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This listing will no longer be a vacation rental after 4/25/18

Indian Hill, Tucson, AZ, USA
  • House400 sqft
  • Bedrooms1
  • Sleeps2
  • Bathrooms1
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay3 nights

Excellent location for hikers & cyclists! 1bd/1ba *Couples & Singles Welcomed*

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.)

RATES: Please see details under 'Rates' tab.

Rates/availability are subject to change until reservation is confirmed by a Reservation Deposit payment.


Sue and/or Mac

Member Since 2012
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Response time:
within one hour
Calendar last updated:
Mar 21, 2018
About Sue and/or Mac

The 'Summer Ranch' property has been owned by the current owner for over 37 yrs. It was purchased from a couple who had it built, but were never able to move in. So the owner is the only owner who has ever resided there. It was custom built in traditional Santa Fe style and the current decor is Southwestern.

Sue and/or Mac purchased this House in 1980

Why Sue and/or Mac chose Indian Hill

We love to travel, just like you! So, as hosts, we put forth every effort to make your stay a fun, enjoyable, memorable one in a comfy, cozy home... exactly what we would want when we are the guests. We want you to LOVE your time in TUCSON!

What makes this House unique

You will definitely feel like you are in the middle of the Sonoran Desert, with lots of privacy. Beautiful natural landscape. Rock-lined pathways with park benches facing the Catalina Mountains, Mt. Lemmon and Tucson's iconic Thimble Peak. But, at the same time, you will be conveniently close to so many things to see and do on the exclusive Northeast side of Tucson! Great Location!!!


    • Internet
    • Pets Welcome
    • Air Conditioning
    • Swimming pool
    • Heater
    • Fireplace
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 1 Bedrooms, Sleeps 2
      • Bedroom 1
        1 queen
      • One queen-size bed; dresser drawers for clothes; (there is also a clothes closet in the bathroom); nightstands and table lamps on each side of the bed.


      • 1 Bathroom
      • Bathroom 1
        toilet, shower, Walk-in shower.
      • Gorgeous. Updated/remodeled with new toilet, sink, vanity, mirror & wall cabinets. Beautiful Mexican-tiled shower.

      Location Type

        • Mountain View
          Gorgeous views of the Santa Catalina Mountains, Mt. Lemmon and Thimble Peak (a Tucson landmark)
        • Rural
          First street outside of the city limits. County property zoned Suburban Ranch with 1 house per 3.3 acres. Uniquely rural, but close to everything.


            • Adventure
            • Away From It All
            • Budget
            • Historic
            • Romantic
            • Sports & Activities
            • Tourist Attractions


                • Guests provide their own meals


                    • Iron & Board
                    • Air Conditioning
                      Wall-mounted A/C & Heater combo unit. Works great! Gets the Casita as cold as needed in the hot summer!
                    • Fireplace
                      Heat Surge fireless flame fireplace (see casita photos) can be used with or without heating ability. Can be turned on just for the ambiance of the fireplace flame (with dimmer control).
                    • Garage
                      No covered garage provided. 2 parking spots are under shade trees.
                    • Hair Dryer
                    • Heating
                      Wall unit is a more than adequate heater. Also the Heat Surge fire-less flame fireplace (built by the Amish) has adjustable dimmer & temp settings with remote control. Heats 20' x 20' room.
                    • Internet
                      Reliable WiFi network w/password provided so you can stay connected.
                    • Clothes Dryer
                      Stackable washer/dryer unit. There are also indoor/outdoor clothes drying racks, as well as an outside clothes line.
                    • Linens Provided
                      2 sets of queen bed sheets with pillows. 1 extra blanket.
                    • Living Room
                      Small couch (loveseat) reclines, recliner chair with ottoman, 37'' TV & Blu-ray DVD player, end table, pole lamp with 3-way lights, book shelves with local info, magazines & DVDs.
                    • Parking
                      2 designated parking spots with night-time motion detector lighting and cobblestone pathway, lit up with solar walkway lights, to the Casita entrance.
                    • Telephone
                      Cordless phone; local phone service. No long-distance or international calls permitted. Answering machine to receive messages. Land-line for 911 emergency calls (& nice to have if cell dies)
                    • Towels Provided
                      2 sets of couples' bath towels (4 total), hand towels and washclothes. 2 beach/pool towels.
                    • Washing Machine
                      Stackable washer/dryer unit.


