Chino Canyon Palm Springs House Melds into Boulders

New Modernist home provides mountain views, plenty of space

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The Chino Canyon neighborhood of Palm Springs is often referred to as Boulder City.

So the area wasn’t exactly the perfect location to build this new Modernist home designed by local architect James Cioffi.

“The site was challenging,” says Cioffi. “It was a steeply sloped, rocky site so there was a tremendous amount of work to get it buildable and the boulders had to be dealt with. We incorporated them back into the design so that the house seems like it’s kind of nestled into its site. The best designs take advantage of the boulders and use them in the landscape.


A fluted metal canopy with steel columns and a corrugated metal wall lead to the front door. The pool has a spa and a large, four-inch-deep tanning shelf with holes for umbrellas.


The home, which is currently listed for sale by HOM Sotheby’s, is located near the base of the San Jacinto Mountains. Cioffi’s design is centered around a front-loaded pool and patio area that concentrates the views to the west.

“We wrapped the house like an L-shape around that area so the view would be towards Chino Canyon and the mountains,” says Cioffi.

Indoors there’s a large great room with an open kitchen/dining/living area, along with three bedrooms — including two master suites — and three full baths spread over 2,035 square feet.


"The home’s design features horizontal lines that are repeated in various guises along the exterior. “You can see that in the horizontal lines of the front gate and the wall,” says Cioffi. “That pattern is picked up in the garage door as well, and again in the sunscreens.”


Espresso-colored kitchen cabinets mirror a similar tone on the masonry of the fireplace and appliances include a Thermador range, hood, and refrigerator. The master bathrooms feature Kinetik frameless sliding shower doors, black granite vessel sinks, towel warmers, and Vigo faucet and shower fixtures.

The home’s builder and general contractor, Jerry Dzevad, has also incorporated a number of energy-efficient features such as extra insulation in the walls and ceiling, double pane windows that reflect the light and heat, and commercial grade solar roof panels.

James Cioffi Architect, 2121 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way, #3, Palm Springs, 760-325-1557


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