3 bedroom 3 bath 2600 sq foot 360º mountain and desert views.
- English, We welcome domestic and international travelers
About Spelman Downer
I bought this property when it went on the market. It is on an adjoining 5 acre lot to my home which is on another 10 acres. I have used it for a VRBO since I purchased it in 2009. My background includes boarding school at Lawrenceville, undergraduate at Stanford majoring in environmental design and an MA in fine art from San Francisco State. My summers are spent on the Kenai River in Alaska where I have a home, go fishing and create art. I am in a long term relationship with a woman who shares my love of world travel, outdoor adventures, art and photography, good food, great life long friendships and she likes to fish. We both enjoy the company of others who share our interests and value deeply the environment and protection of the wilderness. We travel to LA and other cities for an urban fix of art, museums, music and family.
Spelman Downer purchased this House in 2009
Why Spelman Downer chose Yucca Valley
Moving from New York, where I was enjoying successful reviews from some top critics for my art work, to the desert for a job as a college professor, my search for a home ended when I saw the 360 degree views from the ridge where my home had been built. It was not officially on the market. We heard about it through friends. With the amount of land I was able to build a studio where I could continue to work as an artist. Interested guests are invited to stop by and see work that has not yet been placed. I bought this place because I fell in love with the entire rim of the horizon that surrounds the property and the seemingly endless sky that changes with the light and weather.
What makes this House unique
Because we are a ridge, it seems the world goes on from where we stand no matter what direction we might be facing. The house is professionally cleaned, has excellent light, is not disturbed by any mankind, well there is a goat at my neighbors house, and is equipped so guests can have their total privacy and enjoyment of the natural surrounding natural world and enjoy a house that meets the standards of a really good hotel. No room service though!
non smoking only
Caution for children. Steep slopes, rock, cacti.
Minimum age of primary renter:21
100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date. 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
Our home away from home
My family of 5 absolutely loved our stay in your home. The views are incredible. The home is very roomy and confortable. The furnishings and artwork are outstanding.
I wish I could have stayed longer to enjoy another sunrise or sunset.
Excellent home for Joshua Tree retreat
The home was spacious and everything we needed for our trip to Joshua Tree. I booked the home for my parents and brother who had a baby while we camped inside Joshua tree. It was a convenient and comfortable retreat for them after hiking and climbing. The owners are very accommodating and helped with advice about the area and any other questions we had.
Amazing stay on the ridge!
We had a beautiful, restorative trip on the ridge. Incredible views and such a cozy house even though the weather outside was quite chilly. House was full of accommodations, especially the kitchen — which was great because we love to cook and did several big meals while we stayed here. The house is also filled with cool art done by Spelman! Perfect house for a larger group looking to relax, eat, play board games and go out on day hikes.
Exactly as expected
Our extended family (I along with my sister, brother-in-law, and niece from Canada) spent three nights at Turquoise Ridge. The house itself is wonderful, and perfectly located for hikes in nearby Joshua Tree. The photos you see exactly depict the house itself, although it's hard for photos to do justice to the 360 degree views of the surrounding area, which we greatly enjoyed while lounging on the patio and decks. The owner, Spelman, is a great communicator and artist of some note. The house is filled with his works, which we enjoyed speculating about (which location is being depicted). Highly recommended. We hope for a return stay in the future!
I was pleased to read that your extended family had such an enjoyable stay at Turquoise Ridge. Yes, it's hard to depict in photos the stunning 360 degree views in all directions, but I try, as I am both a serious photographer and painter. Your comment about the paintings (yes, they are all locations around the globe as seen in an aerial map-like view), has reminded me that I should make a list of titles. I do hope that you can return to the Ridge for more experiences in this fine part of the world. Spelman
Beautiful home in prime scenic location
We are a close-knit extended family (age-range 7 to 72) who regularly vacation together. We especially enjoy the high desert around Joshua Tree National Park and have stayed at many VRBO properties in the area. Turquoise Ridge has captured first place among our favorites. It is a spacious and well-appointed home with all the essentials for an enjoyable visit, plus many extra to enhance the experience. The high desert adventure is easily accessible from this great house in the heights above Yucca Valley, Located high on a hill you get the feeling of remote wilderness while being literally within 10 minutes all the convenience and shopping available in the town below. We are amateur astronomers and really appreciate the dark skies available in the desert. If your goal is to appreciate the high desert experience in solitude and comfort you cannot go wrong staying here.
Michael and fellow astronomers,
I am so pleased you truly enjoyed and appreciated Turquoise Ridge.
Yes, the Perseid meteor shower was something to witness from our ridge-top property.
Please come again, Spelman Downer
Met our expectations. Good base for exploring Joshua Tree NP. Would book again.
Short drive to the village of Joshua Tree and the West Entrance of Joshua Tree National Park. Close to Pioneertown and Yucca Valley center for shopping and restaurants.
ATM machines readily available. Major Bank brands.