House - Rating 4.9 (80)

Monument House Joshua Tree At Park w Hot Tub

$150 - $855 / night + taxes & fees

Bedroom 1 bedrooms
Bathroom 1 baths
Guests 3 guests
Pets Allowed Pets Allowed

  • Location: Joshua Tree

Location Location

Description Description
Summary Summary
In a valley of boulders just outside the Joshua Tree Park is the historic Monument House. Designed by Josh Schweitzer as a retreat for the owners’ close friends & family, this home is available to the public for the first time. Following in the footsteps of Lloyd Wright’s nearby New City of Mentalphysics, this home continues a rich tradition of experimental and radical architecture in the high desert.
Downtown JT -->5 Min Drive
Joshua Tree NP --> Min Drive
Pappy & Harriet’s -->20 Min Drive
Space Space
Recently featured in The New York Times & Dwell Magazine, as well as on the covers of numerous books, Monument House is exactingly specific to this space and place, its location inseparable from the design and its historical time of conception and architectural experimentation. The result is a liberating and unique artistic expression, reinventing the idea of a modern desert domestic dwelling.

HIGHLIGHTS
♦  1 bedroom; king size mattress
♦  1 full bathroom; w/ vanity & walk in shower
♦  Secluded backyard w/ fire-pit & loungers
♦  5+ acres to explore
♦  Hot tub, nestled in the boulders
♦  Fully equipped kitchen; modern appliances
♦  Washer & dryer w/ supplies provided
♦  Large living room w/ fireplace, books, games + endless views (No TV)
♦  Outdoor gazebo w/ dining table set for 4
♦  EV charger
♦  Pet friendly
♦  High-speed WiFi for remote work + entertainment
♦  One mile to the Joshua Tree National Park entrance
♦  Professionally hosted by Homestead Modern™


All Homestead Modern Homes include:
- Full-time, local support team
- Locally roasted coffee & pantry essentials
- Parachute towels & linens and Public Goods natural body products
- Concierge-like support to help you unplug, unwind, & engage with the High Desert

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Here Are a Few Kind Words From Our Recent Guests:

-”The house has been beautifully integrated into the natural surroundings, featuring a stunning indoor and outdoor design. The outdoor space was immaculate and truly complemented the overall charm of the place.” -Nico

-”We loved staying at this architectural marvel! The stargazing from the hot tub, cooking a meal on the grille, and ice cream by the fire pit are memories we will have for a lifetime. Highly recommend booking here.” -Macy
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30 years on “The Monument House” is still equally jarring and relevant. It is nestled amid the giant boulders near the entrance of Joshua Tree National Park (known as Joshua Tree National Monument when the house was designed). The desert sun creates dramatic, choreographic shadow play with the right angles of the architecture and perforations. As a highly conceptual shelter, it is an extreme contextual marriage of location and organic postmodern architecture, an unprecedented alien style as distinctive as the landscape surrounding it.

"Everyone thinks of the desert as monochromatic. But when you look carefully, there are all these amazing colors: a vivid green lichen growing on a rock, a bright red flower, and the impossibly blue sky. This compound takes those colors and builds them at the scale of man, which is bigger than the flower, but a lot smaller than the rocks." - Architect, Josh Schweitzer

The cubic shape, with trapezoidal openings, mirrors the surrounding landscape, which is dominated by fragmented monzogranite boulders. Three vertical cubic pavilions, each boldly painted in deep desert colors and punctuated by random trapezoidal openings and windows huddle together in both animated and natural harmony with the exaggerated and surreal surrounding landscape. This house comes from, stands outside of, and comments on both the natural and the man made landscapes. The forms may seem primitive, but they are derived from Schweitzer's former employer, Frank Gehry.

The most recent custodian of the house was composer Harold Budd. The house was his muse for 20 years and the shelter under which he composed many musical pieces and poetry. “Although its aura is ethereal and unworldly, Budd's music is actually an exemplary form of humanly useful music.” An apt description of his work and one that beautifully encapsulates this historic house as well.

LIVING SPACE
Open living area, focused on verticality in a landscape of horizontal expanse. There is comfortable couch seating and throw blankets alongside an electric fireplace, books, games and a bluetooth speaker. There is no TV at Monument House.

BEDS & BATHS
-King-size bed in primary bedroom with black-out roller shades
-Bathroom with a large vanity and walk-in shower
-Washer and dryer

ALL HOMESTEAD HOMES INCLUDE
♦ Essential toiletries provided, including Public Goods shampoo, conditioner, & body wash
♦ Hair dryer
♦ Parachute towels & linens


KITCHEN & DINING
The kitchen and dining area is surrounded by carefully placed window frames with a view of the mountains but in a cut-off angled manner, so that the desert is seen through hexilated snapshots.

-Indoor dining table by Roy McMakin for Domestic Furniture and dining chairs by the architect Josh Schweitzer, with seating for 6
-Outdoor dining table for 6 people in the gazebo
-Premium baking sheets, pots and pans
-Toaster, blender and vintage melamine plates and drinkware
-Cooking oil, salt & pepper, a few spices, sugar-in-the-raw and locally roasted Wonder Lake coffee is included
-A drip coffee maker, French press, stove-top espresso maker and tea kettle
-Propane BBQ grill and tools

OUTDOOR SPACE
The outdoor space had been arranged to optimize engagement with the desert. The orange gazebo is actually an outdoor room, a place for dining, a place of shade and one of idiosyncratic pattern.

-Hot tub w/ views, hidden on a deck in the boulders
-Propane fire-pit and loungers
-Native & ancient landscaping surrounding the home

ESSENTIALS
Monument House includes High Speed WiFi, heating, and air conditioning.
Parking is available for 4 vehicles w/ an EV charger

Please contact us if you have any questions about the home or the area in general. We hope to welcome you soon!


This home is very well known and is quite attractive to people visiting the area. There is no trespassing allowed and ample warning signs leading up to the house regarding this. Authorities will be called if someone approaches the house for a photo. However, please know their desire to take a photo of the architecture is a compliment to the home and to your great taste and we appreciate your understanding as management deals with people who cannot read signs and respect boundaries.

