About the property
- House1800 sqft
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay2 - 3 nights
Three Bedroom, Two Bath With Pool, Hot Tub And Sweeping Views.
It's 1969 and your rock n' roll London friends have a fabulous new house in Marrakesh and invited you away for the weekend. Solar heated pool (seasonal), hot tub, outdoor fireplace, kitchen under the stars, wild design, all set on 2 1/2 private acres. Just say yes, baby.
Travel down a hard-pack dirt road to discover this freshly remodeled private house in north Joshua Tree that has mind blowing views sweeping across the valley from sunrise to sunset, a pool next to a raised hot tub wide open to the Milky Way. Here, it's 1969 and you're somewhere between Tangier and Algiers, but just a short drive from LA.
Inspired by the jet set socialite & rock n' roll crowd that made Marrakesh their home away from home in the late 60's and early 70's, the house is designed with time & place in mind: Simple, clean white walls with dark wood doors and trim, cool stone floors (ok, ours are polished concrete, but, yeah) set off by fabulously wild colorful shag rugs, turquoise & white leather padded headboards, everything in gold or brass, pop art, curated photos of the day and Moroccan street scenes. You'll find bright & bold accents set against a visually soothing foundation.
But we love modern luxury too, so everything you want is here: a sparkling new kitchen with brand new appliances, all new bathrooms with thermostatic rain hood showers and endless instant hot water, fluffy towels, zoned heating and air conditioning for every room at the touch of a button, an oversized dining room table big enough for everyone, satellite Wi-Fi, a 55" flatscreen TV (digi channels only- Netflix and Hulu loaded up on Roku), and a shiny new washer/dryer combo that lights up when you open the doors! (Bought it in a bazaar)
We thought of everything we'd like to do while we're here, and then we bought it for you: Super yummy Joshua Tree Coffee Co beans to brew for your morning cuppa by the pool, cozy throws for couch nesting, a boatload of board games to play with your friends (Our Fav? Cards Against Humanity), amazingly soft organic cotton sheets, two pillows for each person (soft or firm to attract a Goldilocks), and wildly snuggly feather comforters for napping or sleeping in till noon.
Outside is even more spectacular- When the stars go all the way to the night horizon, why would you NOT want to eat under the heavens? French bistro chairs seat 10 at a custom plank table in the outdoor kitchen. Whomever you corral to do the cooking at the flashy new propane over-sized grill (yes, it lights up when you open it, too!) will have a sink, more than enough counter space, and a fabulous vintage fridge to chill the Sancerre. We've got some grape vines growing up to cover the overhead trellis- give 'em a little encouragement while you're there!
After dinner, head on over to the outdoor fireplace that looks directly across the valley to the setting sun and sink into the adirondack chairs- but don't fall asleep out here- Crawl into your pillow top cozy bed and get a good nights rest because tomorrow's schedule calls for the Big Pool Day and lounging in the sun for half of your party, while the other half wakes for sunrise yoga on our mini playa.
Bring the pets (and that really just means dogs, right?) and let them have the run of the fully fenced 2 1/2 acres.
We instantly fell in love with this magical, mystical place.
We hope you will too.
We just installed a solar pool heater, but it only runs seasonally. We anticipate running it April - October but the start/end of the swim season is weather dependent.
There are two bathrooms, but one is located inside the master bedroom as an en suite (meaning the bedroom is open to the bathroom).
And although the yard is fenced in, please be mindful about letting pets and children roam free. The desert is still a dangerous place with things like coyotes, scorpions, black widow spiders, venomous Mojave Green snakes and chance alien abductions.
What does all this mean? We cannot be responsible for any accidents, injuries or anal probes. By accepting this reservation, it is agreed that all guests are expressly assuming the risk of any harm arising from their use of the premises or others whom they invite to use the premise.
Ugh, I hate rules, but here they are:
Check in is at 4pm and checkout is at 11am.
Everything is brand new, so please treat the place like it's your own. Use our plastic glassware by the pool. Bloody feet are a buzzkill. Turn down the hot tub and put the cover on before you go to bed so it's nice & clean for you tomorrow. Don't leave the fireplace unattended (especially in a windstorm). Pets are more than welcome, just clean up after them. Oh, and no smoking inside or we'll politely take $200 from your deposit.
