A California Icon Leaves A Lasting Legacy Of Mid-Century Style

The Wheelhouse, 29 Palms, California
The Wheelhouse, Twentynine Palms, California | modern vacation rentals
  • House
  • 2 BR
  • Sleeps 7
  • from $ 515 nt
An Enthusiastic Embrace Of Classic California

A champion of the unique beauty, character and history of California, broadcaster Huell Howser was a beloved fixture on TV and showcased its many charms during a long love affair with the state.

It’s that same curiosity and pioneering spirit that has informed his transformation of this mid-century modern vacation rental in Twentynine Palms into a special desert hideaway.

Built in 1952, the classic ranch style home was Howser’s dream home and he set about restoring its original period features with a few contemporary updates including concrete floors and accents, industrial paned-glass and an eclectic assortment of collected and repurposed items including quarried stone sculptures, century old millstones, and an otherworldly Corten steel fence by Belzberg Architects. 

Secluded and peaceful with dazzling desert and mountain views, the new owners have kept his spirit and enthusiasm for California architecture alive with a stylish and artistic makeover, incorporating personally-created pieces that mirror his style. 

And a legacy lives on…

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Description

Now owned by an artist but made famous by beloved California broadcaster Huell Howser, this modern vacation rental in Twentynine Palms shares his love and appreciation for all things California and is a fitting tribute to his passion and enthusiasm of classic mid-century style. 

Set within a vast spread of almost 80 acres, the property is adjacent to Joshua Tree National Park, with spectacular uninterrupted views of the desert and mountains.

Improving on the existing single story layout without disturbing the original design, Howser sought to create a communal, creative environment with an airy, indoor/outdoor flow. 

The light-filled living spaces feature pieces created by the owner, including a triptych on plywood, a unique wood-based tripod lamp, and a sunset-hued tree light and classic designs by Eames.

The gourmet kitchen includes the original 1950s era stove along with gleaming modern amenities, and a breakfast nook, with an adjacent indoor dining room that opens out to the zero-scaped patio. 

Each of the two minimalist-inspired bedrooms feature big picture windows and sliding glass doors leading to the pool area. The en-suite master includes a daybed and there is a media room with a sleeper sofa, with room for a total of seven guests. The shared bath still has the cool 50s tile and fixtures.

The outdoor areas have a magical quality, with Howser’s industrial installations remaining decades later, each piece thoughtfully laid in the ground at the same angle as the mountains beyond, creating the feeling of a modern sculpture garden. A Corten steel paneled fence surrounds the perimeter, and the back patio opens to a full-length swimming pool and outdoor spa surrounded by chaise-lounge chairs and a vintage two-seat swing. Designed for entertaining, there is a large dining table (which converts into a professional ping-pong table), a BBQ grill and an indoor/outdoor stereo system to complete the ultimate high-desert experience.

ADDITIONAL FEATURES

Gated secure entry. Optional catering available, housekeeping and laundry facilities. Wifi throughout, widescreen HD monitors for cable TV, Netflix, DVDs games, indoor/outdoor stereo system with phone/iPod connectivity and CDs.

AROUND

Both Joshua Tree National Park and the breathtaking Indian Cove are a short drive from the house. There are miles of outdoor desert adventure in the area as well as several unique attractions and interesting local museums and art venues to visit. These include the Noah Purifoy Outdoor Desert Art Museum, and the famed Integratron as well as historic Pioneertown. A kitschy Hollywood relic founded in the 1940s as an authentic frontier town movie set, today there are a few shops, cafes and galleries to visit including the famous Pappy and Harriets Pioneertown Palace. 

Further afield, the San Jacinto mountains rise above the desert floor and are lined with miles of hiking trails at a cooler elevation. Indian Canyon and Palm Springs are also within driving distance of the house for the rural getaways in the Coachella Valley area.

LOCATION

Twentynine Palms, California. Nearest airport: Palm Springs International (50 miles)

BEST TIME TO VISIT: Summers are hot but the California deserts are fascinating year round.

