A $2 comal moonlights as a brilliant sconce in this revitalized ’80s ranch home.
“For every raised monster truck, there is someone who has opened a crystal shop,” says designer Claire Thomas about the location of her new project with cinematographer Yayo Ahumada. “Yucca Valley is a really interesting and accurate snapchat of California, and the different cultures and personalities that are intersecting.”
While Joshua Tree has been a hot spot for years, real estate prices have skyrocketed—and Yucca Valley, which could be called Joshua Tree’s hip little sister, is the new go-to for those seeking a desert escape with shopping, restaurants, and more affordable properties.
With a low budget and high ambition, Thomas and Ahumada set off to find their “unicorn in the desert.” They eventually landed a one-story ranch home with knotty pine walls set on five untouched acres filled with boulders, cacti, and even jackrabbits.
The duo wanted to rent the space out for visitors and creative projects (like short films, music videos, and brand partnerships), so the house and the site had to have a very particular sense of place, with both visual and emotional impact.
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