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Rock and Glass House on the Joshua Tree Butte Vacation Rental Only

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Minimum Stay
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Yucca Valley House Rental Photos and Description

House, 3 Bedrooms + sleeping Loft, 2.5 Baths, (Sleeps 5-10), GMC bus.

This is a vacation rental only, no event rentals.This is a unique house created by a sculptor, and master builder. It is made of many found things, rock and glass. The house if filled with local artist paintings and sculpture. It has three bedrooms 2.5 baths and a heated rock cowboy tub. It is nestled into the back hills boardering the national park and sits on the Joshua Tree butte with a view of the Morongo basin and Big Bear Mountain area. The master bedroom contains a queen size bed and a master bath with sunken tub, the guest bath has a claw tub, and unique stone shower. The guest room has a queen size bed and private entrance. The secondary guest has a single bed. There is an additional half bath. There is a large fire place in the living room with cathedral-esque ceilings, and a 25 foot sofa made of rock and comfortably cushioned. There is another fire place in the front family room, and 3 wood stoves through out the house. There are gas heaters mounted on the walls, and floor heat. The cooling is by evaporative cooler. The house is unique and fun, but check out the New York Times article on the creator and his house just google Randy Polumbo New York Times, and click on 'On location...Cutting Loose in the California Desert.'

You can spend early evenings in the heated cowboy tub, among the rocks, after hiking, rock climbing, or just driving through the gorgeous Joshua Tree Park.

There are restaurants, art galleries, live theatre, music festivals, and we are only 25 minutes from Desert Hot Springs and its famous hot tubs and pool where you can spend the day for one small price.

Further we are 35 minutes from Palm Springs its airport, spas, golf courses, arts and culture.

The Salton Sea is an 1 1/2 hrs away with fishing, swimming, and boating. LA and the Ocean communities are 2 1/2 hrs away for a great day trip.

The Wild Flower season is in the spring, and everything is in bloom, and people come from all over the country to see it. The fall and winter the area is a mecca for the rock climbers and mild weather fans. So, spend a week or a weekend in this rock and glass getaway.


Keywords: Rock house with vaulted ceiling

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  • alternative lifestyle
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered

Member since: 2006
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
November 29, 2016
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About Larry

New York and Joshua Tree sculptor, musician, and business owner pictured at the rocka and glass house in JT he calls 'the Junk House.'

Larry purchased this house in 2005

Why Larry chose California Desert

Access to the Joshua Tree National Park with hiking and climbing, and the lively art and music community.

What makes this house unique

Rock climbing, hiking in the park, art openings, live theatre, friendly community, and the heated cowboy tub waiting at home


Excellent! 4.7/5 -
(42 traveler reviews)

Rock and Glass House on the Joshua Tree Butte Vacation Rental Only
average rating of 4.6666665 based on 42 reviews

Highly recommended vacation getaway

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time at this incredible house and its cosmic hot tub. Was my second time staying here, and the experience was just as magical as the first! Especially appreciated the seemingly unlimited clean towels and firewood. Do yourself a favor and rent this place for your Joshua Tree getaway :)

  • Submitted: Nov 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Extra-special rental in Joshua Tree

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay at this magical property! So much love and attention to detail in every room! The cowboy hot tub and full moon were a killer combo as well. Thanks to the renters and property managers for making sure we would have a great stay.

  • Submitted: May 25, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Enchanting stay at the Rock and Glass House

  • 5 of 5

I can not say enough good things about my stay!

For anyone who wrote a bad review, it's obvious that you did not read the reviews and know what you were getting yourself into.

A four star hotel it is not, but you will find a one of a kind experience you can't replicate anywhere!

The best way to describe the house and feel is like the first time you walked into Knotts Berry Farm or Disneyland as a kid (except made for adults).

It's magical and exciting. It takes you to a different time and place and sets the perfect back drop for a beautiful get away in Joshua Tree.

It's close enough to groceries and great hiking spots but once back on the property it feels like it is just you and the desert.

Tim (the handyman) was nice enough to drop in when we got there to let us know he was available any time and made sure we were set for the weekend.

