We needed a place to put some of the random bits and bobs related to Elrod Villa Palm Springs. So here it is. Discover more about traveling to Palm Springs, the history of Elrod Villa, Palm Springs vacation rental facts, and learn about our cool partners.
March 8, 2018: A citizens initiative, "Measure C", which would effectively ban vacation rentals in Palm Springs, is coming to the ballot in June 2018. A broad coalition of residents, the travel and tourism industry (yes, even hotels), local businesses (the entire Palm Springs Chamber of Commerce, in fact), workers, vacation rental owners and others has united to fight the ban.
Even if you are not a Palm Springs voter, you can help defeat this measure. Keep Palm Springs welcoming, friendly and thriving by supporting WeLovePalmSprings.org, the organization urging a NO vote on Measure C. Now, back to the fun stuff, below!
Learn More: We Love Palm Springs
Fitness personality Rebecca-Louise rode Tesloop to Elrod Villa and packed a whole bunch of adventure into her 2-day Palm Springs trip. Recommendations for Tesloop, Elrod Villa, Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, Cheeky's, 849 and more...
Read about her experience and watch her videos in her travel blog.
Looking for recommendations or things to do in Palm Springs? This slightly cheeky, mobile-friendly guide lists some of our favorite Palm Springs restaurants, bars, nightlife and activity recommendations. At the end, it also links to other recent blog posts about Palm Springs that have their own recommendations. It’s totes free and stuff. Updated on a semi-regular basis!
When first constructed in 1975, the home we now call Elrod Villa was featured in this fascinating Architectural Digest story, which describes the partnership between owner Sigmund E. “Sig” Edelstone and designer Hal Broderick of famed mid-century modern interior design firm Arthur Elrod and Associates. Amazingly, Broderick designed nearly every feature and fixture of the home—from the pool to the built-ins to the audio and electrical systems. Most of these survive to this day.
The astute reader will note that the story says the home is 1800 square feet and that what is now our Media Room opens up to the desert garden, rather than a second bedroom. We recently learned that, shortly after this article’s publication, Sig (at age 70) married his first wife Vivian for whom he had the second room (and its expansive closet!) built, brining the house to its current 2400 square feet of space.
Read: Architectural Digest: A Sophisticated Oasis in the Desert (PDF format)
While we hope you'll stay with us in Palm Springs, we realize that Elrod Villa can't accommodate every traveler!
Your host explains how to find, book, and stay at a great Palm Springs vacation rental. Learn about where to find 'em, tips for saving money on your booking, and the latest info about Palm Springs vacation rental regulations and what they mean for you as a guest.
Related: Using Airbnb for Palm Springs Vacation Rentals
Related: Using VRBO for Palm Springs Vacation Rentals
This mobile-friendly online brochure gives a quick overview of our luxury Palm Springs vacation rental using beautiful pictures and many quotes from recent guests. It’s a handy, “one page” way to share the basics of Elrod Villa with your friends.
Use it to tell your friends and family, “Hey, I want to go to here. Please take me here. Thanks."
We’re big fans of Pandora online radio and we have our own lovingly-curated station on Pandora. Visit radio.evillapalmsprings.com and tune in to a laid-back mix of mid-century standards, shaken and stirred with a healthy pour of bossa nova, chillout and downtempo electronic tracks.
Imagine yourself chillaxing by the pool and, when you stay with us, you can stream Elrod Villa Radio from our dedicated iPad controller right to the whole-house audio system.
Listen: Elrod Villa Radio on Pandora
Even though we spend a lot of time in Palm Springs, we're always on the lookout for new tips about the best new (and old standby!) places to eat, shop and adventure. These are some of the very best—and most current—blog posts about things to do in beautiful Palm Springs, California.
Recommendations for lodging, dining, shopping, activities, drinking and lots more. All from 2017 and 2016.
