The Boulders Have Soul.So Does the House.

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Last updated: 11/23/2015
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  • Minimum stay:2 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Property description


Some houses just have 'it.'
'It' being that romance, comfort and sense of home that somehow makes you want to snuggle in and stay forever.
First , there's the dramatic contrast between inside and out. From the jaw-dropping grandeur of our fifteen private, boulder-strewn acres, laced with private hiking trails and seasonal creeks and climbing opportunities, you step into a sanctuary of luxury, detail and sophistication rarely seen in remote locations.
There are rooms made of rock. Sleek banisters crafted by a local artisan to resemble snakes. Artist-designed -and -created concrete countertops with Mexican tile detail. Original paintings, prints and photos everywhere. And every rug, blanket, placemat, vase, serving piece, coffee cup, and frame is lovingly chosen and carefully placed to create a magical desert nest.
The. House is big. Rambling. There are cozy nooks for sleeping, reading , drawing, intimate talks. (We can sleep 14 people in beds). There are public rooms for gathering, dining, hanging out. There's a fully-equipped kitchen, with two cable TVs, and wireless internet throughout. A rocking (green!) woodstove (wood provided) for nights around the fire. Powerful, dual-zone heat and air, atmospheric lighting, iPod dock and speakers, comfy beds with top-quality linens, free domestic and Canadian landline service ...basically, everything you need to feel pampered and settled in.
Outside, lovely patios and comfortable seating await. There's a private, walled jacuzzi outside the master, a full-size pool ( not heated) , gas barbecue and an outdoor shower with a view of the entire desert floor.
Days here are brilliant and glorious. Lizards scamper, birds dip and swoon. Breezes come and go. Desert blossoms open and close. You may see jackrabbits, tortoises, quail. The silence is majestic.
At night, the desert comes alive with technicolor sunsets, endless skies and stars as you've never seen them before. Bats dip, coyotes howl. Shadows morph and disappear. If you listen, you will hear the presence of all the spirits in the desert.
The peace,silence, vastness, freedom and the unique living energy of the desert vortex have drawn people to this area since the days of the Chemeheuvi.
So come. Experience. Enjoy.
You'll find that Boulder House is so much more than just a place to sleep.
It's a place to awaken.

***Please be advised that our pricing is dependent upon the number of occupants. Please do not assume the listed rate will apply to your party of 5+****

Keywords: House, adobe, rustic, private, retreat, Old West, large,pool,jacuzzi


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Property Type

  • House

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Massage
  • Private Chef


  • Events Allowed
  • Children Welcome:

    Not childproofed, parents must sign waver....moreless

  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Considered:

    Dogs welcome. Crates, bed, bowls, water feeder provided. Current rattlesnake vaccination recommended. watch small dogs at all times. Sorry, no cats. $35 per night, per pet. ...moreless

  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 15, Beds for 8-15

  • Pinon Court (Master): 1 king, 2 twin/ single

    1 King Bed, single foldout, single cot in closet...moreless

  • Den: 1 sleep sofa /futon

    Highest-quality mattress and pad....moreless

  • Cowboy Room: 1 twin/ single

    Private, lockable room....moreless

  • Osito Suite: 1 queen

    (Orange bedroom)...moreless

  • Boulder Room: 1 king


  • Desert View : 1 double

    Trundle bed...moreless

  • King size beds (2) There is one King bed in the private master suite and one King bed in the 'Boulder Room,' which has an open spiral stair case connecting it to the to the downstairs den., Queen size Beds (1) Private Room, upstairs., Double Beds (1) The computer room/office/hangout space has a twin bed with a pop-up trundle that converts it to a double. This space has the best view in the house, but is not completely private., Twin or Single Beds (3) There is one twin bed in an upstairs private room. There is a door in this room that if you elect to leave open, connects it to the computer room. Many people use this as a children's suite. There is also a twin roll-away cot kept in the Master Suite closet. , Sleep Sofa or Futons (3) There is a queen -sized sleeper sofa with latex mattress in the den. This space was originally a bedroom. A spiral staircase connects it to the Boulder 'Rock Whisperer'Room). There is a fold- out Ottoman with a latex twin mattress. There is a love seat in the master bedroom that converts to a twin bed....moreless