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  • The Wheelhouse, Twentynine Palms, California | modern vacation rentals
  • The Wheelhouse, Twentynine Palms, California | modern vacation rentals
  • The Wheelhouse, Twentynine Palms, California | modern vacation rentals
  • The Wheelhouse, Twentynine Palms, California | modern vacation rentals
  • The Wheelhouse, Twentynine Palms, California | modern vacation rentals
  • The Wheelhouse, Twentynine Palms, California | modern vacation rentals
  • The Wheelhouse, Twentynine Palms, California | modern vacation rentals
  • The Wheelhouse, Twentynine Palms, California | modern vacation rentals
  • The Wheelhouse, Twentynine Palms, California | modern vacation rentals
  • The Wheelhouse, Twentynine Palms, California | modern vacation rentals
  • The Wheelhouse, Twentynine Palms, California | modern vacation rentals
  • The Wheelhouse, Twentynine Palms, California | modern vacation rentals
  • The Wheelhouse, Twentynine Palms, California | modern vacation rentals
  • The Wheelhouse, Twentynine Palms, California | modern vacation rentals
  • The Wheelhouse, Twentynine Palms, California | modern vacation rentals
  • The Wheelhouse, Twentynine Palms, California | modern vacation rentals
  • The Wheelhouse, Twentynine Palms, California | modern vacation rentals
  • The Wheelhouse, Twentynine Palms, California | modern vacation rentals
  • The Wheelhouse, Twentynine Palms, California | modern vacation rentals
  • The Wheelhouse, Twentynine Palms, California | modern vacation rentals
  • The Wheelhouse, Twentynine Palms, California | modern vacation rentals
  • The Wheelhouse, Twentynine Palms, California | modern vacation rentals
  • The Wheelhouse, Twentynine Palms, California | modern vacation rentals
  • The Wheelhouse, Twentynine Palms, California | modern vacation rentals
  • The Wheelhouse, Twentynine Palms, California | modern vacation rentals
  • The Wheelhouse, Twentynine Palms, California | modern vacation rentals
  • The Wheelhouse, Twentynine Palms, California | modern vacation rentals
  • The Wheelhouse, Twentynine Palms, California | modern vacation rentals
  • The Wheelhouse, Twentynine Palms, California | modern vacation rentals
  • The Wheelhouse, Twentynine Palms, California | modern vacation rentals
  • The Wheelhouse, Twentynine Palms, California | modern vacation rentals
  • The Wheelhouse, Twentynine Palms, California | modern vacation rentals
  • The Wheelhouse, Twentynine Palms, California | modern vacation rentals
  • The Wheelhouse, Twentynine Palms, California | modern vacation rentals
  • The Wheelhouse, Twentynine Palms, California | modern vacation rentals
  • The Wheelhouse, Twentynine Palms, California | modern vacation rentals
  • The Wheelhouse, Twentynine Palms, California | modern vacation rentals
  • The Wheelhouse, Twentynine Palms, California | modern vacation rentals
  • The Wheelhouse, Twentynine Palms, California | modern vacation rentals
  • The Wheelhouse, Twentynine Palms, California | modern vacation rentals
  • The Wheelhouse, Twentynine Palms, California | modern vacation rentals
  • The Wheelhouse, Twentynine Palms, California | modern vacation rentals

The Wheelhouse

from $515/ nt
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Quote Details

$260 x 4 $1,040
Cleaning Fee $100
Pet Fee $140
Taxes Not included
TOTAL $1,280
Refundable Damage Deposit $500
TOTAL (with Deposit) $1,780
Notes
Payment Terms:
  • $1,280 due now
  • Balance due
Cancellation Policy:

100% refund for cancellations request by at (property’s local time). No refund if less than 14 days priors to arrival day.

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Info & Rates
Bedrooms2 Bedrooms plus den with sleeper sofa
Bed Type1 King, 1 Queen, 1 Sleeper Sofa, 1 Daybed
KitchenFully equipped
Bathrooms3 Bathrooms (1 En suite)
Accommodate7 Guests
InternetWifi throughout
Pet friendlyYes. Please inquire regarding fees at time of booking
RatesRates start at $515 per night with a 2 night minimum stay. See rates table
Minimum Stay2 Nights
ViewStunning 360 degree desert and mountain views
Notes

A 50% deposit is required to confirm a reservation with the final balance of the total cost of the booking, including but not limited to accommodations, outfitting, services, and extras, due 60 days prior to your arrival date.

If a reservation is made on or less than 60 days before your arrival date, full payment will be due immediately when making the reservation.

Check in: 3pm

Check out: 11am

Cancellations:

If you cancel your reservation within 24 hours of booking, you'll receive a 100% refund.

However, if you reserve within 14 days of the day of your arrival, no refunds are available regardless of the 24 hour window.

If you cancel your reservation 60 or more days prior to the day of your arrival, owners will refund any payments, less a cancellation fee of 5% of the total booking.

If you cancel your reservation 59 days or less from the day of your arrival, owners will not refund any payments including all deposits.

Rate Table

2 Night minimum stay year round except holidays 

Seasonal Dates 2018  Nightly Rate
June - September  $515
October - November 20  $720
November 21 - 24 (3 Night Min) $650
November 25 - December 19  $720
December 20 - 27 (4 Night min) $650
December 28 - 31 $770
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