A California Desert Gem

Desert Wave (Miles C. Bates Wave House), Palm Desert, California
The Desert Wave (Miles C. Bates Wave House), Palm Desert, California | holiday homes, holiday rentals
  • House
  • 1 BR
  • Sleeps 3
  • from $ 350 nt
A Design Classic, Beautifully Restored

Known as the Miles C. Bates “Wave” House for its curving roof that mimics the nearby San Jacinto mountains, this mid-century home was designed by Walter S. White, a Southern California-born architect and inventor who worked for the likes of Rudolph Schindler and Albert Frey. His distinctive rollercoaster roof and other inventive construction techniques greatly influenced mid-century modern architecture in the Coachella Valley.

The Desert Wave was built in 1955 as a getaway and sculptor’s studio for Miles C. Bates, who turned it into an artistic and social hub for the Coachella Valley. Over time, a series of additions by other owners and years of lying empty threatened its structural integrity.

In 2018, it was added to the National Register of Historic Places and purchased by Stayner Architects, who set to work restoring the innovative roof system and mid-century structure. The result, a publicly accessible home of historical importance, was unveiled at Modernism Week in 2020.

The home has now been made available for vacation rental, and makes a wonderful desert getaway for up to three guests. It’s small (with only one bedroom), but it’s an exceptional space, with vintage modernist furnishings, luxury Tibor fabrics, Frette Italian linens, and two private bathrooms with rain showers. 

The full kitchen comes stocked with food, drinks and treats, and next to the whiskey and amaro bar is a turntable with curated vintage records, plus a Sonos and vintage Bose sound system.

Outdoors, there’s a two-person chilled/heated cedar Ofuro soaking tub, a dining terrace, private gardens with mountain views, and native desert landscaping by the Cactus Store of Echo Park and NYC. 

This holiday home in Palm Desert offers total isolation in a private mid-century escape just a two-hour drive from Los Angeles.

Description

A holiday home in Palm Desert with one king-sized bedroom and a pull-out sofa, the Desert Wave sleeps up to three guests.

ADDITIONAL FEATURES

There is an outdoor grill and dining terrace, with chaise lounge chairs. Other amenities include air conditioning, heating, parking, smoke and carbon monoxide detector, fire extinguisher and first aid kit. Events are permitted.

The chef’s kitchen is stocked with a variety of sealed and sanitized non-alcoholic beverages (including sparkling and still bottled water, sodas, Sanzo spritzes, etc.), as well as snacks, chocolate, instant Canyon Coffee, nuts, and local dates. The owners offer pickup for dining and alcoholic beverage add-ons from Tilda California Natural Wine + Pantry in Echo Park, and provide all guests with a list of recommended local contactless delivery options. 

AROUND

The property is 20 minutes to the Empire Polo Club, 10 minutes to Indian Wells Tennis Garden, 5 minutes to shopping districts, and 5 minutes to Whole Foods and restaurants.

Recommended activities include hiking and mountain biking, exploring Joshua Tree National Park and the nearby Living Desert, golfing, museums and theatres. For guests who’d like to explore the neighborhood and desert, owners can provide bicycles, a map of suggested hiking trips, and a set of Los Angeles-made Hedley & Bennett face masks.

LOCATION

Palm Desert, Riverside County, California, USA. Nearest airport: Palm Springs International (20 mins).

BEST TIME TO VISIT: Fall through spring.

