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Romantic European-Style Villa on Boundary of Joshua Tree Park

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Night lights on salt water 36 foot swimming pool. National Park in background.

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  • Minimum stay:2 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:Yes

Joshua Tree house description

Villa dei Fiori is a romantic escape on 14 acres on the boundary of the Joshua Tree National Park. Pine log pergolas cover the surrounding five terraces with arbors of climbing roses and cascading purple and white wisteria.

The villa, built amid the surrounding quartz monzonite boulders, was created by Dale Allan Pelton, a Hollywood based film production designer and architect. On the west side of the villa, the terraces of 150 rose bushes with a border of purple French lavender form a dramatic contrast to the savage landscape of boulders beyond.

There is a grove of Italian Stone pines on the north. To the south, a terrace of raked sand with a Zen aesthetic, is in the midst of large boulders, perfect for al fresco dining. In the west one can see the snow-capped peak of San Gorgonio. Between the kitchen terrace and the southeast terrace stands a giant Joshua tree, several hundred years of age. The motor court is surrounded by mesquite trees and crimson oleanders, allowing a feeling of complete solitude and pastoral peace.

Near the house, is a cave formed of giant boulders with a bed of soft sand and a fire pit where guests have dinner parties in the evening by the light of an open fire. Crevices in the boulders open to the sky so that one can glimpse the stars at night.

Features - The villa has an European ambiance, with three bedrooms, one painted raspberry and another, magenta, and the living and dining rooms treated with hand-rubbed colors of cognac and amber over an under layer of gold. The master bedroom has a romantic antique bed, its ornate design formed with the tendrils of metal leaves. The colors of the Moroccan pottery complement the vivid paintings of the Parisian artist, Viviane Quence.

Although the house is modest in size, 1400 sq. foot, there are 1600 sq. foot of terraces with pergolas of cascading wisteria and climbing roses. Each room has its own private terrace, accessed by double doors, 13 glass French doors in total, bring the outdoors inside.

There is a magnificent library spread throughout several rooms - hundreds of books on subjects as varied as architecture, painting, sculpture, film, biography, literature, photography, fashion, gardening, travel, exotic places, anthropology, history, almost any subject one could think of.

The living room features a silk tapestry and original paintings and a rock sculpture from the film, 'Battlestar Galactica.' There is an excellent stereo system with an Ipod dock, and selection of CDs. There is no cable TV so that one can enjoy the quiet natural sounds of the desert. However, there is a DVD and VCR receiver,film videos available and a high speed wireless internet connection.

Although the kitchen is modest in size, it has top quality cookware, porcelain service for 12, wine glasses, baking ware, all imaginable cooking utensils, blender, coffee bean grinder, oversize toaster, programmable coffee maker, a micro wave, a new stainless steel 22 cubic foot refrigerator. There is a library of cookbooks in the living room bookcase. The stove’s oven has baked many turkeys, but will soon be replaced with one with higher BTU burners. Counter space being limited, a large kitchen table (which expands to 7 feet) may be pulled out to form a work space allowing 2 or 3 persons to work simultaneously. The gas barbecue is on the kitchen terrace just 12 feet from the kitchen. The dining terrace overlooks a Joshua tree amid the boulders. Near the kitchen, there is an tone fireplace for wood fires on the terrace by the boulders.

Since the number of guests vary, numerous tables are set against the wall, so that guests can make their own decision about the size and placement of their dining arrangements. There are 8 wooden chairs inside, and 6 plastic ones outside, with an 8 foot table on the living/dining room terrace which seats 10. On the north terrace, there are two chaise longue chairs. The cushions for the chaise are stored in baskets under the marble table inside.

The large swimming pool has a salt electrolyte purification system and a beautiful gemstone pebble surface. The best swimming months are April to mid October. The two pool terraces have a table with six lounge chairs. When not in use, the pool chairs should not be left close to the water, because a sudden wind storm will blow them into the pool creating a contamination problem. There is a large market umbrella stored in the middle bedroom closet. It is kept inside when not in use, because of the sudden wind storms which spring up unexpectedly which can instantly destroy an umbrella.

Activities: 500 feet, behind the villa, you will discover the hidden valley on the estate. From there you may hike directly into the multi-hued canyons of Joshua Tree National Park. Hiking through the boulders you will spy cactus wrens and ravens, owls and hawks, rabbits, roadrunners and quail. If you are fortunate, you may spy at a distance, a bobcat who lives in my hidden valley, or an increasingly rare Chuckawalla iguana, or Mojave Desert tortoise. This is such an inaccessible region of the park you will not encounter any other hikers to disturb your splendid solitude.

Excellent restaurants are to be found in Twentynine Palms: Bistro Twentynine, Wonder Garden Cafe, 29 Palms Inn.) Joshua Tree: Crossroads Café and the Thai or Indian restaurant.

