfest, St. Patrick's Day Celebration (you can drink all you want & walk home), to name a few. There are various festivals that take place in & around Fountain Park. The most well known is the Fountain Hills Festival of Arts & Crafts. Just north is the 21,000 acre McDowell Regional Park with mountain biking and hiking trails. Immediately west is the McDowell Sonoran Preserve with over 133 miles of hiking trails. Tonto National Forest, the largest of Arizona's 6 national forests is just east. It contains the Superstition Mountains, a spectacular area with numerous trails. There are lots of golf courses and tennis courts. We-Ko-Pa Golf Club, Eagle Mountain, and SunRidge Canyon are especially fine. The Spa at CopperWynd has fabulous massages. Horseback riding and hayrides are nearby. Saguaro Lake Trail Rides will take you up a saguaro cactus studded hillside, into arroyos and through forests of palo verde, ironwood and mesquite trees. Fountain Hills and adjoining Scottsdale have abundant restaurants and shopping. Euro Pizza Café is within walking distance - just on the other side of Fountain Lake. It has delicious Italian food. Almost next door is Grapeables Fine Wines - the two make a lovely outing. Fountain Hills Botanical Garden is a delightful walk and has signs for some of the plants if you want to learn more about the Sonoran desert. There is an archaeological site nearby, Sears Kay, It has especially good petroglyphs. Local professional sports teams include the Arizona Diamondbacks, Phoenix Suns, Arizona Cardinals, Phoenix Mercury and Phoenix Coyotes. Spring training camps are abundant. The Arizona Diamondbacks, Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox, Cincinnati Reds, Cleveland Indians, Colorado Rockies, Kansas City Royals, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Los Angeles Dodgers, Milwaukee Brewers, Oakland Athletics, San Diego Padres, San Francisco Giants, Seattle Mariners and Texas Rangers all have spring training camps. The Heard Museum of Native Cultures and Art is excellent. The Phoenix Art Museum is interesting. It is free on Wednesdays from 3 to 9 & on the first Friday of the month from 6 - 10. The Phoenix Zoo is among the ten most famous zoos in the United States. The Desert Botanical Garden has over 21,000 plants on 140 acres and is well worth visiting. The gardens host a variety of events. The McDowell Mountain Ranch Aquatic Center has all sorts of water fun. If you are a hiker, the 'big three' hikes in town are Pinnacle Peak, Camelback Mountain and Piestawa Park. Pinnacle Peak is by far my favorite. It is a 30 minute, very attractive drive north and then west on Dynamite Road. It has just one trail, but what a trail it is. Boyce Thompson Arboretum is a one hour drive east. The drive itself is beautiful plus the gardens, a state park, are the largest & oldest in Arizona. Arizona has 28 national parks and monuments. The Grand Canyon is most famous & is a 3 hour, 45 minute drive. One of my favorites is Saguaro National Park which is in two sections east & west of Tucson. It is a two hour drive south. Sedona is a two hour drive north and has a great deal to offer.




Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.