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Good Bones

A recent renovation of a home built by the Alexander Construction Company gives it a fresh, modern feel while retaining the integrity of the original architecture.

Lawrence Karol Current Digital, Home & Design, Real Estate

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The tongue-and-groove ceilings and the living room's fireplace are original to the house. "The coolest elements are the sheer size of the compound and how rock was incorporated into certain areas of the home to tie it in to the surrounding landscape," says realtor David Emerson of Windermere Homes & Estates.
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It’s impossible to overstate the role the Alexander Construction Company played in the history of midcentury architecture in Palm Springs. Founded in 1955 by George Alexander and his son, Robert, the firm built over 2,200 houses in the Coachella Valley before the founders’ untimely deaths in a 1965 plane crash.

While many of the Alexander houses were designed by well-known architect William Krisel, roughly half the homes in the Vista Las Palmas neighborhood of Palm Springs were the work of another midcentury heavyweight, Charles DuBois. This home at 670 N. Rose Ave. — which just came on the market at $2.6 million — was part of DuBois’ Mountain View Estates No. 1 series.

The residence was completed in 1958 and sits on over one-third of an acre. A recent renovation — by designer Deborah Anderson of D&D Real Estate Concepts and general contractor Brittany Erwin of California Crafted Construction — increased the footprint from 3,593 square feet with five bedrooms and five bathrooms to 3,756 square feet with five en-suite bedrooms and six bathrooms.

“Deborah takes special midcentury homes like this one and makes them amazing,” says realtor David Emerson of Windermere Homes & Estates. “She brings out the best in them by respecting the integrity of the original architect and bringing innovative and fresh design to make them feel like modern homes. During the renovation, the preexisting bones of the home were maintained but Deborah and Brittany reconfigured the living space, the kitchen, and added bathrooms and a two-car garage [replacing a carport].

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Italian porcelain tile flooring flows throughout both the indoor and outdoor living areas. Designer Deborah Anderson, along with general contractor Brittany Erwin, oversaw the property’s renovation. “Deborah takes special midcentury homes like this one and makes them amazing,” says Emerson. “She brings out the best in them by respecting the integrity of the original architect and bringing innovative and fresh design to make them feel like modern homes.”

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The massive, light-filled kitchen is outfitted with recycled glass countertops and Viking and Sub-Zero appliances.

He adds that among the special features of the home are the, “timelessness of the tongue-and-groove ceilings, the [living room’s] original rock fireplace, and how amazing good midcentury bones and state-of-the-art modern design intertwine. And the location and positioning of the home tucked away in Vista Las Palmas give it breathtaking views of Dry Falls and Mount San Jacinto.”

A few of the new, modern touches are Italian porcelain tile flooring that flows throughout both the indoor and outdoor living areas; recycled glass countertops along with Viking and Sub-Zero appliances in the kitchen; an updated master bathroom that includes textured vanity walls with floating mirrors, Brizo fixtures, and a shower with a floor-to-ceiling terrazzo tile that also surrounds the stone composite bathtub; as well as recycled glass countertops and glass vanities in the other bathrooms. In addition to the recycled glass countertops, the home’s eco-friendly elements include dual-paned windows and sliders.

The private backyard features a large swimming pool, spa, and entertainment spaces—and a detached one-bedroom, one-bathroom casita that overlooks the pool area.

“This home is filled with natural light,” adds Emerson. “It has a great 50s feel but with new design so it makes you think and feel what it must have been like to live in this home when it was new in the popular celebrity playground of Vista Las Palmas.”

670 N. Rose Ave., Palm Springs

For more information, contact David Emerson, realtor / executive premier director, David Emerson & Associates, Windermere Homes & Estates, 73725 El Paseo Drive, Palm Desert, 760-220-8210, david@emerson-it.com.

Modern on the Market

This house at 670 N. Rose Ave. in Palm Springs is one of several participating in “Modern on the Market”, which spotlights open houses for midcentury homes during the opening weekend of Modernism Week 2019.

Open houses will be held Feb. 16 in Palm Springs, and Feb. 17 in Rancho Mirage and Indian Wells. See the list of open houses below.

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
SATURDAY, FEB. 16

670 N. Rose
$2,600,000
Open: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Agent: David Emerson
Windermere Homes & Estates
760-220-8210
Davidemersonrealtor.com

2425 N Tuscan Road (Little Tuscany)
$1,179,000
Open: 11am. to 3 p.m.
Agent: Jeff Blacker
Pacific Sotheby’s Int’l Realty
760-408-5075
jeffblacker.com

1245 S. Sunrise Way
$747,000
Open: 11a.m. to 3 p.m.
Agent: Craig Michaels
Leaskou Partners
760-880-3848
Craigmichaelsrealestate@gmail.com

1042 E Apache Road
Dan Palmer and William Krisel, architects
$1,245,000
Open: Noon to 3 p.m.
Agent: TTK Represents, HK Lane / Christie’s International Real Estate
760-904-5234
TTKrepresents.com

499 Dominguez
$685,000
Open: 11 a.m. to 2 pm.
Agent: Team Lange Blea
Pacific Sotheby’s Int’l Realty
760-834-5484
Iamthedesert.com

755 Twin Palms
$799,000
Open: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Agent: Team Lange Blea
Pacific Sotheby’s Int’l Realty
760-834-5484
Iamthedesert.com

767 Twin Palms
$799,000
Open: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Agent: Team Lange Blea
Pacific Sotheby’s Int’l Realty
760-834-5484
Iamthedesert.com

699 Equinox Way
$869,000
Open: Noon to 4 p.m.
Agent: Gil Rose
HomeSmart Professionals
760-318-9191
homes@gilrose.com

715 E. Sunny Dunes
$899,000
Open: Noon to 4 p.m.
Agent: The Bianco Group – James Bianco
Coldwell Banker
760-808-0650
palmsprings.house

2890 E Wyman Drive
William Krisel, architect
$639,900
Open: Noon to 4 p.m.
Agent: The Bianco Group – James Bianco
Coldwell Banker
760-808-0650
palmsprings.house

855 W. Panorama
$1,395,000
Open: Noon to 3 p.m.
Agent: ASK Palm Springs
HK Lane/Christie’s International
760-333-2228
ASKPalmSprings.com

202 Monterey Drive
William Krisel architect, and Hugh Kaptur, architect of guest house
$829,000
Open: Noon to 3 p.m.
Agent: Brian Beard
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
760-799-7096
Modernhomespalmsprings.com

RANCHO MIRAGE
SUNDAY, FEB. 17

6 Makena Lane (midcentury inspired)
$2,695,000
Open: Noon to 3 p.m.
Agent: TTK Represents
HK Lane / Christie’s International Real Estate
760-904-5234
TTKrepresents.com

INDIAN WELLS
SUNDAY, FEB. 17

45755 Cielito Drive
William F. Cody, architect
$1,699,000
Open: Noon to 4 p.m.
Agent: Niloo Shams
Pacific Sotheby’s Int’l Realty
760-861-9555
nilooshams@aol.com

75690 Fairway Drive
$1,429,000
Open: Noon to 3 p.m.
Agent: TTK Represents
HK Lane / Christie’s International Real Estate
760-904-5234
TTKrepresents.com