Monday, April 24, 2017

a few reviews

Reviews from some of our renters

Great Place to Stay
This place has everything you need to enjoy the tucson sun. It's centrally located to everywhere in Northwest tucson. Thanks again for a great vacation!! 
stayed April 2017

Review from vacation rental site-- 2016:
Location: Oro Valley, Tucson & Southern Arizona, Arizona, USA Accommodations: Main home (1440 sf), tile and carpeted floors with Oriental rugs in living and dining room. 2 Bedrooms (sleeps four), den, 2 small Bathrooms. 
The home benefits from an easy-flowing, open floor plan. In the winter, a wood-burning fireplace adds ambiance. Kitchen is fully equipped, with dining table, kitchen table. Both bedrooms have queen beds. Master bedroom has its own small bathroom with walk-in shower. Third room is den with futon sofa, which would make a good bed for children. All three rooms recently re-carpeted. Washer in the house with dryer in storage room entered from covered patio (240 sf.) 
Private unheated swimming pool, with auto-cleaner, patio, and fenced enclosure offers a peaceful place to sun and read. Dine by the pool or enjoy the sunken stone patio with a circular enclosure to use briquettes. Experience the freedom of swimming in your own private pool (it's a bit chilly during the late fall, winter and early spring but still available for hearty types).
Creative environment in a quiet neighborhood above the end of cul-de-sac with circular drive. With great privacy, the home sits in the middle of 1.3 acres of natural desert and is perfect for nature lovers. Watch the sunrise over Pusch Ridge as you awaken and hours later set over the Tucson Mountains from a hanging swing at the front of the house. Large, fenced back patio is a great spot to view many types of birds, along with bunnies, ground squirrels, coyotes, javelina and the occasional bobcat.
Everything about this house is oriented toward the creative person looking for a quiet get away, a place to paint or write. A photographer will find no end of subjects. There are two desks with space for two writers to finish or start their manuscripts. 
Grocery store, fuel and three restaurants are less than a mile away, Canada Del Oro Wash trail 1/2 mile on sidewalk, five miles to diverse shopping, two movie theaters, hiking, golf courses, restaurants and Catalina State Park. House has WiFi/DSL, DirecTV with150 channels. and local programming 55" HDTV and Netflix included and local phone service. Monitor and keyboard in the den, just bring your laptop. A FAX, Inkjet printer, and scanner on office desk. We are NO SMOKING, and like pets.

As advertised or better
Artistic Desert Retreat We have had good success on a couple of previous vacations renting through VRBO so for this trip to Tucson we once again tapped into this vacation rental agency. We found a home very near the one we stayed at on our last visit to Tucson. Given that we knew the area we knew what to expect as far as location but the actual home one finds when one arrives is always a surprise. Luckily, as I said, we have done well with VRBO and this rental was no different. The house was as advertised and we were not disappointed. The home itself was a small 3 bedroom, although one bedroom doubled as an office but did have a futon. It was quite enough for the three of us. Although the yard was not as nice as our previous visit to Tucson we were able to capture numerous pictures of the very rich desert Cactus environment. In fact, the yard itself was actually quite overgrown with cactus. What we thought were trails often ended in a wall of thorns. Nevertheless the surroundings were quite spectacular. The Catalina mountains behind us afforded some beautiful sunrise views. At sunset we moved to the front yard where the aptly named Twin Peaks, part of the Tucson Mountains on the west side of town, bid the day goodnight. There were numerous birds in and around the property. It helped that the owners put out a block of bird seed which attracted a nice variety of birds, including a covey of resident Gambel’s Quails. The mesquite (or was it an ironwood?) tree housed a plethora of very active house sparrows and a couple Verdin. The many dead snags were popular with mourning doves, and a Cooper’s Hawk in full hunting mode. The abundant cactus were visited by house finches, Pyrrhuloxia, Phainopepla, cactus wren, curve-billed thrashers and Gila woodpeckers. As an added bonus we had a ladder-backed-woodpecker visit the yard and three great-horned owls joined us during morning coffee. The owner said we might see javelina and coyotes in the yard. No javelin visited but one morning a coyote did walk through the yard about 10 feet away from us before we spooked it. There were plenty of cottontail rabbits, assorted mice and even a couple of lizards made their acquaintance. I wouldn't hesitate to rent from the owner again. He was prompt with responses to my queries and even gave me a rebate on the cleaning fee because we left the house in tip-top shape. All in all, Tucson is a great place to visit. 
Stayed: October 2016

