Palm Springs Has Been Home To 100s Of Oscar Winners And Nominees

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In 1966, “The Sound of Music” was nominated for 10 Academy Awards and won 5 of them, including Best Picture of the year.

One of the stars of the film lived in Palm Springs, until her death in 2013, at the age of 91. Her former Canyon Estates home is currently for sale, for under $500,000.

The south Palm Springs midcentury modern development, where she lived, was designed by architect Charles E Dubois. The community has a clubhouse, a fitness center, 15 pools, 12 spas and a 9-hole golf course, with no green fees for owners. The homeowner association fees include cable TV and earthquake insurance.

Over the years, Palm Springs has been home to 100s of Academy Award winners and nominees. If you’re looking to purchase one of their former homes, or a home in one of their neighborhoods, or if you just want a home where you can throw a fabulous Oscar party, please contact me today at the number listed above.

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The Villas Of Old Palm Springs Luxury Downtown Town Homes For Sale

The Villas Of Old Palm Springs is a charming, gated, luxury cobble stoned Tuscan Village of 47 town homes, built in 2005 and 2006. Some of the homes are attached and some are detached.

The gated Villas offers two pools and three spas, a bocce ball area and a large outdoor BBQ area for entertaining. The complex is located next door to the Palm Springs Museum and two blocks from downtown shopping, restaurants and entertainment.

You own the land and homeowner association fees are only $295 a month.

Prices start in the high $700,000s.

Please contact me today, at the number listed above, to make an appointment to see any of the homes currently for sale here.

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Midcentury Modern Lantana Lodge, Palm Springs Condos For Sale Under $100K

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The Lantana Lodge was originally a motel, built in 1947. The 14 motel rooms were converted into condos, in 1966.

The Midcentury modern Palm Springs condo resort is located in the historic El Mirador neighborhood, just two blocks from the Desert Regional Medical Center, that now occupies the former grounds of the legendary El Mirador hotel, where Hollywood movie royalty once stayed and played.

The home owner association or HOA fees are currently $500 a month and include utilities.

Contact me today to see any of the condos currently for sale in this much sought after complex.

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New Modern Homes For Sale At Skye Palm Springs

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Skye Palm Springs is a new, luxury, midcentury modern-inspired home development located in the Tennis Club neighborhood of downtown Palm Springs, on Ramon Road, just west of Palm Canyon Drive. The builder is Woodbridge Pacific Group.

Remember, it doesn’t cost you anything to hire a Realtor to represent you and help you buy a new home, but it could save you thousands. A real estate agent’s commission is paid by the developer.

Please contact me today, at the number listed above, to see any new Palm Springs home for sale.

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A Few U.S. Presidents Have Called Palm Springs Home

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U.S. Presidents Dwight D. Eisenhower, Gerald R. Ford and Ronald Reagan, at one time, all called Palm Springs home.

Presidents John F. Kennedy, Richard Nixon, Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush, Barack Obama and even Donald Trump have all visited, stayed or done business in Palm Springs over the years, as well.

Contact me today if you would like to live in a neighborhood where one of our former Presidents lived.

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A Palm Springs Neighborhood For Art Lovers

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Since its beginning, Palm Springs has been known as an artist colony, attracting artists and art lovers from around the world.

While much of the art can be viewed in museums and galleries, a surprising number of artistic works and installments can be viewed on street corners, in front yards and in our parks.

Pictured above are the larger than life, found art creations of the artist who lives in this Movie Colony neighborhood home. The robot-themed art is colorful, playful and on full display for neighbors and passers by.

You’ll find this home on the corner of E. Granvia Valmonte and N Arquilla Road, just a block from Frank Sinatra’s former Twin Palms Estate and a couple of blocks from Ruth Hardy Park (where you can also view other public art work).

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Save The Date For This Year’s Modernism Yard Sale, February 26th, 2017

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As part of the Palm Springs Modernism Week, this year’s Modernism Yard Sale will be held February 26, 2017, from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm.

