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A little Old-Hollywood glam in the heart of South Palm Desert.

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,350 sq. ft.
Property type bungalow
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Intimate hideaway, Private pool, Mountain views, 2 Master suites with ensuites.

Welcome to The Palms. A romantic mid-century bungalow with all the updates. Perfectly private, The Palms is a charming idyllic hideaway beautifully decorated with attention to detail. The luxurious pool is private and just steps from the living room and master bedroom. Romantic and restful in the best location in the desert. Just 4 blocks from famous El Paseo (the desert's version of Beverly Hills' Rodeo Drive) with upscale shopping (St. John, Gucci, Burberry, etc.), Westfield Mall, Whole Foods, and an array of fabulous restaurants - within walking distance from your front door. Perfectly nestled within a quiet, residential enclave at the base of Cahuilla Hills Park (tennis courts and 26 acres of hiking trails literally a 5-minute walk away. Be calmed by the dry heat, majestic mountain views, mature desert landscaping and star-studded moonlit nights. A passionately created space in which to truly unwind. Stay here and fall in love all over again.

Beautifully decorated 2-MASTER bedroom house in a style reminiscent of Hollywood in the 50’s: a little glamorous and a whole lot of privacy and comfort. Romantic excape for two or fun getaway for four (maximum). The bedrooms are furnished with a California King in the master bedroom and a Queen in the guest-suite, each with its own fully updated bathroom and tiled (glass or slate) shower. Honed travertine floors throughout (newer carpet in bedrooms), wood burning fireplace surfaced with aqua-blue glass tiles, custom bamboo pleated drapes, and luxurious furnishings accented by chocolate colored walls lend an air of class and sophistication.

Generous indoor/outdoor living spaces create a seamless transition from one lounge area to the next. The home has a feeling of perpetual play. East-facing backyard provides sun all day surrounded by lush, mature landscaping and spacious entertainment-size deck (complete with patio umbrellas, chaise lounges, dining table & chairs, garden seating area, water features, BBQ, and automatic retractable awnings (front courtyard and back patio). Nine gorgeous palm trees mark the property. Bask in the turquoise-blue, teardrop-shaped, heated saltwater pool under swaying palms. Picture yourself enjoying happy hour and evening sunsets, Frank Sinatra playing in the background. Begin a slow start to your day with morning coffee while tucked into the peaceful setting of the front courtyard. Soothing water feature and comfortable seating area under the watchful backdrop of gorgeous Shadow Mountain. Stunning view! Sip your martini, read a book, go for a hike, or go out on the town. It’s a Palm Desert state of mind.

The entertainment living room is equipped with a custom designed (10’x10’) aqua blue suede sectional, occasional chair, 2 reading lamps, show-piece marble coffee table, 46” flat screen TV (including cable & Netflix), DVD player, Apple TV, and designer furniture accessorized in granite. There is also a Bose Sound Dock, which can be conveniently set up either in the house or on the patio. Suit you mood - all the light fixtures and recessed lighting in the house are on dimmer switches.

The glass dining table is set for 4 (with 2 extra chairs located in either of the bedrooms if needed). There is a 2nd Bose system (radio/CD player) in the dining room/kitchen. Wi-Fi is included.

The Palms is complete with all the self-catering essentials (except for food). A well-stocked kitchen with stainless steel appliances (including gas stove & built-in microwave, side-by-side refrigerator, dishwasher, and garburator), dishes, cutlery, glassware (fancy & every day), martini shaker & glasses in the freezer (but of course!), pots & pans, serving dishes, and napkins/placemats. There is also an array of small appliances: 2 coffee machines (Keurig and a regular drip maker), a Cuisinart stick blender with all the attachments, and brand new toaster, Oster blender, and hand mixer. Please feel free to also use the full size washer & dryer conveniently located in the house.

We have provided a full complement of items for your convenience and comfort: spices, starter coffee pods, condiments, paper products, hand soap, hand lotion, body wash, shampoo, conditioner, candles, various cleaning supplies, dishwasher soap and laundry detergent. Please feel free to use what you may need and kindly replace it when you use the last of something.

