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LEGAL (owner occupied main house) - with your exclusive, private backyard

Bedrooms Studio
Space 250 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Studio; sleeps 2 (one queen, 1 narrow sleep sofa) No other renters on prop.

Join us in our seventh season as a 5-star host...

Upgraded, refurbished and fully equipped guest casita of architecturally significant South Palm Desert estate, including exclusive use of a fire pit, salt water pool, jacuzzi, 400,000 BTU pool heater, lounge chairs, outdoor bistro table and chairs, and propane-heated porch attached to the main house. The porch includes a kitchen with BBQ, cushy seating area, dining area, and even a high-top table with bar stools. Note that there is NO INDOOR STOVE, but CozyCasita has a microwave, full size fridge, provisioned Krueig coffee maker, and exclusive access to a back porch BBQ, electric oven/toaster, electric griddle, cutting boards, bowls, and outdoor sink.

In the highly unlikely event of inclement weather, enjoy the wall-mounted High Definition Flat Screen TV with TimeWarner and DVD. Also, there's an iPod/MP3 docking station so you can play your own music. You have exclusive use of a house phone with unlimited calling in the US and Canada.

Steve is a master desert naturalist, interpretive guide and docent. Ask him about local hikes and the amazing adaptations of desert plants and animals.

Co-host Karen, owner of the MassageRX day spa in Rancho Mirage ( offers guest massages, but the season books up quickly, so please schedule your massage well in advance.

Nearby Hikes , Shopping & Attractions: South Palm Desert has few cars and many pedestrian-friendly streets. If you like to walk, town is just one mile to the north and mountain trails are just one-half mile to the west.

Go Shopping!

El Paseo, Palm Desert

The world famous El Paseo Shopping District featuring over 300 world-class shops.

The River, Rancho Mirage

Museums & Theaters

The McCallum Theatre

Palm Desert

Palm Spring Art Museum

Palm Springs


The owner lives in the main house on the premises. That means if you need help with anything, he's available most of the time.


Please note, there is

NO SMOKING anywhere on the premises. Also, this is

NOT a PARTY HOUSE (no overnight guests or visitors without owner's permission) or a



More Details

Steve Fuchs, Owner (Rental Permit #02754)
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
December 11, 2017

About Steve Fuchs, Owner (Rental Permit #02754)

I moved to the desert from Boston in 2006. Karen and I live in the main house and are available to help you plan your trip. You will have EXCLUSIVE USE of the amenity-packed back yard.

Steve Fuchs, Owner (Rental Permit #02754) purchased this cottage in 2009

Why Steve Fuchs, Owner (Rental Permit #02754) chose Palm Desert

Best value in Palm Desert; it has the luxury and grounds of much higher-priced homes.

What makes this cottage unique

You get all the benefits of a luxury home, but at a fraction of the price.


Nearest Airport
12 Miles
Palm Springs International
Nearest Barpub
1.2 Miles
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Throughout the Coachella Valley
Nearest Restaurant
1.2 Miles
Car: necessary

South Palm Desert is nestled against the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument with over 250,000 acres and the monument visitor center just three miles to the south.

Cozy Casita is located in an upscale neighborhood one-mile from the famous El Paseo shopping district, the 'Rodeo Drive' of the desert. Nearby attractions include world-famous golf, tennis, fine dining, gallery walks, hiking, and of course, shopping.

Palm Desert is only 12 miles east of Palm Springs with its Art Museum and Tramway.

Other Activities: Hiking


Palm Desert Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
Accommodation Type:
  • Guest House
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 250 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible
  • /
  • Check-out: Flexible
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25 ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • No glass by the pool
  • No Jacuzzi after 9 PM
  • No outside noise after 9 PM
Location Type:
  • Town ...
  • Romantic
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Bottled Water
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Shampoo
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Euro-style shower
  • Updated, European-style shower. Fully equipped with extra bath and pool towels.
  • Studio, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Twin/Single sofa
  • Perfect romantic getaway for two. Indoor/outdoor living with fully equipped outdoor kitchen. See photos. Ask about our in-room massage special. Your co-host, Karen, of Bliss and Bodywork in Rancho Mirage ( offers guest massages and waives the customary $25 outcall charge.
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Binoculars
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • 6 garden chairs
  • 3 beach chairs
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Jacuzzi
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Spa Whirlpool
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • botanical garden
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • roller blading
  • swimming
  • tennis
Very well provisioned guest house. Owner/ part-time Concierge, lives in main house and will be available.


