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** Waterfront Property with Boat and Resort Amenities-Phoenix/Scottsdale/Tempe

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,650 sq ft
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 2 - 5 nights


About the property

Minutes to ASU, Scottsdale, Phoenix. Beautifully appointed 2 bed/2bath home

Centrally located in the city of Tempe.

****Tax rate for stays longer than 29 days is adjusted to 1.8% by owner after inquiry and prior to guest making payment.

**Less a mile from the main roads & freeways that circumnavigate the different cities in the valley, yet surrounded by trees and water for a calming & relaxing environment.

Drive, walk or bike to grocery stores (ie, Whole Foods, Trader Joe's, Fry's), restaurants, parks, retail shops, walking/biking paths and more.


Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport

Light Rail park & ride

ASU (Arizona State University), Mill Ave., and Tempe Town Lake

Old Town Scottsdale

Fashion Square Mall

Spring Training Ball Parks

Great Golf courses

Canal trails

Mountain biking


Unique property with quality features.

Unbelievable sunsets can be viewed from the lakeside patio's or on the boat while cruising the lake.

Beautiful property with direct water access (dock is on the lower deck) to the 5+ miles of lake shoreline. 6 person pontoon boat for use (at no charge to our guests)

**August Home entry system provides keyless access to the property

**Secure, wireless, up to 100mbs high-speed Internet

**Flat screen 4K SmartTV, Blue-ray player, Direct TV, Hulu & Netflix in both bedrooms. Living-room has a 55” 4K curved HDTV smart TV with streaming, Blur-ray player. Large DVD library

**Bathrooms with rain-showers, marble and granite countertops & top of the line fixtures

** Bedrooms furnished with queen size beds, dresser, and nightstands

** Down or down alternative comforters & pillows.

** High-quality sheets & Turkish cotton towels

**** Master suite opens onto the upper lakeside patio & has a water view and ensuite bath

****Second bedroom and bath are at opposite ends of the Villa, away from the Master Suite for complete privacy

**Living room has views of the lake


**Leather sofa & love-seat with game size coffee table in living room

**Gas fireplace in living room for cool winter evenings

**Huge kitchen with high-end appliances-including Vita-mix, Nespresso machine, toaster oven, Kitchen-aid mixer, quality dishes, pots, pans & utensils

**Large gather table with seating for 6

**Front-loading (he) washer/dryer- we provide eco-friendly detergent for your use

**Large stainless steel propane BBQ grill on the lakeside deck with full tank of propane provided

**Comfortable conversation chairs on the large upper deck

**Propane fire-pit with a full propane tank on arrival

**Bikes (2) available for guest to use

****Depending on the time of year you can find fun & interesting fruit, vegetables, edible flowers & herbs in & around the property. These are organically grown & they are yours to enjoy


Olympic size pool


Lighted outdoor tennis, basketball, volleyball and pickle-ball courts

Gym & Cardio room

Handball courts

Pool and pingpong table

We supply basic household needs:

Toilet paper, paper towels

Dishwasher and dishwashing soap

Hand soap

Laundry soap

Shampoo, conditioner and body wash

All linens and towels (including pool towels)

This is our home when the property is not rented, & there are many items not generally found in 'rental only' properties. Our furnishings are unique and of high quality.

*A surveillance camera has recently been installed for security reasons. The camera captures the front door entry and a portion of the kitchen area. The camera is live 24/7 and is accessible to us remotely if needed.

*Property is not childproofed & the lake is directly off the back patio. There is no gate to protect children from water access. Feel free to contact us if you need further details.


**Renters have the use of the driveway, but the garage is not available to use.


*Owners maintains 'closed off' areas & cupboards which are marked & locked. We appreciate your understanding that these areas are for owners personal use only.

More Details

DiAnn Bottomley & Robert Gutierrez
Member since: 2015
Speaks english
Response time
Within an hour
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
14 September, 2018

About DiAnn Bottomley & Robert Gutierrez

Having lived most of our lives in Washington State, Robert & I moved to Arizona in 2011. We are both retired from full time work, but keep busy with our hobbies, volunteering & traveling whenever & wherever we can. We use VRBO when traveling since we enjoy the more personal aspects of staying at a private residence rather than a hotel. Now that we find ourselves wanting to do more traveling we have decided to open our home to others that prefer private home rentals so we can go on more adventures. We are active adults & love being outdoors(one of the main reasons we chose Arizona). We both love to ride bikes-hybrid & road. We lead a relaxing lifestyle & are able to enjoy a glass(or 2) of wine, good food(albeit healthy) & much more time to explore & experience a variety of things.

