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Joshua Tree getaway, sweeping views on 5 acres

Bedrooms 1
Space 980 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

House, 1 Bedroom + Other (See Description), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2-4)

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 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 23, 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:
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
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
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • rock climbing


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(24 traveler reviews)

Joshua Tree getaway, sweeping views on 5 acres
average rating of 5.0 based on 24 reviews
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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What a gem!!!

  • 5 of 5

We had such a wonderful time at this amazing property. Everything was absolutely perfect. We HIGHLY recommend this property. Pure bliss.

  • Submitted: Feb 7, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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amazing spot. incredible views way up over joshua tree town and easy access to the park. loved it!

  • 5 of 5

came with my wife for a few days to explore the park, joshua tree town and spent some time 40 min southwest in desert hot springs and palm springs. amazing location and beautifully maintained property. we couldnt have asked for more!

  • Submitted: Jan 18, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Everything you could ever want in the desert, a magical getaway

  • 5 of 5

Miriam has thought of everything you would ever need or want in a magical trip to Joshua Tree. We had the best time. Can't wait to go back. The views are incredible, and the design is both fabulous and comforting.

  • Submitted: Jan 6, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Joshua Tree

  • 5 of 5

I absolutely love this home! It's modern, stylish but also incredibly cozy. The neighborhood is serene and peaceful, and the view of Joshua Tree from the backyard is beautiful. After a long day of hiking, there's nothing better than relaxing in the jacuzzi and watching the sunset. We had the best stay, and Miriam is so kind and helpful. I hope to come back soon!

  • Submitted: Dec 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
40 Miles
Palm Springs Airport
Nearest Barpub
4 Miles
Joshua Tree Saloon
Nearest Restaurant
4 Miles
Crossroads Cafe


Rates & Availability

Joshua Tree House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $50
Tax Rate 7.0%

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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