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Ocotillo Oasis -Your Private Oasis in Old Hollywood Glamor

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms + Other (See Description), 3 Baths, (Sleeps 6-8)

Whether your music be the timeless songs of crickets and birds, or a favorite tune wafting from any of twenty-four high end speakers throughout, or a choice melody played live in the rich tones of a 1917 Steinway piano, and with window views to two tiled courtyards with tiered fountains, the beckoning pool & spa, a spacious green yard with citrus trees, roses, fragrant vines, colorful flower beds, Apache onyx boulders, stone benches to meditate by the cascading serenity of the water garden, with its live goldfish and charming teak footbridge, and capped by stunning views of the mountains beyond, Ocotillo Oasis presents a soothing feast for the senses and captivates with a healing calm for the soul.

Not just another vacation rental, Ocotillo Oasis offers the warmth and welcome of a true home, with a skillful blend of old Hollywood glamour and state of the art amenities. A picturesque desert garden of ocotillo, rock, assorted cactus, and native vegetation will greet you as you enter the circular drive outside this walled compound, its four gated passes betraying barely a hint of the pleasures hidden beyond the periphery of this 1933 Spanish style gem. Through one gate (all gates and doors personally coded for you, forget about lost keys or lock-outs), a cobblestone path leads you through a lush landscape of vines, herbs, flowers and trees, where you might linger on a bench, relaxing to the gentle trickle of a fountain, or the soft coo of a dove. When you reach the tiled forecourt, you find to one side the wide double gates, convenient when entertaining larger numbers, or accepting over-sized deliveries, and opposite these a front door, simple and without expectation, until you open it to be lured, in an instant, deeper into this sanctuary and further from the worries and obligations that so often weigh on, distract from, or interrupt what should be our journey of pleasure, beauty and discovery.

Here you will begin to recharge that wonder. From the handcrafted Oriental rugs on tile floors, to century old images in paintings and photographs adorning the walls, a collection of early electric clocks by Telechron, masters of design and engineering, and all basking in the glow of vintage art deco light fixtures of unparalleled elegance, these are the details that breathe magic back to the imagination.


More Details

Ralph Morrison (owner)
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 13, 2018

About Ralph Morrison (owner)

For over thirty years, owner Ralph Morrison has worked in Los Angeles as a musician, both in live performance, and on studio recordings for commercials, television, hundreds of major motion pictures, and on albums for Michael Jackson, Frank Sinatra, Madonna, Paul McCartney, Barbra Streisand, Whitney Houston, Diane Schuur, Queen Latifah, Christina Aguilera, Natalie Cole, Sheryl Crow, Barry Manilow, Ray Charles, Harry Connick Jr., Seal, Celine Dion, Alanis Morissette, KD Lang, Bette Midler, Billy Joel, Lee Ritenour, Dave Grusin, Chick Corea, Barry White, Mariah Carey, Leo Kottke, James Taylor, Brian Wilson, System of a Down, Counting Crows, Natalie Merchant, Michael Bolton, Michael Buble, Johnny Mathis, Gwen Stefani, Aaron Neville, Tina Turner, Lea Salonga, Christopher Cross, Marc Anthony, Wilson Phillips, 10,000 Maniacs, David Benoit, Fiona Apple, Ottmar Liebert, James Darren, Pussycat Dolls, Peter Gabriel, The Temptations, Gladys Knight, and many, many others. Painted as the far right panel of Kent Twitchell’s 'Harbor Freeway Overture' mural, his eighty-foot portrait has stood, since 1992, over the Harbor Freeway at 8th street, in downtown Los Angeles.

Ralph Morrison (owner) purchased this house in 2003


Tahquitz River Estates House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Town
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Bottled Water
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone ...
  • Thermos Bottle
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Water Cooler
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Room
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • King size beds (3) 3 King beds - King bed in casita may also be configured as two twin extra longs, or as a daybed/couch. , Twin or Single Beds (2) See description under "king.", Child Beds (1) Fainting couch in library, by west bedroom, curtained enclosure, perfect for small child.
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library
  • Piano
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library ...
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles
  • Binoculars
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Wood Deck
  • alternative lifestyle
  • limited accessibility
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Jacuzzi
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • nude beach
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • 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
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rock climbing
  • swimming
  • tennis
One quality bike available for guest use, others can be rented nearby. Surround sound stereo, 46" HD Television, Private Citrus Tree Garden, Hand tiled private spa, spacious rooms offer possibility of additional sleeping accommodations.


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Ocotillo Oasis -Your Private Oasis in Old Hollywood Glamor
average rating of 4.888889 based on 27 reviews
Western Chicago Suburbs

Unique Ocotillo Oasis

  • 5 of 5

Oasis is a very apt name. My friends and I had a terrific stay - this home was very well suited for our 14th annual girls' trip. It is a quick drive from the airport and to the PSP downtown area. The well cared for home features an amazing collection of antique lighting, clocks, and more. The outside pool area was outstanding - plenty of comfortable seating, very private, fragrant jasmine which was a favorite of the hummingbirds, and a beautiful pool. Ralph was easy to work with. We would definitely hope to stay again.

