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Separate Guest Home on VERY Private Quiet Tropical Courtyard in Sam Hughes

Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights

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Minimum Stay
2 - 3 nights

About the property

Historic casita, 2 bdrm, mountain views, courtyard, BBQ, pool - 3 blocks to UofA

Quietly nestled into the heart of the historic Sam Hughes neighborhood, our casita is a delightful, large and very private separate guest home sharing a quarter acre backyard courtyard of citrus trees, BBQ and pool, just three blocks from University of Arizona. Casita Gardenia is located on the quiet limited vehicle access 3rd Street promenade. Third Street is the main bicycle and walking/jogging route to the University. This limited access neighborhood of historic homes and beautifully landscaped streets is a very unique neighborhood. It’s a comfortable walk to the University, neighborhood eateries and pubs.. . so unusual for Tucson.

Our Casita, built as the original separate servant’s quarters, is located in the secluded, quiet, large and beautifully landscaped private back yard of a 1924 home that is listed on the National Historic Register and once owned by Steve and Margot Kerr, Hall of Fame UofA basketball player and current coach of the Golden State Warriors. Our home and casita are three blocks from the University of Arizona sports complex including McHale Center, six blocks from the University Medical Center and two miles, or a short trolley ride from historic downtown Tucson. It is so close to so much of what Tucson has to offer.

This two-story casita has two large bedrooms upstairs with a full 'Jack and Jill' bathroom. Each bedroom has double French doors leading to a New Orleans style balcony with views of the Catalina and Rincon Mountains and overlooking a large pool, spa and private outdoor dining area with gas barbeque all for your use.

The fully furnished complete kitchen, eating area and tastefully furnished living room is all you will need to feel right at home for a weekend, week or several months. It is comfortable, quiet living inside and out.

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Wendi Gardner
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
January 14, 2017

About Wendi Gardner

We are recent transplants from Seattle, WA. The sun and friends drew us to this area. We love the desert and are excited to experience the environs. Joel is a Professor of Architecture and Wendi's career is in health care management, specifically child psychiatry.

Wendi Gardner purchased this house in 2013

Why Wendi Gardner chose Tucson

While considering a move from beautiful Seattle, we knew it had to be the right place for us to leave. The quaint charm of the property and beautifully landscaped yard, along with the historic neighborhood and location, made the decision for us.

What makes this house unique

The historic neighborhood, beautifully landscaped yard, pool(unheated), spa(heated to any temperature you want!) and gas BBQ with private outdoor dining area are a magnificent setting for this charming, well furnished casita.The New Orleans style balcony gives you a bird's eye view of all the property has to offer, including the Catalina Mountains. It is a delightful, private oasis conveniently located in the heart of Tucson.

Guestbook comments from the owner

I really enjoyed the casita. It was in great shape with all the comforts of home. Opening the double doors in the morning to a view of the pool, mountains, and orange trees with the sound of the fountain was very peaceful and relaxing. The house is in a great location - two blocks from University of Arizona. Parking on the street. I would definitely stay again. And the owner - Wendi - is great!
Feb 2014
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Exceptional! 5/5 -
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Separate Guest Home on VERY Private Quiet Tropical Courtyard in Sam Hughes
average rating of 4.9615383 based on 28 reviews

Wonderful Casita!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I had a fantastic stay at this wonderful casita. The casita was charming, clean, airy, and located near U of A. It was an oasis..... a perfect place to rest after a long day of activities.

The owner, Wendi, made sure that everything was perfect for our arrival, stay, and departure.

We look forward to coming back!

  • Submitted: Oct 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was such a pleasure having you stay in our casita. You are perfect guests and I look forward to your return.
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Simply Perfect!

  • 5 of 5

Our stay at the casita was simply perfect! Comfortable, clean and close to our needs while visiting Tucson. This was our 3rd stay and we always look forward to coming back!

