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Spring Training, Golf & More- Beautiful Lakefront with Boat & Resort Amenities-

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,650 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights


About the property

Beautiful Villa - 2 Bedroom 2 Bath, single level with large lakeside decks

Smack in the middle of the Valley, our air-conditioned home is centrally located in one of the most desirable communities in the area, and is one of the rare rental homes directly on the water. The Lakes is the oldest community with a 'man made' lake in Arizona. The property is our primary residence and is only open for guests when we are traveling. We take extra care to present a special place for you to enjoy while in Arizona.

Centrally located in the city of Tempe, the property is a quick and easy drive to Phoenix, Scottsdale and surrounding areas. Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport, ASU (Arizona State University), Mill Ave, Tempe Town Lake, Old Town Scottsdale, Spring Training venues and many great golf courses are a 10 to 15 minute drive from the property. Easy freeway access (less than 1 mile). Walk or bicycle (we have 2) to grocery stores, restaurants, parks, retail shops, walking/biking paths and more. Great hiking trails & mountain bike trails are a ten minute drive from the property.

Recently remodeled, our home has a modern kitchen, with all the cooking utensils a chef could wish for, and luxurious bathrooms, both with rain-showers. It has a wonderful open floor plan with large sliding doors offering views of the lake. Everything you need is here for your enjoyment & use. We supply basic household needs (see in details below). This is our home when the property is not rented, & there are many items not generally found in 'rental only' properties. Our furnishings are unique and of high quality.

Private Community Clubhouse has outdoor Olympic size pool with lap lanes, jacuzzi, lighted outdoor tennis, basketball, volleyball and pickle-ball courts, toddler wading pool and playground. Inside there is a gym with great workout equipment, separate cardio room, handball courts, pool and pingpong table are available to use.

The lakefront decks (2 levels) allow for relaxing while you enjoy your morning coffee/breakfast or an evening BBQ. It's a great place to watch evening sunsets. For those cooler evenings, the gas fire-pit will keep you warm.

We continue to add more surprises for our guests and our repeat clients look forward to returning to see what 'new' things we have added.



**Secure, wireless, high speed Internet at no charge to renters.

**Wireless Printer

** Bedrooms are furnished with comfortable queen size beds, dresser and night stands.

** Down or down alternative comforters & pillows.

** High quality sheets & Turkish cotton towels.

**Flat screen 4K SmartTV, Blue-ray player, Direct TV, Hulu & Netflix in each bedroom..

**** Master suite opens onto the upper lakeside patio & has a water view and ensuite bath. Double sink vanity, granite countertop, large walk-in shower with hand held as well as rain shower options. Walk-in closet with built in dresser. Two comfortable reading chairs.

****Second, or guest bedroom, is on the opposite end of the Villa & away from the Master Suite for complete privacy. There is a small patio accessible from the bedroom sliding door. This bathroom has a large soaking tub with hand held & rain shower options, single vanity with marble countertop.

**Living room has vaulted ceilings with half moon windows and is open to the dining room (we call it the gathering room). It has a Flat screen, curved SmartTV. Leather sofa & love-seat offer comfortable seating for reading, watching TV or for great conversations. Large re-purposed coffee table is a great place to do puzzles or play board games (we have a few). Gas fireplace is great for when the weather is chilly and you want to the mood.

**Huge kitchen has high-end appliances (including Vita-mix, Nespresso machine, toaster oven, Kitchen-aid mixer, quality dishes, pots, pans & utensils).

****Depending on the time of year you can find fun & interesting fruit, vegetables, edible flowers & herbs in & around the property. These are organically grown & they are yours to enjoy!

**Front-loading (he) washer/dryer is energy efficient to use & we provide eco-friendly detergent for your use when you stay..


**16' pontoon boat with an electric motor comes with the rental(unless out for repair, which is rare).

**Large stainless steel propane BBQ grill on lakeside deck. Full tank of propane provided.

**Comfortable conversation chairs on the large upper deck. Propane fire-pit with full propane tank on arrival.

**Table with umbrella & seating for 4-6 on lower deck.

**Large pool towels & shower towels for use at the clubhouse.

**Bikes (2) available for guest to use.

**Swimming, unfortunately, is not allowed in the lake itself, but we are 2 short blocks to the clubhouse & the pool there is wonderful. Renters are expected to abide by HOA community rules(typical here) & we supply a copy for reference.


*This is a non-smoking home.... includes inside, outside on the patio's & on the boat.

*No events or parties allowed.

*The person booking the property must be staying at the property the entire duration of the booking & must be at least 30 years of age.

*The rental is for a total of 4 people. Only registered guests are allowed to stay overnight on the property unless approved, in writing, by owners. This is strictly enforced.

