Designed To Death


Entire home hosted by Mikel And Karen

  1. 7 guests
  2. 3 bedrooms
  3. 3 beds
  4. 2 baths
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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 two fenced-in outdoor areas for dining and relaxing. The eight foot picture windows and the double sets 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 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. 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). A double set of french doors opens to the outdoor lounge area 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 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.

Where you'll sleep

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What this place offers

Desert view
Courtyard view
Free parking on premises
Pets allowed
47" HDTV with Roku
Free washer – In unit
Security cameras on property

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Where you’ll be

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.

Hosted by Mikel And Karen

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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 an interior designer based in San Francisco. She loves camping, posh hotels, great restaurants, and a really good hike or nap.

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 an interior designer based in S…


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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.

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House rules

Check-in: After 4:00 PM
Checkout: 11:00 AM
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No smoking
No parties or events
Pets are allowed

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