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The Off-grid itHouse brings together raw industrial aesthetics with the tactics of green design to forge a new home in the sunbaked wilds of the California high desert.
The Off-grid itHouse is an architecturally significant house, recently noted by Dwell as one of the 'Best Homes in America' and in the Los Angeles Times as one of the best houses of all time in Southern California. The Off-grid itHouse is one of 10 IT Houses built in California, which have received much acclaim such as the Western Home award sponsored by Sunset magazine. This is the prototype for the pre-engineered system known as the IT House.
The house is off-grid, powered by solar panels for energy and hot water, and is located in a pristine remote valley in the beautiful California high desert. The house observes key green principals of smaller footprint, minimal disturbance to the natural beauty of the surrounding landscape, use of renewable resources, and living simply and minimally.
Located in Pioneertown, CA, nearby several unique attractions, Joshua Tree National Park, Pappy and Harriets Pioneertown Palace, local museums and art venues such as the Noah Purifoy Outdoor Desert Art Museum, the Integratron, and other seasonal events.
The setting of the house is remote and serene, a quiet refuge from everything, free from distractions. Amazing views and vistas in all directions. There is a small trailor (often referred to as the breaking bad trailor) in the view to the west. However guests should be reassured that it belongs to a poet/singer song writer who uses it as a weekend muse occasionally when they are not at their ranch in Joshua Tree.
Intentionally there is no television and no wifi so that one can truly experience being in a place of extreme natural beauty, and take note of the play of light and shadow, and other natural phenomena.
Perfect for design or green aficionados, writers or those needing a secluded getaway.
It is recommended that guests arrive before sundown in order to find the house. The house is in a remote location.
We are now offering fresh pressed juice delivery to the Off-grid it house. Guests are able to be have fresh juices delivered daily by local Joshua Tree juice guru Angela de la Agua.
interaction is primarily via messaging
4 wheel drive is not required but the last 5 miles to the house are on a dirt road
Holiday weekend 3 day minimum applies to Presidents Day weekend, Valentines Day, Memorial Day Weekend, Independence Day weekend, Labor Day Weekend, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years.
Wedding event day rate- $1000
Photo shoot day rate- $2000 (still photography)
Film shoot day rate- please inquire
Rental of the Off-grid it house is for vacation purposes only, personal photos are allowed. Additional rental terms and fees apply to rent the house for commercial photo shoots or events. Please contact us through airbnb if you wish to rent the house for an event or a photoshoot for additional details.
What an experience!
A true understanding of the living space.
Completely immersed and exposed while still private and comfortable.
Will be back.
We stayed two nights during our honeymoon and would have loved to have stayed longer. This was the perfect place to decompress and disconnect from phones/tv/internet and to read and be with each other. Everything in the house is well thought out. We spent a lot of time reading and simply admiring the stunning desert view, which changes with the light throughout the day. Highly recommended.
Our experience at the itHouse was nothing short of wonderful. The location, keys, arrival were exactly as Linda described and though it's a little tricky to find in the dark, we had no trouble quickly making ourselves right at home. To wake up surrounded by the cool, quiet dawn was magical. With the windows and breezes flowing through the house, the comfortable kitchen and living spaces, we hardly left the property for two days. It would be marvelous to return, but now I'm inspired to mimic the house with an off-the-grid place of our own.
the house was perfect, beautiful, great, amazing, just what we needed. it was quiet, relatively easy to get to (even in our tiny chevy spark - though a larger car in case of rain would be good) and the stars that came out at night were plentiful.
the pantry was well packed (we picked up some black pepper at the joshua tree natural food store for the empty grinder :)), library had interesting books and an awesome escher jigsaw puzzle that we weren't able to complete by checkout, so we'll have to come back and solve it once and for all!
having all the windows open allowed for cooling breezes even when the temp reached over 100F was wonderful. there was a second bedroom that i didn't even existed, the amenities were top notch, and the home was clean. minor detail: ants somehow found their way into the bathroom the first night but for the most part left us alone all other nights.
linda emailed me all the tips to the house prior to the trip, and we found no reason to contact her during our stay. no cell phone reception was really nice, which might have posed a problem had we needed help which we luckily didn't.
my partner and i loved the space and will totally make it back for some restorative quiet time again.
The entire experience of being in this house, and in this environment, is really indescribable. It's like living in a National Park; nothing but 360 degree views of desert-scape surrounding you. And the home itself is nothing short of a dream - truly a glass box that blurs the lines between indoors and outdoors. It often feels as if there is only a roof over your head, and no walls at all. Everything about the design of the house is smart and functional, decor is beautifully thought out yet simple, proving you don't need all of those "extras" in order to live comfortably. This was truly a transcendent experience for me, and opened my eyes to a whole new modern way of living, while completely immersed in nature. It's all you could ever need or want in life, really.
We had a fantastic 3-night stay at the house. As we were on our way, Linda contacted us to let us know that there was a fire in the area. She kept us well informed and pointed us in the right direction for further news.
The house is the perfect place for relaxing - no clutter, well equipped, a beautiful panoramic view over the valley and outdoor chairs to admire it.
A unique and highly recommended experience!
Epic house! Like stepping onto another planet. We had a photo shoot there, it was spectacular. Everything was just as we hoped for. Great hostess!