Magical , artist-created sprawling desert estate.
About Barbara DeSantis
As a director and an artist, it's not surprising that the visuals were what got us. The road wound up through the desert, the yuccas and Joshua trees becoming more and more plentiful as the signs of civilization retreated. There was Pioneertown itself, perfect as a movie set (well, it was a movie set, duh!), Pappy and Harriet's, and then, of course, the boulders themselves - massive, majestic, at once welcoming and foreboding.
Barbara DeSantis purchased this House in 2007
Why Barbara DeSantis chose Pioneertown
The house itself. Of course we appreciate the cool, minimalist modernism of so many brilliantly designed or re-thought desert cabins. But for ourselves, we wanted something a little warmer, cozier. Something that felt more like home. Boulder House, with its four bedrooms ( five if you count the guest bed in the computer room), living room, dining room, TV room, outbuildings and pool (available APRIL-OCTOBER), felt right. It had intimate spaces, private spaces, hang-out spaces, outside spaces, places to play and places to work. It sprawled over fifteen acres and had views of washes, a stream, the lights of Yucca Valley far in the distance. It was everything we had been looking for, and it was two hours from Los Angeles. It was home. Ours, and now, if you like, yours. Welcome.
What makes this House unique
Boulder House is a handmade house representing thousands of hours of work by various artists and craftspeople who poured their lives, labor, and love into their sanctuary in the desert. Whatever passion leads you to the desert, we invite you to add your spirit to those of the Native Americans, cowboys, ranchers, dreamers, artists, and visionaries who have blessed Boulder House with theirs. If you would like to contribute a colorful piece of broken ceramic to our broken ceramic garden bed, please feel free. If you would like to document the contribution in our guestbook, or on Facebook, we would love to hear from you!
Pool / Spa
Children allowed - Not childproofed, parents must sign waver.Not childproofed, parents must sign waver.
Max guests: 15
100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
Damage and incidentals
You will be responsible for any damage to the rental property caused by you or your party during your stay.
We LOVE Boulder House!
We LOVE Boulder House! A unique properly with wonderful art.
Ghosted by property owner
We were snowed out of one night of our stay. On December 27, the owner PROMISED us IN WRITING a refund for the night that we could not get to the property due to snow. The previous guest stayed an extra night due to snow. Now the owner is ignoring my messages. I also will NEVER EVER stay at another VRBO property. They are not helping me either.
Perfect desert trip!
The property is so amazing. Easy to get to and once you're there it feels like you're in your own national park. Communication with the renter was timely and informative. Can't recommend enough!
Magic in desert
First I want to thank you for the most wonderful time I’ve had in awhile. The property was more than I could’ve anticipated and our expectations were exceeded by a million. The creativeness of this magical place inside and out was dream worthy. Every nook and cranny held another surprise, you’ve thought of it all. From art work to instruments, and seating areas to sleeping rooms I was astonished. I’m fulfilled, happy, and a better man for having stayed at your property! I have a new found love for the desert and your property is the reason why. Thank you thank you thank you.
An Absolute Dream
The boulder house is the coolest place we've ever stayed, every little detail was perfect. We had everything we needed for our group and had a great time wandering around the property. We will be coming back annually!
Communication was great, no complaints whatsoever. Can't wait to return.
The Pipes Canyon area is uniquely blessed with sweeping vistas, dramatic boulders,lots of native artifacts, wistful abandoned cabins, and some of the only flat-top mesas in the State of California.
From your front door, you can hike our 15 uninterrupted acres, or try the beautiful trails at Pipes Canyon Preserve, or, of course, the Park.
Stargazing and sunsets are unparalleled here. Check local sites for info re : wildflower and meteor shower timing.
Art fans will appreciate Noah Purifoy's masterpiece installation(directions available), Pioneertown itself is like walking into a Louis L'Amour novel, and be sure to book a Sound Bath at the Integratron. Pappy and Harriets is a legendary bar/restaurant with world-class musical acts - check their margaritas, BTW ;), and new restaurants and hip shops keep popping tip down on Highway 62, check it out. More cool shopping Sat and Sun mornings at the SkyMall ( Hwy 62 @ Old Woman Springs Road.
We have contacts for horseback riding as well as personal/group yoga instruction/massage.
Personalized yoga instruction available, from single classes to full retreats
Local wildlife and botanical tours and seminars available on request.