There’s no denying we’ve romanticized the new-wave of Joshua Tree developments with envy and intrigue. Who doesn’t want a desert house of their own? As Airbnb bulges with awe-inspiring spots for rent at all price points, we feel called to the wild, so to speak. There’s no better season than spring to grow familiar with these otherworldly national forests, so until you make that downpayment on some Yucca-dotted land of your own, try these bookings on for size. Consider this your architectural amuse-bouches, if you will, of Joshua Tree’s most awe-inspiring spaces. Welcome to a new frontier of vacation design.
Desert minimalism is serenity on its terms, and this mid-century ranch style home embodies just that. If you’re seeking retreat but don’t like group activities, come to Villa Kuro to become physically and mentally refreshed. As you flow through the ease of the two-bed two-bath and indoor/outdoor landscape, you’ll find new meaning in becoming one with nature and a new appreciation for a neutral palette.
A rental fit for the likes of Georgia O’Keefe, Joshua Tree Mojave Moon Casita offers a healthy dose of western-meets-West-Coast style. Trip out on light wood, cement floors, and subway tiles while you sip your Joshua Tree Coffee Company drip. While equipped with two beds and within walking distance of local favorites, the Mojave Moon Casita is more than budget-friendly.
Spirit Wind is the type of home that makes us wonder if we’re adulting all wrong — its clean-lines of white walls make up the bones of mid-century charm, while its vast windows will convince that nature is, in fact, the ultimate muse. Your stay will be relaxing, but you will never tire of the unexpected design details of this family-sized rental. The experience comes complete with a hammock circle, need I say more?
Dome in the Desert makes the argument that you are never too old to play. A yellow-splashed ode to American architect Buckminster Fuller’s geometric designs, this home brings back to life the creativity that keeps us dreaming outside the box. With a magical loft space and wood-burning stove, this is your inner child’s destination of choice.
Wild Wild Best
Desert Wild is like a Balinese villa brought stateside and throws design punches we may never recover from. Sexy details like *that fireplace* and the backyard pool make this booking Insta-worthy from the minute you fling open the front door. Simplicity feels just right as magic hour covers everything in gold through the villa’s wide windows. Gather your closest design junkies: this spot sleeps four!
Desert Air Casita invites us to rethink masculine vs. feminine aesthetic while we ogle this perfectly partnered balance of cognac leather, raw wood, and come-hither white bedding. When you aren’t scouring for antiques or climbing the park’s trails, let your bones rest in this dreamy, totally affordable accommodation for two.
“Who doesn’t want a desert house of their own?”
Pint Size, Big Inspo
Joshua Tree Tiny House wants you to know size never mattered in the game of craft. This home was expertly made to fit all your needs, so your vacation doesn’t have to put a dent in your carbon footprint but can still max out on enjoyment. Completely customized with a murphy bed, fold-out dining table, and extra plush memory foam mattress, it’s worth taking notes for tiny house fans. The desert views from the hot tub are just a bonus.
The Joshua Tree House is infamous around these parts for popularizing the California Desert style, and when we see it for yourself you’ll understand why. Perfection comes in the form of creamy white detail and natural-tanned leather accents, all presented in a rustic wood frame. It’s a home that collaborates with the land and cherishes the gifts of the desert. Slip into the stock tank pool by the heat of the day, and the hot tub by the chill of the night. Go entirely off the radar and immerse yourself in solitude, or wrangle five of your closest friends for a scenic escape.
Homestead After Our Hearts
Cielito Lindo Retreat is a freshly remodeled contemporary farmhouse that visitors to the area will not want to miss — and they don’t have to as it houses 10 guests. Dine al fresco, take your pick of the hot or cold tubs or chill out in one of the dreamy living spaces. This destination is like the physical manifestation of a refresh button.