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Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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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.: Ahhhh...where to eat? How do I begin? Do you head down to the University area and taste all of the sandwich shops and exotic fare? Or go downtown for Cafe Poco Cosa - imaginative Mexican cuisine? Or hit the nearby Thunder Canyon Brewery or World Sports Grill? The J Bar Lounge or La Pasada for happy hour with a view. Hit 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. Number #1 choice for the ladies - choose from Sauce or Wildflower. And don't forget your own backyard. Fire up the BBQ and have some steaks on the grill.

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Vicki Butler, Owner
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 3, 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, and then as my home.

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!


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(31 traveler reviews)

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average rating of 4.935484 based on 31 reviews

Great view and home.

  • 5 of 5

The property was in very good shape and everything was in good working order. The pool was great and we enjoyed the view!

  • Submitted: Nov 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect Stay in a Perfect Home

  • 5 of 5

Our stay at Desert Dream was wonderful. Vicki, the owner was so easy to work with. She is very friendly and answered all my questions. The house itself is beautiful, clean and well-maintained. I am quite picky on where we stay and this place exceeded my expectations. My family of five, which included 3 young children, were very comfortable in the home. It is very child-friendly. The bedrooms and open living spaces were just perfect. My kids got spoiled with the big queen and king beds in their rooms! We thoroughly enjoyed the pool and hot tub. I appreciated the fact that the back door had an extra latch so that younger children could not get out to the pool by themselves. The view in the backyard was gorgeous. We loved seeing the stars at night, my husband wished he had his telescope! We were very relaxed at the house which was what we needed. The kitchen is fully stocked, and the house itself was too, with extra sheets, towels, laundry detergent, bathroom necessities etc. There were lots of stores and restaurants nearby which was so convenient. Yet, when you're at the house you feel like you're secluded from the rest of the world. I could have just sat outside by the pool for hours taking in the natural environment. We did go to the Arizona Sonoran Desert Museum one day, which was great but my kids kept asking to go back home because they wanted to go swimming and just hang out! I highly recommend this home to anyone. Thank you Vicki for sharing your beautiful and relaxing home.

  • Submitted: Mar 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Desert Dream provided just the right combination..

  • 4 of 5

I was extremely blessed to discover Vicki's Desert Dream in Oro Valley, AZ this past Feb!! I invited a few friends and family to celebrate my 65th birthday with me and this property was ideal!

The house is beautifully decorated and easily sleeps 6-7 depending on use of an inflatable mattress, if needed. The pool and spa welcomed us each day after a busy schedule of shopping, visiting, sight seeing. Desert Dream is an easy drive to everywhere.

The total property is well appointed with everything one has come to expect from a HomeAway property. Thank you for the great experience, Vicki and company!

  • Submitted: Mar 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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A gem in desert

  • 5 of 5

Amazing views, with a sunset depicting a whole palette of colors over the Santa Catalina mountains; a clean, well maintained, fully stocked house ready to welcome you; a safe and quiet neighborhood, completely immune to traffic noise and the hustle and bustle of the city, yet close to a vaste range of shopping and dining options. And let's not forget the unique commitment of the managers, Todd and Stacey, always happy to go the extra mile to accommodate the guests. Highly recommended for a restful vacation.

  • Submitted: Aug 22, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Desert dreaming

  • 5 of 5

We've rented many vacation homes in the US over a long period of time, and this was definitely one of the very best. The home is in a beautiful setting, the desert just beyond the back fence allowed us to spent countless hours watching wildlife (round-tailed squirrels, quails, hummingbirds, rabbits), the peacefulness let us just listen to the breeze. The pool was delightful (we paid for it to be heated, I'd recommend that) and we were in it every single day.

The property was very clean and well-maintained and oh, the internet worked first time and was fast and reliable! That meant a whole lot to us, as my mum was seriously ill while we were away, and it enabled us to be in constant touch with things at home.

It was a pleasure to deal with Vicki, the owner, she responded to our queries very quickly. Todd manages the property locally, and was very helpful before our stay, again quickly answering any questions we had and letting us know that he was available during our stay for help or advice. We didn't need to contact him!

Would definitely recommend the property and area. Thanks Vicki and Todd!

  • Submitted: Apr 10, 2013
  • Stayed: Mar 2013
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A comfortable and wonderful home!!

  • 5 of 5

Our family so enjoyed this comfortable home during our stay in Tucson for our granddaughter's gymnastic competition at AU. The weather was very cool, but sunny and bright. Family members flew in from WA, CA, and NM. We would recommend this Desert Dream vacation home.

  • Submitted: Jan 17, 2013
  • Stayed: Jan 2013
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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

The Bluffs House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Winter Continued
Jan 3 2017 - Jan 27 2017
7 night minimum stay
Jan 28 2017 - Feb 12 2017
7 night minimum stay
Spring 2017
Feb 13 2017 - May 13 2017
7 night minimum stay
Summer 2017
May 14 2017 - Sep 2 2017
3 night minimum stay
Fall 2017
Sep 3 2017 - Nov 17 2017
3 night minimum stay
Winter 2017
Nov 18 2017 - Jan 26 2018
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

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)

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

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The Bluffs House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq. ft.
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
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Water Cooler
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking 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 or 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
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • 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
  • 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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