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom

Other Amenities

  • Outdoor shower, shaded hammock, gorgeous rock climbing/hiking steps from front door. ...moreless


  • Toys:

    Yes we have , both for kids and adults....moreless

  • Video Game Console
  • Video Games
  • Video Library:

    Lots of movies for kids and adults....moreless


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Cinemas
  • Live Theater
  • Museums
  • Restaurants

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Babysitter
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Gambling Casinos
  • Horseback Riding
  • Outlet Shopping
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Mountain View:

    Sweeping desert vistas. Giant, dramatic boulders literally outside your front door. Mesas . Transcendent night skies....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Hiking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Rock Climbing
  • Swimming


  • Dining Area


  • Air Conditioning:

    New, dual-zone system throughout....moreless

  • Broadband Access
  • Computer Available
  • Covered Parking:

    For three cars....moreless

  • Free Long Distance:

    All calls free w/in US and Canada....moreless

  • Garage:

    Three-car, plus outdoor parking....moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    New, dual-zone system throughout.....moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided:

    High thread count, luxury sheets. Down and down alternative pillows and duvets. Quality, comfortable accommodations....moreless

  • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer:

    Small trailer ok...moreless

  • Telephone
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove:

    Wood provided....moreless


  • Catering Available:

    Anything from a brioche to a banquet, beautifully prepared and deivered by Pipes Valley's own author/chef, Robin Maxwell. Prices on request....moreless

  • Coffee Maker:

    French press ...moreless

  • Cooking Utensils
  • Kitchen:

    Microwave, blender,Cuisinart, Brita system, immersion blender, toaster/convection oven, toaster, quesadilla maker....moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven:

    Extra toaster oven....moreless

  • Refrigerator:

    Brand new full- size refrig/freezer in kitchen. Mini-fridge in den....moreless


  • Deck / Patio:

    Front patio with seating for large groups ( 10- 20). Enclosed jacuzzi courtyard off Master. Third outdoor seating area with couch, chairs, chaises,and table near pool. Hammock/hangout area, also near pool....moreless

  • Outdoor Grill

Pool / Spa

  • Hot Tub:

    Newly installed, larger spa with bucket seats and bed in private courtyard off Master. Table for four and cozy seating nook with electric fireplace also in this area.o...moreless



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My Standard Rate
2 night min stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Refundable Damage Deposit $1,000
  • Pet Fee $35
  • Tax Rate 7%


Pet Fees: ($35 per dog/per night) - Cleaning Fee: ($200+ varies). - Holiday Fee: ($250.00). Mid Week Cleaning Fee: (for 7+ nights, $150.00), Trash Haul Fee: (12+ guests, $100.00) Security deposit: (varies). Cancellation policy: Strict: 50% refund up until 1 week prior to arrival, except fees.

Year Round 1-4 people ..$695/night, 5-7 people ..$795/night 8-11 people ..$995/night. 12-15 ..$1095/night, 16+ ..$1195/night + ($100 trash fee). 2 night minimum, 4-night minimum on Holidays and events (Holiday fee applies) For parties staying 7+ days, there is a $150 charge for a mid-booking cleaning, Cleaning fee (varies depending on guest count), CA lodging tax (7%) of rental fee

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9.8 Miles
Nearest Airport
Yucca Valley Airport
7.2 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Pappy and Harriets
9.2 Miles
Nearest Motorway
CA 62

Car: Necessary

The Pipes Canyon area is uniquely blessed with sweeping vistas, dramatic boulders,lots of native artifacts, wistful abandoned cabins, and some of the only flat-top mesas in the State of California.

From your front door, you can hike our 15 uninterrupted acres, or try the beautiful trails at Pipes Canyon Preserve, or, of course, the Park.

Stargazing and sunsets are unparalleled here. Check local sites for info re : wildflower and meteor shower timing.

