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Hilton Resort Perks Included; Incredible Sweeping Phoenix Views; WATERPARK!

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths2
Property type estate
Minimum Stay 2 nights


Half Baths
Minimum Stay
2 nights

About the property

Mountaintop Private Gated 5 Acre Estate; 3 bed, 4 bath, sleeps 10

Your perfect spot for spring break and summer fun at the Lazy River at the water park at the Hilton!

*In the event that the date or dates you desire are not available, please allow The Pointe to attempt to accommodate by contacting us directly.

DISCOUNTED RESORT, spa, stores, restaurants, Water Park and more.....(subject to Pointe Hilton Resort occupancy)

Located on The Pointe Resort

- Tee-off at a Championship Golf Course

- Racquetball, Tennis

- Relaxing Spa

- To the door room service

- One of kind restaurants

- Water Park - Everyone's Favorite!

3 bedrooms (two king beds, two queen beds), 4 bathrooms - sleeps 10+ (with aerobeds (additional cost applies))

ONE OF A KIND IN THE WORLD - Custom authentic Spanish/Mediterranean Style “Palacio" Hacienda estate atop of The Pointe Master Planned Resort Community located in the heart of Metro Phoenix.

ON TOP OF THE WORLD - Spectacular 360 degree view scape on huge saltillo tile covered patios and balconies with unique connecting bridge carved in slate rock hillside paths to the two fire pits cradled in mountain over looking the preserve.

IMPRESS THE WORLD - to the door resort room service for lover’s romantic brunches then party the night away. Two tier level pool and volleyball court with cabana for entertainment. Classic Porsche Targa and Harley Davidson available to guests with prior proper rider of insurance.

ESCAPE FROM THE WORLD - Tranquil splashing canterra fountains and sparkling fountain pool and swim up wet bar tucked in over acres of lush tropical landscape with robusta palms and arched mesquite trees. Sheer Slate rock walls on either side high lighted by spot lights that lead you up to your own private mountaintop vista with firepit.

COFFEE & COCKTAILS - From one mountainside firepit enjoy coffee in the morning while watching the sunrise, then head to the other side in the evening for cocktails to watch the gorgeous colors of Phoenix's sunsets.

WORLD CLASS” CUSTOM FEATURES - 10’ wood carved entry door, interior vaulted arches, elevated 20' ceilings, wood beams, saltillo tile, bulk heads, raised door panels, brass fixtures with ceramic bathroom sinks, solid oak wood cabinetry, brass pots with abundance of décor touches from a World Traveler.

FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD - The Pointe 'Palacio' Estate Suites has been home to celebrities such as President Reagan and Robin Williams (just to name a few).

EXCLUSIVE AND SECLUDED - Experience 'The Most Interesting Estate in the World'. Private gated entrance with full resort security and alarm service.

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1. Mountaintop Five Acre Estate: View of Phoenix Skyline, gated for seclusion and privacy (suites of choice for President Reagan and 80 celebrities … Bob Hope to the Budweiser team).

2. Features: Private heated pool with swim up bar, jacuzzi (underwater stereo), basketball, volleyball and badminton court, two mountaintop fire pits, and fireplaces, multiple bars throughout, televisions with sports big screen and full audio surround sound.

3. Resort privileges: Championship golf course, tennis, fitness center, spa, water park (in suite dining, housekeeping, valet, limousine, and concierge, as desired). Please inquire about the discounts on Resort Amenities with the 'Privilege Card'.

4. Accommodations: Palacio Estate can accommodate two to sixty guests with Presidential suite, “His and Her’s” queen suites with 5 car garage. Parking for ten cars.

5. Catering by Aunt Chilada's: Choice of party!

6. Location, location, LOCATION!: Centrally located and within walking distance of resort and restaurants. Just minutes away from incredible hiking and biking trails; 15 minutes to downtown Phoenix for a Suns or Diamondbacks game; 25 minutes to University of Phoenix stadium for Coyotes or Cardinals game; 15 minutes to Scottsdale for upscale shopping and restaurants.

7. "Bow WOW": Pet friendly - with prior qualification and approval!

