Drink in mountain views and striking arid terrain at this high desert hideaway in Pioneertown, near Joshua Tree National Park.
Pioneertown is famed for its 19th-century frontier aesthetic. However, the town was founded in 1946 by Hollywood investors, including cowboy actors Roy Rogers and Gene Autry. From the get-go, the enclave was imagined as a homage to the Old West, complete with 1880s-style facades and architecture along the main street, with many cabins and homesteads around it.
This compound at 5414 Mountain View Lane was built in 2001 and comprises a 1,600 sq ft main house and two hangar-style auxiliary buildings, presently used as a guest house and games room. The three-bedroom ranch house has undergone a top-to-toe renovation. It is currently run as a short-term holiday rental and artist retreat with plenty of mod-cons, including air-con and heating systems, a Tesla charging station, a yoga room and a lo-fi ‘cowboy pool’ for cooling off and stargazing.
Its open-plan living room, kitchen and dining room have a rustic vibe, with rustic, painted cabinetry and wide plank flooring running throughout. But the best spot is the covered porch, with seating for enjoying the desert views.
The California property is listed for $699,000 via Nedjelko Spaich of Sotheby’s International Realty as a turn-key home with furniture by ZATION Woodworks and art Jessie Keylon and Block Shop Textiles.
It’s walking distance of fabled haunt Pappy & Harriet’s and the Red Dog Saloon, while the Joshua Tree is also on the doorstep.