United States / Arizona / Prescott
Mountain Retreat In Arizona
Picturesque, serene, 2-bdrm, 2-bath mtn acre-plus (4k sq. meters +) private retreat with 100-mile (116 kilometer) views and crystal clear air nestled in Ponderosa pines 115 minutes from Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport or Flagstaff's Grand Canyon/Pulliam Airport and 15 mins. from mile-hi downtown Prescott's historic Courthouse Square & Whiskey Row.
Prescott is annually listed as one of the top 100 US communities for arts & entertainment and touted by Money and Family magazines as one of the top ten places for retirees because of the broad array of arts, recreation & music offerings, lifetime learning classes & outdoor activities with temperate year-round climate.
Our mountain hideaway offers the best of national forest settings with all the modern conveniences and fully stocked kitchen with all appliances. Fireplace, queen master, twin beds & Pottery Barn queen hide-a-bed indoors, w/upper deck futon for sleeping & naps outdoors, star gazing on main or side deck in hammock & bird/deer/fox/quail/ javelina watching; horseshoe pit and lower covered porch. Iris line the driveway in the spring, Wisteria flowers covered pergola spring through fall, flowering pear tree late spring with fruit in Aug./Sept., and tree and shrub fall colors surround the home. Binoculars, telescope, wind chimes & melodic fountain bring nature closer; long, flat drive for RV parking and front entry w/3 steps up to door or six steps down to lower outdoor living room; fully stocked home w/wi-fi internet & cable digital TV that includes Netflix & Amazon Prime videos, DVD player, washer/dryer/ microwave; assortment of table games, books, CDs & DVDs to use.
View 5-mountain range sunsets at the high point of the neighborhood with sitting benches just a 15 min. walk away; mountain and valle views with broad vistas to the east to watch off our decks as summer thunderstorms move across the landscape. Helpful & friendly neighbors if you have questions; keyless entry - no key exchange necessary.
Hiker/cyclists/ATV enthusiasts/boulder climbers, golfers, musicians, antiquers, casino patrons, history buffs and foodies will find this a paradise away from home. Organized files ready for your use on day trips to the Grand Canyon, funky mining ghost town of Jerome, US scenic drive through antelope-graced high plains between the mountains, wine tours of the Verde Valley in Old Town Cottonwood, Clarkdale & Page Springs south of Sedona, jewel of a museum--Clarkdale's renowned Copper Museum, Verde River kayaking and Verde Valley RR tours in Sycamore Canyon. Full day trips near to red rock adventures & jeep tours of Sedona & Oak Creek Canyon. Info on local camping & fishing, literature and personal notes about the rock climbing, hiking, summer chairlifts to the top of the highest mountain in AZ (Mt. Humphreys @ 12,600ft or 3851 meters), ancient tribal cliff dwellings and lava tube cave hiking found in the alpine region of Flagstaff closer than 2 hours away.
Loads of info & literature on day outings and Prescott activities. Great local eateries -- there are some exceptional restaurants to experience for those seeking gastronic delights. Destinations in Prescott of Highlands Center of Natural History, Prescott Nature Center, Watson & Willow Lakes for walkers, boating, kayaking, picnicking or bird watching, Bucky's Casino or Yavapai Casino and a small zoo in Prescott are all within a 20-30 minute drive.
Great home base for short 2-4 day side trips to NE Arizona's Painted Desert, Monument Valley, Lake Powell & Antelope Canyon for photographer's dream capturing the many slot canyons light through once-in-a-lifetime pictures, guided Navajo guided jeep excursions into Canyon de Chelly National Monument. Also a relatively short 4-hr. drive to Las Vegas for all the 24-hr. nightlife, shows and casino in spades! Under two hours to Scottsdale/Phoenix for big city amenities, national sports teams, world class concerts.
Prescott is annually listed as one of the top hundred US communities for arts and entertainment, and touted by family magazines as one of the top ten places for retirees, because of the broad array of arts, recreation, music and other activities, and its all-year-round temperate climate.
This is our second home, so the exchange does not have to be simultaneous.
No pets and no smoking please!
