Archive for the ‘Mid-Century Modern Architecture’ Category

Alex Dethier and Everything Seven Lakes Country Club

Friday, April 4th, 2014

Seven Lakes Country Club

Seven Lakes Country Club, Palm Springs, is a gated community that offers unique country club living experiences. Located in southwest Palm Springs, Seven Lakes features breathtaking views over an open-air 18-hole executive golf course and spectacular mid-century modern architecture in the form of a William Cody-designed clubhouse and Ric Harrison-designed condo units.

Alex Dethier of The Paul Kaplan Group has recently unveiled a comprehensive and easy-to-navigate website dedicated solely to Seven Lakes Country Club, The site includes available properties,

Alex Dethier, REALTOR

Alex Dethier, REALTOR

sold units, hot new listings, community news, and helpful resources. With this site, Alex offers complete one-stop shopping for Seven Lakes Country Club. If you are looking to buy or sell a Seven Lakes property, then it is definitely worthwhile to take advantage of the website.

Seven Lakes amenities include a 24-hour guarded gate, vibrant golf course community, clubhouse with member restaurant and bar facilities, 15 heated community swimming pools and spas, barbecues, and full-sized tennis courts. Additionally, members enjoy common area landscaping services, a full executive golf course, and a strong 30-year reserve funding program. Located just minutes from downtown Palm Springs and the Palm Springs International Airport, it is the perfect place to experience the carefree desert lifestyle.

On February 19, 1968, President Lyndon B. Johnson and former President Dwight D. Eisenhower enjoyed eighteen holes of golf at Seven Lakes Country Club. This historic meeting of the presidents played a significant role in establishing Palm Springs as the “playground of the presidents.”

After years of marketing experience in northern California, real estate investor Alex Dethier is now a Palm Springs real estate agent at the Paul Kaplan Group. Energetic and passionate about real estate, Alex also recently launched the company’s condominium arm, Palm Springs Condos. He focuses on helping his clients—buyers and sellers alike—meet their real estate needs, and he prides himself on his integrity, professionalism, and knowledge. Alex was Top New Agent at the Paul Kaplan Group in 2013.

The Paul Kaplan Group is a boutique real estate firm specializing in luxury modern and architectural homes, vacation properties, and condos in the Palm Springs, California, area.

Just Listed: A. Quincy Jones Designed Country Club Estates Condo

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

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Built in 1965, there are outstanding Southwest mountain views from this original builders model featuring over 1,900 SF. Excellent opportunity to create an idyllic mid-century modern property in meticulous original condition. Designed by A. Quincy Jones, this property features 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, den, atrium, terrazzo flooring and block fireplace. Walls of window and floor to ceiling sliding glass doors create the atmosphere of indoor/outdoor living.

For more information regarding this Country Club Estates condo, contact The Paul Kaplan Group at (760) 459-1396 or visit their website, The Paul Kaplan Group is a boutique real estate firm specializing in luxury modern and architectural homes, vacation properties, and condos in the Palm Springs, California, area.

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Palm Springs Art Museum Announces Fundraiser for Inaugural E. Stewart Williams Exhibit at Edwards Harris Pavilion

Wednesday, March 12th, 2014


The board of the Architecture and Design Council have planned a special evening in support of the inaugural exhibition, An Eloquent Modernist, E. Stewart Williams, Architect, at the Architecture and Design Center, Edwards Harris Pavilion. This special fundraiser is at the home, which is one of the last designs by E. Stewart Williams, of Architecture and Design Center founders David Lee and Mark Nichols on Saturday, April 5th, from 6:00p.m. to 8:00pm.

The Palm Springs Art Museum recently purchased a historic 1961 bank building in downtown Palm Springs and is in the process of rehabilitating the iconic building to create the new Palm Springs Art Museum Architecture and Design Center, Edwards Harris Pavilion.

The building, designed by renowned mid-century modern architect E. Stewart Williams, is located at 300 South Palm Canyon Drive and was originally designed to house the Santa Fe Federal Savings and Loan. The building will be devoted to architecture and design and provide a space for exhibitions and programs, and includes an archive study space. A prime example of mid-century modern design, the building will provide a space for educational programming, community projects, and a retail merchandise area for unique design objects.

