The Wheelhouse

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.

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 2000's, Howser added a sun room 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 alfresco 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 alfresco dining area, which converts into a ping-pong table. A gas barbecue 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 28 - Mar 3, 2021 Feb 28 2021 to Mar 3 2021 $576 per Night 5 Nights
Mar 4 - Mar 4, 2021 Mar 4 2021 to Mar 4 2021 $648 per Night 5 Nights
Mar 5 - Mar 6, 2021 Mar 5 2021 to Mar 6 2021 $720 per Night 5 Nights
Mar 7 - Mar 11, 2021 Mar 7 2021 to Mar 11 2021 $648 per Night 5 Nights
Mar 12 - Mar 27, 2021 Mar 12 2021 to Mar 27 2021 $742 per Night 5 Nights
Mar 28 - Apr 4, 2021 Mar 28 2021 to Apr 4 2021 $720 per Night 5 Nights
Apr 5 - Apr 8, 2021 Apr 5 2021 to Apr 8 2021 $642 per Night 5 Nights
Apr 9 - Apr 10, 2021 Apr 9 2021 to Apr 10 2021 $720 per Night 5 Nights
Apr 11 - Apr 15, 2021 Apr 11 2021 to Apr 15 2021 $642 per Night 5 Nights
Apr 16 - Apr 17, 2021 Apr 16 2021 to Apr 17 2021 $720 per Night 5 Nights
Apr 18 - Apr 18, 2021 Apr 18 2021 to Apr 18 2021 $642 per Night 5 Nights
Apr 19 - Apr 22, 2021 Apr 19 2021 to Apr 22 2021 $648 per Night 5 Nights
Apr 23 - Apr 24, 2021 Apr 23 2021 to Apr 24 2021 $720 per Night 5 Nights
Apr 25 - Apr 29, 2021 Apr 25 2021 to Apr 29 2021 $648 per Night 5 Nights
Apr 30 - May 1, 2021 Apr 30 2021 to May 1 2021 $720 per Night 5 Nights
May 2 - May 6, 2021 May 2 2021 to May 6 2021 $648 per Night 5 Nights
May 7 - May 8, 2021 May 7 2021 to May 8 2021 $720 per Night 5 Nights
May 9 - May 13, 2021 May 9 2021 to May 13 2021 $648 per Night 5 Nights
May 14 - May 15, 2021 May 14 2021 to May 15 2021 $720 per Night 5 Nights
May 16 - May 20, 2021 May 16 2021 to May 20 2021 $648 per Night 5 Nights
May 21 - May 22, 2021 May 21 2021 to May 22 2021 $720 per Night 5 Nights
May 23 - May 26, 2021 May 23 2021 to May 26 2021 $648 per Night 5 Nights
May 27 - May 30, 2021 May 27 2021 to May 30 2021 $756 per Night 5 Nights
May 31 - Jun 3, 2021 May 31 2021 to Jun 3 2021 $487 per Night 5 Nights
Jun 4 - Jun 5, 2021 Jun 4 2021 to Jun 5 2021 $541 per Night 5 Nights
Jun 6 - Jun 10, 2021 Jun 6 2021 to Jun 10 2021 $487 per Night 5 Nights
Jun 11 - Jun 12, 2021 Jun 11 2021 to Jun 12 2021 $541 per Night 5 Nights
Jun 13 - Jun 17, 2021 Jun 13 2021 to Jun 17 2021 $487 per Night 5 Nights
Jun 18 - Jun 19, 2021 Jun 18 2021 to Jun 19 2021 $541 per Night 5 Nights
Jun 20 - Jun 24, 2021 Jun 20 2021 to Jun 24 2021 $487 per Night 5 Nights
Jun 25 - Jun 26, 2021 Jun 25 2021 to Jun 26 2021 $541 per Night 5 Nights
Jun 27 - Jul 1, 2021 Jun 27 2021 to Jul 1 2021 $487 per Night 5 Nights
Jul 2 - Jul 3, 2021 Jul 2 2021 to Jul 3 2021 $541 per Night 5 Nights
Jul 4 - Jul 8, 2021 Jul 4 2021 to Jul 8 2021 $487 per Night 5 Nights
