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Set within hundreds of acres of natural desert landscape, Think Tank is located along the Joshua Tree National Park boundary near the West Park entrance. The gated and unobtrusively fenced property is one of the few truly secluded vacation rental homes in Joshua Tree, and sits within an active wildlife corridor, with private trailheads right into the park. There's both a drum bbq and a weber kettle just off the kitchen next to a huge concrete slab outdoor table overlooking the large stone fire pit. A wood-fired hot tub provides the zen of outdoor soaking. Inside, polished concrete floors support luxe amenities such as on-demand hot water, a seamless glass shower, Jenn Air gas cooktop, fridge, dishwasher, cable tv, and wifi, which all run off of a state-of-the- art 100% solar system. Evaporative air conditioning and a propane fireplace effectively heat and cool the home, which has a queen bed with an optional memory foam topper for firmness adjustments. Chef-grade cookware, blender, coffeemaker, toaster, basic spices, oils and vinegars, coffee, teas, reading materials, and movies provided. But for all of it's dark night skies and feeling of remoteness (the nearest structure is almost a quarter of a mile away), Think Tank is only about six minutes from downtown Joshua Tree, and in the secure Monument Manor area.
As a place to intimately experience the peacefulness of the Mojave desert, the property is a transformative spot for one person seeking solitude or for a couple's getaway. Over half of our guests pay us the ultimate compliment of returning yearly. However, Think Tank not suited for more than two adults or events. Out of consideration to our resident wildlife of rabbits, raptors, quail, tortoise, lizards, coyote and bobcat, we can no longer take pets.
We encourage long stays, with weekly rates at 1,275. and the monthly rate at 2,950. (or about 100 dollars per night) for one month and 2,100.00 per month for multiple months. Nightly stays are 235. per night. Please click on the "rates" tab below the photos for accurate pricing, as the VRBO "average pricing" feature in the headline can be misleading! It combines all of the rates from nightly to monthly, and deduce an average. This is not an optional feature, so I apologize for any misdirection that this formatting may have caused.
As a set designer, I'm in love with the visual drama of the California high desert.As a set designer, I'm in love with the visual drama of the California high desert. I was so excited when I found this five acres of Mojave bliss....I couldn't wait to start working with the palette of homestead architecture, native plants, seasons, and vistas that Joshua Tree. 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, WiFi and tubing under the stars!). It's a place to be city mouse or country mouse, as the mood suits!
Miriam purchased this cabin in 2010
Think Tank is one of those "forever" spots!
Being in a house on the border of a wilderness area is a powerful reminder of many things. I love this house for helping me to remember how many stars there are in a night dark sky, what the sound of quiet feels like, and how to gauge the passing of hours by the movement of light and color across a rock mountain outside a window.
Like some of the previous reviewers, we hesitate to reveal how much we enjoyed our stay Miriam's place in the desert, for fear it will become too popular. My wife and I have stayed at nearby VRBO places three times in the past for week-long hiking vacations in Joshua Tree NP. Miriam's "Think Tank" is flat out the best. First, despite being 10 minutes from the town of Joshua Tree, Miriam's place is and feels remote - her "backyard" flows right into the Park. Second, her location meant we could finish breakfast watching birds and rabbits then arrive at many of our favorite trailheads in the Park within 15 minutes, well before anyone else. Third, Miriam has made the "Think Tank" so comfortable you just don't feel the need to go anywhere else. We spent mornings hiking, afternoons reading in hammocks, evenings cooking dinner and watching the sun go down. From now on, Miriam's "Think Tank" will be our home base for Joshua Tree adventures (unless it gets booked up too quickly...)
There are times when you find something so good that you don't share it because of fear that people will overtake your hidden gem! Well -- this place is it! After a long stretch of work, I was in desperate need of a truly quiet, secluded and scenic destination spot. This amazing house is nestled between the edge of civilization and the start of nature. It's an extremely cozy, open, scenic and private. You can't find a better desert retreat than this. Yes...I'm giving my secret away, but I had to give Miriam credit for a sharing her beautiful home with us. The home itself is self-sufficient (literally). The house has anything you need. It's extremely clean and there's ample amount of supplies for your use. The home is also very well maintained and filled with various artistic details. I stayed a total of 7 days and I certainly did not want to leave. I fell in love with the amazing location and beautiful home. I’ve taken various vacations to Joshua Tree, but this is the first time where I felt compelled to return. All in all, Miriam is very responsive and ensures all of your questions are answered. She’s an amazing host! The house itself is very well maintained. This house harnesses a perfect blend of regional artwork with modern amenities. It has an amazingly positive energy that you MUST experience in person. I’m SOLD and will definitely return to visit this hidden gem! Next time, I’ll stay longer. Miriam, thank you (again) for sharing your marvelous home with us!
