Palm Springs, California, the definitive mid-century modern desert oasis located two hours east of Los Angeles, is currently celebrating Modernism Week, a full ten days of architecture, design, and lifestyle tours Mad Men-style: cocktails, cacti, and men and women in smart Mr. or Trina Turk florals poolside.
Allow us to set the scene:
Located in the fabled Deepwell Estates, and just down the street from the old William Golden estate, this home, designed and completed by architect Robert Lewis in 1965, is complete with its original, restored, 1969 interiors—a truly sensual feast as there is no doubt something for the ears, eyes, nose, fingertips, and, no doubt, tongue. And, yet, from the exterior, the home appears just like any other home on the street, just another seemingly faded mid-century belle with yacht-sized Cadillac’s beached on it’s semi-circular drive.
Here, deep, oxblood velvets mix with thick shag carpets, metallic, foiled wallpapers, chartreuse linoleum, and heavy cast stone fire elements, all crowned by the original popcorn ceilings—I wonder if the scent of Lucky Strikes still linger? This is truly a space you must see and experience for yourself—it truly overwhelms the spectator.
The intimate spaces of the home, decorated in the same sumptuous fabrics of the entertaining spaces, require you wear silk Tom Ford Boxers, La Perla macramé, or EXSL Hot Pink High-Cut Satin Shorts—dealer’s choice. What a wonderfully immersive fantasy land this is! I cannot get enough of the layers upon layers of fabrics, carpets, rugs, and both natural and synthetic fibers—retro maximalism at its finest.
As the home is located on the eastern side of the street, the mountain views are available up and over the roof, framing their jagged peaks between planar white walls, mile-high palms, and ancient topiaries.
1240 South Manzanita Avenue, a 3 bedroom, 5 bathroom, 3,250 square foot home located within an 11,000 square foot lot, is listed courtesy of Matthew Reader and Brad Hudson with The Paul Kaplan Group for $1M.
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