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Mountain Getaway, Tranquility, Beauty, Ambience, Stunning View

Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Space 2,250 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 5 nights


About the property

2 br 2 1/2 bath at quoted rate; addl ensuite br available for addl $100/night

If your quest is to find the finest mountain view laid-back Ambience Arizona has to offer then you've come to the right place (so our guests tell us.)

MiraMontes guests frequently comment how well they sleep - better than they can ever remember. Must be the peace and quiet, fresh mountain air and comfortable beds.

MiraMontes itself has approx. 2250 sq ft indoor space with at least that much again in verandas and decks, set on 12 acres with Catalina State Park and mountains as a backdrop.

MiraMontes views include 20,000 acres of mountain without a neighbor in sight. Yet MiraMontes is just 5-10 minutes from a gas station, grocery store, golf, and restaurants.

Each bedroom has its own private bathroom...the Master bedroom opens to the pool enclosure. The master bedroom bathroom with its enormous shower tiled with travertine has a mountain view.

Between the two bedroom suites is an adequate well-stocked linen cupboard..

A breakfast nook accommodates 4 in red leather-backed chairs. The dining table with black leather high-backed chairs seats 8-10 comfortably.

Patio furniture can easily be configured to seat 4, 6 or 10 guests for ambience you and your guests will never forget. All kitchen appliances are electric. A gas-burning grill is on the Patio for those who enjoy barbecues.

From Miramontes one can hike in any direction. Up the mountain, along the wash, down the hill - it is all lovely.

MiraMontes offers exceptional bird watching. Quail, falcons, hawks, owls, vultures, the occasional eagle. Cactus wrens abound. Even year-round hummingbirds. Roadrunners are frequent visitors.

MiraMontes' easterly orientation catches the warm morning sun. The verandas provide shade during the midday and afternoon glare.

Great for entertaining especially as the sun goes down - Sundowner time is always special at MiraMontes.

Sunsets transform the mountain to a pink glow. the moon rises and the stars come out...

Imagine the resident pair of great-horned owls calling gently to each other; the musical sound of a distant coyote yelping party.

An occasional nocturnal owl, kit fox or havelina sighting is enough to change the subject of almost any conversation.

The aroma of woodsmoke is especially seductive under Arizona night sky illuminated by the brightest stars.

Miramontes has an indoor beehive fireplace and an outdoor woodburning fireplace especially enjoyable by star - or moonlight..

Miramontes is listed as 'wheelchair-accessible.' All rooms are on the same floor and the flooring is travertine which facilitates indoor wheelchair manoevering. The grounds, surroundings and hikes are not at all wheelchair-accessible however.

More Details

Elma VonMichaelis
Member since: 2011
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 22, 2018

About Elma VonMichaelis

Hans and Elma grew up near Cape Town, South Africa.

Elma, trained as a radiographer but assisted Hans operate a successful mining conference company for many years.

Hans completed a Ph D in Space chemistry at the University of Cape Town and earned his Pilot Wings from the South African Air Force. He now flies gliders and collects minerals.

Hans' career as a mining consultant requires frequent travel to faraway places. Hans' hobby is finding and improving tranquil homes. MiraMontes is Hans' and Elma's pride and joy. During three winter months each year when Hans and Elma spend time in Africa, they are delighted to share MiraMontes with like-minded guests.

MiraMontes is in Phase 2 of a five-stage sustainability project.. Water harvesting, tree growing, topsoil development, organic vegetable cultivation; soil erosion abatement; solar hot water; solar electric generation.

Elma VonMichaelis purchased this house in 2007

Why Elma VonMichaelis chose Tucson

In the course of his extensive travels, Hans has found several magic spots in the world. One of these is a guest farm called Etusis in central Namibia. The mountain setting, vegetation and climate at MiraMontes is almost identical to that at Etusis. Miramontes is, however, very much easier to get to and is much more luxurious. For most of the year MiraMontes is the owners' personal home and residence as the large number of shade trees planted need regular watering through the summer months.

To get to Etusis requires a 2-1/2 hr flight from Johannesburg to Windhoek then a two-hour drive west to Karibib followed by a 40-min drive south to the farm in the middle of 'nowhere'.

MiraMontes offers similar charm with superior accommodation, only 30-min N of Tucson and within 5-20 minutes of every amenity a guest could possibly wish for.

What makes this house unique

Step out of MiraMontes home and take off in any direction on a great hiking adventure. Up the mountain, into the foothills, along the wash or down the hill...its all beautiful and interesting.

Hans enjoys the rustic approach to MiraMontes through the Mesquite bosque across two mostly dry washes populated by free ranging cows and calves. He particularly enjoys coming along the long driveway up to Miramontes as the spectacular mountains suddenly come into view.

Elma appreciates MiraMonte's proximity to shopping, gas, groceries, hair salon, excellent restaurants, golf courses, movie houses etc.

