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Palm Springs Midcentury Modern Pool Home, Family and Kid Friendly Property

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights


About the property

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

Welcome to Marcel's Retreat! This architecturally significant midcentury 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 or "Zebra Room" is the home's library, or baby/childrens' nursery if you prefer, and boasts a view of the pool. The Zebra Room has a futon couch which folds out into a queen sized futon bed which rests on the floor and is very firm and comfortable. The Zebra Room is named after the Zebra that resides in the corner of the room. When arranged as a nursery at our guests' request, the Zebra room has a glider/rocking chair, a pack n play, inflatable toddler bed, a baby monitor and black out curtains. 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 pack 'n play, an inflatable toddler bed, an adjustable height highchair which can be used indoors and outdoors throughout the property, a booster seat, a baby monitor and a glider chair.

Seasonal rentals (4 months or more) are available.

More Details

Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 20, 2017

About The 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 rental on a part-time basis.

The Owner purchased this house in 2012

Why The Owner chose Deserts

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.


Palm Springs House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 child bed , 1 baby crib , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Queen Size Futon Bed, Pack n Play, Toddler Bed
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Games
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • limited accessibility
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • 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


Excellent! 4.7/5 -
(6 traveler reviews)

Palm Springs Midcentury Modern Pool Home, Family and Kid Friendly Property
average rating of 4.6666665 based on 6 reviews

Lovely and spacious accomodation

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Mar 24, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very good.

  • 4 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Jan 9, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great place to stay!

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Submitted: Apr 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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awesome pool and backyard

  • 5 of 5

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!


  • Submitted: Mar 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect for

  • 5 of 5

Rented this home with some girl friends for a relaxing get-away from LA in late October. The weather was HOT (but the A/C worked GREAT) and the weekend was just perfect for some fun in the sun and great nights out.

Situated just a short distance from Palm Springs' downtown (less than a 5 minute drive), this house was great for our small group of four. It is a classic mid-century modern. The bedrooms are cozy and well-appointed, as are the kitchen and living room. Seems like the owners have thought of everything in terms of what a vacationer would need. BTW, the bathrooms are great and feel spa-like with a rain head shower and slate floors. The pool deck is absolutely perfect for lazy afternoons, sipping cocktails. Outdoor cooler is great addition so we didn't have to keep running inside to refill our cups. Love the pool floats and lounge chairs. There are some shaded areas and a HUGE umbrella for those who didn't want to bake all day. Felt like our own private resort! There's also a side-yard with a hammock for truly tranquil napping.

For dinners, we grilled one night (really nice grill at the house and we shopped at Jensen's down the street for fresh fish/steaks...YUM!). We ate in the gazebo outside one night and headed downtown to El Mirasol the other night. (Love that the house is less than a 5 minute drive from Palm Canyon Drive and Uber/Lyft serve the area!)

Definitely a great place for a small family, girlfriend/guy's weekend and would be ideal for couples, too. Close to shopping (check out the TJ Maxx down the street from the house, same plaza as Jensen's), Starbucks and downtown. Really ideal for those who want a place to relax without feeling isolated at all. We will definitely be back!

  • Submitted: Mar 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Palm Springs getaway vacation

  • 4 of 5

The house was authentic Palm Springs - mid-century feel, great layout, and the pool and patio were perfect hangouts. We fell asleep more than once on the hammock looking at the stars. It was nice to have the laundry room and organized kitchen!

We did a mix of walking, driving, and Ubering to downtown depending on the time of day, not super close for walking but close enough. You can even walk to the airport on days you want to rent a car, very convenient and livable all around.

Owner/property manager were easy to deal with and prompt refunding our damage deposit. We would definitely stay at Marcel's retreat again - our biggest concern is that friends who dropped by will rent the place before us next year!

  • Submitted: Mar 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
2 Miles
Palm Springs International
Car: recommended


Rates & Availability

Palm Springs House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Fall/ Winter Peak
Sep 15 2017 - Jan 7 2018
4 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $675
Property Damage Protection $79
Cleaning fee $200

Please let us know if you would like us to heat the pool at a rate of $40 per day. 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.

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.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

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