Additional luxuries include two indoor fireplaces, three outdoor fire pits, poolside barbecue, sunk-in bar, piano, hand-carved cantera fountains, surround sound stereo, and more.

**River Ranch Passes availability based on Resort Guest Occupancy ***

Have fun - home is designed for activities and a great time! Please treat it as your own home and leave the house as you found it, so others can enjoy our home after your stay, too!

More Details

Property Manager
Griffin Gosnell
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 16, 2017

About Griffin Gosnell

Built by the owner and creator of The Pointe Resorts International - The Pointe and Gosnell Builders.

Griffin Gosnell purchased this estate in 1987

Why Griffin Gosnell chose Phoenix


What makes this estate unique

The Pointe Resort Amenities are included in your stay at the Pointe Palacio. This offers Complimentary Passes to the Water Park (*up to four adults and subject to hotel occupancy) with additional Resort discounts from 10-20% off on spa, restaurants, and stores, etc.

Guestbook comments from the manager

The house was great and completely met our needs. We hope to reserve the property for our next visit to Phoenix. We appreciated Richard meeting us on arrival and showing us around. Thanks again for all your help.
Mar 2015
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Excellent! 4.7/5 -
(18 traveler reviews)

Hilton Resort Perks Included; Incredible Sweeping Phoenix Views; WATERPARK!
average rating of 4.7222223 based on 22 reviews

Wonderfully Unique and Amazing Estate for All Purposes

  • 5 of 5

The home and experience we had there was absolutely fantastic. The photos of the home on VRBO simply do not do it justice- especially the grounds. The grounds are like a hidden oasis in the desert. On the "main level" there is a swimming pool (complete with basketball hoop, swim up sunken bar, bbq) and approximately 1000 sf of covered terrace surrounding a large water fountain. The second level below, and literally carved out of the hillside, is a large grassy area (suitable for volleyball, badminton, and our favorite "Nerf gun wars") and a sunken fire pit which easily sits 12 people and is perfect for roasting marshmallows. There are also two promontories on the property - one faces east and the other west- the east facing promontory is a steep climb, but well worth it, as it has another fire pit and affords 360 views (which honestly, probably isn't available anywhere else in the area), the second promontory is off of the private terrace of the master suite, and also has a fire pit and table, and is perfect for watching the sunset. The interior of the home probably has the best layout (for the square footage) for entertaining in a private residence that I've ever experienced - large living room comfortable for 8 adults, sunken bar and conversation pit for 6, dining room for 8, and a "great room" for another 10, and that doesn't include all of the seating available on the multiple terraces and pool area. I didn't have that many people in the home at once- but it was easy to accommodate 20 people for a brunch and then seamlessly transfer to a pool party and bbq for a bunch of high school seniors. If you want everything new and perfect- this isn't the place for you- the kitchen is original (but still highly functional) and the entertainment/sound system may not be what you would expect for an estate of this quality. However, with a house full of teenagers and tweens, not one of the televisions was turned on for a period of three days- so it wasn't like there wasn't anything to do. As my schedule and funds allow, I will be returning to the property, and might even make it an annual family event-such were the incredible memories that were created. There are two "conditions" of the property that should be noted: 1) To fully enjoy the property, you are going to to A LOT of climbing- those that do not move so well may want to look elsewhere. 2) The driveway and parking can be challenging to navigate for less than experienced drivers-.

  • Submitted: Jun 5, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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1970's Dream House

  • 5 of 5

This rental is absolutely fantastic. The photos do not do this place justice. It's like the perfect Central Phoenix rental locked in time circa 1970's era with a Rat Pack vibe, and is extremely well maintained.

It has so many little nooks & little rooms to enjoy. I love the sunken bars, especially the one in the pool! It makes for a great barbecue set-up or pool party. It has an additional grassy knoll that would be perfect for a luncheon or outdoor dinner party.

Additionally, there are two little paths up to the top of the two "mountains" that this house is nestled between that each have tables & chairs, perfect for enjoying a glass of wine at sunset. The ambiance of the entire place is enchanting & secluded & I never wanted to leave.

