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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.


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

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.

Palm Springs Approves Plans for $80 Million Hotel/Retail Project

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

Is this the return of Port Lawrence? At last night’s city council meeting plans were approved for the construction of an $80 Million hotel and mixed retail project on the corner of Alejo Road and North Palm Canyon. This was once the site of the ambitious Port Lawrence project which succumbed to the most recent recession.

Palm Springs Real Estate

The original Port Lawrence design included 118 residences but no hotel project.

In a report in today’s Desert Sun, developer Lawrence Rael states that the project is a honeycomb of retail, commercial, parking and 150-room hotel plugged into a four-story complex with a maximum height of 51 feet. Real stated in that article that the hotel’s brand will be announced in a week or two and that construction could begin as soon as October or November. “The brand is fully involved in the design and the changes,” said Rael in the Desert Sun article.

The original plans revealed back in 2007 included 118 residences in a three story modern building. Those plans included retail usage as well but no hotel. There were six distinct residence styles planned: Studio Lofts, Studio/Den Lofts, Live/Work Lofts, Duplex Loft Homes, Grand Gallery Lofts, and Penthouses.   Prices advertised at the time ranged from $600,000 – $2,000,000. Current plans do not include downtown residences.

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.

Dogs rule the catwalk in upcoming fashion shows

Monday, March 10th, 2014

Paul Kaplan Modern Palm Springs Real Estate Group

Fashion, glamour, and dogs are in the spotlight in two separate, upcoming events this March. Both benefit local pet services and charitable organizations.

Le Chien is a Palm Springs Life event for El Paseo Fashion Week 2014 and this year’s theme is Famous Dogs of Hollywood. On Sunday, March 16th at 5:00pm, cocktails, a silent auction, music, and entertainment precede a canine fashion show featuring donors and their four-legged friends in fashions inspired by “Famous Dogs of Hollywood.” Collections by renowned doggie designers liven up the runway and put our famous canines in the spotlight. A live auction completes the evening. The show benefits the Humane Society of the Desert. Hors d’oeuvres provided courtesy of Mitch’s on El Paseo Restaurant.

The Diamonds Arf a Dog’s Best Friend Pageant takes place Saturday, March 22nd, at 1:00pm at the Palm Canyon Theatre. A benefit for Loving All Animals, Bella de Ball will host this fashion and talent show combination as one dog will be crowned Palm Springs’ most talented. Tickets are $25 or V.I.P. seating with voting privileges can be purchased for $40. More information is available on their facebook page:

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

Palm Springs Modernism Week comes to a close with successful Modernism Yard Sale

Monday, February 24th, 2014

Paul Kaplan Group Modernism Yard Sale

Crowds began showing up early and racking up the bargains this past Sunday as The Paul Kaplan Group along with Modern Bear sponsored the Modernism Yard Sale as a free Modernism Week event. Although the sale did not begin until 8:00 a.m., anxious buyers begin lining the perimeter up to an hour early in hopes of grabbing some good mid-century and modern deals. Everyone was offered free donuts and Koffi supplied free coffee for the duration of the sale.

Goods ranged from original art, books, records, furniture, and slightly experienced mid-century household items. Vendors came from as far away as Indiana and Arizona as well as all over Southern California. A photo booth was on hand to capture the moment as customers found the items they could not pass up.

The Modernism Yard Sale will return next October. Sign up for email notification on The Paul Kaplan Group website: As an official Modernism Week sponsor, The Paul Kaplan Group was also a sponsor of many of the events including the “A Taste of the Leisure Life” tour, the 6th annual Racquet Club Estates Home Tour and Reception, and the El Rancho Vista Estates Home Tour in addition to the Modernism Yard Sale.

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Join Matthew Reader at The Modernism Week Vintage Travel Trailer Show

Friday, February 21st, 2014

Vintage Travel Trailer Show
Matthew Reader of The Paul Kaplan Group is preparing his Airstream travel trailer for the Modernism Week Vintage Travel Trailer Show set for this Saturday and Sunday in the Hilton Palm Springs Parking lot at 400 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way. It seems as if vintage travel trailers are all the rage at Modernism Week! Visit Matthew and one of his travel trailers along with this incredible collection of authentic and beautifully restored trailers in a festive, outdoor showplace located directly behind the Hilton Palm Springs. Bring the whole family to tour the interiors of these amazing, one-of-a-kind vintage travel trailers. Owners from across the West will be on hand to talk about their trailer’s history, restoration and travels. The show will also feature a variety of booths with a fun mix of gifts, art, and products for sale that relate to the Vintage Trailer lifestyle. Ticket prices are $15.00 for adults, $10.00 for students, and children under 12 are free. The show runs 10:00a.m. to 4:00p.m. on Saturday and from 10:00a.m. to 3:00p.m. on Sunday.

Vintage Travel Trailer Show

Seaplane Joins Us at the Tuesday’s MCM Open House

Monday, February 17th, 2014


Seaplane will host a trunkshow with over 300 original shirts on display while we’re showing off one of our latest listings, a sexy updated and renovated Mid-Century Modern home originally built by the Alexander Construction Company. Come join us for a glass of wine, some cheese, cool architecture, and fun shirts this Tuesday, February 18th from 5:00 to 7:00pm, in Palm Springs’ SUNRISE PARK neighborhood.

