Amazing Colorful Designer Rental with Barbecue and Hot-tub in Joshua Tree, California

Designer Rental in Joshua Tree, CA

3 guests • 1 bedroom • 1 bed


In a valley of boulders just outside the Joshua Tree Park is this designer rental. Designed by Josh Schweitzer as a retreat for the owners’ close friends & family, this home is available to the public for the first time. Following in the footsteps of Lloyd Wright’s nearby New City of Mentalphysics, this home continues a rich tradition of experimental and radical architecture in the high desert.
Downtown JT -->5 Min Drive
Joshua Tree NP --> Min Drive
Pappy & Harriet’s -->20 Min Drive

Recently featured in The New York Times & Dwell Magazine, as well as on the covers of numerous books, it is exactingly specific to this space and place, its location inseparable from the design and its historical time of conception and architectural experimentation. The result is a liberating and unique artistic expression, reinventing the idea of a modern desert domestic dwelling.

► 1 bedroom; king size mattress
► 1 full bathroom; w/ vanity & walk in shower
► Secluded backyard w/ fire-pit & loungers
► 5+ acres to explore
► Hot tub, nestled in the boulders
► Fully equipped kitchen; modern appliances
► Washer & dryer w/ supplies provided
► Large living room w/ fireplace, books, games + endless views (No TV)
► Outdoor gazebo w/ dining table set for 4
► EV charger
► Pet friendly
► High-speed WiFi for remote work + entertainment
► One mile to the Joshua Tree National Park entrance

- Full-time, local support team
- Locally roasted coffee & pantry essentials
- Parachute towels & linens and Public Goods natural body products
- Concierge-like support to help you unplug, unwind, & engage with the High Desert

Here Are a Few Kind Words From Our Recent Guests:

-”The house has been beautifully integrated into the natural surroundings, featuring a stunning indoor and outdoor design. The outdoor space was immaculate and truly complemented the overall charm of the place.” -Nico

-”We loved staying at this architectural marvel! The stargazing from the hot tub, cooking a meal on the grille, and ice cream by the fire pit are memories we will have for a lifetime. Highly recommend booking here.” -Macy

30 years on this designer rental is still equally jarring and relevant. It is nestled amid the giant boulders near the entrance of Joshua Tree National Park (known as Joshua Tree National Monument when the house was designed). The desert sun creates dramatic, choreographic shadow play with the right angles of the architecture and perforations. As a highly conceptual shelter, it is an extreme contextual marriage of location and organic postmodern architecture, an unprecedented alien style as distinctive as the landscape surrounding it.

"Everyone thinks of the desert as monochromatic. But when you look carefully, there are all these amazing colors: a vivid green lichen growing on a rock, a bright red flower, and the impossibly blue sky. This compound takes those colors and builds them at the scale of man, which is bigger than the flower, but a lot smaller than the rocks." - Architect, Josh Schweitzer

The cubic shape, with trapezoidal openings, mirrors the surrounding landscape, which is dominated by fragmented monzogranite boulders. Three vertical cubic pavilions, each boldly painted in deep desert colors and punctuated by random trapezoidal openings and windows huddle together in both animated and natural harmony with the exaggerated and surreal surrounding landscape. This house comes from, stands outside of, and comments on both the natural and the man made landscapes. The forms may seem primitive, but they are derived from Schweitzer's former employer, Frank Gehry.

The most recent custodian of the house was composer Harold Budd. The house was his muse for 20 years and the shelter under which he composed many musical pieces and poetry. “Although its aura is ethereal and unworldly, Budd's music is actually an exemplary form of humanly useful music.” An apt description of his work and one that beautifully encapsulates this historic house as well.

Open living area, focused on verticality in a landscape of horizontal expanse. There is comfortable couch seating and throw blankets alongside a propane fireplace, books, games and a bluetooth speaker. There is no TV.

-King-size bed in primary bedroom with black-out roller shades
-Bathroom with a large vanity and walk-in shower
-Washer and dryer

✓Essential toiletries provided, including Public Goods shampoo, conditioner, & body wash
✓Hair dryer
✓Parachute towels & linens

The kitchen and dining area is surrounded by carefully placed window frames with a view of the mountains but in a cut-off angled manner, so that the desert is seen through hexilated snapshots.

-Indoor dining table by Roy McMakin for Domestic Furniture and dining chairs by the architect Josh Schweitzer, with seating for 6
-Outdoor dining table for 6 people in the gazebo
-Premium baking sheets, pots and pans
-Toaster, blender and vintage melamine plates and drinkware
-Cooking oil, salt & pepper, a few spices, sugar-in-the-raw and locally roasted Wonder Lake coffee is included
-A drip coffee maker, French press, stove-top espresso maker and tea kettle
-Propane BBQ grill and tools

The outdoor space had been arranged to optimize engagement with the desert. The orange gazebo is actually an outdoor room, a place for dining, a place of shade and one of idiosyncratic pattern.

-Hot tub w/ views, hidden on a deck in the boulders
-Propane fire-pit and loungers
-Native & ancient landscaping surrounding the home

It includes High Speed WiFi, heating, and air conditioning.
Parking is available for 4 vehicles w/ an EV charger

Please contact us if you have any questions about the home or the area in general. We hope to welcome you soon!

