"We stayed in this condo for a 3-month period, from September through November, so we were able to experience both the end of the hot summer and the beginning of the cool winter. We were highly pleased with the condo itself and also with TJ, the owner.
The condo is very comfortable and attractive. We were delighted at how well-stocked and well-decorated the unit was. We were quite impressed by the light and open feel of the unit, with the high ceiling and the windows in so many directions. We especially loved the dining area, with large windows on 3 sides, and the living room, which is lit by high windows on the north and east. We were also quite fond of the patio. Both of the bathrooms are quite nice. In many ways, we were impressed by how the architect designed this unit to allow in light, yet provide a sense of privacy. For example, we were amazed by the little, hidden alcove that allows light into the main bath. This unit may have one of the best designs in the entire area.
This condo complex is quite small, giving the grounds a cozy and comfortable feel. The pool was only a few steps from the patio door, quite convenient. Desert quail live on the grounds, so each day we were treated to the sights and sounds of quail scurrying about.
As for the location, we very much liked being in the small town of Fountain Hills, yet with easy access to additional amenities in Scottsdale and Mesa. We liked that we were only a short walking distance from the city’s famous fountain and the nearby shops. We were also only a short drive from some great hiking trails in Scottsdale's McDowell Sonoran Preserve. The hills surrounding Fountain Hills are beautiful, and we loved the desert vegetation – such as the saguaro, barrel cactus, and ocotillo.
Finally, we were quite pleased with how well TJ treated us. In addition to stocking the condo with nearly every conceivable convenience that we might need, he stressed that we should feel free to contact him if we encountered any problems. On those rare occasions when we did encounter a minor problem (such as when the battery in the smoke detector started chirping, but it was too high for us to reach), he was there promptly to address the issue.
In short, if we return to Phoenix in the future – which we certainly hope to do – we are first going to see if TJ’s condo is available!"
Date of Stay: September 2014
Review Submitted: February 24, 2015