Reborn Eichler

Midcentury modern gets a 21st-century reboot in this authentic South Palm Springs house.

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Midcentury developer Joseph Eichler brought “modern to the masses” with his wide-ranging designs; 1960s-era sales brochures touted the homes’ “wonderful world of beauty” and “simple elegance.” Now, KUD Development debuts new Palm Springs Eichler homes — which come with certificates of authenticity — straight from the developer’s original plans.

Unveiled during Modernism Week in February, Desert Eichler No. 1 offers 2,177 square feet of living space in the main home, with four bedrooms, three baths, and a soaring, 424-square-foot signature Eichler glass atrium, all based on plans by architect Claude Oakland.


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The home comes with a soaring, 424-square-foot signature Eichler glass atrium.


Custom Kerf cabinetry and solid walnut doors and paneling throughout set off its sleek post-and-beam architecture. Emtek and Aquabrass finishes complete the A-frame construction’s midmod look. The master bedroom offers 200 square feet that incorporate a dual-sink bath/dressing area and walk-in closet.

Modern upgrades include green-rated air conditioning and heat, porcelain tile, a foam-insulated roof, and dual-pane windows. Dacor stainless-steel appliances in the spacious kitchen adjoin a multipurpose room ideal for lounging.


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The oversized, 18,295-square-foot lot provides sweeping mountain views.


Guests will enjoy the home’s 352-square-foot, Eichler-inspired casita, complete with its own bed and bath. The oversized, 18,295-square-foot lot provides sweeping mountain views and a fun, retro-inspired circle pool and separate spa that perfectly evoke Eichler’s “world of beauty” for the new century.

Construction on Desert Eichler No. 2 — another Claude Oakland model — and Desert Eichler No. 3, an Anshen + Allen flat-roof home, is underway.

Location: South Palm Springs
Asking Price: $1.29 million
Square Footage: 2,953 including casita and atrium
Special Features: Eichler-style atrium, custom Kerf cabinetry, oversized lot with 270-degree mountain views, pool, and spa
Agents: Troy Kudlac and Ross Stout, KUD Properties/Desert Eichler Homes; 760-902-4550, 760-258-6369;,;,


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