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Mid-Century Retreat - 1959 Architectural Gem, Vintage Decor, Records, 4+ Acres

Bedrooms 2
Space 2,500 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 4 nights


About the property

This is a Sprawling 2500 Square Foot Mid-Century Home Custom-built in 1959

This is a sprawling 2500 square foot Mid-Century home custom-built in 1959 located on 4+ private and fenced acres with electric security gate.

Relax with your friends and family in a spacious 2 bedroom 2 bathroom home decorated in an eclectic mix of antique, vintage, rustic, and modern - it's a time warp with modern comforts.

Every room is over-sized - 2 large bedrooms with plenty of privacy between them, dressing room sized closets, new Cal King beds and 2 full bathrooms - both with original tile. Master bath has very interesting sunken roman shower/tub while the guest bath has a separated shower and comfortable bathtub for soaking.

The kitchen is fully stocked and features a new oven and refrigerator with ice maker as well as a coffee maker, blender, mixer, air popcorn popper, crock pot, and pots, pans, utensils, and staples such as spices, sugar, flour, condiments, etc. If you have a special food preparation requirement then just ask - the equipment is probably on site. For example, there is an Omega Vert350HD juicer which does a great job on both fruits and vegetables. Enjoy your meals around a maple table with seating for up to 10 in front of a wood-burning fireplace. There is also a gas barbeque outside on the patio and and a picnic table for al fresco dining!

Living room has a large wood-burning fireplace, 11 foot long couch, lounging cushions, and a wall of windows that look out to beautiful views of mountains. There is a queen memory foam bed in the living room just off the den which is perfect for reading or extra guests.

The den has 2 comfy twin size day beds, flat screen television wired to Netflix, Apple TV, record player, CD/DVD player, and an interesting collection of books, CDs/DVDs and hundreds of records for use during your stay. There are 3 vintage stereos in the house - each with record player and AirPort Express AirPlay device for wireless or hardwire connection to your IPhone, IPad, or MAC.

Yoga mats and a massage table are provided.

A washer and dryer, iron, ironing board, and clothes steamer are located in the house for your use.

Enjoy wandering the gated grounds, warm yourself in front of the fire pit, soak in the 6 person hot tub, or relax in the hammocks on the patio. Write your great novel on the vintage typewriter or catch up on the TV shows and movies you never have time to watch.

A dart board, horseshoe pit, and bean bag toss game are provided for drinking sports aficionados. Cards and chips and various board games are also provided - had a good game of Life, Monopoly, Chess, or Scrabble lately? Come on out and slow down!

We also have a newly remodeled Guest House on the property available to rent separately. Please see our separate listing Joshua Tree Modern Guest House for details. The Guest House has a living room area with fireplace, queen bedroom nook, 1 or optionally 2 twin beds, newly remodeled bathroom, full kitchen and wood-burning fireplace and a hot tub. For groups of 6+ we suggest that you consider renting both the Main and Guest house together.

There are 2 hot tubs on the property. The round hot tub is located closer to the Main House and is dedicated for use of the guests of the Main House. The Jacuzzi J-LXL square hot tub is located in a more remote area past the Guest House and is available for use if there is no one staying in the Guest House.

We are just a few blocks away from the art galleries, restaurants, and bar in downtown Joshua Tree and about 10 minutes away by car from the west entrance to Joshua Tree National Park.

We have hosted weddings with up to 80 guests on the property. There is plenty of parking and outdoor spaces to accommodate large gatherings. Parties, weddings, or events with 10 or more attendees require specific prior permission. The property is in close proximity to the Joshua Tree National Park and the village of Joshua Tree. The village of Joshua Tree offers a variety of great restaurant options and art galleries. Pappy & Harriets in Pioneertown is just a 15 minute drive and is not to be missed for great music and food and drink.

We love to share our experiences in the Joshua Tree area with our guests but are very respectful of your privacy. As such, the amount interaction with our guests is entirely at our guests' discretion.

We hope you can come stay at our property soon!

More Details

Owner / Manager
Member since: 2014
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
July 28, 2018

About Owner / Manager

Mark and Laura have a home in the Silverlake area of Los Angeles and several vacation rentals in Joshua Tree. Laura teaches yoga and is owner of a yoga studio - Glendale Yoga in Glendale, CA. After nearly 30 years in B2B sales Mark spends much of his time in Joshua Tree managing and improving the properties. We both grew up in Cincinnati, OH but have lived in California for 20 years. We love everything that California has to offer but are particularly enamored with the beautiful scenery and interesting community of Joshua Tree.

Owner / Manager purchased this house in 2011

Why Owner / Manager chose Joshua Tree

We purchased this property because we both appreciate architecture and vintage furniture and décor. This house was quite a showplace in its day - Donovan used to stop by for coffee - and we have enjoyed restoring it to its original glory and filling it with period furnishing and decoration and wonderful art. There are 8' deep eaves around the entire house which keep it cooler and provide choices of shady seating areas for different times of the day. This house is a relaxing and comfortable trip back in time.

What makes this house unique

There are beautiful views through walls of glass in the kitchen and living room. The large open kitchen with room for a table with seating for 10 in front of a fireplace is perfect for large get togethers. All of the rooms are oversized - the sunken living room is nearly 900 sq. ft. alone - and there are multiple indoor and outdoor gathering spots so the house never really feels crowded. We love to relax on the patio off of the kitchen and master bedroom while listening to one of the thousands of records in the record collection and watching the stars in the beautiful desert sky!


