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BEAUTIFUL VIEWS! Resort-Like Guest house on 5 acres in North Scottsdale

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,300 sq. ft.
Property type estate
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

2Bd/2BA 1300 SF Casita-beautiful Mtn & City light views, rooftop viewing, pool

Mariposa Grande -- Spanish for 'Big Butterfly' -- is the name of the quiet, secluded street where this house is located, and here, you can really spread your wings. This beautifully decorated Guest House is located on the rear portion of a 5-acre luxury property and features a separate driveway, a separate entrance and ample covered parking. Hunkered down amidst native desert fauna and landscaping. It has 2 large bedrooms -- 1 master with a 'snail-style' walk-in shower and another bedroom with a hallway bathroom featuring another walk-in shower. Both bathrooms are elegantly done in gorgeous custom tile work. Every room contains large, flat-screen TVs and fireplaces, while the kitchen features stunning granite countertops, cooking island and breakfast nook. Relax on the patio at sunset with city views and a sizzling barbecue, or step up to the resort-style pool and enjoy a cocktail while water tumbles over the pool's custom rock fountain feature. Picturesque views include some of the best in all of Scottsdale: tranquil mountain vistas from the patio and rooftop viewing area; blooming desert flora all around; wildlife such as jackrabbits, coyotes, javelina, cardinals, cactus wrens, Deer and more! Whether you come to Scottsdale to enjoy the world-class golf courses, the Barrett-Jackson Auto Auction, the Arabian horse show, Cactus League Spring Training Baseball games, the designer shopping, the award-winning restaurants, or hiking or biking the hundreds of trails, you will really enjoy relaxing here after all the activities.

Judy Sorensen
Member since: 2015
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:
January 10, 2018

About Judy Sorensen

Judy is a Phoenix native who grew up in the city and over the years yearned to reside in the North Scottsdale area to get closer to nature. She's a loving mother of two and grandmother of three who is very active in walking, hiking, fundraising for cancer research. She works in the Commercial/National Title Insurance industry for a Fortune 500 company and has for 35+ years all the while adding on to this gem of an escape. The cozy confines of the Mariposa Grande 'ranch' still host family events, friendly gatherings and holiday get-togethers. But there's no livestock at this ranch. The only 'wrangling' that happens is the rounding up of good times and fond memories. She travels to Mexico where she owns a home on the beach and has many family vacations there as well.

Judy Sorensen purchased this estate in 2007

Why Judy Sorensen chose North Scottsdale

The Guest House is located near several major attractions including DC Ranch, Fashion Square Mall, Kierland Shopping Center, Cactus League Spring Training Games, Musical Instrument Museum, Heard Museum North, Taliesen West, NASCAR Racing at the Phoenix International Raceway, Old Town Scottsdale to the South and Cave Creek/Carefree to the North, Pinnacle Peak Hiking, TPC Gold- home to the Phoenix Open, WestWorld - home of the Barrett Jackson Classic Car Auction and the Arabian Horse Show, and much much more just minutes from your doorstep!

What makes this estate unique

Slip on those walking shoes and head out the door for beautiful scenic desert walks in a safe environment. You may see a deer, bobcat, coyote and loads of quail and bunnies! The property is 2 blocks from Pinnacle Peak Road which is used by cyclists and walkers/joggers as it contains bike lanes for your safety. The surrounding mountains add beauty to your exercise. You are minutes from many world renown golf courses, Troon North, Troon Mountain, Grayhawk, Desert Mountain to name a few.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Posted by property owner who has taken over management of the property. Reviews from previous tenants with prior Management Company don't transfer over (unfortunately).

Very nice Casita and great location! Not too far out, but far enough to be away from the city noise and congestion. The sunsets and city lights were beautiful from the patio. Also great spot for viewing the wildlife. The quail and jackrabbits were especially plentiful. We were also lucky enough to see a couple road runners and a couple cardinals. A great time was had by all and we hope to return soon.
Sep 2014
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North Scottsdale Estate Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • estate
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1300 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • 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 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , walk in shower with glass block accents
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , snail shower with glass block accent
  • each bathroom contains Walk-in Showers, with stained glass arabesque window, beautifully decorated.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Bedroom 1 - King bed, in suite bathroom with walk-in shower
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king , access to outdoor patio
  • Bedroom 2 -King bed across hall from bathroom with walk-in Snail Shower. Both bedrooms have a fireplace, beautiful views, access to outside patio, radio/alarm close, reading lights
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
  • arboretum
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • museums
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rock climbing


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BEAUTIFUL VIEWS! Resort-Like Guest house on 5 acres in North Scottsdale
average rating of 4.72 based on 28 reviews

A Sparkling Jewel In The Midst Of The Sonoran Desert

  • 5 of 5

If you are looking for a cozy yet spacious, beautifully decorated and meticulously maintained place with lots of amenities, you need look no further! We stayed here for 2 weeks in July and never once felt the need to have something that wasn't already provided on the property. Responsive, caring owners who live right on the property, they are there if you need something, but otherwise respect your privacy. The casita is very charming and has all the modern amenities one could hope for to have a very enjoyable stay. We found it to be the perfect mix of peaceful seclusion and things to do conveniently located close by. You will need to have a car if you stay here.