The event is Free and open to the public.

Location is the H3K Designs parking lot at 501 S. Palm Canyon Drive in Palm Springs, CA 92264. Parking is also free.

Midcentury Modern shoppers, looking for bargains and deals will find a collection of decorative items and furnishings to rummage through.

For more information, visit http://www.modernismweek.com/events/category/free/

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Off The Beaten Path Midcentury Modern Walking Tour

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My favorite Modernism Week events are the Walking Tours. But they do tend to sell out fast, so check their website for availability. http://www.modernismweek.com

One of my favorite places to walk–that’s full of midcentury modern history–is the Welwood Murray Cemetery, in downtown Palm Springs. E. Stewart Williams and Albert Frey are both buried there, along with a few celebrities, town founders, city pioneers and a couple of close family friends.

I have a personal midcentury modern connection to this final resting place of these notable personalities–in a six degrees of separation, sort of way. E. Stewart Williams was the architect who designed Frank Sinatra’s Twin Palms Estate (which is walking distance to this cemetery and located on the same street, Alejo Road).

When Frank Sinatra sold this home in 1957 and moved to his Rancho Mirage compound at the Tamarisk Country Club, the buyers who purchased Twin Palms were Hugh and Maurine Young, close friends of my family. Hugh and Maurine lived in Frank’s iconic midcentury modern masterpiece for 40 years, until their deaths in the 1990s. Hugh died in 1997.

E. Stewart Williams and Hugh and Maurine Young are now all buried at the Wellwood Murray Cemetery. But the story doesn’t stop there. I came to know the Youngs through my grandparents, Ted and Sarah Best. Ted and Sarah and Hugh and Maurine were inseparable for decades. And they were all fans of Frank Sinatra. When my grandparents died, they were buried at Desert Memorial Park, in Cathedral City–a few rows from where Frank Sinatra is buried. They died before Frank, so I’m pretty sure none of this was planned.

I’m not sure what any of this means, but it seems like it should mean something, beyond mere coincidence. All I know for sure is that I fell in love with midcentury modern architecture when I first walked through the door of my grandparents new midcentury modern home in 1960, in the Chino Canyon neighborhood of Palm Springs. I was only seven years old. I believe it was also the same year I visited Sinatra’s former Twin Palms home for the first time. I didn’t know what cheating was, at that young age, but I’m sure that was the guilty feeling I was feeling, because I fell even more in love with Hugh and Maurine’s and Frank’s home. And that’s how my love affair with midcentury modern architecture started.

Feel free to share how your love affair with midcentury modern architecture started, in the comments section below.

How to find the Welwood Murray Cemetery: From Palm Canyon Drive, go west on Alejo Road until it dead ends into the cemetery. It’s one of those hidden in plain sight landmarks.

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Architect John Lautner Receives Star On The Palm Springs Walk of Stars

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The late Midcentury modern architect John Lautner receives a star on the Palm Springs Walk of Stars, February 17, 2017, during Modernism Week.

Lautner designed the Palm Springs architectural homes of Arthur Elrod and Bob Hope, among many other iconic midcentury modern landmarks.

New Desert Palisades Home Tours During Modernism Week 2017

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Tour two new architectural homes, in the Desert Palisades neighborhood of Palm Springs, located at the top of Racquet Club Road, during Modernism Week.

One of the hillside homes is based on a never-constructed plan by the late midcentury modern architect Al Beadle.

The other home was designed by local Palm Springs architect Lance O’Donnell, who is well known for his midcentury-style modern architecture.

The two homes are within walking distance of one another. The Modernism Week tour will be the debut of these two desert modern, custom hillside homes.

For dates, times and complete information, visit http://www.modernismweek.com/event/249811/

Home Tour Title: Chino Canyon Project: Desert Palisades Al Beadle Home 1 & O’Donnell Home 1

For additional information about the development, visit www.palmspringslife.com/chinocanyonproject.

Photos above were taken on my morning walk in the hills, 12/25/2016, during home construction.

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