March 2017

There are 11 blog entries for March 2017.

Welcome to PKG Comparisons, where we at The Paul Kaplan Group show you how far your $$ goes in the desert, compared to other areas.  So today, lets say you're considering a move to either Palm Springs, Los Angeles, or San Diego and your budget is $400,000.  What can that get you in each area?

Lets begin in Palm Springs:  This single family home is listed for $369,900;  (Plus $100 HOA Fees)   At approximately 1,835 square feet, it features three bedrooms and two baths plus double garage.  Its located at Mountaingate, a gated community as you enter Palm Springs from Los Angeles.  The home features 9' ceilings, an open concept living area, and expansive windows that open up to the back yard where you can take in the views. Located minutes from the trendy

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Guest blogger:  By Chavi Holm of Team Diva Real Estate - Seattle, Washington   After this winter in Seattle, who would not want to retire in Palm Springs? Seriously, Team Diva touring houses in the Seattle downpour has been an experience. Every day we put on our puffy jackets and wonder if this will be the last day. No wonder we are taking so many calls of smart folks who are cashing in on their homes in Seattle, and retiring to Palm Springs.

1. The Climate

Let’s start with the obvious: You will not want for sun in the desert. If your fashion sense requires layers and an accessory umbrella, Palm Springs may not be right for you. If you don’t mind dressing light and trading your bumbershoot for a jaunty parasol, keep reading.

There’s

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At the Paul Kaplan Group in Palm Springs, we not only have a passion for real estate, but also great modern design in Palm Springs and beyond. Welcome to the Paul Kaplan Group's second Dispatch from Palm Springs installment, where we round up interesting architecture and design features, news and events.

Modernism Week 2017 was just a few weeks ago, and the attendance numbers show a major increase over last year, at 97,000 attendees, up 25% from 2016. The Fall Modernism Week Preview Weekend dates have been announced, with the event happening Oct. 20-22, 2017, and tickets will go on sale August 1. Modernismweek.com.

Photographer Tom Blachford has just released a new coffee table book that explores midcentury Palm Springs architecture by

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360 Cabrillo Road #231, Palm Springs, CA 92262

The Paul Kaplan Group is pleased to present this mid-century condo designed by famed architect William F. Cody, built by Paul Trousdale of Trousdale Estates in Beverly Hills, with lush grounds designed by Philip A. Shipley. 

This remodeled Studio Plus unit has a sleeping area separate from the living area. Recent improvements include: paint, kitchen cabinets, sink, backsplash, countertops, tiled shower, toilet and vanity, epoxy floors, 17 can lights and an outdoor cement patio. It is one of only two units with a fireplace, and is being sold turn-key furnished. 

This mid-century modern jewel of a complex has a spectacular pool area complete with a tropical brook that meanders

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1796 S Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA 92264

The Paul Kaplan Group presents an exceptional three-bedroom, two-bath architectural end unit in the Royal Hawaiian Estates Historic District, featuring high ceilings, polished concrete floors, clerestory windows and two patios with mountain views. 

The unit's cook's kitchen has an adjacent office /dining area, and the original terrazzo floors remain in the entry and kitchen. 

Both bathrooms have been highly upgraded and this meticulously maintained home is in move-in-condition. A single attached carport is just steps from front door. The Royal Hawaiian is close to popular restaurants, hotels and is on the free BUZZ trolley line. The unit qualifies for tax credits under the state's Mills

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325 E Francis Drive, Palm Springs, CA 92262

Own a piece of history with this iconic Alexander model home presented by The Paul Kaplan Group, which is being sold turn key furnished. For the mid-century enthusiasts, this property was "Model A1" and it is said that William Krisel's wife was the interior designer. 

While preserving many of the beautiful architectural details of the original design like clerestory windows and post and beam construction, this property has also been upgraded with modern amenities. 

Enjoy spectacular mountain views with a spacious patio and southern exposure pool. This property was featured on the cover of The Alexanders: A Desert Legacy book photographed by iconic midcentury photographer Julius

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1150 E Adobe Way, Palm Springs 92262

This 1961 Palmer and Krisel-designed, Alexander Construction Co.-built home presented by The Paul Kaplan Group is situated on a quarter-acre lot in the Racquet Club Estates neighborhood. 

The stunning recently renovated home includes a fully redone open kitchen, newly tiled floor with carpets in the bedrooms, updated baths, dual pane sliders throughout, full copper re-piped plumbing, foam roof and much more. 

The backyard has been re-landscaped and offers magnificent mountain views. Enjoy your Pebble Tec oval pool or your two-person super hot tub throughout the year, or sit in front of the fire pit and absorb the views of the beautiful San Jacinto mountains. This home has been meticulously

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Trousdale Estates home in Beverly Hills

Paul W. Trousdale was a prolific real estate developer who built more than 25,000 homes in Southern California before his death in 1990 at the age of 75. While best known for the homes he built in the Los Angeles area, Trousdale was also responsible for many projects in Palm Springs and owned homes in the area. 

Trousdale was born in Tennessee and grew up moving between the homes of relatives in Tennessee, New York and Los Angeles. He graduated from high school in Los Angeles and attended one year at the University of Southern California before starting to work in sales – cars, clothes, auto parts, even gum, before deciding he wanted to go bigger by selling homes instead. He founded Trousdale Construction

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The Paul Kaplan Group is excited about a new curated exhibition of artwork called Desert X that is currently spread throughout the Coachella Valley, featuring site-specific pieces by established and emerging artists, including Doug Aitken, Richard Prince, Glenn Kaino, Phillip K. Smith and Sherin Guirguis, among others. The exhibition, curated by Neville Wakefield, continues through April 30, 2017 and is free to visitors, with 15 of the 16 works mapped out by address and GPS coordinates. The 16th work, Shybot by Norma Jeane, is one that art-seekers may never see, as it is a small, solar-powered roving vehicle that is continually traversing the desert, with heat sensors that send it speeding away if it gets too close to a human.

Shybot by Norma

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