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

Bedrooms 2
Space 950 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 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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Sam Hughes House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 950 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
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 queen , 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
  • 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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Separate Guest Home on VERY Private Quiet Tropical Courtyard in Sam Hughes
average rating of 4.975 based on 42 reviews

Perfect Experience

  • 5 of 5

I can't imagine a more convenient, beautiful and comfortable place to stay in Tucson than this casita in the Sam Hughes neighborhood, near the university. My friend Dan and I stayed here for three weeks while house hunting in the area and up in the foothills. We especially loved the spacious bedrooms, modest but wonderful kitchen, and lovely garden area with numerous birds. I would definitely hope to stay here again in the future.

  • Submitted: Jan 29, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Cathy and Dan, it was a pleasure having you here. You are wonderful guests and we’re so happy you enjoyed your stay. Hopefully, we’ll see you next year as you continue your house hunt. Best, Wendi and Joel
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Great location and beautiful property

  • 5 of 5

This was a wonderful place to stay in a beautiful neighborhood very close to downtown Tucson and the university campus. We found the inside and outside of the rental home to be in excellent condition. Inside, the kitchen was well stocked with utensils, appliances, and dishware. We really enjoyed ourselves here.

One particular item to pay attention to is the layout of the upstairs bedrooms/bathroom. You need to enter the 2nd bedroom thru the bathroom. The owners do a great job to clearly show you the layout on the pictures of the property and this set-up worked just fine for us.

I would recommend this property and would stay here again.

  • Submitted: Feb 21, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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delightful casita

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I stayed at this wonderfully private casita and very much enjoyed our stay. The kitchen had all the appliances needed to enjoy eating our meals there and the condiments, pots and pans were readily available. We saved tons of money by being able to eat in. The living room was perfect for relaxing in at night. The two bedrooms upstairs were graciously appointed and there was a generous supply of towels, soaps, shampoos, etc. Our hostess checked to make sure we had everything we needed and was most gracious. We will definitely return!

  • Submitted: Feb 7, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: You are the perfect guests! We really loved having you stay in our casita and we’re glad you enjoyed your stay. Hope to see you again soon.
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Las Vegas

Charming, great neighborhood, superb location & super friendly owner!

  • 5 of 5

This property is perfect for a girlfriend trip or a family of three or four. The grounds are incredibly inviting and the casita is very comfortable, with a wonderfully quaint courtyard to sit in and enjoy the property. Would not hesitate to come back to this unique and charming property!

  • Submitted: Nov 6, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Phoenix, Arizona

Quaint and Clean

  • 5 of 5

We loved this sweet cottage for our family weekend stay at the U of A. The neighborhood is quiet, charming and close to everything. Wendi was a fabulous hostess. She met us in the driveway and made sure we were settled and understood the ins and outs of the property. A great time was had by all.

  • Submitted: Oct 18, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Kristen. You were the perfect guests and we'd welcome you back anytime. Best! Wendi
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Danville, CA

Tucson Backyard Oasis

  • 5 of 5

Thank you, Wendi and Joel. Your casita was wonderful and the perfect spot for my family to gather to celebrate a graduation at U of Arizona. The setting is beautiful, the yard full of birds, and the walkable neighborhood so close to campus! The casita was very clean and comfortable with all the amenities we needed, and more. The beds were very comfortable too. We had a great weekend and appreciate your hospitality!

  • Submitted: May 17, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so happy that you enjoyed the casita and foind it comfy and well equipped. It's nice that you enjoyed our bird sanctuary. It is pretty amazing how many birds we have. We loved having you here and hope to see you again. You were perfect guests. Best, Wendi and Joel
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Wendi Gardner
Member since: 2013
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 21, 2018

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 Sam Hughes

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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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.




Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning fee $60 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $200
Tax Rate 12.05%

The rates do not include a $60 per stay cleaning fee.
Rates may change until reservation is confirmed.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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