Hi! Our home has four bedrooms. You can rent anywhere from one to the entire house, just let us know what your needs are. Each room can comfortably sleep two (or three in a pinch!). All guests can use the kitchen, patio spaces, living room & WiFi!
Just 1 mile from the Polo Grounds in a pleasant Indio neighborhood, we have a complete home with four bedrooms available. Pick from three rooms with queen sized beds or the master suite with private bath. Enjoy cozy evenings around outdoor and indoor fireplaces (we have extra blankets if it's chilly by the fire!). Wireless internet is available, televisions and phones are not (yes, you read that right, we don’t have a landline or a television set). There is space for your items in the fridge and kitchen, which can cook anything from toast and tea to a full on Thanksgiving Dinner for 14 (we’ve done it!). For breakfast we always have coffee, tea and milk, fruit on the counter and breads and spreads so you can prepare your own continental breakfast.
The available bedrooms include:
-2 standard bedrooms with "real" queen sized beds
-1 standard bedroom with an airbed
-1 Master bedroom with a Cal King bed and a large attached bathroom and dressing area.
*The standard bedrooms all share a bathroom with a double vanity and full bath/shower.
*If you are looking for a whole house rental and have a large party, more sleep space is available in the living room on the couches and reclining chairs. We also have camping air mattresses if needed. Twin size air mattresses can fit on the floor of the standard bedrooms and a full size airbed can fit into the master bedroom.
Which room or rooms you get depends on your needs. Solo travelers and couples will usually get the “red” or “green” room (named for the wall color!) with a standard queen bed. We try to keep our rates competitive and reasonable for “shoestring” travelers, which is how we describe ourselves and our travel budget. With that in mind, each room has a flat rate that covers the first guest. Additional guests after the first in each room pay $25 each. For example, a solo traveler might pay $45/night, while a couple staying in the same room would pay $45+25/night. A group of four in two bedrooms would pay the room rate for each room ($45+45) plus $25/night for each of the additional guests.
Our house has an open floor plan. The bedrooms are at one end of a hallway and everything else (kitchen, living room, dining room and breakfast table) are at the other. Each of those spaces is large enough to accommodate around 6 people comfortably. Other common areas include our front and back patios each with garden seating areas centered around fire places. The backyard has a dining table and benches that seat 14+ (depending on how friendly you are). The front yard has an enclosed garden area with a bistro table for two. Both front and back yard garden fire areas seat 6 or more. The weather is nice here so we try to make the most of our outdoor spaces. We also have blankets if you would like to spend an evening around the fire.
While staying with us our guests have full access to the kitchen, living areas (make yourself at home!), laundry room, outdoor areas and there’s probably a spot for your car in the driveway. You are welcome to buy some groceries, stick them in the fridge and cook all your meals here. We have a grill in the backyard you can use (please give us a heads up so we can be sure to have charcoal or propane on hand). If you’re traveling and need to do the wash you’re welcome to use the laundry, we even have an iron if you’re really serious about it. We have WiFi for you to use.
Interaction with Guests
We love to travel, but when we’re not, we love traveling vicariously through our guests. Hosting has become a big part of our lives; we’ve been hosting guests since April, 2009 and on airbnb since January, 2012! In that time we’ve convinced our neighbors and friends to sign up too, both for hosting and traveling. We enjoy meeting our guests, learning about their travel experiences and the camaraderie of shared experiences. Hosting has made our world a little bit smaller and a lot more friendly.
When you arrive we’ll show you your room and around the kitchen. We have a list of “house stuff” that we share with each guest so you can navigate on your own if we’re not around. Everything is pretty straight forward and basic. Treat our home as you would treat your own and we’ll all be happy. It’s ultimately up to our guests how much they’d like to hang out with us. If you’re in your room, we won’t bug you (promise!). Please don't worry about intruding, we tend to be active, out and about and are looking forward to being your hosts.
A few things you should know: we’re triathletes and cyclists. This means we tend to get up early to get our workouts in and we usually head to bed around 9 pm so we can get up early to do it all over again. You’re welcome to keep your own schedule and you will have a key to the front door. We also have two dogs. If you click through our profile images you can see their picture, in it they are happily at the dog park with their dog walkers. Our dogs also have access to the kitchen, living areas and back yard (though sometimes they like to sneak out the front door into the enclosed patio and pretend they have access to the front yard too). The dogs are not allowed into the bedrooms. This means the rooms are cleaner and if you’re not that into them, you have space that’s just yours too; though after they’ve met you, they tend to get back to their own business. Shyne, our black dog is super-friendly (if you’re on the couch she might try to get in your lap). Satchyll, our white dog can be anxious and barky with guests (he had a hard puppy-hood, but we’re working on turning him around!).
