Oops, There Goes The Neighborhood… Safeguarding Unique Mid Century Modern Tracts

Wexler Roof

Almost every development of modern homes faces the eventual challenge of keeping its architectural integrity.  But as Mid-Century Modernism wins more fans, residents are banning together to save their neighborhoods’ unique look and character. Since Modernism is a subtle style, it is easily compromised:   Adding a carriage style outdoor light fixture in lieu of an original hour-glass one, or tearing down artistic block to erect an adobe wall can easily change a home or neighborhood’s look. In an Eichler network story by Dave Weinstein, Streetscape Smarts, he notes that, “The other major challenge to preserving modern neighborhoods is their age.  Many landmarking laws only kick in if a building is at least 50.” www.eichlernetwork.com www.pspreservationfoundation.org The City of Palm Springs is already way ahead of that game with its Office of Neighborhood Involvement that provides residents with “responsive, coordinated services that promote and support collaboration and communications through recognized neighborhoods.” […]

Read More

This post is in: Cities in Palm Springs, Mid-Century Modern Enclaves, Palm Springs Architects & Designers, Palm Springs Area, Palm Springs Lifestyle, Palm Springs Mid-Century Modern Homes, Palm Springs Modernism, Preservation of Palm Springs Modernism

 




Great Alexander Weekend’s 10th Anniversary Is March 26-27, 2011

Great Alexander Weekend’s 10th Anniversary Is March 26-27, 2011

Plans are underway for the 10th Anniversary of the “Great Alexander Weekend” in Palm Springs, March 26-27, 2011. The Palm Springs Preservation Foundation (www.pspreservationfoundation.org ) is planning a full weekend of home tours, seminars, cocktail receptions and special tributes to one of Palm Springs’ most influential and innovative home builders. The Great Alexander Weekends and PSPF’s tribute book, When Mod Went Mass, have garnered significant awareness of the Alexander-built tract homes by architect William Krisel, and helped leverage even more importance to the genre of Mid-Century Modern homes, commercial and public buildings which are prevalent throughout Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley. From as early as the 1920s and through the 1970s, an impressive roster of talented architects have been captivated by Palm Springs:  R.M. Schindler, Richard Neutra, and Lloyd Wright (Frank Lloyd Wright’s son); young Swiss architect Albert Frey whose work profoundly influenced desert architecture; and regional modernists William […]

Read More

This post is in: Cities in Palm Springs, Events in Palm Springs, Mid-Century Modern Enclaves, Mid-Century Modern Homes For Sale in Palm Springs, Palm Springs Architects & Designers, Palm Springs Area, Palm Springs Mid-Century Modern Homes, Palm Springs Modernism, Palm Springs Modernism Events, Preservation of Palm Springs Modernism

 




High-End Home Sales

High-End Home Sales

We don’t have a Case-Shiller Home Price Index for our area, so we make do with what we have.  We can’t simply track prices say above $1 Million, because that is a changing population – a house that sold for $1.5 M a couple of years ago may have sold recently for $950,000, and we would lose that change based on a price limit alone.  As a substitute, I use homes over 4,000 square feet in size.  The vast majority of these homes sell for above $1 Million.  I chose only 4 cities, as they are of similar age and have many similar homes.  The graph shows a growing number of sales.  The average sales price was around $1.8M for the first three months this year, but dropped to around $1.4M in April.  As prices drop, sales increase.    – Wayne Longman

Read More

This post is in: Cities in Palm Springs, Palm Springs Area, Palm Springs Modernism, Palm Springs Real Estate Market Statistics

 




Trendy El-Paseo in Palm Desert

Trendy El-Paseo in Palm Desert

You can spend a leisurely morning shopping up and down El Paseo, the Deserts own Rodeo Drive.  On El Paseo, you can shop in The Gardens, an upscale shopping and dining treat. You’ll find  Sullivan’s Steak House (great for martinis), Pacifica, Saks Fifth Avenue, Tommy Bahamas, Ralph Lauren, Veneto, Williams & Sonoma, and more. Tiffany’s is across the street from the locally-owned Jeweler, Frascas.  Luis Vuitton is going to be open by end of the year. There are high-end doggie boutiques, pastry shops, Italian markets and specialty stores and more restaurants.

Read More

This post is in: Cities in Palm Springs, Entertainment in Palm Springs, Palm Springs Area, Palm Springs Modern Home Products, Shopping in Palm Springs

 




Historically Significant “Cody” Mid-Century Modern

Historically Significant “Cody” Mid-Century Modern

71388 Country Club Dr in Rancho Mirage We just listed this historically significant “Cody” Mid-Century Modern in Rancho Mirage. This timeless, captivating Cody mid-century modern has been thoroughly updated without loss of its original style and integrity. The angular walls and roofline; open floor plan with generous amounts of glass, are in his classic style. Although believed to be by William F Cody, this has not been confirmed, but the City has designated this home as historically significant. Wonderful news for golfers the new owners are eligible for nomination for membership in Thunderbird Country Club! Well located in central Rancho Mirage, on an eye-catching, private (approx.) 1/3 acre desert-landscaped corner lot, it has two solid steel gates that open to the circular driveway with a large parking area and double garage. Stonework (Palm Springs Gold) on the house looks the same as that Cody used on his awarding winning Del […]

Read More

This post is in: Cities in Palm Springs, Mid-Century Modern Enclaves, Mid-Century Modern Homes For Sale in Palm Springs, Palm Springs Architects & Designers, Palm Springs Area, Palm Springs Mid-Century Modern Homes, Palm Springs Modernism, Palm Springs Real Estate Market

 




MODERN HOMES IN PALM SPRINGS

MODERN HOMES IN PALM SPRINGS

When it comes to mid-century modern architecture, there’s no better place than Palm Springs to view some of the very best homes ever built in this iconic style. Mid-century modern homes in Palm Springs have, in fact, become a significant tourist draw in recent years, attracting just as much attention as the city’s famed resorts, golf courses and spectacular natural setting. Due to its extensive and well-preserved collection of mid-century modern homes, the National Trust for Historic Preservation named the city to its prestigious annual list of “America’s Dozen Distinctive Destinations” in 2006. “Palm Springs,” said the Trust’s president, Richard More, “is not a city of architectural re-creations or approximations of previous eras. Instead, it is a remarkably intact and authentic expression of its architectural heritage.” Mid-century modern homes in Palm Springs were built by many of the movement’s most renowned names – Richard Neutra, Albert Frey, William F. Cody, […]

Read More

This post is in: Cities in Palm Springs, Mid-Century Modern Enclaves, Mid-Century Modern Homes For Sale in Palm Springs, Modern & Contemporary Homes in Palm Springs, Palm Springs Architects & Designers, Palm Springs Area, Palm Springs Mid-Century Modern Homes, Palm Springs Modernism, Palm Springs Real Estate Market