The stars were amazing and we played games all night in the open living room.

The only negative is that we couldn't stay longer.

I would highly recommend this home and can't wait for our next stay!

  • Submitted: Apr 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Excellent experience

  • 5 of 5

The proximity to the park, quiet beauty of the natural surroundings and innovative architecture of the house make this a perfect place for a getaway. We loved all the sculptures and quirky, clever architectural elements of the house. Considering the owner used all salvaged materials, the house is surprisingly functional. All of the amenities were there. A few things to keep in mind about the house: 1.The fireplace does not have a very good draw, even when flue is fully open. 2. Hot tub is hot and could be awesome but when we arrived, it was really dirty and not very inviting. We called the caretaker and he came over right away but unfortunately, the pool cleaning vacuum doodad was not charging properly so getting the pool clean was just not in the cards. 3. A sliding door separates the living room from the master bedroom and provides visual privacy but absolutely no sound barrier. No matter...we still had a fantastic time but these are some things to keep in mind if you're traveling with a group.

  • Submitted: Mar 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Extremely Dirty, Unkept, and Uncomfortable

  • 1 of 5

I have no idea how 37 families could write the reviews they wrote for this property.

The house claims to have 4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, and sleep 10. In reality, there is only one adequate small bedroom (about 12'x14' at best) with a queen bed. Two of the other bedrooms are postage-stamp size. One has what appeared to be a twin bed but on closer inspection turned out to be the bottom of some sort of sofa with an oversized foam pad on top; much smaller than a normal twin bed. The other bedroom had a full bed that almost took up the entire floor space of the room. The ceiling appeared to be shorter, it smelled musty or moldy, was extremely dirty, and had a ripped-to-shreds old quilt on top. The last bedroom was a loft where two top mattresses were placed on the floor. You had to go up a metal ladder that had 1" round footings and went straight up to get to it. Once on top, there was a metal drop-bridge-looking-type of walkway that had a 4-6' opening where someone could easily fall off the sides--very dirty and unkept.

Yes, the house is very architecturally unique built using recycled "trash" artistically put together. It was evident to see, however, that no thought was placed on comfort and convenience. The main bathroom had a large claw-foot tub that was so dirty and dingy looking that we never used it. It definitely needs refinishing or bleaching. The sinks were shallow and the faucets high so that when we turned on the water it splashed all over us and we were forced to turn it down to a trickle. The deep-sunken shower could not be used because of low water flow. The toilet paper was hung on a nail and every time we pulled, it rolled to the ground.

The house had pornographic art in the one usable bedroom as well as in the living area. There were pornographic lamps on a window ledge.

The stove and oven worked well and lighters for the burners were provided. Two lamps nearby had exposed wiring; got shocked. The kitchen is extremely cluttered and full of tons of dust; everything looked as though it had not been dusted or cleaned for many months. The floors were dirty and dirt had been swept to one corner and left there. Lamps had burned bulbs; no replacements--poor lighting throughout.

This house needs a lot of tender loving care. Cleanliness is the biggest problem. Removing and repairing broken and ripped items and clutter along with purchasing a real twin bed and removing pornographic art would be great improvements.

