RUSTIC MODERN CABIN DIRECTLY ON PARK BORDER

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RUSTIC MODERN CABIN DIRECTLY ON PARK BORDER

Joshua Tree Cabin Rental Photos and Description

Very Private 1 BR/1 BA, Amazing Hikes And Wildlife

Located DIRECTLY on the border of Joshua Tree National Park, Think Tank is a one minute hike onto parkland, a one mile walk or drive to the formal West park entrance, and four miles to downtown Joshua Tree. Think Tank is distinct in that it's surrounded on three sides by huge undeveloped parcels of pristine desert, and the nearest visible structure is almost a quarter of a mile away: yet it's easily accessed by car and in the secure Monument Manor area at the threshold of the park. The understated rustic exterior blends seamlessly with the landscape while the interior sports polished concrete floors and Jenn Air appliances, and an ultra comfy queen bed. This 100% solar property sits at the base of Quail Mountain and offers seclusion, excellent wildlife sightings, and dark night skies. Guests share the gated 5 acres with tortoises, coyotes, bobcats, hawks, eagle, quail, jackrabbits, seasonal wildflowers, and more. Amenities include WiFi, air conditioning, gas heat and cable TV, on demand hot water, glass shower, laundry, chef grade cookware, large stone fire pit, drum and Weber BBQs, outdoor platform bed, remote control security shutters, ranch style wood fired outdoor soaking tub, and critter pond. Intimate and romantic, this home is suited for one person or a couple but not for larger groups. If you're looking for more than a month of bliss, please inquire about the sliding rate scale!

So sorry, but we no longer accept pets.

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  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only

Miriam

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As a set designer, I'm in love with the visual drama of the California high desert.As a set designer, I'm in love with the visual drama of the California high desert. I was so excited when I found this five acres of Mojave bliss....I couldn't wait to start working with the palette of homestead architecture, native plants, seasons, and vistas that Joshua Tree. My hope is that the resulting home reflects the unassuming laid-back lifestyle that I value but sometimes find difficult to enjoy in LA, while also reflecting a respect for nature, warmth, a bit of humor, and relaxation with the necessary flourishes (good art, good books, WiFi and tubing under the stars!).

Think Tank is new to VRBO, but for reviews on my hosting please check out my feedback at 'Joshua Tree Getaway, VRBO#111014'.

Miriam purchased this cabin in 2010

After buying my first vacation home in Joshua Tree and many fabulous experiences hosting guests, I found that my first house had grown in popularity...to the point that I was unable to stay myself! So I began scouring the MLS and local rumor mill for an additional property, something really special, something that had to at least match my first getaway. When Think Tank popped onto the market, I knew that it was priceless. Secluded, on the park, 100% state-of-the-art solar, gas appliances. It's my 'forever' spot.

Being in a house on the border of a wilderness area is a powerful reminder of many things. I love this house for helping me to remember how many stars there are in a night dark sky, what the sound of quiet feels like, and how to gauge the passing of hours by the movement of light and color across a rock mountain outside the window.

Sleeps2
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay nights
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5
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Rustic Modern Cabin Directly On Park Border
average rating of 5.0 based on 9 reviews
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Rustic Modern Cabin Directly On Park Border
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p435784vb
213 705 8003
Joshua Tree California Desert
5

PERFECT!

  • 5 of 5
Like others have noted, my instinct is not to write this review because it will encourage competition for this wonderful, exclusive yet comfortable property. Alas, Miriam's interests must prevail, as her extreme talent and overall wonderfulness defeat me. I spent last Feb at Think Tank in order to use its relative seclusion and imposing quiet to primarily polish the final draft of a book, but also do some drawings and a painting. I found the place to be perfect for my purposes, but could readily see that if I were a couple seeking lovely escape, even for a few days, I'd book Think Tank in a heartbeat. Trust me, I never lie to friends.
  • Submitted: May 3, 2014
  • Stayed: Feb 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Romantic Getaway
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Rustic Modern Cabin Directly On Park Border
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p435784vb
213 705 8003
Joshua Tree California Desert
5

