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Property Details

Updated: May 12, 2015
Apartment, 1 Bedrooms, 1 Baths, 3 Sleeps

Fully furnished, tucked away, one bedroom/one bath, attached casita with private entrance, parking and covered porch/patio. This perfect little get-away is located in an established northwest neighborhood (close to Oro Valley) on a one acre desert lot. Artist/owner (and native Arizonan) lives in the main house and the Nook is tastefully decorated with many family heirlooms and original artwork. The open living area has everything you need including a fully equipped kitchen, comfortable seating and flat screen TV with Roku, Netflix and DVD player (no cable). The ample bedroom is furnished with a king size bed. A daybed in the living area sleeps one. The private, elevated, covered porch is a great spot to enjoy your morning coffee while watching gamble quail, bunnies and birds. It's only a short distance to the private pool and hot tub that is shared with the main house.

  • Sleeps 3
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided

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Desert Nook - cozy 1 bedroom getaway
Tucson Arizona
Victoria,BC, Canada

Excellent retreat for two

  • 5 of 5
The Desert Nook was perfect for two. We loved the retro feel of the space. The owner is an artist and her taste and touches were all over the Nook. We loved being in the desert setting and watching the birds every morning from the deck. The owner was friendly and very helpful and we enjoyed our conversations. The Nook is conveniently situated for stores and for traveling into or away from Tucson. We particularly enjoyed being so close to Saguaro National Park and the many State Parks in the area. We would thoroughly recommend the Nook,
  • Submitted: Mar 26, 2015
  • Stayed: Jan 2015
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm really happy you enjoyed your stay at the Desert Nook and hope to see you again next time you are visiting beautiful Southern Arizona!
Desert Nook - cozy 1 bedroom getaway
Tucson Arizona
San Francisco, USA

desert retreat

  • 5 of 5
I am writing this review quite a bit later than my previous stay, but just read the newest review and decided I just had to have my say. I didn't write sooner as I did not want the secret to get out, a bit cheeky of me. I am making my plans to return to The Nook this week. I ONLY stay at the Nook if it is available. I have been coming to Tucson for years and now plan my trips around when the Nook is available. If I need anything and I mean ANYTHING the owner Char or her property manager are easily accessed and will help in any way possible. I have even gotten a late night ride to the airport. Char the owner was very reluctant to take any pay for my ride, I insisted and even then it was a pittance. I find quality in the Nook. The furnishings are outstanding and quite artfully arranged. There is plenty of room in the closet and bedside drawers for my personal items. The bathroom is large and has ample space to store ones bathroom items. I cook regularly in the Nook and I love the dishes, I never microwave anything I eat, so the dinnerware was perfect for keeping my food warm. I love the little stove (4 burners) and the oven makes a great cake. I appreciated the stainless steel cookware. I would recommend the Nook to anyone who likes lovely furnishings/art, enjoys cooking, likes long soaks late at night in a sunken hot tub, and cool pools close by for cooling off, for anyone who enjoys the desert birds and plant life. It is true one has to heat the hot tub, but it is not difficult and why waste the deserts energy heating a tub long before you need. If you are out Char will turn it on for you. Enjoy the closeness of the pool for a cool splash and return to the hot tub to warm up. Enjoy The Nook, but hopefully not when I want to stay!
  • Submitted: Jan 27, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2013
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the great review and look forward to your next stay at the Desert Nook!
Desert Nook - cozy 1 bedroom getaway
Tucson Arizona

Good with a Few Shortcomings

  • 3 of 5
Good - Location was good in terms of shopping and attractions. If you liked walking or biking it was a safe area for both. I particularly liked the desert surroundings and the birds that came to the feeder. The deck was a nice size and the accommodations were nicely laid out and ample for two. The bathroom was attractive and had a nice shower. Wifi had good reception which was important for communication as there was no phone available. Lots of games were available and we made good use of them - especially scrabble. Char, the owner, provided a nice welcome basket and was very pleasant and helpful.

Shortcomings - The owner had too many unnecessary things taking up space and left little room for guests' personal items. This was particularly true of anyone staying for a month which was my case. The nice pottery dishes were not safe to use in a microwave so I purchased a couple of plates suitable for the microwave. We used the pyrex measuring cups to reheat soup or other liquids. After trying to fry eggs unsuccessfully on the available fry pan and slightly burning my hand because the handle got hot, I purchased a non-stick fry pan. The clear plastic on the kitchen table wa not inviting. I knew there was no 'live TV' but didn't know what Roku was all about. After a month of not hearing local news or anything else live, such as Christmas specials when there in December, it became tiresome. Also there were several movies I never saw the end of because Roku reloaded but never continued the movie. In the bedroom there was a larger TV to play videos. However, there was only a handful of videos and I was not about to start renting any. There should have been ample supply of videos available. The most disappointing for me was the hot tub. To use it you had to go through a process to heat it and then it was available about 2 hours later. So coming back from a day's outing and soaking in the tub was not possible! We only used it once. A cover for the hot tub could have solved the re-heating issue. Some furnishings need to be replaced. Deck furnishings are old, worn and broken but functional. The living room and kitchen furnishings should be reviewed.

Overall, the Desert Nook is a great place. I have previously owned a resort and perhaps view with a more critical eye. Many of the shortcomings I mentioned are easily rectified with little expense and then I would give it 4 stars. For the longer term, some furnishings could be replaced.
  • Submitted: Jan 16, 2014
  • Stayed: Nov 2013
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Sightseeing
Owner's Response: We are happy that the reviewer felt that "overall, the Desert Nook is a great place". We think so too! We are always open to suggestions and try to do everything we can to enhance our guests stay.

