Villa Anita DV is situated at the southeastern tip of Death Valley, in the Mojave desert, where the views are endless, and the mountains change colors. The property has views and access to one of the most untouched and pristine places on earth. Surrounded by panoramic scenes of mountains all around you, you will see the stars of the milky way at night, hear coyotes howling at dawn, and feel your thoughts melt away into the pull of the desert, At Villa Anita, you will have the opportunity to disconnect, and reconnect with what's really important. We hope to see you soon!
While the vast desert is right outside your door, our property offers reprieve and ample things to do during your stay, so you don't even have to go far to have an adventure and fun packed day. The property at Villa Anita DV in Tecopa, CA is a blend of art, gardens, event spaces, and cabanas. Run by two artists, Carlo and Jack with experience in hospitality, design, and fine art, Villa Anita has become a unique destination in and of itself for guests to stay the night, take a tour, or take an art class.
While Villa Anita DV offers one-of-a-kind rooms to spend the night in one of the most untouched and pristine places on earth, it is also a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit art museum with an educational focus on reclamation of life, materials, discard, and ourselves. Overnight guests, families on vacation , and high school classes have turned Villa Anita DV into a getaway, laboratory, experience, etc. for everyone to learn something and be inspired.
Founded by artist, Carlo Roncancio in 2010, Villa Anita DV started with a piece of property in the tip of Death Valley NP and a log cabin style house built with railroad ties. Set against the backdrop of the vast, open desert, the unique house and property were a blank canvas for Carlo. Now, it is 10 acres filled with sculptures, cabanas and, shaded walkways, diverse vegetable and fruit gardens, and piles of materials waiting to be used for future projects. Now, Carlo and his partner Jack Holloman live on the property full time with their five rescue dogs. Living here, they have created a comfortable dwelling with recycled materials in an oppressive climate, and it is a continuous process. They have discovered alternative ways to use everyday objects that are forgotten about or thrown away. For example, a broken refrigerator sitting on it's back becomes a raised bed for veggies. An old deformed piece of furniture becomes part of an outdoor wall, casting shade.
There are countless ways to reuse the everyday objects of our lives, and part of our mission here has become to salvage these materials before they make it to a landfill. This act of salvaging has further manifested itself in our lives by teaching us to reclaim the parts of us that we have forgotten about, or that are buried too deeply within us. This is an extremely healing process, and the reason we live, work, and create here year-round. We realized that even back in the beginning, when Villa Anita DV was a barren piece of property, the land itself and the historic cabin had to be reclaimed and salvaged from desertification. Since then, and through the act of reclaiming, Villa Anita DV has become an oasis, a powerful ship, a site of recovery, and now a place for the gathering of people.
Learn more about salvaging materials and creative reuse by volunteering with us! As a volunteer, you will live and eat with us, and work on all kinds of different projects with us!