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Southwest Casita Oasis

Bedrooms 1
Property type studio


About the property

Studio, 1 Bedrooms, 1 Baths, 2 Sleeps

Casa de los Leones is a guest suite with a southwest flavor (approx 800 sf) attached to the main residence, but with a separate entrance and private patio. It contains a living room, queen bedroom/bath, and kitchenette, and ample parking, located on 3 acres. It is an oasis nestled at the foot of the Tucson Mountain Range,boasting views of distinctive Sombrero peak, city lights to the east, sparkling night skies and incredible desert vistas and privacy.

The kitchenette does not have a stove. It does have a microwave, toaster oven, crock pot and electric skillet. There is also access to an outdoor BBQ.

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Sonya Dougherty
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english, german
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 18, 2018

About Sonya Dougherty

I have been working as a realtor, serving the Tucson area, for the past 12 years. Prior to that I was in the airline industry for over 35 years as a Flight Attendant, Purser, and various management positions. While flying, my travels generally took me to Europe, the middle east, the U.S., and occasionally the far east. I commuted to New York to fly international from Tucson for about 13 years. My husband (who was a pilot) and I both worked for Trans World Airlines. It was back in the glory days when flying was still fun for everyone! I was born in St Wolfgang, Austria and came to the US as a child, but still return there frequently and I'm still fluent in German (but with an Austrian accent/dialect). I have been widowed now for over four years. It was then that I decided to open a portion of my home to guests as a vacation rental. During my own travels, my husband and I usually stayed in B&B operations or small Inns which we so enjoyed and afforded us the opportunity to get to know the local people better. This inspired me to do the same for visitors coming to the US and the southwest. I've lived in Tucson for 25 years now since coming from the San Francisco Bay area and am very familiar with the sights of the southwest, restaurants and tourist attractions, as well as our local golf courses. I'm happy to share that information. I have two adorable indoor cats which live in the main house, Sadie and Felix. And currently, I have a housemate, Colleen, who is also a widow and friend (and also a realtor). If you decide you want to stay permanently, I'm happy to sell you a house!

Sonya Dougherty purchased this studio in 1989

Why Sonya Dougherty chose Tucson

Here at casa de los Leones, you have the feel of the country and the serenity it provides, but you are only approximately :10min from the freeway with easy access to downtown, the Saguaro National Park, and a variety of golf courses. There is an abundance of wildlife which inhabits my property, such as Javalina, Bobcats, Quail, Coyotes, numerous birds and an occasional deer. There are stunning mountain views as well as city lights. It feels like a nature preserve. This is why I love living here, and I think you will enjoy visiting here. I am surrounded by stately Saguaros(cactus) on my property, which grow only in the Sonoran desert. The properties here back up to the National Saguaro Park. Wade Road winds around to Picture Rocks and then over the pass into the Park which is home to the famous Desert Museum and Old Tucson (where many of the western movies were filmed). It's truly a southwest gem.

What makes this studio unique

Beauty of the environment and the natural wildlife is the most unique benefit. While floating in the pool (during warm months) you are immersed in this habitat. There are nearby hiking/biking trails....and horses too, if you are so inclined. I have some horses next door as a matter of fact......but they aren't available for riding.

And then there is the "hostess with the most-ess" !


Tucson Studio Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • studio
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 12:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Max. adults: 2
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered
  • Non smoking only
  • Smoking is allowed on all patios Pets should be accompanied outside due to wildlife in the area only place for 1 child would be on sofa
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Adventure
  • Romantic
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
Enjoy the refreshing pool and soothing sounds of the waterfall with bold mountain views. You can also spend quiet reflective moments at the Koi pond with waterfall directly outside the guest suite. For evening enjoyment, you can hear coyotes howling and javelina grunting, and an occasional Bobcat prowling. Nature is all around you! If you are into hiking, trails abound. For those golfers who may have forgotten clubs at home, golfclubs are avialable for use from the owner. The kitchenette is fully stocked and includes refrigerator, mocrowave, coffe pot etc. Laundry facilities are avaiable.


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Southwest Casita Oasis
average rating of 4.857143 based on 7 reviews
Phoenix, Arizona

Beautiful place to relax and enjoy the Tucson area.

  • 5 of 5

Place was very comfortable and owner was very sweet.

  • Submitted: Apr 24, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hello Kathleen Thank you for the nice review. I hope you can return and stay a bit longer Sonya
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Very nice private setting near NW hiking areas and Arizona Desert Miseum

  • 5 of 5

The host was very helpful and accommodating to my requests

  • Submitted: Mar 13, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Hospitable oasis in the desert

  • 5 of 5

A very relaxing stay with a gracious hostess. We enjoyed our stay with you.

  • Submitted: Mar 11, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Quaint and good location

  • 4 of 5

Very friendly hosts, great location, easy to find and right next to the Saguaro National Park. What more can I say, great stay.

  • Submitted: Feb 26, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Bloomington, IL

Great little casita with a wonderful hostess and fantastic views.

  • 5 of 5

If you want to experience Tucson but enjoy your privacy and fantastic views of sunrise and sunset plus the nature around you, this is it! Sonya is a gracious hostess who will do her best to make sure you have a good southwest stay.

  • Submitted: Jan 20, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Watertown, MN.

Love the landscape & the property

  • 5 of 5

Super sweet owner & very helpful with ideas for things to do & places top eat. The room fit our needs perfectly

  • Submitted: Mar 3, 2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Rosie and Bob, Thank you for your kind review. I'm so happy to hear you enjoyed your stay and we hope you'll return for a "longer" stay next time. It was a real pleasure meeting you. Sonya
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Nearest Airport
20 Miles
Tucson International
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
The Pines
Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Lil Abner's
Car: necessary
Other Activities:

Top Thing to do in City:

* Tucson Desert Museum.

* Old Tucson Studios.

* Sabino Canyon.

* Golfing.

* Mt Lemmon.

Top Thing to do in Budget:

* Sabino Canyon.

* Hiking.

* Mt Lemmon.

* 4th Avenue (downtown).

* Art Galleries.

Top Thing to do in Family:

* Hiking.

* Horseback Riding.

* Tubac.

* Desert Museum.

* Old Tucson.

Tucson attractions including Saguaro National Park West, Old Tucson, Desert Museum, world class golf courses, downtown, University of Arizona and the airport are easy destinations from this Northwest side location.

Hiking trails around the Picture Rocks Retreat feature ancient indian "pictographs".


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $100

Nightly Rate: $125.00 - 200.00

Weekly Rate: $700. - $900.00

Monthly Rate: $1800.00 - 2500.00

High Season: Dec - Apr
Guest Suite: nightly: 150.00 / weekly 900.00 / monthly 2800.

May - Sep
Guest Suite: nightly 100.00 / weekly700.00 /monthly 1800
August Special: nightly 70.00 / weekly 500.00 / monthly 1000.00

A 10% deposit is required to confirm the reservation. A personal check sent to the owner. The remainder paid on arrival by personal check or cash.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.