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Sonoran Desert Get Away

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


About the property

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

The home is located in the Diamond Bell Ranch development 19 miles south of Tucson off of Hwy. 86. In the 1970's the ranch was divided into one and one half acre lots. This 2000 sq ft. home is nestled in the saguaro cactus and mesquite trees with spectacular views of Kitt Peak and the Baboquivari Mountain range.

Nearby attractions include the International known Sonoran Desert Museum, Old Tucson, the National Observatory at Kitt Peak, the San Xavier Mission and many, many more.

The home is ideally located for walking, hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding or just sitting and listening to the quiet. The wildlife is abundant in the mornings and evenings with breathtaking views of the endless night sky filled with stars.

In the flavor of the Wild, Wild, West - this home is decorated in western decor so come and kick off your boots and enjoy the southwest atmosphere.

Keywords: casita, southwestern retreat

More Details

Jim or Sandra
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 17, 2018

Why Jim or Sandra chose Diamond Bell Ranch

WE have always loved the Sonoran Desert and have visited for the last 25 years. We built a home in 2000 and have split our time between here and our other home in Oregon. This property came available in 2008 and we just had to incorporate it with our existing property

What makes this house unique

WE enjoy the abundant sunshine and excellent weather that the desert offers. We enjoy the wild life that roams here. We also love the hiking and year round outside activities.

Guestbook comments from the owner

My family and I recently stayed in the casita in Diamond Bell Ranch about 20 miles west of Tucson. The location was beautiful and peaceful. It was a quiet respite from our busy city lives. The casita was just the right size for our family to have room to spread out and have plenty space for meals and fun. The enclosed porch was a perfect playroom and additional eating space for the grandkids. We loved sitting outside drinking our coffee in the mornings and just enjoying the amazing view and the desert creatures that graced our yard. There is a nice grill and eating area outside as well.

Our hosts were very outgoing and helpful and made the stay more enjoyable. If we needed anything all we had to do was call and it was there.

On top of all the amenities, the southwestern decorations and landscaping completed the package.

This is our second stay. We loved it so much that our son asked if we could all get together here again every couple of years. It was the perfect place for us to come and relax and reconnect. I highly recommend it and give it 5 stars!

Mary C.

Cincinnati, Ohio

October, 2016
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Diamond Bell Ranch House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • 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
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (2)
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • churches
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
HORSE BACK RIDING: For bookings and other inquires call : GOOD SHEPHARD RANCH land line 520-822-3105 or cell phone 520-990-2041. This ranch is about 5miles from rental location.


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(26 traveler reviews)

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average rating of 5.0 based on 27 reviews

This home is beautiful, inside and out; It has a very peaceful & relaxing atmosphere surrounding it.

  • 5 of 5

We truly enjoyed our stay in Jim and Sandy’s guest home. It was a pleasure meeting both of them, as they are very kind, and generous people. They have done an awesome job making this house a place someone can call home, even for a short time. My family and I stayed for 8 days total. Every day my children told me they wanted to move there. We loved the layout of the home. It’s so spacious, but didn’t leave us feeling isolated from each other. We absolutely loved the beautiful backyard; complete with brick walkways, sitting areas, a gas grill, and patio table. It was perfect for enjoying the warm weather, morning sunrises, and evening sunsets of the Southwest. On our third day, we drove past a heard of deer feeding along our driveway. As we got out of our van, my boys and I walked slowly towards them with our cell phones in hand to get some pictures and a video. To our surprise they tolerated our curiosity; some even resuming their feeding. One was a young buck, the others were does; about seven total I believe. Although we had a lot of activities planned, and family to visit in the Tucson area, we always enjoyed coming back to this comfortable home at the end of the day. Thank you so much, Jim and Sandy, for sharing your guest home with us! We look forward to returning one day. Angela

  • Submitted: Dec 10, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the kind words and happy you enjoyed your stay. Come see us anytime.
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San Bernardino mountains

A Great Place to Stay!

  • 5 of 5

My self and wife, 24yo son, and wife's parents stayed at Jim and Sandy's house for our annual Thanksgiving week vacation. Upon getting close to arriving I contacted Jim and he told me how to get into the house as they were out to dinner. We got in easily and started unloading supplies. There was even a fresh homemade loaf of banana bread on the kitchen counter and a bottle of wine! After a short while, Jim and Sandy showed up and welcomed us to their rental home. Jim took me around to show me the amenities, washer/dryer, etc. while Sandy chatted with the rest of the gang.

This house is very welcoming and well laid out. Lots of recliners and the sofa was actually comfortable. The enclosed sun porch was a great place to enjoy my morning coffee. The kitchen is well stocked and it's incredibly easy to find everything. The bedrooms were spacious and the beds comfortable. My wife and I kept our bedroom windows open all night and listened to the coyotes howling in the distance. We woke to the sounds of the many different kinds of birds waking up with us. Overall there is a great sense of silence outside with the only sounds those of nature. We never needed the heater or air conditioning but we did have several cozy DuraLog fires in the fireplace.