Art fans will appreciate Noah Purifoy's masterpiece installation(directions available), Pioneertown itself is like walking into a Louis L'Amour novel, and be sure to book a Sound Bath at the Integratron. Pappy and Harriets is a legendary bar/restaurant with world-class musical acts - check their margaritas, BTW ;), and new restaurants and hip shops keep popping tip down on Highway 62, check it out. More cool shopping Sat and Sun mornings at the SkyMall ( Hwy 62 @ Old Woman Springs Road.

We have contacts for horseback riding as well as personal/group yoga instruction/massage.

Personalized yoga instruction available, from single classes to full retreats

Local wildlife and botanical tours and seminars available on request.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 7

About the owner: As a director and an artist, it's not surprising that the visuals were what got us. The road wound up through the desert, the yuccas and Joshua trees becoming more and more plentiful as the signs of civilization retreated. There was Pioneertown itself, perfect as a movie set (well, it was a movie set, duh!), Pappy and Harriet's, and then, of course, the boulders themselves - massive, majestic, at once welcoming and foreboding.

Why the Owner Chose Joshua Tree:
The house itself. Of course we appreciate the cool, minimalist modernism of so many brilliantly designed or re-thought desert cabins. But for ourselves, we wanted something a little warmer, cozier. Something that felt more like home. Boulder House, with its four bedrooms ( five if you count the guest bed in the computer room), living room, dining room, TV room, outbuildings and pool, felt right. It had intimate spaces, private spaces, hang-out spaces, outside spaces, places to play and places to work. It sprawled over fifteen acres and had views of washes, a stream, the lights of Yucca Valley far in the distance. It was everything we had been looking for, and it was two hours from Los Angeles. It was home. Ours, and now, if you like, yours. Welcome.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
Boulder House is a handmade house representing thousands of hours of work by various artists and craftspeople who poured their lives, labor, and love into their sanctuary in the desert. Whatever passion leads you to the desert, we invite you to add your spirit to those of the Native Americans, cowboys, ranchers, dreamers, artists, and visionaries who have blessed Boulder House with theirs. If you would like to contribute a colorful piece of broken ceramic to our broken ceramic garden bed, please feel free. If you would like to document the contribution in our guestbook, or on Facebook, we would love to hear from you!

Contact us

Speaks: french, spanish

Guestbook comments from the owner

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  • Boulder House is a bolder house.

    Boulder House is a bolder house.

  •  Our entryway. Welcome!

    Our entryway. Welcome!

  • View of lower level.

    View of lower level.

  • SIt back and take in a show. The TV/DVD player's nice to watch, too!

    SIt back and take in a show. The TV/DVD player's nice to watch, too!

  • Master Bedroom

    Master Bedroom

  • Sweet bedroom for one.

    Sweet bedroom for one.

  • Joshua Tree, meet Santa Fe. Queen bed, upstairs.

    Joshua Tree, meet Santa Fe. Queen bed, upstairs.

  • More of the very bold Boulder Bedroom.

    More of the very bold Boulder Bedroom.

  • The POOL!!

    The POOL!!

  • Ocotillo Garden.

    Ocotillo Garden.

  • photo credit: Joe Hui

    photo credit: Joe Hui

  • Sit down, put you feet up maybe start a fire in the wood stove...

    Sit down, put you feet up maybe start a fire in the wood stove...

  • Dining Room.

    Dining Room.

  • Every picture tells a story.

    Every picture tells a story.

  • Upstairs nook

    Upstairs nook

  • Trundle bed sleeps two comfortably

    Trundle bed sleeps two comfortably

  • What can we say? IT's a kind bed, and it ROCKS ( sorry!)

    What can we say? IT's a kind bed, and it ROCKS ( sorry!)

  • Jacuzzi and lounging/eating area

    Jacuzzi and lounging/eating area

  • Hammock bliss.

    Hammock bliss.

  • Ocotillo Garden , w/ view.

    Ocotillo Garden , w/ view.

  • Holy smoke

    Holy smoke

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This listing was first published here in 2009.

Date last modified - Friday, November 27, 2015

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