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Property Type

  • House
  • 1500 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Included
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff

Suitability

  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Considered
  • Suitable For Elderly Or Infirm
  • Wheelchair Accessible

Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 8

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

Other Amenities

  • 36 x 24 foot custom pool nestled between massive boulders next to wilderness. Pool suitable for swimming from late March to October 1st. Large Library. Seven terraces, two with fireplaces, each with an unique ambiance and view....moreless

Entertainment

  • Books:

    The library a collection of over 40 years covers literature, art, interiors, architecture, gardening, cuisine, wine, history, politics, automobiles, fashion, nature, exotic places, France and Italy....moreless

  • Books For Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys:

    pool floaters for children....moreless

  • VCR
  • Video Library:

    Extensive collection of contemporary and classic films....moreless

Theme

  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Tourist Attractions

Attractions

  • Caves
  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Recreation Center
  • Restaurants
  • Volcano

Local Services & Businesses

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

Leisure Activities

  • Bird Watching
  • Eco Tourism
  • Gambling Casinos
  • Horseback Riding
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Mountain:

    Mountains on the Joshua Tree National Park are adjacent to the property on the South. View of distant mountains and Coyote dry lake to the North....moreless

  • Mountain View:

    The giant boulder outcroppings of the National Park form a natural hidden valley on the Villa dei Fiori estate....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Mountaineering
  • Rock Climbing
  • Spelunking
  • Swimming

Dining

  • Dining:

    Antique Dinning table. Two dining tables on terraces which are moveable to 7 terraces....moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Dining Room
  • Seating for 8 people

General

  • Air Conditioning:

    New high end central cooling system...moreless

  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    Central heating to each room...moreless

  • Internet:

    wireless high speed...moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room:

    Two sets of double French opening to two separate terraces with pergola laden with wisteria and climbing roses....moreless

  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Security System
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone:

    Land line....moreless

  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet:

    wireless high speed....moreless

  • Wood Fireplace:

    Two wood fireplaces on terraces...moreless

Kitchen

  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker:

    High end programmable coffee maker....moreless

  • Cooking Utensils:

    High end pots and pans. About every kitchen utensil you would need for gourmet cooking....moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Service for 8. Many serving platters, pasta bowls, baking utensils, oversized toaster, catering cart on wheels, wine glasses, beer glasses, coffee grinder, hand mixer, blender, over size salad bowls....moreless

  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove:

    New LG double oven stove, 13,000 BTU burner, infrared grill....moreless

  • Stove
  • Toaster:

    Stainless steel over size toaster for 4 slice capacity or long pieces of French bread....moreless

Outside

  • Barbecue
  • Deck / Patio
  • Gazebo:

    Iron gazebo with climbing roses...moreless

  • Golf:

    Palm Springs has nearly 100, some world class links, 45 minutes distant....moreless

  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden:

    One acre of garden, grove of pines and silver cypress, climbing wisteria on four pergolas, rose terrace with 100 roses....moreless

  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Terrace

Pool / Spa

  • Hot Tub:

    A high end Jacuzzi for six, is set on a terrace surrounded by boulders outside the master bedroom...moreless

  • Jacuzzi
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool:

    36 ft x 24 foot saltwater pool surrounded by giant boulders close to the cave....moreless

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Included
 

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Additional information about rental rates

Fees:

  • Pet Fee $75 + tax
  • Tax Rate 7%

Notes:

Basic rental rate for two night stay $850 - $900 for 2 - 4, $1,050 for 6, $1200 for 8. 7% county tax. Additional days are at a reduced daily rate according to the length of stay. The longer the stay, the lower the rate for additional days. Mid week can be lower.

Weekly rate is $2200 – $2400.

Major holidays like Spring Break, Thanksgiving or Christmas have one week minimum, $3200 - $3400.

Payment over 30 days in advance is one half rental fee. Final half due 30 days before arrival. No refund for cancellation, late arrival or early departure.


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Last updated: 02/26/2015
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Location

30 Miles
Nearest Airport
Palm Springs, California
1 Miles
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
29 Palms, Joshua Tree

Car: Necessary

Swimming in spring and summer, Wild animal and bird Watching, Cave and wilderness exploring. Astronomy, Star Gazing. Resort town, shops, renown art museum and casinos in nearby Palm Springs.

 

