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Joshua Tree getaway, sweeping views on 5 acres

Bedrooms 1
Space 980 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Private 1 bedroom with tended garden and natural space, sleeps 2

Built in 1963, this ranch style home sits on 5 acres, on a sparsely populated mesa. It features long views, concrete floors, original wood beamed ceiling, professionally maintained jetted hot tub, 8' dining table/project space, stocked kitchen, cookware, wifi, cable, DVD library, CD's, shower and tub, xeric garden, wood stove, weber coal bbq, minisplit heating and air conditioning, fire pit, king Tuft and Needle bed, and laundry. Surrounded by natural undeveloped land on all sides, there's need to be concerned about privacy. This home enjoys many return guests, some of whom have stayed for up to three months at a time. A number of our honorary residents have been back repeatedly over the last ten years.

The Getaway is about 5 minutes north of "downtown" JT, and an easy 10 minute drive into the main park entrance.

We love this humble yet proud house, but we're hardly objective! Take a look at the photos, and see if the property speaks to you.

More Details

Member since: 2006
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 21, 2017

About Miriam

As a set designer, I'm in love with the visual drama of the California high desert. I was so excited when I found my little spot in the Mojave....I couldn't wait to start working with the palette of homestead architecture, native plants, seasons, and vistas that Joshua Tree offers.

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, wi-fi and espresso!).

Miriam purchased this house in 2006

Why Miriam chose California Desert

There are four reasons that I chose Joshua Tree as a location for a second home. Practically speaking, JT is only a few hours drive from major cultural hubs and as such, it's a place that I can frequent often and on short notice. I was also drawn to the vibrant local scene. And then there's the unbelievable landscape of the national park. But even more than all of that, my real motivation had to do with the inexplicable sense of tranquility and giddiness that comes over me as I leave the pavement when nearing the property.

What makes this house unique

The best spot in this house-I think- revolves around the big dining table even though the table itself is not the amazing thing. This is where I've served many meals for groups of friends who are all too busy to get together back home, wherever back home might be. I often design while sitting at this table, alternating between staring out to the view for ideas, punching out emails, and scribbling on messy stacks of paper. From the reports that guests have given me, this table has also served in the writing of songs, all-night nickel poker, quilt-making, violin practice, the completion of crossword puzzles, the planning of road trips, and one marriage proposal. I like to think that guests will find the house to be just like that table: ground zero for whatever they want to be doing most!

Also the stillness of the nights... I could go on and on.


Joshua Tree House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 980 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Tub and shower
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • King size bed, large closet
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • rock climbing


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Joshua Tree getaway, sweeping views on 5 acres
average rating of 5.0 based on 28 reviews

Like spending a week in a gorgeous work of art.

  • 5 of 5

I stayed for a week at the JT getaway on a silent retreat--to gently turn down the volume on life and fill up my gas tank for the last half of the year. The house, the surroundings, everything contributed to a tremendous sense of peace and quiet that I've carried through back to the "Muggle world."

There are rooster crows in the morning, birdsong, chipmunks feasting on cacti. The mountain views of the park are stunning and brain-resetting. The house is yummy collage of mid-century and 70's swank--visually delightful, while hyper-functional at the same time. (Great cookware and service ware in the kitchen!! Cooks won't be disappointed...)

As a host, Miriam was thoroughly attentive, while super-respectful of privacy. I've rented houses around the world and this is tops for the beauty, the cozy, the tranquility--I'll absolutely be back. Thank you, Miriam!

  • Submitted: Jul 25, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
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los angeles, california

Epic, beautiful, well appointed, great views, everything else.

  • 5 of 5

It was so good and I'm still here so I don't want to spend too much time on my device, instead I'll go enjoy the 70 degree morning breeze. Thanks for having us.

  • Submitted: May 31, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
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San Jose

A beautiful desert paradise!

  • 5 of 5

Eclectic, fun, comfortable space perfect for entertaining. We led a 5-day photographic workshop for Photonerds University and the home was perfect for 8 people to sit, relax and learn. With all the comforts of home, we were easily able to BBQ a welcome dinner for our guest, prepare breakfast and enjoy learning at the large dining room table. Let's not forget the awesome backyard. The students loved walking around this beautiful desert paradise photographing all the local plants, flowers and cactus. It was also close to the nearest town and just about 15 minutes from the Joshua Tree National Park entrance. We even had a small snafu with the shower and Miriam had her crew at the house same day to fix the problem no questions asked. She was awesome and responsive. If you are planning a trip, this is the perfect place to hang and entertain. You won't want to leave.

  • Submitted: May 11, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Awesome Weekend at Joshua Tree

  • 5 of 5

This place is great. It's clean, quiet, and close the Joshua Tree NP. Everything worked and the views are great. It is obvious that Miriam cares about her property and her customers. She was very responsive and helpful. We are already planning to come back in the fall. Thank you for a great experience!!!!!!!

  • Submitted: Apr 30, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Los Angeles

Feel at home in the high desert!

  • 5 of 5

Miriam's house is warm, romantic, and cosy, while opening up to the expansiveness of desert country. I especially enjoyed the backyard hammock chairs which allowed nighttime stargazing. Just to add to the other glowing reviews, this is a very well-stocked house, particularly the kitchen, which has a coffee AND cappuccino maker, grinder (with a bag of JT roasted coffee beans), blender, Cuisinart, water filter, and I might have missed a few but you get the picture. There were also a couple of walking sticks, one of which came in handy for hiking up Ryan's mountain. All in all a magical stay!

  • Submitted: Apr 6, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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As beautiful in real life as the photos depict!

  • 5 of 5

This place is amazing! Miriam's little house just outside of Joshua Tree is a win no matter how you look at it. The location is just far enough to feel remote without being far from town for groceries and it's only 20 minutes or so to the park. The house itself screams "pride of ownership." From the well-stocked DVD library to the manicured cactus garden to the local coffee beans and wood burning stove, we couldn't have loved it more. The large windows in every room and tasteful decorating made this little house a gem in the desert. Great work on making this such a great place to stay!

  • Submitted: Feb 19, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
40 Miles
Palm Springs Airport
Nearest Barpub
4 Miles
Joshua Tree Saloon
Nearest Golf
8 Miles
Yucca Valley
Nearest Restaurant
4 Miles
Crossroads Cafe


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Damage Deposit $50

A rental agreement, including dates, costs, and check-out times, and a copy of paying guest's driver's will be requested prior to finalizing reservation.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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