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Your Own Private Joshua Tree with 360 degree views

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


Half Baths
Minimum Stay
2 nights

About the property

3 bedroom, 3 bath

3 bedroom, 3 bath new home with unique desert landscaping on 5 acres is surrounded by mostly undeveloped land. Enjoy walks on Turquoise Ridge on an informal trail that runs the ridge top, south to Rattlesnake Hill and onto Lookout Hill. Fantastic views in all directions include Joshua Tree National Park, Mount San Jacinto, and Mount San Gorgonio, and the towns of Joshua Tree and Yucca Valley. If you are intrigued by the many paintings displayed in the house, you can arrange with the artist owner to see his neighboring art studio/gallery.

Spelman Downer
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 27, 2017

About Spelman Downer

Artist and educator Spelman Evans Downer has lived in Joshua Tree for 14 years. Property is next door to artist's home and studio.

Spelman Downer purchased this house in 2011

Why Spelman Downer chose California Desert

This large spacious house provides a private retreat with 360 degree views, close to Joshua Tree National Park and the village of Joshua Tree, hiking trails onsite, surrounded by mostly undeveloped park like land.

What makes this house unique

Views, privacy, new construction, spacious large home for family and friends, garage, onsite hiking trails, owner has guided and taught photography workshops in the park and can recommend places to visit. Local music and art scene.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(16 traveler reviews)

Your Own Private Joshua Tree with 360 degree views
average rating of 4.9375 based on 16 reviews

will go back!

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful place, will go back. The property was as described.

  • Submitted: Jan 5, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Christmas in Joshua Tree

  • 5 of 5

This house and the surrounding views were just fantastic! We spent Christmas here with our 3 adult sons and their families. We had a wonderful time preparing meals together in the spacious kitchen and enjoying the large open space. Really perfect for a large group! The pictures on the website are nice but the space is much larger than I thought it would be. The furnishings and pictures were lovely and the beds were very comfortable. I couldn't have hoped for a nicer spot to come back to after exploring and hiking in Joshua Tree! Everyone loved it!

  • Submitted: Dec 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm pleased you enjoyed your stay on the ridge and mentioned how spacious the house is. Thanks for letting people know about your experience. Cheers, Spelman
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Madison, WI

Wonderful stay at a beautiful property

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time during our stay. Thank you for your kindness and having such a beautiful property. We are already talking about coming back in the near future. It was wonderful coming back to Joshua Tree and showing my family the beauty of this magical area. Everybody, of course, loved Joshua Tree National Park and Palm Springs but they were pleasantly surprised by Leonard Knight's work at Salvation Mountain in Niland. If you have a chance take the hour and half drive to view the life's work of this interesting man.

In any case, thank you again for everything; my family and I really enjoyed your home and your art in the property. We will definitely be back to stay again.

Thank you so much.

  • Submitted: Mar 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Yucca Valley Desert Vacation Home

  • 5 of 5

We rented the Turquoise Ridge home for a long weekend while attending our son's wedding. The home was beautiful, well-maintained and looked exactly what we expected from the website. We hosted a brunch for about 50 people at the house, which worked out perfectly. The owner, Spelman, was very accommodating in guiding us on how to park so many cars for the brunch. The house was great for entertaining a large group with very spacious living areas, large kitchen, and lots of outdoor patio areas to enjoy the views. We hope to return for another opportunity to spend more time exploring Joshua Tree Park.

  • Submitted: Nov 6, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Valerie, It was nice having you and your party on the ridge. I am pleased your reception went well and everyone was comfortable during your visit. Please come again sometime. I can suggest some very nice parts of JTNP to explore that are less well known. My best, Spelman Downer
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Rochester, NY


  • 5 of 5

Our family had a wonderful visit to Yucca Valley. Turquoise House was spacious and comfortable; and has amazing views. Spelman and Nancy were gracious hosts. The house was a convenient base from which to visit Joshua Tree NP. We highly recommend the house we all enjoyed it very much.

  • Submitted: Apr 30, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Seattle, WA

Close to Joshua Tree

  • 5 of 5

It was a wonderful spot, beautiful views and plenty of space. Easy to find and very quiet. Felt wonderful to get away.

  • Submitted: Feb 18, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
35 Miles
Palm Springs International Airport
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Hwy 62
Car: necessary

Short drive to the village of Joshua Tree and the West Entrance of Joshua Tree National Park.


Rates & Availability

Yucca Valley House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $50
cleaning $80
Refundable damage deposit $300
Tax Rate 7.0%

Rates are for 6 persons. 7+ persons are $25 each per night. $50 cleaning fee. 7% tax to be added.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Yucca Valley House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2600 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , Garage w/c only
    Master Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Part of Master suite
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
    Master Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Corner room with East and North views, outside patio
  • couch and foam mattress available for sleeping; queen bed in large closet in master bedroom
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair accessible
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • hiking
  • rock climbing

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