This 3 bedroom, 2 bath, hillside home is loaded with charm and singing coyotes!!
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About John Cortez
Hi, I'm John from San Francisco. I am a retired Medical Social Worker who now enjoys cooking, gardening, spending time with family and friends, resting, relaxing, leisurely spending time at the pool or beach. And if I am not at home, I enjoy traveling around the world when the opportunity presents itself.
John Cortez purchased this House in 2013
Why John Cortez chose Cathedral City Cove
When I was looking for a place to buy in Palm Springs I looked high and low for a long time trying to find what would be the perfect place for a desert get away. Every place seemed to have something about it that just did not meet my expectations for a get away place. Finally I found this place and when I saw it, I told the real estate agent "this is it"! It was secluded, yet close to everything. It offer wonderful views of the mountains in the backyard. The pool area and hillside deck were wonderful places to just hang out. And the birds singing and coyotes sometimes singing at night reminded me of the home where I grew up. It was high on the hill and offered views of the valley below, it was close enough for my family in the L.A. area to come out for short vacation stays and it was "Home". It is my home away from my home in San Francisco.
What makes this House unique
The birds sing in the background, the pool offers a wonderful way to cool off, the hillside deck lets one get lost in their thoughts as they rest and relax. Big horn sheep occasionally are seen grazing on the hillside behind the house. There are hiking and biking trails right behind the house. AND it is close to everything going on in Palm Springs and surrounding desert communities.
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Lovely home. Quiet neighborhood
John’s home was clean and lovely. The pool and hot tub were just what we needed during our stay. Short drives to all surrounding areas. Backyard is secluded. Area very quiet at night and was wonderful for a relaxing 5 day stay.
I am glad that you were able to unwind and relax while staying in my home. I look forward to hosting you again in the future.
Your own private compound!
Of the 3 VRBOs we stayed in on our whirlwind tour of southern California, this was our favorite! Very private. At the top of the neighborhood, so hill running is great. The hot tub is AMAZING! Best jets ever and we are hot tub snobs. Very comfortable, spacious. Kids enjoyed the fire pit and warm pool. Has everything you could want for cooking dinner, nice linens, plenty of towels. Lots of closet space for luggage so everyone can stay organized. Owner is delightful and you can see he really cares about the property and creature comforts for his guests. Great spot for exploring Palm Springs and about an hour to Joshua Tree. Would love to stay here again for a longer amount of time! 10 out of 10!
It was a pleasure to host your family. I am glad that you had a great stay even though it was a short stay given everything you wished to do during your stay in Southern California. As you experienced, I do strive to provide the best experience a family, friends or a couple can have while staying in my home. Given I stay in the home several months out of the year, I always like to have the place in great shape not only for me, but also for my guests, family and friends. All the best and I would love to host you again should you return to the area.
Private Desert Retreat
My husband and I come to Palm Springs a few times a year, and we LOVED this house. It's located in a secluded neighborhood, and the back yard nestles right up against the desert hills, ideal for walking and hiking. The yard is spacious and beautifully landscaped, with a generously sized pool, separate hot tub, pool toys, and plenty of lounge seating. There is also a great little gazebo a few yards up the hill with sweeping views of the desert. The fire pit was perfect on chilly winter evenings.
The house is large with neat and comfortable furniture, lots of light, a well stocked kitchen, and a great center island. The bed in the master bedroom was very comfortable, with good linens, and the walk-in showers were luxurious.
John, the owner, met us at the door and walked us through the house (very helpful on a dark winter night). He was great and considerate throughout our stay.
The house is an easy 10 minute drive to downtown Palm Springs, and its perch in Cathedral City makes it convenient to visit Palm Desert and other points east.
We loved the Cathedral Cove home, and wouldn't hesitate to stay again.
