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Property Details

Updated: Feb 28, 2015
House, 1 Bedroom + Other (See Description), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2-4)

Joshua Tree Getaway

Finish your novel, play electric guitar outdoors, watch movies, renew vows, or just bliss out in the hot tub and shake your city blues.

Built in 1963, this rustic modern 980 square ft. ranchette has an airy floor plan, big windows, concrete floors, exposed beam ceilings and tons of privacy. It's a comfy place to stay a while and dig into creative projects in the peace and quiet of open space, eclectic vintage modern furnishings and artisan objects. Located on partially fenced acreage on a sparsely populated mesa, this getaway offers sweeping views of Joshua Tree National Park and Copper Mountain. Achieve clarity by looking out of big picture windows to catch the sun or moon rising over the foothills below. Step out onto the patio for starry night skies. Ten minute access to the park encourages spontaneous natural outings. Or get into local culture: the town of Joshua Tree is only five minutes away.

The kitchen comes (equipped by foodies!) with cookware and inspiring cookbooks. You'll find an assortment of cooking oils, spices, coffee, teas, and other staples to get you started. Basic cable, wi-fi plus an assortment of CDs and DVDs are provided for days when you just don't feel like leaving the house. The house is ideally suited for one person or a couple but should friends arrive for a sleep-over, extra bedding and beds are stashed in the closet.

Nestled in the shade of the roomy back porch, the jetted hot tub awaits tired hikers in need of rejuvenation, and stressed city dwellers in need of a calming soak. A xeric garden represents a sampling of yuccas, agaves, acacias, and various cactii from deserts around the world.

Over half of Getaway visitors are return guests, with multiple return stays of up to four months.

The surrounding area caters to a wide range of interests: athletic (world class rock climbing and trail running in addition to hiking, and horseback riding for all levels); musical (clubs and outdoor festivals); artistic (endless photo ops whether your slant is scenic or ironic); consumer (shopping from junking to better mid-century furnishings, cowboy stores, designer outlet malls, and a couple of fantastic nurseries); culinary (cute weekly farmer’s market, two health food stores and a wonderfully edited gourmet shop all supplement the standard grocery fare), mystic (retreats, drumming circles, Buddhist Temple and at least one UFO vortex); and cultural (earnest live theatre and friendly art galleries).

Finally, if grandma comes to visit with her lady friends from the biker club, and if you are feeling either lucky or tired of peaceful isolation, a short trip to Morongo in the lower desert for a little casino action always makes for a bit of lowbrow fun.

This house is priced to encourage longer-term stays. Sit a spell, or come and go! With lots of space in the closet and garage, this is a spot to make yourself completely at home.

Amenities: One bedroom with large closet, one bath with tub and shower, wood burning stove, air conditioning (evaporative water), portable heaters, large outdoor fire pit, Weber BBQ, washer/dryer, free internet, satellite TV + DVD, CD player, new kitchen appliances (fridge, electric stove and oven) including espresso machine, pots and pans, blender, food processor, microwave, and utensils; extra linens, blankets, fluffy pillows, fat down comforters, king-sized bed w/ memory foam plus two guest beds for slumber parties; belize II oval hot tub, roomy and secure double garage for storage, parking, or tinkering.

Sorry, but we no longer take pets at this home.

Keywords: House, acreage

National Park

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  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Barbecue
  • Washing machine
  • Linens provided
  • Wheelchair access
  • Accept Credit Cards

Recent Review

About the Owner

As a set designer, I'm in love with the visual drama of the California high desert. I was so excited when I found my little spot in the Mojave....I couldn't wait to start working with the palette of homestead architecture, native plants, seasons, and vistas that Joshua Tree offers.

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, wi-fi and espresso!).

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13 Reviews

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Joshua Tree Getaway
-213 705 8003
Joshua Tree California Desert

Thirty Days in the Desert excerpts from my diary

  • 5 of 5
Not so much a review of the house but my relationship to the environment that exposed these thoughts. If you need a place to reflect and solitude, stay here.

"I became party to the secrets of the desert to grow to share whether it's stuffing little beaks with food tossing lettuce for not so stray rabbits fending off road runners determined to have dove for dinner life must be shared to grow watered with countervailing ideas tested honed posted questioned it is not at all about me or you life and love will only grow if it is given away freely without expectation of reciprocity not that you will harm yourself but that you will love unconditionally when you can do that then you will find the faith to move mountains the strength to live out your days in this world and become truly part of it to have it become part of you "
  • Submitted: Oct 6, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Joshua Tree Getaway
-213 705 8003
Joshua Tree California Desert


  • 5 of 5
What a perfect getaway. I really love how thoughtfully decorated the house was. It really feels like a southwestern style home and not just a rental with a bunch of ikea furniture thrown in. The owner also makes the process easy and worry free.
  • Submitted: Jul 6, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Joshua Tree Getaway
-213 705 8003
Joshua Tree California Desert
Los Angeles

Wedding Night

  • 5 of 5
Miriam's place is the bomb. We have stayed here several times and none more special then our wedding night. The views, the design and the vibe are all we could hope for. What a special place
  • Submitted: Sep 16, 2013
  • Stayed: Oct 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Pet-friendly, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: YOU'RE the bomb!
Joshua Tree Getaway
-213 705 8003
Joshua Tree California Desert
Seattle, WA USA

Lush, serene, exquisite – 5 star fantastic!

