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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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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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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Architect John Lautner To Receive Star During Palm Springs Modernism Week 2017

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Palm Springs is one of the only cities in the world, to my knowledge, where architects are just as famous as our Hollywood many celebrities.

As part of this year’s Modernism Week, the Palm Springs Walk of Stars will honor Pioneer Architect, John Edward Lautner, with the 412th Star Dedication.

The ceremony will be held on Friday, February 17, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. at 300 South Palm Canyon Drive. The star is sponsored by Modernism Week, Palm Springs Art Museum Architecture and Design Council, Palm Springs Modern Committee, and Palm Springs Preservation Foundation. The ceremony is open to the public and the media.

John Lautner designed some of the most iconic residential homes in Palm Springs, including the Bob Hope Estate and the Arthur Elrod House, both on Southridge Drive in south Palm Springs.

Modernism Week begins tomorrow, February 16 thru the 26th. For more information, visit http://www.modernismweek.com/

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Happy Midcentury Modern Valentine’s Day From Palm Springs

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These Palm Springs residents liked their home so much they took Beyonce’s advice and “put a ring on it”! Two rings, in fact.

I spotted this blinged out pad in the Indian Canyon neighborhood of south Palm Springs today.

HAPPY VALENTINES DAY!

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February 2017-This Month In Palm Springs Real Estate

Palm Springs real estate statistics for the month of February, 2017.

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Palm Springs View Estates Bargain Priced Mobile Home For Sale

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One of the things I like most about real estate, in the city of Palm Springs, is that you can find homes from under $25,000 to over 25 million, and both are in nice neighborhoods. And often within blocks of each other.

For example, I have a new listing in Palm Springs View Estates, for only $32,500. It’s a cute, vintage, 1964 mobile home with  2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and it’s in one of the best locations in the city.

Space rent is currently $450.48 a month and includes trash, water and community amenities. Park allows 2 small pets. Buyer to verify all information with park manager at (760) 328-7118. Buyer must also be approved by the park before purchase.

Palm Springs resort living doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg, as my grandmother used to say. Call me to see this bargain priced mobile home today!

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New Kaptur Court Modern Palm Springs Homes For Sale

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Kaptur Court is a collection of new, architecturally significant modern homes, designed by Architect Hugh Kaptur. These luxury homes were completed in the Little Tuscany neighborhood of central Palm Springs in 2016.

The Post and Beam construction, with Butterfly roof line, pays homage to the desert Modernism design of the late 1950’s and ’60s.

Home prices start at just over one million. You own the land and there are no HOA fees in this intimate community.

Contact me today, at the number listed above, to see Palm Springs homes currently for sale.

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New Cocktail Table Book Features Palm Springs Vintage Mobile Homes

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Photographer Jeffrey Milstein’s new cocktail table book, “Small Dreams: 50 Palm Springs Trailer Homes” (Schiffer, $15), is a photographic tribute to the caravans and trailer parks of Palm Springs, California. A few of these mobile homes even boast a midcentury modern design style.

Click the link below to view the Architectural Digest article.

http://www.architecturaldigest.com/gallery/bing-crosby-midcentury-trailer-park-palm-springs/all

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January 2017-This Month In Palm Springs Real Estate

As we start the new year, here are Palm Springs real estate statistics for the month of January, 2017.

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