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Palm Desert Homestead Cabin, Best Views in Valley

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Living room Queen sized bed, bedroom The Birdcage in Spring Living room Bathroom

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  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Cahuilla Hills cabin description

My Aunt and Uncle homesteaded this Cahuilla Hills land in 1948 and built the cabin, affectionately known as 'The Bird Cage'. There was no electricity or water at that time; now we have both, as well as heat and A/C. The Homestead is a little less than 500 sq. ft. with a 'million dollar view' of the Coachella Valley, surrounding Santa Rosa Mountains, and Bighorn Golf Club. It's one of the last homesteads in our area. It sits atop a hill in Cahuilla Hills, an area now know for million dollar homes on minimum 5 acre lots; however, the location is only 2 miles from downtown Palm Desert.

The Birdcage has one small bedroom with a new queen sized bed, a small bathroom with a good size shower (with a window), and a living/dining/kitchen room - all with beautiful views. There is a covered/shaded patio as well as a sunny patio, perfect for relaxation while enjoying the beautiful day and starry night views among Nature's lovely landscaping.

Our family owns 4 homes on the surrounding acres. They are spread out from one another. Privacy is secured by electronic gates and it's a very safe area. We are raising date palms at the bottom of the hill.


Property Type

      • Cabin

      Accommodation Type

          • Vacation Rental


              • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

              Onsite Services

                  • Housekeeper Optional


                  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters

                  Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2, Beds for 2

                  Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

                  Kitchen & Dining

                  • Dining Area Seats:


                  • Cooking Utensils
                  • Toaster
                  • Refrigerator
                  • Microwave
                  • Stove
                  • Kitchen
                  • Coffee Maker
                  • Dishes & Utensils


                  • Heating
                  • Towels Provided
                  • Linens Provided
                  • Parking Off Street
                  • Air Conditioning
                  • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer

                  Other Amenities

                      • Million dollar city light, star & mountain views, 2 burner cook top, microwave, Homestead Cabin in family for 50 years, shower with window, shaded patio, including date palm grove, less than 500 sq ft, looks down on Bighorn Golf Club, natural desert with desert plants and wildlife. Behind our private gates, in Estate area of Cahuilla Hills, Palm Desert, rare homestead cabin preserved. ...moreless


                      • Music Library
                      • Satellite / Cable
                      • CD Player
                      • Books
                      • DVD Player


                          • Internet

                          Pool & Spa

                              Outdoor Features

                              • Golf:

                                Over 100 courses in the valley, many are public...moreless

                              • Deck / Patio:

                                Fantastic mountain and city views...moreless

                              • Tennis:

                                local, not far from house, free...moreless

                              • Outdoor Grill

                              Location & View

                                  • Mountain View


                                  • Hiking
                                  • Golf
                                  • Fitness Center
                                  • Miniature Golf
                                  • Antiquing
                                  • Tennis
                                  • Cross Country Skiing
                                  • Hot Air Ballooning
                                  • Rock Climbing
                                  • Cycling
                                  • Mountain Biking
                                  • Live Theater
                                  • Zoo
                                  • Theme Parks
                                  • Cinemas
                                  • Museums
                                  • Health/Beauty Spa
                                  • Sight Seeing
                                  • Shopping
                                  • Wildlife Viewing
                                  • Restaurants
                                  • Horseback Riding

                                  Other Activities

                                      • Wonderful hikes and walks. The Coachella Valley is full of many activities and great shopping and restaurants....moreless


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                                      • Incredible place!!

                                        Incredible place!!

                                        • Guest James W. (Costa Mesa, CA)
                                        • Date of stay 02/16/13
                                        • Review Submitted 02/23/13
                                        Everything about this cabin is amazing. The decor, location, view, and amenities all contribute to a feeling of complete serenity. The owner Ann and her daughter are extremely gracious hosts, and the bottle of Prosecco that is waiting upon arrival doesn't hurt either :-) This is a perfect retreat for anyone looking to escape the pressures of daily life, and I'm already looking forward to the next stay. In short, I couldn't recommend this gorgeous hideaway more highly and I encourage everyone to consider a stay here. You'll walk away feeling just like I do!!