Joshua Tree House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2500 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Monument View ...
  • Mountain View
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Master Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , The sunken roman tub/shower is amazing.
    Guest Bathroom - toilet , tub , shower , There is a separate shower & large bathtub.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Master Bedroom - 1 king , The master bedroom is quite spacious.
    Guest Bedroom - 1 king , The guest bedroom has separate exit with wheelchair access.
    Living Room - 1 queen , The queen memory foam bed is in a nook off the living room.
    Den - 2 twin/ single , There a 2 twin daybed sofas in the den.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • limited accessibility ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Hot Tub ...
  • cinemas
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • rock climbing
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • tennis


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average rating of 4.8076925 based on 26 reviews

Beautiful home. . super dirty.

  • 2 of 5

Seems like a nice owner. I called the week of our trip to say hi And introduce myself to the owner. . explaining to the owner the i would be traveling with 4 people and dogs. My girlfriend is 8month pregnant. And our reason for staying was just a week end getaway. We had no plans just hang out and relax. .

First off if and when guest are coming maybe set the temperature to a desent temp. Considering it was well over 100 degrees . we could not get the house cool until the following day. 4 adults 1child and dogs in one room to try and stay cool. It was the only room that was getting cool.

Red ants on the counter.(no big deal wiped them up.) Cockroaches in the bath tub. And in showers. Dead and alive. Live some sprayed bit never cleaned them up.

Toilets were brown. Pretty much need to bleach and clean both restrooms before we could use them.

Kitchen area . red auns everywhere within 20 mins . if your cooking the ants are coming. It you make a snack the ants are coming. Lots ands lots of ants.

Im not sure why there was a big cleaning fee . we had to scrub off the food of the previous guest. Not on one or two pans... EVERYTHING WAS visibly dirty. Actual food on the pans still. .

We picked this place because of the small pool and hottub. Both were not working properly. The pool was dark green. And the filter for the hottub was moldy. Why.advertise a pool and hottub if they dont work. I hope someone contacts me. Not a happy guest. . i hope this is not how home away trwats there guest. Ill be concidering usimg a different booking site on our next trip. I have pictyres of everything

  • Submitted: Jul 29, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great spot for a relaxing time!

  • 5 of 5

We only stayed for 3 nights and wished we had stayed longer! Mark was very helpful and reasonable. The house is amazing and private, yet convenient to many local spots. We will definitely stay there again!

  • Submitted: Jul 3, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Amazing house

  • 5 of 5

We just had an amazing (and too brief!) stay at this beautiful home. The house itself was more than we had even hoped for. Very spacious, with huge bedrooms, closets and well appointed, clean bathrooms. Heavenly linens on the very comfortable beds. But the real surprise was the atmosphere! The house is furnished with amazing mid-century pieces and fabulous art. An inviting den is filled with inspiring books. There are board games galore. A dart board. Multiple fire pits (the kids loved making s'mores), horse shoes, bean bag toss and a tire swing. Hammocks, a glorious hot tub. And best of all, a huge eat in kitchen (complete with a very well stocked pantry) with a wall of glass overlooking the desert and a record collection to die for. We cranked up classic tunes, poured glasses of wine and prepped a wonderful barbecue dinner. Desert life is the best life and this house is a wonderful way to experience it. We will be back!

  • Submitted: Apr 6, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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perfect place for us

  • 5 of 5

We're not worthy of this record collection!

  • Submitted: Mar 25, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful home

  • 5 of 5

I was only in town for one night but we had a wonderful stay. They house is unique and fun with probably a thousand vinyl records to choose from, board games, hot tubs and central to everything you’d want to do in Joshua Tree

  • Submitted: Feb 26, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Stunning Property & Fabulous Location

  • 4 of 5

The house is fantastic. The layout, the style, the location and the garden are all brilliant. The house is filled with lots of stuff to keep you entertained and the fire pit & BBQ were great. Easy to get to the National Park & horseriding.

Mark was helpful in responding to questions in a timely manner.

Two unfortunate things,

1 - We had several issues with the TV (and I’m a techie and so I’m familiar with the setup) as the Roku wasn’t reliable, the Apple TV wasn’t plugged in correctly & the connection kept going down for all of it. It was extremely frustrating and we had problems with it each time we used it.

2 - The cleaner hadn’t done a great job, which was a bit of a shame. There was an ant infestation through the larder as lots of old foods were left open & spilled, so we had to sort that out. The oven was also pretty gross, which took us 3 hours to clean.The fridge was a mess with gone off foods & the bathrooms had old hair in them.

Simple things that can be sorted, but it put a little burden on our arrival.

Other than that, the house itself was just stunning & very spacious.

  • Submitted: Jan 3, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
35 Miles
Palm Springs International
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Joshua Tree Saloon
Nearest Golf
40 Miles
Various - Palm Springs
Nearest Motorway
26 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Sam's Indian Food
Nearest Beach
150 Miles
Santa Monica
Car: necessary

The property is located on a well-maintained dirt road in a relatively sparsely populated neighborhood just a half mile away from the village of Joshua Tree. Although just 2 hours drive from Los Angeles you will find Joshua Tree to be worlds away. Joshua Tree is a beautiful area that attracts artists and musicians and outdoor enthusiasts from around the world to make it their home. The community actively supports the arts and tourism and environmental issues. Visitors will find the locals to be an extremely interesting and friendly lot. The west entrance to the amazing 800,000 acre Joshua Tree National Park is just a couple miles away and the property features views of the mountains in the park. There are excellent running and hiking trails outside of the park just a short walk from the property.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $25
Refundable damage deposit $500
Cleaning Fee $100

Rates are subject to change until booking.
No filming or photo shoots for commercial purposes or parties, events, or weddings with 10+ attendees without prior express permission.
No smoking in the house.
No pets without prior express permission.
Firewood is normally made available to guests but we ask that a donation be left for firewood that is used.

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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