  • Submitted: Mar 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: There is nothing more important to us than guest comfort and a perfectly ordered house. Upon the tenant’s first texts with concerns 2 cleaners arrived within the hour, to address those concerns. The tenants said it was unnecessary, but the cleaners changed some bedding in the bedroom and loft, and did some cleaning, and were sent away being told all their concerns were met. The crew of 4 clean/maintain this house, before every rental. Regarding beds: as listed there are 3 bdrms, sleeping loft, 2.5 baths, 20’ sofa, sofa, blow ups & RV w/ bdrm & sofa. The bdrms in the original gold-mining cabin are med/small but adequate, the larger Master bed/bath is in the vaulted addition. The house is a nod to the Art community, reusing/repurposing things into art/architecture. Some of the antique bed covers are damaged, but beautiful pieces, we have replace one of my favorites more damaged than the others … one man’s art… No mold was found anywhere, but sprayed and deodorized anyway. The loft (after a barn) is as pictured: ladder welded safely to a railed catwalk for MT viewing, and relaxing. The rare 6’ claw-foot tub, found clean, but with decidedly used look, a piece of art/history (bleached/new is not the spirit of the house). The guest sinks indeed shallow antique gold mining pans, but work perfectly well when water’s not full blast. Yes, the toilet paper holder is a large nail salvaged from the historic railway nearby, the intent is fun, reflecting the rest of the amusing/artful/interesting discoveries around every corner in the house. The sunken-tub takes a while to fill, if in a hurry, use the shower and relax in the 13 foot diameter heated soaking-tub outside. We fixed a minor damaged lamp wire. There are a few provocative (not graphic) sculptures meant to be fun, they’re not pornographic. The kitchen is as pictured, fully stocked, it was cleaned before arrival. No complaints of the kitchen were made by tenants while the cleaners were present. All the doors & windows were found opened by tenant, once open, there will be Mojave Desert dust. We found/replaced a burned out bulb, extra bulbs were present. In the original child’s room, the narrow day bed was replaced with a conventional adult twin. Comfortable, custom pillows throughout. The guest bdrm art is not pornography, but a valuable museum-quality collection, cartoon style nudes, and will remain. We realize the house appeals to the discerning looking for a unique & artful experience, so that in mind…
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This place is a gold mine...

  • 5 of 5

...literally! At times it felt as though we were living in an old miners home. As you enter the dwelling, you're quickly swallowed up by large boulders and river rocks held in place by weathered cement. Peering in all directions, you take notice that you're surrounded by wine, liquor and various booze bottles of all shapes and colors. They litter the perimeter of the home and at night, they illuminate with the flick of a switch! The living area is spacious and with a group of 9, it was comfortable. There are 3 bathrooms, 4 bedrooms and if you have a larger party, there's a really cool RV that rests beside the house. The cowboy tub was larger than expected and the temperature was perfect. We had plenty of wood to make a fire out back and all the kitchenware needed to prepare our own meals. The back porch is small and quaint, while the front porch is large and open. The pictures don't do this place justice. You really do have to see it in person to appreciate all the hard work that went into making this house a home. We decided to go out for drinks and live music one night and ended up at Pappy & Harriet's. The music was on point and the bar was easily accessible, considering how packed it was. If you stay here, check out Pappy & Harriet's!

Here's a fun video I put together for everyone that went with us!

  • Submitted: Feb 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Palm Springs
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Nearest Golf
30 Miles
palma springs
Nearest Train
30 Miles
palm springs
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Hwy 62
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Nearest Ski
60 Miles
big bear mt
Nearest Beach
60 Miles
big bear lake
Car: necessary

40 min from all the Palm Springs shopping, Thursday Fest every week. Museums, restaurants. 15 minutes from Pioneer Town, Movie studio old west street and live show, Pappy and Harriott's BBQ, live music and bar, giant rock, and 29 Palms Inn for dinner and to visit the original Mara Oasis where you can have dinner, see the original palms and oasis, and garden.


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Yucca Valley House Rental Rates

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Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59
payment handling $30
trucked in WaterGasWood $75
cleaning $125
Tax Rate 7.0%

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Yucca Valley House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Resort ...
  • Village ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , outdoor shower , guest with sunken tub and shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , tub , shower , guest bath with 2 sinks
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • 5 Sleeping Loft - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single , queen and single beds made up as day beds, view
    3 Bedroom - 1 twin/ single , single guest with access to full guest bath, tub, 2 sinks
    1 Bedroom - 1 queen , master bed with private full bath sunken tub
    2 Bedroom - 1 queen , main guest next to half bath
    4 bus beds - 1 double , 1 twin/ single , converted 1941 Flexible bus additional fee
  • Queen size Beds (2), Twin or Single Beds (1), loft queen and single, extra blow up, 20 ft sofa in living room sleeping for 3. sofa in family room single. bus with full size and 2 singles extra.
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • alternative lifestyle
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • churches
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rock climbing
On the Joshua Tree butte above the Morongo Basis, nestled in the hills above the Joshua Tree National Park. 5 minutes from Park entrance.

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