While our offer to remove seasonal Christmas decorations was turned down by these guests, we have since reorganized and removed some unnecessary items to make more room for guests items. While there were microwave friendly glass bowls in the kitchen, we've added a couple of more and will be sure to point these out to guests as well as the pot holders that hang next to the stove.

Roku is a fairly new internet technology. It is user friendly and offers a wealth of internet channels in an easy to use format. While it is true that there are no local news channels, there are news channels that will keep you day to day - up to date on what's happening across the globe as well as in our part of the world. While there may be a couple of channels that have some problems, the vast majority of channels work well. We've also added to our DVD collection and will continue to do so.

To keep costs down, we do not keep the hot tub heated continually. It only takes an hour or two to heat up and the controls were set up to be easy to use. There are only two switches that must be flipped and we have added signage to the two switches to make it clear which switch to flip first. We are also adding an option to have the hot tub on all the time for an added fee.

The old deck chairs have been replaced and we feel that the comfortable, vintage furnishings are part of the charm of our little place. While the Desert Nook is not a slick resort, we feel it is a great place to call home while visiting Tucson and beautiful southern Arizona.
Desert Nook - cozy 1 bedroom getaway
Tucson Arizona
Wiesbaden, Germany

Sanctuary in the Desert

  • 5 of 5
We had a lovely time in this cosy desert get-away! We stayed for several weeks while we visited friends and family in the area. The location was great for those visits, sightseeing, and anything we wanted or needed to do! The Nook itself was well appointed and able to accommadate our extended stay. The owner was warm and friendly! We especially enjoyed the welcome basket and goodies. If you are looking for a place to relax and unwind, this is the place for you. We will be back!
  • Submitted: Jul 21, 2013
  • Stayed: Jun 2013
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
Desert Nook - cozy 1 bedroom getaway
Tucson Arizona
Lebanon, PA

Just right for the 2 of us!

  • 5 of 5
This was just the perfect spot for my husband and me to return to each evening after a busy day of sightseeing in the Tucson area. It is so nice to have a kitchen for preparing breakfast each morning or a light supper in the evening. This casita was very quiet and private in a nice neighborhood for taking an evening walk. So much nicer than staying in a hotel! I could get up early (darn that difference in time zones!)and curl up with a book in a comfy chair in the living room, while not disturbing my sleeping husband in the bedroom. Lovely, large tiled shower. The Desert Nook was a cozy and comfortable home base for us. We both enjoyed it and would return if we got the chance. Char was so helpful and drew me a map of the nearby shops and neighboring streets! That really came in handy! We explored the Saguaro National Park, Desert Museum, Sabino Canyon hiking trails (take extra water!!), Mt. Lemmon (lovely place to cool off!), Colossal Cave and Mission Xavier. Then we moved down to Tombstone and toured Kartchner Caverns State Park (awesome cave!), Bisbee and the copper mine, and the old streets of Tombstone.
  • Submitted: Oct 24, 2012
  • Stayed: Oct 2012
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
Desert Nook - cozy 1 bedroom getaway
Tucson Arizona
Hanover, Pa. USA

A lil bit of Heaven in the desert.

  • 5 of 5
The owner, Char, portrayed the property perfectly in her description & pictures.
The covered porch was great, we spent a lot of time sitting there watching the birds & wild life. Char was a great hostess. The inside deplicted typical Tucson. We had a wonderful time. We went to Tucson to view the Foothills & the Nook was a perfect location to do just that. The pool was a god send in the 105 degree heat. The Nook was very clean and well maintained. The welcome basket was a perfect touch. We would stay there again in a heatbeat & recomend it highly to anyone who wants to visit Tucson.

Tony & Vanessa, PA
  • Submitted: May 28, 2012
  • Stayed: May 2012
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Romantic Getaway


Activity and Interests

* Year round hiking, biking and golf

* Arizona Sonora Desert Museum

* Tohono Chul Park

* Sabino Canyon

* Biosphere II

* Mt Lemmon/Ski valley

* University of Arizona

* Pima Community College

* Vibrant Arts and Entertainment community

* Day-trip-close to the many attractions of Southern Arizona/Mexico


Rental rates


  • Nightly Rate: $75 - $125

    Weekly Rate: $400 - $600

    Monthly Rate: $1400 - $1700

  • A refundable security/cleaning deposit of $250
    plus one half the rent is due prior to your stay to secure your reservation.
    Reservations must be paid in full 30 days before arrival.
    Check or money order accepted. (Out of US payment requires international money order in US funds.)
    Cancellations must be made 30 days prior to arrival date to receive
    full refund.

    May, June, July, August and September:
    * $75 - night (4 night minimum)
    * $400 - week
    * $1400 - month
    October, November, December, and April
    * $100 - night (4 night minimum)
    * $500 - week
    * $1600 - month
    January, February and March
    * $125 - night (4 night minimum)
    * $600 - week
    * $1700 - month

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Updated: May 12, 2015


Property Type

  • apartment


  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Romantic


  • Air Conditioning
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided


  • Dining Area


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Television
  • Video Library

Pool / Spa

  • Hot Tub
  • Outdoor Pool


  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible


  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1


  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • Bedroom 1


  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill


  • Guests provide their own meals


  • * filtered water * fully equiped kitchen (no automatic dishwasher) * WiFi * Roku, Netflix and DVD player (no cable) * king bed with optional feather topper * fresh linens and towels * great bicycling neighborhood * nice collection of AZ and local books and literature * 20 minutes to downtown Tucson and U of A * close to great restaurants, shopping and a major mall * within walking distance to bus lines * 5 minutes to Tohono Chul Park * 5 minutes to Pima Canyon trailhead * swimming pool (not heated) * hot tub * no smoking inside

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