When I first found the rental, I was somewhat skeptical as I was originally looking for something more modern, but the reviews calmed any of my worries & I am SO happy that they did. I would return here in a heartbeat!!

The host of the home is also wonderful & extremely helpful & attentive. All of your needs will be met at the Palacio!

  • Submitted: Apr 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Very Cool House

  • 5 of 5

Pool was a ton of fun and fire pit on the top of the hill was legendary

  • Submitted: Apr 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Amazing, fun, and relaxing!!!

  • 5 of 5

The pictures posted can't possibly show how amazing Palacio is! Griffin is a delightful host:)

  • Submitted: Mar 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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What moore can one say...

  • 5 of 5

This was an absolutely wonderful trip. The place was perfect! Incredible views with unmatched amenities. We lived, played and partied all right there. From the pool to the hottub to the multiple hilltop firepits and couple that with all the resort previlages. Our biggest challenge was getting away from the property to take in all the other things Phoenix and Arizona has to offer. The kids simply did not want to leave to go anywhere else. We even cooked and grilled most of our meals right there at the home. We did venture down to Aunt Chalidas, what a wonderful dinner and great margaritas! The family is all in for this trip again!

Also the location is perfectly located for easy access all around the Phoenix area.

Our host were very accomodating and helpful. This is certainly a property we will return to and would highly recommend.

Many thanks for all the wonderful memories.

  • Submitted: May 26, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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This place needs updating

  • 2 of 5

The best part about this place was the pool. Our kids loved the basketball hoop and spent hours in the water. The rest of the home leaves much to be desired. I can see how it was great back in the 80s, but it doesn't appear to have been updated since then. There are numerous broken pots of fake plants, musty smelling window treatments and it is in dire need of a paint job. We enjoyed the use of the resort waterpark and basketball courts. Aunt Chiladas was a good, authentic place to eat.

  • Submitted: Dec 31, 2014
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: All of our 14 other guests wrote excellent reviews and enjoyed their stay. We would of hoped the same for you as our guest. The Décor' of the home is from the owner's world travels including the solid brass pots that you mention which are now repaired were due to normal wear and tear. I just stayed at the house over Thanksgiving weekend and the paint looked great! There are so many other features and amenities that you could of enjoyed this Beautiful Estate has to offer had you taken full advantage. Here is the list of features and amenities that you missed! *Located on The Pointe Resort central location inclusive of all Resort Amenities discounts and 4 Complimentary passes at River Ranch. *Wonderful views of the city and valley *Privacy and elegance, Floor plan of estate provides totally privacy with multiple large balconies and patios and fire pits *Private heated pool, and volleyball court and elevated 20 foot ceilings of 3,500 square foot of space. Our guests have fully enjoyed the ambience of the home having wrote wonderful reviews. We always accommodate every guest that stays at The Pointe Palacio with our 24 hour availability and personal host check-in. The pictures on our website show matching curtains/comforters Our home was built in 1980 with recently painted interior walls (recent appraisal) and thoroughly cleaned prior to every guest arrival. We offer additional maid service to our guest. There is no other vacation home that has more then The Pointe Palacio Estate. The Pointe Palacio Estate shows fabulous character along with the history of The Pointe Resort built and owned by the legendary Pointe and Gosnell Builders. We wish you would of taken advantage and appreciated all that our estate has to offer and enjoyed your stay as so many guests in the past (and future) as you see on previous guests showed on their GREAT Reviews.
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Arizona Science Center
Aunt Chilada's Squaw Peak
"Delicious Mexican food - right on the Pointe Hilton property!"
Hole In the Wall Restaurant
"Yummy food right at the foot of the Hilton Water Park! Great fun for everyone!"
Sprouts Farmers Market
"Grocery store right down the street with all your favorites and lots of organic, fresh foods!"
Hole in the Wall River Ranch
"Enjoy the lazy river and the water slide at the Pointe Hilton River Ranch! (4 passes includ..."
Tutti Santi
"Excellent Italian food right down the street from The Palacio!"
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"Get your cowboy on at Rustler's Rooste!"
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"One of the best views of Phoenix, some of the best food in Phoenix!"
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Heard Museum
"Learn all about Arizona's deep Native American roots."
Talking Stick Resort Arena
"Watch a Suns game or a concert at Talking Stick Resort Arena! Great fun for everyone!"
Oregano's Pizza Bistro
"Save room after your meal so you can try their PIZZA COOKIE - yum!"
Nearest Airport
8 Miles
Phoenix International
Nearest Barpub
0.01 Miles
Hole in the Wall
Nearest Motorway
0.5 Miles
Squaw Peak Express way
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Miles
Hole in the Wall and Aunt Chilada's
Car: not necessary