I, DiAnn, love gardening & continue to build an edible landscape here in the desert. It is amazing to see what grows in a small space. Robert loves to watch interesting movies & TV series/shows. We both love to spend time with our grandchildren, and entertaining new friends to share our new zest for living life! When the property is not rented we call the Villa our home.

DiAnn Bottomley & Robert Gutierrez purchased this villa in 2011

Why DiAnn Bottomley & Robert Gutierrez chose The Lakes

We were lucky to find this little place in paradise and it reminds us a bit of where we lived in Washington(water, tree's). Having the clubhouse was the icing on the cake as it has so many amenities that we are never at a loss of things to do. The community hosts many events throughout the year....Christmas boat parade & lighting contest, Polar Ice plunge at the pool in winter, Cinco de Mayo, 4th of July, Fall Pot-luck, Community wide garage sale, and many more fun get togethers.

What makes this villa unique

Honestly... central to the entire Valley make it amazingly easy to get around to many of the fun venues and tourist attractions in the area. One of the best things about this property is being directly on the water. We enjoy spending time cruising the shoreline In our pontoon boat, having dinner on our deck, watching the sunsets while enjoying our gas fire pit, and just relaxing to music or reading a good book. Having views of the water from the decks, living room & master bedroom are constant reminders that we chose a great place to call home. We have had a great deal of fun furnishing our home & continue to update, change & develop our property. As our guest, we hope that you will appreciate our hard work to make this special place your home away from home.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Wonderful experience. The hosts we're amazing. Great details in comfort, privacy, very relaxing. Immaculate. They went above and beyond our expectations when our trip had some unexpected changes. We wound love to come back again. Thank you so much DiAnn and Robert!

Brenda and Richard

My Response

We are so glad that we were able to accommodate your schedule change & of course so excited on your new Grand-baby! We enjoyed chatting about like interests & could not have asked for better guests. Next visit we will for sure get you out on the boat for a cruise on the lake!!! Hope to see you again soon. DiAnn & Robert
Sep 2017
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa rental in The Lakes

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1650 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Max. adults: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 30
  • Not suitable for children ...
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Only registered guests are allowed to stay at the property overnight. No exceptions.
  • Cooking of foods with strong odor's or oils (as in deep frying) should be done on the Gas BBQ (it has a gas burner for this use).
  • Do not remove or unplug any tv or internet cables/wires. If you move or change something, return it to where you found it before departure.
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Resort ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower enclosure , Master bath
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , bath with shower
  • Bathrooms have been recently updated. The master has 2 sinks, toilet & walk-in shower. The second bathroom is just outside the 2nd bedroom door & has a single vanity, toilet & tub with shower.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 large double bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 large double bed
  • Both bedrooms have queen size beds with high quality sheets, down or down alternative comforters & several pillow choices. Bedrooms are at opposite ends of the villa, so each is cozy & quiet.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Table Football
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 2 bicycles
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Heated Pool
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Sauna ...
  • Spa Whirlpool
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • racquetball
  • roller blading
  • swimming
  • tennis
The community has beautiful parks through out, with access to other parts of the lake. Most of the homes in the community are not on the water directly & these park accesses allow them to enjoy the lake. The clubhouse also has a boat that goes out 1 Friday a month or you can rent it by the hour for a private ride around the lake & they will supply the Captain. This allows you to relax & enjoy the surrounding should you feel uncomfortable taking our boat out.


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** Waterfront Property with Boat and Resort Amenities-Phoenix/Scottsdale/Tempe
average rating of 4.952381 based on 22 reviews

Waterfront Villa is a hidden gem in Tempe

  • 5 of 5

This Villa was perfect for our stay. My husband and I took the Master Bedroom and his Granddaughter met us there and stayed in the other bedroom. We loved sitting out on the deck in the morning listening to all the different birds all around. There were many new families of ducks visiting on the Lake everyday. The Pontoon was a great added attraction. We took it out just as the sun was setting and into the Moonlight. Got some great pictures. Everything you might need was there and it was comfortable. The location was close to everything, but hidden away. We really enjoyed our stay and will probably go again in the future as our son lives in Phoenix and we make a trip out to see him every year. DiAnn and Robert kept in touch with us all through the process and checked on us after we arrived.