This home is very well known and is quite attractive to people visiting the area. There is no trespassing allowed and ample warning signs leading up to the house regarding this. Authorities will be called if someone approaches the house for a photo. However, please know their desire to take a photo of the architecture is a compliment to the home and to your great taste and we appreciate your understanding as management deals with people who cannot read signs and respect boundaries.

Visitors come to the High Desert for its unique landscape, culture, and recreational opportunities, as well as for the weather - hot and dry summers and mild winters at our high altitude. Joshua Tree and the communities surrounding the Joshua Tree National Park include Flamingo Heights, Pioneertown, Morongo Valley, Yucca Valley, and Landers. You’ll be close to all the action at Josh Schweitzer's. Some of our favorite options available to you:

–Joshua Tree National Park: 800,000 acres of mystical beauty - Joshua Tree National Park is one of the world’s most incredible natural desert treasures. Sweeping, grand in scale and populated by granite monoliths and voluptuous rock and boulder formations. This quiet land, conducive to meditation and roaming, was carved by extremes in climate - wind, rain and an ever-present, relentless sun. Diverse forms of plant life are found everywhere, but none as unique or prevalent as the park’s namesake: the Joshua tree, standing majestically across the vast topography.

–Pioneertown: Step back in time to thus rustic Old West-style village. Wander through the historic buildings, visit unique shops, catch a live music performance at Pappy & Harriets, and experience the Wild West charm.

• The Integratron: New age-y healing destination with a sound bath, originally designed by ufologist George Van Tassel with the goal of reversing the aging process.

Everything at your fingertips and more, when you book with us today

You will have the entire house and property to yourself. Only registered guests are allowed, unless specifically agreed upon during the booking process. 2 extra day guests may be approved, but the county restricts occupancy to 4 after 8pm. Any unannounced guests will be asked to leave and the reservation may be canceled at will. We do have a security camera fixed on the driveway of the property to monitor the number of people arriving.

While we encourage taking walks on this property and in the National Park, please do not wander into our neighbor's backyards in the surrounding area as you will be trespassing on private property.


Monument Major is one of the most desirable neighborhoods in the Joshua Tree area given its immediate proximity to the park and breathtaking vistas of the area’s signature Craggy Mountains and desert plants.

When you’re ready for some outdoor adventure, Joshua Tree National Park’s West Entrance is just 2 minutes away by car.

Searching for great eats, drinks, shops, and things to do? Here are a few recommendations in Joshua Tree Village, a 5-minute drive away:
• Start your day at Joshua Tree Coffee Co., known for their famed coffee made from locally roasted beans
• Marvel at the handiwork at the World Famous Crochet Museum
• Pick up some lunch or a souvenir from the Joshua Tree Certified Farmers' Market, open Saturdays
• Perhaps close your day with the food, drinks and music offered at the rustic Joshua Tree Saloon

Up for a day trip? Don’t miss these area highlights - they’re worth the drive.
• Noah Purifoy Outdoor Desert Art Museum (15-minute drive) - As far from a stuffy gallery as you can imagine, this outdoor sculpture garden contains a unique collection of folk-art.
• Pioneertown (20-minute drive) - Put on your ten-gallon hat and stroll down Mane Street of this Wild West-inspired town, also known for Pappy & Harriet’s, a notable restaurant and venue.
• The Integratron (25-minute drive) - New age-y healing destination with a sound bath, originally designed by ufologist George Van Tassel with the goal of reversing the aging process.
• Palm Springs (45-minute drive) - Artsy town known for vintage shopping, art galleries, and the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway.

Of course, let’s not forget about the essentials. Everything you need is within close driving distance:
• Closest supermarket: Vons (13-minute drive)
• Closest liquor store: Mike's Liquor (6-minute drive)
• Closest pharmacy: Star Pharmacy (7-minute drive)
• Closest bank: U.S. Bank (13-minute drive)
• Closest gas station: 76 (6-minute drive)

This is a remote location down dirt roads, so please take it slow. While a car is required to get around, a four wheel drive car is not, but note that roads will often have ruts, particularly after a rain.

• EVENTS & COMMERCIAL PHOTOSHOOTS: Are not permitted without prior approval, applicable permit and additional fees.

• DOGS: Dogs are welcome and there is a one time fee of $100. Maximum of 2 Dogs allowed. No other types of animals are authorized.

• CELL SERVICE: Cell phone service availability and quality in the high desert varies by service provider. This is particularly true in the more remote areas of Joshua Tree, Pipes Canyon, and Pioneertown. Please be prepared by enabling wifi calling or downloading a VOIP program.


• The number of people in the home may not exceed the number of guests in your reservation confirmation without our prior approval (regardless of whether they are staying the night or just visiting). Additional guest fees starting at $65 per person per night will apply for any unauthorized persons.

•Your sole right to access the property begins with the 3PM check-in and ends at the 11AM check-out, unless other times are approved in writing in advance. Check-in is not allowed after 9PM unless approved in writing in advance. If you violate these rules, we may charge up to 50% of the daily rate for an early arrival and/or late check-out.

