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Private lot with pool, covered patio, accessible to city and Foothills amenities

Bedrooms 3
Space 185 m²
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights


About the property

3 bedroom, 2 bath on 1 1/2 acres in a natural desert environment. 2 car garage

Casa de Owens is a Vintage Territorial masonry house with 2 car garage, covered pool, and covered patio nestled between the mountain peaks and the valley below, with views of both. Convenient to neighborhood shopping centers. Authentic Mexican Saltillo tile highlights the living areas while bedrooms have carpeting or hardwood floors. Amenities include HDTV with PAC-12, DVD player with assorted DVDs, high speed internet, Bluetooth speaker for smartphone connectivity. Large leather chairs and sofa, 2 fireplaces, Cal King beds in 2 rooms and twin beds in third, all with closets, well-stocked open kitchen/family room combo, library with diverse books, games, puzzles, washer and dryer.

Joyce Owens
Member since: 2015
Speaks english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 18, 2018

About Joyce Owens

I bought this house in 1978 when I first moved to Tucson. I lived in the house as a bachelor for years and entertained my friends and family for holidays and their vacations. For 25 years, my parents lived in and maintained the house and made improvements. In the recent few years, my parents turned the house back to my wife and to me. We have made some changes to add color and character but to retain the Catalina Foothills as the main identification and to keep it in a western style of decor. My wife chose the colors together with her decorator/boss and they joined together to paint and enhance the house. We intend to keep the house in the Owens family for future generations. Our son, a recent college graduate, will live there someday.

We still enjoy the city and have been using the house occasionally---but are making this home available for travelers who want to see what the Old Pueblo has to offer.

We live just southeast of Tucson, in Elgin wine country in a straw bale house that was Bob's dream to build. Joyce had previously worked in several tasting rooms and distributed wine in Tucson in the early days of the Sonoita Appelation wine industry. Today, while I commute to my consulting position in Tucson, Joyce has established her own herb based business in The Mountain Empire.

Joyce Owens purchased this house in 1978

Why Joyce Owens chose Tucson

The truth is, I liked the house. I chose this house for the convenience to both the City areas I frequent and to the Sunrise Plaza and other foothills destinations, such as La Encantata. This house has views of the mountains, spectacular sunsets, and the city night lights. When I moved to this house in 1978, the foothills were undeveloped. The Foothills today has evolved into a country club lifestyle and provides something for everybody.

The natural wildlife within the property has included sightings of Gambrel quail, rabbits, coyotes, bobcats, javalinas, and roadrunners. The bird species goes far beyond my ability to identify them. This location offers convenient pathways for walking and jogging.

What makes this house unique

The arched entryways are a definite plus of the home's charm. The house's built-in vacuum system allows for ease of quick pick ups. A plus in each bedroom are full closets, with 2 in the master bedroom, that allows the guests to store the luggage and frees up in-room hang out space. In updating the property, Bob and Joyce decided to have custom, self-locking child safe door glides installed on the two sliding glass doors that access the pool. The fenced dive-in pool ranges from 3 1/2 to 10 feet in depth. Also, in redesigning the space to make it a respite for travelers, we have added kitchen condiments. The covered patio and pool area have updated Alfresco dining patio furniture and chaise lounges.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Joyce and Bob,

We had a wonderful time here in your beautiful home!

We came to Tucson to visit some close friends and made many new memories in your home away from home!

Thank you for allowing our friends to come into the home early - we were very happy to say the least, with how the home was decorated with Christmas all around. Even a gorgeous tree!

We enjoyed a wonderful Christmas vacation as well as a 28th wedding anniversary, and your home had a lot to do with it!

Thank you so much!
Dec 2017
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Accommodation and Amenities for this vacation house rental in Tucson

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 185 m²
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • 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 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Dressing table with seat, skylight in shower area
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Mexican tile and sink, window
  • 2
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Cal King bed, armoire, wing chair, 2 closets, 1 walk-in
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king , Cal King bed, dresser, closet
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , 2 twin beds, bookcase, closet, luggage racks
  • 3 bedrooms, split floorplan
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • long term renters welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rock climbing
  • swimming
  • tennis


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Private lot with pool, covered patio, accessible to city and Foothills amenities
average rating of 4.894737 based on 25 reviews

comfortable home for a family

  • 5 of 5

Your home was perfect for our family - very comfortable living room, fully stocked kitchen so we could cook easily, and we loved the pool. Additionally, the neighborhood was convenient, yet wonderfully private and with amazing views. I wish my bedroom at home was as large as your master! Thank you!

