Meet the Treasure of Tucson: A Jaw-dropping $9.9M Desert Retreat Known as Villa Esperero

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Villa Esperero Tucson, AZ is currently listed for $9.9 million by Long Realty.

Tucked away in the exclusive Rattlesnake Canyon Estates rests Villa Esperero, a private and luxurious custom estate that lives like a five-star resort. We are told by co-listing agents of the property, Judy Smedes and Kate Herk at Long Realty Company, that Villa Esperero was built “to synthesize international influences with the natural beauty of Tucson’s surroundings.” In our humble opinion, mission accomplished.

Villa Esperero is truly a work of art and includes one of the most incredible private sports complex facilities in the Tucson area. According to Smedes, “the estate is comprised of three separate, immense lots in the Catalina Foothills that create one superbly blended, 133-acre property. Perched between two magnificent larger canyons, Ventana to the west and Sabino to the east, Villa Esperero is intimately surrounded by the smaller Esperero and Rattlesnake canyons, green jewels in the desert that deliver spectacular views of desert blooms amidst seasonal springs and natural pools.”

The dreamy 9,000-square-foot main house is a majestic sight to behold. It includes two master suites, three additional en-suite bedrooms, six-and-a-half bathrooms, a library accessed by two stairwells, and an elevator. Bespoke details include mesquite hardwood floors, natural stone, flagstone, and marble finishes. The backyard is dressed to impress with a wraparound covered patio, featuring an outdoor kitchen and dining area, plus an infinity-edge pool and spa with breathtaking views of the city and mountains.

Swedes adds, “To the southeast and in close proximity of Villa Esperero lies the sports complex which is nearly 4,000 square feet, and features a 60-foot indoor lap pool and spa with open-beamed ceilings and stunning views to the south and east. A full-sized batting cage with a professional pitching machine is located behind the pool and features hand-painted murals of classic baseball team logos. The batting cages can easily be converted into a golf, tennis, or basketball training and practice area or a home theatre. The complex includes a workout area, kitchenette, a sitting area, dressing and locker room.”

We sent a Q&A to the representatives of the estate. Here are the answers:

Where did the property get its name and what is its meaning?  

The property was named by the original owner because it is a villa perched over Esperero Canyon, a lush desert canyon that runs with water for many months of the year.

What are the top/most unique selling points of the property?

This property is a 133-acre estate making it the largest residential property in the most expensive zip code in Tucson. It is the only property of this magnitude with proximity to world class resorts such as Canyon Ranch (10 mins), Ventana Canyon Resort and Country Club (10 mins), and only minutes away from restaurants and shopping. It has a 3,800-foot elevation, making it one of the highest elevation residential properties in Tucson. The magnificent estate has a 9,003-square-foot dual master suite with an incredible blend of world-class materials. A separate sports and fitness complex with 60-foot lap pool/spa, professional batting cages, exercise facility, bathroom, laundry, kitchen, sitting area can all be found in the estate.

Does it have anything rare for the area, such as land, trails/recreations, certain rights, access etc.?

Trails connect to Sabino canyon and Ventana Canyon with direct access to Esperero and Rattlesnake canyon. These areas do not give direct access to the public. This is the largest residential property in the zip code at 133 acres. The home also has a six-lot subdivision while most lots have approximately 45 acres. There are only two neighbors surrounding the property.

What is exceptional about its location? 

The home is minutes away from Canyon Ranch, Ventana Canyon Resort, and The Country Club. Shopping and the Sabino Canyon Recreation Center are also in close proximity to the estate.

What is the climate like?  

At 3,800 feet, the temps are slightly lower than in other areas in lower altitudes. Winters are mild and summers are very hot in the area. Monsoon season occurs in the area in July and August.

Favorite part of the home and why? 

The magnificent views are definitely one of the high points of the home. The location, incredible quality and thoughtful design throughout the space are also excellent features. 

Who is this property perfect for? 

This property is for anyone looking for a destination property in the desert. This is the ideal place to entertain family and friends on large scale.

Currently listed for $9.9 million with Long Realty Company, the impeccably designed home awaits its perfect buyer. Batter up!