Pretty Vacant Properties is a vacation rental site in Joshua Tree, California. The single most valuable thing we offer, that even the most deluxe hotels can only pretend to, is authentic architecture and a truly unique place.  Something magic happens when you find yourself in a place that isn’t an imitation of somewhere else. There is a great sense of focus, and the time and place are truly your own. We offer the most luxurious accommodations in the Joshua Tree National Park area in a place you will never forget.

This page includes general information and rental information.
For specific descriptions of each house go to the Rosa Muerta /Acido Dorado tabs above.
To see magazine articles and photo shoots go to the YQue tab above.
For more information on the architecture go here-

Rates and Reservations

Email-  for application and reservations.

Rosa Muerta- $310 per night weekdays for 2, $330 per night Fri/Sat/Holidays for 2, 2 night minimum, $20 per person/night additional occupancy. Parking for 1 car only. There is a $100 cleaning fee applied to each rental..

Acido Dorado- $510 per night weekdays for 4, $530 per night Fri/Sat/Holidays for 4, 2 night minimum, $20 per person/night additional occupancy. Parking for 2 cars only. There is a $120 cleaning fee applied to each rental.

If you started at AirBNB/VRBO- We also list on these sites because they are too big to ignore. . If you started your search there, you are welcome to send an email here and rent directly -most of our guests do. You may rent through them if you would prefer to pay their additional fees and have all of our attempts at communication frustrated by their filters. We use the same contracts and reservation process either way.

Joshua Tree

The natural beauty of the desert landscape is the closest thing to a re-boot of the human mind that you will ever find. This is the reason that most visitors find their way to Joshua Tree. The National Park is just down the road and its intense beauty is impossible to overstate. If you browse a little you can find many websites that tell the story of the area and list its features and attractions.

The weather is generally thought to be the most comfortable in Southern California. It is about 10 degrees cooler than nearby Palm Springs and less humid. It can also be quite dramatic. Many days end up different than they started. If it is hot in the morning there may be a thunderstorm in the afternoon. It can be completely still all day and breezy at night. It is always beautiful.

Joshua Tree also has a storied history as a rock and roll retreat and spiritual tabula rasa. If you are tuned in you will also see glimpses of a d.i.y. cultural utopia that is a hotbed of electronic folk music, rock and roll rebirth, new age naivete, military-industrial complexities, burnouts, high art, low art, and everything in-between. Whatever you find out here, whether it is amazingly good or so wrong it’s right . . .  it was at least somebody’s godhead at some point in time.

The Pretty Vacant houses are located just 10 minutes from the National Park tucked against a rock outcropping on the edge of the city of Joshua Tree. The property is at the end of a dirt road with no other houses on it. There are few other houses in the area and the nearest is 600 feet away so there is a lot of privacy and open desert around. You can crank up your amp or listen to the silence.