ACTIVITIES/ATTRACTIONS
Visitors come to the High Desert for its unique landscape, culture, and recreational opportunities, as well as for the weather - hot and dry summers and mild winters at our high altitude. Joshua Tree and the communities surrounding the Joshua Tree National Park include Flamingo Heights, Pioneertown, Morongo Valley, Yucca Valley, and Landers. You’ll be close to all the action at Josh Schweitzer's Monument House. Some of our favorite options available to you:

–Joshua Tree National Park: 800,000 acres of mystical beauty - Joshua Tree National Park is one of the world’s most incredible natural desert treasures. Sweeping, grand in scale and populated by granite monoliths and voluptuous rock and boulder formations. This quiet land, conducive to meditation and roaming, was carved by extremes in climate - wind, rain and an ever-present, relentless sun. Diverse forms of plant life are found everywhere, but none as unique or prevalent as the park’s namesake: the Joshua tree, standing majestically across the vast topography.

–Pioneertown: Step back in time to thus rustic Old West-style village. Wander through the historic buildings, visit unique shops, catch a live music performance at Pappy & Harriets, and experience the Wild West charm.

• The Integratron: New age-y healing destination with a sound bath, originally designed by ufologist George Van Tassel with the goal of reversing the aging process.

Everything at your fingertips and more, when you book with us today
Access Access
You will have the entire house and property to yourself. Only registered guests are allowed, unless specifically agreed upon during the booking process. 2 extra day guests may be approved, but the county restricts occupancy to 4 after 8pm. Any unannounced guests will be asked to leave and the reservation may be canceled at will. We do have a security camera fixed on the driveway of the property to monitor the number of people arriving.

While we encourage taking walks on this property and in the National Park, please do not wander into our neighbor's backyards in the surrounding area as you will be trespassing on private property.

Also note, THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NO USE OF OFF HIGHWAY VEHICLES (OHV) IN THIS AREA.
Neighborhood Neighborhood
Monument Manor is one of the most desirable neighborhoods in the Joshua Tree area given its immediate proximity to the park and breathtaking vistas of the area’s signature Craggy Mountains and desert plants.

When you’re ready for some outdoor adventure, Joshua Tree National Park’s West Entrance is just 2 minutes away by car.

Searching for great eats, drinks, shops, and things to do? Here are a few recommendations in Joshua Tree Village, a 5-minute drive away:
• Start your day at Joshua Tree Coffee Co., known for their famed coffee made from locally roasted beans
• Marvel at the handiwork at the World Famous Crochet Museum
• Pick up some lunch or a souvenir from the Joshua Tree Certified Farmers' Market, open Saturdays
• Perhaps close your day with the food, drinks and music offered at the rustic Joshua Tree Saloon

Up for a day trip? Don’t miss these area highlights - they’re worth the drive.
• Noah Purifoy Outdoor Desert Art Museum (15-minute drive) - As far from a stuffy gallery as you can imagine, this outdoor sculpture garden contains a unique collection of folk-art.
• Pioneertown (20-minute drive) - Put on your ten-gallon hat and stroll down Mane Street of this Wild West-inspired town, also known for Pappy & Harriet’s, a notable restaurant and venue.
• The Integratron (25-minute drive) - New age-y healing destination with a sound bath, originally designed by ufologist George Van Tassel with the goal of reversing the aging process.
• Palm Springs (45-minute drive) - Artsy town known for vintage shopping, art galleries, and the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway.

Of course, let’s not forget about the essentials. Everything you need is within close driving distance:
• Closest supermarket: Vons (13-minute drive)
• Closest liquor store: Mike's Liquor (6-minute drive)
• Closest pharmacy: Star Pharmacy (7-minute drive)
• Closest bank: U.S. Bank (13-minute drive)
• Closest gas station: 76 (6-minute drive)
Transit Transit
This is a remote location down dirt roads, so please take it slow. While a car is required to get around, a four wheel drive car is not, but note that roads will often have ruts, particularly after a rain.
Notes Notes
• EVENTS & COMMERCIAL PHOTOSHOOTS: Are not permitted without prior approval, applicable permit and additional fees.

• DOGS: Dogs are welcome and there is a one time fee of $100. Maximum of 2 Dogs allowed. No other types of animals are authorized.

• CELL SERVICE: Cell phone service availability and quality in the high desert varies by service provider. This is particularly true in the more remote areas of Joshua Tree, Pipes Canyon, and Pioneertown. Please be prepared by enabling wifi calling or downloading a VOIP program.
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Our property manager, Homestead Modern, is local and has staff available from 9am-9pm.
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VACATION RENTAL AGREEMENT
THIS AGREEMENT IS NOT A LEASE AND CONVEYS NO RIGHTS IN REAL PROPERTY AT ANY TIME. YOUR USE IS LIMITED TO THAT DEFINED HEREIN.

• The number of people on the property may not exceed the number of guests in your reservation confirmation plus two (regardless of whether they are staying the night or just visiting). Additional guest fees starting at $65 per person per night will apply for any unauthorized persons.

• Your sole right to access the property begins with the 3PM check-in and ends at the 11AM check-out, unless other times are approved in writing in advance. Check-in is not allowed after 9PM unless approved in advance. We will charge 50% of the daily rate for an unauthorized early arrival or late check-out.

• Dogs are allowed with prior written permission, with the payment of an additional cleaning fee, and only at certain properties. Dog owners agree to the following additional rules: use protective sheets that we will leave out for you to cover any place where your dog may lie (we are not equipped to shampoo furniture or rugs or dry clean bedding after your departure); dogs must be leashed at all times when outside (there are coyotes in the High Desert, which present danger to unleashed dogs) and owners must immediately pick up after their dogs and deposit waste in a plastic bag and place it in the garbage bin; dogs are not to be left unattended in the property at any time. In addition to our additional dog cleaning fee, we will deduct the costs of extra cleaning or repairs necessitated by the presence of your dog. If you bring any animal to
a house that does not allow pets, you will be charged a $500 fee for deep cleaning and dander removal.