  • Submitted: Oct 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We always love having you stay. We look forward to your next visit. You are great guests!
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Knoxville, TN

Sam Hughes Casita

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I along with our 5-year old daughter stayed at the property for three nights this past September. We very much enjoyed our stay. It was a pleasure working with the property owner (Wendi). The guest house is well-appointed and very comfortable. It was quite warm in Tucson when we visited but the air conditioning performed well. It did a better job cooling the upstairs than the downstairs but I was never uncomfortable. The owners allow you to use their pool and spend time in their backyard. I lived in Tucson for four years and I have to say that the yard is nothing short of spectacular for this area. You almost forget you are in a desert! The location is also fabulous - a 5 minute walk to campus.

Any criticisms I'd offer are minor. The bathroom offers a spacious tub but a very small shower. The kitchen could use another light over the stove and it would be awesome if there was a screen door to let in the wonderful cool morning air. Lastly, the required deposit seemed quite a bit higher than what I'm normally used to renting through VRBO.

If we return to Tucson I would not hesitate to see if this property were available.

  • Submitted: Oct 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Yarmouth, Maine

A Lovely, Private Hideaway just steps from the University

  • 5 of 5

We spent the month of February in this casita. It was one of the very few times that the reality exceeded our expectations. The listing is entirely accurate in terms of location, layout and amenities. The property was clean and well-maintained. Wendi and Joel are perfect hosts: Immediately available and helpful if need be, but unobtrusive otherwise. They are so proud of their property, and take care of it meticulously. The yard that is shared is an oasis, and a delight to come home to! We loved being a short walk to all that the University had to offer, and being a part of the "Sam Hughes"neighborhood.

We highly recommend this casita, and would return ourselves if we had not bought a house in Tucson to become "snowbirds"!!

  • Submitted: Mar 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time- the casita is adorable, and we hope to come back soon.

  • Submitted: Oct 13, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Loved our little Casita

  • 5 of 5

We loved our little Casita in the historic Sam Hughes neighborhood of Tucson. It's so much nicer than a hotel and the owners were great. The best part of our stay, by far, was the beautiful swimming pool and the gorgeous backyard. It was lush and shady, not your typical desert landscaping. Great wi-fi, HDTV, a/c, and plenty of room. My only tiny complaint would be the living room sofa and I did not get along - it's overstuffed and leather and I just could not get comfortable - kept slipping. But I would go back - I'll just sit in a chair instead!!

  • Submitted: Aug 28, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
8.6 Miles
Tucson International
Nearest Barpub
0.4 Miles
Bob Dobbs; Trident Grill; Dirtbag's
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Randolph Golf & Tennis Complex
Nearest Train
2.4 Miles
Amtrak Tucson
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Interstate 10
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
There are many at Main Gate at Univ. and Park
Nearest Ski
40 Miles
Mt. Lemmon
Car: recommended

The Sam Hughes neighborhood provides easy access to great dining, shopping, museums, the University of Arizona, downtown, the famous yearly Gem and Mineral Show, movies, theater and the University Medical Center. We are within walking distance to many venues. The phenominal Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, Sabino Canyon or day trips to Tubac, Nogales, Bisbee, Mt Lemmon and the Biosphere will keep you entertained.


Rates & Availability

Sam Hughes House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Gem and Mineral Show 2017
Jan 28 2017 - Feb 12 2017
3 night minimum stay
Spring Rate
Mar 31 2017 - Jun 4 2017
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59
Cleaning fee $55 + Tax
Tax Rate 12.05%

The rates do not include a $55 per stay cleaning fee.
Rates may change until reservation is confirmed.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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Sam Hughes House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 950 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Air Conditioning
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • Jack and Jill bathroom. Charming with original tile. Full size tub, separate shower and skylight.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Private French doors to the balcony.
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , Private French doors to the balcony
  • Plenty of closet space, new comfy mattresses and French doors to the balcony.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Private Pool ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • shuffleboard
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • paragliding
  • racquetball
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • tennis
Cancellation policy: Full refund within 30 days of reservation.

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