Steve & Glen's Joshua Tree Retreat

Steve & Glen's Joshua Tree Retreat

Marcia Prentice
Mar 14, 2011

Name: Steve Halterman and Glen Steigelman
Location: Joshua Tree, California
Size: 1,800 square feet on 5 acres
Years lived in: 4

The jealousy is kicking in! Steve and Glen's incredible Joshua Tree home, surrounding environment and pool make for a relaxed weekend getaway, just a few hours from the city. Steve is a set designer, underground filmmaker and stained glass artist and I am fairly certain this remarkable desert location plays a role in his daily inspirations.

The design of the sixties-era home, funky irrigation tank steel pool and welcoming outdoor entertaining areas all play into the leisurely lifestyle of Joshua Tree. After laying in the hammock for a few hours you can stroll over to the sun lounger and when it gets too hot, take a refreshing dip in the pool. For evening parties, two outdoor fireplaces greet guests and still there is the option for a midnight swim!

Apartment Therapy Survey:

Our Style: 60's California desert cabin

Inspiration: A welcoming and safe place to enjoy friends and family; providing food, fun and the beauty of nature.

Favorite Element: Boulders and close proximity to the national park and the people who love it

Biggest Challenge: Restructuring the house from a series of sloppy additions into a home with a good flow. No more crawling through a window to get to the 3rd bedroom.

What Friends Say: "Do I have to leave?" Our friends love the relaxing energy the house, property, and pool bring to their visit. We are about 2 hours from Los Angeles and a much needed getaway from the urban sprawl.

Biggest Embarrassment: Notice no pictures of the bathrooms — and we want to replace the tile on the floor.

Proudest DIY: Converting a corrugated steel irrigation tank into a swimming pool and the stained glass window in the bedroom

Biggest Indulgence: We love good lamps — Cressey and Martz are our favorites

Best advice: Live in it for awhile before you start changing things

Dream source: Swap meets, yard sales, and thrift stores

Resources of Note:




  • GE Appliances

We scavenge for our furniture, lighting, and hardware. Our favorite places are Sky Valley Swap in Yucca Valley, Golden West and Cypress in Orange County, and any desert thrift or yard sale.

Thanks Steve & Glen!

Images: Steve Halterman

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