                        • Microwave
                          Clean microwave. Kitchen is also furnished with a crockpot & blender. Full set of Snapware: food storage containers that go from the fridge to the freezer to the microwave and are dishwasher-safe.
                        • Coffee Maker
                          12-cup Mr Coffee coffee maker & Keurig coffee brewer
                        • Dishwasher
                          Compact-size dishwasher. Perfect for 2 people with a small load of dishes.
                        • Freezer
                        • Kitchen
                          Beautiful hickory wood cabinets, new counter-tops, stainless steel sink with detachable hose faucet. Kitchen light also has a ceiling fan. Refrigerator, stove, dishwasher, microwave, coffee maker, etc
                        • Dishes & Utensils
                          Fully equipped kitchen: flatware, dinner plates, bowls, glasses, mugs, pots & pans, cooking sheets, cutting board, cooking utensils--wooden spoons, spatulas, etc.--mixing bowls, measuring cups/spoons.
                        • Oven
                        • Pantry Items
                          Pantry items such as paper towels, napkins, aluminum foil, etc. are stocked. No food items are provided.
                        • Refrigerator
                          Full-size fridge/freezer.
                        • Stove
                          Full-size electric 4-burner stove with oven.
                        • Toaster


                            • Dining
                              Kitchen table for 2 people that extends to accommodate 4. Outdoor patio bistro/coffee table for 2.
                            • Dining Area
                            • comfy seating for 4 people


                                • Books
                                  Informational books about the area and local activities are provided. Hiking guides. Desert wildlife guide. Current magazines and a few novels are provided. The library is 1/4 mile away, as well.
                                • DVD Player
                                  Blu-ray DVD player (plays both regular and blu-ray DVDs)
                                • Games
                                  A deck of cards is in the Casita. Other board games and family-type games available upon request.
                                • Music Library
                                  The Casita is not furnished with musical selections. The library is 1/4 of a mile away & has a music section.
                                • Satellite / Cable
                                  DirecTV satellite service. Choice Extra Package. Includes all major TV Networks, National News, PBS, various movie channels and more.
                                • Television
                                  37'' flat screen JVC TV
                                • Video Library
                                  There are a few DVD movies in the Casita. Redbox DVD rental available within 1/4 of a mile.


                                    • Deck / Patio
                                      Private patio off of the kitchen with patio furniture for enjoying the peaceful, desert environment.
                                    • Golf
                                      Several Golf Courses nearby; see paragraph under property description. List of all nearby golf courses & their distances away from The Casita is available upon request.
                                    • Outdoor Grill
                                      Small BBQ Grill on patio
                                    • Tennis
                                      Morris K Udall Park has 4 public tennis courts only 2 miles away; previous guests have said they are in very good condition. List of all nearby tennis courts & distance away available upon request.


                                        • Long-term Renters Welcome
                                        • not suitable for children
                                        • wheelchair inaccessible

                                          Pool / Spa

                                            • Communal Pool
                                              Free access to a heated community pool in a gated community is available 2 miles away (due to another rental we own there). Indoor pools are available at local recreational center and health clubs.
                                            • Private Pool
                                              Access to main house's private pool through a separate gate. Pool is not heated (can be warmed by solar blanket with advance request Apr-Sep). Can provide access to nearby heated community (Oct-Mar).


                                                • museums
                                                • botanical garden
                                                • cinemas
                                                • festivals
                                                • health/beauty spa
                                                • library
                                                • live theater
                                                • churches
                                                • playground
                                                • recreation center
                                                • restaurants
                                                • ruins
                                                • synagogues
                                                • winery tours
                                                • zoo

                                                  Leisure Activities

                                                    • antiquing
                                                    • bird watching
                                                    • horseback riding
                                                    • miniature golf
                                                    • 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

                                                            • mountaineering
                                                            • basketball court
                                                            • equestrian events
                                                            • golf
                                                            • hiking
                                                            • hot air ballooning
                                                            • mountain biking
                                                            • cycling
                                                            • racquetball
                                                            • rock climbing
                                                            • roller blading
                                                            • skiing
                                                            • snowboarding
                                                            • swimming
                                                            • tennis


                                                                • Excellent location for cyclists. A 'hiker's heaven.' Great place to stay for nature-lovers. Relaxing. Peaceful.

                                                                  House Rules

                                                                  Check-in: 4:00 PM

                                                                  Check-out: 11:00 AM

                                                                  Cancellation Policy

                                                                  100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                                  52 Reviews


                                                                  Latest reviews

                                                                  Great place!

                                                                  john c.

                                                                  We enjoyed our stay. It was a great place for our dog and convenient for dining, shopping etc... The casita was a nature oasis in the city of Tucson.

                                                                  Excellent property & access to hiking & biking.

                                                                  Malcolm O.

                                                                  Loved the care and treats that Sue provided for our dog. Beautiful patio & Sue & Mac were excellent hosts. Great place to stay.

                                                                  Owner's Response:

                                                                  We enjoyed hosting all 3 of you! Thanks so much for taking the time to post a review :)

                                                                  Exceeded expectations

                                                                  Bruce M.

                                                                  My wife and I stayed at the Casita 10 days in February 2018 while visiting Tucson for the first time. We alternated day hikes and cultural sights. The Casita is in a great location for visiting Saguaro East Park, Mount Lemmon and Sabino Canyon. The University of Arizona campus (well worth a day for its museums) and the Tucson Museum of Art are only a half hour away.

                                                                  Three good local restaurants are 10 minutes west of the Casita. Closer are a Safeway, CVS and DQ (gotta treat yourself after those hikes).

