The Wheelhouse apartment rental - 1

The Wheelhouse

Property 125278

Overview

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

An avid collector of found materials and repurposed 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.

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.

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.

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Rates & Fees

Rates

Category Date Range Rate Min stay
Feb 23 - Feb 28, 2024 Feb 23 2024 to Feb 28 2024 $425 per Night 5 Nights
Feb 29 - Feb 29, 2024 Feb 29 2024 to Feb 29 2024 $427 per Night 5 Nights
Mar 1 - Mar 1, 2024 Mar 1 2024 to Mar 1 2024 $446 per Night 5 Nights
Mar 2 - Mar 2, 2024 Mar 2 2024 to Mar 2 2024 $452 per Night 5 Nights
Mar 3 - Mar 3, 2024 Mar 3 2024 to Mar 3 2024 $439 per Night 5 Nights
Mar 4 - Mar 4, 2024 Mar 4 2024 to Mar 4 2024 $440 per Night 5 Nights
Mar 5 - Mar 6, 2024 Mar 5 2024 to Mar 6 2024 $442 per Night 5 Nights
Mar 7 - Mar 7, 2024 Mar 7 2024 to Mar 7 2024 $443 per Night 5 Nights
Mar 8 - Mar 8, 2024 Mar 8 2024 to Mar 8 2024 $467 per Night 5 Nights
Mar 9 - Mar 9, 2024 Mar 9 2024 to Mar 9 2024 $465 per Night 5 Nights
Mar 10 - Mar 10, 2024 Mar 10 2024 to Mar 10 2024 $450 per Night 5 Nights
Mar 11 - Mar 11, 2024 Mar 11 2024 to Mar 11 2024 $449 per Night 5 Nights
Mar 12 - Mar 12, 2024 Mar 12 2024 to Mar 12 2024 $451 per Night 5 Nights
Mar 13 - Mar 13, 2024 Mar 13 2024 to Mar 13 2024 $452 per Night 5 Nights
Mar 14 - Mar 14, 2024 Mar 14 2024 to Mar 14 2024 $454 per Night 5 Nights
Mar 15 - Mar 15, 2024 Mar 15 2024 to Mar 15 2024 $472 per Night 5 Nights
Mar 16 - Mar 16, 2024 Mar 16 2024 to Mar 16 2024 $484 per Night 5 Nights
Mar 17 - Mar 17, 2024 Mar 17 2024 to Mar 17 2024 $458 per Night 5 Nights
Mar 18 - Mar 18, 2024 Mar 18 2024 to Mar 18 2024 $456 per Night 5 Nights
Mar 19 - Mar 19, 2024 Mar 19 2024 to Mar 19 2024 $451 per Night 5 Nights
Mar 20 - Mar 21, 2024 Mar 20 2024 to Mar 21 2024 $455 per Night 5 Nights
Mar 22 - Mar 22, 2024 Mar 22 2024 to Mar 22 2024 $472 per Night 5 Nights
Mar 23 - Mar 23, 2024 Mar 23 2024 to Mar 23 2024 $488 per Night 5 Nights
Mar 24 - Mar 24, 2024 Mar 24 2024 to Mar 24 2024 $463 per Night 5 Nights
Mar 25 - Mar 25, 2024 Mar 25 2024 to Mar 25 2024 $464 per Night 5 Nights
Mar 26 - Mar 26, 2024 Mar 26 2024 to Mar 26 2024 $468 per Night 5 Nights
Mar 27 - Mar 27, 2024 Mar 27 2024 to Mar 27 2024 $459 per Night 5 Nights
Mar 28 - Mar 28, 2024 Mar 28 2024 to Mar 28 2024 $471 per Night 5 Nights
Mar 29 - Mar 29, 2024 Mar 29 2024 to Mar 29 2024 $505 per Night 5 Nights
Mar 30 - Mar 30, 2024 Mar 30 2024 to Mar 30 2024 $504 per Night 5 Nights
Mar 31 - Mar 31, 2024 Mar 31 2024 to Mar 31 2024 $480 per Night 5 Nights
Apr 1 - Apr 1, 2024 Apr 1 2024 to Apr 1 2024 $469 per Night 5 Nights
Apr 2 - Apr 2, 2024 Apr 2 2024 to Apr 2 2024 $447 per Night 5 Nights
Apr 3 - Apr 3, 2024 Apr 3 2024 to Apr 3 2024 $449 per Night 5 Nights
Apr 4 - Apr 4, 2024 Apr 4 2024 to Apr 4 2024 $460 per Night 5 Nights
Apr 5 - Apr 5, 2024 Apr 5 2024 to Apr 5 2024 $474 per Night 5 Nights
Apr 6 - Apr 6, 2024 Apr 6 2024 to Apr 6 2024 $472 per Night 5 Nights
Apr 7 - Apr 7, 2024 Apr 7 2024 to Apr 7 2024 $450 per Night 5 Nights
Apr 8 - Apr 9, 2024 Apr 8 2024 to Apr 9 2024 $444 per Night 5 Nights
Apr 10 - Apr 10, 2024 Apr 10 2024 to Apr 10 2024 $443 per Night 5 Nights
Apr 11 - Apr 11, 2024 Apr 11 2024 to Apr 11 2024 $442 per Night 5 Nights
Apr 12 - Apr 12, 2024 Apr 12 2024 to Apr 12 2024 $469 per Night 5 Nights
Apr 13 - Apr 13, 2024 Apr 13 2024 to Apr 13 2024 $470 per Night 5 Nights
Apr 14 - Apr 14, 2024 Apr 14 2024 to Apr 14 2024 $445 per Night 5 Nights
Apr 15 - Apr 15, 2024 Apr 15 2024 to Apr 15 2024 $439 per Night 5 Nights
Apr 16 - Apr 16, 2024 Apr 16 2024 to Apr 16 2024 $434 per Night 5 Nights
Apr 17 - Apr 17, 2024 Apr 17 2024 to Apr 17 2024 $429 per Night 5 Nights
Apr 18 - Apr 18, 2024 Apr 18 2024 to Apr 18 2024 $425 per Night 5 Nights
Apr 19 - Apr 19, 2024 Apr 19 2024 to Apr 19 2024 $440 per Night 5 Nights
Apr 20 - Apr 20, 2024 Apr 20 2024 to Apr 20 2024 $435 per Night 5 Nights
Apr 21 - Sep 30, 2024 Apr 21 2024 to Sep 30 2024 $425 per Night 5 Nights
Oct 1 - Nov 25, 2024 Oct 1 2024 to Nov 25 2024 $600 per Night 5 Nights
Nov 26 - Nov 30, 2024 Nov 26 2024 to Nov 30 2024 $775 per Night 5 Nights
Dec 1 - Dec 19, 2024 Dec 1 2024 to Dec 19 2024 $425 per Night 5 Nights
Dec 20, 2024 - Jan 3, 2025 Dec 20 2024 to Jan 3 2025 $1,000 per Night 5 Nights
Jan 4 - Feb 5, 2025 Jan 4 2025 to Feb 5 2025 $425 per Night 5 Nights
Feb 6 - Feb 6, 2025 Feb 6 2025 to Feb 6 2025 $427 per Night 5 Nights
Feb 7 - Feb 7, 2025 Feb 7 2025 to Feb 7 2025 $440 per Night 5 Nights
Feb 8 - Feb 8, 2025 Feb 8 2025 to Feb 8 2025 $444 per Night 5 Nights
Feb 9 - Feb 9, 2025 Feb 9 2025 to Feb 9 2025 $437 per Night 5 Nights
Feb 10 - Feb 10, 2025 Feb 10 2025 to Feb 10 2025 $439 per Night 5 Nights
Feb 11 - Feb 11, 2025 Feb 11 2025 to Feb 11 2025 $443 per Night 5 Nights
Feb 12 - Feb 12, 2025 Feb 12 2025 to Feb 12 2025 $446 per Night 5 Nights
Feb 13 - Feb 13, 2025 Feb 13 2025 to Feb 13 2025 $449 per Night 5 Nights
Feb 14 - Feb 14, 2025 Feb 14 2025 to Feb 14 2025 $529 per Night 5 Nights
Feb 15 - Feb 15, 2025 Feb 15 2025 to Feb 15 2025 $532 per Night 5 Nights
Feb 16 - Feb 16, 2025 Feb 16 2025 to Feb 16 2025 $535 per Night 5 Nights
Feb 17 - Feb 17, 2025 Feb 17 2025 to Feb 17 2025 $536 per Night 5 Nights
Feb 18 - Feb 19, 2025 Feb 18 2025 to Feb 19 2025 $456 per Night 5 Nights
Feb 20 - Feb 20, 2025 Feb 20 2025 to Feb 20 2025 $457 per Night 5 Nights
Feb 21 - Feb 21, 2025 Feb 21 2025 to Feb 21 2025 $468 per Night 5 Nights
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Other Fees