MAGICAL DESERT GETAWAY

  • 5 of 5
I really can't say enough about the three nights my husband and I spent at Think Tank -- gorgeous, comfortable, and oh-so relaxing! The cabin itself has a casual luxury that works perfectly in the desert, and the location is perfect for walks in the hills or a quick drive to the park. We spent our days hiking in JTree and then lounging around the property by 5pm, stoking the hot tub, stoking the grill, stoking the fire pit and then stuffing our faces in the hot tub with food. Amazing. I had just wrapped up an super-intense couple months for a work project, and this vacation was exactly what I needed to unwind, forget work hassles, and enjoy the landscape, cabin, property, and us. Miriam was a joy to work with, and I will never, ever forget what an amazing time we had! We also got engaged there... which was unforgettable!
  • Submitted: Apr 28, 2014
  • Stayed: Mar 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Pet-friendly, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Congratulations on your engagement. Wow. Just goes to show what some grilling and chilling under the stars can do for the soul!
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Rustic Modern Cabin Directly On Park Border
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p435784vb
213 705 8003
Joshua Tree California Desert
5

JOSHUA TREE ESCAPE

  • 5 of 5
We can't say enough about our stay here. Spent a long weekend celebrating my partners birthday, just the two of us. The location to the park was excellent - just down the road from the entrance and visitors center! WHERE we stay makes such a big difference to us. The minute we drove up to the Think Tank we felt at home. All the special touches outside and in. Cooked a couple of meals and had everything we needed. Satellite TV and a great variety of cd's! Such a wonderful place to come "home" to after a day of hiking. Miriam was great to answer our questions before our arrival, and even answered a text message I sent one night when we experienced an earthquake! (We're from Texas and the experience was a little disconcerting - weren't certain what had just happened!) We HATED having to leave. Thanks for such a wonderful experience!
  • Submitted: Feb 17, 2014
  • Stayed: Jan 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Pet-friendly, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
business
Rustic Modern Cabin Directly On Park Border
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p435784vb
213 705 8003
Joshua Tree California Desert
5

THIS IS A TRULY REMARKABLE PLACE! ...AND WE'RE PICKY.

This is a truly remarkable place! ...and we're picky.
  • 5 of 5
Reviews aren’t very useful if you don’t know the perspective of the writer. We are a nature-loving, 50-ish Midwestern couple who frequently use VRBO. We cook two meals every day. We are vegetarians and picky about food quality. We are also birders and love observing ‘exotic’ wildlife. We rented in early November. The weather was temperate during our visit.
Pictures on VRBO usually flatter the property. With this house, the opposite is true. They don’t do it justice! This is the best designed house we’ve ever rented. Miriam’s eye for design integrates outdoor vistas in a way that put you in the landscape even when you’re indoors. The interior details are just as artfully done. This is a mood lifter no matter what the circumstances. The kitchen window is a stunner. The drip-pool in the back yard is was a brilliant feature because it attracts naturalist customers as well as the other ‘regulars’:
-A dozen species of birds
-coyotes
-bats
-chipmunks
-jackrabbits
We respect off-the-grid living and always felt that we have to grade the amenities ‘on-the-curve’ in OTG. houses. The Think Tank is exceptional there too. The hot water was always ready when needed. There were no brown-outs at all. The house was always comfortable. If not told, we would never have known that the house was off the grid.
We’re a bit surprised that the site doesn’t have pics of the bathroom & walk-in shower. They are as beautiful and spacious as the rest of the house. That was a VERY pleasant surprise on our arrival.
The kitchen was well appointed and stocked with useful staples. The oven is microwave/convection and not well-suited for broiling or browning. Most folks would use the outdoor grills for that. No big deal.
Joshua Tree and Yucca Valley are close enough that an emergency grocery run won’t spoil your day’s plan….but the feel of the property is decidedly not ‘town’. The towns are visible on the northern horizon, but turn your back to them to the south and it’s nothing but pure wild desert.
We used the wood-fired hot tub twice. This was a real surprise. We were skeptical but took a chance. IT WORKS, (and our nights were 40-degrees(F)). It’s not hard to operate. The only requirement is TIME. It takes every bit of 3 hours to get the water hot, but then you’re underneath countless stars, listening to the ‘coyote-network’ for another 3 hours if you want!... and you have a great story to tell your hot-tubbing friends back home when they get their utility bill!
  • Submitted: Nov 23, 2013
  • Stayed: Nov 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: I'm delighted to hear that the wildlife corridor was on parade during your stay, and that you made good use of the outdoor tub. But most of all, I'm so grateful for the effort that you took in crafting such a thoughtful and kind review!
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Rustic Modern Cabin Directly On Park Border
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p435784vb
213 705 8003
Joshua Tree California Desert
Springfield, Oregon
5

JACKPOT!

