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Desert Cool: Social Media Darling Known as Casa Mami Is Listed for $475K

By Lisa Johnson Mandell | Jun 5, 2020

Casa Mami
Candida Wohlgemuth, courtesy of ACME Real Estate

It’s hard to find a designer home in Southern California on the market for less than a million bucks.

So we were pleasantly surprised to spot an impeccable designer retreat from the creative duo Carlos Naude and Whitney Brown. The founders of Working Holiday Studio, based in Los Angeles, listed what’s known as Casa Mami in Pioneertown, CA, for less than a half-million.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––

Their très-cool rental has been featured in a number of design magazines, including DwellDominoC Magazine, and Trendland. Which serves to make the price tag of $475,000 all the more enticing. And the designers may have found the right buyer to write the Casa’s next chapter—the home is in escrow after less than a month on the market.

Working Holiday Studio is a “multidisciplinary studio that focuses on creating brands and experiences,” and Casa Mami is a concrete example of its work. Judging by the contented guests who’ve given it a 4.87 star rating on Airbnb, they’ve created a stellar experience.

The income it produces is also pretty sweet. Pre-pandemic, the home was frequently booked at rates of $190 for up to four guests per night.

Front exterior of Casa Mami in Pioneertown, CA
Front exterior of Casa Mami in Pioneertown, CACarlos Naude, courtesy of ACME Real Estate

The two-bedroom, one-bath, 100% solar-powered casa is ideal for social distancing. It’s located in a tiny town about 25 minutes from the entrance to Joshua Tree National Park.

But it’s not in the middle of nowhere. Casa Mami is only 10 minutes from the renowned Pappy and Harriet’s restaurant, and 13 minutes from Joshua Tree’s hippest restaurant, La Copine. This a getaway isn’t too far from civilization.

Described as “part eco-vacation residence part design showroom,” the stylishly curated boho-desert dwelling comes complete with all its “dreamy design pieces” intact for the new owner.

Those touches include La Cantina out-swing French doors, a Moooi Cloud Sofa by Marcel Wanders, and lounge chairs from LAUN in L.A. All just perfect for artsy Instagram shots.

The home also comes with a decent-sized plot of land—2.65 acres of sprawling desert with unobstructed mountain views. The land, the house, and the furniture have been a hit on social media. Don’t believe it? Check out Casa Mami and Working Holiday Studio.

Casa Mami is listed by Courtney Poulos with Acme Real Estate.

KitchenCandida Wohlgemuth, courtesy of ACME Real Estate
Living room
Living roomCandida Wohlgemuth, courtesy of ACME Real Estate
Back exterior
Back exteriorCarlos Naude, courtesy of ACME Real Estate

Lisa Johnson Mandell is an award-winning writer who covers lifestyle, entertainment, real estate, design, and travel. Find her on® editorial team highlights a curated selection of product recommendations for your consideration; clicking a link to the retailer that sells the product may earn us a commission.

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