Owner info

Year Purchased: 1988

About the owner: I attended Cherokee school in Oklahoma with Indians and poor whites. War games and fist fights were the events at lunch time. After feeding the chickens, pulling weeds, fighting prairie fires, I read books in the magical forest across the creek. After wrestling for Oklahoma State and University of Nebraska, I studied philosophy at University of Tulsa, writing newspaper reviews of cinema, literature, essays on ethics and politics. During my college years, I hitchhiked across America, Key West, Florida, New Orleans, San Francisco, through slums of Mexico City, Guatemalan jungles and San Salvadorian barrios, journeys which have inspired the characters in Celine on Fire. Working as a white journalist for Tulsa’s black newspaper, I returned from King’s march from Selma to Montgomery to deliver an address, Thunder in the Ghetto, in the rebuilt Church which had been burned to the ground in the 1921 Race Riot. I organized concerts for jazz musicians, Baby Face Willette and Odetta, opened The Bastille, a folk music, rock/dance club. During two years at the UCLA graduate film school, I directed my thesis, Death of the Red Planet, in 35mm Cinemascope, quadraphonic sound, the first film created by lasers. http://cec.concordia.ca/econtact/11_4/pelton_red_planet.html. filmed in the laboratories of Cal-Tech and sound track created at Cal-Arts. Praised by American Cinematographer, and Hollywood Reporter, the film was invited to the Cannes Festival and played in 600 theaters across America. My first film work was for Battlestar Galactica. While working with Steven Spielberg (The Goonies), Terry Gilliam (Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas), Paul Verhoeven (Hollowman), designing music videos for Olivia Newton, Travolta, Cindy Lauper, I wrote screenplays at night, East of the Moon, and a musical Celine on Fire. From my original screenplay evoking the spirit of Gene Kelly’s An American in Paris, the story evolved into a historical-philosophical novel set in 1950s Paris.

Why the Owner Chose Joshua Tree:
I discovered Joshua Tree in 1968 when visiting my family, original settlers who homesteaded the land in the early 1950s. I began landscaping the garden 25 years ago. The Italian Stone pines are 22 years old, the rose garden 15 years ago. The terraces and surrounding berms of decomposed granite have been sculpted over the years. Big horn sheep sometimes come off the park into our valley of the moon where bobcats, kit foxes and roadrunners roam.


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Speaks: french

 

Photos

  • Night lights on salt water 36 foot swimming pool. National Park in background.

    Night lights on salt water 36 foot swimming pool. National Park in background.

  • 6 person Jacuzzi with air jets in the boulders on the master bedroom terrace.

    6 person Jacuzzi with air jets in the boulders on the master bedroom terrace.

  • One of seven terraces in the boulders.  All rooms have private terraces.

    One of seven terraces in the boulders. All rooms have private terraces.

  • The cave, perfect for family picnics. Stars visible through crevices above.

    The cave, perfect for family picnics. Stars visible through crevices above.

  • Our hidden valley lies beyond the pool. The National Park immediately contiguous

    Our hidden valley lies beyond the pool. The National Park immediately contiguous

  • French sleigh bed in guest bedroom. Paintings from traditional Chinese opera

    French sleigh bed in guest bedroom. Paintings from traditional Chinese opera

  • Living room with double French doors opening to one of five terraces

    Living room with double French doors opening to one of five terraces

  • Kitchen with LG double oven range and view of kitchen terrace with pergola.

    Kitchen with LG double oven range and view of kitchen terrace with pergola.

  • Mouth of second cave in Valley of the Moon on 20 acre estate of Villa dei Fiori.

    Mouth of second cave in Valley of the Moon on 20 acre estate of Villa dei Fiori.

  • Second cave in Valley of the Moon behind the villa.

    Second cave in Valley of the Moon behind the villa.

  • Playhouse for little girl's tea parties.

    Playhouse for little girl's tea parties.

  • Salt water pool surrounded by boulders. Beyond ridge is the Joshua Tree Park.

    Salt water pool surrounded by boulders. Beyond ridge is the Joshua Tree Park.

  • Villa 24 ft x 36 ft pool in landscape of giant quartz monzonite boulders.

    Villa 24 ft x 36 ft pool in landscape of giant quartz monzonite boulders.

  • 24 ft x 36 ft elliptical salt system pool w gemstone finish amid giant boulders,

    24 ft x 36 ft elliptical salt system pool w gemstone finish amid giant boulders,

  • Dining in the cave! Through the crevices in the cavern, you can see the stars.

    Dining in the cave! Through the crevices in the cavern, you can see the stars.

  • Master bedroom ornate iron bed.  Costume designs from Three Musketeers.

    Master bedroom ornate iron bed. Costume designs from Three Musketeers.

  • Cascades of Alba wisteria, rosa banksia and blaze roses on the north pergola.

    Cascades of Alba wisteria, rosa banksia and blaze roses on the north pergola.

  • View of the Villa rose garden through the quartz-monzonite boulders.

    View of the Villa rose garden through the quartz-monzonite boulders.

  • A grove of pines, Arizona cypress and palo verde lies to the North of the pool.

    A grove of pines, Arizona cypress and palo verde lies to the North of the pool.

  • North and west terraces with pergolas of climbing roses and wisteria.

    North and west terraces with pergolas of climbing roses and wisteria.

  • Villa dei Fiori's Valley of the Moon, view from mouth of cave.

    Villa dei Fiori's Valley of the Moon, view from mouth of cave.

  • Kitchen terrace with pergola with climbing wisteria and propane barbecue.

    Kitchen terrace with pergola with climbing wisteria and propane barbecue.

  • Living Room double French doors opening to North terrace and wisteria pergola

    Living Room double French doors opening to North terrace and wisteria pergola

  • Rose garden terrace and grove of Italian Stone pines.

    Rose garden terrace and grove of Italian Stone pines.

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