Paul Kaplan Palm Springs Real Estate Blog

One of the most publicized homes in Rancho Mirage, the Kenaston House, just sold by Stephanie Howard of the Paul Kaplan Group of Palm Springs

The Paul Kaplan Group is proud to announce that the iconic Kenaston House in Rancho Mirage has just been sold by the Paul Kaplan Group's Stephanie Howard. 

Designed in 1957 by renowned modernist architect E. Stewart Williams, who also designed Frank Sinatra's Twin Palms Estate in Palm Springs, the Kenaston House features 4,780 square feet of living space in a U-shape around the swimming pool and patio, with four bedrooms, four bathrooms and abundant glass walls and doors. 

The home was commissioned by mining heir Robert Kenaston and his movie star wife, Billie Dove, as a wedding gift for their son

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616 N High Road, Palm Springs, currently listed by The Paul Kaplan Group

The Paul Kaplan Group is grateful for the architects and developers who contributed to the "Desert Modernism" movement in Palm Springs. During the 1950s and 1960s, the Alexander Construction Company built over 2,000 homes in the Palm Springs area, greatly increasing the size of the Palm Springs and bringing modernist design to homebuyers at an affordable price.


The Ocotillo Lodge pool

George Alexander and his son Robert ("Bob") founded the company, which was relocated from Los Angeles to Palm Springs during the 1950s, with their first big project along with business partner Joe Dunas being the construction of the Ocotillo Lodge in 1956, with architects Dan Palmer and William

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Welcome to The Paul Kaplan Group's latest architecture & design dispatch from Palm Springs!


Palm Springs Modernism Week is featured in Monocle (take a closer look at this photo to see if you recognize anyone!):

Cultural oasis - Issue 102 - Magazine

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A look at aerial trams across the U.S., including the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, via Curbed:

9 aerial trams in the U.S., from mountaintops to city streets

With urban areas across the U.S. considering proposals for gondolas and cable cars, we loo...

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Palm Desert's pretty-in-pink Marrakesh Country Club is featured in the New York Times:  https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/26/fashion/palm-springs-marrakesh-california.html

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"La Piscina," an art installation by Marco Walker // photo by Jennifer Wiley

As fans and supporters of the arts, The Paul Kaplan Group team is inspired by the growth and evolution of art events in the desert. Last weekend marked the second Bombay Beach Biennale, a celebration held on April 14 -16, featuring art, music, dance and film set in the nearly desolate community of Bombay Beach, located along the Salton Sea. Once a hot spot frequented by celebrities and wealthy families during the 1950s and '60s, the area became largely abandoned after environmental problems escalated in the area, and there are now only a few hundred residents remaining. The event eschewed commercialism, with no promotional activity and all events were free to the public. 

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Where to dine and indulge in your favorite adult beverage in Palm Springs?  Numerous lists are printed internationally each year.  However the list supplied by Zagat's represents some of our most favorite dining establishments here at the Paul Kaplan Group.  Check out their "20 Reasons to Drive to Palm Springs."

We've highlighted some of the places we love most too from their list, below:

Credit: Audrey Ma/Truss & Twine   April 11, 2017 · by Lesley Balla   Credit: Kings Highway

South Palm Springs is becoming the hot spot (and just around the corner from The Palm Canyon Mobile Club too)

Kings Highway and the Amigo Room
The Ace Hotel's all-day diner got a recent refresh from chef Carlos Salgado of Costa Mesa's

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Coming to Coachella?  Typically a visit to Palm Springs always involves a stop to stock up on necessities-  Here's a locals guide for where to buy your favorite adult beverages:

 

North Palm Springs

Albertson's market  (at Vista Chino and Sunrise)
Sunrise Square Shopping Center, 1751 N Sunrise Way #1, Palm Springs, CA 92262

Las Palmas Liquor
1595 N Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92262

Larry's Liquor and Deli (Right as you're entering town from the 111)
2781 N Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92262

Palm Springs Liquor
1200 N Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92262

Central Palm Springs-

Bev'Mo  (Downtown Palm Springs in an historic building too)
333 S Palm Canyon Dr #4, Palm Springs, CA 92262

Cork and Bottle (On the historic Register!

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William Holden Home

The Paul Kaplan Group is grateful for the local architects who contributed to the "Desert Modernism" movement in Palm Springs. John Porter Clark (1905–1991) was responsible for the design of many important commercial and residential buildings in the Palm Springs area, both individually and in partnership with other esteemed architects of his time.

Clark was born in Iowa and raised in Pasadena, California, and attended architecture school at Cornell University. Following graduation, he returned to Pasadena, where he joined the architectural firm of Van Pelt and Lind. In 1932, Clark set up an office for the firm in Palm Springs and began designing projects in the desert.

Welwood Murrary Memorial Library

After meeting Albert

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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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