Casita is fully furnished with mountain, desert and city views & starry nights.
Dee: I first visited Arizona in 1962. Left Illinois in a snowstorm and arrived in Tucson when the orange trees were in full bloom. It was love at first sight and a year later my first husband Bill, I and 2 kids moved to this laid back western town. The west side of Tucson has been my home since 1963. Raised 4 kids and over the years our family has increased to 6 grandkids and 2 great-grands. Bill died in 1999. I met Tom in 2011 and we were married in 2015. The photo is of Tom and me March 2016. Tom is originally from Michigan and he spent his winters here since 2001. He fell in love with Tucson’s desert and mountains and mild winters. The sunshine is a plus, too. He often plays on one of the many golf courses nearby. Guests are welcome to join him. We like to take an evening walk around the neighborhood, greeting the neighbors and watching the Javelina family crossing the road. To end the day we have supper on our deck enjoying a glass of wine and listening to the quail chatter while watching the Tucson Mountains turn orange and purple as the sun sets. If you are at the Casita you can enjoy all of this, too. Life is real sweet on the big back porch!
Dee purchased this Cottage in 1985
Why Dee chose Rancho Del Cerro
My first husband Bill and I bought this acre of land in 1985. We chose a corner lot that was filled with desert bushes, trees and cactus. The main house was built on the front half acre and was finished in 1986. In 1997 the guest house was built on the back half-acre for family and friends to use when they visit. Now we welcome others to enjoy our unique desert lifestyle. I hope to give our guests a taste of it in the way we've decorated the Casita and planted the rock gardens with cactus and succulents. The large covered back porch is a favorite with our guests, who sit outside to have their morning coffee, read the local paper and watch the birds gobble up the birdseed they toss out. It's a great place to read a book on a lazy afternoon, listening to the birds chirping in the big, old Mesquite tree.
What makes this Cottage unique
One of the most unique benefits of this location is the Freeway 4 miles away, providing easy access to the entire city, north, south, east and west. Not far from the Casita is a small fishing lake with picnic tables, playgrounds & dog runs, golf courses & tennis courts. You can find a drug store, hospital, small shops, golfing, movies, good eats and 6 large Malls within 10 miles. Downtown at night is glowing with antique street lights. Galleries, museums, shops, little cafes and upscale eateries. Live theatre productions are popular attractions. Visit the historic Hotel Congress. It’s no longer a hotel but has been restored as a Bar/Restaurant, with several street level rooms for eating, drinking, lounging and dancing. There are elegant Bars with antique wood and glass displays with bottles of colorful liquor. This is a popular place where people gather to enjoy the 1890’s ambiance of days gone by. Put Gates Pass Scenic Drive on your list. It’s a forest of giant Saguaros on the Tucson Mountain’s slopes. Nearby are popular tourist attractions, the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, Saguaro National Park and the International Wildlife Museum. Head midtown to the Randolph Park golf course and Tennis courts. There is a Lake with paddleboats, and you can visit the Reid Park Zoo. The Tucson Botanical Gardens are a few blocks away. Stroll the paths to see the abundance of different plants growing here in the desert. Drive up Mount Lemmon in warm months and you will be rewarded with the scent of pine trees and cold lemonade at the Village Cafe on top of the mountain. Winter is snow season and you can ride the Ski lift above slopes of snow. Rentals for snow activities are available. Save the best for last. From the back porch, the Casita's sunsets are a little piece of Heaven. The night sky is so clear you can see the constellations. It seems that we are a million miles away from anything. Yet just minutes from everything. Come, enjoy the Magic of Tucson.
100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
The best place in Tucson!
Everything here is perfect. Trails are close, wildlife is everywhere and Dee and Tom are the best hosts I've found anywhere in the world.
Wonderful stay, beautiful property!
Your beautiful Casita was very accurately described. Very comfortable, well stocked and spotless! We had a wonderful time hiking the many nearby trails, exploring the area and visiting the Desert Museum as well as the Air & Space Museum. Very convenient location! So much privacy for having everything so close. We prepared many meals at the Casita just to be able to enjoy your beautiful backyard. So relaxing having coffee on the patio n the morning while watching the wildlife. Thank you Dee for your generosity. We appreciated the snacks you left for our late night arrival. It was truly a perfect stay! I would highly recommend and hope to be back! That you!
IT'S A "CUTIE"!
