Monday, April 29, 2013
Thursday, April 25, 2013
My favorite quote from the founder of the town is: "If You Don't Believe Me, You Can Go To Hell, or Visit Me in Desert Center in August!"
Was definitely worth a stop on my way back from Phoenix Modern.
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
For three days (12-hour days), I stood with friends and ate and drank and listened to some of the best live music I've heard in a long time- OMD, New Order, The Yeah Yeah Yeahs (my favorite), Rodriguez, Violent Femmes, Youth Lagoon, Stars, Divine Fits, Alt-J, Modest Mouse, La Roux...I think you get the picture. The light shows with each performance was amazing, lots of space to move around and dance, and the crowds are very friendly.
When you get tired of the music, you can stroll around the Polo Grounds, taking in the major art installations: a midcentury moder-esque house with images projected on it at night, a HUGE lycra snail that creeps about the grounds after dark, a hippo-operated powerplant, and a praying mantis/crane/dj booth.
The food is pretty great for a large-scale festival (over 80,000 people attend): Taiwanese bao with fried chicken, Pink's hot dogs, paella, french fries with a garlic aioli and crab meat- I spent a lot of time eating!
The best part of this whole thing is that everyone is SO YOUNG. It's a whole new generation of people coming to Palm Springs to have a great time, and taking all these memories of their fun back home. It's so great that this next group of really young people have re-discovered the magic of the desert.
I can't wait to get my tickets for next year!
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Italianate Regency Midcentury
Enjoy Your Last Days In PompeiiYou don't have to be at the foot of Mount Vesuvius to have a smoking hot time- check out Pompeii De Las Palmas! This is a short sale, will be listed at $160,000, but sure to go over asking price. To see the prior listing from a few years back, click HERE.
Like its sister property, Villa Roma at the South end of Palm Springs, this was also built in 1966. There is a very Caesar's Palace colonnade around the swimming pool with a magnificent view of the mountains from Old Las Palmas. This is a one bedroom, two bath condo, approx 850 sq. ft. There are only nine units in this complex on West Stevens Road. HOAS are $275.00 monthly.
To schedule a showing (will be a one-day, blue-light special event), call Matthew @ The Paul Kaplan Group at 760-969-2278
The Palm Springs Modern Committee invites you to an exclusive unveiling of a remarkable new all-steel home in Deepwell Estates designed by noted modernist architect Jim Jennings.
This first public showing of Desert Two (the second of Jim Jennings' desert projects) will take place from 6-8 pm on Saturday, April 27. Cocktails and light fare will be offered during the reception.
Desert Two is a serene, elegant and exquisitely proportioned steel and glass house that tips its hat to the iconic steel homes designed by Donald Wexler 50 years ago in Palm Springs. Come and meet the architect, Jim Jennings, and learn about this new home.
Like the Wexler homes, Desert Two was constructed of prefabricated steel wall and roof panels. Blue Sky Building Systems developed the house (the photo of the home above is the Jim Jennings residence, built in 2000, and published in Architectural Digest in 2009).
The reception is a membership-building event for the Palm Springs Modern Committee to help strengthen its vital preservation and advocacy programs.
Monday, April 8, 2013
I'm sure you've experienced wind before wherever you may reside, and wind here is no different. No one dies of wind in Palm Springs. Just keep in mind, that it's one of the few weather patterns that we get in the desert on a fairly regular basis. Contrary to popular myth, even the South End of Palm Springs has extreme wind. This photo was taken this morning in my backyard in Twin Palms, in the Southern end of Palm Springs. The last three major windstorms have all come from the South, while at the North end (yes folks, even North of Vista Chino) was relatively windless (at first!).
The wind blew all my chairs over, flipped my glass top dining table over and broke it, and blew pillows all around the yard. I hope we can rebuild without FIMA's help.
The simple fact is: we get wind. We don't get snow; there's no ice storms; there's no rain for weeks on end; there's no hail; no subzero temperatures, just wind. Our airport doesn't close because of bad weather, you rarely have to reschedule picnics, there are no snow days at school, just wind.
Friday, April 5, 2013
I do love being a real estate agent in Palm Springs. I get to look at cool midcentury modern houses all day, work with clients who are here to have a good time, and drive great vintage cars every day.
Thursday, April 4, 2013
mrmodps if you'd like to follow me. I really think that my cars look great with the midcentury modern homes here in Palm Springs. The upper one is a Wexler/Harrison designed home in El Rancho Vista Estates, and my 1962 Oldsmobile Ninety-Eight looks snazzy parked in the carport! I think the black-and-white image looks like it might have been shot in 1962! The lower one is a painterly image by another agent, Chris Bale. He's captured my 1986 Oldsmobile Custom Cruiser Wagon in the driveway of a Palmer/Krisel Alexander home in Racquet Club Estates. Palm Springs just makes every image wonderful.
Palm Springs is the perfect place to try this little social experiment out! I can totally see all my Bertoia kitchen chairs and my 1960's Brown-Jordan outdoor furniture out under the awnings!
UPDATE: I bought one! Check out my new blog about it http://airstream365.blogspot.com/
Monday, April 1, 2013
Every once in awhile I run into a very special home- this Wexler-Harrison-designed and Alexander built folded-plate roof steel house is one of them. These were built between 1960-62. It's had some modifications over the years- carport enclosed, and a new carport added to front, the original board-and-batten entry is now inside the house, but you can still see the lines- great spider legs are still hidden in plain sight, along with original bath vanities. A wonderful rhomboid pool was recently renovated. There is a floating glass wall that separates the living space from the master bedroom. This is a true jetset house. It will be available for sale at $629,000. Hopefully, a preservationist will snatch up this class one historic site and restore it to what it once was.