March 2016

There are 9 blog entries for March 2016.

Palm Springs is once again a favorite among TripAdvisor users and also now coined as one of the hippest cities in the US.  As recently featured in various blogs and articles, Palm Springs is again on the radar.

Trip Advisor's travel site's 2016 Travelers' Choice Awards place the Coachella Valley city  of Palm Springs in the No. 12 spot on the ranking of top 25 United States destinations.  Travelers’ Choice award winners were determined based on the reviews and opinions of millions of TripAdvisor travelers around the globe.

Maybe Palm Springs made the top 25 travel destinations because we're also HIP??

 

From "The Daily Beast," People who have never been to Palm Springs, California, or those who haven’t visited this picturesque desert

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Mid-Century homes are not just in Palm Springs!  The Paul Kaplan Group also represents homes in the High Desert. 

The High Desert  is more then just sand, and cactus-  it offers a restful escape in a truly unique environment. Hiking, camping, antique shops and funky, artistic boutiques offer something for everyone.  There's a growing artist community that is thriving in areas such as Joshua Tree and Pioneer town. All of this only 30-40 minutes from Palm Springs, yet feels like a world away.

"A longtime haven for outlaw artists and L.A. castaways, Joshua Tree has lately been colonized by people turning the region into a hipster oasis."  

New restaurants like La Copine on Old Woman’s Springs Road are attracting hipsters from L.A. with a

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  • 3634 WESTERN SKY WAY
  • Palm Springs, CA 92262
  • $389,000
  • 2 Beds, 2 Bath, 2023 SqFt, 6534Lot Size
Why we love it-  Gorgeous updated home, with a huge great room floor plan, cozy enough for curling up on the sofa and watching a classic movie, yet spacious enough to entertain 20 of your best friends.   If we cooked, we would LOVE this kitchen with stunning white marble/quartz countertops and center island most chefs dream about.  Oh, and outside, there's a pergola and your private pool too, not to mention all the luxury community amenities  of Four Seasons.    

Description:  Immaculate move-in ready home with a private pool in the gated community of Four Seasons. This popular floor plan, features a spacious living area and dining

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You crave mid-century architecture and design; you've dreamed of owning a mid-century home; you love the indoor/outdoor lifestyle a mid-century home provides- you know Palm Springs is where you want to be;   now  you're ready to make that dream a realty.   Where to start??  The Paul Kaplan Group, who have been helping clients buy mid-century homes for almost 20 years, provide the following tips:

1.  Hire an expert  -  Palm Springs is called the "Mecca of mid-century architecture" for a reason.   Its filled with unique neighborhoods featuring a variety of architectural homes.  Not all Realtors are familiar with the characteristics of the communities that feature these homes-  Hiring a local expert that has the knowledge and experience of selling

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155 W Hermosa Pl 11,  Palm Springs, CA 92262  -  $233,000  Junior 1 Bed, 1 Bath, 562 SqFt

Why we love it:   When someone requests finding a home in the heart of downtown, this has to be the best option.  The famous Villa Hermosa is a mere 1/2 block from Palm Canyon Drive in the thriving Uptown Design District.  Tiny home living at its best-  vintage architecture by Albert Frey that celebrates an indoor outdoor lifestyle, all in a compact cozy package.  A resort style pool, plus world class shopping and dining are just steps away.  
 

Description:  The perfect Palm Springs getaway and your chance to own a piece of local architectural history. Rare offering in Old Las Palmas, The  Villa Hermosa was designed by Albert Frey in 1947 and

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300 E Molino Road, Palm Springs  

Steel House #6

Folded Plate Roof

Ground-breaking Pre-fab Construction

Meticulously Restored to the original design

Located on a gated private lot

Designed by architect:  Donald Wexler, FAIA      

Built 1962

Offered at $699,000

 

 


In 1962, the architects Donald Wexler and Ric Harrison introduced a novel all-steel system for the prefabrication of affordable houses suitable for the desert during the Mid-Century era of Palm Springs. The project was sponsored by US Steel, the structural engineer was Bernard Perlin of CalCor, and the builder was the Alexander Construction Company. The steel house tract was located in a remote area at the time of Palm Springs,

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PRIVATE OPEN HOUSE

SUNDAY 12:00 to 2:00PM
GARDEN VILLAS -  360 Cabrillo Road - Palm Springs*

*Call/text 760-808-3300 at gate for Access code

Offered at $549,000

Real estate builder Paul Trousdale, who also developed the famous Trousdale Estates in Beverly Hills, was the lead in the development of the Racquet Club Garden Villas in Palm Springs. During many years, as well as while working on the project, he owned a uthere which had its own pool. Unit 113. This large condo, an iconic mid-century modern architectural masterpiece, designed by famed architect William F. Cody, is now available turnkey furnished.


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Large open living and dining room with walls of glass
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Nicely appointed kitchen with a passthrough window to the main patio

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List Price
:  $525,000

Neighborhood:  El Rancho Vista Estates

Detail:  1,759 Square Feet  |   3 bedrooms  2 Bathrooms  "Rumpus" Room

 Why we love this house:  Donald Wexler, F.A.I.A., is the most iconic Palm Springs architect of the mid-century error.  He designed this tract of homes that were built in 1960, providing modern, architectural properties "for everyone."  Instead of the typical cookie-cutter ranch homes being built in the day, these homes offered innovative floor plans, and unique designs, that had never been seen before.  This timeless home gives the new owners a chance to live in a piece of architectural history, an example of a home that contributed to the Desert Modernism movement.

Listing info: This mid-century home features

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Palm Springs is hot and its not even summer yet.  The recent rebirth of Palm Springs has been making international headlines lately, in fact,  almost daily!  Here are just few snippets from  various recent posts. Click on the titles for the full articles.....

The 10 Hippest Cities in America

 By Gogobot || 1 March, 2016 | 1

 "There is no universal definition of “hip.” For some, it’s hipster — that ironic cool that has been perfected by the likes of Brooklyn and Portland. For others, it’s trendy and fashion forward, showing off the latest, chicest clubs, restaurants, and boutiques, a la Miami or LA. And while big cities are often known for being hip, smaller cities get passed over, but that shouldn’t be the case. To find the 10 hippest…
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