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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 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 25, 2018

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 Highlands

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 Highlands House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 1100 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered
  • 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
  • Games
  • Stereo ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • 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 4.8846154 based on 54 reviews

Beautiful views!

  • 4 of 5

We stayed here for 4 nights and 5 days while we attended Coachella. The drive was a bit lengthy but overall we really enjoyed the house. It was very peaceful and quiet. The only problem we had was the main bathroom sink leaking. We were unable to use it our entire trip but made do with the other two sinks. Edward kept in contact and let us know he was working on getting a plumber out during our stay, but he was unable to find someone. Nonetheless, we just avoided using that sink, but still used the shower, as it was the only one. The house was very nice and had a beautiful side porch where we enjoyed breakfast every morning overlooking the mountains. This would be perfect for a weekend get away. I would definitely recommend.

  • Submitted: Apr 22, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Peaceful retreat in the desert! Quiet, nature, stars - lovely.

  • 5 of 5

We loved our week in the desert - the peace and quiet, watching rabbits and birds and coyotes from the deck in the morning and afternoon, listening to owls at night while watching stars. The homestead was a great base camp for visiting the park and slowing down to the rhythm of the desert. We’ll be back!

  • Submitted: Mar 24, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great place!

  • 5 of 5

Edmund's place was super comfortable. The location was perfect for us. It's a little hard to find at night so make but that's the nature of the desert. Would stay here again. Great location for going into the park and close to town.

  • Submitted: Mar 11, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect J-Tree retreat

  • 5 of 5

Lovely accommodations from comfortable sleeping to great vistas from outside eating area. Won't be disappointed!

  • Submitted: Nov 20, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A Peaceful retreat in a truely amazing place

  • 5 of 5

We chose High Desert Homestead as a two night stop off on a road trip. This leg was between Palm Springs and Grand Canyon. We have friends who have stayed at the property on more than one occasion. We were not disappointed by this truly amazing spot, a couple of miles away from the little town of Joshua Tree. The homestead had what we would expect from a modern property rental, but with the added benefit of its perfect location. We saw many wild animal and birds around the property, especially in the early morning. We hope to go back in the future and enjoy a longer stay. The rental procedure was also easy and professional.

  • Submitted: Nov 20, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Comfortable stay close to park

  • 4 of 5

The home is in perfect location a few minutes by car from Joshua town which had good restaurants. Very comfortable, tastefully furnished, and perfect size for our group of 4. Owner was prompt in communication throughout the process.

  • Submitted: Nov 5, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
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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


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

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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