*Property is not childproofed & the lake is directly outside the back patio. There is no gate to protect children from water access. Feel free to contact us if you need further details.


**Renters have the use of the driveway, but the garage is not available.


*Owners maintains 'closed off' areas & cupboards which are marked & locked. We appreciate your understanding that these area's are for owners personal use only.


***Property is also available to travelers wishing to share the property with the owners. The private guest bedroom allows for 2 guests, & has its own private bathroom. Guest have access to the rest of the property, boat & clubhouse facilities. Inquiry for shared rates can be done through the VRBO communication channel. Simply inquire via this listing, & request a quote for the private room/bath in your inquiry. There is no minimum age requirement when sharing the property with the owners.***

More Details

DiAnn Bottomley & Robert Gutierrez
Member since: 2015
Speaks English
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
16 October, 2017

About DiAnn Bottomley & Robert Gutierrez

Having lived most of our lives in Washington State, Robert & I moved to Arizona. We are both retired from full time work, but keep busy with our hobbies, volunteering & traveling whenever & wherever we can. We use VRBO when traveling, enjoying the more personal aspects of staying at a private residence rather than a hotel. Now that we find ourselves wanting to do more traveling we have decided to open our home to others that prefer private home rentals so we can go on another adventure. We are active adults & love being outdoors(one of the main reasons we chose Arizona). We both love to ride bikes-hybrid & road. We were cycling coaches for the Team & Training program while living in Washington & I, DiAnn, was the team leader for the Seattle LunaChix cycling team. Robert & I especially enjoyed the challenges of long distance cycling & participated in many 100-200 mile per day rides. We were definitely a couple of fit folks then. Now, we lead a much more relaxed lifestyle & are able to enjoy a glass(or 2) of wine, good food(albeit healthy) & much more time to explore & experience a variety of things.

I, DiAnn, love gardening & continue to build an edible landscape here in the desert. It is amazing to see what grows in a small space. Robert loves to watch interesting movies & TV series/shows. We both love to spend time with our grandchildren, and entertaining new friends to share our new zest for living life! When the property is not rented we call the Villa our home.

DiAnn Bottomley & Robert Gutierrez purchased this house in 2011

Why DiAnn Bottomley & Robert Gutierrez chose Tempe

We were lucky to find this little place in paradise and it reminds us a bit of where we lived in Washington(water, tree's). Having the clubhouse was the icing on the cake as it has so many amenities that we are never at a loss of things to do. The community hosts many events throughout the year....Christmas boat parade & lighting contest, Polar Ice plunge at the pool in winter, Cinco de Mayo, 4th of July, Fall Pot-luck, Community wide garage sale, and many more fun get togethers. One of other great things about The Lakes is its proximity to many of the greater Phoenix/Scottsdale & surrounding cities. We are minutes from the main roadways & freeways that circumnavigate the different cities here.

What makes this house unique

One of the best things about this property is being directly on the water. We enjoy spending time cruising the shoreline In our pontoon boat, having dinner on our deck, watching the sunsets while enjoying our gas fire pit, and just relaxing to music or reading a good book. Having views of the water from the decks, living room & master bedroom are constant reminders that we chose a great place to call home. We have had a great deal of fun furnishing our home & continue to update, change & develop our property. As our guest, we hope that you will appreciate our hard work to make this special place your home away from home.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Wonderful experience. The hosts we're amazing. Great details in comfort, privacy, very relaxing. Immaculate. They went above and beyond our expectations when our trip had some unexpected changes. We wound love to come back again. Thank you so much DiAnn and Robert!

Brenda and Richard

My Response

We are so glad that we were able to accommodate your schedule change & of course so excited on your new Grand-baby! We enjoyed chatting about like interests & could not have asked for better guests. Next visit we will for sure get you out on the boat for a cruise on the lake!!! Hope to see you again soon. DiAnn & Robert
Sep 2017
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in The Lakes in Tempe

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1650 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Max. adults: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 30
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Our preference would be that cooking of foods with strong odor's or oils (as in deep frying) be done on the Gas BBQ that has separate gas burner.
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • resort ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • 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 ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Master bath
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
  • Bathrooms have been recently updated. The master has 2 sinks, toilet & walk-in shower. The second bathroom is just outside the 2nd bedroom door & has a single vanity, toilet & tub with shower.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed
  • Both bedrooms have queen size beds with high quality sheets, down or down alternative comforters & several pillow choices. Bedrooms are at opposite ends of the villa, so each is cozy & quiet.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Table Football
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 2 bicycles
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Heated Pool
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Sauna ...
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • gambling casinos
  • Horseshoes
  • Miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • 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:
  • Basketball Court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • Racquetball
  • swimming
  • tennis
The community has beautiful parks through out, with access to other parts of the lake. Most of the homes in the community are not on the water directly & these park accesses allow them to enjoy the lake. The clubhouse also has a boat that goes out 1 Friday a month or you can rent it by the hour for a private ride around the lake & they will supply the Captain. This allows you to relax & enjoy the surrounding should you feel uncomfortable taking our boat out.