Clean towels (including pool towels), sheets & pillow cases are in the linen closet should extras be needed. There are also extra pillows and blanket in the guestroom closet.

The property is maintained by our gardener and pool fellow, both of whom have been with us for many years; they come by once a week. They will arrive through the side gate and announce their arrival with a big hello! We have professional cleaning staff who will prepare The Palms for your arrival. Patio furniture will be set up and the home spotlessly arranged - all you need to do is bring your suitcase. Relax and enjoy our home: your home-away-from-home.

The Palms is our vacation home and our pride and joy. We visit often and maintain the house with high standards. We are looking to rent to like-minded people with an appreciation for finer things. We have created a desert retreat in which our guests can escape busy schedules and rejuvenate. Please treat our home as if it were your own. Leave your cares behind and come to The Palms to experience what peace of mind feels like.

More Details

Marilee and Doug Clark
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
October 7, 2017

About Marilee and Doug Clark

We fell in love with the desert in 2005 while on a business trip to La Quinta. In 2008 we found this little gem of a house in South Palm Desert and never looked back. Everything we ever wanted in a vacation property is in this spot.

We are part-time residents and absolutely love South Palm Desert. It truly feels like paradise. Once we retire our plan is to spend even more time in the deliciously warm climate. In the meantime, we come often and when we can't be here we want to share the experience with our guests.

Marilee and Doug Clark purchased this bungalow in 2008

Why Marilee and Doug Clark chose Deserts

Our home is a soothing place to be. From the minute you walk in you feel it. It truly is home away from home. Relaaaax.... it's all here.

What makes this bungalow unique

The décor, the privacy, the location can't be beat. The mountains have a spiritual quality about them - hike the many trails and experience it for yourself. We like to hike and go for long walks. And the heat! It warms you down to your core.

We love Old-Hollywood of the 50's; the music and the movie stars - the desert has it all; we hope you will feel the same. We looked at over 40 homes before finding The Palms and none compared. When we first walked in, I'd felt as though it could have been a little house in which Marilyn Monroe would have lived in her early days...special.

A great place for a romantic getaway, golfing trip, girlfriends vacation, or just some much-needed R&R.


Palm Desert Bungalow Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • bungalow
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1350 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Village ...
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Master bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , shower , Double-sink vanity, ample storage and slate-tiled shower.
    Guest-suite bathroom - toilet , shower , Large pedestal sink, storage area and glass-tiled shower.
  • Each bedroom has its own ensuite-bathroom.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
  • The Master-suite with California King bed has a walk-in closet, dresser, updated double vanity ensuite and sliding glass doors overlooking the pool. The Guest-suite with Queen bed has a large closet, dresser, sliding glass doors, and ensuite with glass-tiled shower.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rock climbing
  • swimming
  • tennis


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(11 traveler reviews)

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A little Old-Hollywood glam in the heart of South Palm Desert.
average rating of 5.0 based on 11 reviews
Vancouver, Canada

Perfection at the Palms

  • 5 of 5

This is the second year we have stayed at this gorgeous home. Owners Marilee and Doug are a dream to deal with. Every detail has been thought of. We absolutely love everything about the house. From our morning tea and coffee in the beautiful front courtyard by the lemon tree to our pool time in the afternoon with the lush palm trees - everything is arranged for comfort and relaxation. The location is within walking distance to everything you need. Your family or friends won't be disappointed.

  • Submitted: Mar 26, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dave, thank you for the great review. You two are awesome! We look forward to having you back to stay at The Palms as many times as you care to book flights! Best,
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A perfect getaway!

