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Richard (Rick) McDonough
About Richard (Rick) McDonough
We were born and lived in the Sonoran Desert for over fifty years. When you need a bit of local insider information, we are happy to help when we can. Being lovers of golf and the variety of adventure places in the area, we can share some of our most memorable things to do and give you our perspective on the myriad of golf courses and other activities.
Richard (Rick) McDonough purchased this Condo in 2015
Why Richard (Rick) McDonough chose Tucson
We raised our kids in a home about a mile from Tucson National. After moving to Boise, we wanted our vacation property In the Casas Adobes area of Tucson and be on a golf course. Omni Tucson National was always one of our favorite places to play, so it was obvious where we wanted to be. Typically, you need to decide whether to have mountain or golf course views, as few homes have both. Since we had to choose, we decided on the golf course location. We found what we feel is one of the best spots to be within the course and having the added bonus of the mountains in the distance. Looking out the patio doors and down the fairway, we have 300 yards of uninterrupted green grass and landscaped desert vegetation. Beyond that, the amazing desert sunsets frame Wasson Peak, the tallest in the Tucson Mountain Range. We also do not worry about stray tee shots invading our space. Golfers will be propelling their golf balls away from our home and you'll watch the little white dot disappear into the blue sky.
What makes this Condo unique
Being experienced travelers for both work and play, we understand the need for all the comforts of home. Our goal is to provide all the essentials one might expect in a vacation property and making sure you arrive to a very clean, bright, modernized and comfortable home. Don't let adapting to your new accommodations frustrate you. Survey all the drawers and cabinets and closets and snoop around. Everything you'll need is there and we welcome your input for anything we may have missed. Never hesitate to contact Rick during your stay, especially when it comes to electronics like the TV etc..
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
Peaceful get away
The owner was extremely helpful answering all my questions. All of the information needed was very clear and accurate. The property was exactly what we were looking for and was furnished with anything we could have needed. I’d stay there again if we venture to Tucson again.
Thank you. Please tell your daughter I’m very glad she got to explore the Sonoran Desert. It was a pleasure to work with you.
Home away from home
Host went above and beyond in providing a home away from experience. Wonderfully appointed.
Tucson foothills getaway
Great location. Very clean. Good kitchen. nice neighborhood. Comfortable bedding.
Thank you. And thank you also for the insider tips you shared with us.
We come to Tucson to relax and visit our kids, grandkids and great grandkids! This is the perfect location. The condo is really nice with all sorts of amenities! Rick is very informative and responsive to any and all questions
Thank you and our hope is that each time you stay we continue to improve. We really appreciate you returning.
Rick and Juanita
Great place to relax peace and quiet . Property just as advertised.
Beautiful surroundings close to pool quiet and peaceful.
Amenities as advertised. Would recommend to anyone looking for a great place to stay.
Thank you very much. Glad you enjoyed your stay. Y’all come back now.
Rick, Juanita and the Javelina Hacienda
Amazing location, view, and amenities
The property and amenities were fantastic. Owners were wonderful to work with. We highly recommend this beautiful place!
Thank you. Hope we see you again as we continue to do even more upgrades as time goes by.
If you've never experienced the Sonoran Desert and you appreciate the diversity of the outdoors, you will find this to be a magical place. With just under twelve inches of yearly rainfall, the Sonoran is among the wettest of all southwestern deserts. Water is its life blood and the timing is critical for desert flora and fauna. The long hot summers here are broken up with the customary July and August monsoons, while the welcomed Winter and Spring rains are typically spaced between weeks of sunshine. As they say, "if you don't like the weather, just wait a few hours"!
Whether you're wanting to explore all our desert has to offer, or just escape the chill of Winter where you live, our climate and diversity of activities will surely be enjoyed. Golfers, bikers, walkers, runners, hikers, tennis players, explorers, birders and even the relaxers will find what they need. If you'd like symphony, opera, art, history, culture or shopping, Tucson has that for you, also. Making Omni Tucson National your home base, you'll have great flexibility for travel time and the activity you'd like to pursue. From five to fifteen to thirty and sixty minutes travel time, you can experience the entirety of Tucson and our Sonoran Desert.
If you'd like to park the car in the garage and throw away the keys, you'll still have plenty to do. It's a two par 4 walk to all the facilities of Omni Tucson National Resort and Spa, where short term memberships are available. Or, you can enjoy our quiet and sunny community pool and hot tub, walk on the paths along the Canada del Oro, pay as you go for golf and just enjoy the sounds of the desert from our patio. Hummingbirds chatter all day and the Morning Dove flutter and coo at sundown in one of the largest mesquite trees you'll ever sit beneath.
In December of 2015, we thoroughly updated our 1992 built property. We added authentic Saltillo tile flooring to everywhere except the carpeted bedrooms. We refurnished the kitchen with all new Samsung appliances, new cookware, utensils, dishes and all the essentials and gadgets we want in a kitchen. New lighting fixtures and ceiling fans, new faucets and shower heads, and even all new door hardware were done in a brushed nickel finish. There are two new Samsung HD Smart TVs, with DirectTv as the provider and their Genie system for recording and playback. We even put a dimmer switch on the dining area LED lights, allowing you to set the mood or brighten things up.
Speaking of mood, the gas log fireplace will go nicely with cooler times of the day. The sunsets will amaze you from the patio and the living area. Prepare your favorite steaks or seafood on the four burner, stainless steel Jenair barbecue. Cooks can also take advantage of the wide selection of herbs and spices.
Oh, and did I mention the golf ? You,ll be staying on the Sonoran Course, a Tom Lehman designed, desert style tract. Non members can pay and play it on the odd dates of the month. Or, tee it up on the more traditional Tucson National Course, currently home to a Champions Tour event in March. You also are within twenty minutes of numerous other golf courses, each with its own distinct views and challenges. We both love to golf and truly enjoy the surroundings as much as the game. We are happy to give you our feedback on the courses, at least from a 14 handicap perspective !
The Tucson metro area is surrounded by five distinctly different mountain ranges, commonly know as Sky Islands. As they rise up from the valley floor, elevation changes bring on a variety of diverse ecosystems. You can hike from the cactus to the pine trees in just a couple miles, be amazed as you stand among giant Saguaros, hike or take the tram to waterfalls and even some swimming holes, or play in the snow at the top of Mount Lemon in Winter.
With todays information technology and our supplied WiFi, you can find just anything you need for the activities you'd like to experience. In many cases, time of day is important for the best experience of what you plan and where you go. We are happy to give you our experienced opinion and a great example is visiting the world famous Sonoran Desert Museum.
If you go mid day, most of the animals are at rest. The best time I have found is when they first open in the gates in the morning. It is usually right around feeding time and when animals are let out of their pens after natural enclosures have been cleaned. Seeing Desert Bighorns laying in the rocks is nothing like watching them scamper around and frolic on the man made cliffs. Late afternoons can also be good, as animals began to stir with the approaching night.
Other must sees:
Catalina State Park
Saguaro Monument West
San Javier Mission
Kartchner Caverns (reservations well in advance)
Courses - Golf Club at Vistoso, Ventana Golf,
Heritage Highlands at Dove Mountain, La Paloma, Az
National, Crooked Stick and more.