When completed, the A&D Center will be the country’s first historic structure to be transformed into a free-standing architecture and design museum that is housed in a modern building. The rehabilitation is an enormous undertaking, requiring both adhering to the Secretary of the Interior Standards for alterations to this historic property and bringing the building up to current 21st century building codes.

Robust fundraising efforts to support the transformation of the building are in process and the list of Founders continues to grow. More than thirty founders have already pledged support for the process, and the museum is seeking additional founders to join this prestigious group. Only 100 founder level memberships will be offered in total.  Founders memberships are $25,000 and can be paid over three years and comes with many special museum benefits including President’s Circle membership and Architect and Design Council membership. In addition, a handful of naming opportunities still exist.

Tickets for the fundraiser are $150 and available by contacting Paul Ortega at (760) 322-4818 or [email protected].

The Paul Kaplan Group is a boutique real estate firm specializing in architectural homes, vacation properties, and condos in the Palm Springs area.

The Hollywood Reporter and the Celebrity-Infused Palm Springs Real Estate Market

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

First of all, I think every real estate agent and home seller in the greater Palm Springs real estate market owes Alexandria Abramian of The Hollywood Reporter a giant, sincere thank you. Let us here at The Paul Kaplan Group be the first to say it, tweet it, publicize it, and put out there on the internet. Thank you Alexandria Abramian! Thank you Hollywood Reporter! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

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Alexandria Abramian

Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock or on a cruise to the Galapagos, I’m sure you’ve heard by now that Leonardo DiCaprio purchased the Dinah Shore house in Old Las Palmas for $5.2 million. Every gossip, entertainment, business, desert-area, and real estate website posted the story almost simultaneously. It was a DiCaprio frenzy as every form of media reported the sale of an iconic architectural property to a buzz-worthy celebrity. However, most websites and publications moved on. As quickly as the sale was reported the story died except for a few plagiarized email blasts and blog posts from local real estate agents.

Leonardo DiCaprio’s Palm Springs Home in Old Las Palmas

But it seems as if Palm Springs has a real estate cheerleader in Alexandria Abramian. Not only did she write the most impressive article of all regarding DiCaprio’s purchase but she continued covering the Palm Springs real estate market. Since that original DiCaprio article she has followed up with three more articles on desert area real estate with emphasis on our celebrity draw. And now we hear Anne Hathaway is looking for a desert getaway. Could Ms. Hathaway have been influenced by Abramian’s articles? It’s very likely. I can only wonder what other celebrities are valiantly searching the internet for available desert properties in an effort to keep up. It’s very likely since a few well-known names have popped up in our database as of late.

Her follow up article, Leonardo DiCaprio Leads a Boom in Palm Springs Real Estate, is purely free real estate marketing for everyone in the desert. Not only does she cover the virtues of being a celebrity desert-area homeowner, but she practically begs everyone in Hollywood to get out here now and buy. Thank you Alexandria Abramian. Thank you Hollywood Reporter.

Abramian’s other current articles include a feature on Suzanne Somer’s Palm Springs retreat as well as an article on the exclusive Bighorn Country Club. I can only hope she is planning more.

Thank you Alexandria from the bottom of my heart. We here in the desert real estate profession could not have asked for a better gift. If you find yourself in the area, please stop by our office, say hi, and pick up a souvenir pen, key chain, and t-shirt. It’s our gift in return.

The Paul Kaplan Group is a boutique real estate firm specializing in architectural homes, vacation properties, and condos in the Palm Springs area.

Matthew Reader on The Desert Sun’s Modern Love Video Series

Friday, March 7th, 2014

Matthew Reader of The Paul Kaplan Group shared information regarding Palm Springs modern architecture and real estate with The Desert Sun for their recent video series, “Modern Love“. As a modernist and expert when it comes to desert area significant architecture, Matthew’s involvement was invaluable. We recap the four videos which showcased Matthew’s knowledge.

