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Designed To Death

SuperhostBeatty, Nevada, United States
Entire house hosted by Mikel & Karen
8 guests3 bedrooms3 beds2 baths
Entire home
You’ll have the house to yourself.
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13 recent guests said this place was sparkling clean.
Mikel & Karen is a Superhost
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Designed to Death is a newly remodeled vacation getaway, with everything you need for a luxury desert escape. Located just minutes from the northeast entrance to Death Valley National Park and is your perfect stylish launching pad for exploring the park and the surrounding area in comfort.

The space
Death Valley is a stunning National Park with ancient rolling sand dunes, vibrant sunsets and colorful mineral mountains. We wanted to create a space so well designed and so comfortable, you might just want to spend as much time here as in the park itself.

Designed to Death is a private three bedroom, two bath home with its own fenced-in outdoor area for dining and relaxing. The eight foot picture windows and the double set of full light french doors in the living and dining room surround you with incredible mountain views during the day and the giant stone fireplace in the center of the home makes for cozy nights.

Designed by a San Francisco-based interior designer, the living room was inspired by the SoHo FarmHouse in the Cotswolds. She imagined Lady Mary of Downtown Abbey falling in love with a cowboy and the pair moving with all her furniture to this desert oasis (it could happen. Mary was fickle and prone to manic love choices). Brand new plush chairs & couch sit between the 20' foot rock fireplace to one side, and floor to ceiling windows overlooking the mountains and sunset to the other. For movie night after a day in the park, there is a 47" TV with full streaming options. A double set of french doors opens to the outdoor living room, surrounded by palm trees and fenced in for privacy.

The kitchen & dining area flow together to create one great room in modern farmhouse style with vaulted ceilings and striking black beams. The dining area has a large wood table that seats 8 and French doors opening to the outdoor dining area and mountain views. Sigh. The living room has a full size fold down couch which is great for one adult or two children (so if you're a party of eight, please be advised we're not equipped for 8 adults).

The kitchen is fully stocked with everything you need to hang out & cook with your tribe: brand new cabinets & appliances; stainless steel pots & pans, utensils galore; center kitchen island with seating for four; farmhouse sink with pull-down spray faucet, and brand new dishwasher. A sparkling new large capacity washer/dryer are also tucked into the sleek new cabinets and hidden under maple butcher block countertops. And there’s also a gas BBQ stocked with propane for all your grilling needs!

For your morning cup of coffee, we've provided a mason jar of Joshua Tree Coffee Company's coffee beans (the best & yummiest the Mojave has to offer).

The bedrooms: Simple. Free of clutter. Soothing. The very best pillow top mattresses, organic super soft sheets, down comforters in plush duvets. Individual air conditioning/heaters with remote controls in each bedroom allow perfect customized comfort.

Both bathrooms are newly remodeled floor to ceiling: Brand new tile floors and walls, recessed lighting, new shower & bathtub, eco duel flush toilets, and feature stunning live edge custom wood vanities with squared porcelain sinks. A tankless instant water heater system provides endless hot water so everyone is guaranteed a piping hot shower any time of day.

Dogs are welcome and we have TWO fenced in yard areas for them so they can feel like they're on vacation too. :) We love our dogs and would love yours too if we met them, but please remember they are not allowed on couches, chairs, or beds. No pet fee unless you insist on spoiling Fido, then we will have to charge you an additional cleaning fee to get all the fur off for the next guest! Don’t make us do it!

Warning: we do have external security cameras on the premises for your safety and the home's. These are only monitored in case of an incident for your privacy.

Guest access
You have the whole house! You're on a private hill with only one other house, overlooking the town. Parking for 3 vehicles in designated areas.

Other things to note
1. We are in a small town, not out in the great wide open. Although we are perched up on our own little hillside so it feels private, we do share that hill and driveway with one neighbor. They are super friendly, will definitely chat with you about your travels if you run into them and whose property is largely hidden behind a fence.

2. So, helicopter pad. There is a Medical Emergency Helicopter Pad up above the hill behind us. Landings are very rare, but can occur. If you're lucky, they'll happen while you're outside enjoying a glass of wine at the end of your day. If you're unlucky, they will shake you out of bed at 2 am. We find this just part of the quirks of this home and apologize in advance for unfortunately timed arrivals, but really hope it's not you they're medivacing. To let you know how rare they are, we have never seen one.

3. The Burros
The town of Beatty is celebrated for the charming wild burros that wander the town. However, please remember that burros are wild animals. We give them respect and lots of space, because they can casually kick you and shatter your entire face. And no selfie is worth that :)
Designed to Death is a newly remodeled vacation getaway, with everything you need for a luxury desert escape. Located just minutes from the northeast entrance to Death Valley National Park and is your perfect stylish launching pad for exploring the park and the surrounding area in comfort.

The space
Death Valley is a stunning National Park with ancient rolling sand dunes, vibrant sunsets and…

Sleeping arrangements

Bedroom 1
1 queen bed
Bedroom 2
1 queen bed
Bedroom 3
1 queen bed

Amenities

Air conditioning
Iron
Wifi
Bathtub
Hangers
Private entrance
Kitchen
Dryer
Carbon monoxide alarm
Smoke alarm

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Beatty, Nevada, United States

Beatty is a charming Wild West town with old wooden saloons, restaurants, and one pretty new casino! It's located just 8 miles from the northeast entrance to the park and is the unofficial National Park town for Death Valley.

Electric Cars: Beatty is located on Nevada's Electric Highway and is the closest EV Charging Station to Death Valley National Park.
Beatty is a charming Wild West town with old wooden saloons, restaurants, and one pretty new casino! It's located just 8 miles from the northeast entrance to the park and is the unofficial National Park town f…

Hosted by Mikel & Karen

Joined in July 2013
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Mikel is a former reality tv producer who seeks out people, places and things that are broken, weird, ridiculous and fancy. Karen is the interior designer of the properties. Based in San Francisco she loves camping in National Parks, questioning authority, and a really good hike or nap. Oh, and she used to have a couple shows on HGTV where they made her dye her hair bright red and walk really fast towards the camera. We both love to travel and believe good design shouldn't be all that serious. Unless it's bad design and then we take it personally.
Mikel is a former reality tv producer who seeks out people, places and things that are broken, weird, ridiculous and fancy. Karen is the interior designer of the properties. Based…
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During your stay
You will have the home all to yourself, but if needed, we have a house manager, handyman and cleaning crew nearby.
Mikel & Karen is a Superhost
Superhosts are experienced, highly rated hosts who are committed to providing great stays for guests.
  • Language: English
  • Response rate: 100%
  • Response time: within an hour
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House rules
Check-in: After 4:00 PM
Checkout: 11:00 AM
Self check-in with keypad
No smoking
No parties or events
Pets are allowed