  • 5 of 5
We had so much fun at Think Tank I hardly know where to begin. The house itself is a marvel of comfort, with shrewdly designed amenities (you really DO have every cooking utensil you need in the kitchen!--and I'm a foodie, so I'm qualified to have an opinion) that are also a marvel of subtle humor and aesthetics. The property is fairly private, and the house has one bedroom on the way to the bathroom, so Think Tank is really great for one or two people at the most (which was perfect for us).

Hiking or even just gentle walks are available right outside Think Tank's door, and the wildlife is a joy to behold--we even saw a bobcat in the yard during our stay, as well as "yummy bunnies" (related to standard domestic bunnies), and "yucky bunnies" (jack rabbits), quail, roadrunners, doves, etc. Light pollution is minimal, so star-gazing is awe-inspiring, and the views of the surrounding countryside are lovely and soul-soothing.

The house itself has a seemingly endless supply of hot water (and many many towels), and a nearly equally endless supply of STORAGE SPACE! So bring your gear!

The Hot Tub: this is a hot tub with a submerged wood burning stove in it. Do not be intimidated! All it takes is a little patience the first time, and then it's a straightforward process. We even developed the "kindling bomb" to help get a fire started. Just take a paper bag, add a handful or two of kindling (provided), crumple it loosely, and place it in the stove. Lay some thinner pieces of firewood at angles loosely on top of this, and then light the paper bag. Add some larger pieces of wood as the kindling and smaller firewood catches. REMEMBER! Fire needs AIR to burn, so lay the wood at angles so you create airspace around the wood. After about 5 minutes or less, you'll have a nice fire going, and all that remains is to add firewood periodically (we checked it about every 20 minutes to half an hour) until the water APPROACHES a comfortable temperature for you (2 to 3 hours, unless it's freezing out, then 4 to 5 hours, so plan ahead). Make sure you put the lid back on in between adding firewood but leave the "snorkel" bit uncovered (you'll see when you get there), and don't be stingy with the amount of wood you add. Add a few final bits of wood just as you're about to get in the tub, et voila! Heaven above and below for at least a couple of hours (if you want to go longer, add more wood). Tip: stir the water to distribute heat evenly BEFORE you get in!

Thanks, Miriam!
  • Submitted: Feb 18, 2013
  • Stayed: Jan 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Pet-friendly, Sightseeing, People with Disabilities, Romantic Getaway
business
Rustic Modern Cabin Directly On Park Border
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p435784vb
213 705 8003
Joshua Tree California Desert
San Francisco Bay Area
5

FANTASTIC GETAWAY!

  • 5 of 5
We drove down to the Think Tank from San Francisco and arrived after dark. Miriam's directions were great, and as we left the main road and headed out into the darkness towards the house I had a strong suspicion Miriam was not exaggerating about the proximity of the the house to the park. We got inside and were thrilled to find warm, cozy, cool and very clean accommodations. Sure enough when we awoke in the morning and looked out the back window there was nothing but the beauty of the high desert awaiting us. The location is fantastic! The accommodations were perfect for our short getaway from the hectic pace of the city. Wish we could have stayed a week. We'll be back.
  • Submitted: Feb 1, 2013
  • Stayed: Dec 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Pet-friendly, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Thanks for being perfect guests and taking full advantage of the property! Safe travels, and hope to see you again.

Map

Nearest Airport
40 Miles
Palm Springs Airport
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
Twenty Nine Palms Hwy
Nearest Barpub
5 Miles
Joshua Tree Saloon
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
Crossroads Cafe

One minute walk into National Park

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Joshua Tree Cabin Rental Rates

Notes

  • $235/night 1275/week, 2 night min 2950/m
  • US Dollars
  • $235 per night, two night min.
  • min. 3 nights Easter, July 4, Thanksgiving, New Year's: 5 nights Christmas
  • $1275/week
  • $2950/mo
  • Stays in excess of one month negotiable :)
  • 50.00 per pet per stay

Amenities

Joshua Tree Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
General:
  • Wireless Internet
  • Covered Parking
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Garage
  • Washing Machine
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Linens Provided
Kitchen:
  • Kitchen ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Ice Maker
  • Dishwasher
  • Refrigerator
  • Microwave
Dining:
  • Dining Area
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Queen size Beds (1)
Entertainment:
  • Television
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
Outside:
  • Outdoor Grill
Suitability:
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
Attractions:
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • rock climbing

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