Paul Kaplan Palm Springs Real Estate Blog

The "Chuck" in Palm Springs

Welcome to The Chuck, presented by The Paul Kaplan Group! This recently renovated five-unit boutique apartment building is a jewel in the El Mirador neighborhood of Palm Springs. There are three studio units, two one-bedroom units, and one unit is used by the owners. Two units are currently being used as vacation rentals, and two units are rented annually. Among many updates are: kitchens, bathrooms, tile floors, plumbing in each unit, gas lines, electrical, HVAC, landscaping and pool. Each of these units also have a private rear patio. Owner's unit is a full one bedroom plus kitchen and living area, and has an updated bath, kitchen, electrical, plumbing and oversized picture windows. This stylish rental complex is located

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What's happening for Modernism celebrations in Palm Springs this year??

We're just a month away from the Palm Springs Modernism celebrations and the Paul Kaplan Group team is excited to continue the annual tradition of the Modernism Yard Sale! Our tradition continues for the 7th year, and PKG will be serving up free donuts while you hunt for vintage treasures at the sale, which is being held on Sunday, February 26, 8am - 12pm at H3K Design Parking Lot -  501 S. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs 92264. Admission:  FREE!

Tickets remain for other great Modernism Week events; you can check out the full list of available tickets here, and we've also highlighted some events below!

Preview Party at the Palm Springs Modernism Show & Sale 

February

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Written by Katy Carrier

The Paul Kaplan Group is grateful for the architects who have helped shape the “Desert Modernism” movement in Palm Springs. 

Celebrated modernist architect Richard Neutra designed just three homes in the Palm Springs area, but each was unique and important in the advancement of Desert Modernism.

Kaufmann House by Richard Neutra

Neutra’s first project in the desert was the Grace Miller House, which was completed in 1937.  The small home was designed very deliberately with the needs of Miller in mind, with Miller and Neutra exchanging some 50 letters throughout 1936 and 1937 that outlined Miller’s habits and wants in great detail so that the home could be perfectly customized. Miller’s budget was limited –

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The Desert Sun newspaper recently published "The Year in Desert Real Estate" – an article by Rosalie Murphy that examines the shifts made during 2016 to longtime characteristics of the Coachella Valley real estate market. Read on for a summary of Murphy's recap, plus insight from some of The Paul Kaplan Group team.

1. Palm Springs saw record-breaking sales

The high-price record for Palm Springs was beaten three times this year, first by the sale of designer Marc Ware's Old Las Palmas home in the spring ($5.75 million), then by the sale of the John Lautner-designed Elrod House to fashion designer Jeremy Scott over the summer ($7.7 million), and finally by Ron Burkle's purchase this fall of the Lautner-designed Bob and Dolores Hope Estate

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With lush greenery, cheery citrus trees and a modern firepit, the dreamy outdoor living space at this updated midcentury condo at Garden Villas East, presented by The Paul Kaplan Group, is enough to win you over right from the start.  Accessible from every major room in the home, the oversized patio is also steps away from the community pool and spa!  

Stepping inside, the recently renovated unit is warm and light-filled. We are particularly fond of the kitchen design and we've awarded extra points for the clean and organic cabinetry choice, with plenty of counter space to satisfy a chef.  Your dinner guests can flow onto the patio before and after dining to enjoy the western mountain views – and the best part is, you'll never miss a beat

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At The Paul Kaplan Group, we love to spread the word about the many unique sights and traditions of Palm Springs, like Robolights. Started by local resident Kenny Irwin Jr. in 1986 when he was just 12 years old, Robolights is a robot-themed light display at the Irwin family home in the Movie Colony East neighborhood of Palm Springs, not far from Frank Sinatra’s Twin Palms Estate. 

Robolights grew out of Irwin’s affinity and talent for making robots, using found objects and whatever materials he could get his hands on. Irwin, who attended the California College of Arts in Oakland, has continued creating art over the years and grew Robolights to become an annual tradition, save for a few skipped years.

2016 marks

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Coming soon.... we at The Paul Kaplan Group are currently working on a Tiny House Community to be located in sunny Palm Springs, California-

With the recent popularity of the Tiny House movement, and our Palm Springs history of mobile home living, the timing is right to create a modern community of tiny homes, here in the desert.

Although the homes won't be TINY, they'll be SMALLER - with floor plans starting around 500 SF-  we think that's  more livable- and will include a spacious outdoor area for indoor/outdoor desert living.

Floor plans are currently being finalized.  The community will consist of a  common area pool and spa, meeting rooms, outdoor lounges and bbq space, plus dog park.  Oh yea, there will be shuffle board too.  Prices

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At the Paul Kaplan Group in Palm Springs, we not only have a passion for real estate, but also the history of architecture and design in Palm Springs and beyond. 

One of our favorite spots in Palm Springs is the Palm Springs Art Museum's Architecture and Design Center, Edwards Harris Pavilion. The Architecture and Design Center, or “A+D Center,” is located in downtown Palm Springs in the historic 1961 Santa Fe Savings & Loan Building, which was purchased by the Palm Springs Art Museum from a real estate developer about five years ago. The building, originally designed by renowned architect E. Stewart Williams, underwent renovations led by the firm of Marmol Radziner to transform the former bank into the museum. The international style building

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The holidays are upon us, and The Paul Kaplan Group has curated a Palm Springs gift guide with finds that are sure to please any architecture and design lovers on your list!

Mid-Century Modern Architecture Travel Guide, West Coast Edition by Sam Lubell, photography by Darren Bradley (Phaidon)

Enamel pins by Mid Mod Pin

René planters by Boyce Studio

Sunnylands: America's Midcentury Masterpiece, by Janice Lyle

Bargello Hex throw pillows by Jonathan Adler

Smeg retro small appliances

Terrazzo objects by Besler & Sons (can be used as bookends, doorstops, serving platters or just decorative objects)Acrylic coasters and drink stirrers by California Lustre

Palm Springs > The Good Life Goes On, by Nancy Baron (Kehrer Verlag)

EO2

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This light and bright mid-century stunner presented by The Paul Kaplan Group is the epitome of indoor-outdoor Palm Springs living, with the open concept living area's expanse of glass doors leading to a spacious and immaculately landscaped back yard with exotic fruit trees, a glittering pool and the most spectacular mountain views. 

Designed in 1958 by Charles Dubois for Alexander Construction Company, this Vista Las Palmas gem has been a bastion of cool since its early days, originally owned by Chick Iverson, the first Volkswagen and Porsche dealer in Orange Country, who also just happened to be best friends with John Wayne. 

While retaining the vintage charm of its days as the playground of Iverson and Wayne, upgraded elements

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