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Charming home near U of A in magical garden 4 BR, 4BA, Jacuzzi & big pool & WIFI

Bedrooms 4
Space 2,201 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Main House 3 bedrooms, 3 baths; Guest House 1 bedroom, 1 bath (Sleeps 8 total)

This charming property centrally located in Tucson 10 minutes from the University of Arizona offers a private walled garden and a long front porch where you can sit or dine outside and enjoy the mountain views. The porch faces a large garden with majestic saguaros and a variety of citrus trees and native desert plant life. Enjoy the nonstop bird action and take a dip in the pool or jacuzzi.

This house was part of an artist's colony that was originally constructed in the early 1940's when this part of town was still completely undeveloped with virgin cactus and the lush desert oasis character that defines Tucson.

As Tucson evolved, the artist's colony was subdivided, but this property remained a rare 2/3’s acre lot that preserves a desert feel right in central Tucson !

We have kept the Tucson spirit alive in the house with antiques and art and a garden that still has a wild character to it.

The house sits on a little hill and is completely surrounded by a six foot fence, so it floats somewhat above the neighbourhood and gives unobstructed views to the north and east of the nearby Catalina mountains and foothills. A truly unique experience of an 'old Tucson' gem in northeast central Tucson that gives a feeling of privacy.

Sit on the front porch and enjoy the view of the Catalina Mountains, or take a dip in the luxurious stone-decked pool. The giant saguaro cacti, and we have four jumbos, are the main attraction of the garden (and one of the main reasons we bought the house!) They are ancient and majestic, and 150 years old plus. The saguaros and mediterranean trees, orange and lemon trees and roses invite birds of all sorts to this quiet natural sanctuary, where all the best Tucson attractions are at your fingertips. Also enjoy the luxury beds inside designed for a perfect sleep.

The property has a main house and a guest house. The main house has two master bedrooms, each with a king bed and its own attached bathroom with shower. There is a smaller bedroom with a queen bed and closet without an attached bathroom. However there is a third bathroom with its own shower in the main house off the living room. Each bedroom has its own door that opens on to the front or back garden. Hence four bathrooms total.

The guest house has a king bed, living room with its own cable tv, outside sitting area, and kitchen (refrigerator and microwave and seating area) The guest house has its own bathroom with shower.

Entirely walled, the property protects small children and dogs from wandering off the property. Access to the property is through two remote controlled/keypad operated entry gates.

The pool and oversized jacuzzi can be heated upon request and subject to weather conditions for an additional charge, see rates. In the wintertime we advise just heating the jacuzzi.

The side patio has a Weber propane grill and bar/seating area.

200 channels of Cox-provided cable television, broadband WiFi throughout the property (ethernet cable provided as well), DVD player, and a CD/tape stereo are provided, along with a decent library of CD’s. There is a large private library stocked with a variety of nonfiction and fiction titles. Not to mention a sizeable collection of Betty and Veronica and Archie comic books for the young ones.

Nest thermostat controlled heating/air conditioning in the main house via a powerful Trane HVAC unit recently installed.

There are various sitting areas around the property, including a sitting area in front of a Mexican cheminea for outside fires. Wood is provided, mesquite, eucalyptus, and white pine.

Ideally located just minutes from the University of Arizona, La Paloma and Lowes Ventana golf courses, the Tucson Tennis and Racquet Club, Refkin Tennis Center, Gem Show and Spring Training venues, it is also close to some of the city’s best restaurants and shopping places.

The house is 5-10 minutes from the Riilto Wash bike path, the longest bike path that cuts for 15 miles plus through the center of Tucson. We find biking on the streets around the house and over to the shopping/restaurants on Campbell very easy as the streets are unusually wide and have very little traffic. Its a 15-20 minute ride to the University of Arizona campus. A cyclist's paradise! Bike to the Riilto Park Saturday farmer's market or to the Roasting Sage Coffee shop.

Select grocery shopping at the Rincon Market /AJ's/Trader Joe's and the city’s best farmers’ market at St. Phillips Plaza. The new (and massive!) Whole Foods at River and Craycroft is 10 minutes from the house. Upscale dining options include Vivace, Hacienda del Sol and Acacia restaurant. And local favorite El Corral. Don't miss the antiques on Country club ..., and Sammy's Sonoran hot dog stand at Country Club and Grant.

Perfect for families with children. The large pool, big enough for laps, is designed to safety codes with surrounding fence and closing child-proof (5 and under) gate.

Convenient, affordable, and accessible day care options within ten minutes of the address.

Night-life at the historic Hotel Congress, Rialto Theater and Centennial Hall’s fine arts performances will keep you more than entertained. When you’re ready for adventure, take a day trip to Mt. Lemmon, Sabino Canyon or Saguaro National Park.

You will love the confort, privacy, and convenience of this wonderful Tucson vacation getaway.

