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 People

Free Wi-Fi

Hot tub

Private Pool (Unheated)

A permit must be approved prior to an event being scheduled

Can comfortably host up to 120 guests for a cocktail reception and 75 for a seated dinner

Washer

Dryer

Tea Kettle

Coffee Maker

Fully equipped kitchen

Mountain View

Fire Pit

Fireplace - Gas

Patio Area with Outdoor Furniture

Terrace with outdoor furniture

Gas Grill

Flat Screen TV

Indoor/Outdoor Stereo System

Ping pong table

Allowed for an additional fee


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
September 19, 2021 - September 22, 2021
2 3 $511 *
September 23, 2021 - September 25, 2021
2 3 $595 *
September 26, 2021 - September 29, 2021
2 3 $511 *
September 30, 2021 - October 02, 2021
2 3 $832 *
October 03, 2021 - October 06, 2021
2 3 $756 *
October 07, 2021 - October 09, 2021
2 3 $832 *
October 10, 2021 - October 13, 2021
2 3 $756 *
October 14, 2021 - October 16, 2021
2 3 $832 *
October 17, 2021 - October 20, 2021
2 3 $756 *
October 21, 2021 - October 23, 2021
2 3 $832 *
October 24, 2021 - October 27, 2021
2 3 $756 *
October 28, 2021 - October 30, 2021
2 3 $832 *
October 31, 2021 - November 03, 2021
2 3 $756 *
November 04, 2021 - November 06, 2021
2 3 $832 *
November 07, 2021 - November 10, 2021
2 3 $756 *
November 11, 2021 - November 13, 2021
2 3 $832 *
November 14, 2021 - November 17, 2021
2 3 $756 *
November 18, 2021 - November 18, 2021
2 3 $832 *
November 19, 2021 - November 27, 2021
2 4 $932 *
November 28, 2021 - November 28, 2021
2 4 $809 *
November 29, 2021 - December 01, 2021
2 3 $541 *
December 02, 2021 - December 04, 2021
2 3 $595 *
December 05, 2021 - December 08, 2021
2 3 $541 *
December 09, 2021 - December 11, 2021
2 3 $595 *
December 12, 2021 - December 15, 2021
2 3 $541 *
December 16, 2021 - December 16, 2021
2 4 $765 *
December 17, 2021 - December 22, 2021
2 4 $816 *
December 23, 2021 - January 02, 2022
2 5 $963 *
January 03, 2022 - January 05, 2022
2 3 $711 *
January 06, 2022 - January 08, 2022
2 3 $727 *
January 09, 2022 - January 12, 2022
2 3 $711 *
January 13, 2022 - January 15, 2022
2 3 $727 *
January 16, 2022 - January 19, 2022
2 3 $711 *
January 20, 2022 - January 22, 2022
2 3 $727 *
January 23, 2022 - January 26, 2022
2 3 $711 *
January 27, 2022 - January 29, 2022
2 3 $727 *
January 30, 2022 - February 02, 2022
2 3 $711 *
February 03, 2022 - February 05, 2022
2 3 $727 *
February 06, 2022 - February 09, 2022
2 3 $711 *
February 10, 2022 - February 12, 2022
2 3 $775 *
February 13, 2022 - February 16, 2022
2 3 $756 *
February 17, 2022 - February 20, 2022
2 3 $795 *
February 21, 2022 - February 23, 2022
2 3 $711 *
February 24, 2022 - February 26, 2022
2 3 $729 *
February 27, 2022 - March 02, 2022
2 3 $711 *
March 03, 2022 - March 03, 2022
2 3 $792 *
March 04, 2022 - March 05, 2022
2 3 $816 *
March 06, 2022 - March 09, 2022
2 3 $779 *
March 10, 2022 - March 12, 2022
2 3 $816 *
March 13, 2022 - March 16, 2022
2 3 $779 *
March 17, 2022 - March 19, 2022
2 3 $816 *
March 20, 2022 - March 23, 2022
2 3 $779 *
March 24, 2022 - March 26, 2022
2 3 $816 *
March 27, 2022 - March 30, 2022
2 3 $756 *
March 31, 2022 - April 02, 2022
2 3 $792 *
April 03, 2022 - April 06, 2022
2 3 $756 *
April 07, 2022 - April 09, 2022
2 2 $792 *
April 10, 2022 - April 13, 2022
2 6 $756 *
April 14, 2022 - April 17, 2022
2 4 $792 *
April 18, 2022 - April 20, 2022
2 6 $756 *
April 21, 2022 - April 24, 2022
2 4 $792 *
April 25, 2022 - April 27, 2022
2 3 $756 *
April 28, 2022 - May 01, 2022
2 3 $832 *
May 02, 2022 - May 04, 2022
2 3 $756 *
May 05, 2022 - May 07, 2022
2 3 $792 *
May 08, 2022 - May 11, 2022
2 3 $756 *
May 12, 2022 - May 14, 2022
2 3 $792 *
May 15, 2022 - May 18, 2022
2 3 $756 *
May 19, 2022 - May 21, 2022
2 3 $792 *
May 22, 2022 - May 25, 2022
2 4 $756 *
May 26, 2022 - May 29, 2022
2 4 $792 *
May 30, 2022 - June 01, 2022
2 3 $568 *
June 02, 2022 - June 04, 2022
2 3 $595 *
June 05, 2022 - June 08, 2022
2 3 $568 *
June 09, 2022 - June 11, 2022
2 3 $595 *
June 12, 2022 - June 15, 2022
2 3 $568 *
June 16, 2022 - June 18, 2022
2 3 $595 *
June 19, 2022 - June 22, 2022
2 3 $568 *
June 23, 2022 - June 25, 2022
2 3 $595 *
June 26, 2022 - June 29, 2022
2 3 $568 *
June 30, 2022 - July 02, 2022
2 4 $595 *
July 03, 2022 - July 06, 2022
2 4 $568 *
July 07, 2022 - July 09, 2022
2 3 $595 *
July 10, 2022 - July 13, 2022
2 3 $568 *
July 14, 2022 - July 16, 2022
2 3 $595 *
July 17, 2022 - July 20, 2022
2 3 $568 *
July 21, 2022 - July 23, 2022
2 3 $595 *
July 24, 2022 - July 27, 2022
2 3 $568 *
July 28, 2022 - July 30, 2022
2 3 $595 *
July 31, 2022 - August 03, 2022
2 3 $568 *
August 04, 2022 - August 06, 2022
2 3 $595 *
August 07, 2022 - August 10, 2022
2 3 $568 *
August 11, 2022 - August 13, 2022
2 3 $595 *
August 14, 2022 - August 17, 2022
2 3 $568 *
August 18, 2022 - August 20, 2022
2 3 $595 *
August 21, 2022 - August 24, 2022
2 3 $568 *
August 25, 2022 - August 27, 2022
2 3 $595 *
August 28, 2022 - August 31, 2022
2 3 $568 *
September 01, 2022 - September 03, 2022
2 3 $595 *
September 04, 2022 - September 06, 2022
2 3 $568 *
* These rates are estimated. Please contact a Villa Specialist to confirm rates.
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 Villa 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

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