Building Paradise | From Neglected Treasure to Ultimate Retreat
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Sara and Rich Combs had a very big dream: to own a getaway edging a National Park. “We were getting kind of burnt out doing web design and being on our computers all of the time,” says Sara. “We decided to start doing freelance work, and we started going to all these National Parks along the southern US. We felt so inspired being in those creative communities. It just all felt right.”
They purchased a house in Joshua Tree, California to use as a creative retreat and rent out when they weren’t using it. “It ended up doing so well that we realized, ‘Hey, actually, we could turn this into something a little bit more than just a personal creative retreat.’” After successfully investing in short-term rental properties, they longed to create an inn. “We had an urge to create something even more communal and ended up getting an inn in Tucson, Arizona, which is bordering Saguaro National Park.”
But when they first stumbled upon the structure that would become The Joshua Tree House, it was down on its luck.
YHL | Written by Kathryn O’Shea-Evans