"The Cactus Villa" at Rancho Sin Vacas, Catalinas


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Call: 631-269-5980

From $40 / night

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  • 2 bedrooms
  • 1 bathrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Villa

The enchanting "Cactus Villa" is set in prestigious "Rancho Sin Vacas," an exclusive gated community at Tucson's northern edge, with 24/7 professional and friendly guards, like everyone in Sin Vacas.

This desirable villa, at a desirable price, is one story--no stairs to climb with luggage or groceries.

The end unit is private and quiet, no one above or below.  You're not sandwiched between claustrophobic side walls which make interior units dark--even after you open the blinds--with limited, or no views at all. Your front view may be the building outside your door, the back view, the building behind you, and no city lights...Read more


"The Cactus Villa" at Rancho Sin Vacas, Catalinas
Tucson, Arizona

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By Charlotte L. (Washington, DC)
This was the third year that we stayed at Argie's lovely Cactus Villa and we had a wonderful time once again. Argie is very accommodating and very accessible if there are any questions, and she is very professional, making the rental process easy and providing a quick refund of rental deposit after the stay. The villa is beautifully decorated with a southwest motif and lovely warm colors, and it is extremely well furnished. There are lots of southwest touches like clay pots, figurines, cool area rugs, etc. and the villa is bright and sunny. The kitchen is very well stocked with appliances and everything you need, we like to cook and we were able to make some great dishes. There is everything you need for a comfortable and pleasurable stay, Argie has thought of everything! The patio is surrounded by flowers and bushes and mesquite trees and is very private. There is very nice outdoor seating and a barbeque grill. The community surroundings are really beautiful, and there are some great walks within the community with some beautiful houses surrounded by an unspoiled desert landscape. The community is right up against the mountains and so there are great views and great sunsets and sunrises. We love to hike and the villa is within 10 - 15 minutes drive from some of the best hiking in the Tucson area. The location is also not far from the historic downtown and there is a very nice outside mall a few minutes drive away. We highly recommend the Cactus Villa, it was a real find for us!

By Rich and Ellen (Colorado,USA)
We rented Cactus villa for the month of December. It was easy to deal with Argie as she was only a phone call away. The villa was very well appointed in a great area of Tucson. My wife and I are outdoor people, so when we weren't golfing we were hiking. There are to great hiking trails within 5 minute drive of the villa. One is called The Pima Trail and the other is Finger Rock Trail. I would advise hiking with boots not running shoes. There are also fine restaurants and excellent grocery stores as well as other shopping. The villa itself is nicely decorated and has everything you need for an extended stay.There is also 24 hour security. In short, we loved our stay and plan to go back.

By Diane (Chicago, Illinois)
We stayed at the Cactus villa in May and really enjoyed our time in Tucson. The villa is just as pictured, no surprises. Everything is up to date and very comfortable. The pool is just steps from the front door. There is plenty of shopping nearby and places to eat. Arranging the rental was easy, Argie is very accommodating. I would like to come back.

By Matt Taylor, Surrey, UK, May 19, 2011
I wanted to bring my family to Tucson where I lived as a boy. We found the Cactus Villa over the internet - it was easy to arrange and when we arrived it matched the description. We stayed 10 days, spending a few hours in the pool each day, and visiting the airplane boneyard, desert museum, Mount Lemon, Tombstone, L'il Abners Steakhouse and much more. The pool is the best bit - we were the only ones there most of the time and it's about 20 steps from the front door. We played ball, swam and then heated up in the jacuzzi. I loved lying on a lounger, looking up through the palm leaves at blue sky and hearing the birds sing. The villa's setting on the foothills is my second favourite point. This is an area where people live in their own holiday houses, so it's all well kept, quiet and friendly. Car is obviously essential and gets you anywhere you need - Tucson's not that big a place and the roads are delightfully empty compared to the UK. We would normally choose a house with more bedrooms. The master bedroom is ample for parents, but the boys slept effectively on sofa beds, one of which was in the living room, so had to be made up and demounted each day. For us though, the pool outweighs a lot of indoor space. Our deposit was returned speedily without us asking. All in all a very good experience.

By Brian Bade (Black Hills, SD USA)
Sandy and I spent the month of February at Cactus Villa and enjoyed every minute of it. The villa is inviting and comfortable - we really liked the saltillo tile floors and tasteful southwest decor. The gated community is quiet and friendly and the views from the foothills location are great. It's easy to drive around Tucson and there is plenty to do - we were as busy as we wanted to be and always glad to come home to the privacy of our patio. The kitchen is adequate for light cooking. The space is ideal for two and can work for four with minimum disruption. Thanks, Argie - we hope to come back again soon.

