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Paradise in the Desert 5 bedroom/5 bath

Bedrooms 5
Space 4,500 sq ft
Property type estate
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Stunning property on 5 lush acres in the heart of Paradise Valley, AZ

Breath-taking backyard in the heart of Paradise Valley. This amazing home and backyard rest at the base of the prestigious and popular Camelback Mountain near the Cholla trail.

This is an amazing property in a prime Paradise Valley location with a lake, running stream, bocce ball court, koi pond, tennis court, work-out room 5 bedrooms, 4 baths, and acres of sports facilities (NOTE: 5th bedroom is accessed through master bedroom). We have a total of 6 beds with the option of additional air mattresses for more guests.

This is a California-style ranch home built in the 60's that exudes warmth and charm. Kitchen has stainless steel appliances, 4-burner gas stove, granite tile counter tops, large center island & custom cabinets. The family room boasts a pool table and 60 inch TV. The guest rooms have been recently updated and remodeled with guest comfort in mind with luxurious spa sheets for bedding. The California king bed and queen beds are temperpedic and amazingly comfortable.

The master bedroom doors open out to the lush grounds & sparkling salt water pool. The laundry area is complete with front loading washer and dryer (cleaning pods included). Other features of the home include a pool, billiard table and baby grand piano.

The back half of the property has a lake, lilly lined stream, basketball court, tennis court, volleyball court, ping pong table, vegetable garden, citrus trees, koi pond, and catfish filled lake. This is a cozy and inviting home in the most amazingly tranquil setting.

Clete is our on-site manager who lives in the detached guest house by the pool. He can answer any questions regarding the home and is also a great resource for local restaurants and bars. He maintains his privacy and yours throughout your stay.

From November until May, Mondays and Thursdays from 6pm-10pm and Saturday from 10am-3pm the tennis court is reserved for the co-owner.


No Bachelor parties. Bachelorette gatherings are ok.

Please note the bedroom situation. The full bedroom is accessed through the master bedroom so if someone is staying in the full bedroom the master bed is NOT completely private. The bedrooms on the south wing share a bathroom. And the full bedroom and master bedroom share a bathroom.

Guest Access



You will have access to the pool, front lawn, entire home. Tennis court access will need to be discussed before booking. The 5 acres of manicured lawn are available for your enjoyment.

The tennis pavilion is a 2000 square foot facility next to the tennis court which is available at an additional rate of $400/day as it requires more cooling and maintenance beyond the main house. The pavilion has a separate kitchen, TV area, restrooms, and locker room. There is a one time $100 cleaning fee for all pavilion rentals.

The tennis court can be reserved by special request only. There is no additional fee to use the court.

The Neighborhood

This is a very quite and private neighborhood. The home is gated for the utmost safety. The home is perfectly situated if you're interested in biking, hiking or walking. The surrounding lots are all on 5 acre parcels so there is a lot of privacy and peace in the backyard.

The home is just one mile away from the Sanctuary Resort, Phoenician Resort, and Montelucia Resort...all of which have award winning restaurants and spas.

It is also just two blocks away from Cholla road which is the starting point for the Cholla trail up Camelback Mountain.

Getting around

There is very little public transport in the town of Paradise Valley in general. You will need a form of transport like taxi or car to get around. Hiring a car is highly recommended!!

Other Things to Note



Please note our check in and check out times are very strict since we often have check in and check outs on the same day and we need a full 4 hours to clean the house for the next set of guests.

The saltwater pool can be heated for an additional $50/day to cover heating costs. We would just need to know at least two days in advance to begin heating the pool.

There is a three day minimum booking on weekends during the high season October through May.

To allow the pricing to me more affordable for smaller groups, there is a $90/per person fee over 8 people

Due to ordinance restrictions in the neighborhood we do not allow weddings on property.

More Details

Hollye Shepherd
Member since: 2014
Speaks english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 18, 2018

About Hollye Shepherd

My husband and I moved to Park City by way of Austin, Scottsdale and Venice Beach. Will is originally from Alaska and I am from Phoenix...he keeps me cool and I warm his heart. We now have 3 little girls who have stolen both of our hearts. We are both visual artists. I am a professional photographer and Will is a visual effects artist working in the movie industry. We have rented from VRBO for our own personal travel and are excited for the opportunity to give back to the traveler community and allow other guests to stay at our home.

Hollye Shepherd purchased this estate in 2004

Why Hollye Shepherd chose Jokake Camelback Properties

Its paradise and we would like to share it!

What makes this estate unique

Privacy and room to explore, play and relax in Paradise Valley. What more could you want?

