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Review of the Jackrabbit Wash – Joshua Tree Airbnb

Just two and a half hours (140 miles) east of Los Angeles on the 10, Joshua Tree has become our favorite weekend getaway! This area is one of California’s most beautiful – and less-visited – natural treasures! Its spectacular landscape is filled with beautiful Joshua “trees,” which aren’t trees at all, but tree-like members of the yucca family. Barren landscape, magical starry sky, spooky coyote howling,…all bring a sense of solitude and seclusion at the same time provide endless opportunities for adventures.

Although the area lacks hotels, it has so many lovely options on Airbnb from rustic desert homesteads, mid-century tiki huts to teepees and airstreams. If you want to combine seclusion with luxury, then the Jackrabbit Wash is the ideal place for you!

The story of this house is incredible. Jackrabbit Wash is a residential project designed by the architect Aaron D’Innocenzo whose works are held as the permanent collection of Museum of Modern Art in New York and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. It’s always so inspiring to learn about people who build their own homes (we are one of them! We built our first home from scratch in 2013), but it’s rare to hear about a person who does all the work by themselves! It’s not an exaggeration when I say Mr. D’Innocenzo built the entire house himself – no contractors, no subcontractors, or no helpers involved! The entire project took him eight years to complete and was finished in 2012.

Entering the home, the first thing that catches your eye is the stylish, sophisticated interior and the view of the surrounding desert and mountain!

With unique decor pieces, light fixtures and stylish furniture choices,…the home features high attention to details and arts. It’s like you stepped into a contemporary art museum (think LACMA or MOCA). Every piece of furniture is a beautiful and unique artwork. Almost all the elements were designed and hand crafted specifically for this house!

The 1600 square feet interior of the home is comprised of 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a full kitchen, dining & living area.

The spaciousness of the living area allows for a comfortable stay for several guests.

The exterior features a deck, patio, swimming pool, hot tub, and an oversized 2 car garage.

The house is a classic mid-century style! The decoration and furniture are unique and striking! The house provides a warm color palette with lots of textures such as wood or natural stone and through the abundant use of glass it creates a strong connection with the surrounding desert.

What a beautiful house–from all directions –from sunrises from the master bedroom to sunsets in the hot tub. The guests can enjoy the desert and mountain view from each room of the house.

Master bedroom and guest room all have great view and can directly access to swimming pool and spa!

Living room and kitchen are also facing the pool and mountains, so guests can enjoy the wonderful nature almost everywhere in the house.

The desert view in the winter is amazing. We were so lucky to witness a snow storm during our stay at Jackrabbit Wash. The entire desert landscape was transformed overnight. We went to bed when outside was barren cactus-dotted landscape and woke up in winter wonderland.

Jackrabbit Wash‘s surrounding was covered in white leaving us with the most breathtaking views of Joshua Tree that I’ve ever seen. Cacti and other vegetation sport a blanket of white powder draped over their limbs, and the clear blue sky offers a stark contrast. This area has never had snow like this in the last 10 years. We just happened to be at the right place, at the right time. Definitely an experience that I will never forget!

It was so cold outside in the desert in February, but inside the house is very warm and with a very nice fire place. The host also prepared two Dyson humidifiers in the house and those make the whole house comfortable and not dry at all. There are lots of great books on the bookshelf! So thoughtful and considerate of the hosts!

What attracted me to Jackrabbit Wash the most was the dramatic landscape and the private setting – it sits hidden gently among the rocks. The area feels remote, offering a feeling of exclusivity.  

Our stay was absolutely magical! The house has everything we need and it is spotless. Having stayed in many high end hotels, I can see that they put such great details to the experience of luxury in this place. A perfect place for us to explore Joshua Tree and the surrounding areas!

***Thank you to The Jackrabbit Wash for kindly sponsoring this post. All opinions are 100% honest & completely my own.


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Hi there! I’m May, a girl who loves to wander and wonder! I’m from Saigon, based in Los Angeles, but my current location is anywhere and everywhere. Travel, Photography, Tea Time, Picnic, Home Decor and Event Planning are a few of my favorite things. inArabymay is a travel and lifestyle blog inspired by beautiful destinations, by color and nature, and by wonderful people that I’ve met on my journey.

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