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The Retro-Zen Den - Near the park, Central A/C, Wifi, Jacuzzi, 40' Hdtv

Bedrooms 2
Space 900 sq ft
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

900 Sq Ft. Sleeps 1-4, 1/2 Mile To Joshua Tree Downtown

We are experienced Joshua Tree vacation rental hosts and have hosted over 100 groups in Joshua Tree since mid 2013. Our other listings are 3662098, 3777917 and 3826391. (Just enter the # in the search engine to view)

If you have any questions, I can be reached fastest by text message to (760)820-2302. Please mention where you saw my listing and that you are interested in information about the Retro-Zen Den.

The Retro-Zen Den features a colorful mid-century atomic styled living room with scraped hardwood flooring, and a comfortable leather chaise facing a wall-mounted 40 inch hd tv (with 300+ channels including HBO and Showtime.) the contrasting minimalist zen-inspired bedroom includes a mini bonus room closet with a twin daybed. This unit has high-end central a/c with temperature control, so our guests can be comfortable both during the hot summer months and cooler winter months.The central location allows you to be “close to it all,” while still nicely tucked away in a quiet area away from the main freeway.

There is wifi and a large, well-maintained, 60+ jet jacuzzi in the complex. This is a ideal home base for a couple or family.

Part of the historic starlight villas estate, the retro-zen den lived a vibrant past life, as a gathering place for guests hosted by one of Joshua tree’s most well-known and generous philanthropists. Her friends, visiting professors, and scientists studying the park’s otherworldly landscape stayed here. Now, we’ve taken care to preserve the same spirit and create a welcoming, warm, retro-inspired place just a few blocks from the joshua tree national park visitors center.

For all of you who are looking forward to enjoying the awe-inspiring views and rejuvenating power of Joshua Tree, we look forward to being your home away from home on your upcoming adventure here.

More Details

Member since: 2013
Speaks English
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
19 May, 2018

About Cliff

I grew up in the small suburban town of Chappaqua, NY and have always enjoyed the outdoors and the arts. I later crossed coasts and graduated from UC Berkeley. I now work in Finance in Los Angeles and Joshua Tree is my favorite weekend escape.

Cliff purchased this villa in 2012

What makes this villa unique

Historic joshua tree estate, located just 4 blocks from joshua tree downtown.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We loved our stay at the Zen Den! It was very hip and spacious. Right across from the park entrance which made everything easier. Exceeded expectations. If you're looking for an otherworldly trip - Joshua Tree is the place and the Zen Den is the perfect home base.
Aug 2014
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in the Joshua Tree in the San Bernardino County

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 900 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00 / Check-out: Noon
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • city centre
  • Mountain View
  • resort
  • village
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bonus room - 2 Single Bed
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Terrace
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
Onsite Services:
  • Staff
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • laundrette - not serviced
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • luaus
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing


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The Retro-Zen Den - Near the park, Central A/C, Wifi, Jacuzzi, 40' Hdtv
average rating of 4.5 based on 3 reviews

Probably perfect for hikers...

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If we had come to Joshua Tree to hike in the park, I think the Retro Zen Den would have been fine. I would still have wished for mattress pads on the beds for hygiene's sake, a real second bedroom instead of a converted walk-in closet, and a bar or ring for a hand towel in the bathroom. The unit is conveniently located and very clean. It is well designed and built, and the furnishings are fabulous! There are soaps, shampoos and lotions which looked like they were left by previous guests. The kitchen had adequate tableware and cookware. The granola bars were a nice welcome and the book was very helpful.

But I was in Joshua Tree for a family event. I would have really appreciated a closet pole for the one hanger present, plus a few more hangers. An iron and ironing board would have been great. Better lighting in the bathroom would have been a big help, but failing that, I could have used a mirror on a stand that I could have taken into a room with better lighting for grooming. And a full length mirror would have been wonderful! Luckily my husband was around to snap a couple of cell phone photos so I could make sure I was presentable.

I do recommend this rental, especially for hikers who don't need to dress up. If you do need to dress for an occasion, just know to bring hangers, mirrors, etc.

  • Review Submitted: 26-Nov-2016
  • Date of Stay: November 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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The Zen Den was sheer Bliss

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Cliff's Zen Den. It was very cozy and warm with all the amenities we needed. The grounds and the unit were very clean, there's ample free parking and it's very close to restaurants, shopping and the park entrance. We also met Andrew the grounds keeper. He was super nice and gave us some suggestions about Joshua Tree. We look forward to our next retreat to Joshua Tree and plan on staying at one off Cliff's places again.

  • Review Submitted: 10-Mar-2016
  • Date of Stay: March 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
25 Miles
Palm Springs International Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
The Joshua Tree Saloon Grill & Bar
Nearest Motorway
0.3 Miles
Highway 62
Nearest Restaurant
0.6 Miles
Crossroads Cafe
Car: necessary

The retro-zen den is conveniently located just blocks away from joshua tree’s lively downtown area that features eclectic restaurants, boutiques, the official park visitor center, a weekly farmers market, antique shopping, an art gallery, organic health store, and saloon.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday villa in the Joshua Tree, California

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2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 3 guests; add £12 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Professional Cleaning £26.32 + Tax

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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