• Recreational vehicles, motorcycles and camping or other overnight accommodations outside the property are not allowed. Violations of this policy will result in termination of the reservation with no refund.

• We do not guarantee the speed or availability of internet service. Internet service may be provided by a satellite and/or wireless provider and may be subject to more fluctuations and outages than you may be used to. We do not provide refunds or discounts due to internet problems that are related to the provider or weather. No illegal or abusive use of the Internet is allowed.

• Cell service may not be available at the property due to the rural nature and geography of the area.

• The High Desert occasionally has power outages due to its rural nature. We are not responsible for any outages of Southern California Edison or any inconvenience such outage may cause. We will notify you of any planned outages and if requested will attempt to accommodate you elsewhere in the event of a planned outage lasting more than 4 hours. But we do not provide refunds or discounts for power outages that are unplanned.

• No photoshoots are allowed on the property without prior written approval and the payment of additional fees. Unauthorized use of the rental property’s name, address, or images, including its interior, exterior, and / or private property surroundings, for any commercial use including but not limited to selling, advertising, TV, film production, electronic, or other media, is not permitted and we will seek to have any unauthorized use removed.

• Special events such as weddings and parties are not permitted without written approval and the payment of additional fees.

• Guests who utilize a property’s hot tub, pools and/or plunge pool do so at their own risk and we are not liable for any personal injury or other damages associated with such use. Guests may not use glass or pottery glassware, plates, etc. in or anywhere near any such water amenity. If any glass or pottery ware is broken in or near a water amenity, you will be charged the full amount to drain and refill the amenity and for any lost revenue during such service. Guests may not leave minors unattended at any hot tub, pool or plunge pool. If a water amenity is left uncovered, you will be charged a minimum of $100 for additional cleaning/filling/heating.

No lifeguard is on duty; the primary guest on the reservation is responsible for the safe operation of the pool and for the safety of any persons using the pool; by utilizing any pool or spa all guests acknowledge and accept the risk of injury resulting from use of the pool, malfunction of pool equipment, tripping or falling around the pool/spa and any other injuries that may occur and waive all claims against the homeowner or its representatives including Homestead Modern LLC.

• Guests shall allow the property owner or any designated workers access to the property for landscaping and routine maintenance, cleaning, repairs and building inspections, and pool and hot tub repairs and service.

• If for any reason beyond the control of the owner, the property is unavailable, we may cancel your reservation and refund the actual fees and / or deposits you have paid.

• Smoking is not allowed inside the property or within 15 feet of any exterior door. Please dispose of your extinguished cigarette waste in a plastic bag and then into the outdoor garbage can. Do not leave cigarette waste on the grounds. If these rules are violated, we will charge a minimum of $250 for remediation.

• Propane firepits or fireplaces may not be used for burning wood or any other materials (it is illegal pursuant to a county ordinance and may damage the fixture). If any combustible materials are burned in them, we will charge a minimum of $500 cleaning fee.

• By making your reservation, you confirm that you will comply with (and your stay is allowed by) any applicable health or safety orders from the State of California.

• Firearms are not allowed on the property.

• Local ordinances prohibit any loud, excessive, or intrusive noise that disturbs the peace or that causes discomfort or annoyance to any reasonable person at any time as well as strict quiet hours between 10PM and 7AM.

• Please pay attention to all relevant short-term rental ordinances and other regulations (such as the noise ordinance above) in accordance with county or town guidelines. If you violate any ordinance and as a result the property is fined, you will be responsible for payment of the fine plus a $500 administrative fee.

• Payments are due 50% at 60 days before check-in and 50% at 30 days before check-in (or at the time of reservation if less than the days for either payment). For bookings made directly on our website, no cancellation is allowed less than 5 days before check-in (100% of the charges and booking fees are non-refundable at that time).

• A deposit is required at the time of booking and any unused portion will be returned 7 days after checkout. Bookings made directly on our website or through Vrbo are charged an accidental damage protection fee – with payment of this non-refundable fee, you will not be held responsible to pay for accidental damage or loss to the rental property resulting from you or others in your party up to $1000 and that you report to us during your stay. This plan does not cover intentional acts of a guest, gross negligence, or willful and wanton conduct, and/or damages caused by pets.

• We may withhold all or part of your deposit if you fail to follow the rules in this agreement, the property listing or the property house manual. If the cost of the damages, losses, or missing items exceed the amount of the deposit, we will bill your credit card for the difference and / or pursue legal action. Cause(s) for withholding deposit funds include, but are not limited to: damage to premises or contents, missing or broken items, lost keys, required excessive cleaning, not complying fully with the departure checklist, smoke odors or damage, mailing charges for items left behind, unauthorized persons visiting or staying on the property, the presence of a dog without authorization, noise complaints after 10PM, including fines, trespassing on neighboring properties, violation of any county or town rules and unauthorized late check-out.

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Amenities 32 Amenities
  • Air conditioning
  • BBQ
  • Boulders
  • Coffee maker
  • Cookware
  • Dishes and silverware
  • Dishwasher
  • Enhanced cleaning practices
  • EV charger
  • Extra pillows and blankets
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Fire pit
  • First aid kit
  • French press
  • Hair dryer
  • Hangers
  • Heating
  • Hot tub
  • Iron
  • Kettle
  • Laptop friendly workspace
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Path to entrance lit at night
  • Patio or balcony
  • Pets allowed
  • Press Worthy
  • Refrigerator
  • Room-darkening shades
  • Wireless Internet
  • Washer/Dryer
  • Yard/Outdoor Space