• Dogs are allowed with prior written permission, only with the payment of an additional cleaning fee, and only at certain properties. Dog owners agree to the following additional rules: use protective sheets that we will leave out for you to cover any place where your dog may lie (we are not equipped to shampoo furniture or rugs or dry clean bedding after your departure); outside the house dogs are to be leashed at all times (there are coyotes in the High Desert, which present danger to unleashed dogs) and owners must immediately pick up after their dogs and deposit waste in a plastic bag and place it in the garbage bin; dogs are not to be left unattended in the house at any time. In addition to our additional dog cleaning fee, we will deduct the costs of extra cleaning or repairs necessitated by the presence of your dog.

• Recreational vehicles, motorcycles and camping or other overnight accommodations outside the home are not allowed. Violations of this policy will result in termination of the reservation with no refund.

• We do not guarantee the speed or availability of internet service. Internet service is provided by a satellite and/or wireless provider and may be subject to more fluctuations and outages than you are used to. No illegal or abusive use of the Internet access is allowed.

• Cell service may not be available at the property due to the rural nature and geography of the area.

• The High Desert occasionally has power outages. We are not responsible for any general outages of Southern California Edison.

• No photoshoots are allowed on the property without prior written approval and the payment of additional fees. Unauthorized use of the rental property’s name, address, or images, including its interior, exterior, and / or private property surroundings, for any commercial use including but not limited to selling, advertising, TV, film production, electronic, or other media, is not permitted and we will seek to have any use removed.

• Special events such as weddings and parties are not permitted without written approval and the payment of additional fees.

• Guests who utilize a home’s hot tub, pools and/or plunge pool do so at their own risk and we are not liable for any personal injury or other damages associated with such use. Guests may not use glass or pottery glassware, plates, etc. in or anywhere near any such water amenity. If any glass or pottery ware is broken in or near a water amenity, you will be charged the full amount to drain and refill the amenity and for any lost revenue during such service. Guests may not leave minors unattended at any hot tub, pool or plunge pool.

• Guests shall allow the property owner or any designated workers access to the property for landscaping and routine maintenance, cleaning, repairs and building inspections, and pool and hot tub repairs and service.

• If for any reason beyond the control of the owner, the property is unavailable, we may cancel your reservation with only a refund to the actual fees and / or deposits you have paid.

• Smoking is not allowed inside the house or within 15 feet of any exterior door. Please dispose of your extinguished cigarette waste into a plastic bag and then into the outdoor garbage can. Do not leave cigarette waste on the grounds. If these rules are violated, we will charge a minimum of $250.

• Propane firepits or fireplaces may not be used for burning wood or any other materials (it is illegal pursuant to a county ordinance and may damage the fixture). If any combustible materials are burned in them, we will charge a minimum of $500 cleaning fee.

• By making your reservation, you confirm that you will comply with (and your stay is allowed by) any applicable health or safety orders from the State of California.

• We do not allow firearms on the property. If you are a firearms carrier, your firearm must remain off the property.

• Rental Ordinance. Please pay attention to the relevant short-term rental ordinances in accordance with county or city guidelines. If you violate any ordinance and as a result the property is fined, you will be responsible for payment of the fine.

• Payment terms. Payments are due 50% at 60 days before check-in and 50% at 30 days before check-in (or at the time of reservation if less than the days for either payment).

• Deposit policy. A deposit is required at the time of booking and any unused portion will be returned 7 days after checkout.

• We may withhold all or part of your deposit if you fail to follow the rules in this agreement, the property listing or the property house manual. If the cost of the damages, losses, or missing items exceed the amount of the deposit, we will bill your credit card for the difference and / or pursue legal action. Cause(s) for withholding deposit funds include, but are not limited to: damage to premises or contents, missing or broken items, lost keys, required excessive cleaning, not complying fully with the departure checklist, smoke odors or damage, mailing charges for items left behind, unauthorized persons visiting or staying on the property, the presence of a dog without authorization, noise complaints after 10PM, including fines, trespassing on neighboring properties, and unauthorized late check-out.

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Features and services


  • 1 King-size bed

Most popular features

  • Pets allowed

  • Private Jacuzzi/Hot tub

  • Wi-Fi/Internet

  • Private Kitchen

  • National Park

  • Heating

  • Hiking

  • Air conditioning

  • Fridge

  • Mountain

  • Wildlife watching

  • stove


  • barbecue

    Private Barbecue

  • Supermarket

  • Yoga

  • Desert

  • Prairie, meadow or plain

  • Town/City

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Joshua Tree, California

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Scenic views
  • Joshua Tree National Park
    1 miles straight-line distance
    2 kilometers straight-line distance

  • Desert

  • Mountain

  • Prairie, meadow or plain

Activities near Joshua Tree
  • Hiking

  • Meditation

  • Yoga

  • Wildlife watching

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Arrival and departure

  • Check-in: From 03:00 PM

  • Check-out: 11:00 AM

House rules

  • Pets allowed
    Extra charge

  • No smoking

  • No parties

  • No events

  • No open fires

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