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Location: Scottsdale, Ariz.
Price: $10,000 a month
The Skinny: There are two ways to approach winter vacations: embrace the cold and snow with a ski trip or guilt-induced journey home for the holidays, or extend bathing suit season by heading south in search of warmer weather and outdoor activities that don't involve snow boots or ice fishing saws. For fans of the second approach, this furnished rental in Scottsdale, Ariz., offers easy access to all the outdoor things that don't require frozen water, starting with swimming in the backyard pool and widening out to hiking in adjacent Tonto National Forest. With city and desert views, telescoping glass walls that open the living area out to the courtyard, and a fire pit, this gated golf community home is the perfect backdrop for pool-side selfies blasted out to shivering, sweater-clad friends and family back home. For those cold Arizona nights, the three-bedroom, four-bathroom Desert Modern also has indoor activities covered with a media room and indoor/outdoor wet bar. The owners are asking $10K a month (which does not include access to the development's five Jack Nicklaus-branded golf courses) with a six-week window of availability.
· 40425 N 109th Place, Scottsdale, Arizona [Sotheby's International Realty]