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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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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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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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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.

Leonard DiCaprio Is The Latest A-Lister To Purchase A Home In Palm Springs

leonardo dicaprio palm springs homeThe Hollywood Reporter recently revealed that the “Wolf of Wall Street” star is now the Wolf of Palm Springs.

Actor Leonardo DiCaprio recently purchased Dinah Shore’s former midcentury modern estate, located in the Old Las Palmas neighborhood of Palm Springs. Leo joins a long line of A-list celebrities who have called this neighborhood home, from Katharine Hepburn and Kirk Douglas to Lucille Ball, Elvis Presley and dozens of others. DiCaprio reportedly paid $5.2 million for the architectural gem.

According to the Reporter, actress Anne Hathaway is also rumored to be searching for a posh Palm Springs pad with Hollywood pedigree.

If you happen to be in the market for a desert celebrity estate, call me. Bob Hope’s iconic John Lautner-designed former hillside residence is currently listed at $34 million.

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Bocce Ball Players Love El Rancho Vista Estates

El Rancho Vista Estates, Palm Springs is known primarily as a premier neighborhood for midcentury modern homes on fee simple land (you own it) and no homeowner association fees (HOAs). But it’s also the only neighborhood in Palm Springs, that I know of, where you’ll find a Bocce Ball court.

Contact me today to view any of the homes currently for sell in this popular neighborhood: stevestewart@kw.com or 760-600-6152.

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Plan Now For Palm Springs Modernism Week 2014

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Palm Springs Modernism Week gets more popular each year and each year hotels and other accommodations fill up faster. If you’re planning to attend next year’s events, you would be wise to make your plans now.

If you are planning to purchase a midcentury modern home while you are here, you may want to rethink your plans. February is high season in the desert and competition for any home that is half way decent is fierce! Last year, most midcentury modern homes sold for way above asking price, during season. On the other hand, if you buy during off season–summer and early fall–you’ll have very little competition and may even be able to only pay full asking price. When it comes to Palm Springs midcentury modern homes and condos, paying full price is considered a bargain.

Please contact me if you need assistance with your midcentury modern Palm Springs home search. Hint: you’ll need all the help you can get. These homes are in high demand and in short supply. Contact stevestewart@kw.com or 760-600-6152.

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Little Beverly Hills Palm Springs Homes For Sale

Little Beverly Hills is a midcentury modern neighborhood in central Palm Springs where you own the land, there are no homeowner association fees (HOAs) and homes start in the high $300,000s.

Contact me today to view any of the homes currently for sale in this highly desirable neighborhood.

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