Palm Springs, California

The Wheelhouse

Unique Ranch near Joshua Tree National Park with Private Pool

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.

An avid collector of found materials and repurposed 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 2000s, Howser added a sunroom 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 al fresco 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.

Primary Suite
King bed
Chaise-style daybed, which comfortably sleeps one additional person and an en-suite bath features a unique sink made of an old street lamp glass.

Second Bedroom
Queen bed with picture windows and a shared bath with the original 50’s green tile and fixtures.

A den, featuring a large-screen TV and writing desk, provides additional accommodations with a queen sleeper sofa, allowing the home to comfortably sleep 7 guests.

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 al fresco dining area, which converts into a ping-pong table. A gas BBQ grill 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.

This home permits weddings and other events. Please reach out to us directly to discuss hosting an event at this property.

This home welcomes 1 dog with an additional, non-refundable pet fee of $150, plus tax. Please be advised that dogs are not permitted in the pool.


37 Reviews
4.97 out of 537 Reviews
This place is amazing! Stunning location, stunning house and pool and hot tube and the best place to stay. Feels like you're in the middle of nowhere but 5 mins away there's lots of shops and places to go. 20 mins from Joshua Tree national park - perfect location!
Airbnb guestSeptember 2023
KirstySeptember 2023
DesireeAugust 2023
AshlingJuly 2023
The property manager and staff have been super accommodating, and the property is amazing.
KellyAugust 2022
Beautiful architecturally significant houses, fair prices, and outstanding communication/service.
christopherAugust 2022
We loved our stay in Twenty-Nine Palms and hope we have the opportunity to visit again!
Airbnb guestJuly 2022
KristaJuly 2022
We were so pleased with The Wheel House and Shelly's exceptional care and communication as our contact.
ChezJune 2022
We had an amazing stay. Shelley is an excellent manager. The house was spotless when we arrived, and she answered all of our questions immediately. The location of the house is perfect, very close to the park and any essentials you may need. We spent most of the time admiring the outdoors. We watched the sunrise and sunset everyday. The hot tub and fire pit are amazing. Some things that would make the home better: pool heater, more lounge chairs, stronger water pressure, an umbrella for sun. Either way, 10/10 would recommend this home to anyone.
SARAApril 2022
Great house and great service!
NicholasDecember 2021
WesOctober 2021
Such a beautiful home! We had so much fun staying here. I will say the only thing that was inconvenient was the AC didn’t work so the home sat at 80+ degrees the entire time when it was 100+ degrees outside. Other than that this place was fabulous!!
Airbnb guestSeptember 2021
Great home Shelley was amazing Communication was on point
DanielleAugust 2021
CharlesAugust 2021
HaidangJuly 2021
I really appreciated being contacted by Shelly in the days leading up to our stay at The Wheelhouse. She was so friendly and knowledgeable. We were welcomed and made to feel comfortable.
ChezJune 2021
JudeMay 2021
JohnMay 2021
HilaryMay 2021
DavidMay 2021
The Wheelhouse has everything you need to enjoy a fun and relaxing time during your stay.
WesApril 2021
EleanorFebruary 2021
Clean, quiet property, ideal location for exploration of Joshua Tree. Property hostess was very thorough.
LizaDecember 2020
MichelleDecember 2020
JasonNovember 2020
The perfect getaway! This property had everything you could ask for. Great sunrises and spectacular sunsets. The house was equipped with everything we needed. It is well maintained and very clean and comfortable. We couldn’t have enjoyed it more!
WesOctober 2020
We loved the privacy and relaxation our family was able to enjoy at the Wheelhouse in 29 Palms. Shelly was amazing and helped us with requests while ensuring we felt safe and at home.
JohnOctober 2020
Great host! Shelly was amazing. Property was beautiful, clean, and amenities were perfect.
MarkJuly 2020
Everything about this house is perfect! I very much recommend staying here!
GillesJune 2020
CoreyMay 2020
Such a beautiful home in a beautiful location. Management went above and beyond to ensure we had the best time possible. Comfortable beds, dreamy bedding, gorgeous property. It had all the amenities and accessories we needed and some bonus things too. Would absolutely, hands down stay here again and highly recommend it to others as well. We loved Wheelhouse!!!
LisaMarch 2020


Visited home Dec 2018
Wheel HouseDecember 2018


We celebrated my husbands 40th birthday this last weekend and were so taken with the property. It was just beautiful. We will definately be back.
LizzOctober 2018

Modern luxuries in a picturesque location

This was the perfect ending to our spring break road trip with our teens. The wheelhouse is an expertly decorated ranch home just inside 29 Palms city limits, yet remote enough to provide a sense of retreat while you watch incredible sunsets and stargaze by the pool, firepit or jetted spa. We stayed in a lot of our places during our time in Arizona and California, but the Wheelhouse was definitely the highlight of our trip!
StockmanhouseApril 2018

A wonderful feeling away from home

We stayed for nights during December 2017. The home was perfect for what we wanted. All the elements of the house fit beautifully and make you want to stay at the house all day rather than go do activities outdoor. There is a beautiful warmth to the house. We enjoyed the hot tub, the outdoor spaces, the ping pong table. The home also allowed for cooking of all kinds - the kitchen is well appointed and the outdoor grill was great. The landscaping, views, and lighting both inside and outside the house were fantastic - creating a wonderful feeling in a desert environment. Lastly, the small touches also made for a very wonderful feeling of comfort. For example, the bed sheets were high end, super soft and very comfortable. As were the towels. All in all, we would fully recommend this property to anyone. And we would love to visit again.
IvanJanuary 2018

Great day at the Wheelhouse

As planned, The Wheelhouse was an amazing location for our photoshoot
MGoyetteNovember 2017
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