Desert Homes

The best in modern desert homes by Dwell.

An Artist Transforms a Joshua Tree Cabin Into a Surrealism-Inspired Rental
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...
By Lauren Gallow - 3 months ago
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
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 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
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 that channels Moroccan influences.
This Palm Springs Prefab Is a “Living Lab” for its Designer Residents
In Palm Springs, a pair of prefab experts turn their process on themselves.
This Arizona Home Takes Design Cues From the Mighty Saguaro
The Phoenix residence draws inspiration from the Sonoran Desert and the stately cacti.
This Midcentury Home for Sale Is the Grandest Palm Springs Has Ever Seen
Asking $4,250,000, this nearly 10,000-square-foot home is said to be the largest midcentury home ever built in Palm Springs.
Dwell x Turkel Design: Breaking Ground in Palm Springs
Drawing from the city’s heritage of midcentury modernism, the Dwell Prefab Palm Springs by Turkel Design embodies California’s indoor/outdoor lifestyle.
Geological Formation
A net-zero house in Northern California is earth-first in more ways than one.
A Rookie Designer and Her Builder Father Create an Artist’s Sculptural Loft in the Desert
A rookie designer, a veteran builder, and an artist eschew the traditional and join forces to create a singular residence in northern New Mexico.
Construction Diary: A Couple Build a Moroccan-Inspired Retreat in Joshua Tree
Over a span of 10 months, Louis Litrenta and Natalie Saunders build an airy vacation home in the Californian desert that draws from the local landscape and their travels abroad.
A Stale Desert Midcentury Gets a Punched-Up Personality
In Rancho Mirage, California, a tired 1960s house is completely transformed with new features and materials that blend midcentury charm with contemporary taste.
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