Fully furnished Casita with Southwestern/Santa Fe decor, rustic-style. Comfortable Queen bed. Dresser & clothes closet. Cozy living room area with fire-less flame fireplace heater, 37'' flat screen TV & Blu-ray DVD player. WiFi, so you can stay connected. Excellent A/C & Heater combo wall unit makes it as cold or hot as needed! Full-size kitchen with fridge, stove, microwave, coffee-maker, toaster, dishwasher & garbage disposal. Kitchen table for 2, extends to seat 4. Bathroom with lots of counter space, walk-in shower made from unique Mexican tiles, and recessed lighting. Private patio with table & chairs and patio glider facing the western sunsets. Stackable washer & dryer unit. Access to main house's private swimming pool (swimmable Apr-Sep) through a separate gate. (Heated community pool access). Designated parking spot with cobblestone pathway to the Casita. Surrounded by mature, flourishing desert vegetation--trees and cactus--and seasonal desert wildlife. Great for nature-lovers! Fenced in 3-acre ranch property with natural desert pathways all throughout. Totally private & secluded, off a dirt road, yet less than a mile from shopping center, grocery store w/Starbucks, drug stores/pharmacies, restaurants, bar, mail depot, banks, a library, gas stations, FastMed Urgent Care & the county Sheriff's Department. (This is a non-smoking property).
Conveniently located on the exclusive Northeast side of Tucson, near the foot of Mt. Lemmon. Easy access to the main surface streets of Tucson via E Tanque Verde Rd. Easy access to Mt. Lemmon via Catalina Hwy.
The Casita is just 10 minutes from Sabino Canyon & Bear Canyon, which are perfect for sightseeing via walking, hiking or a narrated tram ride. Tucson is a 'hiker's heaven!' There are hiking guide books and day hike suggestions in The Casita. Only 15 minutes from Saguaro National Park (with hiking, biking & horse trails, a paved 8 mile loop for a scenic drive or cycling, picnic areas and a free educational desert life video at the visitors center).
Excellent location for cyclists! Just down the road there's access to miles of newly paved bicycle paths and the main streets in the vicinity all have designated bike lanes. Also, only 2 miles from the "Loop", a paved 50+ mile river park bike trail circling Tucson. Quoting a previous guest review, "Located at the base of Mt. Lemmon, in 20 minutes you can be huffing your way up one of the iconic rides in American cycling."
Close to beautiful Agua Caliente Park, perfect for picnics. Near Udall Park with paved walking track, dog park & indoor recreation center. 15 minutes from the iconic Gaslight Theater, Trail Dust Town, Park Place Mall, cinemas and numerous restaurants. 25 minutes from Colossal Cave. Close to several horse boarding stables on the East/Northeast side of Tucson. 10 minutes from Pantano Stables which offers group & private horseback trail rides. For U of A parents--20 mins/11 miles from the University of Arizona.
20 minutes from central Tucson's famous 4th Avenue historic shopping district with eclectic boutiques, shops and cafes. 20 minutes from La Encantada Plaza with upscale retail shopping and fine-dining.
The Casita has gorgeous views of the Santa Catalina Mountains, Thimble Peak (a Tucson landmark) and Mt. Lemmon. Mt. Lemmon offers cooler temperatures, beautiful pine trees, a lake and recreational opportunities including numerous campgrounds, picnic sites and hiking trails amongst stunning terrain, gorgeous rock formations and scenic views. At the summit is Summerhaven, which has restaurants, gift shops, etc. Also at the 9,157' peak is an operating ski slope in the winter months (normally providing skiing & snowboarding from late December into March or April) and 'sky rides' on the ski lift in the summer months. Note: Casita/Tucson is approx 2,500 ft above sea level.
The location feels as though it is miles away from civilization...a perfect private retreat! But once you drive back to the paved roads, you have immediate access to everything metropolitan. Literally the perfect balance of Tucson's Old Pueblo rustic charm and the City of Tucson's modern conveniences in the Sonoran Desert!
