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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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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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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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 […]

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Renovated Mid-Century Modern

36421 Sandsu Rancho Mirage Remodel

Renovated Mid-Century Modern
 – What Does That Mean? If you are a Modernista looking at the good number of Mid-Century homes for sale in the Palm Springs area, you will fs.requently see these terms used in For Sale ad. A quick search of our local MLS for MCM listings using the exact term “renovated” turns up about 30 listings, all in varying states of renovation. For reference here is an example of a fully renovated home we have just listed at 36421 Sandsu Circle, Rancho Mirage. First, “Mid-Century Modern” generally means local homes built roughly in the 1950-1969 time period, inspired by the design features explored in the Arts & Architecture journal’s Case Study Program. A goal of this project was to explore designs of functional homes using modern materials for returning veterans at an affordable price. Most of the actual designs were built on the California West Coast, but as […]

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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 […]

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