Scene: white, patterned cinderblocks, triangular clerestory windows, agaves, a blue sky backdrop streaked by skinny, skinny palm trees, shiny green fronds swaying way up top—this is the scene you are privileged enough to return to if you purchase 1790 South Araby Drive, a definitive, Barry Berkus designed mid-century home.
Currently, the interiors of the home are a blank slate, which highlights the plethora of unique architectural details, such as the original terrazzo floors and magnificent ceilings. And, yet, once you enter the efficiently sized kitchen, the aqua stove, vent, and refrigerator display themselves in all their midcentury glory—it’s always the Swingin’ Sixties when they’re within view. The vent would absolutely have to be salvaged during any renovation while, heartbreakingly, a newer stove and fridge would sadly be needed.
The bedroom and office spaces likewise yearn for an owner savvy in the mid-century arts to renovate it to its fullest potential!
The home’s private patio, similar to the rest of the home, awaits your personal design aesthetic, while the community amenities are located just outside your back gate, allowing easy access to grassy lawns and the community pool.
The open, expansive floor plan is well laid out by Berkus, with numerous opportunities for light, air, and human bodies to interact with the indoors and out, especially to relish a seventy-two degree morning in February, the sunlight dappling through citrus tree foliage onto your the decomposed granite terrace below. This home is also centrally located in the community, allowing for easy access to your assigned carport and the community pool.
While Barry Berkus’ magnificent original bones shine through, I would update and personalize this space to suit my personal tastes and preferences, beginning with the selection of a talented, local architecture firm such as o2 Architecture, a firm which recently completed a thorough restoration of Donald Wexler’s Steel Development House, which also features a captivating folded roofline. o2’s work displays a clean lined informality that exemplifies just the right Palm Springs level of Palm Springs flair and panache.
Another skilled Palm Springs architectural firm to helm the renovation would be Studio AR&D Architects, whose work displays the same heightened awareness to interior and exterior desert living compositions.
1790 South Araby Drive, a 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom, 1,426 square foot condo located on a 2,178 square foot lot, is currently listed by Gary Johns of The Paul Kaplan Group. The HOA dues are $450 monthly.
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