Closest public Golf Courses: Arizona National (4 miles away), Forty Niners (4 miles), Dorado (5 miles), Ventana Canyon (8 miles), Randolph North & South & Driving Range (9 miles), Fred Enke (11 miles), La Paloma (12 miles), El Rio (13 miles), Quail Canyon (15 miles), Silverbell (15 miles), Del Lago (20 miles). Numerous other courses about 30 miles away: Starr Pass Country Club-Rattler (among Arizona's top 10 and the nation's top 100), Golf Club at Dove Mountain (designed by Jack Nicklaus & host of The World Golf Championships Accenture Match Play), The Gallery Golf Club at Dove Mountain (acknowledged as one of Golfweek's Best Modern Courses), Highlands at Dove Mountain (Arthur Hills design), Omni Tucson National (home of the PGA tour), Quarry Pines, Crooked Tee at Arthur Pack Park, The Views, SaddleBrooke Ranch.
Easy Day Trips:
*Casa Grande Ruins National Monument. Explore the mystery and complexity of an extended network of communities and irrigation canals. The Ancient Sonoran Desert People's farming community and "Great House" are preserved at Casa Grande Ruins. Today the ancient ones are remembered as the “Hohokam,” an O’odham word meaning “Those Who Are Gone.”
*Montezuma Castle National Monument. A twenty-room five-story cliff dwelling, built by the Sinagua people who lived in this area for over 400 years, is nestled into a towering limestone cliff. A self-guided, 1/3-mile loop trail leads visitors below the cliff dwelling and through a beautiful sycamore grove along spring-fed Beaver Creek, a constant supply of fresh warm water provides an aquatic habitat like no other in the world, and has served as an oasis for wildlife and humans for thousands of years. There is a museum on the site as well as daily ranger talks. Montezuma Well, another part of Montezuma Castle National Monument, is located 11 miles from the cliff dwelling.
*Kartchner Caverns State Park. Follow a tour guide through a Southeastern Arizona limestone cave and marvel upon the icicle-looking stalactites and stalagmites.
*Biosphere 2 is a self-sustaining, enclosed colonization used for scientific research, and is open to the public for visitation and tours. Modeled after Earth (Biosphere 1), the facility is complete with a tropical rainforest, wetlands, grasslands, desert and ocean with coral reef. In 1991 Biosphere 2 sealed in a group of 8 scientists for 2 yrs under glass window observation for active research and documentation of survivability. Today, the enclosure is used by University of Arizona scientists as a laboratory to study global climate change consequences, among other experiments.
*Kitt Peak National Observatory, which holds the world’s largest collection of optical telescopes—22—plus two radio telescopes. At an elevation of 6,880 feet in the Quinlin Mountains, stargazing through a telescope takes viewers through an abundantly bright and populated path of constellations.Guided tours run at scheduled times throughout the day from the visitor center, and a nightly observation and advanced observation program are available.
*Vineyard Tours & Wine Tastings. The Sonoita/Elgin Wine Trail, south of Tucson, visits a dozen wineries and vineyards where winemakers cultivate the desert landscape and produce fine wines earning recognition and awards internationally. The Willcox Wine Trail, east of Tucson, visits another dozen vineyards and wineries.
*Bisbee. In its glory days it was a thriving silver and copper mining town. It astounds visitors with vibrantly colored rock faces and picturesque houses hugging the edges of cliffs.Today, visitors frequent local shops & art galleries, numerous museums & historic staircases, and lounge on patios at restaurants & breweries. For adventure, take the Queen Mine Tour to learn about Bisbee’s past mining days, sign up for a ghost tour or visit the Old Bisbee Brewing Company.
*Tombstone. Definitely recommend watching the 1993 movie "Tombstone" before visiting! The DVD is in The Casita. The town was founded in 1877 and quickly became a silver-mining hub. It is where Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday had their infamous shootout at the O.K. Corral. Visit Boothill Graveyard and its well-preserved buildings like the Bird Cage Theatre. Take a narrated stagecoach ride in Old Tombstone, iimmersing into the Wild West.
*Tubac and Tumacácori. Tubac's quaint streets are filled with dozens of art galleries—exhibiting everything from wood carvings to oil paintings—and the Tubac Center for the Arts features regional and national art. Visit Tubac Presidio State Historical Park, original site of the first Spanish military fort in Arizona, established in 1752. Explore Tumacácori National Historic Park, where three historic Spanish missions are preserved, including one of the first Jesuit missions in Arizona, dating back to 1691.
*Phoenix. 2-hr drive north on I-10. Visit Old Town Scottsdale for a taste of Southwestern arts and souvenir shopping; tour famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West in North Scottsdale; or visit the Musical Instrument Museum, Arizona Science Center or Heard Museum for an afternoon of educational fun.
*Search online for more easy day trips (Ft. Huachuca, many Ghost Towns, etc.)
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