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Joshua Tree getaway, sweeping views on 5 acres

Bedrooms 1
Space 980 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Private 1 bedroom with tended garden and natural space, sleeps 2

Built in 1963, this ranch style home sits on 5 acres, on a sparsely populated mesa. It features long views, concrete floors, original wood beamed ceiling, professionally maintained jetted hot tub, 8' dining table/project space, stocked kitchen, cookware, wifi, cable, DVD library, CD's, shower and tub, xeric garden, wood stove, weber coal bbq, minisplit heating and air conditioning, fire pit, king Tuft and Needle bed, and laundry. Surrounded by natural undeveloped land on all sides, there's need to be concerned about privacy. This home enjoys many return guests, some of whom have stayed for up to three months at a time. A number of our honorary residents have been back repeatedly over the last ten years.

The Getaway is about 5 minutes north of "downtown" JT, and an easy 10 minute drive into the main park entrance.

We love this humble yet proud house, but we're hardly objective! Take a look at the photos, and see if the property speaks to you.

More Details

Member since: 2006
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
March 19, 2018

About Miriam

As a set designer, I'm in love with the visual drama of the California high desert. I was so excited when I found my little spot in the Mojave....I couldn't wait to start working with the palette of homestead architecture, native plants, seasons, and vistas that Joshua Tree offers.

My hope is that the resulting home reflects the unassuming laid-back lifestyle that I value but sometimes find difficult to enjoy in LA, while also reflecting a respect for nature, warmth, a bit of humor, and relaxation with the necessary flourishes (good art, good books, wi-fi and espresso!).

Miriam purchased this house in 2006

Why Miriam chose Joshua Tree

There are four reasons that I chose Joshua Tree as a location for a second home. Practically speaking, JT is only a few hours drive from major cultural hubs and as such, it's a place that I can frequent often and on short notice. I was also drawn to the vibrant local scene. And then there's the unbelievable landscape of the national park. But even more than all of that, my real motivation had to do with the inexplicable sense of tranquility and giddiness that comes over me as I leave the pavement when nearing the property.

What makes this house unique

The best spot in this house-I think- revolves around the big dining table even though the table itself is not the amazing thing. This is where I've served many meals for groups of friends who are all too busy to get together back home, wherever back home might be. I often design while sitting at this table, alternating between staring out to the view for ideas, punching out emails, and scribbling on messy stacks of paper. From the reports that guests have given me, this table has also served in the writing of songs, all-night nickel poker, quilt-making, violin practice, the completion of crossword puzzles, the planning of road trips, and one marriage proposal. I like to think that guests will find the house to be just like that table: ground zero for whatever they want to be doing most!

Also the stillness of the nights... I could go on and on.


Joshua Tree House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 980 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Tub and shower
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • King size bed, large closet
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • rock climbing


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Joshua Tree getaway, sweeping views on 5 acres
average rating of 5.0 based on 33 reviews
Oregon, USA

Beautiful private retreat in the desert

  • 5 of 5

This house is perfect for one person or a couple to get away and enjoy some solitude and sun. Miriam is a marvelous host and, true to her words, invisible unless you need anything. The nearest neighbors are not at all close and the views make you feel far more isolated and alone than you actually are. The lovely landscaped outdoor space and thoughtful amenities truly elevate the entire experience. We enjoyed the two person hot tub, reading and lounging in the sun, watching the hawks, rabbits, doves, and quail that were frequent visitors to the yard as well as taking in the sunrise drinking tea at the dining table. Very short drive into the park, super comfortable bed, and spectacularly appointed kitchen. Will absolutely come back here at the earliest opportunity!

  • Submitted: Mar 5, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beauty and seclusion

  • 5 of 5

We have visited Joshua Tree many times over the years and Sunburst gave us an entirely different perspective of the magic of the desert. Miriam has created treats throughout from the thoughtful gardens, multiple seating areas and visual gems. Her thoughtfulness isn’t reflected from well supplied kitchen to large towels for hot tub. Our only regret is that the house is so far from the east coast. It was difficult to leave and hope we will return. It was cold during our stay (mid 30’s at night) and we didn’t need heat; the house has heat and a/c but is really well insulated. Entire rental process was easy.

  • Submitted: Mar 5, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Austin, TX

Very comfortable and spacious house in a stunning location!

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I spent a week in this very charming, well-stocked and comfortable house while visiting Joshua Tree National Park. The garden was extraordinary and the views from the back yard are stunning! We were entertained by a beautiful male Costa’s hummingbird which visited the garden every morning!

The owner was very responsive and made everything perfect for our arrival. We had all we needed to cook most meals in and the bed was very comfy. Would definitely stay here again!

  • Submitted: Dec 6, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Exquisite House in the Desert!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I were out for a Yoga Festival in Joshua Tree and found this absolute gem on VRBO. The home has incredible sweeping views of the desert and surrounding mountains and you truly feel like you are one with nature. The home is beautifully appointed with gorgeous pieces of art and a kitchen that could not be better equipped! We look forward to future visits to this treasure in the desert! Tricia McLoughlin Manhattan Beach, CA

  • Submitted: Sep 13, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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This a a very beautiful home, embedded in nature, and clearly well loved

  • 5 of 5

From the moment we entered the property, we felt at home. We fell in love with the cabin and the landscape. The beauty of the surroundings are enhanced by the beautiful artwork, sculpture and landscaping in and around the house. This place is marvellous. Miriam and her team love think tank and their care shows. Thank you...

  • Submitted: Aug 22, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Like spending a week in a gorgeous work of art.

  • 5 of 5

I stayed for a week at the JT getaway on a silent retreat--to gently turn down the volume on life and fill up my gas tank for the last half of the year. The house, the surroundings, everything contributed to a tremendous sense of peace and quiet that I've carried through back to the "Muggle world."

There are rooster crows in the morning, birdsong, chipmunks feasting on cacti. The mountain views of the park are stunning and brain-resetting. The house is yummy collage of mid-century and 70's swank--visually delightful, while hyper-functional at the same time. (Great cookware and service ware in the kitchen!! Cooks won't be disappointed...)

As a host, Miriam was thoroughly attentive, while super-respectful of privacy. I've rented houses around the world and this is tops for the beauty, the cozy, the tranquility--I'll absolutely be back. Thank you, Miriam!

  • Submitted: Jul 25, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
40 Miles
Palm Springs Airport
Nearest Barpub
4 Miles
Joshua Tree Saloon
Nearest Golf
8 Miles
Yucca Valley
Nearest Restaurant
4 Miles
Crossroads Cafe




Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $50
Tax Rate 7.0%

A rental agreement, including dates, costs, and check-out times, and a copy of paying guest's driver's will be requested prior to finalizing reservation.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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