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The Original Home with a Dome! 4BR/2BA Rustic luxury with amazing views!

Bedrooms 4
Space 1,800 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

4 BR, 2 BA + a unique Dome. Luxury home + rustic, outdoor living.

Experience Joshua Tree in style-- stay at the premiere JT vacation rental! Completely renovated, inside and out, with a unique Dome Tent for luxury glamping under the stars. Have the best of both worlds: a luxury home with hotel-style amenities AND rustic, outdoor living, with camping in a dome! Everything you could want in a vacation rental is here, even things that you didn't know you wanted!

* Dome tent

* Outdoor grass bed

* Outdoor bar

* In-ground hot tub

* Fire pit

* Two bbq grills (one propane, one charcoal)

* Incredible views

* 7.5 acres of rocks: hike for hours without even leaving the property!

* Secret concrete platform built up on a mountain of rocks! Overlooks the entire valley and enough space for a picnic, morning yoga session, or just sit back, relax, and enjoy the sunset.

* Bonus room with music (guitar, keyboard and amp) and art stations

* Yoga and Pilates area in the bonus room

* Three large LED HDTVs with DISH

* DVD player with a movie collection

* High-speed internet (Wifi)

* Vintage-style phonograph with a record collection

* Karaoke system / Bluetooth speaker to stream music

* Memory Foam mattresses

* Unique home can sleep up to 16 people in beds (including sofa beds and an air mattress), but the home feels cozy enough for just two people to enjoy as the large bonus bedroom has been repurposed as a music/art/yoga room.

* Modern kitchen with rustic decor, stainless steel appliances and quartz countertops, fully stocked with coffee, condiments, spices, cookware, utensils and plates/cups

* Hotel-style amenities including luxury towels, linens, soap, shampoo, hair dryer, and toothpaste

* Washer and dryer

* Great location, only one mile from the West entrance to the park!

More Details

Property Manager
Member since: 2000
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 18, 2018

About John

We fell in love with this place the moment we saw it and so will you! It's so quiet and peaceful and the lovely views change as the sun moves across the sky. We never tire of visiting and we hope you won't either.

John purchased this house in 1998

Guestbook comments from the manager

6/8 – Kimmee & Evan

We traveled from Brooklyn, NY for a wedding. We loved staying here, it has all the comforts of home, a gorgeous view and veyr nice home owners. Thank your for making our stay very amazing.
Feb 2015
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Joshua Tree House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1800 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Min. age of primary renter: 18
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Monument View
  • Mountain View
  • Rural
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom - toilet , shower , in master
    Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 4 (Bonus) - 2 twin/ single , 1 sleep sofa /futon
    Living Room - 1 sleep sofa /futon
    Dome Tent - 1 queen
  • Porta-Crib (Pak'n'Play) available in Master Bedroom closet. Horse corral with water available and plenty of parking space for your horse trailer. Easy access to trails and dirt roads for miles of gorgeous riding. Extra charge may apply.
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Barbecue
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Patio
  • limited accessibility
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
  • botanical garden
  • festivals
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • mountain biking
  • rock climbing
Bedroom 1: Cal king bed, Bedroom 2: Queen bed, Bedroom 3: Queen bed, Bedroom 4 (bonus room): Twin Day bed with twin trundle (twin x 2), Dome Tent: Queen bed, Additional: Sleeper sofa x 2 and a queen-size air mattress Bonus: Outdoor grass bed Horse setup includes a roomy corral with water (water buckets not provided) and easy access to miles of scenic riding trails and dirt roads perfect for exploring. Additional charges may apply for your horse or horses. Plenty of parking next to the corral for your horse trailer.


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The Original Home with a Dome! 4BR/2BA Rustic luxury with amazing views!
average rating of 4.714286 based on 70 reviews

Beyond my expectation in every way!!

  • 5 of 5

This is the most extraordinary house, the most amazing dome and the most beautiful location I could have imagined. Everything is presented with beauty and excellence—from the beautiful art throughout to the dinning room table that sat all 9 of us with comfort and ease. Everyone slept comfortably in the three bedrooms plus bonus room with fold out beds. Everything was provided and more! We had a little confusion about turning on the new oven, but the property manager was just a phone call away and helpful to the max!! All of the guests that stayed agree that it was a "beyond our expectation" experience.

  • Submitted: Mar 10, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The Dome Really Makes It

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time at the home with a dome. Super convenient location to the entrance to the park, nice views over the mountains, and tons of privacy since there are no homes behind it. We really enjoyed our stay and wished it was for longer. The dome was a really cool space, the kitchen is nice and spacious, and the hot tub is great. Would definitely recommend as a comfortable and fun home base for exploring Joshua Tree.

