Patty Hume – A Short Intro

Hello, and thanks for reading our blog! I’m Patty Hume, an artist and designer living in Joshua Tree, California. My husband Jonathan and I love our desert lifestyle and sharing it with visitors at our popular vacation rentals in the Hi-desert, Spirit Wind and Beavertail. 

I write a lot about interiors, California desert living inspiration, travel, art, renovation projects, desert plants and the Hi-desert!


 Spirit Wind – Joshua Tree

Spirit Wind is located on 5 acres of semi-rural desert land in Joshua Tree, California, at the south end of the village. Our main house, Spirit Wind is an architecturally significant, one-of-a-kind post-modern structure designed and built by the architect George Zelenz, between 2001-2009.

We have sweeping 360 views into the park, Section 6, the mountains and village below. There are 200+ Joshua trees on our property as well as other desert trees and native cactus. We have lots of wildlife on the property. We love watching the bunnies, coyotes, lizards, snakes, quail, etc.

We bought Spirit Wind in February 2016, after hunting for a desert home for a year. We felt drawn to the desert and to this place. We feel so fortunate to the the stewards of this house and to get to spend time in this magical landscape.

The main house is 2 bedroom/ 2.5 baths and sleeps 10 people. We also have a smaller guest house, Beavertail on the property.

Follow Spirit Wind on Insta @spiritwindjoshuatree


Beavertail – Joshua Tree

Beavertail is the guest house of Spirit Wind and they share a large 5 acre property. Our guest house has been in a number of international design magazines and books including California Lifestyle magazine. The mural was designed by local artist Xihomara Alvarez.

Beavertail has a bit of a reputation for being a love nest and we are happy to say we have had a number of couples get engaged at Beavertail.

Beavertail sleeps 2-4 people and has it’s own hot tub and patio.

Follow Beavertail on Insta @beavertailjoshuatree


El Bandito – 29 Palms / Desert Heights
(Coming soon… summer 2020)

In 2019 we decided to take on a new desert project in Desert Heights, a rural area on the border between north Joshua Tree and North 29 Palms. This compound is 17.5 acres with two large midcentury houses and a homesteader cabin. It is adjacent to 85 acres of BLM land, so it is very quiet and peaceful. It is currently under renovation and we plan to make one of the houses available on Airbnb later this year.

This is a sneak peek at pool we built at El Bandito. We named her Zanzibar. We are still working on the landscape and will be posting more updates this spring.

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More about Patty + Jonathan 

Patty Hume is an artist, designer and realtor. She is originally from Cleveland, Ohio and has been living in California since 2002. She has a BFA in Fiber from the Cleveland Institute of Art and a master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania in Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning. She has designed award winning landscapes, water features and green walls all over the world. Her work has been featured on the cover of Landscape Architecture Magazine, California Lifestyle and many other publications. In her free time she works in her rural art studio in Desert Heights on drawings, collages, landscape and textile projects. You can follow her on Instagram @pattyhume for behind the scenes photos of life at @spiritwindjoshuatree.

Jonathan Hume was born and raised in Los Angeles. He has been hiking and exploring the California desert with his dad since he was a little boy. On his first date with Patty in Los Angeles back in 2006 he asked her if she had ever been to Joshua Tree. She said no, and he started making plans for them to explore the back roads of the desert together. They had their wedding reception at Rimrock Ranch in Pioneertown in 2010. Having a home and life in the hi-desert fulfills his life long desert dream for Jonathan. He graduated summa cum laude from UCLA in Communication Studies. In his free time he is into cars, home automation, design, technology and travel. You can follow him on Instagram @jonathanhume.

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Made in California with <3