Regarding car exchange and why it is not included, this is a second home and the nearest international airport you would fly into is Phoenix, a 115-minute drive to our home up into the mountains. Car rentals are available at the airport or, for lesser costs, near the airport. Check out private rental starting @ $15-21US per day (https://turo.com) or a comparative site for all agencies (http://www.rentalcars.com) as well as www.carrental8.com. You can also name your price and bid at Priceline (www.priceline.com) where you can snag rates as low as $12-13/day, especially in the hotter months of May - August in Phoenix. It is possible to turn in your car in Prescott, get a lower-cost long-term rental near $10/day if you search online for best deals.
With Prescott's one-of-a-kind restaurants, the foodie who likes wines, microbreweries and gastronomic experiences, often with live music in many of the Whiskey Row eateries & saloons, will be delighted.
There is an array of historic and cultural sites/destinations that include an artisan community which is showcased in galleries, boutiques, museums and even outdoor settings, several venues for stage productions, and free concerts during the summer around historic Courthouse Square downtown. Farmer's Markets are open on Friday & Saturdays and the music nightlife is hopping Thursday-Sundays and on Tuesday nights in several dozen downtown locations.
Or, just sit on the upper or lower deck to listen to the water fountain, read a book, bird & wildlife watch, enjoy a meal outdoors or take a nap. Swing in the hammock, walk the neighborhood, hike nearby trails or play horseshoes between times of enjoying the tranquility of the nature all around.
Day & short side trips are easy to international destinations such as the Grand Canyon, Red Rocks of Sedona, inspiring verdant Verde Valley Railway trip through Sycamore Canyon, NE Arizona's Antelope slot Canyon's for breath-taking photography and other tribal antiquities of the Navajo, Anasazi & Hopi or the cosmopolitan museums & nightlife or major league sports of Scottsdale/Phoenix big city. Las Vegas is only a 4+-hr. trip to the northwest of Prescott. I have a "Tips & Recommendations Sheet" that I send all visitors ahead of their visit so you can make plans with insider/local resident info that you wouldn't know otherwise.
We are Norm and Jerene, a long-married couple, respectful of others' belongings and take care to ensure your expectations are exceeded.
We are adventurous souls with a love for the historic and ancient, modern and dazzling, learning and exploring any aspect of God's creation and getting know our international "neighbors.
" We savor new and rich experiences and would be honored to exchange with you and will take great care of your home and property as if it were our own!
Norm enjoyed a long career in public service at the federal level in management and as an international consultant in his second career. Jerene began a career in business but spent nearly 30 years in public service, predominantly in city management, retiring Feb. 2016 and now a consultant for Interim Public Management. We have raised two daughters, one who is a clinical psychologist in Monterey County, CA and the other working on a cancer research team focusing on immunotherapy in a hospital research lab in Seattle. In the past we added several Miniature Schnauzers to our family, and adopted several cats when the children were living at home, along with finches, fish, rabbits, turtles, guinea pigs and mice - we love animals of all kinds, domesticated and wildlife.
Our love of travel has enriched our lives and given us an extensive experience in the art of hospitality, opening our homes to family, friends, international students, pastors & missionaries and youth groups for 35 years in communities across the country and in Switzerland, where we lived in the '70s. We find pleasure in offering a special experience with attention to the little things, amenities of comfort and information on the community to all who grace our homes.
We enjoyed our first exchange in 2012, followed by two home exchanges in 2013, one each year in 2014, 2015 & 2016,and hope to make it more regular now that we are both in a new phase of our life, working only by choice from time to time. Since 2002 we have had a second home hosting people as well as using it as a sort of 'self-serve' bed & breakfast at no charge to family or friends (and a few strangers not known to us) in a 'one-way' swap, so to speak.
Our passions besides travel involve volunteer work with refugees in the Tucson (AZ) region where our primary home is located, faith-based support efforts for those who need a new start in life through agencies that assist individuals in the workplace, movie & art cinema buffs, book lovers/readers, especially of history, biographies & current events, rumaging through antique, & second-hand/consignment, used book stores, and all outdoor activities in nature.
We have enjoyed international and national travels with a growing number of very enjoyable home swaps and look forward to more to come as we enter retirement!
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|Property||Wooded Rural Mountain House|
|Sleeps||6 (2 Bedrooms)|
|Airport||Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (phx) (201 km)|
When & Where
|Dates not specified|
|Occupation||City Management / Retired Intelligence Security Consultant|