Jul 9 - Jul 10, 2021 Jul 9 2021 to Jul 10 2021 $541 per Night 5 Nights
Jul 11 - Jul 15, 2021 Jul 11 2021 to Jul 15 2021 $487 per Night 5 Nights
Jul 16 - Jul 17, 2021 Jul 16 2021 to Jul 17 2021 $541 per Night 5 Nights
Jul 18 - Jul 22, 2021 Jul 18 2021 to Jul 22 2021 $487 per Night 5 Nights
Jul 23 - Jul 24, 2021 Jul 23 2021 to Jul 24 2021 $541 per Night 5 Nights
Jul 25 - Jul 29, 2021 Jul 25 2021 to Jul 29 2021 $487 per Night 5 Nights
Jul 30 - Jul 31, 2021 Jul 30 2021 to Jul 31 2021 $541 per Night 5 Nights
Aug 1 - Aug 5, 2021 Aug 1 2021 to Aug 5 2021 $487 per Night 5 Nights
Aug 6 - Aug 7, 2021 Aug 6 2021 to Aug 7 2021 $541 per Night 5 Nights
Aug 8 - Aug 12, 2021 Aug 8 2021 to Aug 12 2021 $487 per Night 5 Nights
Aug 13 - Aug 14, 2021 Aug 13 2021 to Aug 14 2021 $541 per Night 5 Nights
Aug 15 - Aug 19, 2021 Aug 15 2021 to Aug 19 2021 $487 per Night 5 Nights
Aug 20 - Aug 21, 2021 Aug 20 2021 to Aug 21 2021 $541 per Night 5 Nights
Aug 22 - Aug 26, 2021 Aug 22 2021 to Aug 26 2021 $487 per Night 5 Nights
Aug 27 - Aug 28, 2021 Aug 27 2021 to Aug 28 2021 $541 per Night 5 Nights
Aug 29 - Sep 2, 2021 Aug 29 2021 to Sep 2 2021 $487 per Night 5 Nights
Sep 3 - Sep 4, 2021 Sep 3 2021 to Sep 4 2021 $541 per Night 5 Nights
Sep 5 - Sep 9, 2021 Sep 5 2021 to Sep 9 2021 $487 per Night 5 Nights
Sep 10 - Sep 11, 2021 Sep 10 2021 to Sep 11 2021 $541 per Night 5 Nights
Sep 12 - Sep 16, 2021 Sep 12 2021 to Sep 16 2021 $487 per Night 5 Nights
Sep 17 - Sep 18, 2021 Sep 17 2021 to Sep 18 2021 $541 per Night 5 Nights
Sep 19 - Sep 23, 2021 Sep 19 2021 to Sep 23 2021 $487 per Night 5 Nights
Sep 24 - Sep 25, 2021 Sep 24 2021 to Sep 25 2021 $541 per Night 5 Nights
Sep 26 - Sep 30, 2021 Sep 26 2021 to Sep 30 2021 $487 per Night 5 Nights
Oct 1 - Oct 2, 2021 Oct 1 2021 to Oct 2 2021 $756 per Night 5 Nights
Oct 3 - Oct 7, 2021 Oct 3 2021 to Oct 7 2021 $720 per Night 5 Nights
Oct 8 - Oct 9, 2021 Oct 8 2021 to Oct 9 2021 $756 per Night 5 Nights
Oct 10 - Oct 14, 2021 Oct 10 2021 to Oct 14 2021 $720 per Night 5 Nights
Oct 15 - Oct 16, 2021 Oct 15 2021 to Oct 16 2021 $756 per Night 5 Nights
Oct 17 - Oct 21, 2021 Oct 17 2021 to Oct 21 2021 $720 per Night 5 Nights
Oct 22 - Oct 23, 2021 Oct 22 2021 to Oct 23 2021 $756 per Night 5 Nights
Oct 24 - Oct 28, 2021 Oct 24 2021 to Oct 28 2021 $720 per Night 5 Nights
Oct 29 - Oct 30, 2021 Oct 29 2021 to Oct 30 2021 $756 per Night 5 Nights
Oct 31 - Nov 4, 2021 Oct 31 2021 to Nov 4 2021 $720 per Night 5 Nights
Nov 5 - Nov 6, 2021 Nov 5 2021 to Nov 6 2021 $756 per Night 5 Nights
Nov 7 - Nov 11, 2021 Nov 7 2021 to Nov 11 2021 $720 per Night 5 Nights
Nov 12 - Nov 13, 2021 Nov 12 2021 to Nov 13 2021 $756 per Night 5 Nights
Nov 14 - Nov 19, 2021 Nov 14 2021 to Nov 19 2021 $720 per Night 5 Nights
