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Beautiful 3 BR Adobe on 3.5 Desert Acres, Mtn Views, Wildlife

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6)

WELCOME: Enjoy the quiet rhythms of the Sonoran desert in this unique classic adobe home on 3.5 acres in the Northwest Tucson desert at base of the Tucson Mtns, minutes from I-10 and Saguaro National Park West; private, yet close to all of Tucson, shopping, & fine restaurants.

MAIN HOUSE: Master Bedroom with King Bed, dual bedside tables & lamps, ceiling fan. Second bedroom fully furnished with Queen bed. Stunning colorful mosaic walls in shared dual sink bathroom.

GUEST HOUSE: 2nd Master King Bedroom with Private Bath, dual bedside tables, satellite TV


* Well-appointed kitchen with dishwasher

* New self-cleaning electric oven with smooth top range

* Ceiling fans and AC throughout house

* Internet DSL access; Wi-Fi on premises

* iPod dock connected to Indoor/Outdoor Sound System

* 3 TVs with Dish Satellite

* Washer /Dryer; Hot tub

* Kiva fireplace

* 3 Outdoor Lounging Areas with magnificent desert and mountain views

Imagine yourself in an authentic adobe home on 3 ½ acres of secluded desert, surrounded adobe walls and beautiful landscaped yard with native plants, situated within 50 acres of traditional Saguaro cactus Sonoran desert. Depending on the time of year, you may see or hear coyote, bobcats, road runners, javelina, and other desert wildlife.

Very rich and bright colors inside the house complement our personal collection of original art from the Southwest and the Americas. You will be delighted by the indoor and outdoor mosaics that accents the property. You’ll even dine on John Wayne’s table used in the movie The Shootist.

We have three beautiful outdoor sitting areas, which include a screened Arizona room, facing east for the sunrise, a shaded interior patio looking onto our native cactus-landscaped yard, and a roof deck. The roof deck, with a 360 degree view of the Tucson basin and sunsets over the Tucson and Catalina Mountains, provides a spectacular setting for outdoor coffee, margaritas, or hors d’oeuvres.

The interior of the home and Guest House are decorated and furnished with comfort and charm in mind. The kitchen is well appointed for all your gourmet cooking needs. The colorful dishware, cutlery, serving pieces, bake ware, complete set of cooking utensils, blender, cuisinart, coffee maker, new electric stove and oven, will inspire the creative chef inside you. The double sink and dishwasher will please the clean-up crew.

In addition to the living room with a working kiva fireplace and two lush couches, is a separate sitting room with a TV, DVD player, and writing desk. You will also find a 2nd TV in the kitchen and 3rd TV in the Guest House master bedroom, all on Dish network. A docking station for your iPod is integrated into the sound system, which is wired to speakers throughout the Main House as well as all outside sitting areas.

For true relaxation there is a hot tub to lounge in and around. We also have a washer and dryer for your convenience as well as central air conditioning in the Main House and an evaporative swamp cooler in the Guest House.

We are located 3 minutes from Saguaro National Park West; 5 minutes from I-10; and 20 to 30 minutes from most of the city’s attractions, restaurants, and businesses, including all venues of The Tucson Gem Show, The Desert Museum, the University of Arizona, Arizona Museums, Pima Air and Space Museum, Northwestern Hospital, San Xavier du Bac church, downtown Tucson, all Northwest Tucson restaurants and shopping. In addition there are numerous golf courses, tennis clubs, horseback riding stables, and even ballooning to enjoy.

Within 1 to 2 hours you can reach Mt. Lemmon, Biosphere 2, Kitt Peak Observatory, the art community of Tubac, Nogales for a unique day in Mexico, Kartchner Caverns, Chiricahua National Monument, Tombstone, Bisbee, Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, and Phoenix, AZ. For your convenience, we are 1 mile from supermarkets, many local restaurants, Starbucks, a 10 plex movie theater, movie rentals, and Wal-Mart.

This is an ideal home for quiet private time, relaxed reading and writing, and as a base for some of the country’s most important Birding locations including Madera Canyon and Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge, as well as incredible hikes through the Saguaro National Parks, Sabino Canyon, Ventana Canyon, Pima Canyon, Catalina State Park, and other enticing locations. We even have a Petroglyph hike just 5 minutes from the house.

One well-behaved dog is welcome. This is a non-smoking home with a minimum age of 10 years for children.

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Gary Topper
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
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Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
December 20, 2016

About Gary Topper

We purchased this property as a second home but then decided to share the beauty of the Tucson desert surrounding us and our unique lifestyle with those that would truly appreciate this exquisite piece of Mother Earth.

Gary Topper purchased this house in 2005

Why Gary Topper chose Tucson & Southern Arizona

Welcome to Casa Encantada. The seclusion of this desert location, yet with the proximity to an incredible variety of sports, dining and cultural activities, will make your stay memorable. It is a magnificent personal retreat space and if you enjoy the art of the Americas your eyes are in for a great treat. You will leave enlivened and refreshed.

