October 20, 2014
This lower-level, in-law suite of a private home has beautiful views of the mountains, lights of downtown Tucson and the pool area. The interior has been completely renovated with a beautiful modern decor with touches of southwestern flair. Surrounded on three sides by oversized windows the views can be seen from nearly every room. The photos you see here are virtually identical to what you'll see on-site except for the exterior which was being painted from beige to grey, landscaping updates and a renovation of an area to a greenhouse.
An off-street, non-covered parking spot is available. This leads to a series (15 or so) of low-rise stairs that take you to the lower-level private entrance directly off the lap-pool area.
The owner was attentive, walking us through the property and checking in to see if there was anything we needed - one of the perks of having the owner on site. While you might feel like you're being watched, Elizabeth was very respectful of letting you know if she was going to be outside on the lower level (which only happened once),
Hotel-sized toiletry items, coffee packets, two bottled waters and micro popcorn were nice touches not often found in a rental property. Plenty of nice bath towels and four pool towels were great.
Temperature controls, ceiling fans and cellular shades keep the unit cool from the sunny near-southern exposure.
Located in a quiet residential neighborhood (except for the nightly whoops and howls of nearby coyotes), you are close to Whole Foods and Safeway to pick up any grocery stores you may need.
Which leads to the only thing lacking in the property. The gourmet kitchen that even includes a wine fridge has a hodge podge of cookware and utensils. Not being a cook herself, she mentioned that the she thought that the kitchen had been used very little. I see being able to prepare meals as a huge perk of staying in rental properties. For this particular stay, we were visiting our college son who appreciated a home-cooked meal. While I always just expect the basics at a rental and can easily make do with what is there, this just seemed like a oversight in a property otherwise so well thought out. If you just need a cup of coffee and piece of toast in the morning or to reheat in a microwave you'll have more than enough in the kitchen!
Overall it is a beautiful, quiet property and if you like what you see in the photos you won't be disappointed!
Michelle 'Yurek' Reisenauer, Muskego, WI
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