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St. Francis Cabrini House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 2201 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Master Bedroom 1 - toilet , shower , Attached to Master Bedroom 1
    Master Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Master Bathroom 2 attached to Master Bedroom 2
    Main House Extra Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , Main house bathroom/shower, short walk from third bedroom.
    Guest House Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower , Bathroom and shower in guest house
  • The two master bedrooms each have an attached bathroom/shower. The smaller “third bedroom" has a separate extra bathroom shower off the living room. The guest house has its own bathroom shower
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Master Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Master bedroom with an attached bathroom and shower.
    Master Bedroom 2 - 1 king , Master bedroom with attached bathroom and shower.
    Guest House - 1 king , Separate guest house with own bathroom, kitchenette, shower
    Third Bedroom - 1 queen , Smaller bedroom with queen bed. Detached bathroom.
    Baby crib - 1 baby crib
  • King size memory foam beds (3) Queen size memory foam bed (1) Baby crib : fold up baby bed Gracko (1) LINEN IS PROVIDED with ONE BATH TOWEL AND ONE HAND TOWEL PER GUEST. POOL TOWELS ARE NOT PROVIDED.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Private Pool ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • racquetball
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Saguaros, roses, citrus, olive trees and a lot of birds in the large walled mediterranean garden, pathways throughout the garden and private outdoor seating areas. Pretty good library too! There are three resources close to the house worth mentioning. One is the Tucson Racquet Club on Country Club, less then ten minutes from the house. They have 35 courts, several pools, racquetball, gym, its open 24 hours a day/7 days a week, pro shop, racquet loaners, bar and restaurant, programs and camps/actitivities for KIDS. Its public and you can join for a day/week/month, really a great place! Second is the Jewish Community Center, the JCC. Its also less then 10 minutes from the house on River. Tennis courts, gyms, and lots of activities/camps, day care and afternoon care for kids. Also public (and you don't have to be Jewish!) Last is the Riilto Wash bike path just 10 minutes from the house, 15 miles long and paved. You can ride it to the Racquet Club or the Phillips/Riilto farmers markets.


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Charming home near U of A in magical garden 4 BR, 4BA, Jacuzzi & big pool & WIFI
average rating of 4.8333335 based on 36 reviews
Chicago Il.

This is a special place. A comfortable home in a landscaped desert compound with a huge pool.

  • 5 of 5

6 of us stayed here for a week. The place is big enough that we never felt on top of each other. The kitchen was very well equipped and there are numerous spots to eat--a front patio, a covered side patio, poolside, or in the house. Two of the large bedrooms in the main house have en suite bathrooms and there is a bath in the little detached house. We liked that! All of the beds were extremely comfortable. There's a large gas grill on the side patio that we used nightly. It was hot outside and the air conditioning worked extremely well. The pool was clean and well kept. Tom the manager responded promptly to our calls.

  • Submitted: Sep 2, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your review, and we appreciate your mentioning our property manager Tom who tries to respond so quickly to any house problems you might encounter, e.g. like the non-functional base of the pool umbrella that needed to be replaced! Thanks for understanding and please come visit again, all best!
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Wonderful, relaxing, artsy and embraces the Tucson spirit.

  • 5 of 5

This place is terrific. It has a personality, which I have found lacking in other VRBO rentals that feel like they just restocked from Costco. Nope, each piece of furniture, each plate and cup feel like they were chosen with an eye towards "Welcome". Owners and the property manager were more than clear in their expectations that they wanted us to be happy and enjoy their home and our time in it. Refreshing, relaxing. Would rent it again in a minute. Loved that they left bird seed so we could enjoy the birds while enjoying the beautiful garden from the patio.

I have one caution which doesn't apply to most people's concerns... one of our family members is in a wheel chair and I had planned for them to stay in the casita...but it turns out that the bathroom is not easily accessible due to a step up and down, and its small space. They stayed in the house and it was just fine. I'm sure if I had specifically asked this question, the owners would have said just that.

  • Submitted: Jan 2, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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El Paso, tx

beautiful place private yard

  • 3 of 5

The main house was comfortable, the yard was very enjoyable. The guest house was dated and in need of an upgrade on linens and bedding. There was one bed and two sofas neither one a sofa sleeper. Not what was offered. Overall enjoyed the use of your home. Thank you

  • Submitted: Nov 20, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Appreciate any feedback from guests as that’s how we know what to pay attention to! We’re getting there ourselves next week and will take a close look at the guest house! Its a pretty cool little casa off the main house. That said, knowing you were a bike group for El Tour de Tucson, we only offer linens for the four bedrooms and their three king (and one queen) beds. Its a problem if everyone in a large group of 8 has to have their own bed! Plus linens! We aren’t overly picky about extra (and sometimes unexpected guests). But we only offer sleeping accomodations as described in the listing. If you needed extra accomodations we would have told you there is, yes, a sleepable sofa (not a sofa bed) and large couch in the guest house, and we could have provided linens for such if you’d asked! That said, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to put a sleeper sofa in the guest house, we will try to do that. Please come again! Best regards!
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Magnifique sejour

