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~~ Private Tuscan Villa Home ~ 2 Blocks From El Paseo~~

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 nights


Minimum Stay
4 nights

About the property

~~ Private Tuscan Villa Home ~ 2 blocks from El Paseo~~

Your own private resort! Located on a large lot with lots of grass lined with gardens and citrus trees. Relax in a large saltwater pool and spa with majestic mountain views. Every bedroom has a private outdoor entry perfect home for families or relaxing getaway. Stroll to El Paseo indulges all of the senses. Browse boutiques, gourmet cuisine by the Coachella Valley’s top chefs, and wander through an array of art galleries.

Mary Foster
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Calendar last updated:
January 12, 2017

About Mary Foster

Born and raised in the Coachella Valley.

Mary Foster purchased this house in 1980

Why Mary Foster chose California Desert

I have lived in the Coachella Valley for many years, and our home is located in the prime location in South Palm Desert truly the hub of the valley. We love to use this home for our own relaxations retreats, so we take pride in proving extras and the essentials.

What makes this house unique

The home is very kid friendly. We have a separated outdoor children's play area that has french doors off the den. There are children's toys along with two porta cribs, high chair and stroller.


Excellent! 4.6/5 -
(10 traveler reviews)

~~ Private Tuscan Villa Home ~ 2 Blocks From El Paseo~~
average rating of 4.6 based on 10 reviews

Lovely centrally located Palm Deserthome.

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful. Walking distance to El Paseo and restrauants. Quite private retreat beautifully furnished. All the amenities possible. Owner very responsive and very easy to work with. Highly recommend.

  • Submitted: Jan 16, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We sincerely appreciate your very kind review of our home. We feel the same way--we would welcome you as guests again anytime. We agree that the closeness to the Garden and El Paseo is a convenience. We are glad that you enjoyed the location and that you felt safe. We appreciate your review, your business, and your care of our home. Again, we would welcome you anytime! Thank you so much!
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Private paradise

  • 5 of 5

My family and I loved our stay. The home is as wonderful as it looks in the pictures. We were there right after Christmas and it even rained twice. We sat inside on the double swoopie chair and turned on the gas fireplace and relaxed. The swoopie chair and fuzzy blankets were a big hit and my daughters and I had to take turns. We sat outside in the morning and drank our coffee (when it wasn't too cold) and enjoyed listening to the birds and reading the news. We had a small issue with the gas heater on the spa but Mary immediately arranged to fix the problem and we were up and going the next day. The location of the property is unbeatable. Early morning runs/walks along a deserted El Paseo were highly enjoyable and daytime shopping was easy due to the close proximity.

  • Submitted: Jan 14, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your thoughtful and positive 5-star review. We love the location too and really strive to make our home comfortable, cozy and feel like home for our guests. It sounds like you had an enjoyable time with your family and we look forward to having you back! Mary :)
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Very difficult owner to work with

  • 1 of 5

The pool did not work properly and the owner got nasty about it.

  • Submitted: Dec 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was a shame about less than favorable cold, windy, rainy weather; we understand that you had expected the sun. As explained in writing and told in person that the spa has priority over the pool with the heater, so when the spa runs continuously 24/7 it will not allow the pool to heat. The Desert nights get frigid, sometimes down into the 20's, and the large pool will not remain a constant temperature. Pool temperatures fluctuate with Mother Nature. I was in constant contact with the pool tech and my pool man that came out on 3 emergency calls (with service charges each time) and found no problems with the equipment. As you know, we did refund you your pool heat because you were upset and, I'm sorry you felt this way. We had guests come in on the same day that you left and went straight out to the pool with no complaints. We want people to enjoy the pool and provide many pool toys and floats for fun and relaxation.
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A beautiful and very comfortable property in an excellent location.

  • 5 of 5

We were 5 girlfriends having a reunion. The house and grounds were beautiful and comfortable. The yard was quite spectacular with a large pool, spa and attractive furniture. The beds were excellent. The decor was lovely with many details as pictured online. The owners were wonderful and very available if we had any questions. The neighborhood and location were superb ~ being just blocks from El Paseo with great shops and restaurants. I think the owners take great pride in their property and we would definitely return. We were very pleased and thoroughly enjoyed the wonderful ambiance.

  • Submitted: Nov 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for taking the time to review our home. And thank you for your very thoughtful review. So glad you, your girlfriends had an enjoyable stay. Yes, keep us in mind for future travel; we would love to have you! Kind Regards, Mary
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Annual Memorial Day Weekend Get-Away Vacation for 8 people in Palm Desert - Pure Bliss!

