I would highly recommend this property to anyone who is looking for a peaceful, scenic retreat at any age. The descriptions don't do it justice. It was just a short drive to Joshua Tree N.P. and several quiet hiking trails (near Black Rock Campground), but also down the road from conveniences like groceries (Vons or Food 4 Less), coffee shops, restaurants (we loved Natural Sisters Cafe), etc. We also went to the Joshua Tree farmer's market, which pleasantly overlapped with our stay on Saturday morning. If you didn't want to do a lot of walking/hiking, the house and property were sufficiently restful and lovely that you wouldn't have to leave. The porch was great for lounging and reading a book.
The house was beautifully clean and well-maintained (great shower, fast internet, cappuccino machine, full kitchen, gas grill, firm and comfortable mattresses), with a lovely front porch for bird watching (hummingbirds were everywhere!) and taking in some of the sunshine or stars at night. The place was definitely big enough for four people, although it was just the two of us for the weekend. We especially enjoyed the large gas grill, which allowed us to load it up with veggies and steak and cook under the stars. Oh, and the chocolates upon arrival were a sweet treat and the cappuccino machine helped us get an early start!
The owners, Anja and Sandy, have been incredibly resourceful and responsive. They answered all our questions quickly and were extremely flexible in all our travel needs. They accommodated for a very late arrival from LAX airport and my constantly changing work schedule (which delayed the trip on several occasions).
We're so happy that we stayed at Anja's and Sandy's place. You won't be disappointed!