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Bolder inside. Boulders outside.

Bedrooms 5
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property



Some houses just have 'it.'

'It' being that perfect blend of style, comfort and domestic romance that somehow says, "home."

First , there's the dramatic contrast between inside and out. From the jaw-dropping grandeur of our fifteen private, boulder-strewn acres, laced with private hiking trails and seasonal creeks and climbing opportunities, you step into a sanctuary of luxury, detail and sophistication rarely seen in remote locations.

There are rooms made of rock. Sleek banisters crafted by a local artisan to resemble snakes. Artist friends designed and executed the concrete countertops with Mexican tile detail, the molita-detailed upholstery, the metalwork. I painted the kitchen cabinet vignettes myself. Original paintings, prints and photos are everywhere. And every rug, blanket, placemat, vase, coffee cup, and frame is lovingly chosen and carefully placed to keep the magic alive. .

The. House is big. Rambling, even. We can sleep 14 in beds. And's cozy. Filled with nooks for sleeping, reading , drawing, sharing secrets. As well as larger rooms for gathering, dining, hanging out.

The kitchen is fully-equipped. There are two cable TVs, and wireless internet throughout. A green-enamel woodstove promises lovely nights around the fire. (wood provided), Powerful, dual-zone heat and air, atmospheric lighting, Sonos speakers, comfy beds with premiere linens, free domestic and Canadian landline service ...basically, everything you need to feel like our desert house is yours.

Outside, intimate patios and relaxed seating abound. There's a private, walled jacuzzi outside the master, a full-size pool ( solar heat! ) , gas barbecue and an outdoor shower that overlooks the entire desert floor.

Days here are brilliant and glorious. Lizards scamper, birds dip and swoon. Breezes come like tides, and desert blossoms open and close. You may see jackrabbits, tortoises, quail. You will doubtless hear the coyotes at dusk, which will serve to remind you that the silence is majestic.

At night, there are technicolor sunsets. The sky is endless and stars shoot through it. Bats come to eat the insects who come to get the water in the pool. Shadows morph and disappear. If you listen, you will hear the presence of the desert spirits.

The peace,silence, vastness, freedom and the unique living energy of the desert vortex have drawn people to this area since the days of the Chemeheuvi.

So come. Experience. Enjoy.

You'll find that Boulder House is so much more than just a place to sleep.

It's a place to awaken.

***Please be advised that our pricing is dependent upon the number of occupants. Please do not assume the listed rate will apply to your party of 5+****

Keywords: House, adobe, rustic, private, retreat, Old West, large,pool,jacuzzi

More Details

Barbara DeSantis
Member since: 2009
Speaks: french, spanish
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 17, 2018

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 7

Why Barbara DeSantis chose Yucca Valley

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, 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!

Guestbook comments from the owner

I just wanted to thank you for allowing us to rent the house last weekend. We all had an incredible time and sincerely hope to return soon! That place really has a special energy both based on location and aesthetic.
Sep 2011
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Yucca Valley House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 15
  • pets considered ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access
  • Computer Available
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Master Bath - toilet , shower , Dressing room.
    Upstairs Bath - toilet , shower , Upstairs
    Powder Room - toilet , Upstairs
    Outdoor Shower - outdoor shower , By pool.
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 15
  • Pinon Court (Master) - 1 king , 2 twin/ single , 1 King Bed, single foldout, single cot in closet
    Den - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Highest-quality mattress and pad.
    Cowboy Room - 1 twin/ single , Private, lockable room.
    Osito Suite - 1 queen , (Orange bedroom)
    Boulder Room - 1 king
    Desert View - 1 double , Trundle bed
  • King size beds (2) There is one King bed in the private master suite and one King bed in the 'Boulder Room,' which has an open spiral stair case connecting it to the to the downstairs den., Queen size Beds (1) Private Room, upstairs., Double Beds (1) The computer room/office/hangout space has a twin bed with a pop-up trundle that converts it to a double. This space has the best view in the house, but is not completely private., Twin or Single Beds (3) There is one twin bed in an upstairs private room. There is a door in this room that if you elect to leave open, connects it to the computer room. Many people use this as a children's suite. There is also a twin roll-away cot kept in the Master Suite closet. , Sleep Sofa or Futons (3) There is a queen -sized sleeper sofa with latex mattress in the den. This space was originally a bedroom. A spiral staircase connects it to the Boulder 'Rock Whisperer'Room). There is a fold- out Ottoman with a latex twin mattress. There is a love seat in the master bedroom that converts to a twin bed.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Game Console
  • Video Games
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • cinemas
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • rock climbing
  • swimming
Outdoor shower, shaded hammock, gorgeous rock climbing/hiking steps from front door.


