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SW 3 Bed+Casita, Pool+Spa on 1.7 AC in Tonto Hills @ 3600' Elev Views for Miles

Bedrooms 5
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights

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3 - 4 nights

About the property

Modern, SW Home w/ Super 360' Views Of The Tonto Nat. Forrest & N. Scottsdale

Modern, southwestern architecture with unbeatable 360 degree views of the adjacent Tonto National Forest, North Scottsdale, the “Outlaw” course at Desert Mountain Golf Club and in the distance, Pinnacle Peak and the beautiful McDowell Mountains.

Beautiful bedroom house with 2 full bathrooms and large office in the main house, plus an all-inclusive Guest Casita next to the negative edge pool and large spa situated on 1.7 acres provides a peaceful, private retreat in the magnificent high Sonoran Desert!

Located in the desirable Tonto Hills subdivision adjacent to Desert Mountain, this home has the best of both worlds: A rural and rustic southwest setting, with easy access to the Loop 101 freeway (18 miles) and all of Scottsdale and the Phoenix metro area. Or 10 minutes away from the affluent and charming western style towns of Cave Creek and Carefree. This mountainside home is located approximately 3300feet above the valley floor which takes as much as 10 degrees off summer days highs and allows an occasionally light dusting of snow, gone before noon, in the winter!

There are over $175,000 in recent upgrades including new windows, wood floors, remodeled master and guest bathroom, a garage addition, new HVAC units, split-rail fencing and premium Astro-Turf lawns. There are 3 roomy, comfortable covered flagstone patios framed with imported Castle Rock stone columns and exposed wood beam ceilings for cozy outdoor living and entertaining.

The main house and guest casita offer 3 indoor fireplaces. The back patio also has a large beehive fireplace. The master bedroom features a largewalk-in closet, patio access and wood shutters.

The Guest Casita is accessed via a unique 30 ft. cast-in-place concrete, flagstone and Castle Rock stone bridge over a drainage wash that traverses the property. wash. It features a kitchenette with mini-fridge, microwave, sink and dishwasher; a large stone fireplace; a bathroom with double-sink marble counter tops; a large glass block shower and separate toilet area. The entire Casita and pool area are surrounded by beautiful custom iron fence.

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Jeff Hamblen
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
January 17, 2017

About Jeff Hamblen

I grew up in Maryland and moved west in 1971 -- Colorado first, then New Mexico, and finally on to Arizona. I met my wife in California and moved her from the Bay Area to the Navajo reservation!! We now live in Flagstaff. Cave Creek is our second/winter home, but we are happy to share. It's also half- way between our two sons -- one at the U of A and the other at NAU. I am retired, and my wife works at NAU, so we are close by.

Jeff Hamblen purchased this house in 2014

Why Jeff Hamblen chose Greater Phoenix Area

Why not!!?? We bought it because of the quiet location, great views, and proximity to every kind of outdoor activity (I'm an aging rock climber) as well as Phoenix events. Love the casita and pool.

What makes this house unique

This home has approximately 1,500 SF of outdoor flagstone patios and walkways. The back patio has a view of miles of mountains with a bee-hive fireplace. The infinity edge pool and spa by the detached casita are accessible via a unique concrete bridge over a wash. The thick walls and tile floors keep the house cool -- along with the a/c. Landscaping is lovely; you can cut your own rosemary. The swing in the front garden is a perfect place to read.

The development/ immediate area is a great place to run, hike, bike ride or walk alone or with your best friend.

Because of our homes 3400' elevation, the average monthly high and low temperatures are typically 4-5 degrees lower than Scottsdale. For example, Cave Creek monthly average highs in Dec, Jan, Feb and March are 64, 64, 67 and 73 respectively.

While Scottsdale's are 65, 66, 69 and 73 for the same months. ( I bumped up the difference 2 degrees because the home is about 1000 feet above Cave Creek.)

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Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
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SW 3 Bed+Casita, Pool+Spa on 1.7 AC in Tonto Hills @ 3600' Elev Views for Miles
average rating of 4.9375 based on 16 reviews

A Bit of Desert Heaven

  • 5 of 5

Tonto Hills is a special place and this home fit our family of 12 perfectly. The owner is remarkably attentive to every need--even chasing down caterers--and quickly makes right any problems which arise. The home's desert landscaping is spread out with multiple flagstone walkways and the back yard right off the family room is completely fenced which made it a perfect play area for our small kiddos. The outdoor fireplace was used and appreciated during the four, cool November nights we stayed at the home and there was more than enough firewood provided. Thanks Jim for being an excellent host!

  • Submitted: Dec 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Carolyn, I am glad you and your family enjoyed our home. Thanks for taking the time to write such a nice review. Your are welcome back anytime. Happy Holidays! Jeff Hamblen
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Great house the whole family will love!

  • 5 of 5

You'll love this house and the owner is very accommodating who went out of his way to make sure the house met our needs. It's clean, designed so the whole family can enjoy it. If you're visiting family in Desert Mountain but their house can't accommodate everyone....then this is your place to stay.

  • Submitted: Oct 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful home and amazing location!

