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Enchanting 'Cactus Villa' Heart of Catalinas in Prestigious 'Rancho Sin Vacas.'

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Last updated: 06/13/2014
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  • Minimum stay:7-30 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Catalina Foothills villa description

Enchanting 'Cactus Villa' in exclusive 'Rancho Sin Vacas,' a prestigious enclave of private homes situated high in the heart of the Catalina Foothills at Tucson's northern edge -- one of the city's best locations, and premier communities.

The upscale gated community has 24/7 security that is manned by a professional and friendly staff that monitors every vehicle entering and leaving 'Rancho Sin Vacas.'

This desirable villa at 'Rancho Sin Vacas,' at a desirable price, is one story -- no stairs to climb with luggage or groceries. Your personal, covered parking spot, steps away from your front door, is in a unique parking lot reserved for only 4 units and their guests, unlike the shared mass parking lots of all the other units.

The convenient end villa is private and quiet -- no one lives above or below -- and you are not sandwiched between two common side walls that block your mountain views, the city lights, and the energizing natural daylight.

The 1000 SF 'Cactus Villa' is well appointed and tastefully decorated in Southwestern/Mexican decor with authentic Mexican Saltillo tile flooring throughout. Tile flooring is more sanitary and healthier than carpeting, especially in bedrooms, as it contributes to a low allergen environment for persons with allergies, as well as for persons without allergies.

Say goodbye to the 300 SF cookie-cutter resort or hotel room, and enjoy true resort-style living at 'The Cactus Villa' in 'Rancho Sin Vacas' at a fraction of the cost of the resorts that are just a few minutes away down Skyline/Sunrise, and without the high taxes and surcharges. Just unpack, and relax in affordable luxury.

The Great Room has a spacious, open floor plan combined with the kitchen and dining area, which is ideal for entertaining. It has 18' vaulted ceilings, a French door to the private patio, and wraparound floor-to-ceiling windows that flood the rooms with light and sun, and offer panoramic views of the breathtaking Catalina Mountain range, and of the distant twinkling lights of the city below.

The kitchen in The Cactus Villa is larger than those one finds in most condos, with full size appliances that include a refrigerator with ice maker. You will entertain with pride in a kitchen that is fully equipped with high quality stainless steel cookware and every utensil you would need to prepare anything from breakfast to snacks, cocktail foods to a feast, or an intimate candlelit dinner to enjoy with your spouse or with your guests. You don't have to go out for any meal unless you are in the mood to dine at any of the many wonderful restaurants in the area.

The convenience of full size washer and dryer means you can pack lighter and save on airline surcharges.

Also provided are extra touches to pamper you, like feather pillows, Egyptian cotton linens, and thick fluffy towels.

There are cable TVs in EVERY room: In the Great Room, a flat screen HDTV and a DVD/VHS player. In the guest room/library, a brand new flat screen HDTV, and a TV in the master bedroom.

Wireless, high-speed Internet, Preferred Digital cable package with On Demand, and unlimited local calls are included.

For your additional enjoyment you will find an extensive collection of DVD and VHS videos, a stereo CD & tape player, a classical music tape library, as well as other types of music tapes.

Lounge in the library/guest room, or in your cozy reading corner in the bedroom with a book from our large personal library of quality and interesting books, or perhaps one that was donated by one of our many lovely guests.

Play board games, chess, cards, enjoy a fondue, gather around the piano, or just relax in front of a cozy fire in the kiva fireplace after a day in the invigorating mountain air of Tucson or greater Arizona.

Outside the Great Room is an extra large and private courtyard patio that offers direct access to the miles of winding roads to walk, hike or bike within gated 'Rancho Sin Vacas.' If you like to get up early, you can watch the sun rise and enjoy the closeness to the mountains as you enjoy your morning coffee or tea on your private patio.

The patio is surrounded by lush, mature vegetation, with two bistro tables and chairs, patio umbrella, ample additional seating for your guests, 2 comfortable anti-gravity reclining chaises, a brand new Weber gas grill, a copper wood-burning pit, cozy lanterns, candles, and a collection of musical wind chimes that create a magical atmosphere in which to rest or star-gaze and enjoy the cool nights, or the warm sunny days of the serene and starkly beautiful Arizona Sonoran Desert.

In the winter, you can view the snow-capped mountains from your wrap-around windows, or while you soak in the warm Arizona sun in a comfortable chaise lounge on your private patio. In the summer, the higher foothills elevation (approximately 3500 ft) keeps the temperatures cooler than the city below.

'The Cactus Villa' at 'Rancho Sin Vacas' is a year-round birder's paradise. You'll delight at the many species of hummingbirds, gambrels quail, roadrunners, cardinals, finches, orioles, and other birds that abound in the trees and shrubbery right outside your doors or at our feeders. You'll see majestic hawks, and hear owls and other nocturnal birds.