Reviews Rating 4.9 (80) Reviews
Rating 5
Our stay at Monument house was wonderful. The house is very comfortable, especially the bed and bedding. This was our first trip to Joshua tree it’s a time we will never forget.
- Review Date: 5/31/2024
Rating 5
Very peaceful location and exactly as described. We had a great weekend with our pup here.
- Review Date: 5/20/2024
Rating 5
absolute gem of a find! a modern architectural marvel situated in a private acre of land surrounded by majestic boulders. highly recommended on all levels: aesthetics, environment, cleanliness, proximity to the park, … will definitely visit again!
- Review Date: 5/18/2024
Rating 5
I've visited Joshua Tree several times, but this is my new favorite place to stay! What a treat. Monument House is truly a work of art and the hosts are so communicative and thoughtful with the amenities they've made available - we felt right at home. The location so close to the park's entrance was incredibly convenient as well, though we didn't even have to go into the park to experience the beauty of the desert.
- Review Date: 5/16/2024
Rating 5
Unbelievably stunning home and scenery. We had the best time here and had a very hard time leaving! The location is perfectly situated between JTNP and town. Cannot wait to return!!!!
- Review Date: 4/26/2024
Rating 5
We absolutely loved our stay here! It’s so beautiful and peaceful. Stargazing in the hot tub is a must do! 5 stars doesn’t do this place justice. We will be back!
- Review Date: 4/21/2024
Rating 5
Incredible magical place. Fantastic host and very responsive. Amazing!
- Review Date: 4/19/2024
Rating 5
Ended up staying here due to a hiccup with another reservation, and I’m so glad we found it! It was such a unique architecture, and in a relatively secluded location. We enjoyed the hot tub surrounded by rocks under the stars. Relaxing indoors, gazing at the beautiful scenery from the tall dramatic windows. Climbing over the rocks outside, and exploring the desert landscape with our puppy and a cup of coffee in the morning. And enjoying the shaded outdoor table which is basically the third red structure, it’s an extension of the house. Incredible house with amazing architectural details. Felt privileged to stay here, and will come again. Homestead Modern was excellent to work with, easy and quick to communicate with, and very accommodating and helpful. They really do have the customer’s best interest in mind.
- Review Date: 4/17/2024
Rating 5
it was one of those places where i wish i booked for longer! such a vibe ?
- Review Date: 4/13/2024
Rating 5
One of a kind space with great access to the park. Definitely recommend for a special experience.
- Review Date: 4/5/2024
Rating 5
Great host, super clean, beautiful house. Spa is out of this world
- Review Date: 3/19/2024
Rating 5
The location is wonderful. You’re so close to Joshua Tree National Park that you’re beyond the visitor’s center. I believe there are actual Joshua Trees on the property. The property itself is beautiful, really clean, and well designed. The kitchen is fully stocked with everything you need to cook and grill some great food. One thing to be aware of for getting there: The house is located off of about a mile of a dirt roads that can be a little rough to drive on. You might not be able to make it back to the house if you’re in a sports car that sits very low to the ground. My car felt a little rough making it back as it sits low to the ground but still has some clearance. Also, for this reason, I highly suggest initially arriving at the property with light out so you can see how you would like to attack the dips, rocks, and bumps on the road. Related: only use the host’s directions to get to the property, do not try to use a smartphone maps app or gps.
- Review Date: 3/16/2024
Rating 5
Beautiful comfortable stay for a long weekend!
- Review Date: 2/21/2024
Rating 5
Wow! This was the best Airbnb I’ve ever stayed in. It was immaculate.
- Review Date: 2/13/2024
Rating 5
We had a wonderful time at Monument House. We stayed there for 3 nights and we had a blissful time. The heating system throughout the house worked well but was quite noisy whenever it came on in the bedroom so we ended up switching it off at night. We agree with past reviews that the place needs a microwave, it would make life easier. None of the pilots worked in the indoor or ourdoor fireplaces and we gave up trying to light the indoor one. It might be an idea to check them before guests arrive? Otherwise our stay was glorious and we will definitely come back!
- Review Date: 2/1/2024
We appreciate your constructive comments and we have a microwave on the way! Regarding the indoor and outdoor fireplaces, we apologize for any inconvenience you experienced. It would have been helpful for us to know about these concerns during your stay so that we could have addressed them promptly to ensure your comfort and when we checked them they were both operational, so we are at a loss. But hope we can do a redo with you down the road with everything perfect! We are grateful for your positive overall review and are thrilled to hear that you plan to return for another stay. We look forward to welcoming you back
Homestead Modern, LLC staff
Response Date: 2/5/2024
Rating 4
It’s quite hard to put into words what a magical experience it is to stay at Monument House (and particularly if you’re a modern architecture and/or desert fan…if both, like me, just book now!) The house was brilliantly designed by Josh Schweitzer to take full advantage of the stunning Joshua Tree setting, and Homestead Modern clearly understands its significance and specialness and has tastefully decorated and maintained with care. It would be a 10 out of five for me except for two particular issues, which I don’t feel the need to detail here as, while unfortunate, pale in comparison to the overall stay and I’m confident they’ve been sorted. My real issue (and star deduction) is that I was told I’d be gotten back to about them by the property manager (one issue in particular) and, even after I followed up, it didn’t happen. Very surprising given Homestead’s obvious attention to detail as evidenced by the Monument House experience they’ve created. Which, again, is pure magic.
- Review Date: 1/31/2024
Your feedback is valuable to us. We did attempt to reach out, leaving a voicemail and sending a text message to discuss the matters you raised throughout but never heard back from you, we are so sorry that we couldnt connect and we apologize for any inconvenience caused by the issues you encountered during your stay. We want to assure you that we take all guest concerns seriously, and we have addressed the specific issues you raised to ensure a seamless experience for future guests.
Homestead Modern, LLC staff
Response Date: 2/5/2024
Rating 5
