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Resort Home Tucked in the Boulders

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Resort Home tucked in the Boulders


Last updated: 10/29/2016
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  • Minimum stay:31 nights
  • Sleeps:6
  • Bedrooms:2
  • Bathrooms:3.5
  • Property type:House
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

About the Property

House, 2 Bedrooms + Outdoor Casita, 3.5 Baths (Sleeps 6)

Snuggled in harmony with the majestic boulders at the top of the gated Las Piedras enclave, this resort styled Hacienda is the perfect vacation sanctuary. A unique fusion of Spanish and Asian styles and colors, this property is one of a kind. 2 bedrooms 3½ baths, 2 indoor fireplaces and a meditation room, the home was designed for both indoor and outdoor living. It offers city light views, spacious Mexican patios and verandas, a saltwater lagoon-pool with waterfall, a pool-side, open-aired casita with fireplace, ½ kitchen and bath, an outside exercise room and sauna, an outside shower, BBQ, a city-view deck and lots of nooks tucked away for relaxation, rejuvenation and contemplation. Miles of hiking and biking trails begin right out the front door.

The private community includes the “La Casa Serena” clubhouse replete with a fitness room, caterer’s kitchen, pool, spa and BBQ. A short walk to the nearby Summit Shopping Complex offers specialty retailers and fine and casual dining specifically tailored to the area’s affluent tastes.

*Subject to availability, a stay in this home entitles the guest to 3 nights free in owner’s penthouse in historic Jerome, Arizona. See this property on VRBO web-site: #482243

Note: The property is available for rent. However, owner prefers 2 to 3 month (or longer) home trade with property of like amenities and value. Spanish speaking country preferred but will consider all options.


Member since: 2013

Speaks: english, Japanese
Response time: Within 24 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 10/29/2016

Property Type

  • House
  • 2400 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 6
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    25 years of age and older...moreless

  • Non Smoking Only
  • Not Suitable For Children
  • Pets Not Allowed

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Car Available


  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 4-6

  • Master Bedroom: 1 king


  • Guest Bedroom: 1 queen


  • Outdoor Casita: 1 double, 1 twin/ single

    The Casita can be enclosed by drawing the outdoor curtains....moreless

  • The open-air Casita is located in the courtyard next to the waterfall pool. It contains a double-bed sleeping platform, a bathroom and indoor shower, an outside shower, a wet-bar kitchen with sink and mini-refrigerator, a fireplace and a ceiling mounted space heater. Often used as a 3rd bedroom, the canvas curtains can be drawn giving the Casita a Bedouin-like atmosphere. ...moreless

Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom

Other Amenities

  • Weekly housecleaning and vehicle availability subject to discussion with owner. *Subject to availability, a stay in this home entitles the guest to 3 nights free in owner’s penthouse in historic Jerome, Arizona. See this property on VRBO web-site: #482243...moreless


  • Music Library:

    Pandora available...moreless

  • Satellite / Cable


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Recreation Center
  • Restaurants

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Gambling Casinos
  • Horseback Riding
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Mountain View:

    The home sits at an elevation of 2,327 feet (709 meters) above sea level. The house abuts a Preserve with hiking trails out the front door. The bouldered hills are just a few hundred feet away. ...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Equestrian Events
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Rock Climbing
  • Roller Blading
  • Swimming
  • Tennis


  • Dining:

    Breakfast Bar seats 3 Hi-Top Breakfast Table seats 4 Dining Table seats 8...moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 8 people


  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace:

    2 Indoor Fire places (Master Bedroom and Great Room) and 1 outdoor Fire Place (Casita)...moreless

  • Fitness Room / Equipment:

    Outdoor workout room on-site and an additional exercise room at the “La Casa Serena” community clubhouse. ...moreless

  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet:

    Wi-Fi available...moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine


  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove:

    Natural gas stove....moreless

  • Toaster


  • Outdoor Grill

Pool / Spa

  • Communal Pool:

    At the “La Casa Serena” community clubhouse. ...moreless

  • Heated Pool
  • Hot Tub:

    At the “La Casa Serena” community clubhouse. ...moreless

  • Private Pool:

    Waterfall pool with misting system....moreless



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My Standard Rate
31 night min stay

* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees and Rental Conditions:

  • Refundable Damage Deposit $5,000
  • Property Damage Protection $99
  • Tax Rate 1.65%


RESERVATION/DAMAGE DEPOSIT – A reservation/damage deposit of $2,000us is required. This must be received in full sixty (60) days prior to occupancy. The deposit automatically converts to a security/damage deposit upon arrival. The deposit is NOT applied toward rent; however, it is fully refundable within (14) days of departure. provided certain provisions are met as more full described in the Rules & Regulations Agreement for Renting "Casa Cascada".