A True Retreat
After spending 10 days in the crowded city of Phoenix, we found this home to be a true "retreat". Watching the quail and the bunnies from the patio was so relaxing. This rental is very well equipped and clean. We are sure the new backyard fence will greatly help those travel with their pets. We cannot wait to return! 
Stayed: March 2015 
Recommended for: Pet owners, Sightseeing, Adventure seekers, Age 55+

Laid-back Tucson stay
This lovely property is a great location for couples or families that want a comfortable, casual setting for a vacation exploring the Tucson area. Also great as a location to put your feet up to read, write, reflect, and doze. While just off a heavily traveled thoroughfare, once inside the house or in the back garden, traffic wasn't noticeable. The property was clean and in good order, well-supplied, and the beds were very comfortable. The caretaker was available if needed, but otherwise invisible. Supermarket and several good restaurants were available just down the road. All in all, wonderful place to stay. I would caution pet owners and families with young children to be aware that wildlife was in evidence, including bobcats and rattlesnakes in the back yard.
Stayed: March 2014 
Recommended for: Pet owners, Girls getaway, Age 55+

Perfect for us
The house was very well equipped and clean. We had everything we needed to prepare meals and to relax. The directions for use of the house were very complete and helpful and we appreciated being able to access the internet. It was too cold to swim (February) but the pool looked nice. The best feature is the back yard, which is a lovely mix of natural and planted landscaping. We enjoyed watching the bunnies and quail every day, along with a variety of other animals. We heard the coyotes but never saw one but we did see a bobcat, which was quite a thrill! We loved having nature around us. Hoping to stay here again! 
Stayed: February 2014 
Recommended for: Sightseeing, Girls getaway, Adventure seekers, Age 55+, Romantic getaway

Wildlife Heaven...
My husband and I and our 8 yr old Aussie spent 3 fun weeks at "Artistic Desert Retreat". The first four days we were there we had snow! We were so thankful that this retreat home had a great furnace. The kitchen was very well equipped and the gas barbecue worked great, even in the very cold temps. We entertained friends several times during our stay and it was great fun to use the beautiful Mexican pottery for our meals. Daily we were treated to visits from quail, bunnies and squirrels and, to our delight, a family of four javalenas roamed through the yard several times. The coyotes put on quite a show and serenaded us nightly. The location of this home was perfect - felt like we were in the country but we were only three minutes from a super grocery store, pizza place and a reasonable-cost gas station. Our friends from South Dakota joined us for one week and they really enjoyed the wildlife. We also discovered nearby Riverfront Park - a perfect place to walk our dog.and do some birding. I have already recommended this home to our friends and family. 
Stayed: February 2013 
Recommended for: Pet owners, Age 55+

Quiet, Homey, and Handy
This house feels like your home if you enjoy watching quails pecking at the seed block every morning, listening to singing birds, and catching a glimpse of a coyote, javelina, and bobcat. We enjoyed mountain views, sunsets, and the connection with nature. It is very handy to Fry's grocery store, and Noble Hops for micro brews, interesting food, and late afternoon mountain views. Many hiking trails are nearby. 
Stayed: January 2013 
Recommended for: People with disabilities, Pet owners, Sightseeing, Girls getaway, Adventure seekers, Age 55+, Romantic getaway

