Speaking of a sense of place, The Flamingo Social Club is in Flamingo Heights, adjacent to Joshua Tree, right? Is there a feeling of a community of creative people there trying to get some roots down and make something fresh and valuable there? How did you come to this space and decide to make this Airbnb?
We honestly were super lucky in finding our place. We have a few distant neighbors but on one side and behind the home are huge undeveloped tracts of land, making you feel as though you’re completely remote. And yet, just three minutes down the road is Giant Rock Meeting Room, our local coffee shop that also has events on the weekends with great food, live music, and brings the community together. Next door to the coffee shop is Moon Wind Trading Co., a beautiful boutique with local artists and vintage clothing, accessories, and homewares, owned by wonderful creatives that have made their home here. Just past Moon Wind is La Copine, the trendiest restaurant in the desert. It’s LA level food, a great scene, and always packed.
It’s a very tiny community but definitely one filled with creatives, whether it’s artists, musicians, writers, chefs. When we bought the home, it was a personal experience that we were pursuing—late nights by an outdoor fire, or under the stars in the hot tub—but the friendships we’ve made in the community that have brought so much joy to the experience.