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Colleen (Chaz) O'Brien

Member since: 2012
Speaks English, Spanish


25 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Separate WC's1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Photos and Description of this 3 bedroom holiday home in California - NINJA RANCH

2.5 acre, 3BR 2 Bath, 3 Person FAR Infrared Sauna Modern Design meets Homest

ENTER THE NINJA RANCH, and leave having vested, tested and rested your inner Ninja! The ranch is nestled on 2.5 acres and located in the town of Joshua Tree, gateway to the awe inspiring national park in the magical Mojave. The Ninja Ranch is located just 1/4 mile off Highway 62, within 300 yards off the park boundary, 1 mile from the Indian Cove Park Entrance and directly between the Park's West and East entrances, allowing you to easily access every aspect it has to offer during your stay!

A comfortable and well appointed ranch where modern design meets homesteader tradition, the Ninja Ranch will grow over the years with new amenities and a vision for a community of ninjas who return to further their training year after year and season after season! January 2015 NEW 3 person FAR Infrared Sauna added! After a day of hiking or climbing, take an infrared sauna to improve circulation, skin, digestion, and overall health on top of treating sore muscles - the only FAR Infrared Sauna in the high desert! Plus rarely found desert rental property amenities of garbage disposal and dishwasher (family friendly).

The Ranch is adjacent to park boundary with incredible panoramic views 15 minutes walk from the door that are kid friendly (4yrs +). Secluded, tranquil, pristine and quiet with few neighbors, yet an easy 1/4 mile road to Highway 62 and nearby restaurants, yoga studios, shops after a day in the park. Bouldering, running, biking, hiking, gentle walks and wildlife (coyotes, quail, roadrunner, tortoise) can be found right outside the ranch gates. The south facing yard is made for relaxing. Extraordinary sweeping 360 degree views greet you from every side with stunning sunsets and night skies with star showers daily. We do not allow pets to ensure guests with allergies, particularly children, have a healthy space to stay and play.

The immediate property is fully gated, with a large gas grill, picnic table, hammocks, teak lounge chairs and a fire pit. Inside find a fully equipped chef quality kitchen and dishwasher, fire place, gas heat, swamp cooler and ceiling fan, linens, supplemental coffee, tea, sugar, flour and rice, SMART TV and DVD player, ninja games and a small library await.

The ranch sleeps a maximum of 6 and is perfect for a 3 couple getaway, girls weekend, or up to two small families. No exceptions to party size due to onsite water supply. There are three bedrooms in the home, each with a queen bed. One opens to the south view, the other two to the north (one with direct access to the second bathroom, and one with a giant skylight over the bed for star shows nightly). Vaulted ceilings in the great room and a large sectional sofa provides alternate sleeping opportunities. Dining table for 6, and adjacent sitting area for 3 by the fire. The rental provides access to the first floor of the property in an open floor plan in the main living area.

We have only one neighbor who values the seclusion of the Magical Mojave as much as we do. Therefore large groups and parties are not a match for the Ninja Ranch. If that happens to be what you are looking for we want to welcome you to join us at the Joshua Tree Music Festival twice a year which is an amazing place for all of the above.

All photos are from January 2015. Property is leased via a signed rental agreement. Payment is easily handled via the online payment system. I make a personal contact with each person I rent to and do my best to ensure your stay is pure mojave ninja magic. Ninja Ranch is a super special place that loves super people.


Please join us for the Joshua Tree Music Festivals, May & October of 2014.

Keywords: Ninja, Ranch, Home, 3 BR, Borders National Park

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  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Colleen (Chaz) O'Brien (Owner)
Member since: 2012
Speaks English, Spanish

About Colleen (Chaz) O'Brien

Ninja, lover of the magical mojave, public lands planner nationally and internationally, operative reporting to organizer and instigator of the Joshua Tree Music Festival (may and oct. 2015)

Colleen (Chaz) O'Brien purchased this house in 2011

Why Colleen (Chaz) O'Brien chose California

The small town of Joshua Tree has a radically high ratio of lovely, creative folks. The wide open surroundings are inspiring. I had been looking for a place with some space, adjacent to the park. I fell in love with the ranch in a ninja minute.

What makes this house unique

You can become a certified Ninja!


based on 25 holidaymaker reviews

average rating of 4.84 based on 25 reviews

We had a lovely stay

  • 5 of 5

The house has been designed beautifully. The furniture is clean, new, and comfortable. Our bed was great. The kitchen was stocked with good utensils, nice pots and pans, and nice dishes. We weren't crazy about the shower, which involves standing in a tall tub - it's just a little awkward to get out - but because we were asked to be super water-conscious, we didn't use it every day anyway.

This house felt luxurious in many ways, including a lovely patio space where we spent our evenings.

Do be aware of the need to be careful with water, and the septic system. I didn't see that as a drawback, merely a reality in the desert on a property that is self-sufficient in terms of water.

We didn't meet the owners, but they were very responsive to text messages and gave clear instructions in advance.

Our main purpose in being here was to spend multiple days seeing and hiking in Joshua Tree. Our springtime visit was perfect in terms of weather, flowers, and uncrowded trails!

