"This was "home base" for my 12-year-old and I for 7 nights in June. The location is wonderful, with grocery stores & restaurants 10 minutes away. Even better, there is nothing between Saguaro Park West and the home, allowing us to encounter wildlife we would not have seen otherwise. The gated neighborhood is very quiet, private, and secure, so I was comfortable leaving my son alone in the house while I hiked.
For my son, the (incredibly clean) pool was his favorite part, it has deep section for diving. The pool table was a hit, too. Ron set us up with hundreds of digital movies, as well as Netflix access and more, so my son was never "bored." The internet in the home is very fast, reliable, and reaches well out into the yard and pool area.
As for me, in the yard and immediate area I was able to see a family of javelina (with babies!), a kit fox, a coyote, and a pair of mule deer. A few hours after we left, Ron even sent us a photo of a bobcat he spotted right outside the house! There are resident Gambel's Quail, hummingbirds at the feeder, and every dusk a Common Poorwill gets a "fly-by" drink from the pool. You can park along the road leading to the home for a quick hike into the hills and washes. There are nice geological samples there, with an amazing variety.
As some reviews have mentioned, the house is not perfect. It is not new construction, some of the furnishings and appliances are not brand new. However, at least when we stayed, the cost was the same per night as a single room at the Westin downtown - for a huge house with a quiet yard and a private pool, and the option to cook your own food. So while the fridge was missing some shelves and drawers, it kept our food and drinks cold. While the starters on the stove clicked the entire time you used the burners, it always started and worked fine. The beds were very comfy, the water pressure was great, and the AC never failed us. Some things need repair, some furniture may need replaced in a few years, but this is a popular rental in a popular area, and I am sure some renters are not as careful or conscientious as they could be.
If you want the quality of the Peninsula Hotel, but the size of a huge house, you will need to look elsewhere - and expect to pay a great deal more. If you are looking for privacy, space, and comfort in a perfect desert setting, where you can cook your own food and wash your own clothes - at a very fair price! - this is it. Ron will take very good care of you."
Guest: Jennifer S.
Date of Stay: June 2016
Review Submitted: June 30, 2016