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Spring Training, Golf & More- Beautiful Lakefront with Boat & Resort Amenities-
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Visiting my Arizona family who left me alone in Minnesota. LOL

  • 5 of 5

The Villa is a lovely! 5 star! They provide everything ! The Pontoon was awesome and the ambience can't be beat! It is a very upscale property! Water fountains and night lights while sitting out by the Fire Pit. We enjoyed our stay very much while visiting AZ family. The Villa is close to many Grocery stores. The Owner's want to make sure you are happy and satisfied. They are lovely people! The beds are so comfortable!! The plants and gardens Dianne provides are something to see. It was a very enjoyable experience! We will be back! Thank you Robert and Dianne

  • Review Submitted: Oct 11, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dave and Tami were the perfect guests! Thank you for being so considerate of our home and leaving it in such pristine condition! It is such a pleasure to meet guests who appreciate our efforts to make their stay as pleasant as possible. We very much enjoyed our conversation with you as we showed you around our home. So glad you were able to enjoy the evenings on the deck and hopefully were able to see some great sunsets. Hopefully, you were able to do some fishing in the lake while on the boat Dave. We would love to have you stay at the Villa again! Robert and DiAnn
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Beautiful home

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful experience. The hosts we're amazing. Great details in comfort, privacy, very relaxing. Immaculate. They went above and beyond our expectations when our trip had some unexpected changes. We wound love to come back again.

Thank you so much DiAnn and Robert!

Brenda and Richard, CT

  • Review Submitted: Sep 29, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad that we were able to accommodate your schedule change & of course so excited on your new Grand-baby! We enjoyed chatting about like interests & could not have asked for better guests. Next visit we will for sure get you out on the boat for a cruise on the lake!!! Hope to see you again soon. DiAnn & Robert
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Denver, co

Great Lake experience!

  • 5 of 5

Home was very cozy and relaxing, beautiful patio with all the pretty lights for nighttime. Especially liked being right on the lake and having access to the pontoon which we took out daily for a relaxing ride. Thank you DiAnn and Robert....hopefully see you again!

  • Review Submitted: May 7, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Pat and Rob were a joy to have as our guests at our waterfront villa. They were very considerate and thoughtful of our home. We look forward to a future stay from them!
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The perfect place!

  • 5 of 5

We had such an amazing time during our week in Tempe! The property was even more beautiful than the pictures! We loved our time on the deck enjoying views of the lake, DiAnn's flowers, the ducks and their families, the table fire pit and more -- it was all so lovely and relaxing. DiAnn and Robert's hospitality just can't be beat. They were born to be hosts! And the attention to detail in the house made it such a special place to be. We were always finding something new in the decor we hadn't noticed before.

The bed was so comfortable and the robes were a special touch. The kitchen was equipped with absolutely everything you could need.

We hiked, walked, spent a day in Sedona, grilled out on the deck, spent hours reading and just generally had a wonderful week. We can't wait to return!

  • Review Submitted: Apr 11, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for all your kind words. Our goal is to make our home a relaxing and comfortable place for our guests to enjoy while visiting the area. So glad you were able to get to Sedona as it is such a beautiful place. There are so many amazing places to see in this area., all with their own beauty & mystic. It was a pleasure having the two of you stay at our villa and we look forward to seeing you on your next trip to the desert. Have a great summer! DiAnn & Robert
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A Truly Beautiful Spot to relax in

  • 4 of 5

Waking up to this stunning view every morning was spectacular and to be able to gently cruise this lake on the pontoon boat provided was very special.

Di Ann and Robert went out of their way to greet us and to help us settle in to their amazing home. Nothing was too much trouble to them and yet they were not at all invasive. It is obvious that they have put so much work into this rental. The kitchen was exceptionally well equipped with everything you could ever need. The lounge area has a large flat screen TV, with a sofa that was so comfortable you never wanted to get off it!

Games, books, DVDs, puzzles, maps and lists of places to go, were all provided for our use.

The patio area outside was perfect for relaxing or entertaining, and again had top quality equipment and a choice of pretty areas to sit in. We were there in January when the sun was low in the sky, so if you are a sun lover and you are visiting in the winter months you

may need to choose you're spot to sit in. The patio area is a little shaded for much of the day. However, sitting or eating on the boat will guarantee some sun in the mornings and there is a little sunny spot at the front of the house for the afternoon.

A wonderful selection of supermarkets and shops are within walking distance, and then there is Kiwanis Park and Lake just 20 minutes away, it's well worth the walk.

