Private two bedroom suite overlooking pool and desert vistas
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About Carmela Lizzo
My husband and I love living in the desert and enjoy sharing this incredible space with our guests. We've made some amazing friends who return year after year and who love to ride their horses with us to discover new trails and places. We're both avid horseback riders, Joe's a roper, and we also like mountain biking and hiking on the trails outside our gates. We have an organic garden on site, we compost and are big on reduce, reuse, recycle and re-purpose! We like being sustainable, we're on a well so we're always mindful of water consumption, and the veggies in our garden could feed an army!
Carmela Lizzo purchased this Studio in 1990
Why Carmela Lizzo chose Rio Verde Foothills
Why do we own this property? We wanted to live as far out in the desert as we possibly could, but still have the conveniences of town. We specifically looked in the Rio Verde Foothills area because we wanted to live on the National Forest and have neighbors who were close enough to become friends but far enough away to give us our space. (we have awesome neighbors!!). I was born and raised in Chicago and on every vacation we ever took, I would be the little girl in the car looking out the window at the wide open spaces and the cowboy riding the range and wish that was me. My dream has come true at Rio Rancho Verde. Why should you select Rio Rancho Verde for your next trip? There's truly nothing else like it! When you see how beautiful our land is you'll know immediately that it's a very special place. We're incredibly blessed and grateful to call this home and we love to share it with guests who love the outdoors and appreciate the beauty that surrounds us. It's an amazing place with 360 degree views that feature mountain vistas, spectacular sunrises and sunsets, skies full of stars and a peaceful serenity that gets right down in your soul. It's the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of city/corporate/daily life - we have a annual visitor who told us "I may reside in Missouri, but I LIVE here on the ranch".
What makes this Studio unique
Enjoy country living 20 minutes from the city of Scottsdale. You'll feel like you're in the middle of nowhere (and you kind of are!) but fine dining, shopping, nightlife and Western adventures are a short drive away. Our location is primo - we're on a one mile finger of land that is bordered by the Scottsdale Sonoran Preserve on one side (32,000 acres and 215 miles of trails) and the Tonto National Forest on the other side (which our ranch borders). Rio Rancho Verde offers the best of both worlds. It's serene and peaceful, the views are incredible, we get visited by the local wildlife, the scenery is spectacular - it's amazing! We're not for everyone and if you don't like dirt roads (the last 2 miles), or are looking to party hardy or enjoy watching TV 8 hours a day, we're probably not for you. However, if being outside recharges you, if you appreciate the beauty and solitude of the natural desert and if your idea of a life well lived includes the path less traveled, you're in the right spot. It doesn't get much better than this! My daughter, when she comes to visit, says: "this is what quiet sounds like", and it's so true.
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 12:00 PM
Outside only please
No dogs in pool or on the furniture please
no toddlers, 6 year old age minimum
Minimum age of primary renter:6
We'll be happy to light the firepit for you, please ask rather than lighting it on your own
Dogs can not run free by the horses or the barn
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
Don't plan on laying back to watch reruns of I Love Lucy, there's no tv. What will dazzle the senses is the pride Carmella and Joe have in their ranch. Warm owners and spectacular views away from the busy city but still close enough to conveniences, eateries and entertainment. A gem! Thank you Carmella and Joe!
Nice rooms close to Sonoran Preserve
Nice rooms close to hiking and biking trails. Quiet. Beautiful sunrise. Welcoming owners.
This place is so INCREDIBLE!!!!! BEAUTIFUL
My husband and I have been traveling to the Phoenix Scottsdale area for fifteen years we have stayed at many high-end hotels, but there has never been an experience like we had with Carmelo and Joe. Their home is Amazing it was so different from all our other vacations if you're into listening to the birds sing and look out at the most incredible views this is a place where you should stay. We stayed for ten days at first I felt like it would be a bit long to stay on someone else's property but before you knew it was over and I'm trying to adjust not waking up to this beautiful place. They have everything you need and it is spotless!!!! My husband keeps talking about how he misses the shower. Thank you so much for sharing your home with us. Hoping to be back soon.
You are so kind! It was so wonderful having you and John here at the ranch, I only wish you could of stayed longer! I'm glad you enjoyed your stay and we so hope to see you again!!! You're the best!!!!
Breathtaking and peaceful!
We loved our stay. It is such a peaceful and beautiful place. The hospitality was amazing. We were able to hike and relax and see the horses and sit out by the fire at night. It was like grown up sleepaway camp. The rooms were clean and everything was well stocked. This place is so special!
We so enjoyed having you out to the ranch and appreciate your wonderful review. Please come back and see us again!
Beautiful oasis in the desert
Carmelo and Joe have created a beautiful oasis in the midst of the desert. Leaving was much harder than I expected it to be!
The bunkhouse is charming and has everything we needed for a weekend away. The ranch is charming, with bursts of spring flowers accented in the neutral desert.
We look forward to coming back and spending more time the next time we are in Arizona.
Thanks so much for your gracious comments! We loved having you visit and hope to see you again soon!
We were lucky enough to stumble on this gem and we loved it. The area is beautiful the home is beautiful and we loved our host. Carmela is kinda a local celebrity and Joe is ready to point you in the right Direction for Trails for Mountain Biking or Horseback riding. We rented a Full size pickup truck and thank God we did. The ride back to the ranch turns to a dirt road but well worth the trip.
We so enjoyed having you stay with us and love having guests that appreciate the beautiful desert surroundings as much as we do! A local celebrity, probably only in my mind, but thanks, I appreciate the vote of confidence!
There are a multitude of festivals and art/wine fairs almost weekly during the season. Downtown Scottsdale has a great farmer's market, and there are many equestrian events ongoing. The Barrett Jackson Auction and the Arabian Horse Show, along with many major golf tournaments are close by. Carefree and Cavecreek are 25 minutes away and offer an authentic Western experience, complete with bullriding at one of the local bars!
We're centrally located about 25 minutes from the 101 freeway.