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JUST PERFECT PRIVATE HOME Super Views, Pool/Spa, not a Villa, PRIVATE & FUN!

Bedrooms 2
Space 2,300 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Lovely, comfortable home. Exceptional privacy and views! Perfect retreat.

My home is conveniently located in Carefree/Cave Creek AZ, surrounded by 22 acres of land preserve. It is a easy walk to many restaurants and attractions both in Carefree and in Cave Creek. Of course you need a car, but in reality you really do have a very easy walk to town and could go without. This is a single private house, not a villa or condo. Painted Carefree is very clean and tidy. We take pride in providing many amenities. The house has everything for cooking, for enjoying. Just bring your food and beverages, everything else is provided.

My home is bright and airy and in great condition. It is comfortable and "user friendly", the privacy amazing. Outdoor living at its very best, cannot be more comfortable and private. My home is very easy to maintain. Neighbors call it the HAPPY HOUSE. Viewed from our private back patio are, javalina, quail, coyote, bobcats, desert fox, road runners, jack rabbits and mule deer are seen regularly at our natural watering hole or frolicking in Galloway wash. A mountain lion has been seen as well. (Wish there was a photograph). There is a 360 degrees of Mountain views and the very best Arizona sunsets. The home is located in the heart of Carefree, but one feels like they are way out in the desert because of being surrounded by 22 acres of land trust.

The house is situated on 2+ acres with a privacy wall that surrounds the pool and outdoor living area that can be enjoyed day or night. I am very proud of my home and keep it immaculate , organized and personal.

There is a Living room / dining area / TV room and workable, well equipped kitchen. Master bedroom has king sized bed, master bath, walk in closet and a private bedroom patio. The mattress is foam.

A comfortable King bed in the guest room can be separated into twin beds upon request. We launder both mattress pad and pillow protectors after each and every stay.

Enjoy romantic, starry Arizona nights from the pool, patio or around the outside bee hive fireplace. Great outside dining area. Well landscaped, most enjoyable. Wonderful for entertaining. Wonderful for relaxing. Wonderful for private sunbathing.

Enjoy horseback riding, biking, spring baseball training, golf, hiking, all are within close proximity . We are located in the north end of the Valley of the Sun, anything that Phoenix or Scottsdale has to offer is no further than an hour away or less. Sedona Az. is a good hour north. Tonto National Forest, Bartlett Lake 15-30 minutes east. A great location for city access and real desert living and exploring. Great hikes to indian ruins and parks (Spur Cross, Tonto National Park, Browns Ranch). All very close. Within walking distance is the post office, grocery store, farmers market, very fine dining, cowboy dining, wine bars, shops and local live music.

Just a Gem! You won't go wrong! And we will make every effort to make sure you are happy.

Written by a former tenant! PLEASE READ

The Carefree Life

The thermometer read just fifty two

And my wife, who’s not a moaner,

Said “Take me away to somewhere warm,

I’ve never been to Arizona.”

So I searched the Net for several hours,

You have to tread warily, see?

But in the end I found us a place,

And its name was Painted Carefree.

There was no doubt, we had to go

And explore the state of Arizona.

A couple of emails, and we’re already friends

With Susan, the property owner.

Four days in Flagstaff to acclimatize

Then we drove down the I 17,

Finding the house was easy because

It’s the most colorful house to be seen.

The painted house was cool, I mean cool(!),

Full of art and rugs and treasures

And so was the pool, in a watery way,

We could splash around there at our leisure.

We were keen to film the wildlife,

And there, just over the wall

Were Mr. and Mrs. Javelina,

With their baby, all stripey and small.

Then came a wily coyote

Strolling along by the wash

It was all so terribly exciting,

What else would we see, oh my gosh!

But later that day, close up to the lens

Was the prettiest thing you could look at,

Taking a drink, with its whiskers all wet.

Was a shy and magnificent bobcat!

We’ve had our fun, enjoyed the sun

There’s been so much to attract us

We loved the hills and critters too

And the amazing saguaro cactus.

The time has come to pack our bags

With a feeling of deflation,

But it’s been just great, a memorable time

What a wonderful vacation!

