About this listing
This fully renovated Modern Rustic 2 bed 1.5 bath mid-century ranch house is on a stunning desert setting 1/2 mile from Joshua Tree National Park entrance. Perfect for two families and/or couples, with a fully stocked kitchen and top notch amenities.
Beautiful vista filled days and star filled nights await at our (modesty aside) impeccably appointed and charmingly comfortable home. Our neighbors are close enough to keep an eye out for each other, but far enough away to provide complete privacy.
Ocotillo Verde’s history can be seen in its polished concrete floor. Starting it’s long life as a homestead cabin, the home was added onto twice, the second time in 1948 when it was officially added to the county register. Extensive renovations completed in 2013 have modernized the original structure while preserving its character and beauty. The spacious 1200 sq ft interior offers a good balance of natural light and rich materials, examples of Modern Rustic wood and steel craftsmanship, and thoughtful detailing is found throughout.
The home sits on 5 acres and is filled with art and visual puns, 1/2 mile from the main Joshua Tree park entrance, designed for two families and/or couples to stay comfortably. The home is the perfect place to get away to the quiet and solitude of the high Mojave.
The first bedroom has a California king bed along with a twin trundle, and the second has a queen bed with a full size futon that doubles as a comfy couch. Each has it's own private door to the outside.
The great room has vaulted ceilings and consists of a fully stocked kitchen, living room and dining table accomodating 8+. The kitchen features an eat-in island along with full size refrigerator, oven, dishwasher, pantry and cooktop, along with side-by-side gas and charcoal grills. There is also a full size washer and dryer in an enclosed alcove next to the kitchen.
The main bathroom has an extra large soaking tub that can fit two, perfect for relaxing after a long climb or hike. It also features a spacious rain-head shower, which can also fit two (or more, really).
The village of Joshua Tree itself is a charming, eclectic and walkable town, with one-of-a-kind art galleries, unique boutiques and restaurants and even a saloon. Multiple outfitter stores offer climbing and hiking supplies, books and information, along side the National Park Visitors Center. Saturday mornings there's a Certified Farmers Market right in town. Crossroads Cafe, Natural Sisters, Pie for the People, and Sam's Indian Restaurant (which also has amazing pizza and subs). While you can find most things you need in the village, we recommend stocking up on groceries in Yucca Valley, 7 miles to the west.
The home generally rents for $245 Friday and Saturday, and $165-$215 Sunday through Thursday, through 2017. Higher rates and minimum stays may apply during holidays and during holidays and special events. There is a 10% discount if you book a week or more. Rates subject to change.
Keep an eye out for last minute deals, and will entertain single night stays on weekends if booked within 36 hours of your stay. We look forward to discussing your particular needs and circumstances!
For groups of eight or less, we have a flat cleaning fee of $75 regardless of number of days stayed. We charge an additional $25 per person per night for groups over six. We highly recommend against trying to book groups of more than 8 people: the wear on the septic tank and lack of bed space overwhelms the house.
Please be aware that we cannot have anything other than toilet paper flushed down the toilets (beyond the obvious).
Also, if you are checking out early (11am or before), please text/message me so I can let our housekeeper Tiffany know. It really helps her free up her day.
While we welcome cats and dogs, pet owners must notify us at time of rental and an add'l $50 cleaning fee will be required. No exceptions.
If the propane tank on the grill is out, we always keep a spare in the shed. Notify me and I'll tell you how to find it.
You will have access to the entire house and grounds, except for the enclosed garage.
Interaction with guests
We live in Long Beach, so our interaction with guests is minimal. We do have a property manager who lives about 15 miles away in case anything comes up and you need to call him, but otherwise you will not see him.
Other things to note
Before turning on the A/C, please use the evaporative cooler by the TV. The controls are on the front of it. It is far more green and instant than A/C, and will cool a house surprisingly well.
Joshua Tree Roasting Company coffee beans are provided, and help yourselves to condiments, spices and the like. Please take advantage of the book and DVD library, and feel free to do a book swap. Unfortunately, we can no longer allow open fires in our fire pit as San Bernardino County has placed a moratorium on open flame pits due to exceptionally dry brush and drought conditions. Fire pits are still allowed in campsites in the park, however.
