650 North Cahuilla Road

Located in Palm Springs’ Old Las Palmas neighborhood, a neighborhood set right up against the San Jacinto Mountains with lush green hedges, tall gates, and elongated driveways, a place where only red, red terra cotta roof tiles—not the homes themselves—can be seen from the street, and it is in this secluded, Mediterranean-rim-inspired community that 650 North Cahuilla Road is positioned. Designed by the renowned Los Angeles architecture firm of Tichenor & Thorp, who also just happened to be married, this home displays their fascination, and mastery,  with integrating the inside out and the outside in.

The shape of the home, a modified figure eight shape with the bottom, western-facing portion of the eight lopped off, allows the central great room uninterrupted views and circulation with the pool, gardens, patios, and incomparable mountain views. Grounding this massive rooms, and all of the splendidly sized rooms of the home, are flagged stone floors set with thick grout, which enables you to feel at home and at ease in such a manorial space. Continuing into the kitchen with its warm wood cabinets raised delicately off the flagged stone with furniture-esque legs that have been topped in exceptionally honed Carrara marble countertops, you are immediately drawn to the large, square window that allows a view of the verdant green hedge surrounding the property, allowing a momentary, illusory escape from the sand toned desert color palette—a window into another world where you enjoy washing dishes as there is a saturated view to hold your gaze as you scrub and lather. The bedrooms of the house display colorful, lively contemporary artworks hung among thick duvets, plush armchairs, and sizeable sliding doors permitting access to the expansive grounds. The master suite, with its immense bathroom centered on a free-standing copper tub, highlighted by a raised fireplace, mirrors, and an old master painting, is truly the most secluded space in this most private of estates.

Similarly, the expansive exterior, arranged around a massive, rectangular cerulean pool, incorporates multiple axes and enfiladed outside rooms, all of which draw your gaze up, out, and westward toward the omnipresent mountains. These exterior rooms are lined in either flagged stone, echoing the interior spaces, or decomposed granite, my favorite permeable material, a material that is always welcoming and a joy to hear as it crunches underfoot. Whether you are sitting under a shaded loggia, in the jacuzzi, or in a contemporary klismos chair on the rooftop deck, there is always a new sightline, texture, or path to enjoy.

650 North Cahuilla Road is currently listed by the Louise Hampton Team of Berkshire Hathaway Home Services for $4,300,000. Built in 2008, the home, which is 4,335 square feet, encompasses 3 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, and is located on a generous, lavish 25,700 square foot lot.

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