True World Bungalow - a Work of Art Inside and Out

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Last updated: 10/09/2016
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  • Minimum stay:2 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

Property description

A mile up a dirt road and twenty thousand miles from the cares of the world, the True World Bungalow is perfect for a relaxing getaway. Originally part of the Mojave Rock Ranch Resort, the bungalow is the epitome of “Joshua Tree Style”, in which rustic, artistic and luxury elements combine in unexpected and delightful ways.

As you enter the front gate, you will be greeted by the bottle wall fish pond and blooming water lilies in season. There are private patios in the front and back, perfect for sunrise coffee and sunset cocktails. The bungalow shares a five acre property with the owner’s home, and backs up to over 150 acres of desert wilderness, so you can literally hike out your door and explore a vast landscape of boulders, abandoned claim shacks and wildlife habitat.

The bungalow has two sunny bedrooms (one king, one queen), nicely appointed with down comforters, original artworks, plenty of closet space and views for miles. The custom woodstove (a work of art in itself) will keep you toasty on cool evenings and the sweet retro kitchen is well-equipped with everything you need to prepare a feast. Enjoy complimentary wi-fi, DVDs on the flat screen TV, or music from the CD player (or your iPod). In warm weather you can relax under the trees in the cowboy spa, laze in the hammock, or enjoy air-conditioned comfort indoors. And in every season you can count on star-filled nights, 50 mile views of Mt. San Gorgonio and Mt. San Jacinto and up close and personal encounters with a myriad of desert wildlife.

Joshua Tree National Park Visitors Center is 10 minutes away in the artists’ community of Joshua Tree, where you can also explore the galleries and shops and grab a bite to eat. Please feel free to ask your hosts for suggestions or to arrange special trips, from rock climbing, trail riding, guided hikes and night sky viewing venues to massage, yoga, and spa treatments and visits to local artists' studios.

Our calendar is always kept up to date so you can check availabiltiy before making your inquiry. Please call or email with any questions – we look forward to your visit!

Keywords: 2 bedroom desert retreat created by artists

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Property Type

  • House
  • 700 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Limited Accessibility
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Considered:

    We welcome well-behaved dogs. Over an acre of protective fencing - keeps pets safe and critters out....moreless

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4, Beds for 4

  • Convertible bed(s)


  • Ocotillo bedroom: 1 king


  • Ranch bedroom: 1 queen


  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

  • Bathroom 1


  • Newly renovated slate tiles throughout.

Other Amenities

  • cowboy spa, hiking trails, original art, fish pond, native landscaping, park views, over one acre of fenced yard for your dog, doghouse...moreless


  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic


  • Cinemas
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Live Theater
  • Museums
  • Restaurants
  • Zoo

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Eco Tourism
  • Horseback Riding
  • Outlet Shopping
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Mountain View:

    limitless views in all directions including Mt. San Gorgonio and Mt. San Jacinto...moreless

  • Rural

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Rock Climbing
  • Tennis


  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 6 people


  • Air Conditioning
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Evaporative Cooling
  • Filtered Water
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    split heat pump provides heat and a/c...moreless

  • Internet:

    free wifi...moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Area
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking:

    plenty of room for rv...moreless

  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Solar Panels
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove


  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven


  • Barbecue
  • Deck / Patio
  • Fully Fenced Property
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Small Cooler


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My Standard Rate
2 night min stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Refundable Damage Deposit $250
  • Pet Fee $35
  • Tax Rate 7%


Weekly rate: $1155.00

Refundable reservation/damage deposit $250

7% tax

Owner's cancellation policy:

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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Last updated: 10/09/2016
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Yoga, massage, Integratron Sound Baths, rockhounding, ghost towns, live music, astronomy, Historic Route 66, artist studio tours, wildflower and wildlife viewing, birding, photography


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2003

About the owner: While living in New York, we first discovered Joshua Tree on a side trip after a Las Vegas convention. Business and family moved to Los Angeles and so did we, allowing us to spend many weekends in our beloved desert, just a short drive away. In 1999 we and our friends stayed in the Bungalow of the Mojave Rock Ranch, the resort that defined Joshua Tree Style. When this beautiful little home came on the market in 2003, we bought it (and its five acres) as our own weekend retreat. Three years later we sold our LA home, moved into our Joshua Tree Bungalow and opened the True World Gallery in town. Last year we finished a new home on our property, and we have opened up the Bungalow once again as a rental, renaming it the True World Bungalow. For us, the desert is the true world -- a place to live in harmony with the environment, and with our wonderful community. We welcome you as our guests, and maybe one day as our neighbors!

Contact us

Speaks: english

Guestbook comments from the owner

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  • A Work of Art Inside and Out

    A Work of Art Inside and Out

  • Living room looking into Ranch Bedroom

    Living room looking into Ranch Bedroom

  • Ocotillo bedroom with king platform bed

    Ocotillo bedroom with king platform bed

  • Both bedrooms open onto back patio

    Both bedrooms open onto back patio

  • fish pond

    fish pond

  • Baby coyote drinking from fish pond

    Baby coyote drinking from fish pond

  • Looking north

    Looking north

  • Dogs are welcome

    Dogs are welcome

  • Yes, we do get snow!

    Yes, we do get snow!

  • South view

    South view

  • Inside Amboy Crater

    Inside Amboy Crater

  • Limitless views

    Limitless views

  • Ranch bedroom with queen sleigh bed

    Ranch bedroom with queen sleigh bed

  • Kitchen/dining area

    Kitchen/dining area

  • Custom woodstove and surround

    Custom woodstove and surround

  • private outdoor patio

    private outdoor patio

  • Front gate

    Front gate

  • A five minute walk from your front door

    A five minute walk from your front door

  • View to the southwest

    View to the southwest

  • If you're lucky, you may see one of these.

    If you're lucky, you may see one of these.

  • Amboy Crater-an easy day trip from the Bungalow

    Amboy Crater-an easy day trip from the Bungalow

  • light and dust

    light and dust

VRBO #339708

This listing was first published here in 2011.

Date last modified - Tuesday, October 18, 2016

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