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Highdesert Homestead: a Peaceful Sanctuary of Rustic Elegance.

Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Space 1,100 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

House, 2 Bedrooms, 1.5 Baths, (Sleeps 4)

Nestled high in the hills of Joshua Tree, California, Highdesert Homestead is a private retreat situated on 2.5 pristine acres of granite boulders, cacti, and Joshua Trees. Originally built as a homesteader’s cabin in 1957, the house’s recent renovation offers a modern yet rustic minimalism that is designed to let you experience the serenity and natural beauty of the high desert.

The rugged northern boundary of Joshua Tree National Park fills the views and its west entrance is a short two miles away. Local wildlife, including coyotes, jackrabbits, and quail, among others, are regular visitors to the property, and nighttime brings an incredible and unencumbered display of stars.

Come explore everything the Highdesert Homestead and its natural desert surroundings have to offer. Make the Homestead your home base for excursions to the National Park, catch up on your rest or reading, or stay connected with complimentary Wi-Fi internet access. Hiking and mountain biking can begin at the front door. Enjoy a fully equipped kitchen, warm up later by the fireplace, or soak in the bathtub with complimentary bath salts and natural bath products.

Renovated using environmentally friendly methods and materials and also filled with custom hand made furniture by the owner, Highdesert Homestead is the perfect place to indulge yourself amidst a modern yet rustic environment. Highdesert Homestead is the ideal retreat for the mind, body, and soul.

Please visit our website below for more information.

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More Details

Edmund Griffin
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english, spanish, portuguese
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
October 17, 2017

About Edmund Griffin

Edmund Griffin is a Los Angeles based designer and furniture maker.

Edmund Griffin purchased this house in 2008

Why Edmund Griffin chose Joshua Tree

Our house is located in an incredible secluded location in the high desert of Joshua Tree, CA. It has extensive panoramic views, including views of Joshua Tree National Park which is within short hiking distance. Highdesert Homestead, located just two hours from Los Angeles, is the perfect getaway to reconnect with yourself and with nature.

What makes this house unique

Amongst our favorite things to do here, is relaxing inside with a good book while basking in the warm glow of the wood burning fireplace, or exploring the great outdoors on this pristine 2.5 acres of desert landscape. Please be sure to check our weblink above for additional information and photos.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We returned today from the US and we can say that the stay at Highdesert Homestead was our absolute highlight. Accommodation, view, and calm ambience with the surrounding nature were fantastic. We immediately felt at home and were so sad as we had to leave too early.

Thank you so much for this wonderful experience!
Mar 2010
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Joshua Tree National Park
Joshua Tree National Park Visitors Center
Natural Sisters Cafe
Joshua Tree Music Festival
Crossroads Cafe & Tavern
Pappy & Harriet's Palace
Joshua Tree Saloon
Pie for the People
Instant Karma Yoga
Country Kitchen
JTNP West Entrance
Big Morongo Canyon Preserve
Nearest Airport
42 Miles
Palm Springs International Airport (PSP)
Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
29 Palms Highway
Car: necessary


Joshua Tree Highlands House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 1100 sq. ft.
  • 1 story
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Covered Parking
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower , Natural bath products provided.
    Bathroom 2 - toilet
  • 1.5
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Organic cotton bedding.
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , Organic cotton bedding.
  • Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (1)
  • Books
  • Stereo ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • limited accessibility
  • cinemas
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • rock climbing
'iPod Dock' - 'Coffee Maker and Organic Coffee' - 'Natural Soaps and Bath Products' - 'Organic Cotton Bedding' - 'Firewood Provided' - 'Custom Handmade Furniture by Owner'


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Highdesert Homestead: a Peaceful Sanctuary of Rustic Elegance.
average rating of 4.909091 based on 46 reviews

We love this house

  • 5 of 5

It was our second time back to celebrate our 3rd wedding anniversary! We stayed here on our wedding night so we thought- "how romantic..." and that it was. No one around- beautiful sunsets, beautiful lighting... peaceful!

  • Submitted: Sep 3, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Brooklyn, NY

peaceful retreat in a magical location

  • 5 of 5

loved the quiet and watching the wildlife (coyote, jackrabbit, etc.) from this comfortable and thoughtfully furnished home

  • Submitted: Sep 3, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Starry, starry nights

  • 5 of 5

As a regular visitor to Joshua Tree, I stayed at Highdesert Homestead a couple of years ago - and there's a reason I came back! A few, actually. The views are utterly mesmerizing, the house is really comfortable and and well appointed, and Edmund ensured my booking and stay were seamless. My favorite by far, however, is the privacy this hilltop haven affords - complete peace and quiet in a setting that makes you feel like you're entirely alone out there. Wildlife abounds - I loved listening to the family of coyotes gathering right outside the yard every night. Looking forward to my next visit already - thanks for a lovely stay!

  • Submitted: Aug 31, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A Hip Beautiful Hideaway

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay. We thought the house was described really well and that the living room was especially relaxing. We read, played Scrabble, and we had some delicious food in the roomy well-stocked kitchen. Our dog loved the cool cement floors and hanging out with us on the lounge-chair deck while we stargazed. This house has an excellent vibe. Thanks for a great vacation weekend!

  • Submitted: Jun 19, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Halifax, Canada

Amazing experience!

  • 5 of 5

Nestled in the dessert hills just outside Joshua Tree National Park, this clean and cozy bungalow is the perfect jumping off point to enjoy big sky nights, wildlife scouting, and an overall sense of wonder. Of course, there is also a great bar not far away with two pool tables and plenty of tasty eats. Checkin and checkout were both seamless, and the kitchen has everything you need to prepare your own feasts. I expect to return.

  • Submitted: May 30, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful place

  • 5 of 5

A clean, comfortable and beautiful place with excellent views. Very well-designed combination of rustic and modern. Some wonderful hand-made furniture. Kitchen is very nicely done. It feels great to be in the house and the location is excellent both in terms of restaurants and the park. We loved this place.

  • Submitted: May 2, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $35
Refundable damage deposit $100
Tax Rate 7.0%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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