The Miles Bates House Progress

The Miles Bates House Progress

The Miles Bates House –  A Progress Report New Publicity Our last newsletter covered the state of this home and the visit by aficionados to view it, organized by the City and the Historical Society of Palm Desert. It was Front Page news on June 9th in The Desert Sun, reporting the visit by Palm Desert City Councilors of June 7th.  The article will help popularize the rescue with the headline “Save the Wave” You can read the whole article here.   It reports the Historical Society of Palm Desert’s initiative to raise funds to have the house designated a national historic landmark.  According to Prof. Welter of UC Santa Barbara, it is “a rare if not sole survivor that recalls the architectural origins of Palm Desert”   The architect Walter S. White designed at least 48 homes in Palm Desert. This, the Bates home and those would be of great interest to participants of Modernism Week. It also […]

Read More

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

 




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 […]

Read More

This post is in: Events in Palm Springs, Palm Springs Architects & Designers, Palm Springs Mid-Century Modern Homes, Palm Springs Modernism, Palm Springs Modernism Events

 




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 […]

Read More

This post is in: Palm Springs Mid-Century Modern Homes, Palm Springs Modernism

 




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 […]

Read More

This post is in: Palm Springs Mid-Century Modern Homes, Palm Springs Modernism

 




Los Angeles Times Hot Property List

Mid-Century Modern Market Trends

Two of our Mid-Century Modern listings featured in the latest “Los Angeles Times Hot Property List” for Celebrity & Luxury homes under $1 million!   Good Architecture markets itself when it gets seen, and the more it is seen, the more marketing it achieves. The trick is in getting it seen, and that means making it visible to the most people in the most ways. The internet is the ideal tool for this with an almost global reach, but it has thousands of “channels” vying for eye-time. Fortunately, it has “Integrators” in the form of search engines that tie similar things together. If a search engine finds something that is of higher interest to viewers, it will present that information with a higher rank in search results and to more people who are interested in it and will see it. Mission accomplished – almost. Internet marketing means targeting those who […]

Read More

This post is in: Mid-Century Modern Homes For Sale in Palm Springs, Palm Springs Architects & Designers, Palm Springs Mid-Century Modern Homes, Palm Springs Modernism

 




The Lost Mid-Century Moderns

73110 Grapevine in Palm Desert.  

The Lost Mid-Century Moderns in Palm Springs (We have just learned this, the Hudson House, is included on the route of this year’s Palm Desert Double Decker Bus Tour during Modernism Week, February 13, 14, 20 and 21) We have many fine examples of this architectural genre that are “The Lost Mid-Century Moderns” because we can’t connect them with their architect.  These post and beam homes were designed for maximum light, view lines and contact with the desert. Take this home for example, now on the market at 73110 Grapevine in Palm Desert. According to the County Tax Assessor record, it was built in 1957.  A knowledgeable visitor pointed out that the raked stucco exterior was often used by E. Stewart Williams, and the time frame was right.   The Hunt Was On! Our first effort to find the architect was to contact the Palm Springs Art Museum. “In 2002 Stewart Williams […]

Read More

This post is in: Mid-Century Modern Homes For Sale in Palm Springs, Palm Springs Mid-Century Modern Homes, Palm Springs Modernism

 




All About Mid-Century Modern Architecture

Mid-Century Modern Architecture in Palm Springs

Why is everyone so interested in Mid-Century Modern Architecture? With all of today’s innovation, technology and design, why are we resorting back to designs that originated more than 60 years ago. There are countless stores and websites dedicated to midcentury modern tastes and many architects and developers have embraced this style when building new homes. Mid-Century Modernism is an architectural design style that generally describes the mid-20th Century developments in modern design, architecture and urban development between the 1920s and 1980s. Many consider Frank Lloyd Wright’s principal movement of organic architecture combined with the Craftsman (Arts and Crafts) style to be the jumping off point for the aesthetics behind Mid-Century Modern Architecture. This style of architecture was frequently used in residential structures with the goal of bringing modernism into America’s post-war suburbs. The style emphasized creating structures with many large windows and with open floor plans with the intention of […]

Read More

This post is in: Modern & Contemporary Homes in Palm Springs, Palm Springs Architects & Designers, Palm Springs Mid-Century Modern Homes, Palm Springs Modernism

 




Best Cities in the U.S. for Mid-Century Modern Architecture

Mid-Century-Modern-Architecture-Palm-Springs

From Atlanta to San Diego, Austin to Denver, Palm Springs to Washington, D.C. and everywhere in between, the Mid-Century Modern style of design continues to draw new admirers each year. While Mid-Century Modern architecture can be found across the United States, there are several locations that offer better examples and higher concentrations of Mid-Century Modern architecture than others. Our team of Mid-Century Modern real estate specialists at The HAVERKATE GROUP has put together our list of the “Top 5 Best Cities in The U.S. for Mid-Century Modern Architecture” to help you learn more. Understanding Mid-Century Modern Architecture Characterized by flat planes, extensive use of glass, innovative building materials, and open design concepts, many of these homes were built between 1945 and the 1980’s. They were designed by a generation of modern architects that fled the rise of Nazi Germany, including Marcel Breuer and Walter Gropius, who then taught at the […]

Read More

This post is in: Mid-Century Modern Homes For Sale in Palm Springs, Palm Springs Lifestyle, Palm Springs Mid-Century Modern Homes, Palm Springs Modernism