A few of our suggestions include watching the gorgeous sunrises and sunsets from the spacious patios or rooftop deck. Take a nature walk through the pristine desert. Visit one or many of the nearby great restaurants. Scottsdale has over 900 restaurants; many of them with very gifted chefs. Lounge around by the pool all day. Visit the Aquarium, the Musical Instruments Museum, the Cosanti Foundation, the Penske Racing Museum or the Butterfly Wonderland. If you are feeling the need to explore a bit further away, Arcosanti is located a short drive away. Sedona is a very beautiful place about a 90 minute drive away. Tucson is also a beautiful spot with the professionally restored Mission San Xavier del Bac and also De Grazia Gallery of the Sun which is a museum that pays homage to the late Ted De Grazia.

Judy, and Tim, thank you for your kindness and all the special touches you provided to make our stay over the top special. We hope to stay with you again.

  • Submitted: Jul 28, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Angela we thank you and Bobbi so much for your patronage at the Casira . You were absolutely the perfect guests and we enjoyed our discussions along the way. We hope you return soon and as always thank you very much for staying with us.
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Overall a very nice stay

  • 4 of 5

Only issue was the auto coffee maker was not operating. Not sure if it was the coffee pot or the operator?

  • Submitted: Jan 5, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for such a nice review. Unfortunately we did not hear from you but would’ve been glad to show you how to operate the coffee pot. I actually did test it and it is working fine. We hope that you will return to our resident Kaseeta for a future trip.
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Beautiful property

  • 5 of 5

Great location . Very clean, very nice

  • Submitted: Nov 19, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Absolutely amazing! This is a real gem!

  • 5 of 5

The property is magnificent. The beds are large and comfy and the bathrooms and kitchen have your basic needs which is always nice. We love the furnishings indoor and out, the pool chairs, umbrellas, and landscaping, and the view from the casita's roof is completely breathtaking. Our booking was as smooth as it gets, we received all the info needed for our stay and we had no issues whatsoever. We even asked for a late check out and the owner was happy to allow it although flight changes sadly pulled us from this lovely retreat early. I highly reccomend, you will not be disappointed!

  • Submitted: Apr 23, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much Sarah! We're glad you enjoyed your stay at the casita and welcome you back anytime!
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We were very pleased with our stay at this welcoming tranquil space.

  • 5 of 5

We planned this trip as a surprise for my Mothers 78th Birthday to visit family in the area. We arrived and felt relaxed immediately. The pictures are beautiful but the reality of the space is even better. The attention to detail is spot on. They have not missed a step in providing all the best comforts of this Home Away from Home. The views are breathtaking.

Judy is a gracious host. So glad we got to meet her. She was welcoming but not intrusive. She allowed us to enjoy her space as if it were our own.

Her kindness and caring shows in the vibe everywhere. Her decorating style is charming. Love all her whimsical garden decor. Thank you for sharing it all with us.

  • Submitted: Apr 12, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Ottawa, Canada

A Little hideaway in the McDowell Sonoran Desert

  • 5 of 5

We spent over a month (end of February/March) in this wonderful casita. It was perfect for my husband and I and had we invited some weekend guests, there would have been plenty of room for 4. The location could not be more perfect - off Pinnacle Peak Road near Pima, near shopping,( Safewys, AJ's , Starbucks, Walgreens) , near hiking trailheads and not too far a drive to Scottsdale Quarters. Notwithstanding its proximity to civilization, the location is very quiet; we heard the coyotes at night and the roadrunners and other birds were plentiful. We have spent the past three winters in Scottsdale and this rental has been by far the best .

The casita is extremely well equipped - we lacked for nothing in terms of kitchen equipment, linens, towels etc. There is a BBQ, a lovely back patio overlooking the desert where we ate dinner and a small sitting area under the portico at the front. The owners live on the property in the large ranch house and this is a terrific advantage. If you are missing anything or something breaks, they can deal with it immediately.

We are hikers so did not mind that the pool was unheated. It is adjacent to the main ranch house but you are permitted to use it. The owners were happy to let us sit out in the garden where we read our books and relaxed when not hiking.

I can't say enough about this rental. We would be thrilled to rerent when we are next in Arizona.

  • Submitted: Apr 3, 2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Karen- thank you so much for the kind review, we are thrilled that you enjoyed our casita and your AZ adventure! You were wonderful guests and we would love to host you again in the future!
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AJ's Fine Foods - North Scottsdale Rd
Nearest Airport
26 Miles
Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airor
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
many fun bars/pubs in area - Local Bistro
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Grayhawk and Troon
Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Nicks Italian Restaurant, Mastro's Steakhouse,
Car: necessary

As you approach this luxury residence, you will see beautiful homes on 5 acres, some with horses/tennis courts. The Guest House is located on a 5 acre luxury estate located in the heart of the pristine sonoran desert of North Scottsdale. It is 15 minutes from the western town of Cave Creek with many shops and eateries - a must visit! Golf courses galore in close proximity. Minutes away from Princess Resort where the Phoenix Open is held. West World is also close where the Arabian Horse Show is held. This area is quiet and peaceful. You can see the beautiful mountains by day, and the stars and City lights by night. Yet, it is minutes away from many fine restaurants and the Cine-Capri Movie Theater, Whole Foods Grocery Store, Boutiques, the Talking Stick Resort and Casino (which also includes a gorgeous golf course).

Many restaurants, drug store, grocery store, banks, Church within 1/2 mile of residence.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $150
Damage Insurance $59
Damage Deposit $500

Cancellations more than sixty (60) days prior to arrival date are subject to a 5% cancellation fee or $100, whichever is greater. Cancellations or changes that result in a shortened stay that are made within 60 day of the arrival date forfeit the full advance payment and reservation deposit. Cancellation or early departure does not warrant any refund of rent. If the Property is subsequently re-rented, a full refund minus the cancellation fee will be made.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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