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Relax at Desert Dream w/Mountain Views, Pool & Nurturing Spa

Bedrooms 3
Space 2,000 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Sleeps 6. 3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, 2000 square feet.

Welcome to my 'Desert Dream' ~Vicki Butler, Owner

Your vacation starts with a very well appointed, fully furnished home. I have taken the time to provide you the things that make a house a home. Luxurious beds and linens, Direct TVs, hi-speed wireless Internet, washer, dryer, and a well equipped kitchen await you. As you move to the outside, the beautiful panoramic view of the Catalina Mountains serve as a backdrop for your private, saltwater pool & spa, outdoor dining, BBQ grill, covered patio, and elevated sun deck. Inside or out - life is but a dream.

As the owner of this home, I wanted to create a haven for myself and my family. Coming from Alaska, I find that Tucson not only warms my body, but my heart and soul. I come to rejuvenate, relax, and shed the burdens of daily life; and, let the calmness of the desert embrace me. It truly is my Desert Dream.

Things to Do: Enjoy hiking and biking the numerous mountain and city trails, or experience world class golf at one of the numerous golf clubs sprinkled throughout Tucson. Maybe you'd like to watch the desert bloom in the Spring! Or see the Arizona Diamondbacks during their Major League Spring Baseball Training. Come on down for the famous Tucson Gem & Mineral show, or visit the local wildlife and gardens at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum (my personal favorite!). Need more ideas: Tombstone, The Copper Creek Mine, Reid Park Zoo, Aircraft Boneyard, Biosphere II, and the beautiful 1700 Spanish Mission: San Xavier del Bac (another personal favorite of mine!). Want to cool off? See Tucson underground via Kartchner Caverns State Park or Colossal Cave Mountain Park. Or just stay home and plunge into the salt water pool, or enjoy a relaxing massage from the spa. Afterall, it is your 'Desert Dream.'

Where to eat.: There are so many restaurants sprinkled about Tucson. Want to stay close to home? There is plenty of offerings at the Thunder Canyon Brewery at the Foothills Mall - I like to go there for their tasty burgers! Stationed at the curb in front of Walmart off of LaCholla is the World Sports Bar & Grill. Here you can enjoy a meal and watch your favorite sports team offered on one of their many T.V.s Interested in pizza or a sandwich? Try another personal favorite of mine, Sauce, located on the corner of Ina & N. Oracle Road. Right next door you can stop in for a desert of gelato at Frost (voted #1 as Tucson's favorite gelato). Looking to celebrate a special evening? Then Wildflower may be the place to go! Do make reservations ahead of time during peak season's. If you were to ask me what is my #1 favorite place for breakfast or lunch? Then I would hands down tell you to go to Tohuno Chul Bistro (located off of Ina), where you can sit outside under the shade of an umbrella, and enjoy a delicious meal while watching the local wildlife flit about the flowers and tree's. I consider Tohuno Chul to be the butterfly and humming bird haven!

Looking to explore a little further out? You could head down to the University area and taste all of the sandwich shops and exotic fare. Or go downtown for Cafe Poco Cosa with its imaginative Mexican cuisine. The J Bar Lounge or La Pasada for happy hour with a view. Other popular hits are the La Encantada Mall for Ra (sushi), NoRTH (modern Italian cuisine), Blancos (tacos & tequila), Blue Fin (seafood) and you can always pop into AJ's (excellent fine foods grocer). For the best pancakes in town, you've got to drive down to BoBo's - the all American greasy spoon. Try Frank's for breakfast with an attitude. Viavace is always a top dining choice.

And don't forget your own backyard. Fire up the BBQ and throw some steaks or seafood on the grill.

More Details

Vicki Butler, Owner
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
October 15, 2017

About Vicki Butler, Owner

Living in Alaska for 30 years, it was time for me to find a place to warm up and feel the sun in my face. Currently travel and teach classes & workshops for meditation, crystals, essential oils, and more!

Vicki Butler, Owner purchased this house in 2009

Why Vicki Butler, Owner chose Casas Adobes

When I visited Tucson, I fell instantly in love! With an abundant amount of sunshine almost daily, the beauty of the surrounding mountains, the desert plant life, and the amazing wildlife - it was easy to choose Tucson as my vacation destination.

What makes this house unique

This home has been crystal gridded for easy releasing of stress, family harmony, relaxation, and joy! Time and again I received emails sharing that the families had plans to tour the city, and fell so much in love with the property they decided to stay and enjoy the pool and the view!


