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Desert Star Casita Views and Privacy!

Bedrooms 1
Space 850 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

House, 1 Bedroom, 1.0 Bathroom, Sleeps 4

A special place with its newly refinished adobe floors, carefully chosen furnishings, mountain views from all northern windows and all outdoor spaces, and a private courtyard with comfortable furniture.  Soak your stress away in our new hot tub while enjoying the views, courtyard plantings and sunny skies!  The kitchen is fully equipped for meal preparation, there is a handy washer and dryer, a large walk in closet and ample room in the bath to enhance to your enjoyment and make you glad you chose the Desert Star Casita!

Property Manager
Desert Moon Vacation Rentals llc
Member since: 2014
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
18 October, 2017

About Desert Moon Vacation Rentals llc

Maria is a architect, landscape architect, general contractor, and real estate broker specializing in relocations to the Tucson area, feel free to contact her if your looking to purchase property Southern Arizona. Our real estate company: Canyon Group Realty llc and Property Management.

Carla is a interior designer, landscape designer, and real estate agent. She designs all of the interiors and exteriors of our vacation rentals and would love to help you with your design needs. Carla is also the property manager for our vacation rental business Desert Moon Vacation Rentals llc

Why Desert Moon Vacation Rentals llc chose Arizona

Desert Star and it's sister Desert Sun provided a unique opportunity to transform a property that had been neglected for several years and make both properties shine. They are a welcome addition to our vacation rental business: Desert Moon Vacation Rentals llc.

What makes this house unique

Desert Star is a one-of-a-kind property that exhibits the best of the America Southwest in architecture and furnishings.


Car: necessary

Quiet area, peaceful mountain views, on a cul de sac so no through traffic!  Off Catalina Highway, northeastern edge of Tucson.  Lots of areas nearby for hiking, biking, or peaceful relaxation.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Catalina Madre in Tanque Verde

Property Type:
  • house
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 850 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • rural
  • Away From It All
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Large 15 x 12 foot bedroom with walk-in closet and sliding glass door to courtyard and hot tub.
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Barbecue
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • botanical garden
  • churches
Leisure Activities:
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • Rock Climbing
Desert Star is the perfect getaway when you want be in a beautiful part of Tucson. For larger parties please consider Desert Sun Sport-3 bedroom with heated pool and spa.


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(8 traveller reviews)

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Desert Star Casita Views and Privacy!
average rating of 4.5 based on 8 reviews

Great place, quiet and peaceful

  • 5 of 5

This is a very nice little house, just great for a couple. It is a bit out of the way which is both good and bad. It is a very quiet area of NE Tucson, so that is very nice. However it is a bit of a drive to get to the heart of North Tucson if that is your cup of tea.

I would highly recommend this house though and it has a nice hot-tub to soak after a long hike.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 23, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad you enjoyed the house and we thank you for writing a review! Thanks again for your thoughtfulness and also for taking good care of the place-we appreciate it. Please come back anytime!
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Desert Star Casita

  • 5 of 5

Thank you so very much for sharing your little casita with us. It was so pleasant and comfortable. Your property is beautiful and all the little creatures, which we met there were fun to see. We loved the the Roadrunners, Gamble Quail and hummingbirds which visited us regularly as we sat out on the front porch or looked out our kitchen window.

The location of Desert Star Casita is perfect. It is just outside of Tucson, easy to get to, and the mountain views as you drive there are delightful. It is near the Saguaro National Park, Mt. Lemmon and Sabino Canyon which provided us with countless hours of hiking, bird watching, and breath-taking views.

Truly life-time memories were made here. Gary & Jamie Witmer VA

  • Review Submitted: Sep 21, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Gary and Jamie, for the lovely review. We are so glad you enjoyed the place! Just a note: this property is still in the Tucson city limits, so I tell guests that it is on the edge of town rather than outside of Tucson. It is located in an area ripe for hiking, and I am so glad you found the great hiking locations! We hope to see you again if/when your travels bring you to Tucson! We appreciate your business and it was fun to get to chat with you. Thanks again!
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Very cozy, well decorated and confortable

  • 4 of 5

The place is quiet, clean, charming and has confortable and nice furniture. The private yard is just big enough and Well equipped. The kitchen has everything needed and there is a bbq that works well. The view of the mountains is awesome! Located in a cul de sac so very quiet.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 10, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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disappointing stay and $15 refund

  • 3 of 5

My husband and I were getting away for a couple days before his surgery. We wanted to relax and have a stress free stay. Here is what we had troubles with during our stay:

a LOT of ants in the kitchen (we had to move all food to refrig as the ants were all over our


a BIG dead lizard in the drive

stove light didn't work

tv didn't work (one of the owners blamed us and was hateful about it- one of the owners

indicated that the last people that stayed complained about the tv not working. Owners

came for 2 hours to try to fix tv (which interrupted our stay) they offered netflix -we did

not really want it-wanted local news. Problem should have been resolved before our


casita hot when we arrived-temp outside was around 110 degrees and we asked to arrive

an hour early and were told the air would be on, but it was not.