Quiet and private desert getaway
My husband and I had a lovely time staying at this great little house is Oro Valley. The house is spacious and comfortable and located on a quiet street with very little traffic since it is not a through street (hate to call it dead end - yuck). The lot is quite spacious so you really have a lot of privacy. We live on a 2.5 acre lot and are used to having lots of privacy, so this was very similar. Our only visitors were mourning doves, quail, rabbits and one adventurous javelina. We had a great time exporing the parks, Sabino Canyon, Tohono Chul, the desert museum etc. Everything was just as advertised and we had everything we needed. Would definitely recommend this place although little kids would need supervision. Those cactus require respect! I really enjoyed being outside under the covered patio, listening to the doves and watching the resident bunny. So very different than our home state of Colorado!
Stayed: April 2012
Recommended for: Pet owners, Sightseeing, Girls getaway, Adventure seekers, Age 55+

Lovely Desert Retreat
We have visited Casa Espiritu twice and will be going again. It is a very peaceful, beautiful, homey retreat. There is lots of wildlife: bobcats, coyotes, fat quail, huge hawks, and more. The view is lovely. The pool area includes a garden and it is fully fenced. We wanted for nothing in the kitchen. There are plenty of nice Mexican dishes, glassware and cloth napkins for elegant dinners. It is close to groceries and great hiking. We have rented many places from VRBO and this is one of the best.
Stayed: December 2011 
Recommended for: Pet owners, Sightseeing, Tourists without a car, Adventure seekers, Age 55+, Romantic getaway
Quiet spot is a good choice for two couples.
We rented this house for the two of us, but friends asked to join us for most of our stay. The size of the house and the layout made it very comfortable for four. It is an older house, but it was clean and in a quiet neighborhood. The kitchen has many small appliances, and we especially appreciated the nice glassware. All of the communications and arrangements with the owner went very well. I would not hesitate to recommend this house to a friend.
Stayed: January 2011

Wednesday, January 04, 2017

Casa Espiritu

Of the places I love to be, Casa Espiritu is high on the list. The house sits on a small ridge with desert around it. To eat on its patio is to share in a small piece of natural desert with its denizens. Sit quietly and enjoy their conversations and a piece of their lives.

Storms and their aftermath add to the excitement of desert living.

Watching the moon rise over Pusch Ridge is a reminder of cycles, of nature, and natural beauty. It's a great way to relax and let yourself just be.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Main Living Area

With a woodburning fireplace and a window that looks out toward the Tucson Mountains, the living room is designed to make conversation easy as well as viewing the widescreen television (with many DVDs in the cupboard alongside the cabinet). 

Behind the bookcase, well stocked with books, is a desk and reading chair providing its own little corner for writing or reading. The closet is for coats but also the modem and what is needed to keep the house up and the computers working.

There are two inside tables for dining. The dining room is an alcove off the living room with a sideboard for dishes and another for games, tablecloths, napkins, and mats.

The house makes full use of sculptures, paintings, and Native American crafts-- all inspired by the Southwest. This is a home aimed at inspiring the creativity in anyone.


Two bedrooms with queen-sized beds, dressers, and a small bathroom off the master bedroom. The third bedroom is a den with a desk and futon that can make into a bed-- suitable for a child.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Patio, pool and surroundings

Set on 1 1/3 acre, as much natural desert as possible has been kept to make it feel like it's along a desert trail with cactus, ironwood trees, and palo verde. 

There are three patios. The first one is beyond the dining room and kitchen with its own table and chairs to sit and enjoy the birds or grill a steak. This patio is fenced to make it safe for small pets but has a large gate that can be opened for those most interested in a full view to photograph quail and other visitors from LaCaƱada wash half a mile away. These can include many types of birds, rabbits, rodents, bobcats, javelina, coyotes, and snakes (which sometimes are rattlesnakes).


 The pool area has its own fence both from the patio yard and the desert beyond. It is not heated but it is maintained for swimming year round. There is a second outdoor table and chairs for dining as well as a sunken patio with a small fire pit (only safe to use briquettes due to fire risk).

Saturday, January 09, 2010

Denizens of Casa Espiritu

They live here too