California Hot Springs


Artistree acquired, entitled, designed, and permitted this historic 40-key resort in California Hot Springs, California. The objective of our project was to transform the existing sleepy hot springs day spa, bath facility, restaurant, and RV park into an award-winning eco-resort with attractive overnight lodging that would bring visitors to this historic property known for its healing waters and serene location. The property is situated in the Sierra Foothills region and is surrounded on three sides by Sequoia National Forest. Two artesian hot springs come out of the ground at 131 and 129 degrees Fahrenheit with a daily flow of 350,000 gal/day.   

Artistree managed the acquisition process and syndicated the property into a JV structure. By adding Artistree’s award-winning eco-luxury lodging, the site once loved in the early 1900s by movie stars and California dignitaries can once again become a wellness destination within driving distance of Los Angeles while increasing existing guest access and site amenities.  Artistree’s primary design goal was to provide lodging and staff housing while repositioning the historic roadhouse and bathing facility within the development plan. This strategic development approach puts California Hot Springs on the map as an eco-adventure destination spa resort.

Artistree's work includes:

Acquisition and due diligence

Performing a multi-month due diligence, Artistree managed this purchase transaction including a $1M reduction to the purchase price of this asset

Master Planning

Created a multi-phase master-planned resort and residential development.

Entitlements and permitting

Artistree managed the process of gaining approval for the re-envisioned use of the existing RV park into a tiny home, tent, and treehouse resort offering, plus permitted significant renovations to the historic lodge and pools.

Phase 1 Development Plan: (GSF = 27,440)

Repositioned and permitted renovation of the following historic restaurant and bathhouse:

  • Historic Pools & Bath House 
  • 8000 SF Roadhouse & Restaurant
  • 150,000 gallon Warm Pool
  • Two 800 gallon Hot Pools

Permitting included bringing historic main lodge into code compliance and sustainability while maintaining the integrity of historic building: total proposed Area: 19,349 GSF

  • Outdoor pool area = 8050 SF
  • Lower level bath facility = 2637 SF
  • Main level = 8062 SF

Redesign of existing RV park into upscale boutique nature-based resort Planned accommodations: 40 keys 17,560 GSF

  • 25  Tiny Homes
  • 5  Treehouses
  • 10  Glamping Tents
  • Upgraded Campground bathroom

Converted commercial water bottling facility into the back of house and operations facility headquarters for the 260-acre property. Planning for future expansion into makerspace and artisan fabricator village.

  • 12,000SF Warehouse converted

Added affordable housing for employees

  • 3100 GSF of renovation to the existing facilities
  • 6 new RV Slips installed for work campers

Site-wide infrastructure improvements

Improvements to water supply and source wells, including code compliance

Project Objectives

  • Be a destination for adventure, art, and wellness travelers of all ages
  • Be a demonstration site for regenerative business and development practices
  • Be a sacred site for water healing and relationship 
  • Be a multigenerational residential community 

Design Approaches

  • Increase native habitat and fire resilience 
  • Reduce impervious land cover
  • Work with the water (water is life, hot water, geothermal, energy conservation)
  • A mixture of Japanese Onsen style design w/ rural/pioneer California aesthetic

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Entitlements in progress