We absolutely loved our stay at the monument house! It is such a peaceful place to stay. Even on rainy afternoons we didn’t mind staying inside this house with the cozy fireplace and terrific views! It’s very conveniently located - close to the park entrance and to town.
- Review Date: 1/23/2024
Rating 5
It was a very beautiful, peaceful home and everything was super clean and easy to access.
- Review Date: 1/19/2024
Rating 5
The property is wonderful as all the reviews say. Very comfortable and relaxing space for two up in the boulders. Very clean and all amenities very high quality. Really convenient for entering Joshua Tree just a short drive away. Definitely follow the instructions on how to find the driveway, especially if you're arriving after dark - don't use the route suggested by the app on your phone!
- Review Date: 1/18/2024
Rating 5
Perfect, secluded get away!
- Review Date: 1/14/2024
Rating 5
Our stay at Monument House was an unforgettable experience. We soaked in the desert views and watched the house react to changing light throughout the day. At night we gazed at the stars from the firepit, the hot tub and from every window. Homestead Modern was the perfect host. They anticipated our needs and made the two of us and our dog feel very welcome.
- Review Date: 12/28/2023
Rating 5
Gorgeous and special space! It was amazing to spend a restorative stay living in a piece of art. The hot tub makes you feel like you’re alone on another planet. Hosts were friendly and responsive. 10/10 recommend.
- Review Date: 12/23/2023
Rating 5
What a lovely place - the architecture of course! But the site's amazing, a hot tub tucked away into the rocks, chaises for lounging outside and a very well equipped kitchen (but no microwave, not really a problem). Even though it's listed as sleeping 3 it's really perfect for just 2.
- Review Date: 12/13/2023
Rating 5
There’s usually a handful of things one can easily complain about in a short-term rental, but by the end of our stay, the only thing we could come up with was that the board game Clue that they had stashed was missing the lead pipe. We improvised. What a wonderful space, very well taken care of, and the hosts were perfectly communicative.
- Review Date: 11/28/2023
Rating 5
The Monument House is gorgeous. It’s an intriguing assortment of windows and shapes. I’m not usually one to be moved by architecture, but I could not get over it. The house is comfortable and cozy overall, though missing a few basic amenities (luggage rack, appropriate dish rack, hand lotion) that would elevate it to the next level. The location is great if you want east access to the park - the west entrance is less than 10 minutes away which we used to our advantage. It’s also super close to the town of Joshua tree which was super convenient. There is road noise from the house just as an FYI if you are looking for a super remote location. It’s an amazing stay and we will come back for sure!
- Review Date: 10/30/2023
Rating 5
Can’t say enough good things about our stay. My husband and I celebrated our 15 year anniversary here and it was very special. Great location and amenities.
- Review Date: 10/27/2023
Rating 5
We loved our stay at the Monument House! From the second we pulled into the drive way we were entertained and delighted by the architecture and thoughtful design of the entire property! The fire pit and hot tub were perfect to relax and enjoy under the breathtaking star lit sky. We enjoyed the peace and quiet that the property provided. The quick access to Joshua Tree NP was an added bonus!
- Review Date: 10/24/2023
Rating 5
Es ist ruhig, idylisch und hat alles was man braucht! Die Küche ist top eingerichtet! Die Architektur ist bewunderswert und auf jedenfall ein Ort um gesehen zu haben! Die Natur, der Sonnenaufgang - atemberaubend! Ich habe den kurzen Aufenthalt sehr genossen, jedoch leider nicht jedermans Buget, schade!!
- Review Date: 10/20/2023
Rating 5
Felt like we were living in a magazine! Monument house was seriously a dream. We loved how close we were to the park and ended each day stargazing in the hot tub. Was a one of a kind Airbnb experience!
- Review Date: 10/9/2023
Rating 5
This home is so special. We thoroughly enjoyed a peaceful and relaxing visit. The house amenities are above and beyond. We loved the portable speaker, fire place & fire pit, the most comfortable outdoor lounge chairs, and outdoor grill. The farmers market every Saturday is a must if you plan to cook. If not, the local grocery and health food stores are close and have plenty to offer. The proximity to Joshua Tree National Park is ideal. If you’re a shopper, the vintage shops in town are worth a visit, along with a couple local stores. We enjoyed sitting outside for sunsets and stargazing in the quiet surroundings of the desert. Thank you for a truly unique experience. Sincerely, Terrence & Wendy
- Review Date: 9/25/2023
Rating 5
Amazing place. Difficult to do but better than in the photo. Perfect
- Review Date: 9/14/2023
Rating 5
We came for a long weekend with our pup to celebrate a birthday. Moment house is a gorgeous place, and the hosts added several very thoughtful touches. We used the crap out of the kitchen and grill and hot tub. this was a perfect trip for us. Thank you so much!
- Review Date: 9/8/2023
Rating 5
It’s a beautiful and unique space. The light and shade cycles of the desert are thoughtfully incorporated into the design of the place. A perfect oasis, well-positioned next to Joshua Tree National Park. The dirt road is a little rough but you get the hang of it.
- Review Date: 8/28/2023
Rating 5
One of our favorite places in the world, we've stayed here before and will again. The house is amazing and the location even better. Watching the stars from the hot tub was magnificent. The space is ideal for one or two people, probably not for a larger group. The hosts are terrific and provide the basics of what you will need for a great stay, there are plenty of shops nearby to get everything else.
- Review Date: 8/15/2023
Rating 5
Lovely house, sweet host, great stay.
- Review Date: 7/31/2023
Rating 5
Our stay at the Monument House for six nights was an absolute delight. The house has been beautifully integrated into the natural surroundings, featuring a stunning indoor and outdoor design. The outdoor space was immaculate and truly complemented the overall charm of the place. The location was also very convenient, being just a quick 10-minute drive to the Joshua Tree NP west entrance and a mere 15 minutes away from Yucca Valley, which was handy for grocery shopping and dining out. Our interaction with the host was excellent! Their thoughtfulness was apparent and greatly appreciated. The host have provided us with valuable recommendations on local food, drink, and activities, many of which we took up and were not disappointed. We are eagerly looking forward to our next stay at the Monument House and would highly recommend it to others.
- Review Date: 7/9/2023
Rating 5
Amazing Stay in an Amazing area.
