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Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Space 4,000 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights


About the property

Villa, 3 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 4 Baths, (Sleeps 6-8)

This is a private home near the Coronado National Forest Wilderness Area. This 4,000 square foot contemporary Santa Fe style home is beautifully situated on the one of the highest and most scenic improved parcels in the northwest Catalina Foothills at the base of Mount Lemmon. 3 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, gourmet kitchen, with multiple porches and decks with some of the best views of the Tucson valley.

This home is nestled into a saguaro studded hillside at an elevation of 3,200’ (Downtown Tucson is about 2,350’). It is one of the highest estates in the northwest foothills of Tucson and the view must be seen to be believed. During the day, you can see the mountains on the Mexican border (68 miles away) and at night, the sea of lights of metro Tucson are below you. Behind the home is designated wilderness area filled with wildlife and improved hiking trails off of Pima Canyon. We have personally seen the following birds and animals in our yard: giant owl; giant hawk, bobcat, deer, javelina, coyote, humming bird, rabit and various other species. The daytime temperatures in the summer are about 4 degrees less than downtown because of our elevation and the nighttime temperatures in the winter run at least 5 degrees warmer because we are off of the valley floor.

It is only minutes away from many activities:

-Golf at Arizona National (formerly the Raven) in 10 minutes, Ventana Canyon in 25 minutes, and many more great golf courses within 30 minutes.

-Grocery shopping, restaurants, drug stores, and virtually everything you might need to purchase on a day to day basis are within 8 minutes.

-La Encantada, Tucson's premier dining and shopping venue, is 5 minutes away.

-St Phillips Plaza, another exclusive shopping and dining location, is about 10 minutes away.

-Tucson Mall is about 10 minutes away.

-University of Arizona is about 20 minutes

-Downtown Tucson is about 25 minutes

Outside: Wrap around porch with terraced patio, top level has gas fireplace with comfortable patio furniture, mid-level has built in 36'' stainless BBQ grill with searing burner, stainless mini refrigerator, standalone burner, 2 chaise lounges, patio table and chairs, next to a large spa with waterfall; third level has a heated pebble tec pool, and a pennensula porch extending into the valley, with a patio table and chairs

About the house:

Kitchen: This is a spacious gourmet kitchen with stainless appliances including gas range, oven, microwave, refrigerator, and granite countertops. Cookware, utensils, and stemware is provided.

Great Room / Dining Room: This is a 1,000 sq ft room with 16’ beamed ceilings, one wall of glass looking across the Tucson Valley, and another picture window looking at the Catalina Mountains. It is furnished with a 8' mahogany dining table seating 8 accented by an enourmous chandelier, large leather couch, a glass coffee table, a built in wet bar, a gas fireplace, a guest bathroom.

The Master Bedroom: Furnished with a king sized dark wood bed, two dressers, 50'' TV with NetFlix, and gas fireplace. The adjacent master bath includes separate his and hers vanities, a bidet, a walk in shower, and a large jetted tub. There is also a separate private balcony connected to this bedroom which overlooks the city of Tucson.

The Queen Suite: This private suite contains an oak king bed with two dressers a small walk-in closet, and a 32'' cable TV. It is adjacent to a private sitting room with a combination pool/poker/dining table and a gas fireplace. It has a stone tiled bathroom with double vanity and large walk-in shower. A sliding glass door leads out to the back patio, providing views of the desert valley and pool / spa area.

The Duke Suite: This private tastefully decorated suite contains a king bed with a dresser, closet, and a 32'' cable TV with DVD and NetFlix. It is located on the lower level and has a view of the patio and direct access to the patio. It also has a private bathroom with vanity and walk-in shower.

Office: Furnished with two large oak desks, a internet attached computer with 22'' monitor, wireless router, and printer, and a wireless router which provides access to your laptop throughout the house extending out to the wrap around porch.

Laundry Room: This is a large washroom with granite counters, washer/dryer and industrial sink

Bicycles: We have two brand new high end road bikes for guest use.

Keywords: birding, bird watching, golf, hiking, trails, hot tub, jaccuzi, pool, bicycle, sight seeing, shopping, horse, swimming, private, exclusive, fine dining

More Details

Member since: 2011
Premier Partner

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

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
December 18, 2017

About Strom

I am a computer engineer who has traveled and lived around the world but have chosen to settle in Tucson due to its temperate climates, spectacular scenery, and abundant wildlife.

Strom purchased this house in 2010

Why Strom chose Sin Vacas

This property simply has one of the most spectacular views in Southern Arizona. You can see mountains in Mexico over 80 miles away!

What makes this house unique

I like sitting on the porch or in the hot tub in the evenings enjoying the spectacular sunsets and the amazing city lights.


Nearest Airport
21 Miles
30 minutes
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Flemmings; 5 minutes
Nearest Golf
4 Miles
La Paloma Country Club; 6 minutes
Nearest Motorway
8 Miles
I-10; 20 minutes
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
North; 5 minutes
Nearest Ski
46 Miles
Mt. Lemmon; 1.5 hours
Nearest Beach
224 Miles
Rocky Point, Mexico; 4 hours
Car: recommended

The Tucson Gem & Mineral show is the world's largest with more gems, minerals, and jewelry than you could imagine and is a must see event.

The Tucson Bead Show is bead makers, jewelry artisans, fashion designers, fabric artists, lapidary studios, emerging artists and wholesale trade suppliers –showcasing their newest creations –artistic beads, hand-printed textiles, and fine gemstones.

The Precidio of Tubac is world renown for its talented and famous artists and is a worthwhile day trip.


