Archive for the ‘Mid-Century Modern Architecture’ Category
What could be better than stepping inside the front door to sexy styling, a soaring open beamed cathedral ceiling and wall of glass looking onto a cool turquoise pool with a waterfall surrounded by lush greenery? Drop your suitcase by the front door, pause to take in the sexy styling and relaxing scene, step outside, and plunge into the pool.
This Chino Canyon home was designed and remodeled to be private and unassuming from the street with desert landscaping in that blends into the neighborhood but WOW!! your sexy resort living begins as you open the front door.
Built in 1957 this 3 bedroom 2 bath home was purchased by Chicago interior designer Jack Wozniak in 2004 and remodeled from the studs up. After remodeling two bungalows at the Racquet Club Garden Villas and spending a few years in Palm Springs part-time Jack decided to make this easy living town his full-time home. While living at the Garden Villas he began looking for a home that had good bones and he could redesign to make his private resort retreat.
Chino Canyon was the perfect locale for his project, a quiet neighborhood that embraces the desert landscape on the edge of downtown. Jack didn’t want to live behind a wall and this house set back from the street and unassuming from the outside became a perfect canvas for his project.
Re-imagining this 1182 sft home is why it feels so much larger and roomier than it’s footprint. From floor to ceiling, all design elements in the home lead the eye to the lush outdoor resort space beyond and create the quintessential Palm Springs indoor/outdoor lifestyle. Jack’s interior palette is simple, elegant and monochromatic, it makes the bones of the home and the view outside the star.
The white beams, darks floors, Carrera marble and floor-to-ceiling windows, all serve to create a warm space on the inside, the green hedging and blue pool serve as living paintings to the outdoors and add bright pops of color to the indoor spaces. Jack designed low-backed furniture in the living and outdoor spaces to keep the views uninterrupted. Select wood antiques add depth to the design and items like mercury glass, an 1870 Italian silver tureen and Venetian mirrors reflect the outdoors and light inside. The kitchen’s Carrera marble counters meet the window edge and continue the indoor/outdoor feel. A fireplace adds to the evening drama of the water wall feature beyond. (more…)
Modernism Week returns to Palm Springs this October 11-14 for a Kick-off Weekend of double-decker bus and walking tours, parties and our Modernism Yard Sale. Our first Modernism Yard Sale last Feb. left people clamoring for more so we’re here to oblige.
SAVE the DATE Modernism Yard Sale for Fall Fun and Fabulous Shopping!!
Celebrate with the Paul Kaplan Group at our second Modernism Yard Sale
Saturday, October 12 8am to 12pm
hosted by the Paul Kaplan Group and Modern Bear
Tasty Treats and maybe some Tall Tales to share with friends.
More details on the sale’s Facebook page, click here.
Want to sell stuff at our Modernism Week Yard Sale? Contact Chris Bale: 323-632-1701
We’ll see you there!
Check out the Modernism Week site for information on all the weekend’s events.
We have some exciting new mid-century modern listings at the Paul Kaplan Group. See them here at PaulKaplanGroup.com
Don’t forget Gary Johns’ popular talk “Lost, Saved & Endangered: Modernist Architecture in Palm Springs” on Sunday, October 12 at 10 at the Palm Springs Women’s Club - it’s free with prior reservation – details here. We’ll be there!!
Imagine a private cul-de-sac with sweeping desert and mountain views a short drive from Palm Springs and a private airstrip around the corner. This is the locale of the Rock Hudson Desert Getaway, while the home is no longer surrounded by open desert, it is still a private and quiet community of six homes located within the Bermuda Dunes Country Club on Stardust Place.
Built in 1958, this mid-century modern post and beam construction home has exposed beamed ceilings and a rock feature fireplace in the open plan living area. The living space is flanked, both poolside and at the entry, with walls of glass and clerestory windows. Original details from Rock Hudson’s time include the large front door with green glass handles and a roadrunner etched into the glass window. “H” gates mark the entrance to a citrus grove and side yard.
A quirky detail of Hudson’s is the window set an an angle next to the pool – an inside joke of some kind – it has no function other than as a party tale to share with friends.
Not to be outdone with dramatic detail. The present owner’s have left their unique touch on the property by creating an outdoor “Tiki Paradise.” Purchasing the lot behind the home, they built an outdoor kitchen and dining gazebo surrounded by a koi pond, a putting green with tiki hut and totem pole alongside, a tiki bar with island decor and of course a pirate ship with seating nearby. This is a playground in which both adults and kids would love to make memories.
Making Memories at the Rock Hudson Desert Getaway
This summer Matthew Reader and Paul Kaplan of the Paul Kaplan Group hosted a “3 Hour Tour” party at the home for clients, friends and colleagues. Greeting our guests with leis in Palm Springs we then ferried them aboard our two “Minnows” to the party to preview the home. Although it was the hottest evening of the summer everyone enjoyed shaved ice, shrimp skewers, pulled pork sliders and other tasty cool treats. Hula and Polynesian fire dancers entertained us and watching our coworkers in the hula contest made us laugh. It was a great way to showcase this special home and a great time was had by all.
