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Palm Springs Family Friendly Midcentury Pool Home

Palm Springs, CA, USA
  • House
  • Bedrooms3
  • Sleeps6
  • Bathrooms0
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay3 - 4 nights

Great Getaway for Families with Small Children, Indoor/ Outdoor Desert Living



Welcome to Marcel's Retreat! This architecturally significant midcentury pool home is designed for desert indoor/ outdoor living with an expansive, completely private yard. The entire property is truly a special retreat with many enjoyable areas for relaxing. The house was built by Meiselman in the midcentury and retains the beautiful post and beam ceilings throughout all the rooms. Slate flooring unites the interior and exterior living spaces. The home is tastefully decorated in a whimsical manner to create the ultimate desert retreat. Each bedroom has glass doors which open into a separate area of the beautifully landscaped, private backyard. The master bedroom or "Baa's Room" has a queen sized bed with luxe linens, an ensuite bathroom with a bathtub, and a walk-in closet. The lamps in the master bedroom are midcentury and this room is named after the sheep who resides at the entry to the room who ensures a good night's sleep. The second bedroom or "Giraffe Room" also has a queen sized bed, a large closet and a lovely view of the Gazebo and bougainvillea tree. This bedroom is named after the Giraffe that resides next to the glass door leading out to the yard. The third bedroom is called the "Zebra Room," which is the home's library or nursery (upon request). It boasts a view of and access to the pool. The Zebra Room has a purple futon couch/ queen sized bed and is named after the Zebra that resides in the corner of the room. There is a second bathroom next to the Giraffe Room and Zebra Room with a large step down shower. The living room of the home features a luxurious, full-sized sofa, a love seat, a chaise lounge, and is accented by period lighting and playful decor, all with beautiful views of the pool and outdoor terrace. The living room also has a flat-screened television with DirectTV, a cozy reading corner and there is free wireless internet throughout the property. The terrace of the home overlooks the salt water pool and contains a full-sized sofa and two arm chairs. The glass dining room table seats six and has views of the pool as well. The kitchen is fully equipped with everything you would expect to find in a chef's kitchen and has direct access to the outdoor dining Gazebo. The Gazebo is the perfect place to enjoy outdoor meals with seating for six and a lovely mountain view. There is also a hammock hung between two palm trees which boasts views of the pool, giant palms and cactus, as well as clear, starry night skies. No stay at Marcel's Retreat is complete without spending time in the hammock.

For our guests with children, upon request, we will make available our commercial grade toddler-safe pool fence which separates the pool from the rest of the property. We also have a glider rocking chair, pack 'n play, an inflatable toddler bed, an adjustable height highchair which can be used indoors and outdoors throughout the property, a booster seat and a baby monitor.

Seasonal rentals (4 months or more) are available.



Member Since 2015
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within a few hours
Calendar last updated:
Feb 20, 2018
About Owner

We live in Los Angeles and escape to our vacation home in Palm Springs whenever we can. We named our home after our dog Marcel whose Andy Warhol style portrait hangs in the living room. We purchased the property in 2012, and we are now making it available for rent on a part-time basis.

Owner purchased this House in 2012

Why Owner chose Palm Springs

We love our neighborhood because it is just minutes away from the fabulous shops and restaurants in the Uptown Design District on the north end of Palm Canyon Drive.

What makes this House unique

Our expansive and completely private yard has many places to relax and have fun, from the covered dining gazebo, to the shady hammock, to the solar-heated pool or sunny poolside deck.


    • Internet
    • Air Conditioning
    • Swimming pool
    • Heater
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
      • Bedroom 1
        1 queen
      • Bedroom 2
        1 queen
      • Bedroom 3
        1 child bed, 1 baby crib, 1 sleep sofa /futon


        • 0 Bathrooms
        • Bathroom 1
          combination tub/shower
        • Bathroom 2
        • Master bathroom has a tub/ shower combo. Guest bathroom has a large shower.

        Location Type

          • Mountain View


              • Adventure
              • Away From It All
              • Family
              • Spa
              • Sports & Activities
              • Tourist Attractions


                  • Guests provide their own meals


                      • Internet
                      • Air Conditioning
                      • Fitness Room / Equipment
                        Yoga mats.
                      • Garage
                        Guests may access the garage for use of the washer/ dryer only.
                      • Hair Dryer
                      • Heating
                      • Clothes Dryer
                      • Iron & Board
                      • Linens Provided
                      • Living Room
                      • Parking
                        Guests may park in the driveway or on the street in front of the house.
                      • Towels Provided
                      • Washing Machine


                          • Coffee Maker
                          • Dishes & Utensils
                          • Dishwasher
                          • Kitchen
                          • Microwave
                          • Oven
                          • Pantry Items
                          • Refrigerator
                          • Stove
                          • Toaster


                              • Child's Highchair
                              • Dining
                                Dining room seats 6. Outdoor dining gazebo also seats 6. Child's highchair and booster are seat available.
                              • Dining Area
                              • comfy seating for 6 people


                                  • Books
                                  • DVD Player
                                  • Games
                                    Board games.
                                  • Satellite / Cable
                                  • Stereo
                                    iPod dock
                                  • Television
                                  • Toys
                                  • Video Games
                                  • Video Library


                                      • Deck / Patio
                                        Patio overlooking pool
                                      • Lanai / Gazebo
                                        Separate dining gazebo with mountain view
                                      • Outdoor Grill


                                          • Long-term Renters Welcome
                                          • limited accessibility

                                            Pool / Spa

                                              • Heated Pool
                                              • Private Pool
                                                Heated salt water pool with deep end. A toddler-safe pool fence is available for use by our guests with small children. The fence is used to separate the pool from the rest of the property.


