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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 - 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.

More Details

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 traveler experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
November 16, 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 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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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 4.972973 based on 39 reviews
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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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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  • 5 of 5

Loved meeting Wendi and Joel! Such a beautiful location; especially enjoyed evenings on the deck watching and listening to all the birds. It was the vacation we both really needed and enjoyed every minute of it. So many fun things to do and see and the location was perfect. Reading all the other reviews proved to be true, would highly recommend this property.

  • Submitted: May 1, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: You two were great guests and we loved having you here. You experienced much of what Tucson offers and still saved time to enjoy the pool and hang out on the balcony. It's great that you loved all the birds we have. It's pretty amazing to see and hear them. It was great to meet you and hope to see you again.
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Charming and beautiful guesthouse

  • 5 of 5

My husband, 8 year old daughter and i loved our stay at this charming guesthouse. It is perfect for 2-3 people, walkable to the streetcar, and includes a perfect courtyard for enjoying a meal and dip in the lovely pool. It is delightfully peaceful, with just the sounds of birds to wake you. The hosts are wonderful--thoughtful, kind, and so good humored with my daughter who insisted on lots of gleeful pool time. We used this as basecamp to explore madera canyon and saguaro national park by day, and eat terrific food within a 5-10 minute drive at night. We loved it all -- one of the best vrbos ive encountered.

  • Submitted: Apr 16, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We loved having you here and really happy that you all enjoyed the pool and courtyard. Tucson has a lot to offer and we'd love to have you come back.
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Tucson oasis

  • 5 of 5

We couldn't have had a nicer time staying at this lovely property. It was perfect

for hiking, visiting breweries and enjoying all that Tucson has to offer. The grapefruit

were outstanding and Wendi and Joel were gracious hosts with information and ideas.

Wonderful memories were made. We hope to return again.

  • Submitted: Mar 30, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We loved having you here and so happy you had such a great time. We appreciate how tidy you left the casita and hope you'll return. You're awesome guests!
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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

Taxes and fees are additional

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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