RENTAL PAYMENT – Rent Payment in full is required 10 days before arrival. The RENTAL PAYMENT is not a damage deposit.

Heating the open-aired swimming pool is expensive. Should the guest wish to heat the pool there will be an additional $700 per month charge.

Manager's cancellation policy:

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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Last updated: 10/29/2016
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28 Miles
Nearest Airport
Phoenix SkyHarbor International Airport
1 Miles
Nearest Barpub
The Summit Shopping Complex
7.4 Miles
Nearest Golf
Troon North Golf Club
9 Miles
Nearest Motorway
Arizona State Highway 101
1 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
The Summit Shopping Complex
120 Miles
Nearest Ski

Car: Recommended

“Las Piedras” is located just east of Scottsdale Road in far north Scottsdale, ½ mile south of Carefree. It sits central between the Boulders Waldorf Astoria Resort and the Whisper Rock Private Golf Community.

The 101 Freeway is 9-miles to the south and the historic western town of Cave Creek is a 5-mile drive north.

Bartlett Lake is a 23-mile drive to the northeast and Interstate 17 (to Sedona, Flagstaff & the Grand Canyon) is a 16-mile drive to the west.

Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport is 33 miles to the south (approx. 40 minute drive depending on traffic).

Located just 9 miles south of the 3 million acre Tonto National Forest, the property is surrounded by the following parks offering spectacular hiking and world-class mountain biking: the McDowell Mountain Regional Park, the Cave Creek Regional Park, the Phoenix Sonoran Desert Preserve, the Cave Buttes Recreation Area, the Black Mountain Summit Park, the McDowell Sonoran Preserve, the Pinnacle Peak Reserve and the Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area.


Manager info

Year Purchased: 2004

About: As a life-long Arizona resident, owner Gil Gillenwater is an adventurer at heart having explored both far and wide. In addition to several trans-state hikes, bike rides and river floats here in the USA, Gil has launched numerous expeditions across the globe including several forays into the Himalayan “Hidden Lands” of Tibet. In addition, Gil is the Founder and President of the Rancho Feliz Charitable Foundation, Inc., an IRS registered non-profit that he has operated on the USA/MX border for 30 years. Much of Gil’s time is spent in Mexico dealing with the poverty, in all its myriad forms, which exists on the border. According to Gil, “Our goal is to trade or share our home with like-minded people who will enjoy and care for it as we would theirs.”

Why Las Piedras, Scottsdale, AZ, USA:
With a globally influenced theme in mind, Gil purchased the lot. He visualized the future home surrounded by monument-sized boulders and the energy they inspire. “I knew this was a place I could escape the travails of work and travel and feed my spirit.” Consequently, the home, “Casa Cascada” was designed and built as a retreat, a place of sanctuary, rest, rejuvenation, celebration and exercise. “The gigantic time sculpted boulders are located right out my front door. You can actually feel the revitalizing force of these massive stones. When in town I visit them daily. Likewise, I designed the Hacienda styled courtyards to take advantage of the views and privacy. I often relax outside on one of the many sleeping platforms or read a book in the oversized sofa bench on the city-view deck. And a dip in the salt-water pool is always fresh. A few weeks in “Casa Cascada” and my girlfriend, Izuru, and I are recharged and ready for our next adventure.”

The Unique Benefits at this House:
With their keen interest in hiking, biking, Buddhism, meditation, and yoga “Casa Cascada’s” intriguing atmosphere and sequestered location is the perfect get-away. In addition, a short walk downhill to the Summit Shopping Complex offers everything from restaurants and bars, dry cleaning, Starbucks, super Safeway and Target shopping centers, pharmacies, banks, office supply, post office, gas station, ice cream and several other boutique shops and stores.

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Speaks: english, Japanese
Response time: Within 24 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 10/29/2016

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  • Resort Home tucked in the Boulders

    Resort Home tucked in the Boulders

  • Master Bedroom/Meditation Room

    Master Bedroom/Meditation Room

  • Outdoor Workout Room

    Outdoor Workout Room

  • Time sculpted Boulders out the front door.

    Time sculpted Boulders out the front door.

  • Casa Cascada is the home with the red roof.

    Casa Cascada is the home with the red roof.

  • Blue dot marks the home.

    Blue dot marks the home.

  • Where East meets Southwest

    Where East meets Southwest

  • Master Bedroom

    Master Bedroom

  • Miner's Shack Sauna

    Miner's Shack Sauna

  • Unique desert setting.

    Unique desert setting.

  • Gated Community with Recreation Center.

    Gated Community with Recreation Center.

VRBO #699369

This listing was first published here in 2015.

Date last modified - Thursday, March 09, 2017

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