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The 'cowboy cool-dip' stock tank pool. Small but mighty at 6ft wide x 2ft high, essential to cooling off midday! Say goodbye to civilization and let time disappear...
Starfire: The Life-Altering Experience
Starfire: The Life-Altering Experience
6 guests
1 bedroom
2 beds
1 bath
6 guests
1 bedroom
2 beds
1 bath
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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.

The space

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.

Guest access

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 :)

Business travel
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Family/kid friendly
Wireless Internet

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Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 queen bed
Common spaces
1 double bed

House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
Check-in is anytime after 3PM
Check out by 11AM
Self check-in with lockbox
Security deposit is $302

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!


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Anastasiia User Profile
November 2017
It was unbelievable experience. Ryan and his house are both awesome. I definitely recommend to visit this unique place! Thank u, Ryan for giving us such an opportunity!!!

Bryan User Profile
November 2017
We had a great time and enjoyed our stay.

Louise User Profile
November 2017
We LOVED this house! It was a bit of a dirt road to get to the house, but our rental van made it. The house is situated on a little hill with views in all directions, sunset is unreal, so beautiful. If you are lucky you will also have the most amazing sky during the night. This was definitely the one place during our vacation where I felt the most relaxed (and we stayed at many airbnb's and hotels). We stayed 5 people and it was fine, 2 in the main bed, 2 on the loft and one on the sofa. House has everything you need in terms of kitchen, shower etc. (even the prettiest mountain view from the bathroom). You will not regret renting this place, it is truly magical.

Jia User Profile
October 2017
This house is as shatteringly special as other reviewers have said. I've never experienced anything like it: the wind and the light moving across the enormous canyon, the shelter and refuge the house provides in the midst of wild and beautifully lonely surroundings. Down to the little loft with the skylight for stargazing, every detail is incredibly thoughtful and careful. I can't imagine a better way to experience Joshua Tree.

Alex User Profile
October 2017
Absolutely wonderful and magical! I rented Ryan’s place for a weekend to propose to my girlfriend and it was perfect, quiet, quaint. The property is in a surreal location for sunrises and stargazing. We both left feeling energized and restored. We also both agreed this was the best Airbnb we’ve ever stayed in. We look forward to returning for an anniversary! One quick note that the driveway is a bit rough at points but we had no problem getting up to the house in the Kia Soul we had. Added to the adventure in our opinion :)

Julia User Profile
October 2017
Stunning! The stars, no words. Gorgeous place.

Steven User Profile
October 2017
Always great.

Joshua Tree, California, United StatesJoined in December 2012
Ryan User Profile

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!

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