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  • 2 bedrooms

  • 2 bathrooms

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Welcome to the imagination of renegade architect Robert Stone. Much more than just a home, this place in the desert is a work of art brought to life – art you add to just by reacting to it and living in it. Here, in more than seven acres of arid desert, this golden mirage is an ode to Stone's myriad interests and inspirations. From brutalism and classic desert modernism to references to BMX and sandstorms, it's all here if you look deeply enough. And judging by the number of design magazines that have featured it, and the prestigious names that have shot here (Vogue, Saint Laurent and many more), it's picked up quite a few important admirers. A stay at this glittering pleasure palace is an experience unlike any other. The internal space is smaller and more intimate than you may expect, with the main part of the home forming a combined living space and pool area. Most of the external walls are gigantic, half-mirrored sliding doors – in gold, of course – and polished steel poles hold aloft the 14-inch-thin roof without the aid of dropped beams, which is a structural feat. Slide open the doors and the distinction between indoors and the wilderness blurs beautifully. Specifically designed to be spatially confusing, it can be hard to work out what's what here, but make no mistake – this home is as comfortable for guests as it is awe-inspiring. There's a full kitchen and a large dining table, a casual seating area within easy reach of the sound system and two matching bedrooms with glass walls to the atrium. And what desert home would be complete without a mosaic-mirrored reflecting pool and an oversized spa to relax in? The external space is surrounded by wildly decorative wrought iron gates, with thousands of metal roses intertwined with concrete and a giant heart over the pool. It's all quite James-Bond-meets-glam-rock-video – in the very best way, of course. Out here there's a sunken back patio with a fire pit and seating, and a grill so you can barbecue under desert skies in the nook between the rocky outcrops. Without any of the clutter that may distract you from the experience, it's minimally furnished with impeccable taste. A riot of gold, beige, mirrors and metal, in one of the most unique settings on earth, this is a stay you'll be talking about for the rest of your life.


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What to expect


Highlights

Stay in stunning Joshua Tree – the national park's west entrance is around twenty minutes by car

Stay in stunning Joshua Tree – the national park's west entrance is around twenty minutes by car

Dip in and out of your large spa and reflecting pool, with a dramatic wrought iron backdrop

Dip in and out of your large spa and reflecting pool, with a dramatic wrought iron backdrop

Slide away the glass doors and open up the whole living space to the desert

Slide away the glass doors and open up the whole living space to the desert

Light the fire pit and heat up the grill on the sunken patio

Light the fire pit and heat up the grill on the sunken patio

Sleep soundly in comfortable, stylish bedrooms – glass doors open to the atrium

Sleep soundly in comfortable, stylish bedrooms – glass doors open to the atrium

Watch the sunset from the comfort of your living room

Watch the sunset from the comfort of your living room

Gaze at the cosmos thanks to famously starry desert skies

Gaze at the cosmos thanks to famously starry desert skies

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Home truths

    The bedrooms are are identical, just reversed

    The en-suite bathrooms are open to each bedroom – the toilets are behind doors for privacy

    While there's no Wifi, there's good mobile signal out here and phones work well

    There's a Bluetooth-enabled multi-speaker sound system to play your tunes

    The design of the house means it can be opened entirely to catch the desert breeze, and there's also a central evaporative cooling system

    While you're welcome to take photos for private use, there are understandably strict rules about commercial use

    There's another home on the land, around 600 feet away, but your privacy is ensured

    The pin on the map shows the general location and is not precise – exact location is provided after booking

About this stay


Amenities

Gym

Parking available

Washing machine

Garden

Fridge

Freezer

Bedrooms & bathrooms

2 bedrooms, 2 beds

2 bathrooms

Local guide


About Joshua Tree

Drive a couple of hours east of Los Angeles, and you’re in a different world. Nowhere is that more apparent than Joshua Tree with its many artist residences, rugged rock formations, and stark desert landscapes. Named after the twisted, bristled Joshua Tree, a stay in this little Mojave desert community is synonymous with art exhibitions, beautiful night skies, hikes, delicious food, and plenty of hours lounging about in aesthetically pleasing surroundings.

Booking policies


House Rules

Children welcome (1-12 years)

Infants welcome (under 12 months)

No pets

No parties or events

No smoking

Good to know

Arrival from 16:00

Departure before 11:00

No air con

No wifi

Cancellation policy

  • Up until

    30

    days

    Cancel at least 30 days before your check-in date for a full refund.

  • Up until

    7

    days

    Cancel at least 7 days before your check-in date for a 50% refund.

  • Not eligible for a refund once your check-in date is under 7 days away.

Host


This home is managed by Val

This home is managed directly by its owner who will be your point of contact before and during your stay. Val will make sure you have peace, privacy and a magical stay.

Registration or licence number: CESTRP-2021-02255.

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