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Palm Desert Homestead Cabin, Best Views in Valley"""

Bedrooms 1
Space 46 m²
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Cabin, 1 Bedroom, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2)

The “Birdcage” is a cozy, rustic cabin with breathtaking views of the Coachella Valley. Sited high atop the Cahuilla Hills (adjacent to Bighorn Golf Club) and enveloped by the Santa Rosa Mountains, it is only 2 miles from downtown Palm Desert.

My aunt and uncle homesteaded this land in 1948 and built the cabin, affectionately known as 'The Bird Cage'. Frequented by movie stars in the 1950s who valued its privacy, it's one of the last homesteads in our area.

The Birdcage has one bedroom with a new queen-sized bed, a bathroom with a good size shower, and a living/dining/kitchen room — all with beautiful views. The large patio is perfect for drinking morning coffee while the sun rises over the mountains, gazing at hawks soaring overhead during the day, or watching the Valley below transition from gold to pink as the sun sets behind you. And at night, the sky holds a canopy of twinkling stars.

With its proximity to nature, The Birdcage captures the ambiance of life in the Wild West, yet the restaurants and world-class shopping on El Paseo (the Rodeo Drive of the desert) are just a 5-minute drive down the hill. Sublime and safe, the entrance to the property is secured by electronic gates and flanked by a beautiful stand of date palms.


More Details

Member since: 2004
Speaks english, german
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 11, 2018

About The Owner

We grew up using this property as our own vacation home. Now we want to share it with other. On the lower property we grow date palms and organic vegetables.

The Owner purchased this cabin in 1973

Why The Owner chose Cahuilla Hills

You feel worlds away from the congestion of the city. Yet it's only a 5 minute drive to wonderful resturants and shopping. The peace of having wide open spaces and a view of the valley below cannot be beat.

What makes this cabin unique

It's fun to stay here, relaxing, exhilarating at the same time. You're close to hiking, town and all the amenities of the area, yet in this quiet beautiful setting. The city light view is so spectacular that you won't want to go to bed!!

Ask about your dog. Dogs over two years old, well trained are okay. We are dog lovers!


Accommodation and Amenities for this vacation cabin rental in Cahuilla Hills, California

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 46 m²
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Golf Course View
  • Mountain View
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Shower with a window, view of mountains
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Queen size Beds (1),
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • mountain biking
  • rock climbing
  • tennis
Million dollar city light, star & mountain views. This Homestead Cabin has been in the family for 50 years, shower with window, shaded patio, including date palm grove, 500 sq ft, looks down on Bighorn Golf Club & Stone Eagle Golf Club. Surrounded by the natural desert with desert plants and wildlife. Behind our private gates, in Estate area of Cahuilla Hills, Palm Desert, rare homestead cabin preserved. The last homestead cabin surrounded by million dollar homes. Experience quiet serenity that is 5 minutes from El Paseo.


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Palm Desert Homestead Cabin, Best Views in Valley
average rating of 4.9545455 based on 22 reviews

vintage cabin with a wonderful feel

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I stayed a week. We had a great time. The 70 year old cabin is its own conversation piece and the view, especially at night, is incredible. It is located within easy distance of everything Palm Desert and Palm Springs has to offer. If Ann (the owner) suggests someplace to eat, just do what she suggests, no questions asked, you won't regret it. She is a wealth of information and a sweetheart, too. We would stay again if we have a chance.

  • Submitted: 12-Feb-2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: The Homestead Cabin is a special place and we are pleased to share it with so many satisfied guests; it really does make us happy to have others share in this special place rather than just letting it sit there for our occasional personal guests. We are simply astounded by the quality of wonderful people who seek us out and take such good care of the cabin. They are ones who enjoy nature and want a special experience. Thank you for the lovely review.
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Great Getaway

  • 5 of 5

Had a very good two days. Secluded, quiet, great view and very much enjoyed happy hour sitting out by the fire.

  • Submitted: 12-Jan-2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Los Angeles

Great Cabin in Great Location

  • 5 of 5

The Birdcage is a great little cabin in Palm Desert with fantastic views. My girlfriend and I stayed there for 3 nights and had a great experience. The cabin is clean, quiet, and private - the place is a nice escape from Los Angeles. The cabin has everything you need, including good Wifi, AC, and a very comfortable bed. Ann was a great host - she was responsive and at the same time gave us privacy. I would recommend the Birdcage to anyone and would definitely stay there again.

  • Submitted: 12-Jun-2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Vista, CA

Wonderful experience

  • 5 of 5

Looking for a nice place to stay while visiting a dog show in Indio and found this little gem. Wanting to bring our puppy along for the trip we had some concerns but the host Ann put our mind to rest and we quickly came to an agreement. Very friendly and clear communication from the start. Upon our arrival we received a warm welcome from Ann and her dog Gretha and we immediately felt at home. The cabin is nestled on a small hill and the view up there is just amazing. Unfortunately we had some very windy weather so we could not sit on the patio, but the cabin has huge windows with views in all directions so we could enjoy the sunrise in the morning and the Palm Desert lights at night from the cosy sofa inside.The cabin may look tiny but has everything you may wish for. The kitchen is very well equipped and in the bathroom there's a good size shower, with it's own little window so really there is no way you won't enjoy the beautiful surroundings! We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and would highly recommend this cabin to anyone.

  • Submitted: 26-Mar-2017
  • Stayed: January 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Very nice little 2 room cabin with a million dollar view. Ann was great. She made sure our stay was the best it could be and gave us a few helpful tips about the area. Highly recommend this place. Location location and Ann

  • Submitted: 1-Mar-2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Paradise for nature lovers

  • 5 of 5

The birdcage cabin has lots of open land so you see for miles & the birdwatching is amazing. We like to stay close to nature and we were not disappointed. At dawn, the orange sunrises filled every window & called us outside to hear doves coo. Afternoons were spent exploring the many hiking trails near Palm Desert (early morning at Coachella Vaey Preserve was a favourite) before returning in late afternoon to watch kestrels hunt lizards & Costa's hummingbirds with purple throats chase bugs. The kitchen is simple but equipped with dishes & pots & we loved barbecueing as the moon rose. There is a chimera & we often ended the day with a small fire while listening for the soft hoots of the neighbourhood's great horned owl. The owner, Ann, answers any questions quickly & shares some interesting history on the neighbourhood (Rock Hudson & James Dean used to party here), while giving you plenty of privacy. The cabin isn't large but the bed is comfortable, the bathroom has a view that makes it hard to focus on the mirror, & the decor is eceltric but warm. I felt like I was staying at a friend's home & I will definitely return. For an interesting walking option consider a membership to the Living Desert museum ($99 for 2 for the year) & you can enter at 7 (before gates open) to walk the lush grounds and see giraffes and cheetah while you stay fit. It's only a ten-minute drive from the birdcage.

  • Submitted: 10-Feb-2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful hikes and walks. The Coachella Valley is full of many activities and great shopping and restaurants.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this vacation cabin rental in Cahuilla Hills, California

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
BNP Paribas
Mar 3 2018 - Mar 19 2018
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
Mar 20 2018 - Apr 5 2018
2 night minimum stay
Music Festivals
Apr 6 2018 - Apr 29 2018
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
Apr 30 2018 - Jun 15 2018
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee C$70.47
Pet Fee C$32.03
Damage Deposit C$256.24

A detailed map will be sent prior to your arrival.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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