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A Unique And Private Historic Home Surrounded By A Beautiful Desert Preserve

Bedrooms 1
Space 975 sq. ft.
Property type bungalow
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Perfect Retreat For Couples With Magnificent Views W/King Bed & Kitchen


Your historic home built from rocks is beautiful inside and out. The special feeling from the home and surrounding area is the only property in Palm Springs with a retreat feeling. You can check in and never have the desire to leave. We make all arrangements for total privacy. The home is spacious and the patio is over 450 sq. feet for the outdoor living Palm Springs offers.

The Palm Canyon and Earl Henderson Hiking Trails are steps away for hiking and horseback riding. The Palm Canyon Wash is a great for riding a mountain bike. The Indian Canyons Golf Resort and the Famous Indian Canyons - unique to the world are a stone throw away.

More Details

Julie Kay Rupp
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 16, 2017

About Julie Kay Rupp

Planning Corporate Events and Locations for filming I have lived in Palm Springs for over 37 years as Destination Services, Locations & Events. I know the community and my children and I are very involved. We live in the Araby Cove neighborhood and the Rock House at Happy Canyon Ranch is the best of the best. All guests want to come back again and again to relax and connect with nature and beauty.

Julie Kay Rupp purchased this bungalow in 2010

Why Julie Kay Rupp chose Palm Springs, South

Enjoy life at an awesome and perfect, totally private retreat for two people to enjoy life at every moment. The Rock House at Happy Canyon Ranch provides everything including Hiking, biking, walking on property. The uniqueness of this historic rock house will be your finest private vacation. Small elegant and beautiful and romantic with a huge fireplace and everything you need to just stay home. Venture outdoors to a 350 foot patio with fire ring and tables to view 360 degrees of natural nature. The lower courtyard has a fire pit and is built to the 1932 rock grandeur. This home promises to be the perfect place for you and yours.

What makes this bungalow unique

The most private, exclusive, mountainside estate situated on a 20 acre preserve surrounding your private home and oasis. Hiking trails just South of Happy Canyon Ranch. You can bring or board horses on property or can make arrangements with our local stable nearby. Vacation the way you want to and leave the rest up to us. Yes we can, Yes we do and Yes we will make your special time very, very special. Once in a lifetime personal event is our business and we will deliver.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Please check out the Palm Springs Life Review of Neighborhoods - we have the centerfold. Check it out:
Dec 2014
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Araby Bungalow Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • bungalow
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 975 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Max. adults: 2
  • Min. age of primary renter: 26
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Resort
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • Large Bathroom with walk in closet with hangers and 3 shelf unit. Pedestal sink, toilet and large walk in shower with a rain shower head. Soap, Shampoo & Conditioner, Body Wash and Body Lotion provided. Dresser with 3 drawers and Medicine Cabinet and shelf above the sink to store your items. Fluffy white towels, washcloths, hand towels and bath sheets.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , CA King Bed in Alcove
  • Large comfortable CA King bed with very soft designer sheets and comforter. Curtains to separate it from the living area. You can view the sunrise from bed.
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Chauffeur
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • 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:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • racquetball
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • swimming
  • tennis
A perfect retreat for anyone and everyone. Looking forward to your stay.


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A Unique And Private Historic Home Surrounded By A Beautiful Desert Preserve
average rating of 4.8 based on 51 reviews

A Wonderful Stay!!!

  • 5 of 5

Happy Canyon Ranch House is truly a special place. The Rock house sits on a plateau surrounded by views of the San Jacinto Mountains and Coachella Valley. Sunrises and Sunsets are equal in beauty. It's a perfect place to unwind and relax. This beautifully restored rock house - along with its surroundings- tells of an era that dates back to the 1920's. Exploring the grounds is a haven for any history buff or artist. If you are a hiking enthusiast, the house is a gateway for several trails right out the front door. The rock house is beautifully decorated with an artistic whimsy. The charm of this place is something to experience. Julie is always available and ready to assist with anything you need. I plan to return as often as I can!

  • Submitted: Feb 13, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Candice. Please stay again soon. Julie & Family
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Beautiful Getaway

  • 5 of 5

My 4th Time Staying at the Rock House.

Kitchen/Bathroom has everything needed. Even small toiletries guests should be responsible for themselves are provided.

Owner continues to make enhancements to the place.

Air conditioner worked perfectly in 98 degree weather.

Great off-the-grid experience.

  • Submitted: Jun 22, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Tammy. Looking forward to your next visit. Julie & Family
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Amazing, Awesome!

  • 5 of 5

Very peaceful, charming and serene. Beautifully done inside and out. Owner very friendly and gracious. We wanted to get away from everything and this was the place. Would recommend to anyone who wants a change of pace in a beautiful surroundings.

