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Endless Views Sunrise to Sunset- Charming Casita- Saguaro West

Sleeps4
Bedrooms Studio
Bathrooms1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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Overview


Details
Property
cottage
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
Studio
Bathrooms
1
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

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Owner
Cynthia Lester
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
December 2, 2016

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.

Reviews

Exceptional! 5/5 -
(47 traveler reviews)

Endless Views Sunrise to Sunset- Charming Casita- Saguaro West
average rating of 5.0 based on 47 reviews
5

Lovely desert escape

  • 5 of 5

Casita luminosa is the perfect place to relax, explore, and enjoy the beauty of the desert. It was perfect for my family, our girls (ages 6,9) loved that they could step outside and explore the desert and then walk down the path and play in the pool. Cynthia is such a gracious and kind host. The casita offers complete privacy, but you would miss out on good conversation and the chance to meet a lovely person if you don't have a chance to talk with Cynthia! Truly hope to return someday soon.

  • Submitted: Nov 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

A level above magnificent

  • 5 of 5

Casita Luminosa was a superlative sanctuary and refuge for myself and my trusty 4 legged cohort - Cyrus. I've only experienced such an incredible place once or twice in my life. The beauty and tranquility of the desert is highlighted in the very comfortably decorated abode. I was so happy I decided to give Tucson a chance, and beyond grateful that I got to stay in such elegant surroundings.

Cynthia is a hostess of the finest order. She is thoughtful, kind, gracious and wonderfully accommodating. I wish there were more people like Cynthia in the world. It would be a much better place.

If there were 6 stars, I'd easily give Casita Luminosa the rating. I hope to be able to return soon. And stay for much longer. Thank you for the experience of gracious living. It is a gift I will carry with me for quite some time.

  • Submitted: Nov 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lexington Kentucky
5

Home away from home but with gorgeous sunsets!

  • 5 of 5

This is a great location to visit all the sights of Tucson and all of southern Arizona. This location was just perfect for sight seeing and relaxing. Of course we enjoyed the beautiful sunsets each night and a few brief storms that blew through during the monsoon season. So enjoyed seeing the animals of the desert. A special treat one early morning landed a owl on the chimney and doing his hoo-hoo sound.

This Casita has a nice space for even 3 adults. I enjoyed the full kitchen since we decided to eat in at the casita if we were there late afternoon and evenings.

We really appreciated Cynthia's great hospitality upon arriving and leaving.

We really love this area and are trying to work things out so we can retire here.

We plan on returning to staying here again. Looking forward to that time.

  • Submitted: Aug 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Perfect stay to celebrate10th wedding anniversary

  • 5 of 5

Only one word can define our stay here: PERFECT. Cynthia provided a beautiful location to celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary in sheer beauty and tranquility. The colors displayed by the natural setting of the desert are not exaggerated and are visible daily, with amazing sun rises and sets, thunderstorms with rainbows and glowing stars at night. The charming luminosa house has every detail guests need to feel beyond comfortable. Exceptionally clean and furnished with everything to make our stay complete and carefree (e.g. fantastic reading material on the Saguaro desert, pool towels, wonderfully homemade bath soap, and spices for cooking). Guests can easily unwind and enjoy birdwatching, water color painting, reading, meditation and eating with family/friends on the porch of the casita (which we loved doing everyday). Our young daughter enjoyed looking at the wildlife and drew multiple pictures of cacti, while identifying different kinds of animals she saw with books provided in the house.

Without any hesitation, we would return again and hope to do so again in the near future. Thank you Cynthia for your kindness, hospitality and making our anniversary a truly magical experience.

  • Submitted: Jul 20, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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Arlington
5

Desert Beauty

  • 5 of 5

We arrived midafternoon and headed directly to Tombstone for a little afternoon trip. We headed back through the back roads just to enjoy the scenery of Tucson , and of course the beautiful sunsets! Our stay was very accommodating and Cynthia the owner and I could be BFF if I lived closer . We really enjoyed our stay and look forward to returning.

  • Submitted: Jun 10, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Fairfax, VA
5

Beautiful moments of peaceful serenity.

  • 5 of 5

Had the most relaxing time. The sunsets from the patio were the best. Sat there with my dog on my lap, and women next to me, as the living desert displayed its wonders of life in action. Going back again. Wish I could live there...

  • Submitted: Jun 3, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Map

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
 
Warm Winter
Jan 1 2017 - Apr 15 2017
3 night minimum stay
$145
$770
$2,500
 
 
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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Amenities

Tucson Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 740 sq. ft.
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 ...
  • 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
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • 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.

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