Name: Jaime Kowal, The Amado
Location: Palm Springs, California
Size: 3,200 square feet interior space, 11,200 square feet exterior space
Years lived in: Purchased and renovated in 2013; opened as a desert chic boutique hotel in 2014.
I was heading out to Palm Springs for the weekend with friends; we were nine adults and a half dozen children all in. We wanted some of the amenities of a hotel with the isolation and privacy of a house. The answer to where to stay? The Amado, a desert-chic hideaway tucked away near the city's center. With its five apartments surrounding a pool, it was the perfect, private weekend getaway.