For more information on this special property or others contact Matthew Reader at 760-969-2278.
Here’s a gallery of home and party photos.
Click here to read Huff Post’s story on the house.
For more Palm Springs listings or information visit PaulKaplanGroup.com
Home photography bu Chadwick Turner, party photography by David A. Lee
Sunnylands, one of the Palm Springs area’s special gifts, welcomes President Obama and President Xi Jinping this weekend for a casual summit.
President Obama is the first president to visit The Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands. The estate was long a getaway for presidents during the Annenberg’s lifetime, where they created an atmosphere of relaxation, contemplation and camaraderie for their guests. Since the passing of the Annenbergs, Sunnylands has been restored and reopened as The Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands, a retreat center for leaders to meet, negotiate and make progress on the important issues of the day. Walter and Leonore Annenberg wanted the important work created in the intimacy of Sunnylands to endure and continue past their lifetimes and have given this desert gift to the American people.
A Sunnylands Field Trip
Where the Sun Shines Bright on Design even on the cloudiest of days.
This winter the Paul Kaplan Group and friends took a modernism field trip to Sunnylands in Rancho Mirage. Just opened this year for tours of the estate and grounds, our group had a wonderful day filled with architecture, art, history, gardens and a great lunch at the Center’s cafe.
It was a rare gray and cloudy day in our desert but Sunnylands’ mid-century design allowed the homes’ interiors to be bathed in natural light with panoramic views of the clouds hugging the mountains beyond.
Modernism at Sunnylands
Designed by architect A. Quincy Jones in the 1960′s Sunnylands was built as a vacation retreat for Ambassadors Walter and Leonore Annenberg. The home, a mid-century modern pink-roofed pavilion, hovers above the pool, golf course and landscape beyond. Its wide overhangs protect the home from direct sun and create large covered terraces for outdoor living. Long walls of glass frame the cactus and rose gardens. The home’s large open spaces, lava rock walls, high coffered ceilings, custom designed mid-century furniture, window treatments and upholstery all succeed in highlighting not only the incredible views but also the Annenberg’s art collection rather than competing with it. And what a collection it is from Impressionist and Post Impressionist paintings, to sculpture, to Chinese cloisonné, to Steuben glass and much more. This is an elegant but casual desert home.
The Sunnylands estate is open for tours of the home and its grounds. Tickets may be purchased online. The adjacent Sunnylands Center is free and open to the public Thursdays through Sundays, September through June. The Center has changing exhibits, a cafe, a beautiful 9 acre desert garden planted to resemble an Impressionist painting and is the location for the many events sponsored by the Sunnylands Center. Tickets for the home tour will go on sale again August 15. Check their website for upcoming events or like the Center’s Facebook page for more info on happenings at Sunnylands.
Come back often and we’ll share other Paul Kaplan Group field trips.
For more homes by A. Quincy Jones’ in Palm Springs, see Stylish Mid-Century Palm Springs Condo, a Treasure by A. Quincy Jones and this gorgeous home too.
For more information on architectural properties in the Palm Springs area call Paul at 760-459-1396 or visit us online at PaulKaplanGroup.com
Snow Creek is the first pearl on the “String of Pearls” of natural beauties that make up the Coachella Valley
From the moment you turn off Highway 111 onto Snow Creek Road you are drawn to the dramatic snow-covered north face of San Jacinto. But nestled into the base of the mountains amidst a grove of olive trees is your destination, Snow Creek, about 10 minutes outside of Palm Springs.
A private village of 39 homes nestled into the base of the San Jacinto mountains, Snow Creek commands sweeping vistas of the valley beyond and the untouched native landscape.
The Wanikik band of the Cahuilla Indians spent hundreds of years fishing for trout around the village and a cave above it is believed to have been used for shaman rituals. Natural springs and snow-melt ensure the waterfalls above the village run year-round.
Snow Creek was also a stop on the Wells Fargo Pony Express in the early 1800′s, used to rest and water the horses and passengers. Early railroad workers also used Snow Creek as a water source and get-a-way from the summer heat on the valley floor.
By 1920 Sicilian sheep farmers planted the olive grove in Snow Creek that is lovingly cared for today. Today’s village began as a fishing camp, homes were built along the creek and generations of families have used the village as a second home set amidst the cottonwoods and desert williows. The creek was diverted by the Desert Water Agency in the 60′s but the village is just as charming today.
Snow Creek has also been a haven for artists, outdoor enthusiasts and seekers of privacy and quiet throughout the years. This is most notable in the vernacular design of some of the homes in town from the storybook style home Van Pelt built for his bride made of native rock, concrete and driftwood to the mid-century modern D’Angelo rotating polygonal home, made from his company’s aluminum, the Beatles are thought to have spent time there.
