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California Vacation Villas strives to provide a reliable, enjoyable experience to our vacation rental guests.  The entirety of our Vacation Villas are located in the California low desert (Coachella Valley) as we look to expand in into the beaches of Orange County for the 2015 summer season.  From Rancho Mirage to La Quinta, we offer privately-owned vacation homes of all sizes and at all price points.  From seasonal stays to long weekends, California Vacation Villas has the right property for your next visit to the Coachella Valley.  

From inquiry to check-out, California Vacation Villas utilizes the latest technology available in the vacation rental industry.  Our portfolio of properties is marketed across multiple vacation rental websites with availability and pricing updated in real-time from our Escapia management software.  Guests receive accurate contracting on California Association of Realtors vacation rental forms and secure payment processing through Vacation Rent Payment.  Our mobile application available for download in the App Store or Google Play provides property specific information to our customers as well as local recommendation and attractions.  The majority of our properties are also equipped with a BeHome247 home automation system providing keyless entry specific to the guest’s dates of stay.

What really sets us apart are our people!  California Vacation Villas owners and staff have lived and vacationed in southern California for decades.  With an abundance of local knowledge, our team can help you find the right property and get you all the information and suggestions you need for an enjoyable, relaxing stay.  From golf to hikes to tennis to where to take the kids, we have done it all across southern California and look forward to helping you on your next vacation.  

Meet our team:

Quinn Tamm

Broker/Property Manager
P: 760-899-2765 Email:

Quinn grew up in the vacation rental business, watching his parents manage their Ocean City, NJ vacation home during childhood.  Quinn’s own travels have included stays in private vacation rentals in Europe, South America and North America.  From Paris to Whistler to Chile and Key West, his own experiences have helped shape the growth of California Vacation Villas.  He has owned and vacationed in rental properties throughout southern California since 2001.

Quinn and Jelena started California Vacation Villas at the beginning of 2014 after years of self-management of their own vacation rental in La Quinta, CA.  As owners of Ternion Real Estate, a licensed California real estate brokerage, they saw a niche between expensive property managers and the struggles of owner operators.  What started with two units during the 2013-2014 season has grown to twenty units in under a year making California Vacation Villas the fastest growing vacation rental manager in the Coachella Valley. 

Quinn spent seven years with Wells Fargo’s Private Mortgage Banking® group from 2002-2009 in Palm Desert, CA; New York, NY and Newport Beach, CA.  During his tenure with Wells Fargo, he closed over $375mil in residential mortgage, home equity and construction financing.  After leaving Wells Fargo, Quinn founded Ternion Real Estate in 2010.  The brokerage assists clients with a full range of residential real estate and financing needs.  Quinn is a licensed California real estate broker (CA BRE# 01877277) and mortgage loan originator (NMLS# 321772).  He is a graduate of Brown University with a BA Economics (2002).  Quinn and Jelena split time between Newport Beach and La Quinta, CA with their two daughters.  Quinn is an avid golfer and a member of the Palms Golf Club (La Quinta).

Jelena Tamm

Accounting/Owner Services
P: 760-396-6090 Email:

Growing up vacationing in the beach resorts of Eastern Europe, Jelena brings unique experience to California Vacation Villas.  From family vacations as a child in Croatia and Montenegro to organizing her own family during trips here in southern California as an adult, Jelena understands a diverse range of travelers and their unique needs.  A resident of southern California since 1998, Jelena has lived full-time in both the Coachella Valley and Orange County.  

Jelena handles California Vacation Villas behind the scenes work.  She serves as the homeowners’ primary contact, handles payment processing and security deposit refunds and schedules housekeeping services.  Jelena brings eleven years of residential real estate and finance experience to California Vacation Villas having spent the majority of this time with Wells Fargo’s Private Mortgage Banking® group in Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage and Newport Beach, CA.  Jelena is a licensed California real estate salesperson (CA BRE# 01501044) and mortgage loan originator (NMLS# 455240).  She has a BA Business from California State University- Fullerton (2003).  When not chasing after the family’s two girls, Jelena enjoys a variety of fitness activities including Zumba® and yoga.


Joy Lyons

P: 760-501-7960 Email:

From a start with Qantas Airlines in her early 20s to owning her own travel agency specializing in Oceania vacation packages, Joy has a diverse background in vacationing and ensuring her customers find the right one.  A full-time resident of La Quinta, CA; Joy has lived in southern California for over 25 years.  After years of seasonal travel to the Coachella Valley while her family lived in Los Angeles and Santa Barbara, she and her husband moved to the desert in 2004.  

Joy worked with Quinn and Jelena at Wells Fargo through the mid-2000s supporting them in all aspects of their mortgage business.  California Vacation Villas was lucky enough to coax her out of retirement and Joy now handles all guest inquiries and reservations.  Joy is a wealth of local knowledge and works diligently to find our guests the right property for their stay.  She offers the perfect blend of old-fashion customer service and understanding of the technology that drives the vacation rental industry.




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