You'll also hear the coyotes yipping in the mountains that are just a short distance from your doorstep. If your timing is good, you may even get to see the beautiful bobcats that live in those mountains.

Your 'Rancho Sin Vacas' 'Cactus Villa' is host to a spectacular variety of desert wildlife that you will enjoy watching every day from every room of the villa, or as you relax on the patio. Keep a camera handy because if you like wildlife and beautiful natural desert scenery, you will love your surroundings and the 'desert visitors' to 'The Cactus Villa' at 'Rancho Sin Vacas.'

'The Cactus Villa' in 'Rancho Sin Vacas' is perfect for a vacation at any time of the year. You will feel so comfortable and at home in this quiet and private enclave in the Foothills that, like the wonderful repeat guests we enjoy, you too will want to make 'The Cactus Villa' at 'Rancho Sin Vacas' your 'winter retreat' -- or 'any time retreat' -- year after year.

'The Cactus Villa' is the premier 'Villas at Rancho Sin Vacas' vacation rental that others in the complex try to emulate, from the often word-for-word usage of my creative language throughout their entire property descriptions and other information, to the copying of my giving my villa a unique name - 'The Cactus Villa' - and using 'enchanting' to describe it. But that's all right. After all, Imitation IS the highest form of flattery! :)

Property Type

  • 1 story
  • Villa
  • 1000 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental


          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

          Onsite Services

              • Housekeeper Optional


              • Pets Not Allowed
              • Non Smoking Only
              • Low Allergen Environment
              • Long-Term Renters Welcome

              Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4, Beds for 4

              • Bedroom 1: 1 queen


              • Bedroom 2 Guest Room/Den: 1 sleep sofa /futon

                Full Futon...moreless

              • Living room queen sleeper sofa: 1 sleep sofa /futon

                Queen sleeper sofa...moreless

              Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

              • Bathroom 1: toilet, combination tub/shower


              • Second sink and vanity between master bedroom and bathroom separate from main bath....moreless


              • DVD Player
              • Books
              • Books For Adults
              • Games
              • Piano
              • Video Library
              • Television
              • Satellite / Cable
              • VCR
              • Radio
              • Stereo
              • CD Player
              • Audio Tape Player
              • Music Library


              • Tourist Attractions
              • Away From It All
              • Adventure
              • Historic
              • Romantic
              • Sports & Activities


              • Botanical Garden
              • Caves
              • Churches
              • Cinemas
              • Library
              • Museums
              • Playground
              • Theme Parks
              • Water Parks
              • Arboretum
              • Live Theater
              • Synagogues
              • Winery Tours
              • Zoo
              • Restaurants
              • Ruins
              • Festivals
              • Forests

              Leisure Activities

              • Walking
              • Eco Tourism
              • Horseback Riding
              • Scenic Drives
              • Antiquing
              • Outlet Shopping
              • Sight Seeing
              • Sledding
              • Bird Watching
              • Gambling Casinos
              • Photography

              local services and businesses

              • ATM/Bank
              • Fitness Center
              • Groceries
              • Hospital
              • Massage Therapist
              • Medical Services

              Location Type

              • Downtown:

                Shimmering city lights from living room windows and back patio...moreless

              • Mountain
              • Resort
              • Mountain View:

                Catalina Mountain views from every window...moreless

              sports and adventure activities

              • Golf Privileges Optional
              • Spelunking
              • Mountain Climbing
              • Hiking
              • Ice Skating
              • Cycling
              • Swimming
              • Tennis
              • Skiing
              • Golf
              • Mountain Biking
              • Mountaineering
              • Equestrian Events

              catering options

                  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

                  Communication / Internet

                      • Fax


                      • Dining Area
                      • Seating for 4 people


                      • Linens Provided:

                        Egyptian Cotton, feather pillows on request...moreless

                      • Fireplace:

                        Wood burning...moreless

                      • Parking:

                        Private covered parking area for only 4 units & guests...moreless

                      • Towels Provided:

                        Large, fluffy...moreless

                      • Wood Stove:

                        Copper fire pit on patio...moreless

                      • Washing Machine
                      • Clothes Dryer
                      • Sofa Bed
                      • Air Conditioning
                      • Heating
                      • Alarm Clock
                      • Ceiling Fans
                      • Firewood
                      • Hair Dryer
                      • Laundry Soap
                      • Local Activities Guide
                      • Local Maps
                      • Paper Towels
                      • Local Restaurant Guide
                      • Shampoo
                      • Basic Soaps
                      • Toilet Paper
                      • Internet
                      • Fitness Room / Equipment
                      • Telescope
                      • Thermos Bottle
                      • Wireless Internet
                      • Iron & Board
                      • Activities Guide
                      • Parking Off Street:

                        Assigned cover parking spot steps from your Villa...moreless

                      • Living Room
                      • Telephone:

                        Local and long distance, including Canada and Puerto Rico...moreless

                      house cleaning

                          • Housekeeper Optional


                          • 4 Ring Stove
                          • Blender
                          • Lobster Pot
                          • Pantry Items
                          • Stove
                          • Cooking Utensils
                          • Coffee Maker
                          • Toaster
                          • Dishwasher
                          • Refrigerator
                          • Oven
                          • Microwave
                          • Coffee Grinder
                          • Ice Maker
                          • Kitchen
                          • Stove
                          • Dishes & Utensils


                          • Barbecue
                          • Gated Community
                          • Patio
                          • Porch / Veranda
                          • Beach Towels
                          • Golf:

                            Many golf courses close by...moreless

                          • Deck / Patio
                          • Outdoor Grill:

                            New Weber gas grill...moreless

                          Pool / Spa

                          • Outdoor Hot Tub
                          • Heated Pool
                          • Communal Pool
                          • Hot Tub


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                          Rental basis: Per property
                          Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
                          Jul 1 - Aug 31, 2014
                          7 night min stay

                          $575 $1,350
                          Early Fall
                          Sep 1 - Oct 31, 2014
                          7 night min stay

                          $625 $1,500
                          Nov 1 - Nov 30, 2014
                          7 night min stay

                          $700 $1,800
                          Dec 1 - Dec 31, 2014
                          7 night min stay

                          $750 $2,200
                          Winter Peak
                          Jan 1 - Mar 31, 2015
                          30 night min stay

                          Early Spring
                          Apr 1 - Apr 30, 2015
                          7 night min stay

                          $700 $1,900
                          May 1 - Jun 30, 2015
                          7 night min stay

                          $600 $1,400
                          * Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

                          Additional information about rental rates


                          • Refundable Damage Deposit $500
                          • Cleaning $100 - $200 $100
                          • Taxes Not included


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                          Cleaning $100-$250 - actual charges incurred, based on extent of cleaning required

                          January-March by CALENDAR month only

                          Refundable reservation

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                          Last updated: 06/13/2014
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                          20 Miles
                          Nearest Airport
                          Tucson International
                          10 Miles
                          Nearest Train
                          10 Miles
                          Nearest Motorway
                          2 Miles
                          Nearest Ski

                          Car: Necessary

                          The peaceful community setting of 'Rancho Sin Vacas,' off Skyline Drive/Pima Canyon and north of Ina Road, is secluded and removed from traffic and noise, yet only minutes from Campbell Avenue and the upscale La Encantada Mall with many boutiques and specialty shops, Crate and Barrel, an AJs market, as well as a beautiful Apple computer store. Also a few minutes away are The Foothills Mall, The Tucson Mall, supermarkets, pharmacies, the post office, FedEx/Kinko's, state-of-the-art medical facilities -- and all the amenities one could desire at a home-away-from-home.

                          It's only a five minute drive from 'The Cactus Villa' at 'Villas at Rancho Sin Vacas' to the fine art galleries and restaurants at the corner of Ina and Campbell to the east, and less than a mile west to Oracle Road (Route 77) -- a main north/south thoroughfare with shopping and restaurants to suit every palate and price range.

                          You probably know that Tucson has 350 days of sunshine, more than two dozen golf courses designed by the likes of Tom Fazio and Jack Nicklaus, and some of the best Southwest cuisine this side of the border.

                          What you might not know is that Tucson is surrounded by four different mountain ranges, and there's great skiing at nearby Mount Lemmon. The city has a wealth of historic places to explore, from the 19th century St. Augustine Cathedral to the old homes and store fronts in El Presidio.

                          Just outside of Tucson, you can visit old mining towns, missions and archaeological sites, including the petroglyphs at Signal Hill and the reconstructed dwelling at Dankworth Village.

                          When temperatures get too brutal for outdoor pursuits, such as hiking the 150 miles of trails in the Santa Catalina Mountains, you can always hop in a summer class with the University of Arizona at Tucson's lifelong learning program. There's even a course on pirates!

                          If you have the time, side trips to places like:

                          Rocky Point, Mexico on The Sea of Cortez -- about 4.5 hrs.

                          Las Vegas -- about 6.5 hrs.

                          Los Angeles or San Diego -- about 7 hrs.

