Mid-century modern homes appeal to many for the simplicity of its fine architectural lines, but when you’re in California, you expect more. You expect flair. Unlike the northern states that have their share of mid-century but must bundle up by the fireplace for so many months of the year, Californians, especially in Palm Springs, expect to slide back the glass walls twelve months of the year and live in the indoors and outdoors as a whole. The bright sunlight fosters bright moods and encourages personalities to be more outgoing, producing the opposite effect of the blues, greens and grays that mirror frosty gray skies and long, sometimes boring days. Bright sun, the freedom of light colorful clothing, golfing and swimming are why winter dwellers flock to Florida, Hawaii and Palm Springs - for decades the celebrity winter getaway of choice.
This mid-century modern house on the 13th fairway of the Canyon Country Club Golf Course, is pure California mid-century style and sells with all of its furnishings and art work. It also has a rather fascinating history. 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.
One of Southern California’s most iconic homes, House and Garden devoted six pages to the home in 1973. 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 chosen by the original renowned designer Richard Himmel - 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 mid-century modern on the 13th fairway of the Canyon Country Club Golf Course is being sold as a complete turnkey package, including art, at $2.495 million.
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