The property is truly one of a kind. The house was built in the 50's and sits on a hill overlooking the entire area in every direction. I've been out here three years and haven't seen another place like it. Please read all the details before booking.
Before I got it, the house was vacant for 14 years. I did 7 solid months of solo renovating, and am so excited to share it with you! The house is very much 'off the grid' and I guarantee one of the most serene, tranquil and relaxing stays. Objectively speaking, I've been out here for awhile and the views/experience from Starfire are paralleled by no house in the whole of the High Desert. In order to find that solitude, the house is on 2.5 miles (like 7 minutes) of dirt road. I wouldn't want it to be a surprise that the driveway goes uphill, which as of November 2017 has been entirely redone. Any car can access the house (multiple prius's, civics, a mustang, some fancy ones)
Because it's a thin metal and evening time lows can be quite chilly in the winter, it'd be impossible to heat the cowboy pool (especially when you think about standard hot tub wall thickness). Believe me - I've tried! The season is typically May-October.
The place has wifi (pretty absurd given its location!) and a TV with Netflix/HBOgo. I've wired every room with a pretty sweet Onkyo Receiver and Yamaha speakers to help 'amplify' the full solitude experience.
There's a super cozy wood burning stove, an electric fireplace in the bedroom, a rocking evaporative cooler, a loftbed portal-to-the-stars-observatory, and literally hundreds of uninhabited acreage to explore!
Interaction with guests
I am here as needed!
Other things to note
The house is a one bedroom, about 800 ft2. There is an additional sleeping loft with a full sized bed, the access to it being through the bedroom. The couch is a pretty huge L shape, 8ft by 6ft. So I'd be happy to have up to 4, have even had 6, but it would have to be close and respectful friends!
Being in a remote location in the Mojave Desert, the house's setting is 'wild' - the terrain is tough and rattlesnakes are a possibility anywhere out here (May-October only). Just be cautious of your surroundings and you will be in sweet desert harmony :)
I've worked so hard on the place, it truly feels like an extension of myself. I ask that you please be respectful of it and the surrounding nature. There are no noise rules, because well, there's no one but you to hear it! Just please don't break the speakers :)
Any film or photo related bookings need explicit permission prior to putting in a reservation request. Regardless of the particular budget, we have to charge additional fees due to the nature of these bookings and our prior experiences :/
No music is allowed outside, and please only very respectfully inside. The house is secluded and private but any sound travels at the speed of light in the thin unobstructed desert air and miles away neighbors can get cranky!
Any guests above the number the booking was made for must be announced beforehand, even if they're "not staying over" ! Thank you!
I'm Ryan, I've been out in Joshua Tree for 3 years. Falling in love with the high desert kind of took me my surprise. It is so incredibly peaceful, tranquil, serene, and inspirational. It's a great place to 'get away from it all' and discover your connections with nature and with yourself. I have a few places out here, all projects that I bought in rundown rough shape and fixed up myself.
My first one is in the Joshua Tree Village (JT Village Park Blvd one) that is rented as a house (for up to 4 people), a guest house (2 people, JT Village GH one), and both together (6-7 people, the "Full Experience" listing). They're within walking distance to the little town: the Saloon, Crossroads, the local Farmer's market, the National Park Visitor's center, the JT Health Foods store.
The other ones (360, Land of the Lost Boulders, Starfire, Chaparral Mesa, the Power Plant and the Outpost) are all within 15 minutes from the town. The Leeds Cabin is 25 minutes. 360 is about incredible views, boulders, and wildlife - more adorable animals than I've seen anywhere in the Morongo Basin. The Lost Boulders house sits on the most serene and explorable land, and has a spectacular energy inside. Starfire has an unmatched setting - perched on top of a hill, the only house on that hill, overlooking it's own mini canyon. The design and feeling at Chaparral Mesa is the most 'frontier'' - a true feeling of being a pioneer in a homesteader cabin. The Power Plant of the Dorthian Löwen (looow-ven), all about sleek modern minimal design, a clutter-free experience that brings out the gorgeous desert colors in the mountains that surround. The Leeds Cabin is a small all-you-need cabin with nothing but beautiful quiet desert surrounds. My most recent project, the Outpost, I picture back in the Wild West a place that you've traveled for a full day to get to, to find out news from back East and rest your head and horse for the night.
I love each and every one of them, they've all been important and valued stages in my life. They have become a part of who I am.
I'd be happy to help plan your time out here, and let me know if you have any questions about the projects or the area in general. They are much more than 'airbnb's to me - I love each and every one of them!