From the moment we drove onto the property we knew that Think Tank would be a wonderful home away for the month we had chosen to be in Joshua Tree. We had traveled to JTNP the year before our stay at Think Tank and knew that this National Park and the area surrounding Joshua Tree, Yucca Valley and Wonder Valley deserved more attention. So we returned and we will do so again if you all out there don't rush to rent Miriam 's treasure.
Think Tank is a wonderful place from which to explore this high desert.
The house is cozy and beautifully laid out for two people. We had everything we needed , including quail and coyote and antelope ground squirrels and a wide assortment of birds. Sadly we missed a Bobcat sighting.
The kitchen is well supplied and we were welcome to use whatever we found in the Larder. The bed is comfortable and the shower is sublime, especially after a day of hiking in the desert.
We had a few joyous days of rain and snow on the distant mountains and the gas fireplace added to the ambiance of this idyllic house. This is a home that you can spend time enjoying as well as enjoying every thing else there is to do in this desert. And there is no end to what you can do in this wonderful part of California.
For those who like kitsch , this place is a find! We found a new treasure very day. Rocks! Signs! Old mining gear! A Bottle Tree! Garden sculptures!
And then the fact that you are surrounded by open space protected by the Mojave Desert Conservancy and the BLM and the National Park makes this spot a place to treasure.
Have we said enough?
We wil return.
This house was absolutely perfect for visiting Joshua Tree.
Immaculately clean but still warm, inviting and incredibly comfortable, especially the bed.
Beautiful views in every direction, and from every room even from inside the gorgeous shower.
The house itself is an experience: desert friendly landscaping and off the power grid – solar powered- and totally cozy. Isolated but safe feeling. Very conveniently located right near the park entrance, near the town of Joshua Tree and also kind of in the middle of nowhere. It’s small and so thoughtfully made it could be in a sustainable design magazine. Brilliantly conceived and wonderful to spend time in.
I loved the outdoor bed. Didn’t use the wood-fired cowboy hot tub but loved the idea of it. Great outdoor dining… looks like a great place to have people over for a barbeque.
Lovely linens and towels and dishes and pots and pans. Good reading material. Nice gas fireplace. Perfect quiet, stars, hiking.
Miriam was totally delightful and responsive.
It was an ideal place for one person and would also be lovely for a couple.
There was a very useful book of things to do and places to go and instructions for the house but with a relaxed vibe.
I was there in the winter and loved it. Buy your groceries and go nowhere else but into the park for hikes and you’ll be extremely happy.
Dear Miriam, thank you for sharing your great and thoughtful house with me.
I absolutely recommend the Think Tank for anyone vacationing in Joshua Tree. My stay was 5 days and was my first time visiting Joshua Tree. I made plans for the trip at the last minute and Miriam was excellent at quickly returning my emails, answering questions, and finalizing the reservation all in the week before my stay. Although the property sits off the main road I had no problems finding it between googlemaps and Miriam's directions. As other reviewers have stated, the pictures do not do this property justice. As beautiful as it looks on this site, it is breathtaking in person. There was clearly a lot of thought and effort put into making this home the perfect getaway spot. The backyard is visited by jackrabbits, roadrunners, quail, tortoises, and deer. I was staying alone and felt very safe throughout the stay. Everything was great and when I had a couple of questions for Miriam she got back to me immediately. The location is perfect as it is within a mile of a main park entrance and also in a convenient location to 'downtown' Joshua tree where you can access restaurants, grocery stores, etc. If you need to do a little work (as I did), there is reliable internet. A plethora of hiking trails are easily accessed from the park entrance near the property, and even in the hot summer I was able to enjoy hiking in the early morning hours every day. I was sad I didn't have my guitar as it would have been a perfect place for writing some music. If I have the opportunity to visit Joshua Tree again I will certainly stay here and I recommend you do, too!
Like others have noted, my instinct is not to write this review because it will encourage competition for this wonderful, exclusive yet comfortable property. Alas, Miriam's interests must prevail, as her extreme talent and overall wonderfulness defeat me. I spent last Feb at Think Tank in order to use its relative seclusion and imposing quiet to primarily polish the final draft of a book, but also do some drawings and a painting. I found the place to be perfect for my purposes, but could readily see that if I were a couple seeking lovely escape, even for a few days, I'd book Think Tank in a heartbeat. Trust me, I never lie to friends.
One minute walk into National Park
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