Romantic European-Style Villa on Boundary of Joshua Tree Park
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- Minimum stay:2 nights
- Pets considered:Yes
- Wheel chair accessible:Yes
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 cascades of wisteria.
Our large pool surrounded by giant boulders as of June, 2015 is heated to 80 degrees, the perfect temperature for swimming. The swimming season lasts until the first week of October, after which time it begins to cool down due to falling night time temperatures. If one wishes the pool to be heated in April or May, there is a fee for heating the pool to a higher temperature.
The villa is a extensive renovation of a original historic homestead built in the early 1950s, with 13 French doors leading to five terraces on the North, East, South and West of the house. Villa dei Fiori, means 'House of the Flowers' in Italian, so named because of the climbing roses, jasmine, rosemary, lavender and wisteria growing on five pergolas on each face of the house. In Italian, a 'villa' does not mean a mansion, but rather, a charming country house. Built amid the surrounding quartz monzonite boulders, Villa dei Fiori was created by Dale Allan Pelton, a Hollywood based film production designer and architect. On the west side of the villa, the terraces of 75 rose bushes with a border of purple French lavender form a dramatic contrast to the savage landscape of boulders and pool 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 French lavender, 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 second bedroom is furnished with a French sleigh bed and the third bedroom opens onto a terrace with outdoor fireplace surrounded by boulders. The living room is equipped with a sofa sleeper beside double French doors opening upon the West terrace. The deep colors of the walls complement the antique Moroccan urns and 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, original paintings and a rock sculpture from the film, 'Battlestar Galactica.' While there is no cable TV so that one can enjoy the quiet natural sounds of the desert, it is furnished with a DVD and VCR receiver and excellent stereo system with an i pod dock, and extensive selection of CDs and wireless internet connection.
Although the kitchen is modest in size, it has top quality cookware, porcelain service for 8, wine glasses, baking ware, all imaginable cooking utensils, blender, coffee bean grinder, oversize toaster, programmable coffee maker, a large micro wave, a new stainless steel 22 cubic foot refrigerator and a library of cookbooks in the living room bookcase. The new LG range oven has double ovens of cobalt blue and over sized BTU burners. The gas barbecue is on the kitchen terrace just 12 feet from the kitchen adjacent to the laundry room. The dining terrace overlooks a Joshua tree amid the boulders. Near the kitchen, there is a 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. Groups larger than four, require an additional fee per person, with a maximum of 8 guests. During the high swimming season of summer, there are some dates with a 3 day minimum rental, but most dates have only a two day minimum. Major holidays have a three day minimum and a longer minimum stay during spring break.
Although the villa can accommodate 8 guests, we vet these requests carefully, since we have found that in the past, a group of younger persons sometimes fail to take proper care of the big Jacuzzi spa and the house. However, with a proper understanding and a security deposit, large groups will be considered.
There are numerous wooden chairs inside, and 20 chairs on the various terraces, plus 3 adjustable lounge chairs for sunning. In the living/dining room, there is an antique dinning table which seats eight, and 6 crimson leather club chairs. On the south terrace, between the house and the boulders there is an oak coffee table and eight garden chairs. Two reclining chaises are at the pool, with a table and 8 chairs on an elevated terrace overlooking the pool.
The large swimming pool has a salt electrolyte purification system and a beautiful gemstone pebble surface. The pool is maintained throughout the year with best swimming months being April to mid October. For an additional charge the pool can be heated, but only through the milder months. The two pool terraces have a table with six lounge chairs and two chaise longes. There is a large market umbrella stored in the middle bedroom closet which may be used at the table above the pool.
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 and on rare occasions, a herd of Big Horn sheep. This is such an inaccessible region of the park on your hikes out of my valley of the moon, you will not encounter any other hikers to disturb your splendid solitude.
