'Modern on the Market' Opens Door to Mid-Century Homes

A brand of architecture special to the desert



Mid-century modern architecture reflects its minimalist nature.

J. Everette Perry

 

Even in the six years he was away from Palm Springs pursuing his education in architecture, Jim Cioffi knew the city would be his home as an adult.

“I was attracted to its natural beauty,” says Cioffi, who came to the desert in 1957. “This is a special place. It’s a place itself that tends to be minimalist. It’s raw, simplistic and has order. That appeals to me.”

Those characteristics also mirror the mid-century modern architecture that Cioffi’s Palm Spring architectural firm is known for.

Starting Feb. 13 and continuing through Feb. 23, Modernism Week celebrates all that is modern.

Palm Springs Life Homes will give modernists and novices alike an opportunity to check out mid-century modern homes currently on the market. “Modern on the Market” will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 15 at homes listed below. The event is sponsored by I-mortgage.

Cioffi has talked with many mid-century modern homeowners in the 30-plus years he has been in business, and he understands why this brand of architecture fits well into their lives.

“Clients who crave modern architecture are minimalist clients,” Cioffi says. “They boil it down to essentials. They live and think in that way, which means more energy becomes available to live their lives."

“Modern architecture is about essentials,” he adds. “Its lack of decoration tends to make it stand out. It’s simplicity, but not really simple. It focuses its energy on being ordered.”

Here is the list of open houses. Please note the list may contain some inaccuracies due to the possibility of a property selling prior to the event. Contact the realtor associated with the property to confirm the property’s status.

 

PALM SPRINGS AREA
521 W. Via Lola
Gayle & Tom DeWitt

Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
760-218-6433   
www.PalmSpringsHomeBrokers.com

3010 N Avenida Caballeros
Murano

Far West Industries
760-322-1391
muranops.com

215 Desert Lakes Drive
308 Desert Lakes Drive
385 Desert Lakes Drive

175 Westlake Drive
Shawn Patrick Snook

Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
760-898-1123
www.ShawnPatrickSells.com
 
755 Avenida Caballeros
Louise Hampton

Prudential California Realty
760-320-4586
www.LouiseHampton.com

987 E. Granvia Valmonte
Benjamin Leaskou
       
Leaskou Partners Inc.       
760-799-4290
www.LeaskouPartners.com

900 E. Palm Canyon #205, Biltmore Colony
At gate press 068 to be buzzed in.
Turn right after gate
, 3rd bldg on right after clubhouse.
Janice Kaminsky

Prudential California Realty
760-275-0862
Janicekaminsky.com

699 W. Regal Drive
1005 La Jolla Road
1212 E. Sierra Way
238 N. Burton Way
2044 N. Berne Road
TTKrepresents

HK Lane Christie’s International Real Estate
760-904-5234       
www.TTKrepresents.com 

2074 S. Largarto Way
Nancy Glienke  
 
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
858-525-1163   
nglienke@coldwellbanker.com

2401 S. Yosemite Drive
1033 E. Sierra Way
2355 S. Via Lazo
Charles Grigg

Windermere Real Estate So Cal
760-898-0334
www.cgrigg.windermeresocal.com

688 E. Spencer Drive
216 N. Monterey Road
980 E. Garden
2475 Avenida Caballeros
3390 E. Paseo Barbara
Clay Baham           

Paul Kaplan Group
760-408-4563
www.ClayBaham.com

605 Crescent Drive
ASK Windermere

Windermere Real Estate So Cal
760-333-2228   
www.ASKpalmsprings.com   

1120 E. Cactus Road
2161 Blando Road
M. Joan Martin

HomeSmart           
760-902-9066   
www.SmashingHousesinPalmSprings.com

2033 S. Joshua Tree Place
Jim Ryan

Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
760-285-8272   
www.JimRyansellsPalmSprings.com

2617 S. Camino Real
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Kathryn Tomasino

Windermere Real Estate So Cal
760-333-9990   
www.KTPalmSprings.com    

2195 S. La Paz Way
1275 E. Sunny Dunes
Beverly Bell 

HK Lane Christie’s International Real Estate
760-902-9206
rng.bell@aol.com      
Thomas Lister-Looker
HK Lane Christie’s International Real Estate
760-333-7711  
ListerLooker@gmail.com

1966 Renee Circle
Greg Asher

Windermere Real Estate So Cal           
760-799-9831
www.AsherWhite.com        

1061 Sagebrush
2469 Via Lazo
1673 Via Salida
Marc Lange & Carl Blea

HOM Sotheby’s Int’l Realty
760-834-5484
www.iamthedesert.com

1444 Murray Canyon Drive, Palm Springs 12:00 to 4:00 pm
DEBBIE TOOHEY

LEASKOU PARTNERS INC.
760-902-9600
DebbieToohey@gmail.com

2355 E Hildy Lane, Palm Springs
2200 E Rochelle, Palm Springs
Neil Curry

Windermere Real Estate
760-285-2349
www.NeilCurryRealtor.com

RANCHO MIRAGE AREA
70461 Boothill Road, Thunderbird Heights
1-4 p.m.
John Bomgardner

Windermere Real Estate So Cal
760-799-5785
john@johnbomgardner.com

37820 Halper Lake Drive
The Cyr & Stray Team

Leaskou Partners, Inc.       
760-880-1666   
www.CyrandStray.com

3 Cody Court
Frank Alvarez  
 
Leaskou Partners, Inc.       
760-323-2272
www.LeaskouPartners.com

70455 Cobb Road
TTKrepresents

HK Lane Christie’s International Real Estate
760-904-5234
www.TTKrepresents.com

1 Mirada Circle
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call for Gate Access
David Emerson

Keller Williams           
760-220-8210
www.DavidEmersonRealtor.com   

PALM DESERT AREA
73271 Backboard Trail
The Haverkate Group   

HOM Sotheby’s Int’l Realty
760-469-9125   
www.HaverkateRealEstate.com

74142 Cosmopolitan
Signature Series Palm Desert

GHA Communities
760-834-8895
GHASales.com

73577 Dalea Lane
Sally Logan

Tarbell
760-401-3831
Sally@SallyLoganRealty.com
   

47185 El Agadir Circle, Marrakesh CC
OPEN BY APPOINTMENT ONLY
Joan Hobin

Windermere Real Estate So Cal
760-861-8610        
www.TheHobinCompany.com   

INDIAN WELLS AREA
76125 Fairway Drive
Niloo Shams

Windermere Real Estate So Cal
760-861-9555   
www.theshamsgroup.com

77675 Cherokee
75425 Montecito
Connie Kashkawol

HK Lane Christie’s International Real Estate
760-989-1106
Connie@ConnieKash.com

LA QUINTA AREA
77420 Vista Rosa
Gary Yamaguchi and Rich Munday

Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
310-600-6919
www.77420vistarosa.com

79120 Fox Run
1-4 p.m.
Tom Angone

Luxury Resort Properties
760-275-9265
tomangone.com

50030 Via De Moda
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Robin Grant

HK Lane Christie’s International Real Estate
760-409-3029   
GrantDesertProperties@gmail.com

55695 Pebble Beach
2-5 p.m.
Vicki Martens

HK Lane Christie’s International Real Estate
760-861-5100   
www.PGAwestrealtor.com

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