  • Submitted: Jun 5, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Janet. Please visit again soon. Julie & Family
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Wonderful stay

  • 4 of 5

We loved our stay at the unique rock house. It was perfect for our last couples days of our honeymoon. Very peaceful and romantic. Secluded and very different experience.

Only downfall for me was that I don't do well with sleeping with bugs... I got woken up from a bug crawling on me and found 5 more after searching the bed. All small though. So we bought a mosquito/bug net and used that for the remainder of our stay and it did the trick!

Would definitely recommend this place.

  • Submitted: May 26, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Liane, First I have ever heard about any small bugs anywhere in the home. I will look into your unique situation. Julie
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Peaceful sanctuary

  • 5 of 5

Exactly what we needed. So peaceful and quiet up in the middle of nowhere. Loved our stay and will def return. I would Highly recommend this cute little stone sanctuary. We Wanted to stay forever 😊

  • Submitted: May 11, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you. We look forward to your return visit. Julie & Family
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  • 5 of 5

This round home was delightful! We had a wonderful stay.

  • Submitted: May 9, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you and please visit again. Julie & Family
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Nearest Airport
8 Miles
PSP Palm Springs International Airport
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Many night spots and bars
Nearest Ferry
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Indian Canyons Golf Resorts
Nearest Train
20 Miles
North Palm Springs
Nearest Motorway
16 Miles
Interstate 10
Nearest Restaurant
8 Miles
My favorite is Spencer's at the Tennis Club
Nearest Ski
130 Miles
Big Bear Mountain
Nearest Beach
5 Miles
ACE Hotel Beach Club and many Palm Springs Pools
Car: recommended

Your rock house at Happy Canyon Ranch is the best get-a-way with hiking and mountain biking out your front door.

This historic site was built between 1929 to 1932 and will be your totally private oasis. The famous Indian Canyons and the Indian Canyon's Golf Resort featuring 36 holes of golf is just up the Palm Canyon Wash from your private residence. Here is a link to Palm Springs Life Magazine May 2013 Issue about our wonderful neighborhood -

The rock house at Happy Canyon Ranch is the perfect place to unwind and have total privacy.

The patio with 360 degree views of the city lights and the mountain is 375 feet of patio space for your enjoyment. There are 2 lounge chairs, two tables with 4 chairs each and side tables for beverages. Two (2) umbrellas for shade.

Rock House at Happy Canyon Ranch Restaurant Suggestions:

I have eaten at Morgan's at the La Quinta Hotel & Resort and it is very nice, but a :25 minute drive.

Closer and romantic I would suggest Le Vallauris

We are very spoiled in Palm Springs. Locals in Palm Springs do not drive to Palm Desert and Palm Desert Locals do not drive to Palm Springs. But you my guests are welcome to drive & explore on your vacation. When my children and I go to La Quinta we stay at the La Quinta Hotel kind of a Staycation.

We have excellent restaurants not mentioned so my favorites:


#1: Spencer's 3 course lunch with coffee - $19.50 ++

#2: Sherman’s Deli - Potato Latkes with Pastrami & Apple Sauce & Sour Creme

#3: Everywhere Else Downtown

Rock House at Happy Canyon Ranch Heating & Air Conditioning

All-in-1 Radiant Infrared Quartz Portable Heater with Humidifier & Air Purifier, HEPA Filter

Four functions: Infrared Heater, Air Purifier, HEPA Filter, Humidifier State of the Art Infrared Technology Heats up to 1500 sq. ft. with clean, even heat that fills the room, efficiently and effectively. HEPA Air Purification removes 99.5% of particles as small as 0.3 microns in size PCO air purification system removes offensive odors from the room while killing harmful germs and bacteria to create a purified, healthy and comfortable breathing environment. Humidifier adds extra moisture to the air to smoother your respiratory system and help you feel more comfortable.

Friedrich Kuhl Heat/Cool Window Air Conditioner

36,000 BTUs of cooling and 17,300 BTUs of heating power

Treats a space over 1,000 square feet (Rock House 750 square feet

• 36,000 BTUs of cooling and 17,300 BTUs of heating power

• Treats 725 cubic feet of air per minute

• Removes 12.0 pints of moisture per hour

• Digital temperature control with LCD display

• Color: White

Bathroom Heater - Bionaire Ceramic Tower Heater Programmable Digital Thermostat

• 90 Degree Oscillation

• 24 Hour timer & Digital temperature control

Outdoor Fire Pit

Firestarter and wood for 1-2 fires provided




Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $75
Damage Deposit $300

Thank you for your business. Happy Canyon Ranch is a very special place. Enjoy!

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.

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