- Review Date: 7/6/2023
Rating 5
A wonderful and relaxing stay in Joshua tree! We loved staying at this architectural marvel! The stargazing from the hot tub, cooking a meal on the grille, and ice cream by the fire pit are memories we will have for a lifetime. Highly recommend booking here. A few important points for future guests: -make sure and follow the written instructions from the host to arrive!! We only put in the latitude and longitude and we got in a tricky situation with our car. Highly recommend screenshooting and following their easy to follow instructions! Generally don’t book unless you have 4 wheel drive for the dirt roads! -bring house shoes or flip flops! The floor is a concrete with stone that can be tough on bare feet. -we had a bit of a cricket problem in the kitchen and bathroom but they were harmless, important to know for bug scared guests :)
- Review Date: 6/22/2023
Hi Macy! Thank you for choosing Monument House in Joshua Tree! We're thrilled that you had a wonderful and relaxing stay in this architectural marvel. We agree that stargazing from the hot tub, cooking on the grill, and enjoying ice cream by the fire pit are unforgettable experiences. We are sorry you had challenges, but we were happy to help out! We also have new slippers ordered, and apologize that we did not have them ready during your stay. We appreciate your recommendation and will use your feedback to improve future guests' experiences. If you have any further suggestions or need assistance, please reach out. We hope to welcome you back for another memorable stay!
Homestead Modern, LLC staff
Response Date: 6/29/2023
Rating 5
This was easily the coolest Airbnb I’ve ever stayed at. The architecture of the home is so unique and interacts very beautifully with the landscape. I would absolutely stay here again!
- Review Date: 6/20/2023
Rating 5
Amazing place!
- Review Date: 6/20/2023
Rating 5
Monument House is a unique home in one of the best Joshua Tree locations. The rental process was very easy and one can tell Homestead Modern has the experience and care managing special properties. Well done!
- Review Date: 6/16/2023
Rating 5
We had a great stay at Homestead Modern, such an amazing house in a fantastic location! We didn't notice it until late in the day, but the bathroom door was broken, hopefully that's an easy fix. I messaged them about it the next morning and they responded quickly, so appreciated that! Would definitely recommend, especially to all the architecture fans!
- Review Date: 6/1/2023
Rating 5
Hands down my favorite AirBnb experience to date. Loved the thoughtful details, like a basket of blankets for the outdoors when it gets chilly, bluetooth speaker, and Parachute bathrobes. We dined al fresco by the fire pit every night, stargazed from the hot tub, and watched sunsets from the massive rocks in the front of the house. The bedroom is quite cozy in size, but overall this place is the perfect amount of space for two. Location felt very private, and is only a 3 minute drive to the Joshua Tree West Entrance. Note: would recommend driving an SUV if possible, as the dirt roads leading to the house can get quite bumpy. This is a really special place, and I'm already planning my next visit. <3
- Review Date: 6/1/2023
Rating 5
Monument house is a fantastic experience. Perfectly nestled in the rocks with just the right amount of space for a couple. The house is simple, yet inviting. Cozy, but airy. Secluded, but not far away. A perfect getaway for those that want to stay in a structure that inspires connection and comfort.
- Review Date: 5/31/2023
Rating 5
The house was so unique! Not large, but perfect for two! We loved the location, the hot tub, the outdoor space and fire pit. The living room was comfy and the kitchen was very well equipped. Small-ish bedroom, but gigantic bathroom. Great landscaping and outdoor lighting, and the EV charger was a wonderful surprise! Private, romantic and peaceful and we’d love to come back.
- Review Date: 5/15/2023
Rating 5
The Monument House was an exceptional experience. It was the two of us and our dog and from the moment we entered the house we felt at home. It was really well appointed. A dog bed, lint roller, sheet cover, and dog bags were available to us. The house itself feels like a museum piece. It’s strange to say this but we felt honored having the privilege to stay there. It’s functional yet quirky and amazing, much like most of Joshua Tree. The house, though you would think is very much form over function, had much of the function. Air conditioning and heat were great and we appreciated cooking in a well appointed kitchen. We used the secluded hot tub in the evenings and loved it. It’s tranquil. The place also has a reliable EV charger. Just bring your adapter. There are some desert reptiles, birds, and other animals so it was great for wildlife watching. Despite the urban design of the property you’re still in a secluded part of the desert and should expect encounters so leash up your pup.
- Review Date: 5/9/2023
Rating 5
Stunning, great place to get away solo
- Review Date: 5/8/2023
Rating 5
This was a beautiful, peaceful location and it looks just like the photos. Cool architecture and great for spending the weekend in a remote destination. The host was very responsive and friendly. It can be difficult to find the entrance of the home but they try to provide you with directions in the app. Would recommend for a weekend getaway!
- Review Date: 5/3/2023
Hello Chaise! We are so happy that you enjoyed the serenity and natural beauty of this unique area. With that quiet remoteness comes some unique terrain as well! While the property is still close to everything, especially the JT National Park, we must help guests get there - and glad that the directions helped. Turn left at the cactus!
Homestead Modern, LLC staff
Response Date: 5/19/2023
Rating 5
I cannot say enough kind things about our stay. It was effortless to book, easy to get to and our hosts were beyond responsive. Any minor inconvenience was met with an over correction of kindness and hospitality that made us feel beyond loved and at home! The house is truly magical and one of a kind and we felt like we were living a fairy tale while existing within it. The house is so special and I hope that more people get to experience its greatness. Wish we could have moved in forever!
- Review Date: 4/26/2023
Rating 5
Wonderful, architectural, gem of a house. Perfect for a couple, cozy spaces but never cramped. The hot tub and fire pit were perfect for the desert nights! Well appointed in the kitchen, great comfort amenities like robes and outdoor blankets. I would not hesitate to stay here again.
- Review Date: 4/21/2023
Rating 5
Beautiful and unique property - a unique experience and gorgeous location.
- Review Date: 4/14/2023
Rating 5
