Curves, color and courtyards are the hallmark design signature of exotic Moroccan architecture in the riads (homes) of Marrakech. The large archways, domes, enchanting courtyards, gardens and extravagant ornamentation used in their decor surround the owners with mystery and beauty. Offering the ultimate serenity, Casbah Cove in Palm Desert, California was four years in the making where Moroccan artisans applied their skills. Perched on a hillside with views of mountain ranges and Coachella Valley, the Moroccan mansion is now on the market priced at $16.1 million.Must SeeTop 10 Florida Condos For Sale
Casbah Cove was the dream of a Chicago real estate investor who was also a keen decorator. After finding the land for her winter retreat, she hired local architect Gordon Stein to design it and then hired RAM Development for the construction. She also flew in a team of artisans from Morocco for the detail work. At 16,800 square feet of indoor-outdoor living spread over two floors, the central feature is the lushly planted courtyard open to two floors with the tops of palm trees up to the retractable glass ceiling. Looking down through the tall and understory palms and tropical plantings from the open second floor surrounding balcony, there are intimate conversation areas and glimpses of a blue mosaic-tile lounging pool.
Lots of water in and around the home add to the calming effect starting in the motor court with its moat-like fountains to the lounging pool in the courtyard, the 75-foot lap pool and the 40-foot round, reverse-infinity-edge swimming pool. Rooms include four bedrooms, eight baths, an elevator lined with mother-of-pearl, Hammam spa with steam room, a hookah room with seating for 20 and disappearing doors overlooking the mountainside. There is also a temperature-controlled wine room, an office, nine fireplaces and a secret garden. Strategically planted date palms fool the mind as to location when gazing at them through the intricately arched, tall Moorish windows with vanishing glass. Due to the fine year-round climate, the movie theater with its 20-foot screen is outdoors under the stars and its three outdoor dining areas will seat up to two hundred guests. Adding even more to the romance of the home, plantings of gardenias, roses, jasmine, olive trees and tropical birds of paradise surround the home. There is also a separate guest house.
Located in the Bighorn Golf Club community, the 360-degree views from its hillside perch take in the surrounding mountains and the twinkling lights below. Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley are flush with events such as the Wildflower Festival in March, five major golf events in Palm Springs and Palm Desert and the annual Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in April.
Casbah Cove has come on the market in time for the area’s spring festivities. Priced at $16.1 million, the listing agents are Jacquie Burnes at BIGHORN Properties in collaboration with Ashley Wolf of Aaron Kirman Group at Compass.
Photo credit: Juwan Li, courtesy of Aaron Kirman Group