Excellent restaurants are to be found in Twentynine Palms: Bistro Twentynine, with French continental cuisine, Red Lotus with Thai and Vietnamese cuisine. In Joshua Tree: Natural Sister’s Café with organic cuisine, Royal Siam with Thai cuisine, Crossroads Café, Joshua Tree Health Foods and Sam’s Restaurant with Indian cuisine. Yucca Valley, great pizza and calzone at Pie for the People and a custom ground coffee house in Joshua Tree: Kimi Sushi, Carrows, a franchise restaurant, The Rib Company with barbecue. Pioneertown: Pappy and Harriet’s Saloon, with live music on weekends.
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- 1500 sq. ft.
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Housekeeper Included
- Private Chef
- Children Welcome
- Non Smoking Only
- Pets Considered
- Suitable For Elderly Or Infirm
- Wheelchair Accessible
Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 8
- Queen size Beds (2), Double Beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom
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
- Away From It All
- Tourist Attractions
- Health/Beauty Spa
- Live Theater
- Recreation Center
Local Services & Businesses
- Fitness Center
- Massage Therapist
- Medical Services
- Bird Watching
- Eco Tourism
- Gambling Casinos
- Horseback Riding
- Scenic Drives
- Sight Seeing
- Wildlife Viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities
- Mountain Biking
- Mountain Climbing
- Rock Climbing
- Dining Area
- Seating for 8 people
- Air Conditioning:
- Alarm Clock
- Basic Soaps
- Broadband Access
- Clothes Dryer
- Hair Dryer
- Iron & Board
- Laundry Soap
- Linens Provided
- Living Room:
- Local Maps
- Local Restaurant Guide
- Parking Off Street
- Coffee Grinder
- Coffee Maker:
- Cooking Utensils:
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
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- Deck / Patio
- Lanai / Gazebo
- Lawn / Garden:
- Outdoor Grill
- Outdoor Grill Gas
- Porch / Veranda
Pool / Spa
- Hot Tub:
- Outdoor Hot Tub
- Outdoor Pool
- Housekeeper Included
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My Standard Rate
2 night min stay
Rates are based on 4 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest
Additional information about rental rates
- Pet Fee $100 + tax
- Tax Rate 7%
Basic rental rate for two night stay $900 for 2 - 4 guests, two night stay, $1,000 for 5 guests, $1,100 for 6 guests, $1200 for 7 guests, $1300 for 8 guests + 7% county tax. Midweek can be lower on short notice. Weekly rate is $2400 – $3400. Major holidays and spring break is $550 per night, with a minimum number of nights. Events are subject to discussion.
Major holidays like Spring Break, Thanksgiving or Christmas have one week minimum, $3400 - $3800 depending on number of guests. Sometimes a 5 night minimum applies. Best to call 323 287 6528 for rate.
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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.
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.
The Unique Benefits at this House:
Peaceful solitude. Large cavern with fire pit for dinner parties close to house. Large saltwater pool and oversized Jacuzzi spa for six. Many windows and glass French doors open to garden and boulder views from every room, the scent of flowers enveloping the house.
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Night lights on salt water 36 foot swimming pool. National Park in background.
Living room, view to kitchen terrace with 7 French doors.
6 person Jacuzzi with air jets in the boulders on the master bedroom terrace.
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.
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.
Villa dei Fiori's Valley of the Moon, view from mouth of cave.
Kitchen terrace with pergola with climbing wisteria and propane barbecue.
Salt water pool surrounded by boulders. Beyond ridge is the Joshua Tree Park.
Cascades of Alba wisteria, rosa banksia and blaze roses on the north pergola.
24 ft x 36 ft elliptical salt system pool w gemstone finish amid giant boulders,
Living room, with 4 French doors opening upon North and West terraces.
Villa 24 ft x 36 ft pool in landscape of giant quartz monzonite boulders.
One of seven terraces in the boulders. All rooms have private terraces.
The cave, perfect for family picnics. Stars visible through crevices above.
Our hidden valley lies beyond the pool. The National Park immediately contiguous
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.
Second cave in Valley of the Moon behind the villa.
Living Room double French doors opening to North terrace and wisteria pergola
Rose garden terrace and grove of Italian Stone pines.
View from boulders looking down on pool, garden and house.
Oriental room, French sleigh bed, French doors open upon terrace with boulders
This listing was first published here in 2003.
Date last modified - Friday, November 20, 2015
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