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While we did not have the pleasure of meeting Betty First, the previous owner, in person, we were blessed to meet her children, their spouses and friends who knew her. And by all accounts she was amazing. She was fit, fun, fabulous and adored by all. It should therefore be no surprise that when we set out to renovate this house we wanted all those same characteristics reflected in the renovation and re-design.

This Stan Sackley designed home was unveiled as a featured home during Modernism Week 2019. The James Bond-style interior enjoys wrap around mountain views from every angle & sits on one of the most coveted streets in Indian Canyons. Designed to be authentically in tune with the 1970s vibe-from the dark terrazzo-inspired floors that stretch across the living spaces to the dark brown walls, colorful & graphic wallpaper to the geometric tiles that create stunning dimensions and a soulful atmosphere. The architecture, with its crisp white and linear exterior presentation, in addition to the dark, rich and colorful interior is reminiscent of the era: open, free and sexy.

The new kitchen which pulls from the same rich pallet with walnut cabinets, dark bronze hardware, quartz countertops and porcelain tile backsplash with gradient desert tones is punctuated beautifully with modern, high-end JennAir appliances. The bathroom renovations continue the dark & sexy scheme with tonal grey tile, walnut cabinets & Brizo fixtures.

This house features amazing indoor-outdoor flow with all new commercial grade windows & sliders in dark bronze finish. The new pool, spa, outdoor kitchen and fire feature are the perfect place to entertain while offering complete privacy from the street with walls of glass off the rear of the home that celebrate the majestic San Jacinto Mountains. If you’re not careful you might find yourself transported back to the days of the of the pleasure dome where glorious self expression was en vogue and life was a wonderland. We hope Betty would be proud.

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Hardly visible through the myriad of bougainvillea and Queen Palms, this amazing innovation in architecture gave way to the opulence of the 1980s: mirrors, granite, french doors. You know what I’m talking about! Thankfully behind all the cosmetic alterations there was still the architectural marvel envisioned by the architect.

By contrast, the late 1950s was a time of great optimism and limitless possibilities. The Boeing 707 was the first successful passenger jetliner that entered commercial service in 1958 and one year later this Krisel Alexander was built. Both of these innovations in air travel and architecture ushered in, not only the jet age in commercial travel but equally as important a sense of leisure and freedom.

With this in mind, we set out to respectfully renovate every surface and upgrade every system, all while honoring the architectural integrity of the home including thoughtful additions of a dining room, master bath and decorative block wall. Located in Vista Las Palmas, one of Palm Springs’ finest neighborhoods, this mid-century modern home is sited perfectly with a south facing back yard with both south and west mountain views. And while it’s delicate roofline and clerestory windows are a nod to the architects original vision, the interiors offer modern day luxurious comforts for today's living. Although we can never turn the clock back completely, perhaps in some small way, this can allow us to return to the optimism of a time gone by.


Freyed So!

Where there is a will, or maybe we should say William, there is a way. This 1966 Albert Frey designed tennis estate for William Irving Hollingsworth III is certainly a testimony to perseverance.

The story, as it's told, is that Hollingsworth purchased the lot and wanted to build a tennis estate adjacent to the Racquet Club which was then owned by Charlie Ferrell. Ferrell is said to have protested the development because he did not want the eyesore of the chain link fence, commonly associated with tennis courts, in proximity to his Racquet Club.

Hollingsworth, a Los Angeles developer had, not only the the vision but the determination to make the site work. He decided to excavate the lot below grade to minimize the visibility of his tennis estate thus gaining the necessary permits and approvals. He then hired Albert Frey, who was at the time working on the Racquet Club, to design his new tennis estate. And so the Hollingsworth house was created. Freyed So Charlie!

At first glance one can easily recognize a few quintessential Frey characteristics: rolled roof, cantilevered carport, and an elevated pool. This small but remarkable property is a rare opportunity to experience Desert Modernism as it was intended.


Parting is such sweet sorrow

They say love is blind. That couldn’t be any more true than when we fell in love with this home. The listing had no pictures but we were familiar with the neighborhood and knew from the description it would be a match.

Upon arrival we knew instantly this would be home. From the decorative block wall at the front bedrooms that offer both privacy and beautiful architectural detail to the original double front doors and hardware that were still in tact but in desperate need of love and attention, we could easily see the potential. And that’s all before we ever entered the house. It did not disappoint.

