Archive for the ‘Mid-century Architects’ Category

Just Listed in Sunmor: An Alexander Mid-Century Modern Classic

Saturday, April 26th, 2014


This gorgeous Mid Century 3BR/2BA home built by the famous Alexander Co. and designed by Architects Palmer and Kriesel is located in the sought after SUNMOR neighborhood. The post and beam architecture is highlighted by the tongue and groove ceiling and a large open living area. The long list of renovations include a new roof, new HVAC, 6 zone irrigation, buried power lines to the meter, new salt water pool and spa, new “PEX” plumbing thru out, new water line to street, double pane low-E oversized sliders, new vanities and toilets in bathrooms, and interior – exterior of entire house painted. The backyard will take your breath away! The Salt water pool and spa is surrounded by a unique desert landscaping garden where you can lounge and relax in your own private desert oasis. Enjoy the gorgeous mountain views from the 2 mid century style covered patios. In 2013, the existing garden shed was remodeled into a studio with Air!

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

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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, 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!

courtesy of The Hollywood Reporter

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:

Great Rooms:

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

Paul Kaplan  Palm Springs Modern Real Estate Group

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.

Paul Kaplan Group sponsors Modernism Week Racquet Club Estates Tour

Saturday, February 22nd, 2014

Racquet Club Estates Open House

The Paul Kaplan Group is once again sponsoring the annual Racquet Club Estates Tour as part of Modernism Week in Palm Springs. For the sixth year, this tour will showcase the mid-century modern beauty of seven unique Alexander and Meiselman homes built in the late 1950s and early 1960s. There will also be a collection of classic cars parked at each home and a catered reception with a celebrity guest speaker following the tour.

The tour will include Alexander homes designed by respected architect William Krisel, which exude the mid-century modern vernacular found in the soaring wafer-thin rooflines, clerestory windows, and open floor plan; an historic Alexander “Steel House” designed by respected architect Donald Wexler epitomizing the mid-century modern era and made with innovative construction material and method of assembly; and Meiselman homes capturing modern styling with post and beam technique, clerestory windows, tongue and groove ceilings and walls of glass.

All tour participants will receive a descriptive souvenir guidebook and are invited to a catered reception following the tour from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM. Although this tour has been sold out, The Paul Kaplan Group is holding many of their listings in the Racquet Club Estates community open for those unable to get tickets. A complete list of open houses can be found at

Just Listed in Racquet Club Estates

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

Just Listed in Racquet Club Estates

This fabulous remodeled Alexander Construction Company, Palmer & Krisel designed, mid-century modern home in Racquet Club Estates has just been listed by The Paul Kaplan Group. This amazing property has been redone while staying true to the original elements of mid-century architecture. The newer dual-paned windows keep the view open and the sunlight streaming while being energy-efficient at the same time. Entertain your guests poolside or table-side in the wide open space both indoors and out. Great kitchen remodel with updated appliances. Other updates include: Updated bathrooms, lighting and Ardex flooring, new exterior lighting, newer block and metal exterior walls. Professionally staged by Interior Illusions. $539,000.

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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!