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Serenity in Warm and Sunny Arizona Near Tubac!! Has beautiful views & birds galo

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,400 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

House, 2 Bedrooms + Office, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 2-5) Roll away twin bed extra!

This is an area that has good small wineries, golf courses, hiking and birdwatching. The wineries are from a similar ground as that of southern France. You can go to the wineries or the large gourmet market in Tubac. Do you want warm, sunny weather? The weather now is delightful for outdoor activities almost every day of the year. Enjoy this 1400 SF home on over .6 acre with lots of privacy! Furnished home with good Sealy Queen Size Mattress and new bedroom furniture and Ashley living room furniture in Master. Other bedroom has a high quality Queen mattress too. For $30, you can get a twin bed for the office for your entire stay.It comes with blankets, sheets and pillow. This gives privacy for that person. This has a TV so you can watch TV. Kitchen has cookware, dishes, coffee maker and blender/food processor. Home has 2 bedrooms and 1 office/bedroom and outside patio with bird feeder and bird bath. There are 2 full bathrooms and ceilings are cathedral. There are 2 HD TV's--one in living room and one in the office and hooked up to satellite. TV. As of 8/26/17 there is a new internet booster receiver. The system is perfect for getting and receiving emails with pictures or small videos, podcasts from professional organizations, banking. Two people can use it at same time but not three or five simultaneously. It is good for findings on Google. It is not a system that is sufficient for commercial work such as formatting magazines or huge payrolls documents.

There is a dishwasher, range, microwave/grill, refrigerator, garage door opener, washer and dryer. The yard is fenced. It has four chairs and a table and the seating pads are new. The newly covered patio is new and blocks out direct sunlight in the heat of the day. There is a simple blue chair for another person if needed. It is a non-smoking unit and if someone wants to bring their dog, it must be over 2 years old and fixed and approved by the owner. Of course, you must pick up the poop and not have a dog who diggs.

There is the Tumacacori National Park and Historic Presideo State Park nearby. Birds and wildlife are abundant. In January through May and mid-September through December the weather is delightful for golfing & hiking! In March, there is an annual bicycle event on the rural street where the house is located. The mountain views are outstanding and Madera Canyon is less that 1/2 hour away. There is excellent dining in the area and the famous arts and crafts of Tubac. Fitness gym, beauty salon and nail salons are close by and they are wonderful! This is a great art haven with lots of artists! The local fitness center has a heated pool year around and that it nearly impossible to find anywhere else. If you are a biker, bring your wheels and helmet and enjoy the surroundings daily. Helmets are required here. Other bikers will share their favorite trails.

Fine dining can be found in the Esplendor Resort (Rio Rico Golf Resort) or the Tubac Golf Resort. Tubac Golf Resort has two fine restaurants in a western setting. Wisdoms offers a fine meal just south of Tubac and it is very fun. The bartender makes a wonderful margarita! The Tubac Inn offers wonderful pork dishes and there is almost always action there. Cowboys sometimes come on horses and stop to wet their thirsts. In Rio Rico where the Garrett's super market is located, there is Nick's Diner and an Italian restaurant that are both wonderful. There are over 10 golf courses nearby! Locally and Sycamore and Madera Canyons offer great birds and wildlife as well as the Santa Cruz River and the Anza Trail nearby (at Palo Parado) . Come and enjoy..

The vineyards are some of the best in the US and similar to southern France. Arizona. Vineyards is a popular roadside attraction in Nogales on the way to Mexico. Located less than one hour from the resort, the wines are unique and have classic Southwestern names such as Rattlesnake Red, Desert Dust and Coyote Red.

Callaghan Vineyards

About an hour south of Tucson, the Callaghan Vineyards have been producing award-winning wines for over fifteen years. Owner Kent Callaghan aptly named his 17-acre vineyard “Buena Suerte” (or “Good Luck” in Spanish) and has won many kudos for his fine wines, including the highly-praised 1996 Fumé Blanc. The winery is open

Callaghan Vineyards

Sonoita Vineyards

Another winery near Mr. Callaghan’s establishment is the Sonoita Vineyards. Co-owner Dr. Gordon Dutt was a soil scientist at the University of Arizona when he and A. Blake Brophy established their first experimental vineyard in 1973. They found that the high altitude (5,000 feet) soil is nearly identical to the soils of Burgundy, France. The 20-acre vineyard now produces over 10,000 gallons per year. Their 1986 Cabernet Sauvignon had the distinction of being served at the White House.