This little house has a lot of Southwest charm, inside and out. It’s on a half-acre and very private. if we need anything the owners are just a short walk on a path to the main house. We enjoyed sitting on the large back porch watching sunsets and the wildlife. In the morning if you scatter birdseed you will attract a variety of birds, as well as bunnies, ground squirrels, and the occasional Javelina families. The amenities are abundant, everything we needed was provided. We spent 5 months here and it was hard to say goodbye to the wondrous mountains and all the activities we enjoyed in Tucson.
Dee and Tom are gracious hosts, with a knack for creating a lovely place to call our ‘home away from home”.
Private Sonoran Desert Retreat
Two of us enjoyed the privacy and desert wildlife. Very clean and comfortable. Very convenient for hikes on Mt. Lemmon. Enjoyed evening and morning meals on the patio.
My husband and I stayed over the weekend for a special celebration and had a wonderful visit. Our favorite activities were just sitting on the porch swing (overlooking the city in a very peaceful setting) while we watched the sun rise and set each day. We enjoyed the same while experiencing a full moon. We hiked the Sweetwater trail which is within walking distance of this lovely casita. We explored the neighborhood, the downtown areas, the Sonoran Desert Museum and the Silverbell Lake. The accommodations were perfect for us, providing the privacy and benefits of being in a "home" vice a hotel room. Our hosts were very gracious as well. The home is comfortable and well stocked. Recommend this for anyone interested in enjoying solitude and beauty.
Julie, thank you so much for the kind words! Means a lot to us to know guests are happy. All best wishes to you and Rich, Dee and Tom
My husband and I stayed here for a month for work, and brought our 2 small children with us. The house is tucked away in the hills with beautiful views of the city and mountains. Its very peaceful and a wonderful place to just relax and unwind! We used the study for a portable crib, which worked out very well, with our older child in the twin bed. The back yard (very large!) was perfect for them to explore with plenty of rocks, birds, lizards, nooks and crannies to keep two busy children engaged and exploring. The property has an impressive array of desert flora, if you're interested. I had a lot of fun practicing my novice photography skills. We also enjoyed the covered porch and shade trees to beat the heat as summer was approaching. There is, of course, plenty to do in Tucson, and the Children's Museum and Sonora Desert Museum are a must. The neighborhood seemed very safe with plenty of winding roads for jogging or bike riding (I regularly ran by myself, and saw many other women jogging alone). The house itself was comfortable, the kitchen was well stocked and the internet was fast. This is a great "home base" for families to stage your Tucson adventure! Would absolutely come back again!
Note: Since we are in a rural area there is no bus service so a car is a must. With your ‘wheels’ you’re on your way to fun.
Places to See and Things to Do!
For walkers and hikers Sweetwater Preserve and El Camino Del Cerro Trailheads are 5-10 minutes away from the Casita. Note: Dogs are not allowed on Sweetwater trails. Just 10 miles from the Casita you can drive up beautiful GATES PASS in our Tucson Mountains. You will see hundreds of giant Saguaros and red cliffs and at the top there is a popular Viewpoint to gaze at the endless vistas and stunning sunsets. Continuing down the Pass you will find three of our most popular destinations; Old Tucson Studios, Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum and Saguaro National Park.
Just 30 minutes from the Casita is one of the highest rated VA Hospitals and Related Veterans Services in the country. It's a self-contained community on several acres with beautiful Southwestern style adobe buildings housing the various departments. This large hospital for veterans provides dozens of services and programs, including lodging for visiting families.
For a day of shopping and entertainment we have 4 covered shopping malls, 3 large outdoor malls and several small shopping centers, cafes and fine restaurants, live theatre, museums and 3 Casinos.
If sports are your game try our lakes for boating and fishing, parks for swimming, tennis and golf.
Join Tom for a day of golf. He has an extra set of clubs if you can’t bring yours.
Two Bicycles are also provided for guests. Please bring helmets. This neighborhood and surrounding areas are walking, hiking, and biking heaven.
At day’s end we invite you to experience the laid back atmosphere of the west. The solitude, lush desert surroundings, awesome sunsets and clear night skies filled with stars are yours to enjoy. Relax on the Casa’s back porch with a cold Arizona tea or a Margarita and watch the sky turn to fire as the sun sets behind the Tucson Mountains. Ah, the end of another beautiful day in Tucson. What tomorrow will bring is yours for the choosing.
Come…see for yourself. Experience Tucson!