Our housekeeper is meticulous and thorough, but the house is not air-tight due to a natural cooling system in the venting space above the ceiling. This means there is dust in the air, inside the house, especially when it gets windy. There may be dust on some of the surfaces when you arrive. This doesn't mean it hasn't been cleaned recently, but simply that living in the desert in a windy canyon has its' costs. Only two very fastidious guests have mentioned it via private feedback in over 1.5 years, but if you think this is a deal breaker, perhaps you might consider another Airbnb home in the area.
We have a two night minimum for weekends.
We are sharing our home with you, and expect all guests to treat it accordingly. Dogs are welcome (unfortunately no cats due to other guests' allergies) but require an additional cleaning fee of $50.
Please note: we've had a few neighbor complaints about large groups getting too loud on the patio, and fires getting too big (which is a huge safety and wildfire concern). Make sure to keep the spark arrestor over the firepit at all times.
ABSOLUTELY NO FIREWORKS! They are tantamount to pouring gasoline on our neighbors' homes and lighting a match, and they will call the Sheriff Department immediately.
Also, please make sure to turn off any of the flood lamps outside of the house to reduce light pollution. Note that there are two lights on the front of the garage that are dusk-to-dawn, and others in that area are motion-detection. The only ones to watch are on the bedroom and patio sides of the house, along with the one that's controlled by the switch just inside the kitchen door.
DO NOT BURN ANY WOOD YOU FIND ON THE PROPERTY. Also, please do not bring firewood from home, you could unwittingly introduce non-native bugs and/or tree-borne diseases into our ecosystem. You can buy wood at any grocery store in Yucca Valley or Sam's Groceries in Joshua Tree (5 minutes away).
Please make sure to turn off any of the flood lamps outside of the house to reduce light pollution.
Guests shall agree to all Rules and Terms as follows:
Smoking: Absolutely no smoking of any kind is allowed in the home, including vaping. A large ashtray can be found outside; please use it. Any violation of this rule will result in a $100 additional cleaning fee.
1. Damage to property: Guest agrees to be entirely responsible for and will compensate Homeowner in full for any and all damage Guest may cause to the Property.
2. Release of Liability: Homeowner is not responsible for any accidents, injuries, or illnesses that may occur to guest or visitors of guest while in the house or on the premises. By agreeing to rent the property, guest expressly assumes the risk of any harm arising from use of the premises.
3. Notification and property access for maintenance: In the event that a need should arise during the term of stay, Guest shall notify homeowner or property manager as soon as possible regarding any evidence of damage to or improper functioning of any part of the property and shall allow Homeowner or Property Manager access to the Property for purposes of inspection and repair. Homeowner shall exercise this right of access in a reasonable manner. Homeowner may also request access for the purpose of showing to a prospective guest or maintanance/storage, and in this case, Guest shall reasonably grant access.
4. Unfortunately we've had to remove our fire pit due to a moratorium on open flame by San Bernardino County. Open fires are still allowed at campsites in the park, however.m.
5. While we welcome dogs, pet owners must notify us at time of rental and an additional $50 cleaning fee will be required. No exceptions.
6. The desert is a living environment and as such birds, spiders, lizards and scorpions are present. Always use the screen doors to keep them out of the house.
7. No photography of narrative or documentary projects while on the property -- stills or video -- nor is our home is not to be used as a base camp for a production. Violation of this rule will result in your immediate eviction from the property and forfeit of the cost of your entire scheduled stay. Using a phone cam or consumer grade video camera to document your trip for strictly personal, non-commercial use is allowed.
Cancel up to 5 days before your trip and get a full refund. Cancel within 5 days of your trip and the first night is non-refundable, but 50% of the cost for the remaining nights will be refunded.
Hey there everybody
Life is too short for the nonsense. I believe in commitment within flexibility, education within nature, freedom within structure.
My wife, Heather and I, spent 4 years gutting and rebuilding Ocotillo Verde. Our boys, Gus (8) & Wiley (7), are my inspiration and salvation.
We love our Joshua Tree home and hope you will too.