We’re huge fans of Trina Turk’s Palm Springs-perfect line of resort-wear, swimwear and other fashions for women, men and home. Our friends at the flagship Trina Turk/Mr. Turk store—located just 1.4 miles from Elrod Villa—offer our guests a dedicated styling/shopping appointment with champagne and free gift-with-purchase. You’ll find a postcard with more info when you check in!
Their gorgeous Palm Springs store is located in the Uptown Design District of Palms Springs, near many other cool shops that specialize in mid-century design, antiques and furnishings.
We attended a fantastic presentation at Modernism Week 2017 by Adele Cygelman (author of Palm Springs Modern). Titled “Elrod = Diamonds are Forever,” it gives brief overview of the life and career of famed mid-century modern interior designer Arthur Elrod (whose firm designed the interior of our home) as well as the history of his firm Elrod and Associates. We wrote up a brief summary, along with some video clips from the presentation.
Read: Unearthing Famed Palm Springs Designer Arthur Elrod on Medium
We recently partnered with Tesloop, an innovative all-Tesla based transportation service, which offers round-trip service from various points around the greater Los Angeles service to many destinations in Palm Springs—including Elrod Villa. (See our announcement about the Tesloop/Elrod Villa partnership.)
Trips from LA to Elrod Villa via Tesloop are surprisingly affordable (under $79 each way) and you can save 20% by using our discount code ELRODVILLA20 at checkout when you book your trip.
Learn more: Tesloop
Your host, Keith, wrote this (very long, but useful) article on Medium about the differences between the various vacation rental booking sites, which includes some tips on how to inquire with vacation rental owners and other helpful information for guests who may be new to booking vacation rentals. It’s updated occasionally as market conditions change.
One of the primary tips is that, in most cases, booking directly with a vacation rental property is the lowest-cost way to reserve your stay.
As in many municipalities in California, the issue of vacation rentals (aka “short term rentals” or “STRs”) has become somewhat contentious in the City of Palm Springs. I’ve attempted to quantify the impact of such rentals in Palm Springs by visualizing data from weekly summaries of complaint calls provided by the Palm Springs Vacation Rental Compliance Department.
Visit our “Palm Springs Vacation Rental Hotline Map” page for more details!
Based on our map project, I created this infographic, which summarizes findings from the first 23 weeks of VR Hotline call reports, published weekly by the Palm Springs Vacation Rental Compliance Department.
Learn about the number of calls and types of citations that are issued to Palm Springs vacation rentals. Visit our “Palm Springs Vacation Rental Hotline Infographic” page for more details!
Infographic: Palm Springs Vacation Rental Hotline Summary
Recently discovered this wonderful guide to mid-century modern Palm Springs at Modtraveler.net. Author Ken MacIntyre has built this insanely completist list of modern Palm Springs architecture, sights, shopping and lodging for the modernism-loving traveler.
Well worth checking out! (His site also covers, Vegas, Honolulu and Vancouver as well.)
While we generally prefer renting from independently-managed Palm Springs vacation rentals, property management firms play a huge role in the Palm Springs short-term rental market.
We've made a list of some of the better-known, and most interesting rental agencies serving Palm Springs, some with unique rental properties. All agents on this list have good websites and we've provided links and short descriptions.
Your hosts at Elrod Villa Palm Springs are members of VRON-PS, an organization dedicated to preserving Palm Springs’ rich history of vacation rentals and home-sharing through education, awareness, and the promotion of responsible vacation rental ownership and management.
We encourage other Palm Springs vacation rental owners to join us!
Related: My summary of Resources for Palm Springs Vacation Rental Owners
Oh geez, are you still reading? Well, here’s some more cool stuff:
We missed this great blog post at le quirk, noting that Elrod Villa is a great Airbnb escape for “posh dads.” We couldn’t agree more! So send your posh dad here, won’t you?
Your host Keith regularly writes other articles about Palm Springs and vacation rental technology, trends and regulations. Check out our vacation rental stories on Medium for more of these. Some also have versions here on the Elrod Villa site:
GitHub Resource: A Sample Alexa Skill for Creating a Vacation Rental Concierge (What other vacation rental offers you free source code, eh?)