Modern, beautiful, clean and welcoming
Perfect getaway for big groups! The home John provided was more than beautiful. We were there for a weekend and the highlight of our trip was our stay at the house. The kitchen is fully decked out with everything you need for a successful bbq or a family dinner. Everything (utensils, pots and pans, plates, measuring cup, etc.) was super clean and available. All bedrooms have a tv but the best part was that it offered Netflix!!!!! (I had to use my own account- not complaining! Loving that I have entertainment.) All the rooms had extra pillows and sheets which I also loved because a girl can never have too many pillows. The house is very open and great for entertaining. Kitchen was open to the living room, living room was opened to the backyard. No matter where your friends sat, you still feel like you’re all in one place together. Now the backyard was absolutely amazing!!!! The pool is heated year round and everything was so modernized. You can control the backyard through a remote! Also, there was so many seatings!!! There’s a canopy on the hill so you can be a little further away. There’s lounge chairs all around the pool with umbrellas on most sides. A full outdoors table and sofa couch set to lay around. I can go on and on about the house secretly thinking it is mine... I’m still sharing photos with everyone when I talk about how beautiful our house was on our vacay but the House is something you need to experience for yourself. John (our lovely host) was more than we can ask for as a host! He waited around till we drove into Catherdral City (ended up coming in 5 hours later than planned) but he was still around and welcomed us into the house. He gave us a house tour for everything we needed to know to have a comfortable stay. I honestly felt like a friend was welcoming us. Even leading up to our stay, we were in contact with John and he was great with responses. 10/10 I would reccomend!!!
Thanks for the review and I am really glad that you and your friends had a great time while staying in my home during your long weekend in the desert. I really appreciate the feedback of my guests and use their comments to know what else I can do to improve the property for future guests. The Netflix problem has been taken care of and the TV has been reprogrammed for Netflix. Somehow the Netflix programming on the TV fell off. But it is reconnected for the next guest. I never mind waiting for guests as I know that traffic and plane arrival times can be pretty unpredictable. So I use that extra time to do little things around the property as there is always something to do to keep the property in tip top condition. My philosophy is to always use some of the income from each guest and put that right back into the property whether it be new towels, new outdoor cushions, new bedding, etc. It is my desire to always present a very clean home with updated furnishings and equipment.
Couldn’t be better for hiking and quiet with all the amenities of the city!!
My wife and I had a great time at Johns home. He is such a fantastic friendly individual to become acquainted with. He made sure everything went well with no issues. Everything is as described yet much better. We made great use of the well appointed kitchen, the many poolside and garden sitting areas, and the outdoor hot tub on a nightly basis. Amazingly enough the star gazing and full/blood/blue/eclipse moon was fantastic with very little light pollution from the city. The location couldn’t be better for us. Located on the edge of the city in a very quiet neighbourhood with many hiking trails literally out the door. Yet all the amenities of the city a short drive, or even walk or bicycle ride away if your so inclined. To top it off the weather was nothing short of amazing for the time of year. Thanks again John for the most memorable time!!!
Brett and Donna, I am glad that you had a fantastic time while staying at my home. Many of my former visitors have said the same things that you say in your review. Just as you found it to be a great location for enjoying the many activities in the Palm Springs area, it offers an extremely peaceful setting for relaxing as it sits right next to the hills. I believe those are part of the reasons I have had repeat visitors over the last several years of renting out my home. I love my place and I work hard to make sure it is in great shape for hosting wonderful vacationers such as yourself. Thanks for staying with me and I hope to host you again in the future. John
A slice of Paradise in the Desert.
We truly enjoyed our stay here over NY Eve.
The house is beautiful and perfectly equipped with everything you need. We enjoyed the abundance of kitchen ware, towels and linens.
We love cooking and found the kitchen/leaving room area to be the best-ever for entertaining our small group.
We loved the serenity of the garden and enjoyed countless ours on the pool and jacuzzi.
Unanimously we all said, almost simultaneously, "we MUST come back and stay here again and again".
The owner was very attentive and responsive. This is a 10 out of 10!!!
I am glad that you had a great time at my home. I do try to have all the little details that make staying in a home a great experience taken care of prior to guests arriving. Having stayed in vacation rentals myself, I know what I would like to have available at my fingertips and so I try to make sure that people arriving at my home have everything that is needed to make their stay wonderful. Part of my plan includes the ongoing replacement of towels, bedding and linens so that things remain fresh and new. I look forward to hosting you again!