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From a single groundbreaking property 10 years ago, Homestead Modern has grown into the High Desert’s premier hospitality brand.


Beyond providing a luxury cocoon for your visit to the High Desert, we strive to immerse guests in the culture, landscape, and community of Joshua Tree and its surrounding areas.

Our portfolio covers a 20-mile radius adjacent to Joshua Tree National Park. Each of our 70+ properties offer consistent service and sumptuous amenities, with prices ranging from under $250 a night to over $3,000.

Like a boutique hotel, we offer a range of luxury services and add-ons—pantry stocking, private chefs, hiking recommendations, in-home massages and sound baths, hand-picked wine and mezcal selections, barbecue provisions, and so much more.

“I have been in love with the natural beauty of the high desert for more than three decades… and excited to share the magic of this area with others.”
— Dave McAdam


By bringing together like-minded guests, we expose visitors to the singular beauty of our landscapes while improving local culture and enriching the wider community.

Homestead Modern strives to improve our local communities. We believe that, by extending a gesture of hospitality beyond our guests and partners, we can strengthen our culture and business. This includes paying our full-time managers, cleaners, and maintenance staff fair wages and supporting clean air and water initiatives, renewable energy sources, and the utilization of native plants in all of our homes whenever possible.


We take care of property management, so that our owner/partners don’t have to.

Guest Experience
24/7 attention from full-time, local staff

Listing Optimization
Metric-driven approach to reach potential guests across multiple platforms and proprietary booking site

Luxury Amenities
Highest quality bedding, linens and kitchen equipment sourced from our preferred vendors

Full-time staff and dedicated contractor resources

Trust accounting with CPA-prepared, audit-ready statements


Our experience creating and managing the most successful vacation homes in the High Desert gives us a unique perspective on how to create a successful rental property — a knowledge that we share with our owner/partners.

Whether it is imagining a home from the ground-up , renovating a historic homestead cabin, improving outdoor spaces, or arranging interior design services, we pride ourselves on being an end-to-end provider for our partners whose homes we manage. We have dedicated design, management and contracting resources that enable us to share the Homestead Modern design DNA and create unique vacation homes.

David McAdam

Founder & Owner

An aficionado of the High Desert since the early ‘80s, Dave pioneered the area’s home rental business in ‘08 with his iconic Rock Reach House. Since then, Homestead Modern has grown organically, infusing the area with the same vibrant energy that drew Dave there originally.

Robert Brada


With a background in growing early stage companies and private financing, Bob joined Homestead Modern in ’18 with a focus on building on the magic that Dave had created.

Mollie Casey


Coming from a career in specialty hotels and food and beverage, Mollie joined Homestead Modern in mid ’20 and led the effort to create the area’s first hospitality brand.


Mojave Desert Land Trust

The Mojave Desert Land Trust protects the unique living landscapes of the Mojave and Colorado Deserts. Our mission is to protect the Mojave Desert ecosystem and its scenic and cultural resource values. Our vision for the Mojave Desert includes dark night skies, clean air and water, broad views and vistas, and an abundance of native plants and animals.

California Welcome Center

The ambassadors at this visitor center, located on State Route 62 in Yucca Valley, are happy to point you in the direction of the area’s best attractions.

Pioneertown Community

Tucked away in the High Desert is a tiny little desert town that looks to be frozen in the 19th century. Dusty slatted cabins are adorned with cow skulls and cactus gardens. Old fashioned barrels and rocking chairs sit on every porch. There are actual tumbleweeds tumbling down the streets. This isn’t an abandoned ghost town—far from it—rather, it was built as a movie set in the 1940s.

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