Now, the most important rule:
We love to have fun, get loud, and dance to 90's hiphop while finishing off the last of the Bulleit bourbon too, but please DON'T GET US IN TROUBLE. The desert is giant amphitheater and sound carries. That means no amplified sound outdoors after 9pm. Shit talking, individual beatboxing, laughing at whatever you won't remember in the morning- totally cool, but speakers that need their own sound board not so much. In general: no turntables by the pool, massive events or wild parties like you'd see in a 90's teen rom-com. If you are so loud outside that a neighbor calls us and ruins my night, you will forfeit your deposit: NO EXCEPTIONS (because you were probably being pretty damn loud, admit it). If the police show up or we get a second complaint from a neighbor, you will be asked to vacate the premises and will voluntarily forfeit the remainder of your stay. That said, we have never had an issue and ask for your help to keep it that way.
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- Response time:
- within one hour
- Calendar last updated:
- Apr 17, 2018
I am a reality television development producer who seeks out people, places and things that are broken, weird, ridiculous and fancy. Karen McAloon is the San Francisco Interior Designer who loves five star hotels (3 in Europe), questioning authority and her son Jack. Oh, and she used to have a couple shows on HGTV where they made her dye her hair bright red and walk really fast towards the camera. We both love to travel and believe good design shouldn't be all that serious. Unless it's bad design and then we take it personally.
Mikel purchased this House in 2015
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Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
This was my first experience renting and it far exceeded my expectation. Loved the attention to detail. I wanted to extend my stay but, alas, it was booked. Hoping to return soon.
Beautiful house and grounds in an unbeatable location!
I spent weeks trawling all of the vacation rental sites looking for the *perfect* place to host a small reunion of international friends. For our once in a lifetime trip I had an extensive list of demands: a pool and a hot tub, relatively secluded in the JT desert, dog-friendly, fenced-in outdoor space, AND decorated stylishly. I found Mikel's place early on in the search and kept coming back to it again and again but was worried it seemed too good to be true. Reader: it's as good and as true as it gets.
The house itself blew us away, every space is maximized to look beautiful and facilitate some serious relaxation, but it was exploring the yard and lounging on the chairs around the pool that really made our trip perfect. Mikel was super quick and responsive by text when we couldn't figure out the ice maker, and the detailed instructions in the house manual meant that we didn't have to bother him for anything else. The only thing I would change is the extremely firm mattress in the master bedroom, but (like most things) mattress-firmness is a matter of taste so you might well love it.
I'm almost reticent to leave such a glowing review as I want to ensure this place is available again for any future vacations, but if you're reading this and thinking that you might find something better out there, believe me when I say it doesn't exist. Our party are back at our various homes now and blowing up the group text with beautiful pictures and intense longing to be back there for just...one...more...day. Soon, hopefully soon.
If you're looking for a desert stay that's truly away from everything and is surprisingly luxurious, look no farther. Every effort has been made to create an up to date unique vacation experience. Our children were able to run around the fenced property while we enjoyed the outdoor fireplace complete with blankets for the cold evenings. The home is decorated more with adults in mind, but it was a great family retreat for us. We would happily return.
Great for feeling far away
This place is amazing. It feels very remote and far away but is easy to get back into town from with nice (mostly paved) roads. The views from the back yard are fantastic and the inside is designed beautifully and comfortably.
Amazing desert sanctuary
6 of my friends and Taylor the cat stayed at Mikel’s place for 2 nights and 3 days for a surprise staycation for my boyfriend’s birthday.
The house is beautifully curated in every way and located in the most amazing spot to admire the sun and desert - it’s painfully beautiful. Mikel was so gracious from the moment I reached out to ask questions about the booking all the way until after the trip.
I’ll definitely look forward to visiting again sometime, hopefully in the summertime to use the pool!
This really IS too pool for school
We spent 2 nights at Mikel’s home... beautifully designed and maintained. Stunning vistas and stars and chilling for the adults, whilst the kids had a blast in the pool. Plenty of room for 2 families, all the amenities you’d want inside and out, for a perfect desert getaway. Great base for Joshua Tree (stunning), Yucca Valley and Pioneertown/ Pappy & Harriet’s.
Would highly recommend for both adult only and family trips. Looking for another excuse to visit.
The town of Joshua Tree is an artist's village on the border of Joshua Tree National Park. You come here for the weird and wonderful juxtaposed with the serene desert landscape. From Noah Purifoy's outdoor sculpture garden to sound baths at the Integratron to the funky old Wild West set turned town of Pioneertown, there's much to keep you occupied in the middle of nowhere.