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LEGAL (owner occupied main house) - with your exclusive, private backyard
average rating of 4.870968 based on 31 reviews
Nanoose Bay, BC Canada

Lovely, quiet little spot to unwind and relax!

  • 5 of 5

The casita has everything needed and many extra touches such as a Keurig coffee maker (and cream in the fridge!) and as well if we had wanted to cook the outdoor kitchen is fully stocked. The owners are very helpful but also gave us privacy and space which was great. It's our second time staying here and we love being able to walk to shops and restaurants close by. Thanks again Steve and Karen!

  • Submitted: Nov 21, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Kathy and Paul, Thank you for your kind words. It was a pleasure hosting you and we hope to see you again next season. All the best. Cheers! Karen and Steve
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Winnipeg, MB

The Perfect Holiday

  • 5 of 5

Just finished a wonderful stay at Steve and Karen's Cozy Casita in Palm Desert. The Casita had everything I needed and Steve & Karen were the perfect hosts, there in a flash when you needed them but very respectful of your privacy at the same time. The Casita is indeed very cozy and by that I do not mean small, especially for just myself who was down in Palm Desert for a golf vacation. I could see a couple also being very comfortable in this space as there is ample room for lounging outside by the pool and hot tub as well. The bed is comfortable and the TV is HD with multiple channels to chose from. (even the golf channel:)

All in all it was a great week in a great location with great hosts providing everything I needed for a relaxing and rejuvenating holiday.

Thank you again Steve & Karen, Hopefully I will see you again in the future.

Garth Beddome,

Winnipeg, Canada

  • Submitted: Apr 6, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Cozy and Quiet

  • 5 of 5

The perfect haven to relax and still be within close driving distance to golf and shopping. Host on site and available if needed.

  • Submitted: Mar 30, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Quiet and relaxing!

  • 4 of 5

The place was cute, and pretty self contained. Loved having a pool and jacuzzi to ourselves! Our host, Steve, has a plethora of knowledge about the local area, especially the flora and fauna, and took us on an amazing tour of the Living Desert. Our stay was quiet, private and relaxing. The location is close to numerous amenities, including Trader Joe's! Overall, a great experience!

  • Submitted: Mar 24, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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cozy and convenient property

  • 5 of 5

Steve was very helpful and friendly. The back yard, patio, pool and hot tub was available for use. Minutes to the hip El Paso shopping strip with lots of restaurants etc. Highly recommend!

  • Submitted: Mar 14, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Columbus, OH

Small casita, nice backyard

  • 4 of 5

This is a nice place to stay, if you do not expect a spacious, luxury, high-end accomodation (this is reflceted in the reasonable price). The location is great in a beautiful neighborhood. It takes approxomately 20 to 25 minutes walking to El Paseo shops and restaurants (we almost always walked but at night we took a flashlight). The casita is small, simple but functional. There is a refrigerator and a small microwave oven in the bathroom but there is no kitchen inside. However, there is an outdoor kitchen with a small fridge, kitchen sink and grill for you to use. The private backyard with the hot tub and pool is yours to enjoy; the ownres do not use it while you are there. In fact you will not see them unless you want to. The owners (Steve and Karen - we communicated with Steve most of the time) are very accommodating and Steve knows a lot about area hiking and the fauna of the desert. Steve is fun talking to and can give you very useful info if you are not familar with the area. If you want to use the hot tub, you need to let him know at what time of the day and he will program the the hut tub accordingly (free of charge). If you want the pool heated, you need to let him know but it will cost some extra money (very resonable as it compares to rentals - other than condo rentals -in the area). To summerize; the casita is a great place to stay for a couple who eats out (or grills) most of the time and want to stay in the vicinity of El Paseo.

  • Submitted: Feb 27, 2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Bargain rate.
Plus Transient Occupancy Tax 9% on stays under 28 days. All inclusive, including outdoor jacuzzi, but pool heat is $50 extra per week.
Best rate in Palm Desert for your near-exclusive use of a lush, fully-equipped Shangri-La.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.