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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 12 hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
June 21, 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 & Southern Arizona

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:
  • 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
  • photography
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rock climbing
  • 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

Exceptional! 5/5 -
(53 traveler reviews)

Endless Views Sunrise to Sunset- Charming Casita- Saguaro West
average rating of 5.0 based on 53 reviews
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: Apr 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: Apr 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Excellent!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed for 15 days and enjoyed the quietness and open space surrounded by the natural desert life not to mention the wonderful sunsets. The casita had everything we needed for a long term stay and we were able to cook in for breakfast and dinner and preparing lunches for our outings. Wifi was perfect and I watched shows with bluetooth headset so my wife could continue to enjoy the quiet sounds of the desert. If you wanted, you could just walk outside and explore the desert but you are very close to Saguaro West National Park and the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum (you might want to purchase a membership if you plan to visit multiple times which we did) one of the best visits anywhere. We are not night life folks so we were happy to visit the various museums and art galleries in Tucson and then come home to prepare a meal and enjoy the sunset. Driving back and forth to Tuscon via Gates Pass use McCain Loop which only adds 1 extra mile on this solitary and scenic route. We did separate day trips to Mt Lemon, Saguaro East NP, Sabino Canyon (ride up for $10 cash only and walk down if you like or hop back on the tram), Madera Canyon, town of Tubac (local arts/craft) and nearby Tumacacori National Historic Site. Easy driving everywhere and pretty much stress free. Enjoyed time poolside as well. We enjoyed the local wildlife around the casita, various birds including the Great Horned Owl, Coyote and Cottontails. Saw over 60 specie of birds during our stay with over 25 lifers for us incidental birders meaning we simply let them visit with us wherever we went. Listen for baby doves nesting in the cactus very close to the casita. Cynthia is a gracious host, and made herself available if needed and has kept this casita up to the 5 star category it deserves. This is definitely a wonderful place to stay, relax/enjoy and use as a staging area to explore the desert, nearby Tucson and surrounding beautiful areas. We hope to be back soon! Cheers!

  • Submitted: Apr 10, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Everything was perfect!

  • 5 of 5

Attractive property. Lots of light with views from all interior spaces. Simply and colorfully decorated. Well thought out for ultimate comfort. Clean, fully equipped, delightful inside and out.

  • Submitted: Mar 25, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rice Lake, Wisconsin
5

Great place in the desert

  • 5 of 5

This is our 3rd visit to the Casita. The sunsets are wonderful. It is private yet close to Tucson. The Casita has everything that you would want in this beautiful get-a-way. Cynthia is a wonderful and gracious host. You won't regret staying here. Within minutes of the Desert Museum and Park Visitors Center. Hiking trails abound.

  • Submitted: Mar 17, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Tucson Getaway

  • 5 of 5

Great setting marvelous view of mountains and desert. Casita is delightful with large patio and fireplace. Innkeeper is very accommodating.

  • Submitted: Feb 4, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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

Tucson Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
USD
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
$105
$665
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $100
Pet Fee $25

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.
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