Beth Fortune and Peter Kim, Owners.
Beth and Peter, along with their dog, Riley, took an impulse trip to Palm Springs in 2011, little suspecting that the weekend would spark the inspiration for a dream project. On this trip, the Los Angeles couple fell in love with the beauty of the desert, with its deep blue skies, endless horizons and warm, starry nights. The landscape inspired a deep sense of relaxation rarely felt in the city, and they were charmed by their vacation rental, which was well-run by a friendly owner. After returning to the hustle of their lives and work, they found that they kept returning to the same questions. Couldn’t we do something like that? Could we create the vacation home we would want to rent?
Beth, a photo stylist and graphic designer, had always enjoyed designing her own spaces and relished the idea of designing a house from scratch. Peter, a professor of Management and Organization at USC Marshall School of Business, loved the idea of having a place he could always go to unwind, and of putting academic principals into practice. Their search eventually lead them to a diamond in the rough in a great neighborhood. After a year of extensive and challenging renovations, the Biskra House was born.
The house wasn’t the only thing that changed in that year. For Beth, the project ignited a passion for interior design that was difficult to ignore. Evening classes lead to a Certificate, then a Master of Interior Architecture Degree, and a design position at Hirsch-Bedner Associates, the world’s largest hospitality design firm. She currently works independently as an interior designer with a specialty in vacation rentals and small hotels, using lessons learned from the Biskra House and some of the world’s top hotel brands to help individuals and small business owners to achieve big dreams.
Jennifer Wilcoxon, Manager
Jennifer is a Palm Desert local with insider knowledge of the area and deep connections to the community. A Coachella Valley native, she returned to the desert several years ago to raise her son and explore the career opportunities available in the rapidly growing Greater Palm Springs area. Today, she is an integral part of the Biskra House team, and also manages and acts as a concierge for other luxury Palm Springs and Palm Desert properties (need a place that accommodates 10, 17, or 23? Give her a call!) Jennifer has connections to some of the best chefs, massage therapists, yoga instructors and sommeliers in the desert, and is the person to contact to help arrange an unforgettable trip.
As a resident, Jennifer is committed to the community of Greater Palm Springs. She is deeply involved with Read With Me, a Coachella Valley Non-Profit literacy program. She lives less than a mile from the Biskra House with her son, Evan and their pup, Dusty.
Our Vision and Values
Quite simply, our mission is to make The Biskra House the vacation home we always wanted to rent. Time with our families and friends is a precious thing, and we strive to make sure our guests are able to enjoy that time as much as possible, whether that means labeling the kitchen cabinets or sourcing the most comfortable beds. We strive for constant improvement and love bringing home new ideas from our travels.