Saturday, October 15, 2011

Oldsmobile "Dynamic 88"

Do you like the desert?  Ever dream of having a little get-away desert cabin?  A place to spend your weekends where it's warm in the winter and sweltering in the summer?  If you answered "yes", well, have I got the place for you!  My wife and I stumbled across this place a month or so ago just as it was getting dark.  Clearly abandoned, and from the looks of things, abandoned many years ago.  But in it's prime, WOW!!  So, we took the Jeep over for a second look today.  Unfortunately, I didn't take my camera, so just have a few photos that I took on my iPhone.  Anyway, the brick wall construction appears to be actual adobe.  The supporting overhead timbers look like old hand-carved logs.  Its got a Spanish mission decor, with light fixtures to match.  Check out the hardware on the top half of the front door.  The photo doesn't do it justice, but these long door straps and hinge straps look very old!

The desert rocks on the lot (which is probably 2 1/2 or 5 acres with beautiful views) are absolutely stunning.  Someone must have literally taken years putting this rock collection together.  What attracted my wife was the landscaping with many beautiful cacti (we've never seen so many red barrel cacti in one place!) and desert rock.  Oh, and did I mention the location?  It's in Joshua Tree, south side of Highway 62, within walking distance to the park and beautiful boulder hills.  Very cool and desirable location!
Front porch with beautiful stone flooring, adobe block wall, timber beams.
And here's the bonus... hiding behind creosote and cacti is this old Oldsmobile "Dynamic 88" I stumbled upon.  You know the kind... big tail fins, V8, big front grill... you could glide down Highway 62 in style!

Note how close the rocks of Joshua Tree National Park are in the background!
There is no 'for sale' sign, but I sure hope someone puts the loving care into restoring this place.  It really deserves it, and has so much potential!


  1. There has to be a story there. Every abandoned place in the desert I have come across never looked that good. I hope you learn more about it. And don't discount your iPhone photo abilities. My wife is a finicky picture taker with her Nikon and yet I catch her taking pictures with her silly iPhone all the time. They always look good.

  2. There are quite a few interesting houses up by the park. Have you seen the little pink and blue ones? They are on the main street into the park and are abandoned. Maybe we will head up there today...

  3. Send pictures of the rocks and red barrels. ha ha

  4. Wow! what a lovely discovery... just the sort of place I would love as a hideaway.
    A great car also.

  5. Awesome find! It does look like that place has potential. I love your photos!

  6. It would be a shame to let such a place fall to ruin. Where we have our mountain cabin there are places where the original owner is no longer able to visit but the family is reluctant to sell.

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