  • 5 of 5

Un eden aux multiples oiseaux un vrai confort la nature au coeurde la ville

Un jardin extraordinaire avec ses sahuaros et arbres fruitiers et la grande piscine pour se rafraichir

Je reviendrai

  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Merci! A la prochaine...
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A home away from home

  • 4 of 5

It was wonderful to have the ability to get the family all together in one place to celebrate our daughter's graduation from the University of Arizona. The charming cactus gate opens up to two parking spaces and a very private yard with a lovely southwestern style garden. We loved waking up to the birds every morning and watching the baby quail run around with their parents was precious! Our favorite time of the day was the morning with the cooler temps and watching the sun come up over the tranquil garden with the beautiful Tucson mountains in the back ground. The pool was perfect to deal with the hotter temps in the afternoon and cool off. The covered patio/porch was a favorite gathering spot to eat, read, or just relax and watch the birds and listen to the wind chimes. The house was clean, the beds were comfortable, the kitchen was well equipped and with 4 bathrooms there were plenty of showers for every one to get ready for all of the graduation festivities:) The guest house from being all closed up had a musty smell not sure if that can be ventilated any better in between stays. And it would have been nice to have pool towels and an ironing board. Other than that we enjoyed the time together in the peaceful, desert oasis.

  • Submitted: May 19, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Another happy University of Arizona commencement, I think this was our sixth consecutive year hosting U of A families! The house is a ten minute (or less) drive from the U, so convenient for students and families alike. Thanks for your feedback and please visit again.
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Berthoud Co

Very relaxing home in Tucson!

  • 5 of 5

From the moment we drove through the gate we were delighted to see cactus in bloom. Even though the home is in the city you feel like you're in your own desert oasis. Sitting on the porch every morning and evening was such a pleasure. Watching many birds making their spring nests. Enjoying the pool or creating something in the funky, well stocked kitchen was a hoot too! Over all this place was just what the doctor ordered! Thank you for sharing your slice of heaven in the desert with others.

  • Submitted: May 4, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Speaks: english, french
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Calendar last updated:
February 21, 2018

About Robert

Tucson is our escape from cold and rainy northern climates. We enjoy it all year round. Christmas, Spring, even the hot summer! As owners we have spent a half dozen Christmases at the house, as well as staying in the house during the hot summer month of June, and the atmospheric monsoon months of July and August. The best kept secret about Tucson? Its great any month of the year!

Robert purchased this house in 2008

Why Robert chose St. Francis Cabrini

We love the convenient central location of this property and the magic of the house and grounds, filled with a peaceful spirit. The property combined easy access to central Tucson activities and life, but a sense of privacy as well with an inside/outside lifestyle that was immersed in nature. The mountain views are spectacular. We were a bit nervous to be isolated far outside of town or in the desert. We know our neighbors in the small community around us. The footprint of the property is almost half/2/3’s an acre, and to find a lot that big is rare in central Tucson. The house was part of an old artist's community built in the early 40's when literally nothing was around. The 150-200 year old saguaros which tower in the garden were there though, and the four of them on the property are rare. The saguaros sealed the deal for us. The property is completely fenced/walled, and sits up on a little hill from the street. From street level the top of the fence is almost 9 feet! So its very private and has the great, unobstructed mountain views.

What makes this house unique

The very large lot with mature desert landscaping make this home a relaxing private retreat. We were able to build an oversized pool area and jacuzzi because of the large lot. The entry gates make for maximum privacy and easy exit/entry. We hope our guests will enjoy it as much as we do.


Nearest Airport
11.5 Miles
Tucson International Airport
Nearest Golf
5.5 Miles
La Paloma Country Club
Nearest Restaurant
0.7 Miles
Le Rendez-vous
Car: recommended

The property is close to U of A.

Great child day care and activities in Tucson, e.g., the Jewish Community Center takes kids from all faiths and has great facilities and ongoing vacation and after school programs.

The Tucson Racquet Club is open to the public and just a 10 minute drive from the house, they have 35 courts, youth programs, gym, massage, adult exercise classes, restaurant and bar, etc., great ressource! We have many bike and triathlon teams stay at the house, the Riilto Wash bike path is less then a ten minute ride from the house and it cuts across the entire city in both east and west directions. Great ride up to the Phillips Square weekend market!


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $100 + Tax
Property Damage Protection $59
Cleaning $150 + Tax
Tax Rate 12.05%

Rental contract to follow

Pool Heat Upon request, payable in advance, subject to weather conditions, eg temps in fifties or below.
Pool heat : $50 per day, pool heat runs for 6 hours and heats to 84 degrees.
Jacuzzi heat: $20 /day, operated by a keypad at renter's discretion.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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