Located at 216 N. Monterey, this fabulous 1958 Alexander has been remodeled to the highest standards. Great curb appeal with full landscaping front and rear – including mature citrus trees! Expanded kitchen with high end appliances. Dual-paned windows, updated electric, gas and plumbing and freshly painted inside and out.


Hosts with the Most! The Paul Kaplan Group is an official sponsor of Modernism Week and many associated events

Friday, February 14th, 2014

Paul Kaplan Group Modernism Week

As annual sponsors of Modernism Week, we do a whole lot more than hold open houses from our extensive Mid-Century Modern Real Estate Inventory. We like to support our community and be actively involved when events like this take place. We enjoy a good mixer so we throw parties and since we also love a good bargain, we host the Modernism Yard Sale. In fact, Modernism Week is a very busy time for our group. The events we are sponsoring or hosting during this year’s Modernism Week include:


The Modernism Show & Sale

Friday 2/14 – Monday 2/17

Palm Springs Convention Center


Palm Springs Life “Modern on the Market” Tour & Open Houses

Saturday 2/15, 10am – 4pm

688 E Spencer Drive

216 N Monterey Road

2475 N Avenida Caballeros

980 Garden Road

3390 E Paseo Barbara


Weekend Open Houses

275 E Canyon Vista, Palm Springs – Saturday 2/15, 11am – 1:30pm

3030 N. De Anza Road, Palm Springs – Sunday 2/16, 11:30am – 2:30pm

566 E. Lindsey Drive, Palm Springs – Sunday 2/16, 12pm – 1pm

197 W. Via Lola #3, Palm Springs – Sunday 2/16, 11am – 1pm

1780 N. Whitewater Club, Palm Springs – Sunday 2/16, 11am – 1pm


The Desert Lounge Tour

Sunday 2/16, Monday 2/17, & Saturday 2/22


Vintage Cheese Party & Open House

Tuesday 2/18, 5:00 – 7:00pm

216 N. Monterey Avenue, Palm Springs


Sponsor of “A Taste of the Leisure Life” Tour

Tuesday 2/18


See our trailer at The Vintage Travel Trailer Show

Saturday 2/22 & Sunday 2/23


Sponsor of the 6th Annual Racquet Club Estates Home Tour and Reception

Saturday 2/22


Sponsor of the El Rancho Vista Estates Home Tour

Sunday 2/23


Sponsor of Modernism Yard Sale (now with a Photo Booth!)

Sunday 2/23, 8am – 12pm

In the Paul Kaplan Group Parking Lot

1701 N. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs


Come see us at one of the many Modernism Week events and tours or sign up for email notifications on our website, Don’t forget to buy a Palm Springs Modernism T-shirt! Five different styles to choose from and available on our online retail outlet: Click Here!

Modernism Yard Sale – Shop ’til You Drop!!

Friday, October 4th, 2013

Next Saturday, October 12 from 8am to 12pm, celebrate with the Paul Kaplan Group and Modern Bear at our second Modernism Yard Sale

Modernism Yard Sale

Modernism Yard Sale

Modernism Week returns to Palm Springs 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.


We are full and excited by our fabulous vendors selling Mid-Century modern pieces. Here’s a taste to whet your appetite.


  • Jacques Caussin: Kosta Boda decorative glass and French ’50s ceramics 
  • Tayva Martinez: Knoll & Heywood Wakefield furniture, vintage textiles and dinnerware from Homer Laughlin, Red Wing and Syracuse.
  • BoulevardShop at 800 N Palm Canyon Drive, fantastic Milo Baughman Sofa and chairs at the sale
  • Deja Vu Vintage FineryShop at 664 n Palm Canyon Drive, at the sale great men’s and women’s one of a kind vintage at sale prices!
  • Vintage Americano: Classic vintage jeans, wall sculpture by Curtis Jere, Mid-Century West German vases.
  • Kristi Yelich: Phyllis Morris end tables, vintage bar ware and ’60s casual wear
  • GoModRetro: Furniture dealers from Huntington Beach, Danish modern Sofas, Chairs and end tables, Mid-Century decor
  • Jim at Kimoclutter: American Martinsville dining set, Brown Jordan “Regent Alumicane” patio furniture, and a large Redwood slab desk.
  • Swank Interiors: Shop at 462 S Palm Canyon Dr, vintage tea carts, Mid-Century wall art, and decorative glass and bar ware at the sale
  • Celia Mason: ’70s Haeger Pottery, Raymor Pottery, vintage jewelry, Mid-Century art and textiles.
  • Tricia Jurovic & Tina Kastelan: vintage Knoll pieces.

Modernism Yard Sale October 12

Modernism Yard Sale is hosted by the Paul Kaplan Group and Modern Bear


Tasty Treats and maybe some Tall Tales to share with friends. We’ll see you there!

More details on the sale’s Facebook page, click here or here for the Desert Sun coverage of the sale.

Questions? Contact Chris Bale: 323-632-1701

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

Gary Johns, Paul Kaplan and the 1960's "Canned Ham" for sale

Gary Johns, Paul Kaplan and the 1960’s “Canned Ham” for sale

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!!

     ––Tracy Merrigan

Sexy Styling with Palm Springs Resort Living

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

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.


Sexy Styling 2738 N Cardillo Ave Palm Springs

Sexy Styling, Post and Beam Open Plan Living with Resort Style Backyard Entertaining and Pool

Sexy Styling

2738 N Cardillo Ave, Palm Springs


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.

2738 N Cardillo Ave, Palm Springs


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…)