A restored home in Joshua Tree, CA, is on the market for $779,000 after a two-year renovation by the current owner, who is an architect. The three-bedroom, two-bath, 2.5-acre property was purchased for $154,500 in 2020 and features a modernized kitchen with custom cabinetry and high-end appliances, updated baths with high-end fixtures, and indoor-outdoor spaces with retractable, sliding-glass doors. The home currently operates as a short-term rental and offers expansive views of Joshua Tree National Park from the deck, which has a built-in soaking tub. The property could be a good fit for someone looking to work remotely, and the area’s popularity with tourists makes it easy to rent out.
If you’re looking for a minimalist desert retreat, then this Joshua Tree home might just be what you’re looking for. The two-year restoration of this 1951-era property transformed it into a design marvel that is now listed for $779,000 after its initial September 2022 ask of $875,000.
The three-bedroom, two-bath, 2.5-acre spread was purchased by the current owner, who is an architect, as a fixer-upper in 2020 for $154,500. Since then, they have dramatically improved the property, including installing new epoxy-coated, concrete floors in the 1,280-square-foot house, which offer easy maintenance.
The kitchen has also been modernized and outfitted with custom cabinetry, a large island, and high-end Bertazzoni appliances. Abundant windows and retracting, sliding-glass doors create that coveted indoor-outdoor aesthetic.
Both baths have been updated with high-end fixtures, and one bath features indoor-outdoor spaces and a retractable, motorized shade. The updated abode currently operates as a short-term rental.
The home is positioned to offer expansive views of Joshua Tree National Park, particularly from the deck, which has a built-in a soaking tub designed by French industrial designer, Philippe Starck. And a covered front porch is the perfect place to host dinner guests.
“People are looking to elevate Joshua Tree,” says listing agent Faisal Alserri, who is also listing another brand-new, modern build in Joshua Tree for $719,000. Meanwhile, the phenomenal Invisible House nearby is still on the market for $18 million.
“The desert has always been a place for creative people, and I think the architecture is reflective of that,” Alserri observes.
The property could be a good fit for someone looking to work remotely from the desert. “Right now, most of the buyers [in Joshua Tree] are live-in buyers,” Alserri says. He notes that the Palm Springs International Airport is only 43 miles away from Joshua Tree, which has proven enticing to the work-from-home crowd. Plus, the area’s robust popularity with tourists makes the house “relatively easy to rent out,” Alserri says.
If you’re in the market for a unique, minimalist desert retreat, this Joshua Tree home might be just what you’re looking for.