  • 5 of 5

This home was just what we needed! The location was incredible! We stayed here and played in Scottsdale (40 min drive) and it was perfect. A place to escape into the quiet desert. The pool was absolutely amazing and Jeff was a call away for any questions we might have had. Definitely would recommend this beautiful home!

  • Submitted: Sep 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Stephenie, A belated THANK YOU for taking the time to write a review of your visit! I am so glad you and your girlfriends enjoyed our home. I hope you will come back soon! Jeff
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One Word: AWESOME!!

  • 5 of 5

From the moment Jeff and I first spoke, he went above and beyond to ensure that our week in his home was AWESOME! We could not have asked for a nicer, more accommodating and hospitable host, a more beautiful setting, or a more relaxing and enjoyable week.

It was all the little details that made our stay so very special: Fresh eggs from his chickens, a bottle of local wine, nearly everything but meals provided.......but the fully stocked pantry and fridge helped in that regard, a dog bed for our German Shepherd, cat box and litter for our Siamese cats, tons of information and resources to make quick work of knowing how to use everything, go anywhere, even directions to the emergency animal clinic, closest grocery stores, churches, etc.

As other guests have said, the photos and description of this home do not do it is sooooo much better. The views are breathtaking and we really took advantage of the hot tub, pool, back patio and grill. The house is very spacious, comfortable, has WiFi, and all the other amenities that were the icing on the cake. The casita by the pool, was the most charming little guest house imaginable..........and now I want one for our property in Indiana! That Jeff welcomes pets, both dogs and cats was a huge blessing, (even though we ended up leaving our 2 Siamese cats at home), in that we were able to include our entire family on our vacation.

We will most definitely stay in this home again...........soon!

  • Submitted: Sep 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful home!

  • 5 of 5

Absolutely loved this beautiful home, and the owner, Jeff, was extremely accommodating. He even contacted us a couple times during our stay just to make sure everything was going okay.

I would highly recommend renting this home. The house is located in a beautiful mountainous area with wonderful views. The home is spacious and super clean. There were 8 of us that stayed for a week in June and we had plenty of room. The house is even better than the pictures. The infinity pool and hot tub were wonderful and there were plenty of pool toys, and even a pool basketball goal. Plus, it was nice to lounge around the pool and watch the wildlife all around us.

The home is located in a quiet neighborhood. We liked being just a little ways away from town, but yet not too far away. It was just a short trip into Carefree and Cave Creek. The home is well stocked. It was nice to make dinner at the house and have a relaxing evening on the covered patio the overlooks the valley.

If you are considering booking a stay at this home, do it, you won’t be disappointed! Our family can’t wait to stay here again.

  • Submitted: Jun 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Ms. Lackey, Thank you for taking the time to write a review! We always welcome feedback...but it is especially nice to heart that folks enjoyed our home as much as we do! Hope you can come back again soon. Sincerely, Jeff Hamblen
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Beautiful home and beautiful views

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here for four days while we came in town for our daughter's graduation from Arizona State. It was the perfect house to accommodate my whole family. The home was spacious, well kept, and had everything we could need and more. The pool and the yard was absolutely stunning! The owner wasn't kidding when he said that his yard between the main house and the pool house is like a highway for the wild life. Don't worry the bridge and the fencing around the property make it quite safe. A herd of deer would come right into the yard every evening. Also we got to see a javelina! It crossed our path as we were driving up to the house one night. There were many different types of birds too! The patio area off of the main house got a nice breeze in the evening which made for a great place for the whole family to relax and enjoy the views. The owner even left us a bottle of champagne to toast to my new graduate. I will definitely stay here again next time I am in town.

  • Submitted: May 23, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
40 Miles
Sky Harbor International
Nearest Barpub
8 Miles
Numerous in Downtown Cave Creek & Carefree
Nearest Golf
7 Miles
Legend Trails Golf Course
Nearest Motorway
18 Miles
Loop 101
Nearest Restaurant
8 Miles
Numerous in Downtown Cave Creek & Carefree
Nearest Ski
Sunrise Ski Park 225 mi Arizona Snow Bowl 145 mi
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Cave Creek House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Dec 1 2016 - Apr 14 2017
4 night minimum stay
Apr 15 2017 - Jun 21 2017
3 night minimum stay
Jun 22 2017 - Sep 22 2017
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $250
Property Damage Protection $79
Propane for Pool/Spa TBD $0
Pet Fee $25
Tax Rate 5.0%

Because the need/desire to heat the pool/ spa varies from traveler to traveler and season to season, propane to fuel the for spa and poll heaters is NOT included in the rental, but can be provided. There are 2-110 gallon tanks. The traveler can choose to have none, one or both filled. Typically one full tank will easily heat the spa for a 4-5 day stay.

A deposit of 33% is due at booking. The remaining balance due 60 days prior to arrival. No refunds @ <60 days

Rates/terms subject to change prior to executed agreement.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Cave Creek House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 2845 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Master Bathroom - toilet , tub , shower , Dual vanity sink
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 @ Casita - toilet , shower
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - Master - 1 king , Large, spacious w\wood floors, fireplace & separate entry.
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
    Den\Office - Air bed can be provided
    Bedroom 5 @ Casita - 1 sleep sofa /futon
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
  • Books
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • Private Pool
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting

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