Sin Vacas House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 4000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Events Allowed
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Resort ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Computer Available
  • Fireplace
  • Fitness Room / Equipment
  • Garage ...
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Master Suite Bathroom - toilet , tub , shower , jetted tub , bidet
    Guest Suite 1 Bathroom - toilet , shower
    Guest Suite 2 Bathroom - toilet , shower
    Guest Bathroom - toilet
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Master Suite - 1 king
    Guest Suite #1 - 1 king
    Convertible bed(s) - queen air mattresses
    Guest Suite #2 - 1 king
  • King size beds (3)
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Pool Table ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • 2 bicycles
  • 16 garden chairs
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Hot Tub
  • Private Pool
  • jetted tub
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • racquetball
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • snowboarding
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • tennis


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average rating of 5.0 based on 16 reviews

Absolutely beautiful home and neighborhood and excellent host!

  • 5 of 5

Our family had an amazing time at Strom's house. Three fabulously large master bedrooms, incredible views, and impeccably furnished/decorated home (I'd like to know who the decorator was - LOVED this house). Strom was a perfect host, gave us a grand tour, house was fully stocked, and he was accessible for any questions. Great jogging and biking in the area - just gorgeous. Private gated community, very safe. Best part of our trip to Tucson was this house. Thank you Strom!

  • Submitted: Nov 27, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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This is a beautiful and comfortable home with views for every mood!

  • 5 of 5

This is the perfect vacation home! There are three completely separate, very large master suites. One has its own seating area and two have fireplaces. Three couples could very comfortably share this home and still have their privacy. The open concept living area and kitchen have incredible views. The wall to wall windows in the living room overlook the city of Tuscon..... how it twinkles at night! From the dining room and kitchen the full flavor of desert living is yours. The outdoor space takes in the full spectrum of your desert environment... unbelievable mountain views, the cactus and scrub and the city lights... all so different yet so beautiful! We had a hard time deciding which of the three patio areas to sit on or there is the wrap around porch to consider as well. The pool is wonderful for floating or cooling off. The sunsets are beyond belief.....the sun reflecting the pinks and purples on to the mountains, the thunder heads that gather and light up the sky and from the front yard the brilliant red and orange sky.

The owner, Strom is so welcoming. He was there to greet us and show us around. We were much more relaxed knowing that he was available if needed. As an added bonus he was able to recommend a massage therapist that came to the house and gave my husband and I the best massages of our lives!

Meeting Strom, the gorgeous, spacious home and the incredible views make this one of our more memorable vacations!!! Thank you Strom for giving us this unforgettable experience!!!!

  • Submitted: Sep 23, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great house. Perfect location. Strom, the owner very helpful. Highly recommend.

  • 5 of 5

Great stay. Perfect home in a great location. Nice quiet secure neighborhood. Highly recommend.

  • Submitted: Sep 10, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful home with amazing views

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay and would definitely recommend and return!

  • Submitted: May 16, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful house with scenic views

  • 5 of 5

Our family (me, my wife, 3 teenagers and an 11 year old) stayed here in April. The booking process was easy and the communication from the owner prior to arrival was excellent. Strom met us at the house when we arrived to show us around. When he was showing us the place, he noticed that the cushions on a couple of the pool lounge chairs were ripped. He immediately went to the store and got new ones for us. He also gave us some suggestions about things to do in the area.

The house is located in the foothills above Tucson in a gated community. It is very quiet. There's little traffic and no noise from the neighbors. All you really here are the sounds of nature. There's a large plot of undeveloped land next to the pool filled with cacti and other desert plants. The views from the house and from the pool area are awesome. You can look out and see the city of Tucson and the surrounding mountains. At night the view is even more impressive with all the city lights.

The house is large and comfortable. There are three bedrooms each with a king sized bed and each has it's own bathroom. There is also a half bathroom by the kitchen. The living room furniture is comfortable (and has that gorgeous view of the city). There is also access to netflix in the living room and the master bedroom which is nice when you're with 4 kids. Our boys also enjoyed playing bumper pool.

The kitchen has lots of space and is fully stocked with cooking equipment. We had everything we needed and more. There's pots and pans, a blender, dishwasher, and even a crock pot. There is also a large outdoor gas grill which we used a lot.

The real highlight of the house is the patio/pool area. It's very big. There are three tables out there. One next to the house that seats 6 (we ate most of our meals here), one that seat 4 by the pool and one that seats 2 next to the hot tub. You'll have plenty of room. There are lots of lounge chairs if you want to relax by the pool. The pool and hot tub are both great. The heating for both is controlled with an ipad in the house. It was nice to spend the day on activities and then come back to enjoy the pool in the heat of midday. In the evening we would sit in the hot tub and look at the stars. My only wish would be for the pool and hot tub to have lights.

In summary, it's a great place to vacation. I'd highly recommend it. If we are ever back in Tucson I'd stay here again.

  • Submitted: Apr 19, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Strom, the location and the property were outstanding. The best 2 mth vacation we have experienced.

  • 5 of 5

Can't say enough about our experience. Strom was truly outstanding in assuring your experience was memorable. Hopefully we will have the opportunity to visit once again. Many thanks.

  • Submitted: Apr 10, 2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pool/Spe Heating Deposit $200
Cleaning $200

The natural gas deposit covers the actual cost of natural gas used primarily for heating the pool and the hot tub as measured by the gas meter. I take a photo of it when you arrive and when you depart, then charge the exact rate that I am charged. If your deposit doesn't cover the charge then you owe me the difference. If the deposit was more than the charge then I will refund the difference.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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