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Private Zen: A Backyard Bathhouse

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014


Californians are known for their desire for privacy and here in Palm Springs, we aren’t any different. Small fortunes are spent to create backyard paradises and to subsequently construct huge walls, fences, or privacy hedges to block the world from looking in. Whether it be a lush garden, sparking pool, or fully-stocked koi pond, in essence, we are all looking for the perfect private zen space.

For Paul Kaplan Group Agent Kris Rain, personal zen means escape from the work-day world. It means escape from an always-on-the-go job. So whenever possible, Kris escapes to her private zen space: A custom built backyard bathhouse.

When Kris came across a vintage claw foot tub (an extreme rarity in the desert), she decided to put it to good use. She immediately called her contractor and began work on a detached bath conveniently located just steps outside her back door. Of course, the bath tub is the focal point of the room.


Lots of windows and a rustic feel make the tiny structure warm and comfortable. According to Kris, the best way to utilize the tub is to be surrounded by candles. “I created the bath house as a sanctuary where I can go to be nurtured and recharged, its a place to go to count my blessings. I always walk out feeling as if I have just been hugged,” Kris said.

If you have a personal space for private zen then we here at The Paul Kaplan Group would love to hear about it and maybe we could even share the idea on our blog. If you would like more info on how to create your own backyard bathhouse, then contact Kris Rain 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.

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

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

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 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.


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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Stop by and see us Friday night at Raymond Lawrence during Modernism Week’s Uptown Design District Late Night Stroll

Friday, February 21st, 2014

Paul Kaplan Modern Palm Springs Real Estate Group

We’ll be hanging out in the Paul Kaplan Group satellite office and bookstore at Raymond Lawrence this evening during Modernism Week’s Uptown Design District Late Night Stroll. We’ll have information on mid-century modern Palm Springs real estate plus we have architectural books and modernist t-shirts for sale. To accommodate the busy schedules of Modernism events, the Uptown Design District is offering extended shopping hours on the evening of Friday, February 21, 2014. Enjoy a stroll in this celebrated Palm Springs shopping district and discover interesting and unusual décor, fashion, art, food, and drink as well as The Paul Kaplan Group. If you are a modernism fan or aficionado, you won’t want to miss this night under the stars. Specialty cocktails, music, shopping, drawings and fun; come join us and visit these other participating locally-owned businesses:

5001 Home Collection
a La MOD Inc
Archangel Gallery
Bon Vivant
Déjà vu Vintage Finery
Design 849
Highest Form
Interior Illusions
Jorge Mendez Gallery
Just Fabulous
Just Modern
Michael’s Custom Framing & Gallery
Modern Way
ModShop – Room Service
Nandina Organics
Raymond Lawrence
Read Brown Hair Salon
Retro Etcetera
Shag the Store
Stephen Archdeacon Gallery
The Shops at Thirteen Forty-Five
Trend House
Trina Turk
Wil Stiles
Woodman Shimko Gallery

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 the website at

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!

The Modernism Yard Sale

Thursday, January 30th, 2014

Paul Kaplan Modern Real Estate Group

The Paul Kaplan Group and ModernBear welcome you once again to the annual Modernism Yard Sale, a celebration of mid-century modern collectables in conjunction with Modernism Week. On Sunday, February 23, from 8:00 to 12:00pm, local and out-of-area vendors specializing in mid-century items, along with area homeowners that have cleaned out their closets, will be selling unique modern wares and tchotchkes. Attendees of the first Modernism Yard sale during Modernism Week 2013, found jewelry, vintage dishware, doll houses, clothing, significant pieces of home furnishings, and even a 1960s “Canned Ham” trailer for sale.

This time there will be even more vendors and fun, so come on by and enjoy a morning of hunting for mid-century treasures; and don’t forget to stop by the Paul Kaplan Group /ModernBear booth for a complimentary donut. Coffee from Koffi will be available.

Where to eat in the Palm Springs area??

Monday, November 12th, 2012
Palm Springs has some amazing restaurants!  But every now and then we like to venture eastward in the Coachella Valley-  A recent Facebook survey asking for recommendations “down valley” (anything east of Palm Springs) resulted in the following:
We’re looking to explore down valley…. What’s your favorite Coachella Valley restaurant, NOT in Palm Springs?

Art comes to the Palm Springs High Desert- HWY 62 Art Tour

Friday, October 19th, 2012

Its Biker Weekend in Palm Springs, but why not ride your hog up to the Palm Springs high desert for the 2012 Hwy 62 Art Tours?



Conceived in 2001 as a festival for all the arts, with 24 participating artists, the Hwy 62 Art Tours now features close to 200, including those working in music, literary, performance and visual arts.

For the tenth anniversary, Art Tours organizers have put together an ambitious program to showcase a variety of the arts in the Morongo Basin.

“Open Studios” are still the main feature. A steadily growing number of artists open their homes and studios to an ever-expanding public. Each reflects the unlikely growth of the arts in this remote Palm Springs high desert community.

Along with the growing Art Tours, this past decade has seen the rise of a thriving arts community, where cultural events occur year-round. Hwy 62 Art Tours is the premiere arts event of the year in this unique place, when the local community welcomes the world to have a look.

For more information visit:

The Paul Kaplan Group, Inc. is in the planning stages of opening a satelite Real Estate office in the high desert (Pioneer Town).  While touring art, if you fall in love with the beauty of the high desert and see yourself wanting a home there, please give us a call!  We’re excited to introduce our clients to this unique Southern California environment!  760-285-8559.

365 Days in Palm Springs – The Palm Springs International Shortfest

Monday, June 11th, 2012

There’s always something exciting going on in Palm Springs…. 

Do you love film?  Check out the 18th annual Short Fest in Palm Springs, America’s largest and best festival featuring award-winning films, tributes, nightly receptions and more-  The week long celebration features the best new short films from around the world, featuring over 320 new films.

When:  June 19-25, 2012

Where:  Camelot Theatres in Palm Springs

More info and tickets at 760-778-8979