  • Submitted: 18-May-2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Kris, Bob and I are glad that it worked out for your family trip and your daughter's graduation. We enjoy the attributes that you mentioned as well. We called the master bedroom "the compound" and we appreciate the private access to the pool area.
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Great Place to Stay in Tucson

  • 5 of 5

This is agreat house in a great

location, the Catalina Foothills. It has amazing views of the mountains.The owners are very caring and accommodating. It was very clean and comfortable. It had everything we needed including all kinds of information about the area. We highly recommend staying here.

  • Submitted: 4-Mar-2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Clean and exactly as advertised

  • 5 of 5

Loved the location, secluded yet convenient. Joyce and Bob were very accommodating in rearranging the cleaning schedule so our friends could put up Christmas decorations prior to our arrival. The house was comfortable for the 6 of us.

  • Submitted: 26-Jan-2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Ronald, The location is perfect, isn't it! Our house cleaning team are the best! We're glad that you enjoyed your stay at Casa de Owens. We hope that you visit Tucson again with your family. Joyce and Bob
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The property was clean and well equipped.

  • 5 of 5

Casa de Owens was a great place to stay. It had everything we needed for our stay. Use of the garage was a great plus since the weather was unseasonably warm for October. Tom met us at the prooerty when we arrived and was very helpful explaining the home's systems. Joyce was also in contact with us both by phone and email. This is a very comfortable and pleasant home in a quiet setting but centrally located in Tucson. Tom and Joyce were making driveway improvements, but the road from Paseo del Bac could use some improvements. As we were leaving, plans for these improvements we set to begin. We really enjoyed our stay and stay there again on our next trip to Tucson.

  • Submitted: 25-Oct-2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glenn, We appreciate your positive comments about the house, its amenities, and location. We are glad that you and your wife enjoyed your house hunting visit. We hope to see you again and thank you. Bob and Joyce
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Great Vacation

  • 5 of 5

What a lovely home! We enjoyed everything about it - both inside and out! It's located in a beautiful, scenic area. The home was clean and the bed was very comfortable! Joyce met us there and showed us around, which was a comfort too! The extras in the pantry - coffee, hot chocolate, oil, spices, etc added to the ease of our stay. It's a winner! If we are ever back in Tucson we will book it again!

  • Submitted: 1-Apr-2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Karen, Bob and I appreciated your positive comments about our home and its well stocked pantry. We are glad that you enjoyed yourselves and were comfortable in its desirable location. Perhaps we will see you again.
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Beautiful location and comfortable home. Central location to many of Tucson's attractions.

  • 4 of 5

The owners are accommodating and were available if needed. Home is in a peaceful and quiet setting. We loved our time in Tucson.

  • Submitted: 12-Mar-2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Vicky, We are glad that you and your family enjoyed your Tucson visit and relaxed in our tranquil location.
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Car: necessary

Titan Missile Site -Sabino Canyon and Mount Lemmon- Tohono Chul Park- Bike path along river front -Botanical Garden - Biosphere 2 -- Old Tucson movie set -- Sonoran Desert Museum --casinos -- Trail Dust Town ---Kartchner Caverns -- Pima Air Museum--more than a dozen courses


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this vacation house rental in Tucson

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Mar 1 2018 - Mar 31 2018
7 night minimum stay
Apr 1 2018 - May 31 2018
7 night minimum stay
Jun 1 2018 - Oct 31 2018
7 night minimum stay
Nov 1 2018 - Jan 30 2019
7 night minimum stay
High Season
Jan 31 2019 - Feb 28 2019
7 night minimum stay
Mar 1 2019 - Mar 31 2019
7 night minimum stay
Apr 1 2019 - May 31 2019
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee C$192.18
Refundable Damage Deposit C$640.6

VRBO will NOT collect the AZ sales taxes (3% privilege tax and 3.5 % transient tax) beginning January 1, 2017 enacted by the state of Arizona. These taxes will have to be paid directly to the owner and NOT to VRBO. The VRBO rates shown herein, therefore, do NOT include the taxes totaling 6.5% due to the Arizona Department of Revenue.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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