Best secret in Tempe
This is one of those reviews that you don't want to write because the place is so good everyone will want to book it and it won't ever be available when you want it. Our first time snow birding from Rochester NY for 3 months and we couldn't have been any luckier finding the "gingerbread house" and Sylvia. From letting us arrive a couple of days early due to a speedy trip across country, to the bottle of wine, candles burning and snacks when we got here, to making us feel welcome and encouraging us to use her stunning pool and backyard, we couldn't be happier with Sylvia or the house It is exactly like the pictures only better. There is a lot of storage which I didn't feel the pictures show. It definitely feels bigger than it looks. The backyard and patio are wonderful on these hot sunny Arizona days. The train is far enough away that it isn't a bother. It does not blow a whistle so it is just a bit of a rumble. We got used to it pretty quick. The street is very quiet and so centrally located to everything Tempe has to offer which is ALOT! You are practically living on the campus of ASU (but far enough away as to still feel like a neighborhood) You can walk or bicycle downtown. Downtown has every imaginable food and drink you could want. Great happy hour specials weekdays and some bars extend happy hour all day on certain days. Craft breweries, chain restaurants and family bar and restaurants are everywhere, Tempe Town Park has festivals and is an easy bike ride from Sylvia's. If you are into outdoor activities Tempe and surrounding area is loaded with trails to bike or hike. There is something to do everyday. Chandler Scottsdale and Phoenix are really close by -around 10 miles in any direction gets you somewhere new and fun. We find ourselves sun tanning all day in a pool area that rivals a resort then heading somewhere for happy hour and snacks. Pedal Haus, Macayo's Cantina, Blasted Barley and Handlebar are some of the best places we have found. Casey Moores on Ash is really close and has great food and specials There is also a free shuttle service that runs all day with a pick up right at the end of the street. The Light Rail is also close by if you are not into driving in Phoenix. It really is Tempe's best kept secret for short term rental and I highly recommend it. We don't want to leave. We hope to return!
Very comfortable private guest house in the heart of Tempe!