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Palm Springs Mayor Recognizes John Murasky for Artwork Contributions

Monday, April 7th, 2014

Palm Springs Real Estate

Last Wednesday night at the regular session of the Palm Springs City Council, The Paul Kaplan Group’s John Murasky was given a certificate of appreciation by Mayor Steve Pougnet for his artwork contribution to promote Village Fest. John’s artwork appears on the latest poster promoting the weekly Thursday night event on Palm Canyon Drive.

Murasky studied at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena where he received a degree in illustration. From there he went on to a career creating and animating motion graphics for television working at ABC, FOX, and CBS. Murasky created promotional graphics for various television shows including The X-Files, The Simpsons, Twin Peaks, Everybody Loves Raymond, and Survivor.

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John has always loved to draw. Growing up, he loved Hanna Barbera cartoons, Harvey comics, and Disney animated films and those continue to influence him. Murasky said that another influence was the advertising of his childhood. Murasky’s artwork is available at select Palm Springs stores.

As the Murasky poster illustrates, every Thursday evening, Downtown Palm Springs transforms into the Palm Springs VillageFest. At the VillageFest, visitors experience a diverse array of artists, artisans, entertainers, and purveyors of fresh fruits and veggies, flowers, jewelry, snacks and sweets in addition to all the great shops, restaurants, clubs, and entertainment venues located along World Famous Palm Canyon Drive.

The Paul Kaplan Group is a boutique real estate firm specializing in architectural homes, vacation properties, and condos in the Palm Springs area. The Paul Kaplan Group can be reached at (760) 459-1396 or via their website at www.PaulKaplanGroup.com.

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, www.PS7Lakes.com. 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 www.PS7Lakes.com 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 in Flora Vista

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

Palm Springs Real Estate

Matthew Reader of The Paul Kaplan Group has just listed this meticulously maintained contemporary home in Flora Vista. Updates and upgrades throughout including kitchen, master bath, lighting, spa, landscaping, and flooring. Flora Vista has a lovely central location in Palm Springs with sweeping mountain views. The living room has high vaulted ceilings and a cozy fireplace, kitchen with breakfast bar and open family room, master suite, 2 additional bedrooms and guest bath, and a den or 3rd guest bedroom (assessor counts as 4th bedroom). Lush desert landscape and several patios create a charming desert oasis.

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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Turnkey Furnished Palm Springs Real Estate Opportunity

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

Palm Springs Real Estate

This great, spacious late mid century home is owned by the author of many books, including Modern RetroLiving Modern, Living Retro, Sarasota Modern and Highrise Living. Listed by Mike Johnson of the Paul Kaplan Group and built in 1979, it has the elements of the earlier homes yet all the modernity of a later one.The landscape is mature, with large swimming and reflecting pools & private hot tub. There are over 20 tall rustling palms.The interior is an eclectic mix of all mid century. Offered turn-key furnished, this two-bedroom, two-bath Palm Springs Real Estate Opportunity with pool and spa is an excellent income producing property. There is also a large 2 car garage with extra storage. Contact Mike Johnson to a private showing.

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.

Goodbye Norma Jean: Palm Springs bids farewell to Forever Marilyn

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

Palm Springs Modern Real Estate

Parting is such sweet sorrow but the time has come to say goodbye to the Forever Marilyn Statue in downtown Palm Springs. She’s been here almost two years and has been delighting tourists and locals alike since her arrival. Forever Marilyn quickly became an icon in the downtown environment.

However, before she’s disassembled into six pieces and shipped off to New Jersey, the city of Palm Springs, which never seems to shy away from a good cocktail party, will be hosting a farewell party for the 34,000-pound, 26-foot statue this coming Thursday night during the weekly Village Fest.

Created by artist Seward Johnson, an heir to the Johnson & Johnson legacy, the Forever Marilyn is slated to join about 150 other works by the artist in a 42-acre New Jersey park for a show set to run through the end of September. The statue originally debuted in Chicago in 2011, but her move to Palm Springs created a much bigger reception. The statue, made of stainless steel and aluminum, pays tribute to Monroe’s famous scene from the 1955 comedy “The Seven-Year Itch” in which her dress billows up as she stands over a New York City subway grate.

The goodbye party for the Forever Marilyn sculpture is scheduled from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday,  March 27, during the weekly VillageFest at Palm Canyon Drive and Tahquitz Canyon Way. A giant goodbye card to sign, cupcakes and music from Monroe films will be provided. The Desert Winds Freedom Band and the Palm Springs Gay Men’s Chorus will entertain the crowd and it has been announced that Carol Channing, the original Lorelei Lee in the Broadway production of “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes”, will also be in attendance according to P.S. Resorts, a nonprofit started by local hoteliers to promote Palm Springs tourism.

We here at The Paul Kaplan Group will be sad to see her go but we encourage everyone to share memories and photos on the official Forever Marilyn Facebook page. Photos can also be broadcast via Twitter, @PS4everMarilyn, Pinterest, @PS4everMarilyn, and Instagram, @PS4everMarilyn.

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.

 

Food Tours on Palm Canyon Drive and other Upcoming Tasty Events

Friday, March 21st, 2014

Palm Springs Real Estate

A three-hour tasting tour with stops at six different locations along Palm Canyon Drive may be just the way to familiarize (or re-familiarize yourself) with Downtown Palm Springs. Desert Tasty Tours offers the experience once per day from 11:00a.m. to 2:00p.m. daily, Tuesday through Saturday, from now until the end of May.

Although you will enjoy a smorgasbord of samples and appetizers along the walk, the tour also incorporates city history, local culture, and Hollywood ancestry. It’s a learning experience, a hike, and lunch all rolled into one. For more information visit the tour website at www.deserttastytours.com.

The Saguaro introduces “A Taste of Saguaro” on Saturday night from 6:00 to 8:00. Chef Garces and his culinary team will conduct a cooking demonstration in the Agave Ballroom at the Saguaro followed by a reception with featured food and drinks from Tinto and El Jefe. The price includes welcome reception with Spanish cava, demonstration and tasting, wines, sangria and margaritas. $25 per person. Jose Garces’ “The Latin Road Home” cookbook will be available to be autographed and may be purchased for $25. Reservations can be made by calling Simona Mitroi at the Saguaro, (760) 969-6481.

In preparation for the soon-to-be-released cookbook, A Taste of Sunnylands, the Rancho Mirage estate will be hosting Sunnylands Cuisine: Revisited for Today’s Palate on Tuesday, March 25, from 7:00 to 9:00p.m. Local chefs will be taking pages from the upcoming cookbook and creating samples. It’s a great way to combine dinner and a tour of the legendary mid-century modern property. Preregistration is required. Visit www.sunnylands.org or contact 760-202-2222 or [email protected] for more information. $55.

As you can tell, we love desert area events that focus on food. 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

Palm Springs Modern Real Estate

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, www.PaulKaplanGroup.com. 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

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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.

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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.

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