Mecca of Modernism: Touring Palm Springs

For the last 15 years, Palm Springs, California has hosted its annual 11-day Modernism Week festival celebrating mid-century modern architecture, art, interior and landscape design, and vintage culture in Palm Springs. With over 350 organized events including home tours, films, lectures and more, Modernism Week draws upwards of 70,000 mid-century modern architecture enthusiasts. This year’s festival kicks off on Thursday, February 13 and runs through Sunday, February 23.

If you can’t make it to Palm Springs for Modernism Week, we’ve rounded up some architectural gems in the area that are currently on the market for our own Palm Springs home tour. Take a look at these beauties—from brand new to historic—set against the desert backdrop that will make you want to celebrate Palm Springs architecture every week.

The Mid-Century Modern

1110 East Cactus Road | Palm Spring, California | 4 Bedrooms, 4.5 Bathrooms | $1,395,000

Located on one of the best street in sought-after Deepwell, this post and beam constructed home was built in 1957. Privacy is paramount as this property is situated on a large walled and gated lot, offering southwest exposure with unparalleled mountain views. There are 3 bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms in the main residence with a 4th bedroom and full bathroom in an attached 2-room casita. A large open floor plan, sparkling pool and outdoor lanai with double-sided fireplace, waterfall and built-in barbecue cater to indoor/outdoor living. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to own a well-maintained mid-century gem.

The Historic Spanish Estate

2905 North Puerto del Sol | Palm Springs, California | 5 Bedrooms, 5 Bathrooms | $1,475,000 

A 1935 Spanish estate with an intoxicating Hollywood history. Quietly tucked away behind tall hedges and walls, this gated home with detached casita offers a peaceful escape from the outside world. The main house includes 4 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms. The private casita has 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, a living room, kitchen and a private patio area. An expansive backyard includes a putting green, oval in-ground pool, multiple water features, western mountain views and an outdoor barbecue/summer kitchen. Formerly owned by Charles Butterworth, lived in by Jane Wyman after her divorce from Ronald Reagan, this house also has ties to Joan Crawford, Marilyn Monroe, the Kennedy family and many other classic Hollywood celebrities.

The Brand New Beauty

72311 Rancho Road | Rancho Mirage, California | 3 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms | $945,000

Newly completed private desert retreat offering high ceilings, cook’s kitchen with center island and high-end appliances, entertainer’s bar, 3 bedrooms, including a luxurious master suite and 3 bathrooms. The park-like backyard features a saltwater pool and spa. Just minutes from El Paseo and downtown Palm Springs.  This home offers the best in style while featuring custom finishes, a 2-car garage and a large lot with exceptionally maintained landscaping.

The Gated Community

4 Lincoln Place | Rancho Mirage, California | 3 Bedrooms, 2.5 Bathrooms | $559,000

This lovingly maintained and spacious 3-bedroom, 2.5-bathroom home in gated Presidential Estates shows pride of ownership. Well situated on one of the largest lots in the complex, with a stunning pool, beautiful park-like yard, several different entertaining areas, additional side yard with fruit trees and mountain views. Ideal for entertaining, large gatherings or just a quiet escape. Formal grand entry leads you into living room with soaring cathedral ceilings, fireplace with travertine surround and fantastic outside views.

The Newly Remodeled

78 Colgate Drive | Rancho Mirage, California | 4 Bedrooms, 4 Bathrooms | $749,000

One of the finest homes newly on market at the Springs Country Club. The former home of Don Drysdale, this highly coveted Pebble Beach plan has been elegantly remodeled with exquisite materials including wood grained porcelain tile, and quartz and granite counter tops. This home has an open floor plan and neutral decor and 3 large bedrooms with en suite bathrooms. The 4th bedroom has been converted to a family room and could easily be converted back. The stunning kitchen features wood cabinets, quartz counter tops and stainless appliances. The in-ground pool has a swim-up bar. The HOA includes use of 46 community pools, fitness center, tennis center, social membership at The Springs Club, cable TV and much more.

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