Note: MiraMontes is all on one floor and therefore easily accessible to wheelchairs. There are however no additional 'wheelchair accessible' features such as support railings in the bathroom.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We found MiraMontes to be wonderfully quiet, secluded, and restful. The magnificent views of the Catalina Mountains were a constant pleasure. Watching the sunset while enjoying the hot tub was a fine way to end each day. The home itself is beautifully designed and decorated; the kitchen is well stocked for cooking. Antoinette, the manager, was highly informative and welcoming. We had the pleasure of spending some time with Hans, the owner, and found him to be friendly and knowledgeable. We have rented a number of homes both in the US and in Europe and this is one of the best!
Jan 2014
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Tucson House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2250 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: 9:30 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Events Allowed
  • not suitable for children ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Resort ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • 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 ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Deluxe travertine shower big enough for 2, granite counters
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Dual sinks and vanity w/travertine tiled floor and counters
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , Half bath conveniently located in common area
  • Beautiful bathrooms all have travertine tile throughout with high end fixtures. Half bath conveniently located in common area.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , High end pillow top mattress and linens
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , 2nd Bedroom very peaceful w/comfortable pillow top mattress
  • Two large bedrooms each with private bathroom. Master bedroom (1) opens to pool enclosure with magnificent views. Comfortable high end mattresses. MiraMontes guests frequently comment on never having slept as well...peace and quiet, fresh mountain air.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Private Pool ...
  • arboretum
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rock climbing
  • swimming
Your winter getaway awaits you in this beautiful warm, quiet, secluded desert retreat. This 2,250 sqft home sits on 12 acres of land and has spectacular unobstructed views of the Catalina mountains. Enjoy the spacious covered patio as the mountains turn pink at dusk. An infinity pool enhances the view as it reflects the setting sun. If you are looking for tranquility, beauty, and to be one with nature look no further!


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average rating of 4.9 based on 22 reviews

Poor start, good finish

  • 4 of 5

Everything was going fine until we had to call for an escort to the property because it was somewhat remote. We had received an email with information on who to call (property manager). Upon calling the property manager we found out that she was no longer managing this property. We then called the owner to get directions and make sure that the home was ready. The home was easy enough to find so no problem there. Upon entering the home everything looked great. However, after unpacking and getting settled we noticed that things were not as clean as could be expected. So we did a little cleaning. After that things were much improved. The location is exceptional. Quiet and very peaceful. Very relaxing in the morning sitting out by the infinity pool in the sunshine. Lots of things to do locally if that’s what you want. All in all we would rate it 4 out of 5 stars only because of the poor start ( proper information would have been nice).

  • Submitted: Feb 14, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lovely property with everything you need.

  • 5 of 5

House is on a hill with great views. Quiet & secluded, but near stores & restaurants. Hiking spots nearby at Catalina State Park. We enjoyed our time there.

  • Submitted: Feb 7, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
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Green Bay WI

Amazing views and house has been very thing you need for relaxing and cooking.

  • 4 of 5

Great location on top of hill next to Catalina mountain ains. Be sure to have a 4x4 vehicle as the drive to house is hilly and very bumpy.

  • Submitted: Feb 3, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Sedro Woolley, Wash. USA

not for everyone

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I spent a week here for our anniversary because we wanted a place off the beaten path and so we chose this home. This would not be for everyone because it is very remote and at the end of a long rough road , but we found that to be just what we wanted.

The house had everything that we needed including a well equipped kitchen. We ate all of our meals here even though there is every type of restaurant available not far away, when you have a setting like this it is hard to not prepare your meals and dine looking at the mountain backdrop, there are multiple grocery stores nearby so we just made up a meal plan for the week and cooked our own meals. We did go out and see some of the local attractions but always made it back to have a drink and watch the sunset , coffee and morning sunrises were also spectacular. The house was very clean and the bed that we slept in very comfortable, the many collectables that the hosts have acquired and display were very interesting to admire and give the home a real personal look into there lives. The owners are very friendly and easy to deal with, I recommend this mountain getaway to anyone looking for privacy, something different and out of the ordinary.

  • Submitted: Oct 2, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

This is a hidden gem! Beautiful surroundings with an incredible view of the Catalina mountain range! Quiet, and very serene. The 2 br house is very big and the kitchen amazingly well stocked. The exterior is handsome with infinity pool and hot tub on the deck above! Dirt road to there, a couple of bumpy's and then... wow! We chose to eat in as it was hard to tear away from the R and R! Hans V (owner) is not only a gentleman but full of knowledge and kindnesses... cannot await our return!

  • Submitted: Apr 19, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Spring Break!

  • 5 of 5

Amazing accommodations with beautiful panoramic views of the mountains over the infinity edge pool. Would definitely stay again. The distance to Tucson wasn't too bad.......hiked to Seven Falls, hiked in Catalina State Park and Oracle State Park. Drove to Mt. Lemmon summit and had lunch at the Iron Door Café. Love the area and yet was able to relax on the covered patio and read and take in the views of the mountains at all times of the day.

  • Submitted: Apr 10, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
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Miraval Arizona Resort & Spa
Golf Club at Vistoso
Harvest Moon
Tortolita Terrace Clubhouse
Claire's Cafe
Cafe in Sun City Vistoso -- CLOSED
Carlota's Authentic Mexican
Mountain View Golf Club at SaddleBrooke
Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Tucson International
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Catalina Mountain View Saddlebrooke Clubhouse
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Saddlebrooke Mountain View Golf Club
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Saddlebrooke Mountain View Clubhouse Restaurant
Nearest Ski
5 Miles
Mt Lemon (as the crow flies)
Car: necessary

MiraMontes is all about Views.

Relaxing laid back getaway with exceptional scenery and ambience. Mountain hiking and desert nature walks and great bird watching...

World class mountain biking nearby..try biking the 'Tubes'

Catalina State Park is also nearby...

Tucson Gem & Mineral Show 2014 Jan 31 - Feb 09 is a 'must'.

Some guests are impressed by free range cows and calves wandering around our fenced off pool and yard area.

Miraval, a world class adventure - leadership development resort is located just 1 mile away.

February-March is flower season in the desert..more vivid colors than most might expect.

Phoenix is two hours drive north from MiraMontes.

the Sonoita AZ wine district is about 1-1/2 hours to the South.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $200
Pet Fee $200
Damage Insurance $59

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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