Category Archives: Condos-Midcentury Modern

Pompeii De Las Palmas, Palm Springs Midcentury Modern Condos For Sale

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With only 9 condos in this unique, historically designated complex, Pompeii De Las Palmas, Palm Springs midcentury modern condos rarely come on the market. And this makes these Romanesque, Hollywood Regency style condos even more desirable.

Please contact me today, at the number listed above, to make an appointment to see any home or condo currently listed for sale in the city of Palm Springs.

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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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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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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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FREE Events At Palm Springs Modernism Week 2017

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One of the free events, still open, at this year’s Modernism Week is the “E. Stewart Williams, Architect : A Palm Springs Modern Master” exhibition.

Daily during Modernism Week, from 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Palm Springs Public Library, Main Atrium
300 S. Sunrise Way, Palm Springs, CA 92262

Emerson Stewart Williams (1909-2005) is probably best known as the architect of Frank Sinatra’s Twin Palms, Palm Springs estate. The home is one of the most iconic midcentury modern residences in the desert, and perhaps the world. Many of his other well known works will also be exhibited.

To view other free events during Modernism Week, click the link below.

http://www.modernismweek.com/events/category/free/

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Villa Alejo Midcentury Modern Downtown Palm Springs Condos For Sale $100,000

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Palm Springs has some of the coolest and most artistic doors you’ll find anywhere in the country, possibly the world.

Here are two of my favorite double doors. They are located at the entrance to the Villa Alejo midcentury modern condo complex in downtown Palm Springs.

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Before Your Trip To Palm Springs, Visit The Mod Traveler Website For Midcentury Modern Enthusiasts

mod traveler modernism guideIf you’re planning a midcentury modern house hunting trip to Palm Springs, you’ll want to check out the very helpful Mod Traveler website. The site was created by Ken MacIntyre, a client and friend. Ken is a midcentury modern enthusiast who decided to share his vast knowledge on the subject with other enthusiasts.

My clients often ask me where to stay when they come to town. Mod Traveler is an excellent resource and full of other handy information to help you plan your trip.

If you need a Realtor, to help you with your midcentury modern home or condo search, contact me today to make an appointment to see any Palm Springs property currently for sale. Steve Stewart 760-600-6152 or stevestewart@kw.com

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Palm Springs Mid-Century Modern Homes And Condos For Sale

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If you’re in the market for a Palm Springs mid-century modern home or condo, you’ll still find a few condos under $300K and single family homes under $500K.

Contact me today and I’ll be happy to help you with your home or condo search. stevestewartrealtor@gmail.com or 760-537-5153.

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Photo: Palm Springs Modernism Week CAMP 2016, located in the historic site of the former Robinson’s Department Store on Palm Canyon Drive.

Eleanor Parker’s Canyon Estates Home Is On The Market For $595K

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Actress Eleanor Parker died in Palm Springs on December 9th, 2013, at the age of 91.

Appearing in more than 80 movies and TV shows, Parker is probably best remembered for her role as the Baroness Schraeder in the 1965 Oscar-winning musical The Sound Of Music.

Her midcentury modern, approximately 2,600 square foot, 3 bedroom, 2.5 bathroom Palm Springs golf course home is currently on the market with an asking price of $595,000. Please contact me for a personal showing.

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