Wheelhouse

United States / California / Joshua Tree

The Wheelhouse is an artistic high-desert retreat formerly owned by TV personality Huell Howser.

up to 2
Bedrooms
up to 7
Guests
3
Bathrooms
2
Min. Nights

Overview

A rare example of mid-century modern architecture deep in the California desert, the 2,221 square-foot ranch sits on 12 acres of untouched desert near both entrances of Joshua Tree National Park, offering a feeling of total seclusion less than an hour from Palm Springs with 360-degree mountain and desert views.


Built in 1952, the home features an indoor/outdoor layout that provides an ideal setting for weddings, private events and creative retreats, with multiple seating areas for catering, receptions or small-groups. When Howser, an icon of California history and culture, bought the home in the 1990's, he sought to create a communal, creative environment that has endured through every element.

An avid collector of found materials and re-purposed objects, Howser turned quarry stones into yard sculptures and industrial elements into lighting fixtures. Five large millstones, each more than 100 years old, surround the full-length backyard pool, giving the home its name. In the early 2000s, Howser added a sunroom extension, created by panels of etched glass, and a separate living room and dining area in the same industrial style, making the home further suited to large gatherings.

Now owned by an artist, The Wheelhouse has preserved the industrial qualities that Howser introduced, while incorporating personally created pieces that mirror his style. The light-filled living room, features three owner-created pieces, including a triptych on plywood, a unique wood-based tripod lamp, and a sunset-hued tree light.

The gourmet kitchen features a four-seat breakfast nook, stainless steel appliances, the original 50’s stove and plenty of counter space, with a door leading directly outside for easy al fresco dinners. A mid-century dining area features a marble top table with six Eames shell chairs and sliding glass doors that open onto the zero-scaped patio.

Outside are the elements that truly set the home apart. Howser’s industrial accents remain decades after installation, creating the feeling of a modern sculpture garden. An architect designed paneled steel fence surrounds the perimeter, each piece thoughtfully laid in the ground at the same angle as the mountains beyond. The back patio opens to a full-length swimming pool with baja tanning shelf and outdoor spa surrounded by chaise lounge chairs. Please note the pool is not heated; however, the spa is heated. A vintage two-seat swing, nestled just off the living area, offers the perfect place to take in the views. Also outside is a 12-seat al fresco dining area, which converts into a ping-pong table. A gas BBQ grill and indoor/outdoor stereo system complete the ultimate desert entertaining experience.

Honoring the communal spirit encouraged by Howser, The Wheelhouse has become a place for celebrations, gatherings, and creative retreats. Artists have used the home to write, draw, meditate or practice yoga. Photographers have used the space for creative shoots. And couples have made the retreat their own, taking their vows against the rocky cliffs and desert brush that surround the home. Between indoor and outdoor spaces, The Wheelhouse can comfortably host up to 120 guests for a cocktail reception and 75 for a seated dinner.


Features

2 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms

Sleeps 7 Guests

Air Conditioning

Desk

Fully equipped kitchen

Outdoor stereo system

Ping pong table

Pool

Sleeper sofa

Terrace with outdoor furniture

TV

Fireplace

Hot tub


Details

Bedroom Details

Two spacious bedrooms create an indoor/outdoor feeling with big picture windows, sliding glass doors and minimalist decor.
Master Suite: King bed, chaise-style daybed, which comfortably sleeps one additional person and an en-suite bath features a unique sink made of an old street lamp glass.

Second Bedroom: Queen bed with picture windows and a shared bath with the original 50’s green tile and fixtures.

A den, featuring a large-screen TV and writing desk, provides additional accommodations with a queen sleeper sofa, allowing the home to comfortably sleep 7 guests.

Pool Details

Pool
Hot tub

Staff and Services

Concierge

Villa Notes

The Wheelhouse can comfortably host up to 120 guests for a cocktail reception and 75 for a seated dinner. Please note: to have events at the villa, guests must obtain a permit at an additional cost. The permit must be approved prior to the event being scheduled.

Rates

Travel Dates Bedrooms Min. Night Stay Nightly Rates
November 27, 2020 - November 28, 2020
2 4 $ 809
November 29, 2020 - December 02, 2020
2 2 $ 515
December 03, 2020 - December 03, 2020
2 2 $ 541
December 04, 2020 - December 05, 2020
2 2 $ 595
December 06, 2020 - December 09, 2020
2 2 $ 515
December 10, 2020 - December 10, 2020
2 2 $ 541
December 11, 2020 - December 12, 2020
2 2 $ 595
December 13, 2020 - December 16, 2020
2 2 $ 515
December 17, 2020 - December 17, 2020
2 2 $ 541
December 18, 2020 - December 22, 2020
2 5 $ 616
December 23, 2020 - December 31, 2020
2 5 $ 770
January 01, 2021 - January 02, 2021
2 3 $ 795
January 03, 2021 - January 07, 2021
2 3 $ 576
January 08, 2021 - January 09, 2021
2 3 $ 648
January 10, 2021 - January 14, 2021
2 3 $ 576
January 15, 2021 - January 16, 2021
2 3 $ 648
January 17, 2021 - January 21, 2021
2 3 $ 576
January 22, 2021 - January 23, 2021
2 3 $ 648
January 24, 2021 - January 28, 2021
2 3 $ 576
January 29, 2021 - January 30, 2021
2 3 $ 648
January 31, 2021 - February 04, 2021
2 3 $ 576
February 05, 2021 - February 06, 2021
2 3 $ 648
February 07, 2021 - February 10, 2021
2 3 $ 576
February 11, 2021 - February 21, 2021
2 3 $ 720
February 22, 2021 - February 25, 2021
2 3 $ 576
February 26, 2021 - February 27, 2021
2 3 $ 648
February 28, 2021 - March 03, 2021
2 3 $ 576
March 04, 2021 - March 04, 2021
2 3 $ 720
March 05, 2021 - March 17, 2021
2 3 $ 742
March 18, 2021 - March 27, 2021
2 3 $ 779
March 28, 2021 - April 04, 2021
2 3 $ 720
April 05, 2021 - April 07, 2021
2 4 $ 795
April 08, 2021 - April 11, 2021
2 4 $ 720
April 12, 2021 - April 18, 2021
2 4 $ 795
April 19, 2021 - May 30, 2021
2 3 $ 720
May 31, 2021 - September 30, 2021
2 3 $ 515
October 01, 2021 - November 19, 2021
2 3 $ 720
November 20, 2021 - November 21, 2021
2 4 $ 847
USD rates above based on approximate currency conversion. Holiday dates may not be listed in rate chart. Rates are subject to change without notice. Please confirm rate, holiday dates, and currency with your vacation specialist at time of booking.

Check In Times

Check in: 5:00 pm - Check out: 9:00 am

Tax Service Charge Details

Departure Cleaning: $350 plus tax
Lodging Tax: 10.5%
Booking Fee: 6% plus tax

Security Deposit Details

Damage Waiver $100 plus tax

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Location

Villa information may change without notice and should be confirmed with our vacation specialist.