P & D G, Cambridge, UK

‘By the time we get to Phoenix we’ll be cryin’………

More Details

Susan L. M. Smith
Member since: 2010
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english, spanish, We will work out any language barrier .
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 20, 2018

About Susan L. M. Smith

Featured in the photo is Susan on the left and Teri on the right. I, Susan, am a outdoor type person. Love animals, love to garden, love great food, love to have fun. You will recognize all these passions at my lovely home!

Teri is my manager and great friend. She is an Arizona native and knows her away around like no other. She takes extreme pride in caring for Painted Carefree and our guests.

My home in Carefree is very special to us. We take the best care of it that we can. We want your vacation to be personal. Please feel free to contact us for your needs and for anything that makes you as content as possible. We aim to please you and to make this a fun, relaxing great experience for you. And it is really well kept. We are very serious about the beds and linens. Have fun!

Susan L. M. Smith purchased this house in 2004

Why Susan L. M. Smith chose Carefree

This home was purchased in Carefree as our retirement home. It is perfect. Perfect location, perfect layout, perfect views. The house is a perfect size for a couple or two. While in the home, you feel like it is really big, but it is not. You can easily manage it without feeling over whelmed. It truly is perfect. I am not ready to retire and am letting others enjoy it till our time comes. This is a home not just a rental! Please take care of my sweet Painted Carefree!

What makes this house unique

Privacy! Privacy! Privacy! Views! Views! Views! Plus amazing wild life. Superior Resort Living within the privacy of a home. We take extreme pride in providing a perfect home for your vacation. Every thing is clean and all is working well. We are particular with caring for our beds and linens, changing the mattress pad after each stay is part of our routine. We are available to help you at most anytime with any concern. Check out our awesome reviews.

Outdoor living at its very best.

We are centrally located for easy access to major roads that connect you to the beautiful parks and attractions of Arizona. Far enough away from the highways to be in a rural community, yet close enough to go to other wonderful Arizona places with ease. Being north of Scottsdale puts you in a more rural community without the hustle and bustle of the city, yet with a simple drive the city is accessible. The access to hiking and outdoor activities is right here without excessive traffic. Our Carefree/Cave Creek location is in town, which, means most everything is in walking distance. You may walk to dinner, wine bars and walk home. You can walk to the grocery store or post office. But when you are at the home you would think that town is a zillion miles away and that is because we are sounded by 20 acres of Land Trust. Your going to love it, just like I do!

Guestbook comments from the owner

Colorful, casual and comfortable!! If you are a fan of the Carefree/Cave Creek/North Scottsdale area you could do no better than to spend a week or so at Painted Carefree. It's a totally unique private home with great outdoor living space to catch the desert sun and to enjoy warm, relaxing evenings; Susan's personal touch will make you feel so right at home you won't want to go home. We met there to attend a conference, conduct our brief annual meeting, attend some Spring Training games. Perfect
Mar 2012
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Carefree House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2300 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 9:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Max. adults: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Smoking allowed ...
  • Contact me if you want to leave later than check out or arriver earlier to check in. We can adjust in most cases, unless we are back to back.
  • While trying to heat the pool or the spa, please, if you find it confusing, call Teri. She will come and show you exactly how to work the system.
  • Heating pool can be costly in winter. Please contact for information for heating pool.
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Mountain ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Town ...
  • Village ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Free Local Calls
  • Garage ...
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer
  • Garbage Disposal
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Master Bath - toilet , shower , jetted tub , We have double sinks and a lot of light. Hair dryer too!
    Guest Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , Complete bathroom. Has a hair dryer!
  • Full master bath with jetted tub, walk in shower, double sinks.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , The Master Bedroom is comfortable and inviting.
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king , Guest room is well separated from Master bedroom.
  • In the master bedroom we have a king size bed. In the guest room there is either twins or the twins made into a comfortable king. Both rooms have a private bath and are well separated form each other for privacy.
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • DVR
  • MP3 Dock
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Towels
  • Beach Umbrellas
  • Bicycles ...
  • Binoculars
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Deck Furniture
  • Fully Fenced Property
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Porch Furniture
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • 1 bicycles
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Jacuzzi
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • Whirlpool
  • jetted tub ...
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • 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
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
My rental is a home. It is not a stark rental by all means. It is full of personality and warmth. Outdoor living at its finest. The house is well maintained and clean. I take extreme pride in my home. It pleases me to please you and hear all the fine comments that my renters have shared with me. I plan to live here someday, so looking after the house and caring for its surroundings is extremely important to me. We will cater to your needs and will provide to the best of our ability. If you need the home stocked with some of your favorite things we can make that happen. Just please ask us. You really cannot go wrong in staying here. The home is comfortable and easy to maintain. Thanks for considering 'Painted Carefree'


