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Property Details
Priced From: $ 499.00
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 2.5
Sleeps: 6
Pets: No Pets

A spacious and artistic high desert retreat formerly owned by Public TV celebrity Huell Howser, The Wheelhouse is a 2,221 square foot ranch-style house set on 12 acres near the main entrance of Joshua Tree National Park. It offers unobstructed mountain views and wonderful solitude yet it’s less than an hour from the glamour of Palm Springs. The 2-bedroom, 2½ bath home is a prime example of mid-century California indoor/outdoor living with a huge, private pool/spa patio and a large, covered outdoor dining room/recreational area.

The Wheelhouse was built in 1953 on the west end of Twentynine Palms, very close to neighboring Joshua Tree. Huell Howser bought the property in the ‘90s and surrounded it with a large-scale, modern sculptural steel fence designed and installed by the award-winning Belzberg Architects group of Santa Monica, CA. As an avid collector of found materials, he re-purposed unique objects such as vintage millstones into yard sculptures and industrial elements into lighting fixtures as well as a bathroom sink. In the early 2000s, he added a sunroom extension to the house with a separate living room and dining area. After Howser’s passing, the house was purchased by artist Joan Robey whose work is uniquely synergistic with Howser’s aesthetic. Her own sculptures integrate beautifully into the setting. She has revitalized the house, upgrading the comfort level of the property while offering an eclectic mix of furnishings of mid-century-meets-funky; a perfect fit with the spirit of Howser’s vision of an art-filled desert oasis.

The Wheelhouse is now available for you to rent for photo shoots, weddings, special events, corporate gatherings, writer and artist retreats and extended family holidays. It is an ideal home base for park explorers and hikers, and a perfect yoga retreat location. Whether you want to spend a month or more by yourself working on a novel, finishing a screenplay or simply unwinding from the breakneck pace of city life, The Wheelhouse is both luxurious and rustic. It’s a unique and restorative place to experience alone or with family, friends or colleagues.

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  1. Beau Monde Villas says:

    Thank you for the opportunity to rent the Wheelhouse. We really enjoyed our stay and it helped make our weekend to celebrate Huell Howser’s Palm Springs Star dedication memorable.

    The Wheelhouse is truly amazing and your artwork and furnishings are a perfect fit. Your rustic hanging wall basket art (visible from living room) looks incredible when illuminated at night and was my favorite piece. You are very talented.

    Thanks Again!
    -Steven Bamberger

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  • Bathrobes
  • Bathrooms furnished with cotton towels
  • Bedrooms furnished with designer bedding and linens
  • Breakfast nook with seating for four
  • Cookware
  • Covered outdoor dining/conference area with seating for twelve
  • Dinnerware for both indoor & out
  • DVDs
  • Full catering services available
  • Full-size closet/dressing area
  • Full-size kitchen with dishwasher
  • Gated entrance for security and privacy
  • Gourmet coffee/tea/seasonings
  • Hall Bathroom with tub and shower
  • Indoor dining room with seating for six and bar area
  • Indoor/Outdoor stereo system with phone/iPod connectivity and CDs
  • Large private pool with tanning shelf
  • Laundry facilities
  • Living room and den/media room outfitted with Widescreen HD monitors for cable TV
  • Master bathroom with walk-in shower
  • Master bedroom with king bed & chaise (suitable for sleeping)
  • microwave
  • Minutes from supermarket and local dining
  • Netflix
  • Organic shampoo and soap
  • Original sculptures and artwork throughout
  • Outdoor fire pit (upon request)
  • Outdoor gas BBQ grill
  • Outdoor spa and vintage swing
  • Pool towels
  • Poolside half bathroom
  • Private sun patio
  • Second bedroom with queen bed
  • Sunroom with living room area and dining/gaming table for four
  • Table converts to Ping-Pong table
  • Wi-Fi capability
Rate not inclusive of occupancy tax (9%). ($350.00 Cleaning Fee to be added) 3 night minimum required, unless otherwise noted - See more at:

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