What a respite from work! Monument House was everything we were looking for in Joshua Tree: close to the park for glorious and rigorous hikes, private and surprisingly spacious for two adults, and a fabulous hot tub in the boulders where we soaked and watched the moon rise, intermingled with the tub's steam, from behind the rock outcropping. One of our best experiences w Airbnb. We brought a toaster, as we realized there was none in the house, but we could have toasted with care using the oven. No microwave either. We plan to return this autumn!
- Review Date: 3/13/2023
Rating 5
Definitely a unique place to stay in Joshua tree. Wonderful place especially for couples to enjoy private and intimate time. The host is super proactive and transparent. Felt welcomed and thoughtfully treated.
- Review Date: 3/4/2023
Rating 5
Beautiful home with a great view! Very clean and comfortable stay. Host even provided wine which was a nice touch.
- Review Date: 2/15/2023
Rating 5
Loved our stay at Monument House. It was very peaceful.
- Review Date: 2/5/2023
Rating 5
The house is beautiful!!
- Review Date: 2/1/2023
Rating 5
Really beautiful spot up on the hill tucked away in the boulders. Lots of thoughtful touches, spotless and equipped with everything you need for a peaceful few days in the desert. Loved it!
- Review Date: 1/23/2023
Rating 4
The place was as pictured! The floors are really hard, I'd suggest bringing bedroom slippers to wear in the house. I wish there was a microwave. Also, the host sent you the door code for entry 3 hours in advance, despite sending the other check in instructions earlier. I was worried about not having cell phone signal since we were hiking in the park prior to check in- so asked to be sent the door code earlier, which the host did do. Everything was clean and well kept, hot tub was nice. The one living room chair was kind of wonky. The host did provide us with a bottle of wine, which was really nice to enjoy in the evenings.
- Review Date: 1/18/2023
We are so glad you enjoyed the stay! We have added slippers to this house thanks to your feedback and hope to host you again in this unique home!
Homestead Modern, LLC staff
Response Date: 1/28/2023
Rating 5
Perfect location next to Joshua Tree park and local restaurants/amenities. Incredibly quiet, very private with serene surroundings. The bed and linens are very comfortable. Loved the hot tub and its seclusion surrounded by boulders and mountains. The kitchen was well-equipped with new appliances. The host was easy to get in touch with, responsive and helpful. Monument House is a very unique place in a very unique area!
- Review Date: 1/13/2023
Rating 4
The Monument House itself was amazing. Very unique, private, and super close to the west entrance of Joshua National Park. The inside looks exactly like what you see in the photos. Things that we were really impressed with: desert view, easy check-in, environment, location, hot tub, super dog friendly! The only thing that I would point out is that you’d have to reset the pilot of the indoor fireplace a few times during your stay. We do hope Homestead Modern would respond faster when we had questions about the unlit fireplace. Other than that everything was phenomenal. There were coyotes roaming around the house so be careful! Would recommend and stay again!
- Review Date: 1/13/2023
So glad you loved it! And thank you for acknowledging that we did respond but that the video link just wasn’t loading on your side. Responding fast is very important to us, especially with fireplaces that act up out here. So sorry that wasn’t seamless but all has been repaired and we hope to host you again!
Homestead Modern, LLC staff
Response Date: 1/16/2023
Rating 5
One of the best places in Joshua Tree for sure, it has everything one needs for a peaceful and relaxing stay in the desert. Beautiful, comfortable, quiet, very close to the park entrance, beautifully renovated. You can't go wrong with this place.
- Review Date: 1/7/2023
Rating 5
We had such an amazing time at the Monument house. The space is truly special and such a serene environment for a quiet staycation. The hosts were responsive, communicative and super pleasant to work with. It was so nice to use the hot tub here on a chilly night, surrounded by beautiful nature under the stars. The house is also right at the entrance into Joshua Trees, making it so easy to drive into the park. We drove in to catch sunset and it was perfect. Thank you Homestead Modern, for a gorgeous relaxing stay we will never forgot! What a dream!
- Review Date: 1/4/2023
Rating 5
Staying at Homestead Modern was a wonderful experience! The house itself was clean and had the necessities. The inside living area was spacious and comfortable and offered great views. The bedroom, though on the smaller side, worked and the bed was quite comfortable. There was a big bathroom that included an open air shower. We cooked multiple meals in the kitchen and found everything we needed (except a toaster, but we just used the stove). The boulders/rock formations give the property a good amount of privacy, including by the hot tub. The hot tub was a highlight, especially at night when the stars were out. It was clean, warm, and the perfect distance from the house. We also had our puppy dog with us; the property is dog friendly and our pup had a great time! Lastly, the host is very responsive and easy to contact. We would definitely stay again!
- Review Date: 1/3/2023
Rating 5
Unique property, great location for both the park and the town. Host was easy to deal with and super-responsive to our needs. We'll be back.
- Review Date: 12/19/2022
Rating 5
Amazing house in an amazing setting. The entrance to the park is close and this house is a beautiful place to stay and recuperate after a long hike. Highly recommend this house!
- Review Date: 12/17/2022
Rating 5
The place was extremely inviting and the neighborhood was exactly what we were looking for. A place to relax, tucked away from the usual chaos. The hosts were very responsive and non interfering. Soaking in the hot tub, sipping on wine and looking up at the night sky was the highlight of our trip-an unforgettable experience. I wish we had stayed for a few more days as we didn’t have time to enjoy everything that the place offered.
- Review Date: 12/6/2022
Rating 5
We had an absolutely wonderful stay here. The house and the outdoor amenities were wonderful and there's not a thing we would have changed. It was a great home base for exploring Joshua Tree, felt incredibly private, and the kitchen was very well stocked.
- Review Date: 11/30/2022
Rating 5
This home is magical. That is all you need to know.
- Review Date: 11/21/2022
Rating 5