  • 5 of 5

We just returned from 10 days in Palm Desert and it was one of our best trips so far. Marilee's house is ideally located especially if you enjoy hiking. Numerous trails from beginner to advanced are within a 5 minute walk and the key shopping and restaurant area on El Paseo is a 10 minute walk or under a 5 minute drive away. The best part is the neighborhood is extremely quiet even though there is lots of action close by. The house is very well stocked with everything you could need. The pool area is an oasis and extremely private. Note there is no telephone and even though they supply Apple TV and regular cable there were very limited international news channels (BBC, WSJ etc). My spouse loves the Discovery Channel and we couldn't get that either. For many this will not likely be an issue as there were plenty of other channels to choose from. Overall we had a fabulous stay and I would not hesitate to rent from Marilee again. A & B

  • Submitted: Apr 18, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: A&B, we appreciate the great review. We're so glad you two had a wonderful time and we look forward to having you stay again. We agree the location and privacy really can't be beat! Re the cable - thank you again for bringing it to our attention. We had upgraded to Time Werner's premium and sports package 2 years ago at the request of guests who were tennis pros and wanted the tennis channel. After hearing from you about the missing Network News and Discovery channels, we investigated and found that because there was a filter on our line we never got upgraded to the premium package and were in fact missing 80+ channels, even though we'd been paying for it every month. It's all been taken care of now (except for fighting with TW for reimbursement 😏) so we now have the full compliment of premium and sports packages (as well as Apple TV and Netflix). Cheers! Marilee & Doug
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A wonderful property-you will enjoy.

  • 5 of 5

We just completed our 2nd stay at Sands and Shadows or as we like to call it "The Palms". Last year was February and this year we were there six weeks thru March 15. We enjoy very much. Doug and Marilee have the place put together very nicely-it is as described in the highlights. It is fully equipped so you feel at home from the first hour you are there. It is clean, quiet, private,and so convenient to everything Palm Desert has to offer which is a lot. We also enjoy the saltwater heated pool which is completely private and about ten steps from the back slideing doors. Around the pool on the pool deck or in the water both sun and shade are both available throughout the day which really makes it enjoyable. My wife and I are in our 70's and this year her brother joined us for 24 days and we all found plenty to keep us busy enjoying the property and the area. The kitchen is fully equipped and this year I think we grilled out 3 times but we enjoy the many different restaurants in Palm Desert Sometimes in Palm Springs.

This is an excellent property and Doug and Marilee are very easy to work with and very attentive to make everything right for you to enjoy. We will definitely be staying at this property in the future.

Jesse T.

  • Submitted: Mar 23, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Jesse! We certainly enjoying having you stay with us. It feels like we're old friends already and we can't wait to have you back as our guests again next year. Regarding the Sands and Shadows category you see for our listing, that's news to us. Thank you for alerting us. It seems the categories have been changed. The Private Homes category, which was the heading we have always had our property listed under, is no longer available and somehow our property has been reallocated to Sands & Shadows. We don't even know where in South Palm Desert that may be (and there are only a total of 4 homes listed under this heading). In lieu of this we should be in either the category of El Paseo Village or Shadow Mountain and we have notified VRBO to correct it. Thanks again Jesse! Cheers, Marilee & Doug
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Vancouver, Canada

Paradise at the Palms

  • 5 of 5

We just returned from our one week stay at The Palms and cannot wait until our next visit. The pictures online do not do this gem justice. The home is well situated only blocks from El Paseo Drive, and other numerous shopping adventures – needless to say, my wife was in heaven. Only minutes away from hiking and golf kept us busy and active. Kitchen was well stocked and equipped, linens, towels were ample…all the details were taken care of. The pool was spectacular and clean and the awning outside provide a comfortable haven when we needed to retreat from the sun. Marilee and Doug were great to communicate with and timely in their correspondence when we had any questions. We will definitely recommend this home to our friends and family and cannot wait until our next stay.

  • Submitted: Mar 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks David, for your great review. We are so glad your family had a good time. Wonderful to hear that you already can't wait to return. We look forward to it!
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Edmonton, Alberta Canada

Absolutely perfect ⭐️✨☀️

  • 5 of 5

We spent 9 days at The Palms this March and absolutely loved every second of it. The house has everything you could ask for. The kitchen is well stocked with the basics and a few special extras. I loved the use the last of it, replace it policy. The master bedroom is divine with an incredibly comfortable bed and great linens. I can't say enough about the gorgeous pool. It is as great for a dip in the afternoon as it is to gaze upon with a glass of wine in the evening. Marilee was fantastic to work with. I hope we will be lucky enough to stay at The Palms again.