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                                      • Those Crazy Canadians

                                        Those Crazy Canadians

                                        • Guest Dee (Vancouver BC)
                                        • Date of stay 12/25/12
                                        • Review Submitted 01/19/13
                                        While looking for the perfect spot to spend Christmas and New Year's, we stumbled across 'The Birdcage', and immediately knew we had found a little piece of heaven! Put a call in to Ann, and yes, she had just had a cancellation. We were supposed to arrive on the 23rd, but were delayed until Christmas Day, and arrived at 5pm. Had the foresight to stop for wine, but where does one stop for food on Christmas Day? Pulled up to our cabin, and it was more than what we could have possibly imagined. Crisp night air, twinkling lights down below and our glorious little cabin. Decided to head down to Ann's and say our hellos, and there she was, packing up turkey dinner for us. Yes indeed...a little piece of heaven! We had friends also visiting from Vancouver, and we invited them over for cocktails and dinner one night. Had to make use of our outdoor 'Tiki Bar' and mix a batch of Margaritas. This is something you only dream of telling your friends about. Yes, our own outdoor "Tiki Bar' along with one of those little outdoor wood ovens. Perfection. The cabin is truly remarkable, and is almost a living museum. Retro and cool and oh so interesting. Every little corner holds a new something to discover. There's also a good stack of jazz and big band CD's, a good selection of books, a well equipped kitchen, and lots of outdoor space. Very warm and comfortable inside, and a great bed as well. One of the most excting things was waking up to so much light - all four walls have windows, so if you like to wake up to sunshine streaming in at 6:40AM, this is the place to do it. Loved it. This place is truly something special, and it's as little or as much as you want it to be. We spent some lazy days just reading on the sunny deck, but also took advantage of everything else that was around us. Great hiking trails right outside the door. There's a book filled with brochures on things to do, as well as a whole list of recommended restaurants. Ann is incredibly helpful and full of information, and eager and willing to share. So, our only worry is that everyone else is going to discover this little treasure and we'll never be able to get back in! It was a perfect setting - set high up in the hills and overlooking the lights down below. A little secluded yet very private. The views were truly magnificent. We really can't rave enough about this place, and it's truly one of the most original and wonderful places we've ever stayed in. Can't wait to get back for another visit!

                                        Recommended for: Adventure seekers, romantic getaway, sightseeing, families with young children.

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                                      • Funky and fabulous

                                        Funky and fabulous

                                        • Guest The frozen Canucks (Calgary, Alberta, Canada)
                                        • Date of stay 04/15/11
                                        • Review Submitted 04/29/11
                                        The Birdcage is everything Ann describes it as being! If you want an eclectic, private, off the beaten path kind of place to stay, this one's great. At the same time, it is only a few minutes drive down the hill to central Palm Desert. My wife and I loved having morning coffee on the huge patio area, watching all kinds of little birds fly into the ocotillo bush right in front of us to have their flower nectar breakfast......then in the evening to sit on the same patio and enjoy a glass of wine while watching the evening colour on the Joshua Tree mountains across the valley, until the stars and the lights of Palm Desert took over. The bed is comfortable, the living/dining area the same, and the kitchen is well outfitted to make all kinds of meals. You can even use the barbeque as an oven if you really want to-we did, and it worked well. The pictures and decorations are eclectic and a bit eccentric, adding further charm to the cabin. Ann is a gracious hostess, there when we needed to talk to her, but giving us privacy at all other times. We highly recommend the Homestead cabin-we will certainly stay there again when we next visit Palm Desert! David & Nancy

                                        Recommended for: Adventure seekers, romantic getaway, sightseeing.

