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Endless Views Sunrise to Sunset- Charming Casita- Saguaro West

Sleeps4
Bedrooms Studio
Bathrooms1
Space 740 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights

Overview

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

Owner
Cynthia Lester
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
90%
Calendar last updated:
November 19, 2017

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.

Amenities

Tucson Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
Meals:
  • 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 ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • 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 ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Deep soak tub
Bedrooms:
  • 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.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
Attractions:
  • 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
Notes:
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.

Reviews

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average rating of 5.0 based on 57 reviews
5

Clean and comfortable!

  • 5 of 5

Loved this place! Cynthia was an absolute joy! She called or texted (not obnoxiously) almost every day to see if there was anything we needed. Beautiful sunrise and sunset EVERY day!!! Secluded, but not to far from town for us. Wildlife galore. Just a great place for couples.

  • Submitted: Oct 12, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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near Asheville NC
5

Great Little Gem in the Desert - Cozy, Private, Lovely

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I stayed for 3 days and they were wonderful. We wish we could have stayed longer. The desert grounds were beautiful with a surprising diversity of plant life, tons of birds & rabbits and coyotes yipping in the near distance. Watched the sun rise over the mountains in the east and set over the range in the west. The wrap-around patio made it easy to find a shady spot if the sun was too much.

The casita was equally lovely and extremely well kept. We loved the local hand made soaps. Comfy bed and den furniture, TV with tons of channels, and a kitchen with everything you need. The washer/dryer was a great help also. If cool nights, sleep with the window open to hear the coyotes sing....TOO COOL!! A definite winner for those folks who like to get away from the rat race and enjoy nature and privacy. It was easy to get to Tucson and various local attractions, but it was so nice at the casita, that we spent every afternoon just enjoying it, reading, napping, watching sunsets, etc.

Cynthia was very responsive when booking and as the date grew near. Checking in was a breeze and the departure prep was as well. Cynthia stopped by the 1st afternoon to welcome us and answer questions and offer advice, but respected our privacy (even with her house close by, we felt like we were all alone out in the desert....in a very nice place, of course). It was comforting to know she was only a short walk or text away if we needed anything.

Overall, without question, our best "home stay" experience. Could not have asked for a nicer setting or cozier casita. Cynthia is to be applauded for creating and sharing this gem with us.

  • Submitted: Oct 1, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Colorado Springs, CO/USA
5

Magical

  • 5 of 5

We had an amazing time. The home is everything as shown in the pictures and more. Perfect for us. Wrap around porch, the sunsets, the sunrise, the birds, the stars, the landscape...so much to do around this area. The Desert Museum and Kitt Peak were the most amazing and memorable. Wow. The host could not have been more gracious. Info about the area provided for us in the home was stellar. Cynthia was helpful, kind, engaging -- a lovely, funny person. Our only regret is that we had to leave!! We hope someday our paths will cross again. A very special place. Thank you!

  • Submitted: Sep 15, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Breathtaking views

  • 5 of 5

Enjoyed every minute of our stay! Casita is delightful and stocked with all necessary amenities.

Views from the window are beautiful anytime of day. Quiet and peaceful for those who want to escape the hustle and bustle. A true treat.

  • Submitted: Jul 18, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Perfect property for privacy, relaxation, desert birds and wildlife.

  • 5 of 5

Cynthia provides a cozy, perfect-size casita that has everything needed for a great stay. Comfortable bed, quiet, cool nights for sleeping. As avid birdwatchers, we loved seeing over 18 species of birds from the back patio. Photography opportunities were everywhere we looked! The pool was a joy on those 90 degree days. Casita Luminosa is a lovely place for those who want to experience the peace of the desert. Had we chosen to explore Tucson, it's just over the pass. We hope to return to Luminosa again!!

  • Submitted: May 8, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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San Diego
5

Charming Casita in lovely desert location

  • 5 of 5

This lovely Casita has all the amenities needed, and a great location near the Sonora Desert Museum. The owner is great and lives nearby. Can't wait to stay there again!

  • Submitted: Apr 17, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Map

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.

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Rates & Availability

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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.