  • Submitted: Mar 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: OMG thank you for the fabulous review! You guys were a dream to deal with. We hope to welcome you back again. You must! Your yoga mat by the pool awaits. ☺️
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Columbus, IN USA

It Really is a Palm Desert State of Mind

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I just returned from an entire month at the Palms. It was pure heaven from the time we arrived until we left. The house was exactly as described. Everything was updated, crisp and clean. I felt comfortable and at home from the minute we arrived and it seemed like I discovered something new about the house each day to marvel at and appreciate. Marilee was a joy to work with making arrangements. Lots of good information was provided and she was always available to answer any question in a timely fashion no matter how trivial. Such care has been taken in furnishing and decorating the house. Yes – I noticed the subtle shades of color in the throw pillows that pulled color in from other articles in the room. What a talent! It even extended into the kitchen and pool area. Marilee! You go girl! I also appreciated that the house wasn’t cluttered. It made it easy to unpack, live for a month, and repack without worry of leaving items behind. It was easy to keep track of things. We didn’t feel crowded. The layout is such that everyone has their own space if they want it. The views from the front and back of the house are stunning. The privacy was complete. It was warm enough that we were able to spend a lot of time in the pool and enjoyed watching the hummingbirds dart around while sitting outside. The tree in the front courtyard was heavy with Meyer lemons and we took full advantage. It was fun to pick the lemons from our very own tree. We made lemon cake, lemon cheesecake, lemon bars and Meyer lemon margaritas. The house was so relaxing that we didn’t venture out as much as we might have otherwise. We went to the Living Desert Christmas Lights display and enjoyed the light tunnels. My husband spent a half day at Chuckwalla Valley Raceway Academy where he was introduced to the basics of high performance driving behind the wheel of a powerful, race-ready Mustang GT. I enjoyed everything about the visit. It is the best vacation rental that we have experienced and we hope to return again. Thanks Marilee and Doug – for everything!

  • Submitted: Jan 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was our absolute pleasure! Thank you for the thoughtful review. We enjoyed having you stay; it really felt like having old friends over. Very best, Marilee
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Nearest Airport
12 Miles
Palm Springs Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.4 Miles
Daily Grill, 73061 El Paseo
Nearest Golf
1 Miles
Shadow Mountain Golf Course, 73800 Ironwood Street
Nearest Motorway
0.15 Miles
Highway 74 (Palms to Pines Highway)
Nearest Restaurant
0.3 Miles
La Spiga Ristorante Italiano, 72557 Highway 111
Car: recommended


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pool Heat/AirCon - Daily $25 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $1,000
Per-stay cleaning fee $200 + Tax
PayPal fee/$1000.payment $30
Tax Rate 9.0%

Cancellation Policy: In the event of cancellation after rental monies are paid (due at least 60 days prior to check-in) the Net Rental portion is non-refundable unless we are able to secure another rental for the same dates and same rates (we will try our best to do so). The $1,000. Security/Damage Deposit (required at time of booking to hold the dates) is non-refundable in the event of cancellation, at any time. The Deposit converts to a Damage Deposit upon check-in, which will be refunded (less the cost of any damages) within 14 days of check-out.
It's recommended that guests acquire Cancellation Insurance, which can be purchased for a nominal amount from VRBO or other independent insurance company.
Terms vary for longer stays or year-in-advance bookings. Please contact Owner for details.
Monthly Rental Period: 28 days (no tax). Note: 9% Palm Desert Transient Occupancy Tax applies for stays less than 28 days. License #14-41104.
Sorry - NO pets and NO smoking.
Check-in: 4pm and Check-out: 11am.

Rental Agreement & $1,000.non-refundable Security/Damage Deposit (refunded within 14 days of departure, less cost of any damages) due upon booking to hold dates.
Payment in full, including tax and all fees, due 60 days prior to Check-in date.
Payments accepted by personal check, bank draft or PayPal (fee) only.
Payment terms vary for longer stays.
Daily rate: $265-$325/day for additional days.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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