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Bolder inside. Boulders outside.
average rating of 4.642857 based on 20 reviews

Birthday escape!

  • 5 of 5

We escaped to the desert for my husband's 50th birthday and we could not have found a more perfect place. We planned to play a little on the property, then head out for some adventures during the day, but the place was so seductive we never left the grounds. There are endless bright-colored rooms, a hot tub under the stars, books, art, space, light. There are boulders to climb and lots of magic. I only wished we had brought the children and dogs.

  • Submitted: Mar 3, 2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Absolutely Perfect for our Girls Weekend!

  • 5 of 5

This house was everything our bachelorette party could have dreamed of and more! The perfect location, the cozy colorful house, the great pool and hot tub, and most of all the super accommodating hostess Barbara were all superb! 13 of us stayed at the house for the weekend and there was plenty of room for everyone, tons of extra linens, plenty of cups and dishes, and even extra sunscreen! Everything was so perfectly arranged and you can tell the hostess takes great care to make the Boulder House a perfect getaway for anyone staying there. They even have an extra mini fridge which was super helpful for keeping our wine cool! Every lady in our group loved the vibes of the house and the beautiful scenery outside. We're already planning to return someday because we felt so welcome and at home there. I'd recommend this house to any group wanting to experience Joshua Tree and stay in a perfectly managed vacation home.

  • Submitted: Aug 12, 2015
  • Stayed: August 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much, Christine and friends! So lovely of you to say, and so happy you all enjoyed. We are always adding, changing and improving - here's to next time being even more awesome! best, Barbara
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Boulder House Dream Vacay

  • 5 of 5

Our second time staying at this amazing place! The property is a dream! Love all the art that infuses this place! Everywhere you look, there is some treasure, some visual delight, something beautiful, colorful, exotic, fun, humorous, textural!!! I continued to see new things that I had missed before!

Comfortable, cozy and a great place to share with a group!

Thank you, and looking forward to making this an annual event!

  • Submitted: May 13, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Los Angeles, CA, USA

2nd Annual trip to BOULDER HOUSE --- a huge success!!!

  • 5 of 5

My group of friends had our second annual May excursion to the Bould House and it was even netter than last year. Such good vibes there, such beauty. We will be returning for many years to come. I honestly can't say enough good things about this space. Every person in our group of 14 commented over and over about how incredible and magical this place is. It truly is one of my favorite spots. Just love it!!! :)

  • Submitted: May 13, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful and Interesting

  • 5 of 5

We stayed two nights here during our sons wedding. Owner was easy going when we asked to have rehearsal dinner at the house. The meal was catered. The guests were fascinated with the home and everyone had to take the tour. Beds were very comfortable, outdoor area was amazing. There's lots of exploring to do. I don't think you'll have any regrets renting this home. We received our rental packet on time and our deposit was refunded within reasonable time.

  • Submitted: Mar 2, 2015
  • Stayed: February 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The Boulder House is our new Vacation Paradise

  • 5 of 5

THANK YOU so much for what was one of the best weekends me and my friends have had in years. The house was BEAUTIFUL and perfect for us. We loved every minute of it, used it fully and felt very at home there. We also made every effort to leave it as we found it and hope you will find we had great respect for the property.

We had such a lovely time in fact that we want to make this an annual trip — we'd love to rent the house again next year around the same time if it all works out. I also want to rent this space for future artist retreats and workshops. I just love it.

The art, the colors, the energy, the pool, such a delicious experience! Thank you!!!!!

  • Submitted: May 7, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
9.8 Miles
Yucca Valley Airport
Nearest Barpub
7.2 Miles
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Nearest Motorway
9.2 Miles
CA 62
Car: necessary

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.




Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $2,000
Pet Fee $35
Tax Rate 7.0%

Pet Fees: ($35 per dog/per night) - Cleaning Fee: ($200+ varies). - Holiday Fee: ($250.00). Mid Week Cleaning Fee: (for 7+ nights, $150.00), Trash Haul Fee: (12+ guests, $100.00) Security deposit: (varies). Cancellation policy: Strict: 50% refund up until 1 week prior to arrival, except fees.

Year Round 1-4 people ..$795/night, 5-7 people ..$895/night 8-11 people ..$1095/night. 12-15 ..$1195/night, 16+ ..$1295/night + ($100 trash fee). 2 night minimum, 4-night minimum on Holidays and events (Holiday fee applies) For parties staying 7+ days, there is a $150 charge for a mid-booking cleaning, Cleaning fee (varies depending on guest count), CA lodging tax (7%) of rental fee

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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