                                                                  Sue and Mac were excellent hosts. They answered our emails promptly proper to arriving, and answered questions during the stay. The Casita was spic-and-span; a perfect size for a couple with all necessary facilities. It contains an excellent library of books and pamphlets on Tucson sights. We recommend sipping morning coffee on the west patio and watching hummingbirds and Gamble quail.

                                                                  Owner's Response:

                                                                  Thank you so much for such a thorough and positive review! I think you guys were very smart alternating outdoor and indoor activities every other day. I think we will try that on our next vacation. Thanks for all of the tips on what you discovered and liked. I was able to add some new things to the info binder in the Casita. And thank you for maintaining the hummingbird feeder with your home-made nectar while you were here. We are glad you made Tucson part of your larger vacation trip. It was also super sweet of you to bring us the famous Frango mint chocolates upon your arrival. Much appreciated! Yummmmmm!

                                                                  Back for the 4th time.

                                                                  Tim D.Albuquerque

                                                                  The review title should say it all. I would give this place 10 stars if I could. This is our 4th year of staying 2 weeks over the Christmas Holiday. It just gets better every year if that is possible. Mac, Sue and Samson are such wonderful hosts. They have thought of everything to make our stay the best of anyplace that we have ever stayed. Sue has a keen sense of providing the smallest detail, which makes the other vacation rentals that we have stayed at pale in comparison. I could go on and on, this place and our hosts are remarkable. Thank You again, see you at Christmas.

                                                                  Tim, Deb, Rosie and Rubicon

                                                                  Owner's Response:

                                                                  We love having you guys! Especially the fun Rosie and Rubi (the sweetest Rotties ever) bring us for the holidays. Thanks so much for the wonderful review. We're so glad we've gotten to know you and become friends... One of the greatest rewards we've gotten from listing our Casita as a vacation rental!!!

                                                                  Another Fine Time at the Casita

                                                                  Richard S.

                                                                  This was our second visit to this Casita, and it was even better than the first time, mainly because we were able to stay longer. Sue and Mac are gracious hosts. Their casita is nearly perfectly located - close to downtown Tucson, Saguaro NP East, Sabino Canyon, and the Catalinas. It is a comfortable and peaceful place that we hope to be able to visit again.

                                                                  Owner's Response:

                                                                  Thanks for returning! We enjoyed hosting you again. And thank you for the great review. We appreciate you taking the time to do that. We hope to see you again in the future. Happy Travels :)

                                                                  Sweet Desert Oasis

                                                                  Pierr M.

                                                                  What a wonderful find. Beautiful grounds, peaceful, quiet, and private, I'm so rested from my stay in The Casita, I still feel like I'm on vacation. I loved being able to easily walk to the grocery, post office, and Kirk-Bear County library, yet feel in the middle of the Sonoran desert far away from city life. My favorite thing about The Casita was sitting on the patio watching wildlife; rabbits, roadrunners, round-tailed ground squirrels, lizards, and hummingbirds, even a bobcat. Inside I kept cool (loved that "Dyson Cool" tabletop fan - wow). Sue and Mac, you're the best hosts - leaving me to myself, but there right away when I needed something. Thanks so much!

                                                                  Owner's Response:

                                                                  Thank you for the lovely review! We're so happy you were able to enjoy all of our wonderful Sonoran Desert wildlife. It's so unique. We love where we live and we love sharing it with others. Isn't it wonderful to go home from a vacation and feel rested? Sometimes we do so many adventurous things, we're exhausted by the time we get back home. The Casita certainly can provide either one... adventure or R&R! We like to give our guests their privacy, but are glad you felt we were right there when you needed us. Thanks for the compliment as "the best hosts" :)


                                                                  Indian Hill, Tucson, AZ, USA

                                                                  Close to Sabino Canyon & Bear Canyon, which are in the Coronado National Forest. Close to East Saguaro National Park. All of which are great walking, hiking and biking areas. Close to Colossal Cave. Also near Arizona National Golf Course. Close to several horse boarding stables on the East/Northeast side of Tucson. Close to horse stables offering trail rides. Many fun family activities nearby. Near the base of Mt. Lemmon, which offers cooler temperatures, beautiful pine trees, a lake, and recreational opportunities including numerous campgrounds, picnic sites, hiking trails, gorgeous rock formations and scenic views. At the summit is Summerhaven, which has restaurants, gift shops, etcs. 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.


                                                                  Additional information about rental rates

                                                                  Reservation Deposit of $500 will reserve your dates of stay on the VRBO calendar. Balance due 30 days prior to check-in date. Rates/availability are subject to change until reservation is confirmed by Reservation Deposit. We accept HomeAway or PayPal credit card payments, PayPal bank transfers or U.S. checks. Reservations canceled at least 30 days before the start of the stay will receive a 100% refund of Reservation Deposit. Damage Deposit is $500. Additional Pet Damage Deposit of $500 per dog. No cats allowed due to owner's allergies.

                                                                  52 Reviews
                                                                  Exceptional 5/5
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