They were very quick to get us a new coffee pot when ours was not brewing. Nice welcome basket of goodies and treats awaited us. Sunset every night. Very quiet area and very pretty. Loved the notes on everything to help you out. Very nice appliances to use. Fancy, but comfy. Thank you for sharing this awesome Villa

  • Review Submitted: 04/05/2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We so appreciated having this nice couple stay at the property. We were glad that we could replace the coffee pot the same day. This is the type of communication between owners and guests that make vacation rentals work well. We want our guests to enjoy their stay as much as possible and prefer to know if something is not working correctly while they are staying so that it can be resolved as quickly as possible. Their enjoyment of our pontoon boat & that the location of the property suited them is something we hope is shared by all our guests. They left the property in perfect order and we would welcome them back anytime.
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Great Place

  • 5 of 5

The place was great with all the amenities a person needs while there away on holiday.Our hosts DiAnn and Robert checked us in and made sure my wife and I got settled in. Texted us a few times just to make sure everything was going smoothly.Would stay there again and are planning to do so..Did enjoy use of the pontoon boat . Really loved the back patio with the gas fire pit,and BBQ. Robert and DiAnn definitely go above and beyond!

Don &Marina from Calgary AB.

  • Review Submitted: 13/04/2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We enjoyed meeting Don & Marina and very happy they enjoyed staying at our property. They left the property in excellent condition and we look forward to having them stay with us in the future.
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Hudson oh

Great stay at Lake Villa

  • 5 of 5

Wanted a place that provided the space we needed for the 3 of us along with all the amenities plus more and found it at this Lake Villa. Prefect for the 3 of us and location convenient to Sky Harbor airport, Phoenix, Tempe, Goodyear, Scottsdale and even Tucson. Villa has all you need and more and the owners have thought of just about everything to make your stay special. The Villa is delightful with a great walk out terrace with fire pit. The lake makes you feel as if you are in more of a tropical climate, and enjoyed taking the boat out in the evening. Clubhouse was located within walking distance with work out equipment, pool, tennis, ping pong, all the amenities you could want. The Villa was decorated beautifully plus you also get high end bedding and towels along with plenty of movies to keep you entertained. Kitchen is fully stocked and the Nespresso coffee making was wonderful. The welcome basket was a very nice touch and the owners were wonderful and accommodating. Market and restaurants were convenient. Went to Trader Joes for most of our in-house food. Everything you need is available with full laundry and kitchen. Visited the on lake restaurants which were both very good. This Villa patio faces the west so you get the sunset which is nice. Overall a great visit and highly recommend this rental. Much prefer this over a hotel or resort. Thank you for sharing you home with us.

  • Review Submitted: 01/04/2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Gail, Tom, and Robbie were wonderful guests at the Villa! They were very respectful of our home. We would definitely enjoy having them return in the future. So nice that they enjoyed the pontoon boat and the neighborhood restaurants.
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The Lakes in Tempe is a great vacation spot.

  • 5 of 5

We rented a condo on The Lakes for two fantastic weeks. Richard and DiAnn have a charming home and were the best hosts you could ask for. Everything, restaurants, shopping, Dunkin Donuts even is close by. A fantastic plus is the use of their pontoon boat. The house is fully equipped, pots, pans, linens, washer and dryer, cable, wireless. It truly was like living at home. We highly recommend Richard and DiAnn.

  • Review Submitted: 28/03/2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We really enjoyed meeting Paul and Mary as we showed them around the Villa. They were very respectful of our home. They left our home in a very considerate condition. We would love to have them consider staying at our home in the future.
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Petoskey, Michigan

Fantastic Lake Villa!

  • 5 of 5

Having rented VRBO’s in the US and abroad, I can say without reservation that this was one of the very best experiences ever. Robert and DiAnn were so accommodating and the home was both comfortable and well equipped. Having the use of bikes and the boat really enhanced the experience. We give this 5 Stars!