Originally hidden from the street and the golf course by overgrown foliage, this 1963 mid-century modern architectural gem is situated on the west side of one of the finest blocks on the Indian Canyons Golf Course. This 4BR (3 en-suites), 4BA home with home office and separate casita has now been completely transformed back to its previous splendor beginning with the the striking orange, Parker-inspired front doors with re-plated original hardware. While most every inch of this space has been updated, the breathtaking views of the San Jacinto mountains remain unspoiled and untouched. It is true that parting is sweet sorrow but we now leave you in the capable hands of the new owners to create new memories and to begin a love affair of their own.


Modernism Week 2017

Built in 1964 for Avery and Virginia Rennick. Avery, a well known furniture designer with close ties to Hollywood celebrities, was one of the original developers of the Sunset Strip in the Los Angeles area from 1930-1950. This 3000+ sf mid-century masterpiece sits on the 13th fairway of Indian Canyons Golf Course with amazing views and boasts 4 BR+ den, 3 BA.

The home features a decorative brise-soleil at the front bedrooms that offer both privacy and beautiful architectural detail. The interior is further set off with a stunning white floor to ceiling dolomite fireplace, beautiful 24x24 terrazzo tiled floors, custom cabinetry, Zodiac quartz, DXV bath fixtures and Bosch appliances.

The backyard retreat offers a resort-style pool and spa, built-in bbq and fire feature. Upgraded electrical, plumbing, HVAC, sliders and windows complete the transformation of this beautiful Palm Springs home.


An Eyesore No More

The most remarkable compliment, post renovation, came from a homeowner who lived in the neighborhood for many years when he asked, "why don't I know this house? Has it always been here?" That question is a testimony to the transformation of this once neglected property.

This 1972, 4 BR (3 en suites), 3 1/2 BA, 3665 sf historic California Modern Home with its flat cantilevered roof is deserving of all the accolades during its debut at the 2016 Modernism Week Signature event. With a dramatic colonnade, front loaded pool, spa and spectacular south and west facing views, the home has been meticulously renovated: reconfigured rooms, new plumbing and electrical, HVAC, new drywall, stucco, new foam roof, solar ready; wired throughout for security and AV, re-plastered pool & spa; new equipment and all new lateral surfaces and landscaping, including synthetic grass.

This architecturally stunning home with a dramatic colonnade that leads you inside to soaring 14' ceilings; walls of glass and a split-level dining, living room and wet bar is set off with a floor to ceiling luminous fireplace in Ann Sacks custom wall tile. The renovation incorporates IWC's Keltic Door Series commercial grade windows and sliders which open onto the most magnificent resort-style backyard complete with not one but two outdoor fire features and an outdoor kitchen. The gourmet kitchen boasts sleek and stunning Bosch appliances and Wilsonart quartz countertops.

The bathrooms demonstrate the same unparalleled detail from the custom cabinets to the Kohler free standing bathtub, shimmering metallic showers outfitted with Kohler integrated multi-sensory bath and shower systems. This home now offers the perfect setting to relax, entertain and enjoy the amazing views of the San Jacinto mountains. We doubt it will ever again go unnoticed.


A Sackley Delight

This 1979 California Modern Estate designed by architect, Stan Sackley is located in the historic Tennis Club near downtown Palm Springs. This 4 bedroom (all en'suite) 4 bath w/ over 3,600 sq ft of living space has been meticulously renovated throughout. Nestled at the base of the San Jacinto Mountains offering magnificent 360 degree city lights & mountain views, this architecturally significant home captures the true essence of Palm Springs indoor/outdoor living. Known for his tremendous attention to detail, this Sackley does not disappoint. Enter through large double doors and you're greeted to a sunken living room with beamed ceilings, walls of glass, clerestory Windows, a double-sided fireplace and unparalleled views.

The kitchen boasts Thermador SS appliances, quartz counter tops and custom teak cabinetry. The bedrooms enjoy amazing views and spa-inspired baths. The backyard retreat offers a resort style salt water pool and spa, built-in bbq and fire feature. Upgraded electrical, plumbing, HVAC, sliders, windows and pre-wire for AV complete the transformation of this beautiful Sackley.


Scary Good

Truly one of the most daunting renovations to date. Abandoned for over 15 years, every surface needed to be restored. Today, this 5BR (all en suites) 6 BA, 4286 sf home is nothing short of extraordinary in style, scale and volume. Perfectly situated on tony Indian Canyons, this home offers a rare opportunity to live as though you have no neighbors, except the magnificent San Jacinto mountains to the south and west.