                                                  • cinemas
                                                  • library
                                                  • live theater
                                                  • museums
                                                  • playground
                                                  • restaurants
                                                  • water parks
                                                  • zoo

                                                    Leisure Activities

                                                      • photography
                                                      • antiquing
                                                      • gambling casinos
                                                      • miniature golf
                                                      • outlet shopping
                                                      • bird watching
                                                      • scenic drives
                                                      • shopping
                                                      • sight seeing
                                                      • walking
                                                      • wildlife viewing

                                                        Local Services & Businesses

                                                          • ATM/bank
                                                          • fitness center
                                                          • groceries
                                                          • hospital
                                                          • massage therapist
                                                          • medical services

                                                            Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                              • basketball court
                                                              • golf
                                                              • hiking
                                                              • mountain climbing
                                                              • swimming

                                                                House Rules

                                                                Check-in: 4:00 PM

                                                                Check-out: 10:00 AM

                                                                Cancellation Policy

                                                                100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                                8 Reviews


                                                                Latest reviews

                                                                A great time at a great place!

                                                                Leif R.

                                                                We had a great time for a week vacation in March, and we especially liked the heated pool, big outdoor grill, hammock, gazebo -- basically a great outdoor experience with everything you'll need! The inside is also fully furnished with all amenities, well equipped for a relaxing stay. And the owner and on-site manager are easy to work with, reliable, responsive, hospitable, and helpful -- we had new propane for the grill or adjustments to pool temp literally in minutes!

                                                                One thing to note is, if you are sensitive to street noise, the house sits on Farrell St., which does not have heavy traffic but the car noise does carry to the house and yard. I tuned this out no problem -- and anyway it kind of sounds like waves at the beach -- but others might be more sensitive.

                                                                Nice with a lot of character..

                                                                Ruby R.Bloomington, CA

                                                                We enjoyed our stay here and had lots of fun in the big pool. We were impressed with the home as it better in person than in the pictures. Nice cold A/C and Located close to down town PS. Newer stainless steel appliances and sued sofas πŸ‘ŒπŸΌ

                                                                Lovely and spacious accomodation

                                                                Jenna S.

                                                                We had a great time renting Alison's property. The living spaces are lovely - comfortable couches and a spacious, beautiful backyard. Despite being on a main road, the modern architectural layout eliminates much of the noise from the street. Alison was great to communicate with. We were very happy with this accommodation.

                                                                Very good.

                                                                terje m.

                                                                We had a very nice stay in Palm springs although the weather was not all that great. The house was fine. Central location and nice pool. The bareque was broken when we arrived, but the manager came over as soon as we called and did all she could to help us.

                                                                Great place to stay!

                                                                Janine L.

                                                                We wanted to be with our Marine son for Easter and have been blessed with the means to do so. We looked around at many VRBO sites and this one seemed fun and eclectic. The owner responded quickly and made everything real easy. It was on a busy street but didn't notice that in the house or backyard. AND it was close to everything. Loved the recommendations in their welcome letter!

                                                                awesome pool and backyard

                                                                Tobias H.

                                                                First time visit to Palm Springs, and we spent spring break at "Marcel's Retreat".

                                                                We had a wonderful time. The house was great, the location good as it is close to both airport and downtown...the street is busy but once you're in the backyard it doesn't really matter as the pool and backyard are fantastic! The pool is large and deep, and we had it heated so that the kids could be in and out of the pool all day. Our days were pretty much spent lounging by the pool in the nice and private backyard. The owners were super easy and prompt to deal with, and the property manager was equally as nice and very quickly responded to the few questions we had. Overall, we had an excellent time and would go back again! Thanks for letting us stay at your house!



                                                                Palm Springs, CA, USA

                                                                Rates & Availability

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                                                                We require a deposit of $40 per day for use of the gas pool heater. The pool is also solar-heated everyday, so no additional gas heat is needed during the summer months. Early check-in or late check-out may be available for an additional charge. Signature of a rental contract and payment of a refundable security deposit is required. Increased security deposit is required during Coachella weekends. House Rules: No pets, smoking or parties are allowed on the property. Guests will be fined for any noise violations. Maximum number of overnight guests is 6, unless Owner-approved in advance. Maximum number of daytime guests is 8, unless Owner-approved in advance. Minimum age of adult-only guests is 30. No parties allowed. We will adjust the pool heat at your request. Guests may not touch the pool equipment and will be charged for any unauthorized adjustments and/or damage.

                                                                8 Reviews
                                                                Wonderful 4.8/5
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