I can’t say enough good things about staying here. Every detail was thought out. The home was fully decked out, and really was an experience like no other. From the architecture, to the amenities, staying in Joshua tree couldn’t have been any better. The jacuzzi at night under the stars was sensational. We used the kitchen and outdoor BBQ pit every night, and the absolute only thing they didn’t have is a can opener, but really that was not a big deal as there’s a Walmart and other shops right down the road. The bedding and pillows were exceptional and the living room was perfect for relaxing after a long day. I was glad there was no television as it made the experience even better. During different times of day the windows would cast certain shadows in the home which made you feel like you were part of an art piece. They provided indoor slippers, too! I will definitely be back. Thanks again.
- Review Date: 11/17/2022
Rating 5
I rarely leave reviews but we had a really great time staying at The Schweitzer/Monument House. The Homestead Modern team made us feel at home with their hospitality. The location is perfect. If you want to stay at a space that is unique and has a great representation of a true JT Experience, this one is it. Couldn't stop taking photos of this place! This is a place where you can really disconnect to reconnect with life. Much love.
- Review Date: 11/14/2022
Rating 5
Amazing home in Joshua Tree! We had a beautiful and relaxing stay at this very modern and clean Airbnb. We had everything we needed to feel comfortable, cook a few meals, and enjoy all that JT has to offer. Thank you!
- Review Date: 11/2/2022
Rating 5
In short, out of this world. Perfect location. Astonishing architecture. I cannot recommend this place highly enough. Host is terrific.
- Review Date: 11/1/2022
Rating 5
Amazing and well worth the money. The home was gorgeous, easy to find, and well stocked. Check in was easy and the amenities were incredible and exactly as advertised.
- Review Date: 10/26/2022
Rating 5
There are a lot of superlatives I can use to describe Monument House, but the one that comes most to the point is “Wow!” Admittedly there was initial apprehension on my part when my partner expressed interest in staying here — would renting a notable place be like living in a museum, institutional and full of restrictions? The answer is unequivocally no. Make no mistake, the space is marvelous; picture Dr. Seuss-meets-Flintstones. The space feels incredibly large (even though it really isn’t) because of all the windows and 6 (!) glass doors. Privacy isn’t an issue even with the glass as it’s reasonably far away from neighbors and is surrounded on a couple of sides by big boulders. Amenities were plentiful — though I’ll reiterate NO tv and microwave, neither of which was a negative to us. Wanna watch something? Go outside and look up or around at the variety of wildlife that wanders by. Need to heat something? Just use fire (grill/stove/oven). Boom. Done. The kitchen is fully stocked with whatever you may need — cook & bake ware, flatware, plates, bowls, spices, oil, blender — so cooking a meal is never a problem. Don’t want to cook? Check out the list of recommendations Homestead Modern provides. Went to most of them and none of them are misses. Moving outside, even more “Wow!” The fire pit is the best place to settle in for a sunrise (thanks for the blankets that makes it even cozier!) or a sunset with some wine and a charcuterie & cheese board. The table in the gazebo made for a great breakfast and lunch spot…and “remote work” space. And the jacuzzi. That. Jacuzzi. Space. Fire it up at night, turn off all the lights, and watch the magic unfold overhead. Want some quiet and solitude? Pick one of the dozens of large boulders surrounding the property, plop down, and live your best life. The question for us isn’t whether we’d come back — it’s a guarantee we will. Heaven forbid this property ever comes up for sale — we’d sell everything to buy it! It’s that good.
- Review Date: 10/22/2022
Rating 5
The Schweitzer House was amazing. It is unrivaled in terms of uniqueness and proximity to the park. We stargazed, we listened to Harold Budd, we stared at the walls, at the ceiling, at each other. It was lovely. Homestead Modern was gracious enough to leave us some wine, snacks and a handwritten note. We felt lucky to get to experience such a rare and special property.
- Review Date: 10/18/2022
Rating 5
Wonderful Amazing Place, more than a experience it's a chance to be able to stay at Josh Schweitzer's Monument house. Everything is perfect and quite and beautiful!!
- Review Date: 10/17/2022
Rating 5
Amazing once in a lifetime place to stay! Bucket list
- Review Date: 10/13/2022
Rating 5
For one or two people (maybe three) visiting Joshua Tree National Park, this is the ideal place to stay. Architecturally stunning, well managed, amazingly peaceful, and minutes from the Park. Stargazing from the hot tub was a revelation.
- Review Date: 10/6/2022
Rating 5
Words can't express what an exceptional stay I had at Monument House hosted by Homestead Modern. HM truly delivers a premier vacation experience with tailored concierge services typically only offered by luxury resorts. The concierge team reached out in advance to accommodate any special grocery items I would like to have pre-stocked upon arrival, in addition to providing a detailed guide regarding home amenities and nearby attractions. Staying at Monument House truly is an unrivaled experience, and HM has done an exceptional job of preserving the architectural significance of the property while delicately blending in natural design elements of the high-desert. The interior of the home features thoughtfully appointed furnishings to provide a comfortable, yet immersive experience. In the living area, the high ceilings and trapezoidal windows illuminate the room with eccentric shadows that accentuate the surrounding boulders and alien-like landscape. The bedroom provides undoubtably the most comfortable sleeping experience I've had at a vacation rental , which is attached to an on-suite bathroom in which the alluring architectural appeal carries through. The outdoor space truly optimizes the high-desert experience where the unique beauty of the home and high-desert blend together facilitating a hypnotic desert experience. A trip to Monument House truly wouldn't be complete without unwinding at night in the hot tub where the night sky is illuminated by the hazy glow of the Milky Way. If you're looking to connect with nature while immersing yourself in an architectural masterpiece, Monument House is for you!
- Review Date: 9/21/2022
Rating 5
What an incredible property! It’s a simply stunning/breathtaking property that’s even better in person than the beautiful photos. Gorgeous interior design/architecture that really is hard to fault. We enjoyed star gazing at night from the hot tub and early breakfasts in the outdoor dining room as the sun rose. The house was also spotlessly clean. This home is an absolute credit to the owner and also the fantastic hosting team and we felt lucky to have had the chance to stay there ??
- Review Date: 9/19/2022
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