Sonoita Vineyards

Keywords: Golf, Birdwatching, Cycling, Hiking, 3 bedroom, fenced yard, dog welcome, HBO & Showtime. If you are a Silver Sneaker's member, there are 3 different nearby locations that you can visit. One has a year around heated pool. The Anza Trail can be traveled nearby and this is an old Spanish trail north.

The wild life is delightful. There were over 95 birds identified by birders who came in April 2014. There is a complete list in my traveler's book.

Don't forget to visit the Tubac chamber on NE side of Tubac as it has extra things that come up weekly.

Bring you hiking shoes and your sense of adventure and go on the de Anza trail commencing on Palo Parado Trail recently improved by the state. Venture west off the trail just a little and see the Santa Cruz River miandering along side the train where Juan Baptista and Fr Keno stopped to rest and let their horses drink the water and refresh themselves. It is very relaxing and great for seeing birds and taking pictures.

At the end of April, the park is going to lead people through a four miles hike along the de Anza Trail and provide a bus for those who don't want to hike both ways. It's pretty level and you will get the feel of how it would be for Juan Baptista (Spanish explorer) and Fr Keno using this trail years ago. Bring your camera and good closed toed shoes.

More Details

Maryann Kinzel (Visa and MC accepted)
Member since: 2009
Speaks English, Spanish
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
20 June, 2018

About Maryann Kinzel (Visa and MC accepted)

Maryann is originally from Southern California. She grew up near Playa del Rey and has traveled throughout Mexico, Central America and northern and Central South America' In addition many of the provences of Canada and Alaska. She has also traveled through Spain, France, Germany, Cyprus and the Canary Islands . She enjoys birding near the Santa Cruz River and hiking.

She teaches Culinary Arts at the Rio Rico High School and has over 95 students. She has been a professor at Northern Arizona University and at the University of Southern Mississippi. She is a mom and has two daughters and two sons all whom enjoy this location to hike, golf, and to hang out and relax.

Maryann Kinzel (Visa and MC accepted) purchased this house in 2006

Why Maryann Kinzel (Visa and MC accepted) chose Tumacacori-Carmen

I built this home originally for myself, but since it only has only a 2 car garage, I decided on building another one that has a 3 car garage. I live in this same area as I enjoy star gazing and bird watching and walking in the wilderness. It is close to Madera Canyon where there are pine trees. The evenings always have a nice, gentle breeze and you can look forward to sunny, pristine skies that are some common in Arizona. I love the birdwatching from almost every window in the house.

What makes this house unique

If you like to see the stars that are visible from the dark, clear skies of this area, this is the area for you. There are also a lot of wild life in the area and there is the faint sound of an occasional train in the valley below. The Tumaccari Mountains and Elephant Rock can been seen from this location and the sunsets and sunrises are superior.

Tubac has a unique feel to it with rich culture of Spain, Mexico and Arizona and it has many fun and historical places. There is a festival of the lights Dec 4-6th and an art walk on that Friday. There is a new HD 32 inch Sony TV with Dish Satellite Service. There is another HD TV in the office!

Guestbook comments from the owner

Hi Maryann... I finally had time to assemble a list of birds (attached) we saw one or more times in the yard or overhead during our stay in April. It's been hectic catching up after a month away but we look back regularly to the AZ weather. Especially on those chilly and rainy days that sometimes make spring a long time coming here. It's warming up more now as Memorial Day approaches. We sure enjoyed our stay...Dave

Here are the birds that are in the area:

Backyard Bird List – 25 Camino Olympia, Tumacacori, AZ – April 2014

House Finch (d)

Canyon Towhee (d)

Northern Cardinal (d)

Ladder-backed Woodpecker (d)

Gila Woodpecker (d)

Bewick’s Wren (d)

Roadrunner (r)

White-crowned Sparrow (d)

Turkey Vulture (f)

Green-tailed Towhee (d)

White-winged Dove (d)

Broad-billed Hummingbird (d)

Black-chinned Hummingbird (d)

Bushtit (o)

Chihuahuan Raven (f)*

Common Raven (f)*

Lucy’s Warbler (r)

Rufous-crowned Sparrow (r)

Broad-tailed Hummingbird (o)

Verdin (o)

Mourning Dove (d)

House Sparrow (d)

Pyrrhuloxia (o)

Yellow Warbler (1)

Yellow-rumped Warbler (o)

Lark Sparrow (d)

Chipping Sparrow (r)

Lesser Goldfinch (d)

Song Sparrow (o)

Hooded Oriole (o)

Eurasian Collared Dove (o)

Anna’s Hummingbird (r)

Acorn Woodpecker (o)

Red-winged Blackbird (o)

Black-headed Grosbeak (o)

Phainopepla (o)