Today there are artists like Chris Neil, a valley native, who has made Snow Creek his home. His love of the area is evident in the sculpture around his house and in the new home he has built in the village.
Located on 15926 Cottonwood Rd this new custom home has been built around an original rock chimney. It’s a contemporary home that gives homage to the village’s past with the material used in its construction. Set amidst the boulders, an artistic cor-ten steel screen flanks the entrance to the home. Step through the steel and glass front door into the great room and kitchen beyond. The house is light and bright with clerestory windows and windows framing your view of the north face of San Jacinto beyond. The steel roof is suspended high above on long wood and metal trusses giving the space a lofty open feeling.
There is a wood-buring fireplace/stove in the great room with lots of built-ins and polished concrete floors throughout the home. Carrara marble counters, high-end appliances, fixtures and cabinets round out the kitchen with mountain views and a slider to the outdoor patio.
Starry nights can be enjoyed from the bedroom suite clerestory windows. The spa-like bath has floor-to-ceiling tile and built-in storage.
Roll out a yoga mat, pull out a book by the fire or gaze out the windows at the amazing view beyond. This is a home for anyone seeking beauty and easy living in an unique desert community.
For any questions on this special home please call Kris Rain at 760-218-6079 or paulkaplangroup.com
Chris Neil is president of P.S.I. General Contractors, a family valley business since 1954. Chris specializes in both new build, renovations and restorations on mid-century modern and southwestern style homes. He has done full restorations on both Donald Welxer and William Cody properties. Chris lives up the road in Snow Creek, you’ll know it when you see it.
For more on the story of Snow Creek and its people watch Huell Howser’s 2002 story on Snow Creek from his archive at Chapman University and check out Palm Springs Life’s online archive for stories on Snow Creek.
Photography by Chadwick Turner
Palm Springs 75, today is the birthday celebration for our beloved city of Palm Springs. 75 years of a sun-filled and fun lifestyle that is a hallmark of our city. We love all of Palm Springs’ history but here at the Paul Kaplan Group we celebrate our mid-century past and the architecture that has made Palm Springs famous.
Join us for the free city birthday party at the O’Donnell Golf Course from 3 to 9 pm today for food, fireworks and festivities. We are celebrating all the decades of our history and the Paul Kaplan Group is helping celebrate the Alexanders. Look for the Alexander banners and come by to say hello.
Enjoy the Palm Springs 75 celebration and don’t miss the fireworks!!
Here are a few Alexander Construction Co. homes to get you in the mood to celebrate, for more call Paul at 760-459-1396 or visit our website www.PaulKaplanGroup.com
For the past few years the sounds of new home development in Palm Springs have been silent, the plaques of home builders along the entrance to our desert towns disappeared. For example, parking spaces at the South Palm Springs Oceo development remained empty while the Koffi next door was booming. The Port Lawrence sign disappeared to be replaced with a nicely landscaped parking area. Escena lots remained virtually vacant with no activity other then golfer and diners enjoying the clubhouse.
Palm Springs Budding Signs of New Home Development
Over that last months the signs of new home development have been budding: Oceo’s new parking lot looks busy; residential developers signs, like Escena’s Alta Verde and Lennar, are popping up on the entrance to town; plans have been approved to start the new downtown development and a final tour of the Fashion Plaza took place this Tuesday before they demolish the building.
Developers have been responding to what they see as pent-up demand in the market by purchasing land and finished lots. While mortgage lending is still tight and appraisals are still low, building homes on finished lots allows the developer to save on upfront costs. Look for homes to be built in phases; developers to specialize in a specific design; certain builders, like Lennar, to include upgraded items in the base price as an enticement and developers to focus on creating an enhanced lifestyle experience, Sol a new project in central Palm Springs will be centered around a communal dog park.
Mid-Century Modern for New Home Design (more…)
Modernism Week Meet-Up
It’s been a busy week for the Paul Kaplan Group in Palm Springs at Modernism Week. We love modernism, supporting our community & taking care of our clients. So we’ve been busy entertaining, volunteering, participating and of course showing property.
This is some of what our group has been up to during Modernism Week.
Check out the Desert Sun article on our Modernism Yard Sale.
Call us at 760-459-1396
Visit us at 1701 N Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92262
Food, Fun and Fabulous Shopping!!
Celebrate with the Paul Kaplan Group at our Modernism Week Yard Sale
Sunday, February 24 8am to 1pm
hosted by the Paul Kaplan Group and Modern Bear
Tasty Treats and maybe some Tall Tales to share with friends
Want to sell stuff at our Modernism Week Yard Sale?
For Booth Info, Email Chris Bale at: firstname.lastname@example.org
We’ll see you there!
Check out the Modernism Week site for information on all the week’s events.
We have some exciting new mid-century modern listings at the Paul Kaplan Group. See them here at www.PaulKaplanGroup.com