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average rating of 4.982143 based on 58 reviews

Scenic, secluded, relaxing

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful week for spring break at this lovely home. It is private, has beautiful views, wonderful outdoor areas (pool, hot tub, grill, patio, flower gardens, birds, sun, shade--its perfect), and it is well appointed. The location is private and secluded, yet so close to it all with a short walk to shops and restaurants. The host and owner could not be more kind and helpful. We took a trail ride with MTM Ranch--highly recommend! It was the best trail ride we have ever taken! We took a hot air balloon ride with Captain Craig (Hot Air Expeditions) and that was amazing. We climbed Camelback mountain, went to the meteor crater, and Sedona. There's so much to do, or stay home and bask in the peaceful pool or hot tub and enjoy the sounds of nature. Either way, you can't go wrong! We will definitely return. Thank you for sharing your slice of heaven with us.

  • Submitted: Apr 2, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: MTM ranch is a great place to go for a horseback ride. Miss Patty is my buddy. The one thing that impresses me about the ranch is how she cares for her stock. Never over uses them, feeds them well and is a very good horse person. That being said, thank you for your great review. I hope that you can visit us again in the future, you are most welcome. You left that house spotless and Teri was so "happy". She said give them 10 stars! Thanks again. Please come back.
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Olathe, KS

We loved it!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Painted Carefree for a week and wished we had more time there. It was a perfect location - far enough away from the bustle of the city, but near enough to enjoy it when needed. We actually visited the shops and restaurants in Cave Creek and Carefree the most. Very convenient! Susan's home is so comfortable. We enjoyed her beautiful landscaping, the spa and the outside fireplace. We were lucky enough to see a herd of javelinas one morning! We hope to visit Painted Carefree again!

  • Submitted: Apr 10, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: M H, Thank you for your kind review. I hope you visit Painted Carefree again. Are not those javelins a strange, smelly animal. They have glands like a skunk and when bothered will spray. They got my dog one time, gosh, did I have a stinky dog. Please come and visit us again sometime. My best regards, Susan
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Beautiful property in a great location!

  • 4 of 5

The house is a perfect getaway. The location is convenient and feels very private. Lots of birds for birdwatching with a fantastic pool and spa. I would recommend Painted Carefree to anyone.

  • Submitted: Apr 7, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Kristin for your review. Hope you will be returning to visit us. I see you gave me my first 4 star review in 8 years. Was there something that was not right? Would love to know to keep my 5 star rating. Glad you made it home safe and sound and thank you for staying at Painted Carefree.
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Monument, CO

Painted Carefree is absolutely perfect!

  • 5 of 5

Painted Carefree was like having our own private resort with the beautiful landscaping and pool/patio. Loved all of the outdoor seating, eating and barbecue areas. We saw several spectacular sunsets from the patio. The owner has thought of everything for the comfort of her guests. The house was very clean, well maintained and comfortable. It is a short walk to the shops and restaurants in Carefree. We went to a Rockies spring training game in Scottsdale and our team actually won! Many good restaurants a short drive away in Cave Creek. The house is surrounded by an adobe wall and backs up to a wash which was perfect for containing and walking our dog. After our return home, we received a prompt refund of our damage deposit. We would definitely return!