                          Tubac - 50 min

                          Nogales, Mexico - 1 hr. (shopping on the border of Mexico/Arizona)

                          The Grand Canyon


                          National Parks at the Arizona-Utah border and the Four Corners area

                          -- all can easily be made from 'The Cactus Villa' at 'Rancho Sin Vacas' -- our little corner of paradise!

                          Highlights of a few Tucson activities and attractions:



                          Skiing at Mt. Lemmon (9157 ft)

                          The U of A, and the endless downtown activities and cultural events

                          4th Avenue - Funky shopping in the '60s' or NYC 'Village' atmosphere

                          Casinos - the popular Indian casinos 1/2 hr; the Las Vegas casinos 4.5 hr

                          Movie theaters

                          Gem & Mineral Shows (January-February)

                          World-class golfing - 15 min

                          Tucson Rodeo (February)

                          Major league baseball spring training mid-February through early April

                          Tohono Chul Park - 1 mile

                          U of A's Biosphere 2 - 50 min.

                          Pima Air Space Museum - 30 min

                          Titan Museum - 40 min

                          Arizona-Sonoran Desert Museum - 40 min

                          Old Tucson Movie Studios- 40 min

                          Tombstone - 40 min

                          Catalina State Park - 15 min

                          Sabino Canyon - 20 min

                          Saguaro East National Monument - 20 min

                          Tucson Mountain Park - 30 min

                          Beautiful and peaceful Mission San Xavier del Bac - 25 min

                          Arizona Desert Jeep Tours

                          Colossal Caves - 30 min

                          Kitt Peak Observatory - 1.5 hr

                          -- and so much more of what makes Tucson such a premier vacation destination.


                          Owner info

                          Year Purchased: 1998

                          About the owner: State University of New York at Stony Brook, B.A., magna cum laude Former Deputy Tax Receiver, Town of Smithtown

                          Why the Owner Chose Catalina Foothills:
                          ADDITIONAL PHOTOS OF THE CACTUS VILLA AT: After many years of traveling to the Southwest, as a desert lover I knew I wanted a piece of Arizona. When I first saw Tucson, I knew it was where in Arizona I wanted to be. The stark beauty of the desert, the climate, and the many days of sunshine were the reasons for my choice. My search for the perfect Tucson property took several years. When I first drove up Camino Sin Vacas towards the magical Catalina Mountains and to the villa that would come to be known as The Cactus Villa at Rancho Sin Vacas, I fell in love, and I immediately knew that my search was over. Now I share my corner of paradise with travelers whose love for Tucson is the same as mine.

                          The Unique Benefits at this Villa:
                          At The Cactus Villa we are committed to excellence and to a quality experience for every guest. Our pride in our villa is evident in the variety of photos we provide to give the traveler a true representation of every aspect of OUR property -- inside AND outside. In addition to strict attention to every detail beforehand, we maintain communication with our guests during every stage of their visit - before, during, and after - to insure that all their needs are/were met, and we are available to them at all times. We are proud to offer outstanding service and pricing that are second to none. CHECK OUT OUR TRUE - NOT SCRIPTED! -- GUEST REVIEWS

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                          • 'The Villas at Sin Vacas' Community Pool

                            'The Villas at Sin Vacas' Community Pool

                          • The Cactus Villa - steps to your private covered parking area

                            The Cactus Villa - steps to your private covered parking area

                          • The lovely Frida Kahlo/King Tut Master Bedroom

                            The lovely Frida Kahlo/King Tut Master Bedroom

                          • Beautiful and bright Great Room w/wood burning fireplace

                            Beautiful and bright Great Room w/wood burning fireplace

                          • Private Courtyard patio with access to walking, hiking, or biking

                            Private Courtyard patio with access to walking, hiking, or biking

                          • Patio with plenty of seating for guests, and a fire pit for chilly nights

                            Patio with plenty of seating for guests, and a fire pit for chilly nights

                          • A lunar eclipse from The Cactus Villa patio - 2003

                            A lunar eclipse from The Cactus Villa patio - 2003

                          • Sin Vacas Gate House during summer monsoon

                            Sin Vacas Gate House during summer monsoon

                          • Entry Foyer

                            Entry Foyer

                          • A stunning sunset from your west windows facing the pool

                            A stunning sunset from your west windows facing the pool

                          • Private patio w/lush vegetation, bistro tables and chairs, anti gravity lounges

                            Private patio w/lush vegetation, bistro tables and chairs, anti gravity lounges

                          • Bathroom


                          • Upscale La Encantada Mall five minutes away

                            Upscale La Encantada Mall five minutes away

                          • Magnificent Saguaro Cactus in bloom

                            Magnificent Saguaro Cactus in bloom

                          $513 - $750 per week (USD)

                          2 Bedroom / 1 Bathroom
                          Sleeps 4

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                          Minimum stay: 7-30 nights
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