An entertainers delight, it offers no separation between the indoors and out. Enter the home through the large double doors with custom lucite door handles and you're greeted by high ceilings, original decorative screens and walls of glass. A hallway that doubles as an art gallery, leads to the west wing which houses one of the 2 large master suites and opens up onto spectacular views, the pool/spa, an outdoor fire pit and an outdoor kitchen.

Meander thru the chefs kitchen and look directly through the den out to the 17th green in the distance. The kitchen boasts state of the art appliances, including a 64" built-in refrigerator/freezer, quartz countertops and custom high gloss white and Madagascar cabinetry. All bedrooms enjoy amazing views and spa-like baths with Italian porcelain tile. What was once scary is now scary good. Welcome home!


A Jewel Reclaimed

Situated on a corner lot on one of Indian Canyons most coveted blocks, this home had fallen into complete disrepair. With it's classic mid-century bones and beautiful front loaded pool this home had definitely seen better days.

After a complete renovation this magnificent home is once again the epitome of resort style living with one of the most dramatic panoramic views in Indian Canyons. The 4 bedroom (3 en suite) 4 1/2 bath, 2811 sf home sits on a large corner lot with a front-loaded pool. This mid-century modern home now re-captures the original essence of Palm Springs' indoor/outdoor lifestyle. The new architectural block wall adds privacy and and the desert landscaping and white plastered pool, spa and large outdoor fire pit set the tone for the ultimate in Palm Springs luxury.

Enter the home through large double doors flanked by floor to ceiling windows and you're greeted by grey polished porcelain floors, high ceilings, open living/dining/kitchen area and a spectacular custom designed pearl drop fireplace. The kitchen boasts SS appliances, quartz countertops and custom high gloss white and walnut cabinetry. The bedrooms enjoy amazing views and spa-like baths. Upgraded electrical, plumbing, sliders and a re-foamed roof complete the amazing transformation of this 1966 beauty.



Agua Caliente

Renovated and re-designed for its Modernism Week 2015 debut, this home located on Caliente Dr is a shining example of Stan Sackley's work. Built in 1976 and renovated in 2015 by Thomboy Properties, key interior design elements include: open floor plan, varying ceiling heights, a soaring fireplace, a sunken bar, signature raked walls and walls of glass. While the architecture has been respectfully maintained to reflect the original vision of the architect, the design and flow of the home has been updated based on today’s tastes and lifestyle

At 4,532 square feet, the house boasts four en suites, a media room and an office. The renovation is set off by magnificent gray Italian porcelain flooring, punctuated by white shag carpet in the bedrooms. The floor-to-ceiling fireplace and sunken bar have been adorned with Heath dimensional tile. The gourmet kitchen, which features walnut cabinets, Jenn Air appliances and white quartz countertops is now open to the rest of the house. The bathrooms demonstrate the same unparalleled detail from the custom cabinets to the free standing bathtubs, bidet, and Italian porcelain showers fitted with Hansgrohe fixtures. The walls of glass, updated with IWC’s Keltic Door Series, open onto the most magnificent resort-style backyard complete with 16’ fire pit, outdoor kitchen and white plastered pool and spa. The perfect setting to relax or entertain and enjoy the amazing views of the San Jacinto mountains.



Nip & Tuck

The previous owners of 26 years meticulously cared for this home which reflected their refined elegance. This 3487 sf home is a shining example of desert modern that simply needed a facelift. This newly remodeled home now opens it's double doors into a grand entry with beautiful brown polished porcelain floors. The soaring ceilings and walls of glass look out to the famed Disney Fountain on the 9th tee of Indian Canyons Golf course. The spectacular, large, all white gourmet kitchen, equipped with Viking and Sub Zero appliances; quartz countertops, includes the mother of all breakfast nooks. Each bedroom has it's own en-suite. The house flows seamlessly from indoors out to the pebble tech pool, spa and water feature. And did we mention the sunken bar? We think the former owners would have approved.



Hidden Treasures

We walked by this house for years without fulling noticing it. This architecturally stunning home with spectacular original fleur de lys decorative block and terrazzo floors was covered by a combination of plywood, stucco and Saltillo tiles. After an extensive restoration, this 1963 mid-century modern stunner on Canyon Country Club's 18th tee now boasts white polished porcelain floors, custom cabinetry, wired media room and custom wine cellar. This house, with it's incredible mountain and golf course views, in addition to the amazing display of Palms, now oozes Palm Springs luxury.