Nov 20 - Nov 27, 2021 Nov 20 2021 to Nov 27 2021 $847 per Night 5 Nights
Nov 28 - Nov 28, 2021 Nov 28 2021 to Nov 28 2021 $770 per Night 5 Nights
Nov 29 - Dec 2, 2021 Nov 29 2021 to Dec 2 2021 $515 per Night 5 Nights
Dec 3 - Dec 4, 2021 Dec 3 2021 to Dec 4 2021 $541 per Night 5 Nights
Dec 5 - Dec 9, 2021 Dec 5 2021 to Dec 9 2021 $515 per Night 5 Nights
Dec 10 - Dec 11, 2021 Dec 10 2021 to Dec 11 2021 $541 per Night 5 Nights
Dec 12 - Dec 16, 2021 Dec 12 2021 to Dec 16 2021 $515 per Night 5 Nights
Dec 17 - Dec 22, 2021 Dec 17 2021 to Dec 22 2021 $742 per Night 5 Nights
Dec 23, 2021 - Jan 1, 2022 Dec 23 2021 to Jan 1 2022 $875 per Night 5 Nights
Jan 2 - Jan 6, 2022 Jan 2 2022 to Jan 6 2022 $576 per Night 5 Nights
Jan 7 - Jan 8, 2022 Jan 7 2022 to Jan 8 2022 $648 per Night 5 Nights
Jan 9 - Jan 13, 2022 Jan 9 2022 to Jan 13 2022 $576 per Night 5 Nights
Jan 14 - Jan 15, 2022 Jan 14 2022 to Jan 15 2022 $648 per Night 5 Nights
Jan 16 - Jan 20, 2022 Jan 16 2022 to Jan 20 2022 $576 per Night 5 Nights
Jan 21 - Jan 22, 2022 Jan 21 2022 to Jan 22 2022 $648 per Night 5 Nights
Jan 23 - Jan 27, 2022 Jan 23 2022 to Jan 27 2022 $576 per Night 5 Nights
Jan 28 - Jan 29, 2022 Jan 28 2022 to Jan 29 2022 $648 per Night 5 Nights
Jan 30 - Feb 3, 2022 Jan 30 2022 to Feb 3 2022 $576 per Night 5 Nights
Feb 4 - Feb 5, 2022 Feb 4 2022 to Feb 5 2022 $648 per Night 5 Nights
Feb 6 - Feb 9, 2022 Feb 6 2022 to Feb 9 2022 $576 per Night 5 Nights
Feb 10 - Feb 20, 2022 Feb 10 2022 to Feb 20 2022 $720 per Night 5 Nights
Feb 21 - Feb 24, 2022 Feb 21 2022 to Feb 24 2022 $576 per Night 5 Nights
Feb 25 - Feb 26, 2022 Feb 25 2022 to Feb 26 2022 $648 per Night 5 Nights
Feb 27 - Feb 27, 2022 Feb 27 2022 to Feb 27 2022 $576 per Night 5 Nights
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Other Fees

Damage WaiverDamage Waiver $100 Flat  
Departure CleanDeparture Clean $350 Flat  

Taxes

Lodging TaxLodging Tax 10.50%
Booking Fee Booking Fee 6.63%

Check-in/Check-out

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

Amenities & Activities

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

  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Golf
  • Swimming
  • Tennis

Entertainment

  • Satellite or cable
  • Table Tennis
  • Television

General

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

Indoor Features

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

Kitchen

  • Coffee maker
  • Cooking utensils
  • Dining Area
  • 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

Additional Information

• 2,221 square foot ranch sits on 12 acres of desert near Joshua Tree National Park
• Please note the pool is not heated

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)

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

Bathrooms (3)

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