Studded with agaves in a variety of blues, greys, and greens, this home, completed in 1956 by Walter S. White, no, not that Walter White, but the Palm Springs architect known for his pioneering roofing systems that employed curving, curling waves shapes to allow light and air to meet under new and unusual circumstances—the Palm Springs life in a nut shell, innovative aesthetics, peerless style, a cosmopolitan community who enliven even the most pedestrian of design elements.
So as to best capitalize on the mountain views, the entertaining rooms are placed on a piano nobile above the entry floor, inviting all visitors up to the viewing level via an Alfred Frey designed staircase—who needs a trip to the Palm Springs Art Museum Architecture and Design Center on Palm Canyon when you have art and provenance built in!
The bedroom spaces provide intimate, jewel box-style design paired with endless mountain views, creating a wonderfully intriguing composition—truly inspirational for any and all budding or seasoned designed or critic.
The back yard, complete with a green, green 1950s style lawn and, my absolute favorite design element, a circular swimming pool! Also included in the backyard are numerous lounging and conversation nooks as well as a separate guest casita on the very cliffside edge of the property, allowing it to command view from Desert Hot Springs to Palm Desert. The rear façade also reveals the sheer amount of glass and metal employed in the design of this home, a wonderfully structural design feature that has been tempered by the lush, amorphous desert gardens, rolling lawns, and circular pool—a delight for all five senses.
1011 West Cielo Drive, a 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom, 3,217 square foot home located on a 14,800 square foot lot, is listed courtesy of Patrick Stewart with Bennion Deville Homes.
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