Beautiful Home With Private Pool/Spa - 5 Minute Walk To El Paseo
About Catherine Francois
About the owner: A couple who loves to escape to the desert from their primary residence in Seattle, WA. After work opportunities brought them to the desert, they found this home in 2012 and did a massive 6-month remodel to restore the mid-century modern house (built in 1958) to its glory with modern, high quality, euro sleek touches.
Catherine Francois purchased this House in 2012
Why Catherine Francois chose Palm Desert
Palm Desert has great weather, sunshine, warmth and easy proximity to the coast. And the fact that the weather is the opposite of Seattle! PD is just a short plane ride away and always great weather and relaxing. Location was a big part of it- and it is hard to find a more convenient and fun location than this. The layout of the home was perfect with great open spaces for entertaining; the master bedroom was large and separated from the other two bedrooms - great for everyone's privacy! The outdoor spaces are just as enjoyable as the interiors! We often have trouble deciding where to start. Drink coffee in the front courtyard or in the back at the outdoor kitchen bar. Hang out by the fire or by the pool. Since we can see it all from the inside/out style living space and glass walls, choosing becomes less of a chore.
What makes this House unique
Getting up with the sun in the morning and going for a run is one of the best things- run through the neighborhood, or going to the trails a couple miles away to do the “bump and grind” run/hike with other fitness enthusiasts. Then, winding up with a cool-down walk on El Paseo and stopping at Starbucks for your morning coffee. Enjoy your day relaxing by the pool, using the BBQ at night, the outdoor fire pit, walking to what will be one of your new favorite restaurants for dinner, etc. A round of golf whenever you feel like it. Amazing evenings. You could have dinner every night for a year and not repeat a restaurant- however I do have some of favorites, just ask. Armando’s (by far) is the favorite, then Sullivan’s, Tommy Bahamas, many more. Or Happy Hour just about anywhere. Mamma Gina's, Firecliff, Daily Grill, Mastro’s, or if you need to find football- try Buffalo Wild Wings, Cactus Jacks - lots of options!! Incredible opportunities to enjoy local attractions. The local zoo, Joshua Tree (which will make you feel like you've never seen the night sky before), the Palm Springs Tramway (a must see and opportunity to take a relaxed stroll around Mount San Jacinto with breathtaking views of the Coachella Valley), just to name a few and not to mention the world renowned events, concerts and sporting events this area attracts!
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
High-end furnishing, lots of glass, not childproof
Minimum age of primary renter:25
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
Beautiful Home For Our Spring Break Vacation
Everything was excellent!
Our family of five really appreciated the hospitality from the start (thanks for the gifts).
The owners are very thoughtful & Leigh was very helpful getting us acquainted with the house. The décor is very nice, the house is private, beautiful, quiet and relaxing. Absolutely enjoyed the heated pool, hot tub, fire pit and outdoor kitchen. Location is great and the house is well stocked with everything from towels to cooking necessities.
Would rate more than 5 stars if I could. Would absolutely enjoy staying here again!
Thanks again Craig, Catherine and Leigh!
Exceeded all Expectations
We really enjoyed this house as our base for 8 days in Palm Desert. We had stayed a couple years ago in the same area and continue to think this it is an excellent place to rent. We walked to dinner many nights and El Paseo (or the surrounding quiet streets) provided a great place to walk in the morning before the stores opened.
Over the years I think we have stayed at 15-20 VRBO's both in the US and abroad. This was our favorite in the states and one of the top we have ever stayed in.
It is well furnished, both in terms of comfortable furniture but also with the little things. The owner and manager are not trying to "nickle and dime" you in terms of supplies. It you need another roll of paper towels - they are there - along with all the soaps and kitchen things that one would need. Additionally a very nice welcome "package" is included. Totally twice what is necessary - just shows the class of the owners.
While the walls are not covered with personal pictures it does feel like someones home - not a corporate impersonal rental. The manager was easy to communicate with and great to meet and deal with on both ends.
In terms of privacy the back yard is completely private - but the house is "see though". While the front yard is 99% private someone standing at the front gate could see into or through the house to the pool area. If you did not come in through that gate normally you might not notice that.