Damage WaiverDamage Waiver $165 Flat  
Departure CleanDeparture Clean $330 Flat  
Utility FeeUtility Fee $50 per Day  

Taxes

Lodging TaxLodging Tax 10.50%
Booking Fee Booking Fee 7.73%

Check-in/Check-out

Check-in time: 17:00 Check-out time: 10:00

Additional Info

• Do not play amplified music outside the home due to the Palm Springs noise ordinance which will be monitored.
• All guests must be at least 25 years old to book and stay in rental homes.

Amenities & Activities

  • Air Conditioning
  • Fireplace
  • Golf
  • Hot Tub
  • Pool
  • Staff
  • Wifi
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Activities

  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Golf
  • Swimming
  • Tennis

Entertainment

  • Satellite or cable
  • Sound System
  • Table Tennis
  • Television

Events

  • Weddings ($)

General

  • Air Conditioning
  • Fireplace
  • Golf
  • Hot Tub
  • Pool
  • Staff
  • Wifi

Indoor Features

  • Bed Linens
  • Pool/Beach Towels
  • Toiletries
  • Washer/Dryer

Kitchen

  • Coffee maker
  • Cooking utensils
  • Dining Area
  • Dish washer
  • Freezer
  • Fully Equipped Kitchen
  • Ice Maker
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove Top Burners
  • Toaster

Nearby Facilities

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries
  • Restaurants
  • Shopping

Outdoor Features

  • Dining Table
  • Lounging Area
  • Outdoor grill
  • Parking
  • Patio
  • Poolside Lounge Chairs
  • Private Pool

Special Health and Safety Measures

  • Disinfectant used for cleaning
  • Enhanced cleaning practices
  • High-touch surfaces disinfected
  • Linens washed at high-temp
  • Min 24 hours between stays
  • Self-checkin/checkout available

Industry Association Recommended Cleaning Practice: SafeStay

Rooms

Bedrooms (2)

Bedroom 1 | Master 1 King
1 Pullout
3 Guests Additional Info
Bedroom 2 1 Queen 4 Guests  

Bathrooms (3)

Bathroom 1 | MasterToilet, Shower
Bathroom 2Toilet, Shower
Bathroom 3Toilet, Shower

Location

Palm Springs, California

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