Our home is located between downtown Indio and La Quinta, in a modern 2004 neighborhood, at the end of cul de sac, a short walk from a small park and playground. We are just a mile from Jackalope Ranch, a great western/bbq themed restaurant with a beautiful outdoor dining area perfect for happy hour. We are about a mile from the Polo Grounds (watch a game and drink a mint julep!) and 4 to 5 miles from the Indian Wells Tennis Gardens and Lake Cahuilla (site of the HITS and Desert Triathlons). Our home makes an excellent base for day trips to the Salton Sea, Joshua Tree National Park, Palm Springs, and San Jacinto and San Gorgonio National Monument. While here you can also check out Salvation Mountain and many local, desert hikes.
We mentioned we ride bikes… if you’re a cyclist bring your bike and join us on an early morning club ride with the Desert Bicycle Club or the World Gym Group. There are a number of group rides throughout the week, we would be happy to point you towards one that is at your level.
Things to see and do while you're here:
December - Tamale Festival - great deals on delicious food! There is also a street fair, carnival and lots of good music and dancing. HITS Triathlon weekend - we are just a 7 minute drive from the starting line!
January - La Quinta Blues and Brews Festival, Southwest Arts Festival we are very close to both!
February - Tour de Palm Springs Bike Ride and Palm Springs 1/2 marathon
March - BNP Parabis Open, we are a few miles or about a 10 minute drive from the Indian Wells Tennis Gardens. Lake Cahuilla Desert Triathlon Weekend. We are a 15 minute drive from the starting line and can help you scout the course!
April - Music Festivals! We are a 1 mile from the Polo Grounds, where the Coachella and Stagecoach Festivals are held. (Road closures may make it farther).
May - August - things slow down a bit as the weather warms up (even more).
If you’re traveling by car, you’re good to go. Please park in the driveway or outside our house on the street (just make sure to go with the flow of traffic or risk a parking ticket!).
If you’re coming in by plane or train and not planning on getting a rental car, we have a good bus system and many local cab companies. The bus schedule is available online, just look up Sunline. We are off of the HWY 111 route. It is about a half mile walk from our house to the nearest bus stop. If you decide to rely on the bus please let us know so we can help you navigate it as easily as possible.
We are easy going! Please treat our home as you would your own or just a little better. Moderate alcohol is OK, but please keep our house drug free. Please be respectful of noise (inside and out) after 10 pm. Our dogs may try to come into your bedroom, please don't let them (no matter what they say!). The dogs are not allowed in the bedrooms. If you have questions please ask, we are happy to give directions, offer suggestions for hikes and restaurants, or help find something in the kitchen. Thanks!
Thanks very much again to Alex and Jason. The house was in great order, and arrangements were in place for me to get there in my own time frame. The other guest was pleasant, and we kept to ourselves. Breakfast goodies were available.
Great low key place to stay in the desert.
This was our very first experience using airbnb and we will definitely use this service again. The house was beautiful and in a great location. We were in town for an event at the Empire Polo Grounds so this location was ideal. Alex and Jason are so friendly and easy to work with. They are excellent hosts and the whole experience was positive.
Alex and Jason were wonderful hosts. I had a very pleasant stay at their beautiful house, and they provided me with everything that I needed. Satchyll and Shyne (their two dogs) were also very lovely companions!
Alex and Jason were kind and welcoming. The house was very nice, clean, and modern and I really enjoyed meeting their dogs. The neighborhood was very quiet and conveniently located to services/restaurants/groceries, etc. The room was clean, comfortable, private, and just what I was looking for after several days on the road.
Alex and Jason were wonderful hosts. They have a great guidebook for the area that was really helpful and Jason was kind enough to help me plan my driving route for the next day. Their place was exactly as shown if not better. Super clean but also nice and homey feelIng. They were really easy to communicate with and they are nicely located in a safe neighborhood near everything you might need. I only stayed one night so I could explore Joshua tree national park and I wish I could have stayed longer. They have beautiful yards with fires pits that would be great for relaxing after a long day. They offered really yummy coffee and some fruit and toast in the morning. I highly recommend staying here you won't be disappointed.
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We are a Gen X-Y couple who love triathlon+cycling, traveling and having fun living a frugal dilettante lifestyle. What's your favorite place? Best adventure? Craziest encounter?