Wilson’s Warbler (1)

Gambel’s Quail (1)

Common Ground Dove (1)

Brown-crested Flycatcher (1)

Lesser Nighthawk (o)

Red-tailed Hawk (f)

American Kestrel (f)

Total species – 43

Legend: d = daily, r=regularly, o = occasionally, f = flying over, 1 = one time
Mar 2014
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Tumacacori-Carmen in Santa Cruz County

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1400 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible / Check-out: Flexible
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • city centre ...
  • Golf Course View ...
  • Monument View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • resort ...
  • rural ...
  • village ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Computer Available ...
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • Master bathroom features double sinks and a garden tub with shower. There is a door to the toilet for additional privacy with plenty of legroom. The main bathroom has a big mirror and a tub shower combination.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - Rocking chair / Reading lamp
  • Queen size Beds (2) New Sealy Upgrade One that is very nice in the Master. Upgraded queen size in the other bedroom as well.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Heated Pool
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • duty free shops
  • festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • swimming
  • tennis
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2nd visit better than the first

  • 5 of 5

We came back for another visit to this wonderful vacation home. We had a great time visiting Old Tucson, wineries, old missions, museums, and of coarse, the art. Again, the the place extremely peaceful and we loved the views. The house remained very clean and modern, there is also now TV for something to do at night when we were not looking at the impressive stars! We plan to return again sometime soon.

  • Review Submitted: 16-Dec-2012
  • Date of Stay: December 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you both. It was wonderful that you enjoyed this area a second time. Ranger seemed to like it too.
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Beautiful Home In Relaxing Surroundings

  • 5 of 5

This wonderfully furnished home is easy to get to, along with a get-a-way feel. Not only is the inside comfortable, the outdoor space adds to a completely enjoyable & relaxing stay. It was such a delight having a home like this to end up at after a day of adventure & exploring. The homeowner, Maryann, is awesome to deal with. I highly recommend this property.

  • Review Submitted: 23-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great location, roomy home.

  • 5 of 5

Out in the country, safe and quiet location. Plenty of room, well equipped kitchen, nice seating area in the back. Internet did not work which was fine with me. Great central air. Hostess was very helpful and accommodating, even did family research for us before we arrived (this was a family trip back to our roots). I would stay again. Thanks for everything Maryann!

  • Review Submitted: 14-Mar-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Quiet and peaceful, lovely mountain views.

  • 4 of 5


In a very quiet, peaceful area. Lovely mountain views. House is clean, everything in working order. Garage is very nice for your car. Maryann lives close by and is very attentive and responsive to any issues. Stars are beautiful at night. Close to HIGHWAY 19 which is the main route to Tucson, National parks and most places you need to go.


You are out in the country. Driving 20 minutes on Highway 19, for groceries, gas or restaurants.The only real shopping is at least 30 minutes away in Green Valley, where the best grocery stores can be found. Carpeting and furniture are older and worn, I did not find the furniture very comfortable, which may be personal choice. Water is very hard. I ended up buying drinking water. The fenced yard has very large stone which my dogs had difficulty walking on and would not go out on except to toilet.

  • Review Submitted: 02-Mar-2018
  • Date of Stay: January 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nice home- NO INTERNET

  • 1 of 5

The house is comfortable and in a pretty setting. The lack of internet, however, was extremely frustrating as I really needed it to conduct business. I spoke to the owner, Maryann, several times before booking the house about the internet strength and she told me that it was excellent; any problems that previous renters mentioned had been taken care of. This turned out to be false.

There is no router or access point in the house itself. (She said it was too expensive.) The router is at the Maryann’s house down the street and she is trying to broadcast it to the rental. When I was able to get any connectivity, which wasn’t often, speed tests showed a download speed of less than 1 Mbps and an upload of barely over 0 Mbps. Maryann was over at the house or texting me daily trying to fix it but there are too many trees and the router is just simply too far away for it to work reliably. Nonetheless, Maryann still insists it works great.

The house wasn’t clean and there were some plumbing issues, but Maryann had recently had surgery and said that she had someone else clean for her so, according to her, it isn't her fault.

Overall, while it was a nice home in a pretty setting, it was a very stressful experience. I would not want to stay at this house or any of her properties again.

