2323 Southridge Drive, a jewel box of contemporary, midcentury-inspired design, sits, high up, up, up, off the desert floor, behind the guard-gated community of Southridge, allowing this home to command a view out over dusty dunes and gridded planned developments sprawled out across this palm-populated valley. Located in the same community as the John Lautner designed, volcano-inspired estate for Bob Hope, which sold in 2016 for a staggering $13,000,000—you’d be getting a relative bargain with this expansive home. 2323 Southridge was designed by o2 Architecture, one of Palm Springs most esteemed current design offices, permitting the home to boast of an equally refined architectural pedigree as its legendary neighbor.
After passing through the stark, dramatic, clinical, exterior entryway, you are led through the open kitchen and dining room, a space sheathed in roughhewn concrete blocks, and into the glass walled living room facilitating views across the entire Coachella Valley; terrazzo floors, highly varnished wooden ceilings, and blue-chip contemporary art abound.
The private spaces of the home are centered around the magnificent, seemingly floating, master bedroom suite. I am always a sucker for a floating metal fireplace, and with panoramic views surrounding this both functional and artistic element, I am in total bliss. The bathroom, with its strategic interior cactus and expansive valley views, allows the true nature of the home to shine through: generous, deliberate living at its finest—certain aspects spot-lit, others opened up to the entire world, a truly generous, friendly heart. That is what this home is, warm and friendly, complete with all its glass, concrete, and shiny, shiny wood.
The rear elevation showcases the exquisite use of space by the designers; every inch has a thoughtful and particular use and vista from which to meditate upon. From the pool to the fire pit, and the all-encompassing views beyond, this area of the home, simultaneously the most public and private, is my most favorite of spaces—I am contently drawn to the tension created by the interaction between the public and the private, and where better to observe this phenomenon than in Palm Springs, California?
2323 Southridge Drive, a 2 bedroom, 2bathroom, 3,234 square foot located on a roughly 21,300 square foot hillside lot, is currently listed by Patrick Stewart of Bennion Deville Homes for $3,895,000.
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