These homes in Mexico, Palm Springs, Scottsdale, Las Vegas and other tony warm weather communities are perfect for anyone who loves warm weather and copious cacti.
2051 Rim Road, Palm Springs, California, $3,495,000
Inspired by Yakut Native American homes, this three-bedroom property consists of two separate structures connected by a ramada that shades a swimming pool. The pool is built into a concrete patio that cantilevers out over the canyon below. The interior features polished concrete flooring, curvaceous wood-clad ceilings and huge windows that frame jaw-dropping mountain views in every direction. Among this home’s many special features, the waterfall above the swimming pool acts as a natural cooling element.
821 Canyon Greens Drive, Las Vegas, Nevada, $3,399,000
A beautifully landscaped entrance, including a porte cochere, greets visitors to this opulent dwelling in the upscale Summerlin Canyon Fairways subdivision. Among its many attributes, the 6,000-square-foot home boasts a gourmet kitchen with Wolf appliances, a climate-controlled wine cabinet, and upper and lower-level primary bedroom suites. A resort-like backyard includes a waterfall, a swimming pool, a spa, a swim-up bar, a built-in barbecue island and a sand volleyball court.
58 Whitethorn Road, Terlingua, Texas, $1.1 million
Large windows frame postcard-worthy views of the Texas desert in this luxurious off-the-grid home located on 81 acres not far from Big Bend National Park. In addition to being on the market, this home is currently available to rent as a 5-star Airbnb. The space features a well-appointed kitchen with a 15-foot breakfast bar that faces the desert landscape. Most importantly, the cabin is nestled at the base of a stunning, 4,700-foot mountain peak. Mesas, arroyos and cacti are just a few aspects of the glorious natural landscape.
Carretera a Todos Santos Kilometro 120, Cabo San Lucas, $4,200,000
A courtyard with a bubbling fountain and a handsome fireplace creates a welcoming first impression at this coastal hacienda-style home, which blends ornate, Spanish-style architecture with glamorous finishes. Offering four bedrooms, four fireplaces, a swimming pool, jacuzzi and outside pergola, this coastal, desert abode is perfect for gathering with family and friends.
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Tate Gunnerson is a Chicago-based freelance journalist with an equal appreciation for natural beauty and good design. He is a passionate supporter of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and the National Kidney Foundation.