  • 5 of 5

My family of 4 and another family of 4 always get together over Memorial Day Weekend in Palm Desert. This year we wanted to upgrade to a bigger house and be able to utilize a pool in a backyard instead of in a community pool as we have done in the past. This house did not disappoint! Mary (the owner) and her daughter (who lives out in the desert) were extremely helpful and quickly to respond to any and all questions or concerns that we had when booking 3 weeks out from our trip. The pictures were a great representation of what we saw with the different areas of the house when we arrived. The house sits in a quiet community about 7-8 blocks away from El Paseo shopping center. We walked over for dinner for 2 of our nights and it was not a problem at all. The house was furnished extremely well both inside and out. The 3 bedrooms we used were big enough for all of us. Mary even had 2 air mattresses there for use if needed. The back room was nice place to set up the Nintendo Wii for kids to take a break and chill (adults too!). Her backyard is surrounded by tall trees which cuts down the noise and wind. The natural gas BBQ outside worked excellent and both husbands enjoyed cooking on the kitchen stove that had a center flat-top grill on it. All of our kids (and adults) had an absolute blast using the pool the entire time we were there. We paid to have the pool heated to 85 degrees and it was the perfect temp for the entire weekend. The kids had fun swimming underneath the fountain from the hot tub to the pool. The adults enjoyed sitting on the couches by the pool underneath all the umbrellas during the day. Everything was clean and neat. Mary does an excellent job of having a number of items available (pool items, kids items, and kitchen stuff for adults) for whatever type of group of people are going to use her place (kids, no kids, couples, etc.). The bugs (gnats or something) were a little annoying as the sun went down, but once sun was down and they were gone, it was great. The adults spent the evenings outside sitting on the wonderful furniture and drinking cocktails under the stars most nights while our kids slept from exhaustion of swimming and playing all day. We are definitely keeping Mary at the top of the list of houses to book when we go back to Palm Desert next year. Thank you Mary!

  • Submitted: Jun 12, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: WOW!!! Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We love hearing about the fun and relaxations of our guests. I knew you guys had a very good time, but this sounds amazing! We hope to see you next year.
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The Perfect Week

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I rented this home for a much needed departure from every day life. The house is so cozy but at the same time has plenty of room if you had a larger group. They back yard makes you feel as though you are at a resort and provides total privacy. The house was well equipped with lots of towels, bathroom essentials (shampoo, soap etc.) and the kitchen has everything you need and then some. We love to cook so this was a real plus. One of the perks was the proximity to the shops and restaurants on El Paseo. We are already planning our trip back. Oh and Mary, the owner, she is simply the best.

  • Submitted: May 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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El Paseo
"An easy 2 block walk to great shopping and restaurants. Tommy Bahamas is always a favorite r..."
The Living Desert / Southern California Zoo & Botanical Gardens
"You can feed the giraffes and it's only a 2 min. drive."
Hiking Trails
Desert Willow Golf Resort
Sherman's Deli
El Gallito Restaurant -- CLOSED
"Great Mexican food!"
Mastro's Steakhouse
Jensen's Finest Foods
Kobe Japanese Steak House
Mirage (a.k.a. "Bump & Grind") Trail
Sullivan's Steakhouse
Keedy's Fountain Grill
Nearest Airport
12 Miles
Palm Springs
Nearest Golf
0.03 Miles
Shadow Mountain Golf Club
Nearest Restaurant
0.04 Miles
Tommy Bahama and many more
Car: recommended


Rates & Availability

Palm Desert House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Coachella Weekend 1
Apr 13 2017 - Apr 17 2017
4 night minimum stay
Coachella Weekend 2
Apr 20 2017 - Apr 24 2017
4 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59
Cleaning $175 + Tax
Tax Rate 9.0%

Offseason 4-night minimum /Season 7- night minimum
Request for Holiday rates
**Includes utilities during peak months but not pool heating
Pool Heating -
November-April: $50 a day less than one week, weekly $250, monthly $450,
June-October: $40 a day less than one week, weekly $175, monthly $300

Pool Heating: Between October and April you will find the pool water cold, and we recommend that you order the optional pool heating. When you book and pay for this option the pool heater on the day 12 hours before you arrive and turn it off in the morning, you depart. The pool heater operates on a timer and in the winter months this is set to come on at 8 am and go off at 10 pm. In the coldest winter months heating the pool can be a problem. Palm Desert can have overnight low temperatures in the 30's and 40's - these can last for several days. Under these circumstances, there is no way the pool heater will be able to keep the water at 82-85 degrees. A standard private swimming pool contains on average 10,000 gallons of water so heating it up is NOT instantaneous. Please note that cold weather does NOT constitute a mechanical failure, and no refunds will be given for problems that are due to cold weather.
Please be aware that when the heater is in spa mode all the heat is diverted to the spa - the pool will not be heated so do not leave the heater in spa mode permanently. Pool Heating with not be refunded in these cases and if a pool tech is requested and heated not deemed faulty Licensee shall be responsible for subsequent charges.

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.
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Palm Desert House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Town
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • ISDN Access
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking On Street
  • Printer
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Garbage Disposal
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Game room - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Towels
  • Fully Fenced Property
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Yard
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Indoor Pool
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
  • Private Pool ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • swimming
  • tennis

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