The Miles Bates House in Palm Desert – Part II

The Miles Bates House in Palm Desert – Part II

Rescuing the Miles Bates House – A Conundrum Since our last newsletter with Prof. Volker Welter’s commentary on the Miles Bates house (1955) , we were fortunate to participate in a tour of it arranged with the City by Merilee Colton of the Palm Desert Historical Society. Fearing the worst, we were among about twenty, from all points in Southern California, including City staff, able to take advantage of this opportunity last Thursday. Here is the exterior, as original, and as today with two boxy additions on the front in place of the gracefully curved free-standing wall.   Photo Courtesy of the Palm Desert Historical Society   The good news, it’s in better shape than it appears from the outside. You can see it from the street at 73697 Santa Rosa Way, Palm Desert. The House Surprisingly, from what can be seen, White’s signature roof and the most important character-defining […]

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Miles Bates house in Palm Desert in Danger

Miles Bates House in Palm Desert

Iconic Miles Bates house in Palm Desert in Danger of Destruction City of Palm Desert May Allow Destruction of an Iconic Walter S White Merilee Colton of the Palm Desert Historical Society advised us that the Walter S White wave-roof home built for Miles Bates in 1954-55, on Santa Rosa Way in Palm Desert is in danger of demolition. The City of Palm Desert, in preparation of disposing of its ownership has had it appraised at a value not much more that its land. The condition of this home is reportedly poor, but restorable. The concern is that the land will be sold without regard to the building and it will be torn down for new construction. We contacted Professor Volker M. Welter, who has published White’s work, of UC Santa Barbara that holds his archive.  Professor Welter gave a presentation on White and his work at Modernism Week, 2016 Here are […]

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Modernism Week Discovery: Walter S White

73271 Buckboard Trail, Palm Desert Photo George Gutenberg

Walter S White – Modernism Week Discoveries As we suit up for MW 2017 to learn more about this genre, it might be good to recall that we’ve learned a lot in the past. One such discovery at MW 2016 was the little-known Mid-Century Modern architect Walter S White who did memorable structures from Palm Springs to Indio, as well as work in Colorado and Los Angeles. He was first introduced to us in a blog by Professor Volker M. Welter, in 2015, who later did a lecture on the architect at MW 2016. Photo by George Gutenberg Professor Welter also authored “Projects and Inventions in Architecture”, published by the Art, Design and Architecture, UCSB.  This book provides a thorough review of his work and working life with details, background, drawings, locations and photographs. It can be ordered here. Thus the architect has been moved from being little known to well recognized. The […]

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The Mid-Century Modern Sales Season

The Mid-Century Modern Sales Season

The Mid-Century Modern Sales Season Has Begun for the Season 2016-2017 We have entered our Desert Spring, complete with one day of heavy rain showers that washed all the Summer dust away. So we’re facing a clean start to the season! This weather reminds us of why we live here and we won’t forget it for at least another eight months. Our Summer Mid-Century & Modern Activity At the beginning of summer we sent a postcard to selected desert homeowners with a link to a webpage showing that selling is possible in the summer months. It contained this chart to show that, which is explained in more detail at Click   As proof, we just closed a superb Palm Desert Modern in the Mid-Century Style by Architect Jay Reynolds AIA. It was taken as a summer “pocket listing” and received an offer in September. More about it can be seen […]

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Five Things to know before Listing or Selling a Mid-Century Modern Home

Modernism Week 2016

The Five Things to know before Listing or Selling a Mid-Century Modern Home 1. Understand the Market Where has it been and where does it look like it is going. What’s happening right now? Past trends shaped the value of your home, and present trends will affect its sale. Is the market different for your MCM home than others? Usually the answer is “Yes”. 2. Get the Right Pricing Use specialists in Mid-Century Modern who know what comparables to use and how to compare features for more accurate price adjustments to determine the “market value” of your MCM. A specialist who is familiar with MCM will also help the Buyer’s Appraiser find the right “comps”. Which can be very important in order to stay in “Escrow” once you have a buyer. 3. Find the Right Strategy Price has historically affected the time to sell. Find this out and use the […]

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Modernism Week Fall Preview

Modernism Week Fall Preview 2016

Modernism Week Fall Preview October 21-23, 2016   The Modernism Week Fall Preview is an abbreviated version of the ten-day 2017 Modernism Week February 16 -26, 2017, founded in 2009, that brings visitors from all over the world. Many of the ten-day event historical tours, social gatherings, lectures and other functions are available at the Fall Preview. It’s reported that the Coachella Valley had 60,000 international visitors for Modernism Week last year. This preview weekend provides a wonderful opportunity to attend and enjoy the events without the congestion of the main event early next year. As part of the events planned by the Modernism Week Fall Preview organizers, the Architecture and Design Center of the Palm Springs Art Museum will have a number of planned events including tours of the wonderful Frey House II. The Preview will also coincide with a new exhibit at The Architecture & Design Center, a […]

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Haverkate Group joins Deasy/Penner & Partners

The Haverkate Group at Deasy/Penner&Partner

Opportunity knocked & see what happened? The Haverkate Group  joins forces with broker Deasy/Penner & Partners in Los Angeles.   Palm Springs, as we know it, was created by and for Los Angelinos. Mid-Century Modern architects designed their signature homes in both places, growing the Art of Modernism that continues today in SoCal and the Desert. We happened to be looking for, and found, a broker that spans all this. The Haverkate Group is pleased to join forces with broker deasy/penner & partners, a company dedicated to the Art of Design, supporting this boutique segment in the Los Angeles Market Area. A synergistic fit with our niche focus on mid-century modern and modern homes here in the Desert. Mid-Century Modern and modernism benefit from the proper exposure. We and our clients will benefit from in-house Marketing that generates top drawer advertising, and an in-house Public Relations team that generates editorial […]

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Local Mid-Century Modern Market Trends

Mid-Century Modern Market Trends

Valley Mid-Century Modern Market Trends     The Desert Area Multiple Listing Service has a widget for agents called Trends that spits out graphs of whatever slice of its content you desire.  Since we specialize in Mid-Century Modern we thought it would be interesting to see how it’s doing in different area zip codes. Plugging in 92270 (Rancho Mirage) and build years 1950-1970, All Residential, and looking for Average Price we get: Date D/14 J/15 F/15 M/15 A/15 M/15 J/15 J/15 A/15 S/15 O/15 N/15 D/15 J/16 F/16 Active 48 49 49 46 47 46 43 40 31 25 31 36 37 47 50 New 9 17 9 14 16 12 4 5 5 4 16 7 7 18 11 Sold 4 2 1 8 7 7 3 4 5 7 9 2 2 3 0 Pended 2 3 4 6 7 8 4 4 5 5 6 4 2 […]

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