In recent years, mid-century modern architecture has had a resurgence in popularity and renewed interest for the original trend-setting architects. Many take-offs and copies are being built every day, but for purists who are looking for the originals, Palm Springs, California has one of the largest collections in the country. The mid-century open style was perfect for Palm Springs joining the outdoors with the interiors due to the mild year-round climate. It was also a great getaway location for Hollywood’s film industry elite who had the means to add as much luxury as they wanted to their own version of the style.
Now for sale is one of the best examples of the design. Not only is it located in trendy Palm Springs, it combines cheerful whimsy, lush glamour, a golf course setting, original over-the-top vintage decor, art and furnishings chosen by renowned designer Richard Himmel. It has the most privacy of any Palm Springs residence in the last 45 years, as required by its colorful original owner. One of America’s most iconic homes, House and Garden devoted six pages to the home in 1973.
The estate was built for venture capitalist Jerome Factor in 1969, who was also cousin to makeup magnate Max Factor and the son of John Factor, proprietor of the Stardust Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. Possibly learned from his convicted gangster father, Jerome was big on privacy which might explain the windowless front elevation and the extension of the 14-foot house wall enclosing the pool terrace. The house sits on the 13th fairway of the Indian Canyons Golf Resort and there is a large covered terrazzo terrace at the end of the house where the fairway can be viewed.
At 5,471-square-feet, the home is sited on just over a half acre and has three bedrooms and five baths. Furnishings include a perfect blend of both modern and fine antiques with displays of bold modern art and geometric rugs against a white background, all in pristine condition and which are included in the sale. The private master suite has opaque sliding doors, lounge and separate his-hers baths with a steam shower that meets in between with separate walk-in closets. Also included are a guest suite or media room/office and third bedroom which could be used as staff quarters. All primary rooms overlook and have direct access to the walled wrap-around south-facing courtyard with private pool-spa that can be covered for dancing or a sit-down dinner for up to 300 guests.
Palm Springs ultimate mid-century modern on the 13th fairway of Indian Canyons Golf Resort is offered as a complete turnkey package at $2,750,000.
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