  • Submitted: Apr 18, 2016
  • Stayed: April 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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whittier, ca

Truly an oasis

  • 4 of 5

Incredible period decor and fantastic yard. Owner was immediately responsive to an odor issue we had. Can't wait to return. Loved that each bedroom had its own bath. Perfect for couples wanting to vacation with friends but also wanting privacy

  • Submitted: Mar 1, 2016
  • Stayed: February 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Freeport, IL

Wonderful Palm Springs Retreat

  • 5 of 5

Property was beautiful, extremely private and quite.

Great pool, beautiful landscaping, frequent visits by hummingbirds and other birds

The three bedrooms are set up for maximum privacy

  • Submitted: May 27, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Impressive Hollywood Bunglow in the sun

  • 5 of 5

We arrived for Easter break to jazz playing softly thruout the house and a

wonderful gift basket for the Holiday. Ralph the owner saw to every possible comfort of home and we felt immediately welcomed.

It is obvious that the home has been well cared for and there is ample room

for a family of 6.

We loved all the movie memorabilia that is throughout the house.

The back yard is beautiful and we enjoyed a couple of days by the pool.

We have been renting homes from Home Away for several years and this

is one of the nicest properties we have ever rented.

Ralph the owner is a wondeerful & caring man and we appreciated the

extra effort.

  • Submitted: May 2, 2014
  • Stayed: April 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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San Francisco

Perfect destination for a gathering of friends

  • 5 of 5

Four colleagues who live in very cold places were looking for a place to warm up and do some design work over a long weekend in January. This was the perfect place. The owner is fantastic and answered many of our planning questions ahead of time. The place is not only beautiful but well maintained and the back yard, pool and spa are DIVINE! The layout is designed as three master suites each with it's own bathroom making privacy when you want it possible and group time when you want it comfortable and fun. Will definitely stay here again and recommend it to friends. A short 15 minute walk in to Palm Springs adds variety without adding another rental car! We had a great time!

  • Submitted: Jan 23, 2014
  • Stayed: January 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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United States

Great Place! Great Experience!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Ocotillo Oasis over Thanksgiving. The experience was great from first contact with Ralph to the final contact where he was kind enough to return my daughters shampoo that she left in the house. He went well beyond just providing a lovely home with beautiful furnishings. He made every effort to make sure our Thanksgiving was a lovely vacation. The house is located in a beautiful old Palm Springs neighborhood. We were close enough to walk to stores and restaurants. Ocotillo Oasis is just that. It has a beautiful backyard with not only a great pool and spa…it has great little areas where you can sit and read and even sit next to a lovely fish pond. It also has a great floor plan that gives privacy to each bedroom. There is a bedroom and bath on opposite sides of the living room and another bedroom suite with a separate outdoor entrance. If I had to find anything I would change it would be the beds are a bit on the firm side. Maybe a temperpedic topper would help them out. This would not deter me from staying there again and we most definitely are planning to next year.

  • Submitted: Dec 4, 2013
  • Stayed: November 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
3 Miles
Palm Springs International Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.2 Miles
The New York Company Restaurant and Bar
Nearest Golf
1.5 Miles
Mesquite Golf and Country Club
Nearest Train
9.5 Miles
Palm Springs Amtrak Station
Nearest Motorway
7 Miles
Interstate 10
Nearest Restaurant
0.2 Miles
New York Company Restaurant and Bar / Pizza Hut
Nearest Ski
75.1 Miles
Snow Summit Ski Resort
Nearest Point of Interest
Ocotillo Oasis
Nearest Point of Interest
Visitors Center for Taquitz Falls hike, 1.8 mile loop
Nearest Point of Interest
Taquitz Falls
Nearest Point of Interest
Southern tip of Thursday street fair and market
Nearest Point of Interest
Moorton Botanical Garden, est. 1938
Nearest Point of Interest
Dog Park
Nearest Point of Interest
The Estate Sale Company
Nearest Point of Interest
Knotts Water Park
Nearest Point of Interest
River walk and foot bridge
Nearest Point of Interest
Native Foods restaurant (v)
Nearest Point of Interest
Ralph's grocery (fancy)
Nearest Point of Interest
Rite Aid
Nearest Point of Interest
Bank of America
Nearest Point of Interest
Wells Fargo Bank
Nearest Point of Interest
Chase Bank
Nearest Point of Interest
Nearest Point of Interest
The Tool Shed
Nearest Point of Interest
Ralph's Grocery (regular)
Car: recommended

Approximately one mile to an easy hike (1.8 loop) up Taquitz canyon to the falls of 'shangri la,'made famous by Frank Capra's 1937 'Lost Horizon.' A few short blocks from Ocotillo Oasis is a footbridge and beautiful walk along the wash. Walking distance to banks (approximately one mile) and downtown shopping district, Bus service also available close by on Palm Canyon. Restaurants as close as 1/4 mile.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $100
Cleaning Fee $300
Tax Rate 11.5%

$485./night. Discounts on weekly and monthly rates. I do not raise my rates on weekends, holidays, peak season, or for special event weeks. These are the true discounts I can offer. Rates are firm.

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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