Home to one of the largest concentrations of mid-century modern architecture in the U.S., Palm Springs is a haven for design buffs, heat seekers, and the LGBT community. From stylish boutique hotels and high-end vintage shopping to the annual Modernism Week, the desert city is practically a living museum of twentieth century architecture. You’ll find homes by Richard Neutra, William F. Cody, Albert Frey, A. Quincy Jones, Donald Wexler, and Paul R. Williams, among others that celebrate a more glamorous era. Score colorful frocks at Trina Turk (the L.A. designer lives here part-time), channel the Rat Pack at Melvyn’s, and view some hidden gems with Palm Springs Modern Architecture Tours. If you’re not afraid of heights, take the Aerial Tramway 8,500-feet up the sheer cliffs of Chino Canyon for stunning views (its Valley Station was designed by Frey).
By Philip Ferrato Where: 74855 Fairway Drive, Palm Desert Asking: $1,495,000 What: A sophisticated, 4-bed, 4-bath Mid-Century classic by the prolific firm of Patten + Wild, recently renovated, and a perfect, gallery-like setting for a collection of period furniture. Out front, there’s a typical but sophisticated desert profile and walls of breeze block, but with hints of the... Keep reading →
By Pauline O’Connor In honor of this week’s unseasonable heat wave, what say we take a virtual trip to Palm Desert to ogle this snazzy midcentury pool home that’s just come up for grabs? Located a little northeast of the Living Desert Zoo and Botanical Gardens, the four-bedroom was designed in 1963 by local architecture firm Patten... Keep reading →
Wayne Longman Wayne Longman was a Professional Engineer, who has taken a second career as a Broker- Associate. He has lived in the Desert since 2001 and has been a Realtor for twelve years. He has listed high-end properties in the Valley and worked with high-end buyers. Wayne applies his analytical abilities to understand and... Keep reading →
By Lauren Beale Midcentury Modern architect Donald Wexler, who died this year at 89, designed this single-story house as his family home and lived there for 38 years. He expanded the post-and-beam house in 1960 and worked on its restoration in 2008. Floor-to-ceiling glass walls, wide overhangs and doors that open to terraces and the... Keep reading →