About the property
- Cottage740 sqft
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay3 nights
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!
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- Response time:
- within one hour
- Calendar last updated:
- May 17, 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 Estates
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.
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Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
Perfect comfort out in the desert
We were thoroughly pleased with the Luminosa casita. The simple casita is perfectly furnished with everything for comfort and efficiency- cooking, laundry, good bath/shower, good bed, plenty of comfortable seating. Plus the desert is right outside the door, with distant views of the mountains, and close up sightings of birds and desert planting’s. Patio seating all around, so it is always possible to find best spot for sun, shade, wind, etc. great location to access to Suguaro National Park and Tucson Desert Museum - easy to hit either spot for best early morning hiking and viewing. The owner, Cynthia, was charming, and super easy to communicate with. We have high hopes of returning!
At home right from the start!
Even before we arrived, we felt at home. Cynthia had the answer to every question before it was asked. Casita Luminosa was everything that was promised plus much, much more! We spent 16 wonderful nights on the road, but our three nights at the casita were the highlight! Super clean and wonderfully equipped. There were items that I would never have thought of but it was all covered and so beautifully. The grounds are outstandingly well landscaped with natural Sonora Desert cacti and other natural plants and the wildlife was always on hand to help us enjoy our stay as well. You couldn't add anything to the wonderful place!
I sincerely hope that I can get back to Tucson soon and stay there again! Cynthia! Thank you more than I can say for your hospitality!
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.
Lots of nice extra touches to this property stay
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.
Peace and Quiet and Total Immersion in Nature
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.
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.
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
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Please contact owner for long term stays and off season specials. Thank you!