Technically, sure, it’s the middle of winter. But spring comes early in the desert (is that a saying? It should be), especially in California’s Joshua Tree zone. It’s not at all too early to be planning spring trips, even if you’re doing that planning rumbling upslope in a lift chair, skis dangling below. Which is where this splendid-looking two-bedroom, two-bath hideaway called Villa Kuro comes into play.

It lies at the foot of a mountain beyond which is Joshua Tree National Park. The surrounding property is 3.6 acres, unfenced, to let your mind and your feet wander. Road runners, quail, and jackrabbit frequent the environs.

The house, built in the 1960s, was designed with a nod to the Japanese idea of wabi sabi—beauty in impermanence, simplicity, transience, and incompleteness. An acceptance of things as they are, a shedding of constant desire and striving. Finding beauty in the small, imperfect moments and things in life. Summed up in Richard Powell’s book, Wabi Sabi Simple, as “Nothing lasts, nothing is finished, and nothing is perfect.”


Villa Kuro looks as though it tiptoes awfully close to perfection, however. But that’s fine; the desert is a wonderful place to contemplate the beauty in simplicity. Contemplate it while hiking the national park’s occasional surreal landscape. Contemplate it some more soaking in the saltwater hot tub on the property, a billion stars pinwheeling above.

Fortunately, the villa can be booked online, here. Perhaps to coincide with the blooming of wildflowers this spring, or even to take in the stark beauty of the desert in winter.

Weekend Cabin isn’t necessarily about the weekend, or cabins. It’s about the longing for a sense of place, for shelter set in a landscape…for something that speaks to refuge and distance from the everyday. Nostalgic and wistful, it’s about how people create structure in ways to consider the earth and sky and their place in them. It’s not concerned with ownership or real estate, but what people build to fulfill their dreams of escape. The very time-shortened notion of “weekend” reminds that it’s a temporary respite.

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