In a world of exotic areas to go off-grid, sometimes the most exquisite locations can be found in your own back yard. Located just north of Pioneertown, California, the Whisper Rock Ranch is surrounded by 20 acres of vast desert landscape. The retreat, which is 100% off-grid, offers guests the opportunity to reconnect with nature while enjoying the small luxuries of life, such as a wrap-around deck with pool and jacuzzi, all perfect for enjoying days of spectacular sunsets and brilliant stargazing.

tiny retreat in the middle of a desert landscape

elongated solar array with tiny home in the background

Surrounded by ancient juniper and desert oak trees, the compact ranch is the brainchild of Rich Cook and Rezeta Veliu, who visited the site years ago when the only building on the land was a run-down home. Instantly falling in love with the spectacular desert landscape, they set out to create a remote retreat where guests can truly get away from the hustle and bustle of daily life.

aerial shot of structure in middle of desert

structure in the middle of desert

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During the construction of the ranch, the pair used the untouched nature as inspiration to create a soothing, self-sustaining retreat. As a result, Whisper Rock is completely off-grid, running on solar energy, propane and water deliveries.

outdoor stairs leading up to tiny retreat

large living space with glass facade

“Since we’re completely off grid we operate off of hauled water, so we have three 1,800 gallon tanks that get filled up every other week. But for those same reasons, people off the grid don’t really have pools because they’re hard to maintain, but we did it anyway,” explained Cook.

living space with two large sofas and a dog
open plan living space of desert landscape

Additionally, the layout and construction of the retreat use various passive features such as natural light and shading techniques to reduce its energy use. “We went for as many windows as we could because the surroundings are so beautiful. And what we did was try to maximize the amount of light and glass; we pushed it basically as far as we could push it without allowing the house to fall down,” Cook added.

tiny home with large roof overhang

outdoor deck with pool and jacuzzi

Indeed, the structure’s abundance of windows is what connects the ranch to its incredible setting. Large floor-to-ceiling windows line the walls, while massive chunks of natural boulders jut into the living spaces. Additionally, the interior spaces open up to a wrap-around wooden deck. At the heart of the design are lounge areas where most guests spend their time taking in the 360-degree view from the swimming pool or jacuzzi.

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large sofa in front of glass wall

glass shower stall in massive bathroom

open plan living space of desert retreat

large sliding glass door open to living space

view of outdoor deck from kitchen