  • Review Submitted: 26/01/2018
  • Date of Stay: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are delighted you enjoyed your stay at the Villa. So glad you enjoyed the Nespresso espresso pods and the fire pit. The weather was perfect for taking the bikes out and enjoying a cruise around the lake on the pontoon boat. Dinner out with you was an extra special treat. We look forward to your next visit! PS...Thank you for all of your London visitor tips! We are sure to have a great time, thanks in part to your suggestions & help. Robert & DiAnn
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A great week in Tempe

  • 5 of 5

We had a great week staying at this home. The pictures are spot on. The house is right on the water and the ability to use the pontoon boat was a nice bonus. The house was spotless when we arrived. All of the appliances are brand new and high-end. It was nice to have a washer and dryer to use instead of taking home a suitcase full of dirty clothes. The beds were very comfortable (and we are hard to please about that). Robert and DiAnn were very easy to work with. Robert spoke with us when we arrived at the house to go through details and explain how everything worked. We enjoyed having use of the clubhouse and all of its amenities. The house is in a great location and easy to get around the city. We would definitely stay here again.

  • Review Submitted: 05/01/2018
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for being wonderful guests! We loved that you got to spend time on the boat and enjoyed the Clubhouse’s facilities (we are glad to be able to offer them to our guests). We appreciate you leaving the property in such great shape and would welcome you to stay again next time you visit Arizona. Have a wonderful 2018!
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Nearest Airport
9 Miles
Phoenix Sky Harbor
Nearest Barpub
0.25 Miles
The Watershed or Pier 54
Nearest Train
3 Miles
Lightrail runs East to West & to ASU & PHOENIX
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Interstates & highways: 101, 10, 202, 17, 60
Nearest Restaurant
0.25 Miles
The Watershed or Pier 54
Car: recommended

The Lakes community is centrally located to the Phoenix, Scottsdale & surrounding valley. ASU (Arizona State University), Mill Avenue & Tempe Town Lake is a short 10-minute drive or a 20-minute bike ride. The Lakes is home to many birds, turtles & fish (catch & release only). Our Villa offers quiet, safe & relaxing atmosphere with access to our private community clubhouse, large pool, spa, tennis, basketball and racquetball courts, cardio & weight room, & game room. Two lakeside restaurants with outdoor patios & a hair salon are two blocks from the villa.

The property is walking distance to many parks, shops, bike/walking paths & more. Great hiking trails & mountain bike trails are a ten-minute drive from the property. Close to freeways and mass transit allows easy access to the greater Phoenix/Scottsdale area! Of course Uber & Lyft are an easy way to get around should you not want to rent a vehicle.

Places visitors like to go in & around greater Phoenix, Scottsdale & surrounding area are all within an hour drive or less (many are accessible via our public transportation systems):

Spring Training Stadium Ball Parks

ASU Campus

Golf-public & private

Mill Avenue

Tempe Town Lake

Tempe Beach Park

South Mountain

Riparian Preserve at Water Ranch

Saguaro Lake

Salt River Tubing

Old Town Scottsdale

Historic Districts in Phoenix

Phoenix Zoo

Phoenix Botanical Gardens

Papago Park

Camelback Mountain

Arizona Science Center

South Mountain Park

Taliesin West(Franky Lloyd Wrights winter home)

McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park

Hall of Flame Fire Museum

Heard Museum

Scottsdale's 5th Ave Shopping mall

Miniature Golf


Art Walks in Old Town

Approximate distance from Tempe:

Tucson-2 hours by car

Bisbee: 3 hours by car

Tombstone: 2 1/2 hours by car

Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

Saguaro National Park

Oak Creek Canyon

Slide Rock State Park

Grand Canyon-4 hours by car

Sedona, Flaggstaf, Jerome, Cottonwood, 2 hours by car

Wupatki National Monument

Meteor Crater

Lake Powell

Prescott-3 hours by car

We have many brochures that you can look through if you are interested in some of these areas. There is just so much to do here that it is difficult to include everything for everybody.


Rates & Availability

Contact Owner

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee AU$275.54
Property Damage Insurance AU$136.39

Weekly & monthly rates have been discounted. Cancellation Information/Policy: 100% of your payment will be refund(excluding VRBO/credit card fee's to us) if cancellation is made 60 days or more before your scheduled reservation date.
Trip insurance is available for purchased and is highly recommended if this is a concern. Please ask for further information or contact your preferred insurer. This is a NON-Smoking property(inside & out).

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if cancelled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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