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Perfect Get-away! Cute Casita on secluded, fenced & gated 3-acres (~NE~ Tucson)

Bedrooms 1
Space 400 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 28 nights


About the property

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.

More Details

Sue and/or Mac
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 19, 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!!!


Indian Hill House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 400 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Walk-in shower.
  • Gorgeous. Updated/remodeled with new toilet, sink, vanity, mirror & wall cabinets. Beautiful Mexican-tiled shower.
  • 1 Bedroom, 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.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Private Pool ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • 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:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • 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.


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Perfect Get-away! Cute Casita on secluded, fenced & gated 3-acres (~NE~ Tucson)
average rating of 4.979592 based on 49 reviews

Back for the 4th time.

  • 5 of 5

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

  • Submitted: Jan 5, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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!!!
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Another Fine Time at the Casita

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Dec 12, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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 :)
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Sweet Desert Oasis

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Submitted: Sep 2, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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" :)
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The Perfect Spot for Us

  • 5 of 5

Deborah and I returned to The Casita after a 2 year absence and found it to be, once again, the perfect spot for our stay in Tucson. We love to hike, bicycle and bird, so The Casita's location in NE Tucson puts us close to these activities. The Casita itself is, as the brochure says, completely stocked with everything you will need, except food! Our hosts, Sue and Mac, have thought of every little detail. We highly recommend this cozy spot, and we will return.

Deborah & Charlie

  • Submitted: May 11, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We love to have return guests. We are glad you came back to stay at The Casita again. And we hope to host you again in the future! Happy Travels :)
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Great base for exploring Tucson's east-side attractions

  • 5 of 5

Mac and Sue's casita is a great place to stay for accessing Sabino Canyon, Saguaro National Monument East, and Mt. Lemmon. They've thought to provide all the little extras you may not have thought to bring with you - even laundry soap.

  • Submitted: Feb 7, 2017
  • Stayed: January 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for coming to visit the Northeast Side of Tucson and enjoying all that it has to offer. I enjoy keeping The Casita stocked with all of the little extras that make our guests happy.
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Our Third Visit to Mac & Sue's wonderful Casita.

  • 5 of 5

This was the third year that we have spent the holidays at the casita. Everything about this place is so special to us. Mac & Sue again had thought of everything to make our stay super special. Sue has done a wonderful job redecorating the casita, although we have always been very comfortable there. Our two furry girls love to explore the grounds, and we have absolutely no worries about their safety. We knew that this would be the last year for our old girl Kassie. She had the best time ever mooching around and was more active than she had been in quite a while. We lost her yesterday Jan 10th and were so happy that we had made the trip. Thanks again Mac and Sue, see you next year.

Your Friends

  • Submitted: Jan 11, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We love having you guys back every Christmas! It's a nice byproduct of owning a vacation rental... you get to meet some really wonderful people, like you! I'm glad our dog Samson and your lovable, spunky Rosebud get along so well because it is so much fun to let them play together. We're so sorry you lost Kassie, but feel honored she hung in there to make one last visit to Tucson and The Casita. Such a sweet, sweet dog! Thanks for all of your compliments about our property... and we look forward to seeing you again next year :)
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Nearest Airport
17 Miles
Tucson International Airport (TUS)
Nearest Barpub
0.25 Miles
Stillhouse Grill & Bar
Nearest Golf
4 Miles
Arizona National (Public) Golf Course
Nearest Motorway
12 Miles
I-10 Grant Rd exit
Nearest Restaurant
0.25 Miles
Rancho Rustico & several others
Nearest Ski
30 Miles
Mt Lemmon Ski Resort
Car: recommended

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.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $80
Refundable damage deposit $500

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.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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