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Exquisite Western Home with Expansive Views of Tonto

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

House, 4 Bedrooms, 2.5 bath (sleeps 9) + Guest Casita

Come stay in the lap of luxury 'Western Style'. From the moment you enter the property grounds you will be struck by the natural beauty of your surroundings. From the babbling stream to the lush plantings you will want to spend time here. Enter this designer home furnished with upgrades galore.

The gourmet kitchen boasts all Viking appliances, granite counter tops furniture-like cabinetry. Decorated with antiques, western decor and saddles. Enjoy your meal next to the gas fireplace.

Enter the well appointed living room with expansive views of the forest. Relax in front of the 48' TV and enjoy another gas fireplace.

The Master bedroom is a true retreat to the Saltillo tiled and decorated for a genuine western experience. Upon entering you will be in a sitting area with 42' flat screen TV and bee hive gas fireplace, down two steps to the king bed that over looks the forest as well. Savor your cup of coffee while viewing nature first-hand at the table and enjoy the solitude.

The bathrooms are exquisitely appointed. Mexican tile in the master with a claw foot tub and marble bowl and counter top in the unique powder room.

The other bedrooms are equally as nice, outfitted with a queen, double and twin.

There is a gas barbeque and Kiva fireplace and table for your outdoor dining pleasure on the lower patio/pool area.

There is a two bedroom self contained casita (guest house) available as well - just ask. This can be rented separately from the main house.

The horse set up means you can saddle up your favorite pony and ride the more than 5 million acres of the Tonto National Forest we border. Access it directly from the mare motel. Plenty of space to park you horse trailer/s, RVs, boats or Quad trailers.

If you don't 'cotton' to riding horses, ride your ATVs, hike or mountain bike to the near by petroglyphs.

Keywords: Remote, secluded, quiet residence,

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Jim Humphrey
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
November 19, 2017

About Jim Humphrey

I built this home for my family. The kids are grown and we are ready to share it with visitors who can appreciate the seclusion and unique views of the Sonoran desert. From here we enjoy walks on the desert, Indian ruins and petroglyphs, and all a major metropolitan center has to offer with 20 minutes or so.

Why Jim Humphrey chose New River

We were looking for a special place to build, on the edge of the desert in the Cave Creek area. We sent out 20 letters to land owners with property on the edge of the national forest and one owner responded, who had ten acres he would sell. Over the years I have enjoyed creating a desert oasis where the birds and wildlife come to feed and water. It is a unique location that any nature lover is sure to enjoy. There is a huge selection of native plants, cactus and trees surrounding the home and casita.

What makes this house unique

This is our home. We have enjoyed it every day of the last 15 years. When we have visitors, we know they are enjoying the seclusion, the views and the wildlife as well as the pleasures of the house itself (some say it is like a museum)

Guestbook comments from the owner

Second time here...just as wonderful. Thank you Jim!Being familiar with your paradise made it no less amazing! I'm wondering how long we could spend here before we missed home :) Thank you for inviting us to try a grapefruit from your new tree - it was amazing and a first for us tasting fresh picked citrus! Your birds, home, landscaping & scenery captured us as it did last year. Many thanks, forever grateful!
Mar 2016
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New River House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 9
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • King size beds (1) In master, Queen size Beds (1) In guest bedroom and sofa queen in Fish room (office), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Queen hide a bed in (Fish Room) office, Bunk Beds (1) Twin and a full in Cowboy Room
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Game Console ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Private Pool ...
  • nude beach
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • horseback riding
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • rock climbing


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Exquisite Western Home with Expansive Views of Tonto
average rating of 5.0 based on 32 reviews

An Arizona Experience

  • 5 of 5

This house is pure Arizona with all the luxuries of home. The outdoor living space was where we spent most of our times, even the kids were enamored with the gardens. Everything we could need was available. I would highly recommend this location if you are looking for quiet, relaxation, and a desert experience.

  • Submitted: May 5, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Warwick, RI

Great house, great area!

  • 5 of 5

Just a wonderful place to stay when visiting the Cave Creek area! The whole family loved the pool/hot tub, and beautiful views. The house was very well appointed and very comfortable....great western themed decor. Plenty of wild life to watch while having your morning coffee. Would definately stay here again.

  • Submitted: Apr 19, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great place to spend some time

  • 5 of 5

What a wonderful home in a fantastic setting and really just a short drive to lots of great places. Our kids loved the pool and my wife and I really enjoy sitting watching the birds from the patio in the mornings. And the back drop of the Tonto National Forest is incredible, there are so many things to do right here we wish we would have booked a longer stay. We got really lucky and the weather was perfect the whole time. We would highly recommend this to anyone, the home is very spacious and our kids felt very comfortable the first day.

  • Submitted: Apr 8, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Stunning tranquil getaway

  • 5 of 5

Gorgeous home and property. Perfect place to get away and refresh. Outdoor lovers paradise. Definitely worth the trip and can't wait to return for more R&R.

  • Submitted: Mar 9, 2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Nature Lovers Paradise

  • 5 of 5

If you want a quiet, serene location with big views that just don't quit, this is it. Words can not truly express this oasis. The owner is an experienced gardener, no need to go see the desert plant botanical gardens, as it is all right here for you to enjoy in the yard hour after hour. Plus the Tonto park starts right where the backyard ends, so the back yard really never ends until it finds the mountains in all directions miles away. Literally thousands of cacti in any direction you look.

Nature walks start at your back door with easy walking, biking, and hiking trails. More challenging trails can be found too. Bird life abounds here, with regular hummingbird visits all day. Lots of wildlife to see for those with a keen eye, always something moving or making sounds so you always have something to entertain you.

Plenty of room and privacy in the spacious house for everyone, with tons of windows to enjoy the views. Ample decorations throughout to allow you to browse like a museum. Kitchen is well equipped with practically every tool you could need. Bedrooms are spacious with comfortable beds. There are no street lights in the neighborhood, so it is dark at night, but there is plenty of outdoor ambient lighting to make for short strolls around the property, with star gazing country style.

Night life is crickets and coyote howls, with back yard sunsets that go on for hours.

The back yard is sloped with flat areas, and nice brick pathways down to the pool and spa areas. Some might find the slope to much if you are not sure footed. With the amount of cacti little ones which have not learned to not touch will be teary eyed.

Lots of groceries and restaurants to choose from starting about 20 minutes away, so a car is a must.

We found it hard to leave, and we want to come back, repeatedly.

  • Submitted: Mar 29, 2015
  • Stayed: March 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The Best of Arizona's Desert

  • 5 of 5

If you want to experience the best kept secret in our state visit the Tonto Forest and stay at Jim's beautiful main house or in his casita. We have lived in Arizona for 40 years . Our adult children have grown up here and love the outdoors. We all had a wonderful reunion at TontoRanch. We rented both the house and the casita for our group. I can't say enough wonderful things about the owner, his property, the views, and Tonto Forest. We hiked and went mountain biking and enjoyed the views from the houses. If you are not familiar with this area, this is a unique desert experience. Thanks for a wonderful vacation.

  • Submitted: Feb 13, 2015
  • Stayed: November 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Petroglyphs within 1 3/4-2 miles, thousands of Saguaro cacti just out side your door step, great hiking, bike and horse trails


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $750
Cleaning fee $200

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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