Drew, Santa Fe, NM, October 2010
"Cactus Villa, An Exceptional Tucson Experience
I have stayed at The Cactus Villa three times. The location is superb, offering the best of both the city of Tucson and the privacy of the secluded, beautiful foothills area. The villa accommodations here are excellent, the owner is friendly, conscientious and responsive, and there is a good local contact as well.

I usually vacation in the summer, so I enjoy the cooler, high mountain setting. The main exposure is northeast, providing a welcome respite from the sun when you are outside. There is nothing more enjoyable than a night under the stars after a day of exploring Tucson's many treasures, an invigorating swim in the pool, or a barbecue with friends in the comfortable and private patio - or all of the above!"

Jacksonville, Oregon
It's been a great stay with the location, stunning views, great neighbors, and extremely quiet environment making the time spent here go too fast."1/30/10

"By Susan Gustavson. Portland, Oregon
My husband and I spent three weeks there and it was quiet and comfortable, just right for two. The location is wonderful, right up against the foothills of the Catalina mountains. You can take a long walk within the development and see bobcat, roadrunners and lots of birds. Close enough to shopping and services but far enough up off the main road to be very tranquil. Argie is prompt and easy to make the arrangements with, and there is a good local contact provided to help us with things that came up, like a touchy garbage disposer and figuring out the new TV. There was a nice welcome basket with treats that greeted us, a welcome touch since we'd been driving all day. Didn't use the pool--too cold outside--but it's a nice small area that is steps away from the condo. I would definitely stay there again." 1/22/10

More About This Location

Mountain nearby

What's Nearby

Horse riding nearby, Tennis courts nearby, Golf course within 30 minute drive, Water park nearby

Getting There

Nearest airport: Tucson International, 15 miles
Nearest train station: Amtrak, 10 miles
Car is essential


Last updated on August 16, 2014
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DatesNightlyWeeklyMonthlyMinimum Stay
Jul 1 - Aug 31, 2014
Late summer
$40$550$1,3501 Week
Sep 1 - Sep 30, 2014
Early fall
$40$600$1,4001 Week
Oct 1 - Oct 31, 2014
$40$650$1,6001 Week
Nov 1 - Nov 30, 2014
Late fall
$40$700$1,8001 Week
Dec 1 - Dec 31, 2014
$40$800$2,0001 Week
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Rental fees

  • Damage deposit | $500

Additional notes from the owner




Payment Options: Cashiers Check, Money Order, Personal Check, Wire Transfer

Refundable reservation deposit of $500 for one month or less/$1000 for two or more months. On arrival, reservation deposit converts to security/damage/cleaning deposit. Cleaning is between $100-$200 depending on the extent of cleaning required to restore the unit for the next guest to the condition it was in upon your arrival.

Security/damage/cleaning deposit returned within 21 days of departure minus ACTUAL CLEANING COSTS and any expenses incurred for damages.

Cancellations: Full refund if able to re-rent.

Check In: 3 p.m
Check Out: 11 a.m.

Weekly or semi-monthly light or full cleaning service available for an additional fee. Lost gate opener replacement. Lost key replacement.


  • Washing Machine
  • Housekeeping Optional
  • Soap/Shampoo Provided
  • Towels Provided
  • Linens Provided
  • Fitness Room
  • Central heating
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • A/C or climate control
  • Local Guides/Maps
  • Alarm Clock
  • Iron
  • Hair dryer
  • Long term rentals allowed (over 1 month)
  • Corporate bookings allowed
Phone / Internet
  • Telephone
  • Internet Access
Pool / Spa
  • Hot Tub/Jacuzzi
  • Shared outdoor pool (heated)
Property Features
  • Parking
  • Mountain Views
  • Refrigerator
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Paper Towels Provided
  • Toaster
  • Stove or Oven
  • Microwave
  • Blender
  • Kettle
  • Grill
  • DVD Player
  • Television
  • Stereo or CD player
  • Books
  • VCR
  • Satellite or cable TV
  • Outdoor Dining Area
  • Garden
  • Patio
  • Porch
  • 4 Dining chairs
  • 2 Lounge chairs
  • Pet friendly - ask
  • Smoking allowed - no
  • Suitable for children - ask
  • Suitable for the elderly - yes
  • Wheelchair accessible - no
Living space
  • 1000 square feet

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