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  • The Desert Wave (Miles C. Bates Wave House), Palm Desert, California | holiday homes, holiday rentals
  • The Desert Wave (Miles C. Bates Wave House), Palm Desert, California | holiday homes, holiday rentals
  • The Desert Wave (Miles C. Bates Wave House), Palm Desert, California | holiday homes, holiday rentals
  • The Desert Wave (Miles C. Bates Wave House), Palm Desert, California | holiday homes, holiday rentals
  • The Desert Wave (Miles C. Bates Wave House), Palm Desert, California | holiday homes, holiday rentals
  • The Desert Wave (Miles C. Bates Wave House), Palm Desert, California | holiday homes, holiday rentals
  • The Desert Wave (Miles C. Bates Wave House), Palm Desert, California | holiday homes, holiday rentals
  • The Desert Wave (Miles C. Bates Wave House), Palm Desert, California | holiday homes, holiday rentals
  • The Desert Wave (Miles C. Bates Wave House), Palm Desert, California | holiday homes, holiday rentals
  • The Desert Wave (Miles C. Bates Wave House), Palm Desert, California | holiday homes, holiday rentals
  • The Desert Wave (Miles C. Bates Wave House), Palm Desert, California | holiday homes, holiday rentals
  • The Desert Wave (Miles C. Bates Wave House), Palm Desert, California | holiday homes, holiday rentals
  • The Desert Wave (Miles C. Bates Wave House), Palm Desert, California | holiday homes, holiday rentals

Desert Wave (Miles C. Bates Wave House)

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Info
Bedrooms1 bedroom
Bed Type1 king-sized bed in master bedroom, 1 pull-out sofa/futon in the living room
KitchenFully-equipped kitchen, stocked with basics and treats
Bathrooms2 bathrooms
AccommodateSleeps 3 guests
InternetWifi
Kid FriendlyNot suitable for children and infants
Pet friendlyPets welcome
ViewViews of the Santa Rosa Mountains
Rates
Sec. Deposit$500
Check-In4:00 PM
Check-Out12:00 PM
CancellationThrough December 31, 2020 the Covid-19 Cancellation Policy below will take precedence.
If you cancel within 72 hours of booking, we provide a 100% refund. However, if you book within seven days of the day of your arrival, no refunds are available regardless of the 72-hour window. If you cancel more than 60 days or more prior to the day of your arrival, we will refund any payments, less a $100 cancellation fee. If you cancel 59 days or less of the day of your arrival, we will refund your payments, minus your deposit. If you cancel within 30 days of the day of your arrival, we will not refund any payments including all deposits.
A 50% deposit is required in order to confirm a booking. The final balance of the total cost of the booking is required 60 days prior to your arrival date. If a booking is made on or less than 60 days before your arrival date, full payment will be due immediately when making the booking.
Covid-19 Cancellation Policy:
Through December 31, 2020 reservations can be rescheduled 72 hours before arrival or earlier without penalty charges. If guest is not feeling well in anticipation of reservation at The Desert Wave or if guest has to change travel plans due to last-minute flight cancellations or any other reasons related to the Coronavirus, guest must notify The Desert Wave prior to reservation. The Desert Wave will waive the 72 hour rescheduling restriction and allow guest to reschedule the reservation within the next 12 months without penalty charges. Please note that changes to the reservation will be subject to availability and any rate differences.
Notes50% due at time of booking. Remaining balance due 3 days before arrival.
Bookings are accepted 365 days into the future.

Food and drink: The chef's kitchen includes a variety of complimentary
sealed and sanitized non-alcoholic beverages and snacks. We also offer a
minibar with alcoholic beverages and other tasty items for purchase from
Tilda California Natural Wine + Pantry in Echo Par, and provide all guests
with a list of recommended local contactless delivery options.
Sanitation: The Desert Wave follows strict Sanitation Protocols. The
house sits empty 24 hours prior to all arrivals and abides by the
industry's most stringent professional sanitation practices. All products
are disinfected.
Note: As a precaution, if requested by guests, all linens at the house —
including pillows, bath and lounge towels, sheets, kitchen towels, and
cotton blankets — are laundered and then sealed in plastic bags at no
charge. (This means the bed is not made in advance of your arrival.)
Season Start Date End Date Nightly Min Stay
Low SeasonJul 29Sep 30$3502 nights
High SeasonNov 1May 31$4502 nights
House Rules

Low allergen environment
Smoking not allowed

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