Alexander The Great

You know a house is special when you buy it sight unseen and solely by reputation. Such was the case with this iconic Butterfly Alexander built by the famed Alexander Construction Company. Though neglected for many years, this house still had all the essential ingredients: decorative block walls, post & beam construction, clerestory windows and open floor plan. Key updates throughout the interior and an emphasis on architectural landscape including a bocce ball court, cabana and fire pit reinforce the idea that excellence in design and construction are not only timeless but make these homes even more coveted today than when originally built.



A Second Chance

There are times when first impressions can be deceiving. Fortunately, we were able to see what others may have missed. Much of the elegance of this classic 1957 Deepwell California Ranch was hidden behind years of "DIY" remodels. By stripping away the layers of past renovations and re-thinking the layout, we were able to restore her natural beauty. The meticulous renovation included a resort style pool & spa; the addition of a master bedroom suite; and custom designed European cabinetry in the kitchen & bathrooms. With a new layout that epitomizes indoor/outdoor living, punctuated by stunning mountain views, we can again appreciate a classic.



No Reservations Necessary

There were plenty of reservations the first time we laid eyes on this property. Sure she had something special about her but first you had to peel back the layers of neglect and abandon. The year was 1957 when this Twin Palms architectural gem with its iconic block walls and soaring post and beam ceilings was created. With its incredible blur between inside and out, it is reminiscent of the Parker Palm Springs Hotel. Sit back, relax and take in the views. One only has to decide: pool or spa, petanque or croquet, martini or manhattan? Whatever you decide, this time, there are no reservations necessary.



Sweet Dreams

When one dreams of the Palm Springs lifestyle you inevitably think of an Alexander. Built in 1959, this Palmer-Kreisel designed Alexander in Racquet Club Estates is a wonderful reminder of what we love most about Palm Springs. With a bit of TLC we were able to truly celebrate its post and beam construction, walls of glass, inside-outside living and the spectacular mountain views. The addition of clerestory windows was the final nod to the functional beauty for which both architect and builder are known.



Remake Of A Classic

Every so often one encounters a stunning natural beauty with the potential to be luxurious, stylish and glamorous. This 1969 Canyon Country Club home had impressive architecture with walls of glass, soaring beamed ceilings and spectacular views. Having been neglected for some time with numerous miscues and suspect design choices with little or no continuity, this classic home had lost its way. Starting with extensive sandblasting to remove the stucco hiding the amazing slump stone walls to the final installation of the seamless glass kitchen backsplash, this project is better appreciated through images and not words.



Worthy Of Another Look

This 1961 modern ranch in Deepwell had a great history (home to one of the original Marlboro men) but many of its defining features were hidden or missing. Editing the front landscape and hardscape gave her the curb appeal she deserved. Renovating the pool and casita created a large, backyard oasis – extending indoor-outdoor living and capturing amazing mountain views. Finally, updates to interior finishes and the addition of custom architectural elements returned her to her original shine.



Creating Definition

Most projects include opening up space to reflect our modern way of living and entertaining. This renovation however, was just the opposite. The 1961 Harry Kelso built-home on the famed Canyon Country Club had lost its way, morphing from the original 1,450 square feet to an undefined 3,522 square feet. Reworking and creating separation between rooms, making sense of the layout and flow, restored the spirit of this original mid-century modern marvel.



Addition By Subtraction

This stunning 1956 post and beam home had so much to offer with a good dose of editing. Amazing architectural lines were revealed and enhanced with extensive landscaping and the integration of a sweeping circular drive. The impressive rock walls and dramatic pearl drop fireplace became design heroes against a simple and clean white backdrop. The custom kitchen and spa-like baths were created with the use of clean modern finishes and materials. A design approach that once again proved that less is more.



The Rifleman

Chuck Connors' former estate is located on the 5th green of the historic Canyon Country Club in Palm Springs. Hidden behind walls, this once storied estate had been neglected and fallen into foreclosure. Respectfully renovated in 2010, this contemporary classic home blends the past with the present in a warm and modern living environment. This 4BR (dual masters), 3 bath home features an open floor plan with walls of glass. Formal living room with fireplace opens onto a private courtyard with salt water pool/spa on one side and an expansive terrace with golf course and panoramic mountain views on the other. This entertainer's delight flows beautifully into a large dining room with adjacent wet bar. There is a fully renovated kitchen, complete with breakfast room, custom walnut cabinetry and stainless steel appliances. The master suite features dual vanities and dressing areas. The second master, known as the "Reagan Bedroom," rumored to have housed Nancy & Ronald Reagan during his time as Governor of CA, includes an en suite bath with private patio. Share in some of Hollywood's history when you step inside this classic Palm Springs retreat.

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