What makes this house unique

Every piece of the art has been personally chosen by us. The interior and exterior gardens have all been created and planted with an eye toward enjoying the exquisite shapes and colors from the Sonoran desert. If you come in spring you'll see breath-taking flowers and color. Yet, within minutes you can enjoy a tremendous variety of outdoor and cultural activities.


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Beautiful 3 BR Adobe on 3.5 Desert Acres, Mtn Views, Wildlife
average rating of 5.0 based on 25 reviews

Well-maintained and wonderfully decorated property

  • 5 of 5

Wonderfully secluded get away still very close to the amenities. Could not have been more pleased with the location and the ambience. Would definitely be on my list for a return stay to Tucson.

  • Submitted: Jan 14, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Lovely, relaxing vacation

  • 5 of 5

Everything noted by earlier reviewers is true! This is a lovely home in a magical setting. It’s decorated wonderfully, and fully equipped. The kitchen is the best equipped that we’ve ever found in a VRBO. The location is perfect - away from congestion, but close enough to get places. It’s a reasonable drive to downtown Tucson, or to the Sonora Desert Museum, for example. Quarry Pines golf course nearby is recommended for golfers. We enjoyed a great vacation here: wine on the deck at sunset; coffee in the morning at sunrise; a few dinners out; a lot of local sightseeing; and much, much relaxation.

  • Submitted: Apr 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for your review. We've done our best to share our home in a way the desert, the art and the beauty of Tucson can be appreciated in a unique way and in an environment that respects the land and the people of the Southwest.
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Lovely setting!

  • 5 of 5

The house was well-equipped and the grounds and surrounding views were lovely. Away from the crazy Tucson traffic, but near enough to restaurants, groceries, parks and the interstate for easy travel and exploring. We had great weather and enjoyed sunsets with a glass or two of wine. Also some great sunrises!

  • Submitted: Mar 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A Wonderful Ten Days in the Desert

  • 5 of 5

Casa Encantada is a beautiful home in a beautiful setting with a great location. Thank you, Gary, for sharing. We spent ten days there the end of April/beginning of May this year. The house itself is a marvelous classic adobe-style house dressed up with Barragan-inspired interior colors, a phantasmagorical mosaic in the bathroom and an extensive collection of wooden, clay and etc. figures, creatures and critters scattered throughout. The setting is lovely, the surrounding desert a superb mix of native plants with Sombrero Peak looming in the distance. We were lucky enough to be there when the Palo Verde were in bloom, so both the area around the house and the flanks of the mountains in the distance to the west and south were covered with their yellow blooms -- a truly marvelous time to be there. Of course we were in the hot tub every afternoon following busy days doing this and that. The kitchen was wonderful for cooking (with every pot, pan and gadget you could wish for), which we did every night but one with provisions from Food City, our favorite market. The master bedroom was comfortable and the living room perfect for evening reading (lounging and stretch-out space, well lit). All in all, a perfectly marvelous place to recover from an active day and spend a restful evening. We recommend Casa Encantada without reservation and look forward to returning.

  • Submitted: May 16, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Everything was wonderful! We spent a week here and enjoyed every minute. Gary was great in responding to emails about the house. We hope to come back again.

  • Submitted: Mar 30, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Casa Encantada is a truly beautiful place inside and out. All of the outside areas, garden and hot tub are amazing. The inside is full of unique artwork and very inviting and comfortable.

The location is perfect. Close to I-10, Saguaro National Park and all amenities you need.

Gary is a very kind and attentive host and we appreciate him sharing his wonderful home.

We will be back!

  • Submitted: Mar 24, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
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Nearest Airport
20 Miles
Tucson (Phoenix Airport - 1 1/2 hours)
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Throughout Tucson
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Highway 10
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
There are many great restaurants in Tucson
Nearest Point of Interest
Car: necessary

Visit the Tucson Gem Show, the Largest in the World, 20 Minutes from Our Home. Explore Within a One Day Drive Some of the Finest Birding Areas in the World, Nogales, Mexico, Kartchner Caverns, Organ Pipe National Monument and Chiricahua National Monument, the Grand Canyon, Flagstaff, Phoenix, AZ Plus Many Latino and Native American Events Throughout the Winter Season.


Rates & Availability

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Nov 1 2016 - May 31 2017
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning fee $185
Refundable damage deposit $350
Pet Fee $75

We have a 3 night minimum at $275 per night

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Tucson House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1800 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 1 - There are two sinks in the main house bathroom.
  • Double sink in main house bathroom.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 king
  • The main house has a king and queen bedroom, with a king bed in the casita.
  • Books ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rock climbing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Please do not hesitate to call or write with any questions.

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