Architectural Masterpiece with Airliner Views Across the Valley

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Last updated: 10/05/2016
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  • Minimum stay:4 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Ask Manager
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

Property description

Contemporary hillside solar home on over 1/2 acre with mega views! Steel elements, green design, sliding doors, multiple decks and patios, and iPad controlled automation system. Kitchen, living and dining areas include skylights, fireplace and large deck. Master suites one + two offer views, patios and spa-like baths. Detached casita offers views, fireplace and bath. Custom pool with custom water display, spa, misting system and 360 degree views.

This ultra energy efficient desert home with spectacular views across the entire Coachella Valley is a showcase of modern design and technology. It was constructed in 2003 as the “Energywise House”, under the supervision of noted “This Old House” program host, Bob Vila.

The home is on a 1/2 acre lot in a very private enclave in the Mesa neighborhood of Palm Springs, and features 3005 square feet of unique living space, including a private guest house, large pebble tech salt water pool and spa, beautiful desert landscaping and an electronically operated gate for utmost privacy.

The main house has a spectacular great room that opens to the full-length balcony through Fleetwood sliders that disappear into the walls. It also features a dramatic gas fireplace. The kitchen boasts a Subzero refrigerator and separate wine cooler, maple cabinetry, Caesar stone counters, Decor commercial grade gas stove and oven, built-in Decor microwave, Kitchen Aid trash compactor, garbage disposal, and a top-of-the line Miele dishwasher.

The two main house master suites each have their own terraced patios and large bathrooms featuring oversized showers (one of which opens to a desert garden). The large private guest house includes a coffee bar with refrigerator, and a fireplace.

Additional highlights:

Three zones of electronic climate control

Sunpower solar electric system.

CrystalClear whole house water purification system.

Rainbird automated sprinkler system.

Security system.

Two commercial-grade Koolfrog misting systems for main house, pool area, and guest house.

Automated low-voltage landscape lighting system.

Remote control for all pool systems and pool deck lighting.

Unique light garden featuring custom sculpture by noted Denver artist Tyler Aiello, and multicolored Laminar water jets.

Smarthome fully automated home lighting system, controllable through an iPhone/iPad/Web interface that allows access from anywhere in the world.

Custom-built electronic gate, operated by remote controls and compatible with Homelink car systems.

Whole-house audio/video system, featuring a Panasonic plasma television concealed by an automated art screen, Yamaha receiver and Adcom power amplifier, Paradigm Studio front channel speakers, Paradigm subwoofer, and in-ceiling Boston Acoustic speakers in great room and bedroom suites.

Mitsubishi LCD TV with integrated sound bar and wireless subwoofer in bedroom.

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Property Type

  • House
  • 3005 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 6

Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom


  • DVD Player:

    There are 3 DVD players in the house...moreless

  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo:

    Stereo music in all rooms...moreless

  • Television:

    (4) There are a total of 4 tvs in the house. All HD flat panels, 2 with surround sound....moreless


  • Botanical Garden
  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Restaurants
  • Synagogues

Local Services & Businesses

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

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Gambling Casinos
  • Horseback Riding
  • Outlet Shopping
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Mountain View

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Hot Air Ballooning
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Mountaineering
  • Rock Climbing
  • Tennis


  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 6 people


  • Air Conditioning:

    Should you need it, 3 zones....moreless

  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace:

    There are two, one in the great room one in the guest house. Both provide much heat and are great to warm you if you are early to rise or late to bed....moreless

  • Fitness Room / Equipment:

    Outdoor gym in shaded area off master bedroom 1...moreless

  • Garage:

    CARPORT for 3 cars...moreless

  • Heating:

    In the very unlikely event that you need it, again 3 zones....moreless

  • Internet:

    There is wireless internet throughout the property....moreless

  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room:

    Large great room encompasses entire top floor of the house...moreless

  • Parking:

    Park inside the secure gate in the car port. Parking for guest is ample...moreless

  • Towels Provided:

    Towels in the baths and pool towels...moreless

  • Washing Machine:

    Full laundry room with sink....moreless


  • Coffee Maker:

    Nespresso. If you let us know your favorite capsules, we will have a supply ready for you....moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Many sets of dishes and glass ware Mostly informal...moreless

  • Dishwasher:

    Quiet Miele dishwasher. So quiet you will open it while its running....moreless

  • Kitchen:

    Gourmet kitchen with all the utilities needed to cook a gourmet dinner....moreless

  • Microwave:

    High power Dacor Microwave...moreless

  • Pantry Items:

    You will find basic spices etc. that you don't want to buy just to make salad dressing....moreless

  • Refrigerator:

    Large Subzero with separate wine cooler. Small refrigerator in Guest House...moreless

  • Stove:

    Dacor dual fuel range, gas cook top, electric oven....moreless

  • Toaster


  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf:

    1 mile to Indian Canyon Golf Club--open to public...moreless

  • Lanai / Gazebo:

    A rose garden for reading a book in the sun....moreless

Pool / Spa

  • Heated Pool
  • Hot Tub
  • Private Pool


Write a review 4.6
from 5 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
My Standard Rate
4 night min stay
$3,000 $10,000
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Cleaning Fee $275
  • Tax Rate 11.5%



Departure cleaning charge: $250

Security Deposit.

Optional at an additional cost:

Heating spa $20 per day and pool $30 per day

Manager's cancellation policy:

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

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Last updated: 10/05/2016
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5 Kilometres
Nearest Airport
Palm Springs International
0.25 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
El Mirasol
1 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
Indian Canyon
5 Kilometres
Nearest Train
Palm Springs
5 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
Interstate 10
0.25 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant

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VRBO #486192

This listing was first published here in 2013.

Date last modified - Wednesday, October 12, 2016

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Architectural Masterpiece With Airliner Views Across The Valley

Palm Springs #486192

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