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Desert Wonderland: A Quiet Escape Minutes From Joshua Tree National Park

Bedrooms 1
Space 900 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

One Bedroom, One Bath With Wide-Open Views of Desert. Minutes from Joshua Tree.

Gorgeous, wide-open views from this unique house in Wonder Valley. The best of both worlds: In the middle of nowhere, but only 15 minutes to Joshua Tree National Park and Twentynine Palms. Indoors, you'll delight in the beautiful, colorful tile work by local artist Perry Hoffman, along with wide windows that invite the desert inside. Shaded front porch.

State-of-the-art AC/heating unit. Wood-burning furnace . WiFi included.

Lovely, peaceful walks from the house. Starry nights are stunning. On moonlit nights, you can practically read outside. Bird lizards, rabbits, coyotes, cloudbursts, wind, quiet.

We love this house. We love the desert. We are happy to open it to like-minded guests who will respect the space and the landscape, who long for some peace and quiet. If that's you, you are most welcome! We have a two-guest limit, with some exceptions.

Please note that while there's running hot water for shower and kitchen, you will need to bring your own drinking water. If you want a fire, please bring your own wood.

Please...it's very important that all doors and windows are securely closed before you leave. During your stay, feel free to open screened doors and windows, but make sure those are shut tightly when you check out. Wind and desert life love to enter the place and explore!

No smoking indoors. Mellow dogs okay but not on furniture or bed. If you have a dog, please note that there's no fence around property.

More Details

Gabriel Arquilevich
Member since: 2014
Speaks English, Spanish
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
21 March, 2017

About Gabriel Arquilevich

I live in Meiners Oaks, CA, with my wife and children. I teach writing and literature at Ventura College.

Gabriel Arquilevich purchased this house in 2012

Why Gabriel Arquilevich chose California

I have always loved the desert, and always dreamed of a little place surrounded by silence and sand. I rented this house four years ago and kept coming back until it became clear that it's time. My wife came to love the place as well, and so it's our 'baby'.

What makes this house unique

The feel of the open skies, the beauty and play of the interior of the house, the proximity to Joshua Tree--all this and more drew us here. We love that there's no fence--just desert around.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Wonder Valley in San Bernardino County

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 900 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 3
  • smoking allowed ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Fireplace
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
  • Incredible custom tile shower room with desert views. Work by local artist Perry Hoffman.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
  • Queen bed with armoire and dresser.
  • Books
  • Terrace
  • limited accessibility
  • festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • mountain climbing


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(17 traveller reviews)

Desert Wonderland: A Quiet Escape Minutes From Joshua Tree National Park
average rating of 4.882353 based on 17 reviews

Absolutely perfect

  • 5 of 5

This was just what we were looking for- a quiet getaway in a small house surrounded by beautiful desert landscape. Very convenient for visiting Joshua Tree National Park. The house was very unique and well taken care of.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 5, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lovely in Wonderland

  • 4 of 5

Gabriel was a terrific host and the place was exactly as described. Cute and kooky in the best of ways. Want to get away from it all? This spot in Wonder Valley will certainly do the trick.

  • Review Submitted: Dec 8, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Get away to Wonderland!

  • 5 of 5

If you're looking to get away, this is the place. This house is adorable and clean and the bathroom is amazing! The house is far enough out to feel isolated while still being close to modern conveniences. Joshua Tree National Park is right there! We hiked all day during the day and sat under the stars at night. It was relaxing, refreshing and just what we needed!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 10, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful location, great experience

  • 5 of 5

This was the ideal homestead for our stay! It was clean, the owners were fabulous in terms of communicating with us, and it is conveniently located -minutes drive from Joshua Tree National Park and probably no more than 20 minutes to the nearest grocery store. The location it is in is gorgeous. It is in the desert but is surrounded by gorgeous mountains that make for beautiful sunsets. The interior is really unique (especially the shower) and the outside is very welcoming for those who would just like to sit and enjoy the views or silence of the desert. We were able to get groceries and prepare the majority of our meals in the kitchen which was both a money-saver and nice after days spent in the park. We definitely recommend this rental, especially for the price. I shopped around and other accommodations had at least a couple sketchy reviews AND were more expensive. This was a cozier and more personal space. No regrets!

  • Review Submitted: Apr 14, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Quiet and charming desert hideaway

  • 5 of 5

A lovely getaway in the middle of the Twentynine Palms desert. Highly recommended as a place to recharge and take in the natural beauty of the Joshua Tree area.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 3, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Exactly as advertised!

  • 5 of 5

I just spent a very relaxing week in Wonderland. Everything about the house and location was exactly as described in VRBO - it's minutes from town and the park's 29 Palms entrance, but seems worlds a way from everything. The house is well cared for, comfortable, clean, and has all of the necessities. It was a great launching pad for my explorations of the park, and even a day trip to Death Valley.

Gabriel was excellent for communication during the process to book when I had questions about the property and pets, and continued that before, during and after my stay. Many thanks and I hope to return soon.


  • Review Submitted: Mar 6, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Wonder Valley, USA

Rental Basis:
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2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights

Additional pricing information

cleaning fee £40
Pet Fee £8
Refundable Damage Deposit £159

We ask that guests sign a waiver of liability. Upon confirmation of reservation we'll email to you. You can sign and scan back to mail back before your visit.

50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
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Car: necessary

Check out the Glass Outhouse Gallery! Five minute drive. Amboy Crater is 35 minutes away--wonderful drive and incredible, surreal hike to top of crater. A simple walk up the road across Godwin and you have lovely 360 degree views.


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