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Paradise in the Desert 5 bedroom/5 bath

Bedrooms 5
Property type estate
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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Minimum Stay
3 nights

About the property

Stunning property on 5 lush acres in the heart of Paradise Valley, AZ

Breath-taking backyard in the heart of Paradise Valley. This amazing home and backyard rest at the base of the prestigious and popular Camelback Mountain near the Cholla trail.

This is an amazing property in a prime Paradise Valley location with a lake, running stream, bocce ball court, koi pond, tennis court, work-out room 5 bedrooms, 4 baths, and acres of sports facilities (NOTE: 5th bedroom is accessed through master bedroom). We have a total of 6 beds with the option of additional air mattresses for more guests.

This is a California-style ranch home built in the 60's that exudes warmth and charm. Kitchen has stainless steel appliances, 4-burner gas stove, granite tile counter tops, large center island & custom cabinets. The family room boasts a pool table and 60 inch TV. The guest rooms have been recently updated and remodeled with guest comfort in mind with luxurious spa sheets for bedding. The California king bed and queen beds are temperpedic and amazingly comfortable.

The home has hard wood floors, satillo tile, and carpet in one bedroom. The master bedroom doors open out to the lush grounds & sparkling salt water pool. All bathrooms have been remodeled with travertine floors. The laundry area is complete with front loading washer and dryer. Other features of the home include a pool, billiard table and baby grand piano.

The back half of the property has a lake, lilly lined stream, basketball court, tennis court, volleyball court, ping pong table, vegetable garden, citrus trees, koi pond, and catfish filled lake. This is a cozy and inviting home in the most amazingly tranquil setting.

Clete is our on-site manager who lives in the detached guest house by th e pool. He can answer any questions regarding the home and is also a great resource for local restaurants and bars. He maintains his privacy and yours throughout your stay.

From November until May, Mondays and Thursdays from 6pm-10pm and Saturday from 10am-3pm the tennis court is reserved for the co-owner.


Please note the bedroom situation. The full bedroom is accessed through the master bedroom so if someone is staying in the full bedroom the master bed is NOT completely private. The bedrooms on the south wing share a bathroom. And the full bedroom and master bedroom share a bathroom.

Guest Access



You will have access to the pool, front lawn, entire home. Tennis court access will need to be discussed before booking. The 5 acres of manicured lawn are available for your enjoyment.

The tennis pavilion is a 2000 square foot facility next to the tennis court which is available at an additional rate of $400/day as it requires more cooling and maintenance beyond the main house. The pavilion has a separate kitchen, TV area, restrooms, and locker room. There is a one time $100 cleaning fee for all pavilion rentals.

The tennis court can be reserved by special request only. There is no additional fee to use the court.

The Neighborhood

This is a very quite and private neighborhood. The home is gated for the utmost safety. The home is perfectly situated if you're interested in biking, hiking or walking. The surrounding lots are all on 5 acre parcels so there is a lot of privacy and peace in the backyard.

The home is just one mile away from the Sanctuary Resort, Phoenician Resort, and Montelucia Resort...all of which have award winning restaurants and spas.

It is also just two blocks away from Cholla road which is the starting point for the Cholla trail up Camelback Mountain.

Getting around

There is very little public transport in the town of Paradise Valley in general. You will need a form of transport like taxi or car to get around. Hiring a car is highly recommended!!

Other Things to Note



Please note our check in and check out times are very strict since we often have check in and check outs on the same day and we need a full 4 hours to clean the house for the next set of guests.

The saltwater pool can be heated for an additional $50/day to cover heating costs. We would just need to know at least two days in advance to begin heating the pool.

There is a three day minimum booking on weekends during the high season October through May.

To allow the pricing to me more affordable for smaller groups, there is a $90/per person fee over 8 people

More Details

Hollye Shepherd
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 11, 2017

About Hollye Shepherd

My husband and I moved to Austin by way of Scottsdale and Venice Beach. We met at a festival in the black rock desert in 2010 and have been inseparable ever since. Will is originally from Alaska and I am from Phoenix...he keeps me cool and I warm his heart. We now have 2 little girls who have stolen both of our hearts. We are both visual artists. I am a professional photographer and Will is a visual effects artist working in the movie industry. We have rented from VRBO for our own personal travel and are excited for the opportunity to give back to the traveler community and allow other guests to stay at our home.

Hollye Shepherd purchased this estate in 2004

Why Hollye Shepherd chose Arizona

Its paradise and we would like to share it!

What makes this estate unique

Privacy and room to explore, play and relax in Paradise Valley. What more could you want?