We went for several walks on the trails and roads, visited the Kitt Peak National Observatory nearby and I enjoyed spending some time wandering around with my camera. There is a mini-mart in nearby 3 Points as well as a couple of dollar stores and a hardware store. We visited with Jim and Sandy a few times. They are very friendly and really want your stay to be enjoyable. I got the sense that they would let us take the lead in just how much interaction with them there was even though they are just across the street.

Overall a fantastic stay in the Arizona desert!

  • Submitted: Nov 30, 2016
  • Stayed: November 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Quebec, Canada

First Visit to Arizona

  • 5 of 5

We are so pleased we chose your Diamond Bell home for our stay in this area. Not only were our evenings special as we looked out over the desert to Kitt Peak and watched as the stars slowly appeared, a highlight after a day of touring, but the house itself was an attraction. I loved: the photo of the cowboy legs, the huge dream catcher, the Cowboys over the mantel, the lasso, the miner's lamp, the....... (Why did I start listing the art pieces! There are too many that catch my fancy); then there are are first class details, from the towel holders to the Proctor & Gamble box to hold the towels. My husband and I are in the Calamity Jane room and I am charmed by all the whimsical decorations from the child size cowboy boots, children's books to the child's hand drawn picture of the 3 horses. They make me smile every day.

We have rented homes in other states and in Canada but none have had such a well equipped kitchen. Wonderful! We toasted you when we drank the "cowboy" wine and munched on the pistachios. We fought over the last pieces of your banana bread and agreed that it would be a fond memory of our stay.

It's true that the house is located some distance from some of the sites (although the Sonora Desert Museum is quite close) but we didn't find this a problem because the house was so perfect.

We are so flattered that we are trusted with the care of your desert home.

  • Submitted: Apr 15, 2015
  • Stayed: March 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Warm rural nature-filled NIRVANA!

  • 5 of 5

If you're looking for glitzy nightlife, accessible restaurants, shopping galore then this place is NOT for you. But if a quiet, nature-filled, laid back setting with awesome hosts appeals, then this location will become your favorite! Though a 20 mi. drive from downtown Tucson this charming, western motif, well appointed, immaculate 3-bedroom home will be your escape after a busy day sightseeing. A fenced yard with outdoor seating to enjoy a BBQ while watching an awesome sunset or viewing wildlife from the confines of this charming casita will make you pinch yourself. There are not enough superlatives to describe this great vacation home as well as the warm welcome and helpfulness from its owners - complete with fresh muffins upon arrival!

  • Submitted: Apr 6, 2015
  • Stayed: March 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Desert Shangri-la

  • 5 of 5

I feel lucky to have found this casita out of thousands of rentals in the Tucson area. Read these reviews and they are consistently accurate. One of the owners, Sandy designed this house with her love of Western art. Both Jim and Sandy pay attention to every guests needs or requests. They are personable and treat you like friends as soon as you arrive. But if you want privacy and your personal space, they guarantee that as well.

The house was immaculately clean everywhere. I took my shoes off and put slippers on because the tiled floor was so colorful and clean. I didn't want to change that appearance. Everything functioned well, I couldn't say anything negative here except the house is starting to book up quite a bit in advance. I had to look for another place to live in the future because I love the location so much. The coyotes really do howl here and there but don't bother you. I enjoyed sitting in the sunroom and listened to the birds, watched the Javalinas visit, saw the Mule Deer browsing and was humored by the activity of the Roadrunners. There were fleeting Hummingbirds and cooing Mourning Doves.

I drove from the house to the Tucson downtown exit in 25 minutes. It was wonderful to have such peace yet close accessibility to Tucson. The Diamond Bell Ranch neighborhood consists of nice homes and I always felt safe.

Overall great hospitality. Sandy baked some blueberry muffins for me that were delicious. Great to have waiting for me on my first morning.

  • Submitted: Mar 13, 2015
  • Stayed: February 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Saint Paul, MN

Excellent stay!

  • 5 of 5

This home is beautiful, spacious, inviting, and I would highly recommend it to anyone traveling to Tucson. The home was fully stocked, clean, and Jim and Sandy were helpful and wonderful proprietors. The price really doesn't do the home justice--you are getting an incredible bargain when you stay at Diamond Bell. We saw deer, heard coyotes, took great walks in the desert and saw all kinds of wildlife. Comfortable rooms, two large bathrooms, we will definitely stay here again.

  • Submitted: Jan 5, 2015
  • Stayed: December 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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ATV allowed with proper licensing in Arizona. Miles of off road activity just minutes away




Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $300
Cleaning Fee $125
Wi-F1 $20

Additional Refundable Security Deposit: $300.00 Refundable Security Deposit Due On Conformation of Reservations.

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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