Long Time No Blog… I know.
I promise you I had a good reason for not taking time to type. For now, I wanted to get you the pictures I promised of our new house in Tucson.
We have the house listed on VRBO and it is renting like crazy! I know why: Tucson is a great place to vacation! The weather is fabulous (yes, the summers can be a bit hot but that doesn’t seem to deter vacationers who know how to use a pool), the scenery is breathtaking and the town has lots to do (besides tons of biking, hiking and golfing)! And, of course, our house is simply AWESOME!
My parents, CoCo and I (and other family members) stayed at our Tucson house for a few weeks to get it ready to be listed as a “luxury vacation home.” That means, we did a lot of shopping. We furnished the house from top to bottom, stocked the kitchen, picked out art work, filled the linen closets, and painted a few rooms.
We wanted the house to feel like a warm, comfortable, inviting home. Based on our first rental review, I’d say we hit the nail on head. She even said our home was “dog friendly”… I think it’s because I picked out the dog dishes and mats!
Now, A Little Bit About Our Tucson Home
The home is in the Oro Valley Country Club (actually on a hill overlooking the golf course). We also have incredible views of the Tortilita and Catalina mountains. At night, the sparkle of the city lights rivals the sparkle of the stars. It is incredibly beautiful. But let me get on with the pictures of the house…
Our vacation rental home is 3 bedrooms with 2.5 baths. It is all on one level (no steps? what fun is that?!). I really love the driveway, which is big and has space to turn vehicles around (when a big bus isn’t parked in it, that is).
A handmade fountain of a Joshua tree sits in front of the house. The fountain was made by an artist in nearby Tubac. My parents like the sound of the fountain. I like the water.
The entrance is wide and inviting.
When you step inside, you enter the living room.
The ceilings are high and there is no carpeting in the house. My parents like that but I think it’s a bit slippery.
The living room opens onto the backyard patio. I adore the windows in this house! CoCo and I enjoyed sleeping on the leather couch.
The kitchen is to the right of the living room.
The dining room is also to the right of the living room. The windows of the dining room look out onto the front yard, with the beautiful fountain.
The dining room is off the kitchen, which has a wine cooler and stainless steel appliances.
The previous owners had remodeled the kitchen and the master bedroom/bath. They did a really good job, using upgraded tile, appliances and finishes. The skylight in the kitchen lets in a ton of light.
The kitchen is good-sized – enough for a few people to work preparing a meal. There is a lot of counter space and storage space.
On the other side of the kitchen is the kitchen nook where we eat sometimes (but mostly we eat outside on the patio since the weather is so nice).
The kitchen has a counter bar and overlooks the family room.
The family room is cozy and is good for kicking back while someone else prepares your meal. I’ve done that a lot.
My favorite chair in the house is this one in the corner in the family room. I fit perfectly in it.
Master Bedroom and Bathroom
The master bedroom is big. Really big. There is a king sized bed. I like it. There is room for all of us in that bed!
There are French doors (leading to the patio) and big windows in the master bedroom. I wake up to the sunrise every morning. And then I fall back asleep.
If I could see colors, I know I’d like the ones in this room.
The master bathroom is spacious too.
And it includes a big shower and a large soaking tub that overlooks the city lights.
The second bedroom has a queen-sized bed and overlooks the fountain out front.
The second bedroom also connects directly to a full bath, which has another entry from the hallway.
The bath off the second bedroom has a full shower/bath.
The third bedroom is near the family room.
There is also a half bath near the third bedroom and family room, just off the dining room.
A large washer and dryer are in the big laundry room.
Now, onto the back yard! My favorite place!
I haven’t gone for a swim yet in the heated pool. There are steps but I haven’t quite figured them out. Until I do, I won’t swim in the pool (voluntarily)!
We ate most of our meals outside on the patio.
Three sets of French doors open onto the patio: from the living room, from the kitchen, and from the master bedroom.
The yard is big and fenced! I spent hours out here. My parents spent hours in the 6-person hot tub.
The patio is flagstone and it goes around the yard.
Oh, the views! And this is just from one side of the yard!
The night skies are incredible.
Bridgitte in the Sunset
Did I say the night skies are incredible?
Now that we’ve got the new home squared away, it’s time to hit the dusty trail again!