When you're here it's hard to believe you are in the middle of a desert area, it is really special.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 2, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: John & Karen, We are so glad you enjoyed your stay at the property & thank you for a wonderful review. Our guest reviews help others feel secure knowing what they are looking to book is as described in our listing. We enjoy creating a comfortable, relaxing, & interesting place for our guests to call their home while on holiday or business trips. And, of course we encourage guests to offer suggestion as to what might make the property better for future users. We do understand that the month of January can bring some cooler weather & less sunshine on the back deck compared to some of the other months. This January was especially cold, I have been told. Thanks again for leaving our place clean & tidy. We do appreciate it. DiAnn & Robert
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Louisville Ohio

Lovely waterfront villa

  • 5 of 5

DiAnn and Robert were exceptional hosts ! Rental was clean very well stocked and in a great location. Hope to visit again soon !

  • Review Submitted: Nov 26, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you enjoyed the villa! We work hard to make it a special & relaxing place to stay. Thank you for taking great care of it while we were gone. Hope to see you on your next visit to the area. Robert & DiAnn
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Nearest Airport
9 Miles
Phoenix Sky Harbor
Nearest Barpub
0.25 Miles
The Watershed or Pier 54
Nearest Train
3 Miles
Lightrail runs East to West & to ASU & PHOENIX
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Interstates & highways: 101, 10, 202, 17, 60
Nearest Restaurant
0.25 Miles
The Watershed or Pier 54
Car: recommended

The Lakes community is centrally located to the Phoenix, Scottsdale & surrounding valley. ASU (Arizona State University), Mill Avenue & Tempe Town Lake is a short 10 minute drive or a 20 minute bike ride. The Lakes is home to many birds, turtles & fish (catch & release only). Our Villa offers quiet, safe & relaxing atmosphere with access to our private community clubhouse, large pool, spa, tennis, basketball and racquetball courts and cardio & weight room & game room. Two lakeside restaurants with outdoor patio's & a hair salon are 2 blocks from the villa.

The Villa is walking distance to many parks, shops, bike/walking paths & more. Great hiking trails & mountain bike trails are a ten minute drive from the property. Close to freeways and mass transit allows easy access to the greater Phoenix/Scottsdale area! Of course Uber & Lyft are an easy way to get around should you not want to rent a vehicle.

Some of places visitors like to go in & around greater Phoenix, Scottsdale & surrounding area -all within an hour drive or less(many are accessible via our public transportation systems):

Spring Training Stadium Ball Parks

ASU Campus

Golf-public & private

Mill Avenue

Tempe Town Lake

Tempe Beach Park

South Mountain

Riparian Preserve at Water Ranch

Saguaro Lake

Salt River Tubing

Old Town Scottsdale

Historic Districts in Phoenix

Phoenix Zoo

Phoenix Botanical Gardens

Papago Park

CamelBack Mountain

Arizona Science Center

South Mountain Park

Taliesin West(Franky Lloyd Wrights winter home)

McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park

Hall of Flame Fire Museum

Heard Museum

Scottsdales 5th Ave Shopping mall

Miniature Golf


Art walks

Approximate distance from Tempe:

Tucson-2 hours by car

Bisbee: 3 hours by car

Tombstone: 2 1/2 hours by car

Arizona-Sonaora Desert Museum

Sagauaro National Park

Oak Creek Canyon

Slide Rock State Park

Grand Canyon-4 hours by car

Sedona, Flaggstaf, Jerome, Cottonwood, 2 hours by car

Wupatki National Monument

Meteor Crater

Lake Powell

Prescott-3 hours by car

We have a lot of brochures that you can look through if you are interested in some of these area's. There is just so much to do here that it is difficult to include everything for everybody.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in The Lakes, Arizona

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
October 2017
1 Oct 2017 - 31 Oct 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
November 2017
1 Nov 2017 - 30 Nov 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
December 2017
1 Dec 2017 - 31 Dec 2017
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
January 2018
1 Jan 2018 - 31 Jan 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
February 2018
1 Feb 2018 - 28 Feb 2018
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
March 2018
1 Mar 2018 - 31 Mar 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Spring 2018
1 Apr 2018 - 31 May 2018
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Summer 2018
1 Jun 2018 - 31 Jul 2018
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Standard pricing
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights

Additional pricing information

Cleaning £131.74 + Tax
Property Damage Protection £74.53
Tax Rate 14.07%

Weekly & monthly rates have been discounted. Cancellation Information/Policy: 100% of your payment will be refund(excluding VRBO/credit card fee's to us) if cancellation is made 60 days or more before your scheduled reservation date.
Trip insurance is available for purchased and is highly recommended if this is a concern. Please ask for further information or contact your preferred insurer. This is a NON-Smoking property(inside & out).

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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