  • Submitted: Feb 6, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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San Diego, CA

Great City Getaway

  • 5 of 5

I absolutely loved my stay at this house. We had a large group (11 people!) and it was comfortable for all of us. The house has great amenities (hot tub, fire pit, outdoor bar) and is well equipped. The property manager texted to make sure we had everything we needed and was very easy to work with. The location was great - 1 mile from the national park and only about a 10 minute drive to downtown Joshua Tree. It's very quiet and a great way to get away from the city. I personally stayed in the dome and loved it. It has a heater for the winter, but definitely turn it on a while before you're going to bed as the nights can get cold in January. The only thing that was lacking (which is super minor and didn't take away from our stay) was the outdoor lighting. There are a few lanterns available that would help, but as a guest, you may want to bring one or two larger ones. Also, of note, if you want to use the fire pit, bring your own firewood. We really enjoyed the fire during the cold night. Someone had even left marshmallows behind for us to roast! And also, definitely follow the directions provided to the house. Desert Shadows is also a dirt road, but is pretty even. I highly recommend this house and hope to have the opportunity to return.

  • Submitted: Jan 17, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Los Angeles

Well appointed/equipped. Great view and overall location. On the ball property management.

  • 5 of 5

We just finished up a 3-day stay. It was only the 2 of us, but this property could easily hold a large family or multiple couples.

Things that went wrong:

Unfortunately, the oven and stove were not working and we had planned a dinner that required baking. I would have liked to know this before hand. We had access to a propane grill, a charcoal grill, and a toaster oven and just improvised.

The coffee maker was broken.

The propane tank used to heat up the Dome was empty.

I had trouble getting the satellite TV working at first.

All of this would be enough to take away a star, or maybe two. However...

What went right:

After reaching out to ask about the stove, the property manager had promptly replied via text.

After explaining, politely, that things were off to a rough start, she worked very hard.

The next morning a new coffee maker was on the front porch, a new propane tank was installed for the Dome, and the reset instructions she sent for the satellite (surprisingly) worked on 2 out of the 3 TVs.

[Surprisingly because it was the standard “reboot everything” style procedure.]

We made very liberal use of the spa to ease achy bones after 6+ miles of moderately hard hiking two days in a row.

This is an older place, but it has been updated. It’s very homey and comfortable. Old records. Board games. Huge leather couch to stretch out on. Felt like a real home that real people would be in. We thought it was great despite the mis-steps that were corrected immediately.

  • Submitted: Jan 5, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Berkeley, CA

Spacious house

  • 5 of 5

Five adults and a 4 year old spent two nights at this house. The house is very spacious and well-equipped (kitchen equipment, spices, etc). There are three bedrooms; one bathroom is in the hallway, the second bathroom is attached to one of the bedrooms. For such a short stay we decided to eat breakfast at the house but eat lunch and dinners out. The location is most convenient: 1 mile from the entrance to Joshua Tree National Park; 10 min. drive to the town of Joshua Tree for meals. We made use of the hot tub and also built a fire outdoors one night. The dome was a fun place to spend time in but it was too cold to sleep there during our visit. Two of us took the hike right behind the house (not well marked)--too steep for small children or elderly. The manager responded quickly to any of our questions.

Recommend the Barker Dam Loop hike (~1 mile) at the Park. It was an easy hike with beautiful views.

Would definitely go back to stay at this house.

  • Submitted: Jan 2, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great house, great location

  • 5 of 5

We came for a vacation with extended family - five adults and three kids (ages 6, 10 and 12). This house was perfect for us - there was enough space for us all to be together or for the kids to be playing/watching tv in one room while adults relaxed in the living room.

The house was clean, the bedrooms and living areas were spacious, the bathrooms were beautifully designed, and the beds and pillows were comfortable. And the location, one mile from the park entrance, can't be beat. It was so nice to be able to go explore the park for the day and then have "home" just minutes away. The backyard area was also great for the kids to climb and explore. And the occasional coyote spotted running down the road at dusk was an added bonus!

The only glitch was the oven wasn't working which apparently was known but not communicated to us until we asked about it (because we were in the middle of preparing dinner and needed it)! There was a nice sized toaster oven we were able to use instead. Other than that, the owner and property manager both checked in on us a few times to make sure all was well and always responded quickly to a message or question.

I have no hesitation in highly recommending this house for a Joshua Tree stay and I would definitely stay here again!

  • Submitted: Jan 1, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Car: necessary

We are located just one mile from West Entrance to Joshua Tree National Park and all it has to offer for hiking, rock climbing, biking, horseback riding and exploring.

It is an easy drive to museums, golf, shopping, art galleries and even southern California's famous theme parks. Great local restaurants are nearby for a night out. We are only 45 minutes from Palm Springs and all it has to offer. The Desert House is an excellent vacation rental with something for everyone.

Other Activities: rock climbing, hiking


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $25 + Tax
Cleaning $200 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $250
Tax Rate 7.0%

Contact owner for holiday rates and pet requirements. Children are included as additional guests.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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