Joshua Tree


Joshua Tree is an eclectic community that welcomes visitors to the immense 800,000-acre Joshua Tree National Park wilderness preserve. The iconic trees are believed to have been named by Mormon pioneers who thought the tree was reminiscent of the biblical character Joshua waving his arms towards the heavens. However they acquired the name, the Joshua Tree groves can only be found here, and are estimated to be between 500 and 900 years old!

This quirky, artistic refuge is a tourist destination and yogi mecca. It is also a favorite, year round destination for rock climbers. Vacationers from Europe join weekenders from nearby Palm Springs, Los Angeles, San Diego, and Las Vegas to take in the art galleries and tucked away restaurants in addition to spending time in the park.

It’s about ten degrees cooler in Joshua Tree than the lower desert communities, and a bit warmer in the winter as well. There is enough local shopping here to meet your day-to-day needs, and a Von’s grocery store as well. If you need more options, head “down the hill” a bit to  next door Yucca Valley, or slightly farther to Palm Springs. Those who choose to live on base at 29 Palms typically come to Joshua Tree to hang out and explore.


Joshua Tree has a great mix of about half military families and half locals. There is a lot of coming and going, with people leaving for the weekends to Palm Springs, Los Angeles, San Diego, or even Las Vegas, and just as many people coming in for a visit. There is an abundance of land here so you might even find yourself next door to an animal rescuer or equestrian.

Neighborhood Feel

The homes here are mostly older and date back to the 1980s, but that’s not to say newer homes aren’t available. There are a few master planned subdivisions with new construction and swimming pools. A lot of the homes are set on acreage and it’s common to have six or more acres between you and your closest neighbor. The yards are sandy with cacti and, of course, the revered Joshua Trees.

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Neighborhood Location

29 Palms – Ocotillo Gate
29 Palms – Condor Gate
Drive Time to Gate
20 minutes
30 minutes
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Neighborhood Info

Joshua Tree - MCAGCC 29 Palms, CA -

Points of Interest

Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree Rock Climbing School

Hi-Desert Medical Center

Joshua Tree Music Festival

Copper Mountain Community College

Joshua Tree Park and Recreation Community Center – Playgrounds, tennis courts, handball courts, a skate park for skateboarders, and picnic facilities.

Big Plus

Small shops satisfy the necessities and you have a small assortment of health food stores, Von’s Supermarket, a local coffee roaster, hair salons and even a saloon.

There is minimal light pollution so get ready for some epic stargazing. Forget stars —you can see galaxies from out here!

Quiet communities with friendly neighbors and lots of space.

Things to Consider

Understand the cooling systems in homes. You have a choice of either refrigerated air, swamp coolers, or a hybrid of both. You can go with cost conscious swamp coolers and potentially sweat out a couple of the hotter months to save your wallet, or opt for air conditioning and improve your chances of resale. A lot of buyers look for homes with both systems, so keep that in mind if you’re thinking of buying a home! People often move on base after getting their first electric bill, so do your research before you get there.

The hospital and clinics at 29 Palms are small and most specialty referrals are seen “down the hill” in Palm Springs or at Loma Linda University (which although closer than 29 Palms, is still over an hour-long drive).  

How’s the Market?

The home value for single family homes in Joshua Tree is $123,500, according to the Zillow Home Value Index.

Home Values are forecasted to increase by 6.4% in the coming year.

According to Zillow’s Rental Index, the median rental rate for single-family homes in Joshua Tree is $874.

School Scoop

Joshua Tree contains three primary and secondary schools. One of the best schools is Friendly Hills Elementary School, with a rating of 7 according to Public schools in Joshua Tree are part of Morongo Unified School District.

Transitional kindergarten is available at Twentynine Palms Elementary and Joshua Tree Elementary for students who turn five years old on or between September 2 and December 2. Make sure you get your application in early and remember that parents are required to provide all transportation for transitional kindergarteners.

A new law, signed into practice on January 1, 2016 mandates that all students in the state of California are to be fully vaccinated in order to attend a public or private school and/or child care, unless they have a documented medical exemption. That means no more personal belief exemptions (PBEs). Students attending home-based schools or independent study are not required to submit immunization forms.

The local schools have fantastic resources for homeschooling, which is a popular choice for students ranging from kindergarten all the way through high school seniors.

Private schools are also a popular choice in this area, and Calvary Chapel is one that comes highly recommended.

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