Roof Lines:

Brise Soleil:

Indoor Outdoor Spaces:

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If you would like to know more about Modern Love or if you are interested in Modern Palm Springs Real Estate, contact us at The Paul Kaplan Group. The Paul Kaplan Group is a boutique real estate firm specializing in architectural homes, vacation properties, and condos in the Palm Springs area.

Mid-Century Modern in Racquet Club Estates

Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

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Post and beam construction and an original fireplace highlight this home located in the Racquet Club Estates neighborhood. Designed by Palmer and Krisel, this mid-century modern home boasts an open floorplan, with sliders that open out to a private lanai, wonderful for entertaining outdoors.

The south facing back yard features a large pool and mature landscaping. Enjoy wonderful mountain views as you lounge poolside in the privacy of your own home. Although only 1,225 SF, the typical size of these homes built originally built by the Alexander Construction Company. they live much larger, due to the open concept living areas, and extensive use of windows.

Ca be enjoyed as a full time residence or vacation home. These Alexander Homes are quite popular for visitors wishing to stay in a Mid-Century Home while visiting Palm Springs. For more information please contact use and we can provide you with potential rental income info too. Listed for $486,000.

Sandpiper Condominiums Celebrate Historic Designation

Monday, March 3rd, 2014

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This past Sunday,  the Homeowners Association of Sandpiper Circles 11 and 12 invited the Palm Springs Preservation Foundation membership to celebrate their complex’s recent historic designation by the city of Palm Desert. A dedication ceremony took place poolside at Circle 11 and was followed by a limited open house tour and light refreshments in Circle 12. On May 23, 2013, the Palm Desert city council voted unanimously (5-0) to designate Sandpiper Condominiums Circles 11 and 12 an historic district.

The Sandpiper was constructed over an extended period of time from 1958 to 1969. As a result, the complex was built by a variety of builders, however, the style of the overall complex remains modernist. The different areas are referred to as “circles” and these various “circles” have unique characteristics and significance. Circles 11 & 12 were designed by Palmer & Krisel and consist of 16 buildings (32 units) and represent one of Palm Desert’s most intact examples of modernist architecture. Architectural features include flat roofs, expanses of glass and uses of concrete screen block as brise soleil.

The Paul Kaplan Group is a boutique real estate firm specializing in architectural homes, vacation properties, and condos in the Palm Springs area including condominiums at The Sandpiper. Click here for available Sandpiper units or visit our website to search condominium complexes across the Coachella Valley.

Sophisticated Meiselman in Racquet Club Estates

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

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The Paul Kaplan Group is representing this sophisticated Meiselman on one of the best streets in Racquet Club Estates! Remodeled, light and bright throughout. Includes attached, remodeled one bedroom guest house with kitchen. Main house is light and bright with open kitchen. Silestone counter tops, new appliances, 24X24 white porcelain tile floors, Milgrade doors and windows. Bedrooms have direct access to pool, volleyball, Bocci ball, outdoor fire-pits, BBQ, hot tub and views of Mt San Jacinto. Will also be an ideal vacation rental. Close to the Uptown Design District and Palm Springs Riviera…. $695,000.

Matthew Reader explains “Brise Soleil” to The Desert Sun

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

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Matthew Reader of The Paul Kaplan Group explains the concept of brise soleil on The Desert Sun’s website for their continuing “Modern Love” series. Matthew details how brise soleil means broken sun and the feature is a block wall that provides both shade and light. A hybrid of function and design, the brise soleil was a permanent decorative structure which provided shade. Built outside large windows, the brise soleil provided shading from the sun and eliminated the need for bulky curtains. According to real estate agent Matthew Reader from The Paul Kaplan Group, some homeowners today have added these structures to their mid-century modern-style homes more for design than function. Click here to watch Matthew’s video. However, click here to access The Paul Kaplan Group website to search for homes featuring a brise soleil.

New Listing in Historic Tennis Club Area of Palm Springs

Monday, February 24th, 2014

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Mike Johnson of The Paul Kaplan Group has just listed – Fantastic Herbert Burns Mid Century Tennis Club Estate in the heart of Palm Springs. Offered FULLY FURNISHED. Incredible income producing opportunity in a great location.

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