BUT please note that the house is furnished will very well made automatic blinds so you can put the blinds down on the front (while still retaining a good amount of light) if you are that concerned about privacy. I will note than in our 8 days no one came to the gate - it's a quiet street and the manager respects your privacy. We felt totally at ease watching TV at night with the shades "up. There are also blinds on the back of the house as well.
The master bath is great with an awesome rain shower - all in all a super house. To sum it up my wife and I agreed "we would buy this house"!
Another ***** stay!
Thanks to everyone for making our fourth stay at Shadow Lake Drive another excellent experience ... even with the less-than-perfect SoCal weather! It's still the best rental we've ever had, and we look forward to our next visit. Cheers!
Very relaxing and very private. Loved this house inside and out!! Zero complaints.
My husband and I came here for our honeymoon and had the most relaxing week. This house has everything you need, great kitchen for cooking and even an outdoor kitchen, an amazing pool and hot tub, and it’s very private. We’ve stayed at a lot of air bnbs and this is by far was the best one. Has everything you need in the kitchen including cooking oils, spices, and all the gadgets you can think of. If your looking for a romantic spot with your spouse or even a fun spot for a group of <6 this is wonderful place to come. Thanks again to the owners who are amazing!!
Unbelieveable stay in Palm Desert!
All guests agreed - this was by far the best VRBO rental they have ever stayed! This house is truly an oasis in the desert. Your every need is taken care of and then some. It's very private, clean, well kept, and perfectly stocked. The owners are so wonderful to work with and are so attentive in anything you need. And you can't beat the location! We had a terrific Mom-cation here and we can't wait to return! Wish I could give it 6 stars!
My family of 4 stayed here for five days and it was an amazing experience from booking to departure! We have stayed at many VRBOs, but none even came close to this one. I could write a novel here, but will just try and hit the highlights...
From the moment we booked this home, the owners were unbelievable. I mean that literally...I was stunned over and over by their generosity and thoughtfulness. I reached out with a few questions ahead of time, and received the kind of detailed replies you get from good friends. The owner, knowing my kids were training for an upcoming athletic event, even thought to let us know that there was an annual Women in Sports conference going on during our stay we might want to attend. Seriously...what owners do that?? (Spoiler alert...THESE OWNERS do that!)
The house, and especially the grounds, are nicer than pictured. I am a clean freak, and the entire property (inside and out) was immaculate, even by my standards. And, unlike even the nicest properties we've stayed in before, even the little touches in the house were top notch...The towels, the kitchen equipment, the furniture, the outside furniture...EVERYTHING was high quality and like new. It made me want to care for this property like I care for my own home.
Unlike typical VRBOs, there was an abundance of spices, oils, coffee pods, etc in the cupboard...some of it unopened! I even felt comfortable using spices that were already opened, which is a sign of just how clean everything felt.
My sense from the photos was that the inside furniture looked styled for the house, but probably wasn't comfortable. Sleek furniture often isn't. But I was surprised, especially by the kitchen stools and dining tables, which were super comfortable.
We have been to the area before, and really needed some solid relaxation this time. We barely left the house! But, I should mention it's in a nice quiet neighborhood, and you can walk easily to lovely shops and restaurants.
The house is almost all glass, and totally private...truly. The front yard is a beautiful desert garden, and the backyard is a relaxing oasis. I am getting sad just remembering how fabulous it is, and wishing I was back there now! We booked our return visit within 48 hours of leaving this house -- We've never done that before!!
Thank you, Craig, Catherine, and Leigh...See you next year!!
Getting up with the sun in the morning and going for a walk or run is one of the best things- through the neighborhood, or going to the trails a couple miles away to do the “bump and grind” run/hike with other fitness enthusiasts. Then, winding up with a cool-down walk on El Paseo and stopping at Starbucks for the daily caffeine fix (we are from Seattle remember). Then, a day of relaxing by the pool, using the BBQ at night, the outdoor fire pit, walking to El Paseo for dinner, etc. A round of golf whenever you feel like it. Amazing evenings. You could have dinner every night for a year and not repeat a restaurant- however as we are creatures of habit we have some of our favorites, just ask. Armando’s (by far) is the favorite, then Sullivan’s, Tommy Bahamas, many more. Or Happy Hour just about anywhere. Mamma Gina's, Firecliff, Daily Grill, Mastro’s, or if you need to find football- try Buffalo Wild Wings, Cactus Jacks - lots of options!!
City of Palm Desert Rental Permit #40070