The Pointe Palacio is located on The Pointe Resort at Squaw Peak surrounded by nature preserve. Resort amenites are walking distance to Lazy River WaterPark, Spa, Tennis, Raquetball, hiking, biking, restaraunts, shopping, and centrally located.

Other Activities: Rock Climbing, Racquetball, Miniature Golf, Shopping, Wildlife Viewing, Basketball Court, Health/Beauty Spa

Golf: Golf Amenities with 10- 20% discount to The Pointe Resort Golf Course


Rates & Availability

Pointe Tapatio Estate Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Fall-Holiday Season
Oct 1 2016 - Jan 31 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest
High Season
Feb 1 2017 - May 1 2017
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59
(Optional) Pool Heating $300
Cleaning Fee -non-refundable $200
Refundable damage deposit $1,000
(Optional) Transaction $125
ECheck $0

*Pool heating fees are optional and pro-rate if less then one week stay
*Beverages Stocked upon request-ask
*Resort Amenities "Privilege" Card Discounts 10-20%-must return card at check out to avoid $50 Replacement costs
*Additional fee of $50 per person after 8 guests

Manager's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Pointe Tapatio Estate Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • estate
  • Catering available
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 3500 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Mountain
  • Mountain View ...
  • Resort ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm System
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Computer Available ...
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Garage ...
  • Gym
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Area
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Secure Parking
  • Security System
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 2 Half Baths
  • Double Suites - toilet , shower , Suites seperate sinks and adjoining bathroom
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , 1st floor access by all
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , Bathroom off of pool area
    Master Suite - toilet , shower , Beautiful Brass double Sinks Spanish/Mediteranean tile
  • 4 Bathrooms total! *Private Master Bathroom *Double Suites with private sinks and adjoining shower and toilet *Two half bathrooms-downstairs (one off of the pool area)
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Master Bedroom - 1 king , Private Master Suite with City views and Private Balcony
    Master Suite #2 - 1 king , Private and quiet loft style
    Mini Suite - 2 queen , Loft style
  • *Master Suite with King Size bed and Private Patio/Balcony with City Views-Double Brass sink/fixtures in Master with luxurious beautiful tile shower. *Suites private stairs with adjoining bathroom-private bridge to lookout 360 degree views *Bedroom 2 and 3 Loft Style with private bridge to mountaintop 360 degree views and firepit sitting area. Double Brass Sinks and tile shower shared in between two rooms. *Aerobeds set up upon guests request require a 5 day notice before arrival-additional fee may apply*
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Gated Community
  • Gazebo ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Entertainment Area
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Tennis ...
  • Tennis Court
  • Wood Deck
  • 1 bicycles
  • 10 garden chairs
  • 3 beach chairs
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Heated Pool
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Jacuzzi
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • Sauna ...
Onsite Services:
  • Car Optional
  • Concierge
  • Daily Maid Service
  • Massage
  • Staff
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • racquetball
  • rock climbing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
* 4 adult day passes to Lazy River! * 10-25% Discounts on selected resort Amenities with 'Privilege Card' *GOLF *TENNIS *SPA and FITNESS CENTER *RESTAURANTS The Pointe Palacio Estate offers PRIVATE Pool/Jacuzzi with swim up bard and private volleyball court. Mountaintop 360 degree views of the City and Valley from Mountaintop firepits (2) with sitting area. Brass Iron Tables and Covered Patio for entertainment and relaxation. Surrounded by 5 Acres of complete privacy in Secure Gated Estate.

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