  • Submitted: Apr 1, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: PF, we are waiting for your return and your sweet pooch. The wash is really great for having a dog, makes life a bit easier to let your dog have fun in the wash rather than creep through a neighborhood. Thank you for your review. Stay well!
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Beyond Our Expectations

  • 5 of 5

You never know if you are truly going to like something when you book online, but this lovely property was beyond our expectations!

My husband and I, along with another couple, enjoyed our vacation in this house for a week. It’s a great house for two couples. The bedrooms, each with a private bath, we’re on opposite ends of the house.

We went out to dinner one night and decided we liked our house so much, we cooked the remainder of our dinners in the fully equipped kitchen.

The pool and patio area were so relaxing. We felt we were at a private resort as we sat around the pool.

We even enjoyed the fireplace a few times.

Susan and Teri were wonderful. They greeted us when we arrived and answered my text, promptly, whenever I had a question.

We enjoyed our vacation so much, we’ve already made plans to return next year.

  • Submitted: Mar 21, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Ah Ha....Another fantastic review! We are loving it, as we really do try hard. We not only try hard to please our guest, but we try hard because we love our home. Thank you for your review! Thank you for your stay! And thank you for taking wonderful care of Painted Carefree. Till 2019!!!!!!
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Amazing property - like having our own private resort!!

  • 5 of 5

Susan's home is the perfect place for two couples to spend a week relaxing. Everything you need is in place. The home is furnished beautifully and the neighborhood is so quiet. Terry is only a text message or phone call away if you need anything. We had a wonderful time and will be back next year!!

  • Submitted: Mar 19, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: You bet you will be back next year and I am looking forward to it! You were wonderful guests and a big Thank You to you!
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Nearest Airport
35 Miles
Sky Harbor
Nearest Barpub
0.3 Miles
There are bars and wine bars within steps!
Nearest Ski
100 Miles
Nearest Beach
150 Miles
Rocky Point Mexico
Car: recommended

The Cave Creek, Carefree area is a eclectic western area that has fine dinning and funky western bars. Lots of hiking, biking and horse back riding trails. Golf is within minutes. Fishing, boating, a short beautiful drive away. Shopping around the conner. Art festivals on most weekends. Easy day trips to Arizona's best locations. Thirty minutes to spring training or Barrett car auction. Near perfect sunny weather all year long. Cave Creek was established in the early 1860's. It is part of the Military trail and has been home to Native Americans for centuries. Gold was discovered and people came to prosper. Then ranching and now an eclectic mix of everything. Movie stars on the hills, cowboys at the bars.

For you that have not been to Arizona here is a bit of information. If you are just traveling here to get out of the cold winter, of course, winter months are it! But if you are traveling to visit Arizona and see all the sights, mid September, October, mid April through May are the best. Kids are in school so not so many people at the parks, temperature is cool enough not to be uncomfortable hot, the "tourist" have basically gone home, no extra heating of the pool, the most fabulous warm nights and little to no rain. My home is very centrally located, far enough from the freeways to be out of the city and close enough to travel to various regions of the state. It is a perfect base for sight seeing. Hope to see you!


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $0
Cleaning fee $300
Refundable damage deposit $500
Property Damage Protection $59

Please fill free to book "Painted Carefree" by credit card. Credit card companies do charge a fee. A 3% credit card convenience fee will be taken from your security deposit at the end of your stay. You may pay by e-check to avoid a convenience charge.
Pet fees are based on breed of animal. Minimum weekly fee is $100.00.
Pool can be heated at anytime but is not encouraged when weather is not at least in the 80's with night temperatures in the 60's. Arizona swimming weather normally begins in April and ends in mid November. Spa is always a good alternative to swimming and with using the cover should incur little to no extra expense.
You are given a $30.00 allotment for gas usage for heating your pool or spa. ($90.00 for month stays). Any excess fee will be determined by our gas meter. Normally if pool covers are used and heating pool/spa when weather is permitting, a overage does not happen.
It is best to contact me and to work out any questions personally.
We are ready and willing to work with you. Thank you so much for your interest.

Please do not use my Arizona address for mailing. There is no mail delivery in Carefree Arizona.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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