Villa Kuro - A Serene and Minimal Hideaway


Entire home hosted by Elaine + Stanley

  1. 4 guests
  2. 2 bedrooms
  3. 2 beds
  4. 2 baths
Featured in
A Home Away From Home (Beta-Plus), June 2022
House Stories: Old vs New (Booq Publishing), June 2022
Awards won
18th International Design Media Award (China), 2020
Designed by
MINI INNO Design Studio (California)


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Designed with tranquility and relaxation in mind, Villa Kuro is a minimal organic modern hideaway fusing natural simplicity with contemporary luxuries. Nestled on an unfenced 3.6 acres in front of a boulder hill, the property goes all the way up to the peak of the mountain. At night, the firepit and salt water hot tub offer an unparalleled stargazing experience.

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The space

Villa Kuro is intended for slow living, providing an escape from the noise and stress of urban life. The home sits at the end of a very small and peaceful residential neighborhood in south Joshua Tree. It’s great for those seeking a still quiet, but not completely isolated location from civilization.

Originally built in the 1960’s, this midcentury ranch style house has been lovingly transformed into a unique desert hideaway. The two bed two bath home comfortably sleeps four. Inspired by its desert surroundings and the Japanese philosophy of wabi-sabi (finding beauty in imperfection), many elements of the home utilized hand-built techniques and the use of natural and reclaimed materials to bring out the subtleties in texture and light. Large sliding glass doors in all the living areas and bedrooms provide a connection to the outdoors at every turn. Furnished with a mix of new and antique finds collected through the years, the pared-back décor and neutral color palette provide the ideal setting for you to recharge.

With multiple outdoor living areas, including a covered patio for outdoor dining, and a private 600 square foot rock and cactus garden courtyard, there’s no shortage of space for lounging around. We're lucky to get an abundance of flora and fauna by the boulders so you’re likely to spot jackrabbits, quails, roadrunners and other wildlife on a daily basis. Really feel a connection to nature by showering outdoors under the open desert sky, relaxing in the salt water hot tub after a long hike, or enjoying the firepit with loved ones on a starry night.

Villa Kuro is the perfect haven for those seeking a relaxing quiet retreat or romantic getaway.

- ChargePoint HomeFlex station for charging all EV cars. If you have a Tesla, simply use the adapter that came with your vehicle.
- King size beds featuring plush 15” DreamCloud mattresses with cashmere blend tufted euro tops
- Organic cotton bedding and down pillows
- Frette® bath linens
- 65” Samsung 4K UHD QLED Smart TV with HBO, Disney+, Netflix, and HULU provided
- Marshall Woburn bluetooth speaker
- Fully fitted kitchen with 10’ island, GE Café Series Appliances, small kitchen appliances by Breville, Vitamix blender, wine decanter, and both Chemex and Breville coffee maker. Our kitchen is suited for light cooking and simple meals.
- Organic coffee by The Joshua Tree Coffee Company and an assortment of organic teas by award-winning Two Leaves and a Bud
- Tastefully furnished with high-end furniture, custom-built pieces, and one-of-a-kind vintage and antiques collected from around the world
- Outdoor fire pit with sweeping desert views
- Outdoor shower in front of the boulders with hot and cold water function
- Salt water hot tub for four with 19 jets nestled at the foot of the boulders
- Centrally located, eleven minute drive to the west entrance of Joshua Tree National Park and six minutes to downtown Joshua Tree where all the shops and restaurants are
- A five minute walk away from a free trailhead owned by the Mojave Land Trust down the street. The trail's landscape rivals some of the scenery found in the national park.

Where you'll sleep

Bedroom 1
1 king bed
Bedroom 2
1 king bed

What this place offers

Free parking on premises
Hot tub
TV with standard cable
EV charger
Air conditioning
Patio or balcony
Security cameras on property

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4.99 out of 5 stars from 280 reviews


Where you’ll be

Joshua Tree, California, United States

Villa Kuro is located at the end of a very quiet residential neighborhood with a handful of homes. Our property is unfenced as a whole, but we do have a fence partition between us and our next door neighbor for privacy. The house sits elevated above the neighbor across the street, so they are not visible from inside our house. The property still feels open and private, but we do want to point out the proximity to our neighbors to avoid any misunderstanding. If you're looking for a completely secluded location, then Villa Kuro may not be right for you.

Centrally located, we are only an eleven minute drive to the West entrance of Joshua Tree National Park and six minutes to downtown Joshua Tree. There is a beautiful trailhead just a short five minute walk away from the house owned by the Mojave Land Trust which is completely free to explore.

Hosted by Elaine + Stanley

  1. Joined in October 2018
  • 280 Reviews
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  • Superhost
We're a husband-wife team who love traveling and all things design, architecture and interiors related. Villa Kuro is our first Airbnb property, and we can't wait to share it with future guests from all over the world.

During your stay

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  • Language: English
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Things to know

House rules

Check-in: After 4:00 PM
Checkout: 11:00 AM
Self check-in with smart lock
No smoking
No pets

Health & safety

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May encounter potentially dangerous animal
Carbon monoxide alarm
Smoke alarm

Cancellation policy