With their abundant natural light, sleek silhouettes, and indoor-outdoor living experience, there’s a lot to love about mid-century homes. Typically designed with function in mind, mid-century houses are more than just beautiful; they also ease the flow of daily life with their expansive open floor plans and purity of form.
As we ramp up for Modernism Week 2020, we’re highlighting some of the top mid-century modern homes on the market in Palm Springs right now based on their history, unique features, and overall design. Just be forewarned—if you’re not in the market to buy a house just yet, you likely will be after checking out these properties.
Revered architect Charles Du Bois designed this home in 1963, which has been featured in the likes of Architectural Digest for its stunning design. Constructed by Alexander Construction Company, the home boasts many of the company’s beloved signature elements, like a brise-soleil facade and private entry atrium with a seating area. The open floor plan, powered by an owned solar system, boasts vaulted, open-beam ceilings and Fleetwood windows and doors, while the master suite comes with a spa-caliber bath to relax any and all stresses away.
Designed by William Cody, this home has been included in several Modernism Week tours in addition to the book “Unseen Midcentury Desert Modern.” The front doors are covered in original leather, opening up to an interior that features beautiful poured terrazzo floors leading out to several patios and a stunning pool deck. The home also boasts original details, like walnut walls and cabinetry in addition to a concealable avocado green bar.
Designed in 1964 by famed architects Albert Frey and Robson Chambers, this house also features aluminum sunscreens designed by the office of Frank Lloyd Wright. Double doors lead to a three-sided foyer that opens into an expansive living room complete with a travertine fireplace. As you continue through the living room, you’ll discover an outdoor lanai, which functions as another living space, overlooking a beautiful pool against the backdrop of majestic mountains.
Another historic piece of architecture designed by Albert Frey, “The Guthrie House” was built in 1935 and is Frey’s first residential property in Palm Springs. The home was renovated with modern updates in 2019 while honoring Frey’s initial design, offering meticulously restored original details. All three of the home’s bedrooms feature their own patio and fire pit, while an expansive pool and spa offer a picturesque outdoor retreat, complete with a detached pool house.
Any home designed by William Krisel is sure to impress, and this modernist gem is a perfect reflection of that. The home includes many of the iconic architect’s signature design elements, including soaring ceilings, 360 clerestory windows, and a slatted trellis entry. Interior designer Luis Ortega designed each space in the home, emphasizing form, function, and subtle elegance with elements like a custom bar and thoughtful furnishings from the likes of Ralph Pucci, Poltrona Frau, and Cassina.
Located in the exclusive Deepwell Estates, this Palm Springs treasure was built in 1964 and used to belong to Hollywood legend Loretta Young. The home features many unique elements, like an enclosed entry with soothing fountains, in addition to terrazzo floors and large walls of glass that awash the interior in natural light. Among other standout features includes a master bath that provides the ultimate in luxury with its disappearing Fleetwood doors, waterfall, pond, and outdoor shower.
Formerly known as “The Tea Dance House,” this home was once a gathering place for many 1960s Hollywood elite, such as Dean Martin, who played the original white baby grand piano that still lives in the home. Today, the house offers the perfect mix of original details and contemporary comforts, including a beautifully landscaped half-acre lot complete with a pool, spa, and covered seating and dining area punctuated by breathtaking views of the San Jacinto Mountains.
This stunner boasts all of the ingredients that make mid-century homes so coveted, including large walls of glass, soaring ceilings, and soothing indoor water features. The large open kitchen, coffee and espresso bar, and dining area with a beverage fridge make the home perfect for entertaining, while the backyard, with its pool, spa, sun deck, putting green, and outdoor shower give the residence an idyllic, resort-like feel.
Blending period details with modern comforts, this is another gorgeous residence designed by famed architect Charles Du Bois. The expansive, elevated lot offers picturesque views of the mountains enhanced by clerestory windows, while the interior boasts poured terrazzo floors in addition to Heath Ceramic tile in the kitchen and baths. Meanwhile, the spacious backyard offers a large loggia that functions as an outdoor living room, perfect for taking full advantage of the beautiful Palm Springs climate
Internationally known as the “House of Tomorrow” and the “Elvis Presley Honeymoon Hideaway,” this architectural gem was constructed by the Alexander Construction Company between 1957 and 1962. The custom-built home features over 5,000 square feet of living space, boasting unique elements like a floating fireplace and rock walls. Also for purchase with the home are two adjacent parcels, one with a tennis court and the other with another custom-built 5,000-square-foot home.
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