My wife and I live in Boston and also have property listed on VRBO. Our two sons live in Los Angeles. We looked for a place to enjoy some family time around the 2014 holidays... and found the ideal location at Bodhi's Lake House. The High Desert is a completely different world from the hustle and bustle of LA County- yet less than two hours away. Everything we needed was at this beautiful large house built directly on the water. A fully stocked kitchen, a spacious living room, several fireplaces, spotless bedrooms and baths, and a fun game room for indoor sports. As an architect, I appreciated the open design and new construction. The house was even decorated for Christmas with several trees along with interior/exterior lighting. Make no mistake- it's better than the photos indicate!
Outdoors we enjoyed relaxing by the pool and in the hot tub. Sun bathing, kayaking, bicycling, hiking, golf, and tennis- all outside the door or within a few minutes of the house. Our original plans were to take a few day trips up to Death Valley or Las Vegas, but we decided to stay put and enjoy this desert oasis in Helendale, CA. Beautiful full moon and spectacular sunrises over the two man made lakes. We had loaded up on groceries before arriving, but also bought a few items at the local market and enjoyed several nights out at nearby restaurants. Very friendly neighbors all around this well maintain desert community. No need to travel far, so we didn't.
Our next trip to Southern California may involve a stay in Los Angeles or San Diego, but we hope to get way from it all again some day at Bodhi's Lake House.