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                                      • Desert Hideway!

                                        Desert Hideway!

                                        • Guest Golfing Maniac (Casper, Wyo)
                                        • Date of stay 03/20/10
                                        • Review Submitted 04/10/10
                                        Best place in Desert to stay. Views simply stated as "awesome", especially in evening as the valley cities come alive for the night! Birdcage is close to everything one would want to do in the desert. Ann Cooper is "SUPER"

                                        Did you find this review helpful? Yes | No Helpful votes: 5/5

                                        • Guest Anonymous
                                        • Date of stay 03/06/10
                                        • Review Submitted 03/06/10
                                        This place is an eclectic gem nestled high in the hills of Palm Desert with panoramic views that will knock your socks off! It is one of a kind, and where you can feel one with the desert. Sitting on the patio, watching the lights of the desert begin to twinkle, and looking at the millions of stars make this little house unforgettable. We love to visit the Birdcage as often as possible.

                                        Did you find this review helpful? Yes | No Helpful votes: 6/6

                                        • Guest Pam R.1 (Redlands, CA)
                                        • Date of stay 02/26/10
                                        • Review Submitted 02/26/10
                                        So many wonderful memories at the Bird Cage! If only walls could talk - such history in this quaint little abode. A respite during divorce. Complete relaxation talking with friends, sunning, or reading while enjoying the view. A place to be ALONE with just yourself and nature. This is the place to restore your soul!

                                        Did you find this review helpful? Yes | No Helpful votes: 5/5

                                        • Guest Monica 3 (Woodlake, CA )
                                        • Date of stay 02/24/10
                                        • Review Submitted 02/24/10
                                        How can you describe a heavenly experience! The sense of being one with nature while being surrounded by artistic, colorful interior decor and a million dollar view. Absolutely unforgettable. I go back as often as possible. Thank you, Ann. Monica P.

                                        Did you find this review helpful? Yes | No Helpful votes: 5/5

                                        • Guest Anonymous
                                        • Date of stay 02/23/10
                                        • Review Submitted 02/23/10
                                        The Birdcage is a magical place. Overlooking the Coachella valley, this comfy, cozy cabin is a unique and peaceful spot. you feel like you are in your own special world, yet close to restaurants, shops and museums. The cabin itself is clean and well equipped. Staying at the Birdcage is A wonderful experience for anyone. Sue from California

                                        Did you find this review helpful? Yes | No Helpful votes: 5/5

                                      $300/wkend,Fri & Sat nights,$50 cleaning fee, $950/wk (more 4 holiday) $2300/month
                                      Security Deposit $200, we trust you'll care for the cabin
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                                      Ask about well behaved dogs...$25 extra/stay
                                      I do not use the calendar.
                                      OCTOBER AND MAY SPECIALS, MONTHLY SPECIALS

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                                      Owner info

                                      Year Purchased: 1973

                                      Why the Owner Chose Cahuilla Hills:
                                      I wanted to preserve this lovely property for generations to come; an example of how living used to be.

                                      The Unique Benefits at this Cabin:
                                      It's fun to stay here, relaxing, exhilarating at the same time. You're close to hiking, town and all the amenities of the area, yet in this quiet beautiful setting. Linens dried by the desert sun. The city light view is so spectacular that you won't want to go to bed!! Spring wildflowers are covering the property. Ask about your dog. Small to medium dogs over two years old, well trained are okay.

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                                      Speaks: english, german



                                      • Living room

                                        Living room

                                      • The Birdcage in Spring

                                        The Birdcage in Spring

                                      • Bathroom


                                      • Queen sized bed, bedroom

                                        Queen sized bed, bedroom

                                      • Living room

                                        Living room

                                      VRBO #290186

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                                      This listing was first published here in 2010.

                                      Date last modified - Sunday, March 23, 2014


                                      1 Bedroom / 1 Bathroom
                                      Sleeps 2

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                                      Speaks: english, german
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