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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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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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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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Written by Katy Carrier

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

Walter S. White, 1917-2002, designed a number of innovative properties in the Coachella Valley during the 1940s and ‘50s. Nearly 50 homes in Palm Desert alone have been attributed to White, and he maintained an office there near the corner of Highway 111 and Cabrillo Avenue.

White became known for creating unique roofs and even patented a method for constructing curved roofs using dowels, allowing for a change in the curvature of the roof.

Miles Bates house

The Miles Bates house in Palm Desert, built in 1955, features a wave-like curved roof, while the Wilcockson residence in Indio,

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Modernism festivities kicks off in Palm Springs today, with 11 days of great activities and events ahead, including architectural tours, lectures and film screenings, parties, and the weekend-long Modernism Show & Sale. The Paul Kaplan Group is excited to be involved in a number events, and we hope that you can join us!

Beyond 'Poolside Gossip' - An onstage conversation between Nelda Linsk and Gary Johns, and screening of the film Slim Aarons, The High Life (February 23)

The iconic image of Slim Aarons' "Poolside Gossip” photograph comes to life once again with an onstage conversation between Nelda Linsk and the Paul Kaplan Group's own Gary Johns, followed by the North American Premier of the film Slim Aarons, The High Life. Nelda Linsk was a

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53965 AVENIDA OBREGON, LA QUINTA, CA 92253

53965 Avenida Obregon, La Quinta, CA 92253

Acclaimed modernist architect Walter S. White designed a collection of just four bungalows in La Quinta Cove in the 1940s and 1950s, and the Paul Kaplan Group is excited to now represent one of these special homes. White was known for innovative designs that pushed the boundaries of the era, and this historically designated property, built in 1958, features a unique three-armed pinwheel floor plan, with a striking low pitched roof line that extends out from the home to create a wide, angular form. 

Abundant clerestory windows, walls of glass and sliding glass doors connect the outdoors with the interior. The home has been lovingly restored and modernized,

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Architects who contributed to "Desert Modernism" -  E Stewart WilliamsCoachella Valley Savings and Loan #2

Written by Katy Carrier

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

Architect E. Stewart Williams, FAIA (1909-2005) started his career in New York in the office of Raymond Loewy, making the move out to California following serving in the Navy. Williams’ father, architect Harry Williams, had come to Palm Springs in 1936 to work on La Plaza, one of the first multi-use projects in California, combining offices, retail shops, a theater and residences. E. Stewart Williams set up shop with his father and brother under the name of Williams, Williams and Williams, and a

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