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Tucsons finest...Best amenities, Great location...affordable luxury

Bedrooms 4
Space 3,400 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 0 - 5 nights


About the property

House, 4 Bedrooms + Loft, 3.5+ Baths, (Sleeps 9)

This home is a spacious 3400 sq ft custom home across the street from the Tanque Verde wash. Enjoy the river walk as it meanders around the local horse ranches in the morning. Lounge poolside and BBQ or enjoy the outdoor spa or indoor jacuzzi. 2 master suites with private baths and another 2 bedrooms share a full bath off in their own part of the house. Gourmet GE Monogram kitchen with stainless steel appliances and granite counters open into a family room; the heart and soul of this house. A large living room with a loft library and a separate wet bar finish off the interior features. Location couldn't be beat with grocery shopping and restaurants less than 2 short miles away. Sabino Canyon Park, Lowes Ventana Resort and Canyon Ranch Spa are all in the immediate area.

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David Karmel
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 16, 2018

About David Karmel

Hi, and welcome to my site. I've been a Tucson since 1970 , when I left my childhood home in Chicago and came out here to go to the U of A. I bought this house when my daughter was born. It was a one bedroom, 2 bath home that was just sitting on the market waiting for someone to turn her into a family home. So as a real estate broker and general contractor I put my resources to work and 18 years later I completed the various remodels and additions that you see today. My daughters grown and living in Seattle today working for Microsoft, after she became a second generation U of A graduate. And me?? I'm still designing and remodeling homes in the Tucson area. Doing as much traveling as I can afford and enjoying life in the old Pueblo.

David Karmel purchased this house in 1987

Why David Karmel chose River View Estates

As I had mentioned...18 years to complete the house. Now it wasn't always a construction site, but there were 3 major remodels and additions not to mention numerous face lifts. As a contractor I would build custom homes and remodels from vintage old homes to modern classics in the foothills. Every time I built something that was really fun, new and exciting, I'd end up duplicating it at my house. As I built the family dynamics changed. I became a single dad when my daughter was very young. and as she got older we needed more space between us, especially during those teen years; thus the 2nd master suite on the other end of the house.

The kitchen was designed by me to be able to cook and entertain at the same time. I have owned a couple of restaurants in the Tucson area over the years and enjoy cooking and entertaining....a well thought out kitchen is what has evolved.

The yard was designed around the mesquite trees. When I laid out the pool, the pool builder wanted me to remove all of the trees. He said that they would present a problem with cleaning and maintenance over the years...and was he ever right. But the beauty, coolness and accompanying plantings have thrived in this beautiful tranquil oasis.

What makes this house unique

The setting is not to be outdone. In the middle of a large mesquite bosque, located at the end of two roads, you'll feel like you've hit the trails end. The house affords the ability to have a large family get together with plenty of parking, plenty of private areas to get away, 3 and half baths with 150 gallons of hot water for all those showers,, dishes and clothes that will be washed...all in a park like setting in the desert. Indoor and an outdoor jetted tubs provide a spa like retreat.


River View Estates House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3400 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 9
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , jetted tub , double sink bowls
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • 3.5+
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Loft - 1 twin/ single , roll away
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (3), Twin or Single Beds (1) upstairs loft rollaway
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 8 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • jetted tub
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • racquetball
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • tennis
Pool heating available between October 15th and April 15th as an optional additional cost of $175 per week unless other arrangements are made in advance. Basic spices and condiments supplied.


Excellent! 4.6/5 -
(38 traveler reviews)

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Tucsons finest...Best amenities, Great location...affordable luxury
average rating of 4.605263 based on 38 reviews

Gracious and welll-appointed.

  • 5 of 5

The property fitted our needs perfectly. Our whole family was in town for a wedding - eight adults with three couples and two singles. Four bedrooms plus a sleeping loft and 3-1/2 baths meant everyone had a comfortable bed and no fighting over sinks and showers. There is plenty of living space, including a large kitchen open to a TV room with ample seating. We comfortably accommodated as many as six people cooking & prepping in the kitchen at one time. The large, walled-in and private, backyard and pool area had multiple tables and seating for a dozen or so. The large hot tub (attached to the pool via a small waterfall) was a major hit, especially after dinner as the temperature started to drop.

An enthusiastic double thumbs up.

  • Submitted: Sep 19, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Jeff for the review. I really try my hardest to make sure that every family gathering is, every single guests has a seamless and wonderful time at the house. I love the fact the the spirit of the house and all it's amenities lives on with today's guests. I enjoyed my years there and I am thrilled to read that families continue to enjoy the work that I spent making this house a home
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Spacious home and great neighborhood

  • 5 of 5

We had a fantastic time staying here on our trip to Tucson. We got to experience an August monsoon (overnight so heard the thunder) and see the Tanque Verde wash raging the next day. The mountains were close and spectacular to see in the mornings. The trail at the wash was great for birdwatching and the neighborhood was well kept and pleasant. The house was very open and spacious with a nice kitchen, plenty of bathrooms, a nice pool and even a piano.

  • Submitted: Aug 30, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Julie for your kind words. I really do try to anticipate my guests needs and I'm always thrilled to see families enjoying my home. Again thanks for acknowledging my efforts and home.
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Very nice and relaxing home

  • 4 of 5

Very nice and comfortable home with lots of space and nice patio.

  • Submitted: Jul 4, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Davids house was fantastic!!!

  • 5 of 5

David's house was exactly as discribed. The house was clean and very spacious . The house was just a 5 minute drive to stores and resturaunts. David was very accomadating to our needs. The pool was also fantastic and came in very handy with the hot weather!! My whole family totally enjoyed the stay!!

  • Submitted: Jun 30, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Michelle. I'm glad you and your family enjoyed the house. I always enjoy hearing that the home made for some great family moments. Welcome back anytime.
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Desert Oasis

  • 5 of 5

What a lovely property!!! We stayed for two weeks and the set up could not have been better!

The second master (with the denim bedspread) is separate from the other three bedrooms. This worked out perfectly for my mother. She was able to keep her bedroom warmer with the separate thermostat and there were no steps to navigate in that part of the house. The other bedrooms (main master and two with double beds) were on the other side of the house. We kept this area much cooler at night. This is the PERFECT house to have private spaces as well as coming all together for dinners, swimming, movies, etc. In all of these common rooms there was more than adequate seating for all (huge dining table, huge sectional, lots of outdoor chairs). The shaded pool was the perfect thing for these hot desert days. You are able to find good shade somewhere in the pool area at any time of day. Would definitely recommend this home and hope to be able to stay again sometime soon! Thanks David!!!

  • Submitted: Jun 15, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Spacious Living

  • 4 of 5

The house offers large open rooms, lots of light and all conviencences. We especially enjoyed the gracious garden and pool area, a lovely gathering place at any hour. Our host was available and helpfull. The four bedrooms are comfortable, but vary greatly in size and amenities, something members of a group would need to discuss. We enjoyed the property, walking in the neighbourhood and on the trail, and the quiet location. Thanks you, David, for sharing your home with us.

  • Submitted: Apr 28, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
14 Miles
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Nearest Train
12 Miles
Nearest Motorway
10 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Nearest Ski
30 Miles
Mt Lemmon
Car: necessary

The nearest cross streets are Cloud and Sabino Canyon Rd.

Thats one mile north of Tanque Verde and 2.5 miles south of Sabino Canyon Recreational area.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

pool heating (optional) $175
Pet Fee $95
cleaning fee $125
Property Damage Protection $59
Tax Rate 12.05%

Holiday rates may apply, please verify before booking.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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