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Endless Views Sunrise to Sunset- Charming Casita- Saguaro West

Bedrooms Studio
Space 740 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Cottage, Open floor plan + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2-4)

This beautiful Santa Fe style casita is nestled on 5 acres in the Sonoran Desert, adjacent to Saguaro National Park West and Tucson Mountain Park. Enjoy the sunsets and endless views. A wood burning kiva fireplace to cozy up at night. High ceilings, polished concrete floors and Mexican tile accents create the enchanting Southwest look and feel. The casita is surrounded by patios, so you can appreciate the 360 degree views. Please also see our new listing www.vrbo.com924322 for your desert experience.

The open floor plan and big windows bring the desert to you. Quiet and private, we call it living on the Nature Channel. Artists, writers, photographers and contemplatives can gaze upon Babaoquivari and Kitts Peak for inspiration from the covered patio.

Walk, bike or drive to the Desert Museum and Mountain Park. The property is minutes to Tucson Studios, Wildlife Museum and nearby amenities. It is 25 minutes to Historic Downtown and the University of Arizona featuring museums and cultural events. Casinos are 15 minutes away. The best of the desert and enjoy city life as you please!

Keywords: Casita

More Details

Cynthia Lester
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 13, 2018

About Cynthia Lester

We moved from Santa Cruz CA to Tucson in 2000 when my husband retired. I am able to work from home...what an office I am fortunate to have...all of nature! We built the casita in 2007 to be able to share with family and friends. Since then Luminosa has become a place many feel is their own and return every year. And we love that! Now we have created a lovely little suite we are calling Saguaro Suite so others can also come visit . Please check the brand new listing on VRBO: 924322. I called our move trading ocean for sky!

Cynthia Lester purchased this cottage in 2007

Why Cynthia Lester chose Tucson

The beauty of this property is that it is nestled between the Mountain Parks, the Tohono O Odham reservation and a mitigated wildlife corridor. We drive through the mountain park for "city life" and live in beauty and quiet when home. And our neighbors all feel the same way about how special and rare our area is. Even people "in town" don't know about the homes in this area.

What makes this cottage unique

Everything you need for your well being is right here. You just bring your groceries...nature takes it course.


Tucson Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 740 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Resort ...
  • Rural ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Deep soak tub
  • Studio, Sleeps 4
  • Queen size Bed (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Queen size sofa bed. Property most comfortable for 1-2. Small child OK. The casita is open floor plan so no privacy except outside or in bathroom or walk incloset.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rock climbing
  • snowboarding
  • swimming
  • tennis
Located on 5 saguaro studded acres, unlimited views, wildlife, mountain ranges and the Sonoran Desert, Privacy and tranquilty, Minutes from hiking, biking and nature watching, we call it living on the Nature Channel! Our home also on the property. Both residences have complete privacy.


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Endless Views Sunrise to Sunset- Charming Casita- Saguaro West
average rating of 5.0 based on 63 reviews

desert bliss

  • 5 of 5

I'm reluctant to give a review of this gem. I'd really like to keep this a secret so that we can stay more often! Great host , incredibly comfortable and beautiful.

  • Submitted: Mar 20, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lots of nice extra touches to this property stay

  • 5 of 5

Our family (three adults) had a perfect stay and enjoyed lots of extra touches, including the fabulous sunsets, bbq, clean well equipped kitchen, washer/dryer, beautiful gardens, and especially we enjoyed the warm and friendly hospitality. Thank you Cynthia for taking so much time to ensure we had all our questions answered, and learned lots about this area of AZ.

  • Submitted: Mar 11, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Peace and Quiet and Total Immersion in Nature

  • 5 of 5

This is the second time we've stayed here but it won't be the last. We love the casita. Its location so close to the Desert Museum, Tucson Mountain Park and Saguaro National Park West is perfect for us. We get up each morning and head to the Museum for our free members' coffee and a bird walk or a raptor flight demo or just to wander around admiring the vegetation. In the evening, we return to watch sunset from the back patio and pull together a home-cooked meal. One of the highlights of our trip this time was the evening program at Kitt Peak, something we've been wanting to do for a long time. It was worth the wait. Cynthia is a wonderful host, checking in often to make sure we had everything we needed. We did. We'll be back...again and again.

  • Submitted: Mar 7, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Excellent secluded stay in the Sonoran Desert. The owner was receptive to our every need and respected our privacy. If you love nature and seclusion with luxury, this is the place. Only 10 minutes from the west side of Saguaro National Park and Mountain Desert Museum and an hour from the east side of the park. The sunsets are so awesome you want to be back at the casita every evening.

  • Submitted: Mar 3, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful quiet escape in the desert

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Casita Luminosa over New Years weekend. Cynthia was a very gracious and helpful host. The casita is thougtfully decorated and has everything needed for a comfortable stay for up to four people. The desert is right outside the door with numerous saguaro cactus on the property.

Keep in mind that the casita is about a 40 minute drive from downtown Tucson so be thoughtful in how you structure your stay. The casita is very close to the Desert Museum, Old Tucson, Tucson Mountain Park and the west unit of Saguaro National Park.

  • Submitted: Jan 3, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Endless Scenery!

  • 5 of 5

Place is fantastic! Had a wonderful stay here. Would highly recommend!!!

  • Submitted: Nov 28, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Barpub
11 Miles
Tucson Estates
Nearest Train
18 Miles
Downtown Tucson
Nearest Motorway
11 Miles
Interstate 10
Nearest Ski
58 Miles
Mt Lemmon
Nearest Beach
150 Miles
Puerto Penasco/ Rocky Point MX
Car: necessary

Casita Luminosa is surrounded by nature in a quiet area where all properties are on at least 4 acres. Ideal for a the beauty of the flora and fauna and outdoor activities. Close enough to Downtown after 30 minute drive through the Mountain Park to have a full Southwest experience.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $25
Refundable damage deposit $100

Please contact owner for long term stays and off season specials. Thank you!

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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