  • Review Submitted: 06-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: The house did have internet but not at the commercial level that this client needed. She only asked " was the internet strong?" According to my server, she was uploading and downloading huge files and a lot of data was being used when I called on several occasions. I have used the server at that same home to send and receive emails, listen to podcasts from professional organizations, do banking, and listen to see small news clips, and what normal visiters use. When a group has three or more using the internet, the speeds are slowed down as they are with any service. I called a repairman to repair the one plumbing leak in the hose to the toliet several days prior, but he had to finish it. He came early (9 am) on the first day of their stay, and the women said that they didn't want any man to come into their space. I had wasted my service man's visit. I washed all of the linens and sheets with perfume free soap and did a second vacuuming one hour to their arrival. The three women came into the house and probably left the door opened while they were unpacking thus letting a few bugs in (in the rainy season). One women said that they only use vinegar and baking soda to clean and were difficult to please. I have over 30 reviews and no one had ever said the home was dirty. It is a great home and is very nice. I have recently added another receiver ($400 plus) that will boost the quality and quantity of the uploads and downloads. Maryann
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Great setting and well equipped home

  • 4 of 5

We stayed at this home for three days in early April. It is in a rural location actually southwest of Tumacacori. The scenery is beautiful and the home is well equipped in the kitchen and entertainment area. The bedding is good quality and comfortable. We slept well. We could not get the internet to work consistently. I believe that an upgrade may be required here. If you need wi fi,you can go online at the nice coffee shop in Tubac. One reviewer said that you are 30 minutes away from supplies but I found the drive to Tubac to be under 20 minutes depending on whether you take the Interstate or the service road. We always expect to drive a fair bit when we go to Tubac, and the drive is very pleasant. There is a good restaurant in Tumacacori and the spice factory is there as well.

Maryann lives nearby and is very hands on. She even filled the bird feeders for us. Her communication is excellent during the booking process and during your stay.

  • Review Submitted: 18-Apr-2017
  • Date of Stay: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Century Link had a small problem near the rail road tracks and a group of technicians repaired it. This group had four people all with some type of Internet device. Unlike the city, our. Internets are slower and are for short new clips and emails with small attachments and pictures. Folks left home I'm good condition and were lovely
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Old Spanish Mission founded by Fr. Keno
Nearest Airport
13 Miles
Nogales International Airport & Tucson is nearby
Nearest Barpub
5 Miles
Tummacarri Bar (One of the oldest in state)
Nearest Golf
6 Miles
Tubac Golf Resort and Rio Rico Golf Resort
Nearest Motorway
4 Miles
Interstate 19 and Hwy 89 to Patagonia
Nearest Restaurant
6 Miles
Wisdoms and Tubac Jacks and Nick's Diner
Nearest Ski
70 Miles
Mt. Lemon
Nearest Beach
37 Miles
Lake Patagonia Beach
Nearest Point of Interest
Tumacarri National Park
Nearest Point of Interest
Golf Course: Tubac
Nearest Point of Interest
Spice Store
Nearest Point of Interest
Town of Tubac/Presidio State Park
Nearest Point of Interest
San Ignacio Golf Club, Green Valley
Nearest Point of Interest
Quail Creek Country Club, Green Valley
Nearest Point of Interest
Old Tubac Inn
Nearest Point of Interest
Haven Golf Course LLC
Nearest Point of Interest
Bird Watching Area
Nearest Point of Interest
Rio Rico Golf Course
Car: necessary

There are lots of things to do all year around. October is the perfect time to travel to the wineries, bird watch, golf and hike. For a detailed list of tghe events each month, go to The state and national parks are wonderful to visit to see the early history of the area when the Spanish first came. Jaun Baptista de Anza came here on October 1775 and is very famous. The Titan Missile Museum, Old Historic Towns and Villages and Bars of Rural Arizona. Has ten nearby golf courses. At the first Friday of the month, there are art walks in Tubac and most of the time there is live music in the square. The art in the studios and shops are wonderful and there are many items that you can get that are from Mexico. There is also a Duty Free Store just prior to entering Mexico and they have a wide selections of perfumes and liquors. There is wonderful bakeries in Tubac and Rio Rico, so plan on eating well and doing lots of outdoor activities to work it off. The birding is some of the best in the country.

If you are a Silver Sneakers member, there are 3 places that accept your membership, one with a year around swimming pool.

There are now two hospitals: St. Mary's in Nogales and Green Valley Hospital in Green Valley. Tubac Fire Department has IEMT's 24/7 and they are very good. I have been to both ED rooms and they both give good service, but I found Green Valley's ED to have newer equipment. There is also an urgent care off the left hand side of Duval Mine Road and they give good care also.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Tumacacori-Carmen, USA

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3 night minimum stay
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Additional pricing information

Extra Bed £22.78
Cleaning Fee £37.96
Pet Fee £18.98

All payments are non-refundable. Rates may change any time prior to booking.

Extra Twin Bed fee $10.00 per day
Between 4-30 days $50.00

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