Rental Villa in Palm Springs: El Portal

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At the base of the San Jacinto Mountains, you’ll find El Portal, a rental villa of 3,000 square feet on a gated, private quarter-acre lot. Its style is modern, with funky details and quirky décor; expanses of glass pivot open to bring indoors and outdoors together with unfettered access to the back yard, saltwater pool, and deck. In the main living area is a great room two stories high, with clerestory windows that bathe the space in light — or can be shaded by remote control. Entertaining is a snap in this friendly space, with its gas fireplace and 70-inch television set; curl up in one of the red armchairs, stretch out on the sofa, or set up party snacks on the dining table in this open-plan layout, and you’ve got instant comfort.

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Love to cook? You’ll love the updated kitchen and stainless steel appliances, including a six-burner stove and dual ovens — or, for cooking outside, a gas barbecue. Upstairs, you’ll find a loft-style master suite that overlooks the great room, along with three other “guest quarters” that feature queen-sized beds, ensuite bathrooms, and flat-screen TVs. Sliding doors beckon guests to upper-level balconies, where they can look out on mountains and green. The house is easy driving distance from downtown Palm Springs, for those nights on the town — but you might just choose to stay at home and enjoy the pool, spa, lounge chairs, bistro tables and umbrellas, and a striking gas fire pit instead. Either way, the house is a treat, in a great location, just waiting for a crowd to start the fun.

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Written by Janet Butler

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Janet W. Butler is a freelance writer, editor, and editorial consultant by day and a “small soprano” by night. An RWA Golden Heart Winner, she is the author of the inspirational romance From the Ashes (“the best little book no one’s ever heard of”), published by SANDS Publishing in 2001; and a romantic suspense, Voice of Innocence, from Desert Breeze Publishing. She is a Chicago native transplanted to northeast Indiana, where she lives with her husband, daughter, and Cassandra “Trouble” Butler, S.R.C. (Spoiled Rotten Cat).

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