Guestbook comments from the owner

Paradise doesn't even come close to describing this property. I am a frequent traveler, and I always choose to rent homes when vacationing with my children. Of all my (many) experiences to date, I have never had my expectations exceeded like they were with this home. First, Hollye was a dream. She was responsive and incredibly welcoming even prior to our arrival. In truth, I thought the photos might look better than the actual property considering Hollye is a photographer. No joke - the photos do not do the property justice. No photo would. You simply have to come to experience. The home is nestled in a quiet community of larger estates. It is a VERY short walk to one of the nicest resorts in the area (Phoenician), closer to one of the most popular hiking trails (Cholla) and close to MANY great restaurants and shopping. Of course, aside from one hike, we never left because there was absolutely no need. The home is expansive and offers a great deal of space. Two bedrooms with the most comfortable beds are located at each of the two wings, and there is plenty of space for your belongings. Between the living area, sunroom, library alcove, dining room, big kitchen, TV room (which is essentially two huge rooms with one side occupying a pool table), there is no lack of space to congregate or find some quiet time. The kitchen was kindly stocked by our hosts with wonderful treats, a nearly stocked bar, and even the bathrooms were stocked with toilettries. Chris, the NICEST person, showed us around the home and property, and he was always available if we ever needed. While we didn't venture into the gorgeous gym, we did make full use of the remaining four acres. The pool is closely located to the house. We spent an afternoon their with some local family and enjoyed the BBQ as well as the shady seating area. Ample places to sit and completely comfortable. Beyond the gate of the house/pool was essentially the nicest resort in all of Phoenix. My children were so surprised by the gorgeous playhouse where they had tea with some stuffed animal friends. We played ping pong, volleyball, bacci ball, basketball and tennis, and each set up was completely high end and professional. It was difficult to pry me from the lakeside seating areas, and my kids enjoyed exploring the stream. If you want to really enjoy the finer things in life, rent the pavillion. The entire property is breathtaking, and the landscaping is worthy of magazine covers.
May 2014
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Paradise in the Desert 5 bedroom/5 bath
average rating of 5.0 based on 7 reviews
New York, NY

Great stay, incredible property!

  • 5 of 5

We had a group of ten that stayed at the house, and it was amazing. Hollye is incredibly responsive and helpful and her team on the property is amazing and so accommodating. Easy commute to anywhere in town. We had a blast and would definitely come back again!

  • Submitted: Jan 19, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much Michael. I'm glad to hear you guys had a good time. We would love to see you come back anytime!
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Bachelorette Perfection!

  • 5 of 5

We rented the house for the weekend to celebrate the Bride to Be. Everyone was amazed with the home, the inside, the outside and everything in between. The amenities and backyard really made it feel like a resort just for us. Everything was clean and comfortable, plenty of towels, dishes and space for all bags and groceries. It was the perfect gathering space for the group and the bedrooms and bathrooms accommodated everyone's needs. The owners were FANTASTIC to work with and really made the process simple for us. I would absolutely rent again and recommend for any groups or families to share and enjoy!

  • Submitted: Sep 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for taking the time to write this kind review!! You guys were an fantastic group and we appreciate your respect for the home and our check in/check out times. Truly a pleasure renting to you!!
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Friend Getaway weekend

  • 5 of 5

We were 8 people staying for 4 days. The owners and property manager were very helpful and readily available for any questions we may have had. The property is huge and beautifully maintained. The house was only 10-15 mins to all nightlife and restaurants we went to over the weekend. I would definitely arrange to stay here again in the future.

  • Submitted: Aug 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Paradise indeed! Amazing resort, but just for your family!

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed it all - pool, tennis, volleyball, basketball, bocce ball, gentle fountain, beautiful lake -- right in the heart of Paradise Valley! Great outdoor BBQ and covered outside dining area. Full service kitchen with gas burners. We wanted for nothing! It was the perfect family resort, but totally private. Hollye could not be more helpful. Perfection!!!

  • Submitted: Mar 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Dream weekend with the girls

  • 5 of 5

Couldn't have asked for a more beautiful property for our weekend away. The amenities were endless... from the beach volleyball court, to the tennis court, to the pool and the pond with luxurious lounges surrounding it... it felt like we were at a private resort. It is within walking distance from the camelback hike and a short taxi to town. The owner, Hollye, was so accommodating and easy to communicate with and the property manager attended to our every need. I can't say enough good things about this house and the people behind it. I highly recommend it to anyone staying in the Scottsdale area.

  • Submitted: Nov 15, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
15 Miles


Rates & Availability

Jokake Camelback Properties Estate Rental Rates

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March Madness
Mar 29 2017 - Apr 2 2017
3 night minimum stay
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3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $50
Cleaning fee $220
Refundable damage deposit $500
Tax Rate 2.0%

$90 per guest over 6 people
Cancellation policy is 50% loss of booking fee.

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Jokake Camelback Properties Estate Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • estate
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 4500 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Water View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fitness Room / Equipment
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • North hall bath - toilet , combination tub/shower
    South hall bath - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Master his/hers semi-separate baths - toilet , combination tub/shower , jetted tub , Plus 2 walk-in closets
  • Master baths are separated by jetted tub and sunken rain shower. Both have sinks/toilets/walk-in closets
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • King Room - 1 king , Built-in desk
    Queen Room - 1 queen , Tempurpedic, Built-in desk and Sink
    Twins Room - 2 twin/ single
    Full Bed - 1 double , This bedroom is accessed through the master bedroom
    Master Bedroom - 1 king , Tempurpedic bed. Access to full bed is through this room
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • mountain climbing
  • roller blading
  • swimming
  • tennis

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