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Stunning Mt. Views! Hike, Bike, & More! Pool/Spa, 2 private acres, Book Now!

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,700 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 6

Catalina Desert Retreat is a relaxing and luxurious desert getaway with spectacular views and easy access to the outdoors. The retreat is a beautifully appointed and environmentally-friendly home on two private acres. It has something for everyone! Mountain bikers and hikers can access world class hiking and biking trails from the house, including the 50 Year Trail and the Chutes. Golfers can drive 5 minutes to SaddleBrooke’s premiere public golf courses. Near-by Pusch Ridge Stables offers scenic horseback riding excursions through acres of beautiful desert and mountain trails for riders of all skill levels. Birdwatchers don’t need to leave the property to glimpse a variety of local and migratory species. Sit down with a cup of tea and view hummingbirds, roadrunners, cactus wrens, woodpeckers, hawks, quail, cardinals, an occasional oriole and numerous other birds from the back patio!

After enjoying the outdoors, kick back and relax in the salt-water pool or spa. End the day by throwing some dinner on the grill and taking pleasure in the spectacular display of colors at sunset.

The house is newly remodeled with solar power and a private well. The property is entirely fenced with a solar-powered gate for entry and a two-car garage. It is tastefully furnished with fabulous views, and adorned with original artwork from local artists. In addition to the spacious great room and entertainment area, there are three bedrooms, and an office with Wi-Fi available throughout. Two bedrooms have king sized beds and the third bedroom has a queen sized bed, sleeping six in total. Luxurious mattresses and bedding are all brand new. There are two large TVs with DIRECTV connection, as well as a PlayStation 3 and a small movie/video game collection.

It is an easy 15-minute drive to the internationally renowned Biosphere 2, Catalina State Park, local restaurants, shopping, farmers' markets and movies. Only a forty-minute drive to other area attractions, e.g. Arizona - Sonora Desert Museum (a must see), Old Tucson Movie Studio, Saguaro National Park, Sabino Canyon, and downtown Tucson. Enjoy a day of spa treatments at the famous Miraval Resort & Spa just down the road. If you are here in February, don’t miss Tucson’s world famous Gem and Mineral Show.

Check out our visitors’ guide for information on restaurants, shopping, and local events. It includes suggested day trips to other Southern Arizona attractions such as Mt. Lemmon, Tombstone, Bisbee, Sonoita Vineyards, and Chiricahua National Monument. Your local hosts, Dan and Wendy, are always available to provide you with more details about hikes and other hidden treasures.

More Details

Melissa Megna
Member since: 2015
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks English
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
22 May, 2018

About Melissa Megna

Scott and I are originally from the Washington / Baltimore area. We moved here 13 years ago to take advantage of the wonderful weather and beautiful scenery. We have lived in this home for the last 13 years and loved every minute. Recently, we have moved to Phoenix and did not want to give up access to this amazing property. As frequent vacation-home renters ourselves, we have stayed in many beautiful homes. It is our goal to use that knowledge to offer you a relaxing, enjoyable and memorable experience.

Melissa Megna purchased this house in 2002

Why Melissa Megna chose Tucson

We bought this property because of its beautiful location and access to the outdoors. It has been a perfect place to raise children and be close to nature. We are delighted to share it with others.

What makes this house unique

Catalina Desert Retreat Offers:

• A beautifully remodeled home on two private acres with salt-water pool and spa and spectacular mountain views.

• Numerous Outdoor Activities: hiking, mountain biking, golfing, bird watching, nature hikes, horseback riding and more…

• Easy access to:

o Biosphere 2,

o Catalina State Park

o Restaurants

o Shopping

o Movies

o Arizona - Sonora Desert Museum

o Old Tucson Movie Studio

o Saguaro National Park

o Sabino Canyon

o Downtown Tucson

• Day Trips:

o Mt. Lemmon

o Tombstone

o Bisbee

o Oracle

o Sonoita Vineyards

o Chiricahua National Monument


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Tucson in Pima County

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1700 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00 / Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • 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
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Master Bath - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Newly remodeled with multiple shower heads including massage
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Newly remodeled with skylight!
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Master Bedroom - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , Newly remodeled with brand new high-end Simmons mattress
    Bedroom Two - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , Newly remodeled with brand new high-end Simmons mattress
    Office - Large desk, Office Chairs, bright and cheery!
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Large Double Bed , Newly remodeled w/ brand new Simmons mattress & bedding
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • Private Pool ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • Miniature golf
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Basketball Court
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • Rock Climbing
  • swimming
  • tennis


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Stunning Mt. Views! Hike, Bike, & More! Pool/Spa, 2 private acres, Book Now!
average rating of 4.918919 based on 37 reviews

Perfect place to relax and enjoy the surroundings!!

  • 5 of 5

Greatly enjoyed our stay. The view from the patio is stunning!! Everything you need is provided for you. Close to two great State Parks. Would love to come back again , as was one of my favorite vacation stays.

  • Review Submitted: 22-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A True Retreat

  • 5 of 5

Our 5 week stay at Catalina Desert Retreat was amazing! The pictures don't do the views justice. A little surprised and amused by the dirt road "experience" to get to the house, & the local cattle neighbors!😊?�� Dan&Dand Dan & Wendy were very accommodating, checking in often to see if we needed anything. They were very helpful in getting us into the house after losing the keys. (We found them BTW!!) Unfortunately it was too cool to swim, but the pool & hot tub made the backyard a true retreat. We felt very much at home and would recommend Catalina Desert Retreat to everyone looking for a special vacation & a home away from home.

  • Review Submitted: 12-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Awesome stay. Highly recommended! Wendy was very generous with her citrus!

  • 5 of 5

Perfect in all ways

  • Review Submitted: 23-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Get Away

  • 5 of 5

We loved it and hope to be back again someday

  • Review Submitted: 20-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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St. Louis Park, MN

Great house in a great location

  • 5 of 5

The location is private but only a few miles from groceries and restaurants. The house is spacious (especially since there were only two of us) and was stocked with all of the things that you don't think about until you don't have them -- salt, pepper, coffee filters, foil, body wash, etc. There was a friendly neighborhood cat that visited in the evenings and a covey of quail that wandered through the back yard each morning. Wendy stopped by to solve the kitchen faucet puzzle when we were having issues and gave us oranges she picked off the tree next door. Mmmm.

The weather was a little cooler than expected, but the hot tub helped take the chill off. Thoroughly enjoyed our stay!

  • Review Submitted: 28-Dec-2017
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Tucson to Tucumcari, Tehachapi to Tonopah...willin to stay, but had to leave

  • 5 of 5

We loved this Home, from the location to the setting to the house itself. (Not to mention the pool and spa and rosemary shrub and orange tree in the yard). Melissa was a pleasure to deal with and local hosts Wendy and Dan were friendly and helpful. The home is large, clean, airy and spacious, and to be honest, sitting on the back patio, glass of wine in hand, taking in the Mountain View wasn’t too hard to take, nor was watching the sunrise or the stars from the hot tub.

  • Review Submitted: 11-Dec-2017
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
31 Miles
Tucson International Airport
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
The Preserve at SaddleBrooke
Nearest Train
23 Miles
Nearest Ski
61 Miles
Mt Lemmon
Car: necessary


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £119.79
Pet Fee £56.15
Damage Insurance £44.17

Monthly Rates vary depending on holiday and winter season. Standard Monthly Rate (May through October): $4000.00; November, December, January Monthly Rate: $4500.00; February Monthly Rate: $6500.00; March: $6000.00; April Monthly Rate: $5000.00. Please call or email for further information about long-term stays.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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