We were only staying 2 days. The owners offered to spray the ants during our stay but I have asthma and said no ( I didn't want to make a trip to ER for chemical exposure) The owners offered to move us late on first day. That meant we had to unload refrigerator, pack up all our stuff and move. For 2 days we didn't think it was worth it. We asked for a discount for our stay. After 2 weeks I texted to remind them I had not received my damage deposit back and reminded them of the discount. We did get our damage deposit back (we left the place in perfect condition, even spraying the ants ourselves with bug spray we found under the sink) and WERE ONLY REFUNDED $15 . REALLY?? We took care of ants, endured for the hour it took to get the casita cool, walked around dead lizard for 2 days, and WERE STILL CHARGED THE FULL CLEANING FEE. We felt we should have been refunded a nights stay for our troubles.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 30, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wow! These renters arrived an hour early without requesting an early arrival, so of course the air wasn't on yet. It only takes 15 minutes to cool this one bedroom home. They did not tell us about the lizard that they had to walk around-we could have removed the poor thing-easily. I never saw it, and they never mentioned it to me. We have a broom, dust pan, etc...in the laundry room which is what I would have used to remove it, had I been the renter--easy! These people are from the Phoenix area, so lizards are nothing new! The tv worked before their arrival and for some reason there was some sort of tv interruption. When we arrived to fix the problem, they said they didn't really want to watch tv anyway! Now they complain about it. They failed to mention that they allowed their dog on our furniture and it left scratches in the leather sofa-something future guests get to see. We gladly sprayed for the ants-outside the kitchen window where we thought they might be coming in through, and got a nice message from these renters that there were no more ant problems. They didn't ever seem upset about anything, until a month after their stay when they wrote this review, perhaps because they felt they deserved more than the $15 for the tv problem. We offered to upgrade them to another house (with pool) and offered to help pack up the food to make the move easy (the house is 5 minutes away from this one) and they said the issues weren't so bad they needed to move. Please see all of our other reviews--we take this business quite seriously, appreciate our guests, and try to make everyone's stay a wonderful, memorable experience.
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Felt like a desert oasis!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Desert Star Casita for three weeks and it was a special place. The pictures accurately show the Casita and property. Everything was relaxing and spacious - the living room, bedroom, patio and garden. And of course the always changing mountain views created you every day.The location is rural with amenities only a few miles away (Safeway, drugstores, restaurants, bank, library). Carla and Maria were very helpful when we needed something or had questions. We will definitely be back!

  • Review Submitted: Dec 28, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful Views of the Catalina Mountains

  • 5 of 5

Desert Star Casita was fantastic! Quiet and comfortable with a well-equipped kitchen and an extremely comfortable king-sized bed. It was close enough to the main city of Tucson, but still right in the middle of the beautiful Sonoran Desert. Every morning you're treated to beautiful views of the Catalina Mountains and wonderful desert smells. We'll be back!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 17, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Prices & Availability

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  • Rated based upon 2 people. Additional guests (including kids) are $30 per person per night. We do allow dogs. The pet fee is $15 per day per for dog-no cats or other animals. You must notify us before hand if you have a guest or pet stay overnight or you will lose your security deposit in full and we may evict immediately with no refunds.  No parties, weddings, family reunions, group gatherings, corporate meetings, etc., of any kind. Renters found to have gatherings of individuals that are not on the rental party list will forfeit their security deposit-we monitor the house.  Please be respectful of our house and neighbors.

    Minimum of a week rental at Christmas, four nights at Thanksgiving.

    We may ask for your driver's license number , the type and color of car you will be driving and the license plate number and state of the vehicle.

    Required Fees

    * Cleaning Fee: $65.00 (Flat Rate Per Stay)
    * Extra guest fee: $30.00 (Flat Rate Per Person Per Night)
    * Sales Tax (for stays less than 30 days in length): %6.10 (Percentage of Rent & Taxable Fees)

  • Damage deposit: USD300.00

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