  • 5 of 5
I always read the reviews on VRBO before booking – there’s a reason this house consistently gets 5 star reviews. It’s amazing! From the moment we walked in the door we felt embraced by this house - it's beguiling, eclectic and comfortable in a way that instantly feels welcoming. And it’s immaculate. The house is spacious, the bed deliciously comfortable (king size!), the kitchen generously stocked and the bathroom delightful with a wonderful yellow ceiling. The surrounding property is absolutely fantastic. The garden is spectacular- exuberant and soothing at the same time. We loved being on the mesa with its wide-open vistas, enclosed in the sanctuary of Miriam’s garden and home. We will definitely be back and next time for much longer; this special place is meant for long, lingering visits. And finally - to top it all off - Miriam is a delight, one of the best VRBO hosts ever.
  • Submitted: Sep 12, 2013
  • Stayed: Sep 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Pet-friendly, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: I'm blushing. Since I don't like to bother guests by soliciting reviews, thank you a million times over!
Joshua Tree Getaway
-213 705 8003
Joshua Tree California Desert
Portland, OR

Exceeded our expectations!

  • 5 of 5
Not only was this our first trip to Joshua Tree, but we travel with our faithful labradoodle Louie. When I discovered Miriam's house for rent, we were thrilled to stay in a place that wasn't a motel where we had to keep Louie on a leash. Little did we know, it would be the best travel experience we've had. The home is beautiful, comfortable, and spacious- and Miriam's guest book provided every manner of local information you could possibly want. And the property is absolutely gorgeous! We loved every minute we were there, and Louie especially loved being off leash so he could bark at the roadrunners and rabbits. This home is a credit to the beauty of Joshua Tree, and we look forward to being back!
  • Submitted: May 14, 2012
  • Stayed: Apr 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Pet-friendly, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, People with Disabilities, Romantic Getaway
Joshua Tree Getaway
-213 705 8003
Joshua Tree California Desert
United States

Relaxing break

  • 5 of 5
My husband and I had a very relaxing break at Joshua Tree Getaway. The views from the property were wonderful. We so enjoyed our early morning coffee while sitting in the beautifully landscaped backyard. After spending the mornings hiking and exploring, it was great to return to this house and enjoy the hot tub. We loved the watching the storms roll in and we made good use of the great wood burning stove. Our Aussie loved the fenced backyard and the coolness of the cement floors - perfect home for all three of us.
  • Submitted: Mar 21, 2012
  • Stayed: Mar 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Pet-friendly, Romantic Getaway


From the Owner

There are four reasons that I chose Joshua Tree as a location for a second home. Practically speaking, JT is only a few hours drive from major cultural hubs and as such, it's a place that I can frequent often and on short notice. I was also drawn to the vibrant local scene. And then there's the unbelievable landscape of the national park. But even more than all of that, my real motivation had to do with the inexplicable sense of tranquility and giddiness that comes over me as I leave the pavement when nearing the property.


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  • Refundable damage deposit $50
  • Tax Rate 7.0%

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From the Owner

The best spot in this house-I think- revolves around the big dining table even though the table itself is not the amazing thing. This is where I've served many meals for groups of friends who are all too busy to get together back home, wherever back home might be. I often design while sitting at this table, alternating between staring out to the view for ideas, punching out emails, and scribbling on messy stacks of paper. From the reports that guests have given me, this table has also served in the writing of songs, all-night nickel poker, quilt-making, violin practice, the completion of crossword puzzles, the planning of road trips, and one marriage proposal. I like to think that guests will find the house to be just like that table: ground zero for whatever they want to be doing most! Also the stillness of the nights on the mesa...just incredible...but I could go on and on.

Property Type

  • house


  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking
  • Garage
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Wood Stove ...


  • Cooking Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator


  • Dining Area


  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library

Pool / Spa

  • Hot Tub ...


  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible

Location Type

  • Mountain View


  • cinemas
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants

Leisure Activities

  • antiquing
  • horseback riding
  • sight seeing

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • hiking
  • mountain biking


  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1
  • 1


  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1
  • Other (See Description)
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (1) Floor mattress for sleepover guests, Twin or Single Beds (1) Air mattress


  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill


  • Guests provide their own meals

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