Desert Homes

The best in modern desert homes by Dwell.

A New Generation of Earthship Owners Looks for Climate Solutions in the Past
A New Generation of Earthship Owners Looks for Climate Solutions in the Past
Archetypes of 1970s utopian living, these self-determining homes in the desert have been embraced by a younger cohort eager to create a more sustainable future.
By Adele Oliveira - 19 days ago
One Night In Joshua Tree’s Multicolored, Cubist Monument House
The Instagram-famous desert home designed by SoCal starchitect Josh Schweitzer recently became available to book as a vacation rental, and my partner and I jumped at the chance to...
An SF Couple Erect a Hashtag-Shaped Home in the High Desert
Mork Ulnes Architects played off the owners’ progressive spirit by constructing the cabin-style residence from cross-laminated timber, which the firm says is one of the first in...
A Prefab Home Takes Shape Among the Boulders of Yucca Valley
A Prefab Home Takes Shape Among the Boulders of Yucca Valley
The Graham Residence imagines a life where you have Joshua Tree all to yourself.
Before & After: A Classic Midcentury by Albert Frey Gets a Reverent Renovation
Tantalus Studio coaxes a Palm Springs home into the 21st century with fresh finishes and a sublime palette plucked from the desert landscape.
This Desert Retreat Finds Harmony With Its Striking Natural Surroundings
Bringing crisp lines to the spectacularly vast landscape, this Yucca Valley getaway is a minimalist sanctuary.
Bobby Berk’s Desert Hacienda Celebrates Outdoor Living With a High-Tech Deck
The design expert and Emmy-nominated TV host explains why he chose TimberTech over traditional wood for his midcentury oasis near Palm Springs.
Snag This Polished Desert Hideaway Near Joshua Tree for $649K
A creative pair turn a rundown midcentury cabin in Landers, California, into a clean-lined one bedroom with neutral tones and expansive views.
An Artist Transforms a Joshua Tree Cabin Into a Surrealism-Inspired Rental
Taking cues from the otherworldly landscape of Joshua Tree National Park in California, artist Shawn Button crafts an immersive desert getaway that transports visitors to a...
This Rental Near Joshua Tree Is a Desert Escape for the Design Minded
Stepping into the holiday home of interior designer Denise Portmans is like visiting her Los Angeles design shop—a revelation in West Coast style.
Travel Back in Time to William F. Cody’s Now-Razed Desert Modern
Travel Back in Time to William F. Cody’s Now-Razed Desert Modern
Featured in Monacelli’s new book, “Master of the Midcentury: The Architecture of William F. Cody,” the 1963 Shamel Residence was emblematic of postwar Palm Springs.
A Breakthrough Renovation Turns a Brick Home Into a Desert Oasis
A design dream team connects a 1980s dwelling to its spectacular site in Paradise Valley,...
A Desert Charmer With Airbnb Clout Is Up for Sale at $899K
After buying a decrepit property in the peaceful California desert, designer Kelly Kai turned it into a chic destination rental.
A Phoenix Family Home Embraces Mountain Views With a Detail Fit for a Circus
The Ranch Mine partners with two equally creative homeowners to build a forward-thinking property on an unconventional lot.
A Rammed-Earth Dwelling in New Mexico Welcomes Spectacular Sunsets
A striking compound in the 9,500-acre Galisteo Basin Preserve acts as a refuge for a retiree with her family and friends. It even has a stable for her treasured horses too.
A Ceramicist’s Family Home Is Inspired by the Ancient Art of Pottery
Crafted from natural materials that will evolve over time, this courtyard house in Phoenix embraces the subtle imperfections of handmade objects.
Asking $10.5M, This Desert Prefab by Marmol Radziner Doesn’t Want for “Wow” Factor
Assembled from 36 steel-frame modules, the Las Vegas residence even has its own James Turrell installation.
A New Complex of Micro Flats in Arizona Invites Nature Inside
Located in the heart of downtown Phoenix, the blocky structure is perforated by succulent-filled atriums and skylights that look up to desert stars.
A Streamlined Home in Chile Straddles the Line Between Desert and Ocean
Designed and remodeled by 56.02, B8 House features glass-cube bedrooms that privilege the wild landscape.
For a Cool $25 Million, You Can Buy Richard Neutra’s Most Famous Palm Springs Home
The Kaufmann Desert House was meticulously restored by Marmol Radziner in the 1990s—and now it’s up for grabs.
Before & After: An Interior Designer Rescues a California Desert Cabin From Drab Finishes
Interior designer Natalie Myers fixes up a 1958 Yucca Valley cabin that had fallen prey to a house flipper’s uninspired renovation.
A Cleverly Camouflaged Family Home Floats Above the West Texas Mountainside
At the intersection of mountains and desert, the vast and rugged beauty of the natural landscape inspires a home for a family of four.
The Award-Winning Byrne Residence Is Back on the Market for $1.65M
Anchored to a saguaro-studded lot, this steel-and-concrete home by Will Bruder Architects embraces the Arizona desert.
Before & After: This Historic Midcentury With a Slinky Roofline Debuts at Modernism Week 2020
Once destined for destruction, the Miles Bates House—better known as the Wave House for its curvy roof—will finally open to the public in Palm Springs this week.
Top 5 Homes of the Week That Boldly Complement the Rugged Desert
The dream of desert modernism is alive and well in these modern homes. Take a peek at the too-hot picks from the Dwell community that caught our editor’s eye this week.
Take in Panoramic Desert Views in This Off-Grid Cabin
An entrepreneur-turned-DIY builder expands his eco-friendly Yucca Valley property with this translucent desert structure.
Design 101: What Are Alexander Homes, and Why Are They Still So Beloved?
The Alexander Construction Company made Palm Springs living accessible to the masses.
11 Homes That Capture the Spirit of Joshua Tree
These cabins, domes, and houses channel the free-spirited nature of the desert.
A Writer’s Prefab Retreat Sits Lightly Upon the Land in Joshua Tree
Thoughtfully inserted into the desert landscape, a low-impact, two-bedroom Cover prefab embraces the outdoors in minimalist style.
Before & After: A Joshua Tree Midcentury Serves Up Moroccan Vibes
The couple behind Mini Inno turn a 1966 ranch home into a rejuvenating retreat.