The Bluffs House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Town
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Filtered Water
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Shampoo
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Water Cooler
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Master Bath - toilet , tub , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Master Bedroom - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
  • The master bedroom comes complete with a luxurious king size pillowtop mattress and high quality luxury linens. View the Catalina Mountains and the sparkling pool from your bay window. Wake up each morning to beautiful sunrises right from your bed. Master bath has garden tub, shower, dual vanities, walk-in closet, ceiling fan, and plenty of room to retreat for that afternoon nap. Bedrooms 2 and 3 have the same quality linens, with one King size and one Queen Size pillowtop bed. They share the hall bath.
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Pool Table
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Beach Towels
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • 10 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • roller blading
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • tennis
Designed to be your home away from home. Very relaxing, very accommodating. Desert Dream puts you at ease the minute you walk in the door. You will spend as much time outdoors as you do indoors. The fantastic Catalina Mountains, your outdoor gas BBQ grill, sparkling pool and hot tub await you and your family. The kitchen comes well appointed and stocked with basic spices, and supplies. Stop by our two grocery stores (Albertson's is within a mile, Safeway or Fry's is only 2.3 miles away (opposite directions on Thorneydale) and you are set. Or take advantage of our variety of nearby restaurants.


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average rating of 4.948718 based on 39 reviews

....once you go into the backyard you never want to leave!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Desert Dream while in Oro Valley for our son's wedding. It was perfect! The view is one of the best in the Valley ....once you go into the backyard you never want to leave! It was so easy to relax and instantly settle into vacation mode. We had everything we could possibly need and really felt like it was a second home. The location is beautiful, and the neighborhood is very quiet. The house is clean, beds and linens super comfy. Very convenient location with lots of stores and restaurants easily accessible. We love that the area has a Whole Foods nearby. We had great local food at Harvest Restaurant, tasty brunch outdoors at Tohono Chul Gardens, excellent sandwiches at Beyond Bread, and delicious pizza at Z Pizza! We loved getting up early and enjoying the beautiful pool, view and watching the variety of wild life and birds in the desert. We are so grateful to the owner, Vicki, she was a pleasure to work with and was very prompt with replies. Thank You, Vicki!

  • Submitted: Jun 6, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wonderful Katy! I'm so happy your family had such a relaxing time while enjoying the pool, nature and all that Tucson offers! It was a pleasure having your family stay at Desert Dream. Congratulations to your son and his new wife! All My Best, Vicki
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Better than the photos!

  • 5 of 5

Really comfortable house all around, beds, furniture, decorations all good quality. Kitchen and everything else well equipped. The natural salt made the hot tub pool experience much more enjoyable. The pool table was good fun. For five adults, felt like the home had just the right amount of everything. The area around the home was amazingly quite both day and night, great for walks or runs, very little traffic.

The view from back yard great day or night.

  • Submitted: Oct 18, 2017
  • Stayed: Oct 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Relaxing Stay

  • 5 of 5

Desert Dream is a beautiful home ideally located for exploring Tucson and area, close to shops and walking trails. The villa has everything you need and is very clean with good quality furnishings, Vicki is very responsive to queries. The spa and pool are beautifully placed to view the surrounding landscape in a peaceful setting. Highly recommend this villa best in Tucson!

  • Submitted: Oct 15, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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The property was a desert dream! Well kept and maintained.

  • 5 of 5

The owner was excellent to work with. The views are just amazing, you can sit by the pool and watch the sunrise. Anything and everything is available to use. My family will be coming back.

  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm so happy you enjoyed your stay at Desert Dream! I look forward to hearing from you the next time you travel to Tucson. ~Vicki, Owner
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5 stars.

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful home. Enjoyed the pool and hot tub. In a nice quiet neighborhood. Loved our time there.

  • Submitted: Jul 12, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

I am hopeful that someone will read this review and be able to enjoy Vicki's hospitality. She is very courteous. We have used VRBO and similar entities numerous times. The home is very nice. The neighborhood is quiet. Our son tried to set a record number of times a human being dunked in a hot tub in a week. It is easy to recommend a stay here. Many thanks to Vicki for her hospitality.

  • Submitted: May 23, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
25 Miles
Tucson International Airport
Nearest Barpub
2.3 Miles
Fox and Hound, Thunder Canyon Brewery
Nearest Golf
0.6 Miles
Omni Tucson National Golf Course
Nearest Motorway
6.1 Miles
Car: necessary

Welcome to 'Desert Dream'. Enjoy a full panoramic view of the Catalina Mountains from your covered patio. Colorful sunsets and brilliant sunrises await you. Prepare your meals from the outdoor BBQ or from the fully appointed kitchen. Plunge into the pebble tec/salt water pool or enjoy a relaxing massage from the spa. After all, it is your 'Desert Dream'.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $135

--Pool Heat $300/week (Optional)

--Cleaning Fee, Add $50 ($185) for 7 occupants (upon approval only)

**Gem Show rates 2014: $1695 per week, 7 day minimum (Jan. 28, 2016 to Feb. 12th, 2017)

-- Thanksgiving & Christmas require a minimum 7 night stay

A mid-stay cleaning charge of $125.00 will be added to stays of one month or longer.

--$200 Security Deposit

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.