Guestbook comments from the owner

Paradise doesn't even come close to describing this property. I am a frequent traveler, and I always choose to rent homes when vacationing with my children. Of all my (many) experiences to date, I have never had my expectations exceeded like they were with this home. First, Hollye was a dream. She was responsive and incredibly welcoming even prior to our arrival. In truth, I thought the photos might look better than the actual property considering Hollye is a photographer. No joke - the photos do not do the property justice. No photo would. You simply have to come to experience. The home is nestled in a quiet community of larger estates. It is a VERY short walk to one of the nicest resorts in the area (Phoenician), closer to one of the most popular hiking trails (Cholla) and close to MANY great restaurants and shopping. Of course, aside from one hike, we never left because there was absolutely no need. The home is expansive and offers a great deal of space. Two bedrooms with the most comfortable beds are located at each of the two wings, and there is plenty of space for your belongings. Between the living area, sunroom, library alcove, dining room, big kitchen, TV room (which is essentially two huge rooms with one side occupying a pool table), there is no lack of space to congregate or find some quiet time. The kitchen was kindly stocked by our hosts with wonderful treats, a nearly stocked bar, and even the bathrooms were stocked with toilettries. Chris, the NICEST person, showed us around the home and property, and he was always available if we ever needed. While we didn't venture into the gorgeous gym, we did make full use of the remaining four acres. The pool is closely located to the house. We spent an afternoon their with some local family and enjoyed the BBQ as well as the shady seating area. Ample places to sit and completely comfortable. Beyond the gate of the house/pool was essentially the nicest resort in all of Phoenix. My children were so surprised by the gorgeous playhouse where they had tea with some stuffed animal friends. We played ping pong, volleyball, bacci ball, basketball and tennis, and each set up was completely high end and professional. It was difficult to pry me from the lakeside seating areas, and my kids enjoyed exploring the stream. If you want to really enjoy the finer things in life, rent the pavillion. The entire property is breathtaking, and the landscaping is worthy of magazine covers.
May 2014
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Accommodation and Amenities for this vacation estate rental in Jokake Camelback Properties, Arizona

Property Type:
  • estate
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 4500 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • Max. adults: 10
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events allowed ...
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • No unapproved house parties.
  • Special non-marking soles must be worn if using the tennis court
Location Type:
  • Water View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Fitness Room / Equipment
  • Garage
  • 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 10 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • North hall bath - toilet , combination tub/shower
    South hall bath - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Master his/hers semi-separate baths - toilet , combination tub/shower , jetted tub , Plus 2 walk-in closets
  • Master baths are separated by jetted tub and sunken rain shower. Both have sinks/toilets/walk-in closets
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • King Room - 1 king , Built-in desk
    Queen Room - 1 queen , Tempurpedic, Built-in desk and Sink
    Twins Room - 2 twin/ single
    Full Bed - 1 double , This bedroom is accessed through the master bedroom
    Master Bedroom - 1 king , Tempurpedic bed. Access to full bed is through this room
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
  • Private Pool
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • mountain climbing
  • roller blading
  • swimming
  • tennis


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average rating of 4.785714 based on 16 reviews

Amazing property

  • 5 of 5

Such an amazing piece of property. The grounds are massive and feels like your own personal resort. It was set-up well for a group and we had a wonderful time enjoying the pool and yard games. I'd absolutely stay there again.

  • Submitted: 27-Feb-2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for your feedback. We would love to host you or your group again anytime. Great guests!
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Absolutely Incredible

  • 5 of 5

It's hard to put into words what this property is like. The pictures show you some of the grounds but not all of it. The house was perfect for what we were looking for. Nice Big Kitchen and Dining area, recreational room with a pool table and big screen. There's a great patio by the pool with a large sectional and an outdoor TV....but the highlight of the property is the fire pit and the area around the fire pit. The pit is huge and has seating for 20+ around it. It's right outside of the outdoor entertainment room which is wired with Sonos and has 2 TVs. We were able to all sit around outside and watch sports on TV while enjoying the beautiful property and great weather. The on-site property manager is a rock star. A couple of nights we texted to let him know we wanted to hang out by the fire pit. When we arrived back at the house the pit was going, the TVs were on, and we didn't have to lift a finger. Hollye was great to work with on the booking and getting our information for arrival and Clete (property manager) was amazing while we were on site. I cannot wait to stay at this amazing property again! It's perfect for a family outing, corporate trip, guys golf trip, etc.

  • Submitted: 5-Feb-2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for your kind review. I'll spread the word to Clete as well, that will make his day! He said you left the house in great condition..much appreciated! Please come back and visit us again. We would love to have you back anytime!
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Fantastic place.

  • 5 of 5

Great location and amazing property. Perfect spot to celebrate the holiday.

  • Submitted: 25-Nov-2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Matt, We enjoyed hosting you and your family. Hope to see you back again! best, Hollye
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Awesome! The pictures looked great but the real thing was even more beautiful.

  • 5 of 5

We rented the home for a quick family staycation.   The house and grounds are amazing!  Clete was awesome and helped get us acquainted with the property and home.  The house was clean and the sheets were fantastic.  We played volleyball most of the day and swam.  We will definitely be back!!

  • Submitted: 12-Aug-2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for your review Michael. And thanks for being such a fantastic group. Clete said you guys were fantastic and he said you left the home in really good shape. You are welcome back anytime! all the best, Hollye
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Loved the Property

  • 4 of 5

My friends and family really enjoyed our stay. My only comment would be that there were a few areas of the house (bathrooms, showers, underneath the beds) that had dead and alive cockroaches, spiders, and crickets.

  • Submitted: 19-Jul-2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Lisa, Thanks for your review and heads up on the bugs. We have just changed extermination companies as of a couple weeks ago and I'm happy to say that we have not had any issues as of late. I think with the rains and monsoons the crickets tend to increase. Since most of our guests like to leave the doors open we tend to have creatures come inside in the July months. We'll definitely keep a closer eye out for insects in the summer months.
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Great location

  • 5 of 5

Great property

  • Submitted: 2-Jul-2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
15 Miles


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this vacation estate rental in Jokake Camelback Properties, Arizona

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Winter/Spring 2
Jan 4 2018 - May 22 2018
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee C$282.44
Pet Fee C$64.19
Damage Deposit C$641.9

$90 per guest over 6 people
Cancellation policy is 50% loss of booking fee.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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