We would gladly stay at Ninja Ranch again.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 13, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So happy you had a great time! As a federal employee working in public lands, I have to make incremental improvements over time at the ranch. Each season sees new improvements. Next season we are planning a full stall shower as part of the ranch improvements in the green bedroom:) A few more years after that the vision is for the clawfoot tub to transform into a full steam sauna and shower.
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  • 5 of 5

I can't say enough great things about our stay at the Ninja Ranch! We are a family of 4 with 2 teenage boys, and wanted to stay close to the Joshua Tree National Park. The Ninja Ranch was perfect, from the close proximity to the Park (for our day hikes), to the RELAXING atmosphere after our hikes, to exceeding our every need! The home is very clean and every amenity is met! Chaz was very easy to work with and had great input for our hikes, eating, and star gazing...which I can't express how wonderful it is right out the front door!! My son brought his telescope and we even got to see the stripes on Jupiter since there isn't any light pollution! Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful! I would absolutely recommend Chaz's home to anyone who wants to hike, relax, and rejuvenate themselves!! Thank you so much!!

  • Review Submitted: Apr 8, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I can't begin to express the happiness it brings to hear when the vision for Ninja Ranch is realized. A few more people, feeling a little happier and healthier, from a place that helps us disconnect from distractions and build deeper connections to each other and the world we live in. Thanks so much for joining us.
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Wonderful time in the desert in a beautifully decorated ranch

  • 4 of 5

We had a great time at Ninja Ranch. It was clean and we loved Chaz's decorative eye. The beds were super comfortable and the kids loved the tiny door into their room. Thanks!

  • Review Submitted: Apr 1, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So happy you enjoyed:) I am trying to create a place where people can fully unplug, replug and recharge:) In light of that I try to create habitat, both inside and outside the ranch to help guests return to daily life refreshed. Thank You!
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Fun for a group getaway

  • 5 of 5

The name is what initially caught our eye -- several of us are martial-arts-film enthusiasts -- and made for lots of fun pre-trip joking about our upcoming ninja training camp. When we arrived we were thrilled to find the Ninja Ranch to be a quiet, spacious, and well appointed home.

Our group of 5 was very comfortable in the house, which allowed for privacy in the bedrooms but also relaxed togetherness in the living area or outside. Especially impressive was the kitchen, which has all the equipment a serious cook needs. It's enough to tempt you to just hang out at the ranch, cooking and chatting, for your entire stay -- though of course you'll want to leave to explore the park, which is conveniently close.

Chaz was extremely helpful and responsive both before and during our stay. Our only regret is that we hadn't planned on staying longer. We definitely hope to come back to Ninja Ranch next year!

  • Review Submitted: Mar 30, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Get Away

  • 5 of 5

We had the best time. The house is VERY clean, this is always so important to me. We loved the hammocks. In the evening I was in the hammocks while my husband BBQ, we sat by the fire and watched the stars come out. They sure are bright here!! The bed was super comfy and the couch too. The kitchen was well stocked, we had everything we needed and more. Hiking was the best, and we watched he rock climbers which was amazing to see. The home is located in a very quiet area which made is so peaceful. I actually meant to ask Chaz, where did you get those awesome bath towels? I want some for our home. We watched Netflix at night after the fire pit and star gazing. Mornings were equally beautiful....we would have caught sunrise but the bed was so comfy we slept in, lol. Great place, highly recommend it.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 13, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much! IKEA is my go to for the bath sheet towels!
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Ninja Ranch and Awesome Exploration

  • 5 of 5

I took my two children and one of their friends and we had a great time. The house was very comfortable, enough seating at the dining room table to eat and play games. The coffee maker was fabulous!! I couldn't ask for more!

Directions were awesome and it was right off the main drag so easy to find.

Chaz was very amenable !!

  • Review Submitted: Feb 11, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much! I really try to make it a special habitat inside and out for people to unplug from what can bring us down in every day life and tap back into what lifts us up...friends, family, nature, "home", "adventure, love, fun and laughter:) Hope to see you again:)
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Nearest Airport
35 Miles
Nearest Barpub
5 Miles
Joshua Tree Saloon grass fed beef
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Hwy 62
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
Dowtown Jtree 5 miles
Car: necessary

The property is located: DIRECTLY adjacent to the Joshua Tree National Park Boundary; 1.5 miles Indian Cove. DIRECTLY between both park entrances. One neighbor within 100 acres of the Ranch, 1/4 mile off the main thoroughfare of Hwy 62 (29 Palms Highway) makes it incredibly easy access and perfect quiet. Incredible sweeping 360 degree views. NO PETS for guests and children with allergies for a healthy spot to stay and play.

Amenities are for DISCERNING TRAVELERS, chefs cookware dishwasher, 800sf patio, fire pit, BBQ, games, guitar, SMART TV, BluDVD player. Towels and sheets for guests booked. 3 Bedrooms 2 Queen 1 full queen. Ample sitting and eating areas indoor and out for 6. One full (shower) one half bathroom. Beautifully appointed. The perfect place to unplug for a weekend away from it all, and the perfect location to access all The National Park has to offer.


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Prices for this holiday house in Joshua Tree , California Desert

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2 night minimum stay
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Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £15 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £377
Cleaning Service £75 + Tax
Tax Rate 2.5%

Guests over 4 = additional $20 per night per guest up to the 6 maximum party size
6 maximum party size limit
Cleaning fees - additional $100
Taxes - 9.5%
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No events, parties, ceremonies, commercial or filming permitted on site

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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in California, USA

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1500 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Monument View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet , new toilet and beautifully restored sink new fixtures
    Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , modern wall hung toilet dbl sink shower only tub decorative
  • 2
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed , grand skylight over bed for night skywatching and ninja door
    Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , en suite bathroom
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Large Double Bed , double patio doors to beautiful covered concrete slab patio
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • 10 garden chairs
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Sauna ...
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • Horseshoes
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • Rock Climbing
Can provide local references for climbing guides, babysitting, private chef massage, yoga and private car service, etc.

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