Our Homes at a Glance:
About our Neighborhoods
Vista Las Palmas, a Palm Springs neighborhood best known as the "Beverly Hills of Palm Springs" consists mostly of custom Alexander modernist homes built in 1959, and is now the most desirable of present-day neighborhoods of Mid-Century Modern homes in Palm Springs. This is where you'll find the largest Alexanders with the most magnificent mountain views (and most luxurious neighborhood) in Vista Las Palmas, west of downtown Palm Springs once home to stars such as Peter Lawford, Marilyn Monroe, Jackie Cooper, Cyd Charisse, George Hamilton, Donald O'Connor and Elvis.
Vista Las Palmas is located directly west of Palm Canyon Drive and west of Monte Vista St, tucked against the gorgeous San Jacinto Mountain range. In the Vista Las Palmas neighborhood of Palm Springs, where the largest and most luxurious of Alexanders were built as the second cluster of Alexander homes, Alexander homes start at about $850,000 for fixers and up to $2 million or more for exquisitely updated and upgraded Alexander homes.
Old Las Palmas boasts the largest number of celebrity homes in Palm Springs, dating back to the mid 1920's when it was first developed by New York builder Alvah Hicks and his son Harold. Formerly a citrus grove, the Old Las Palmas Neighborhood includes the area from Alejo on the South, North Palm Canyon on the East, Monte Vista on the West, and Stevens Road on the North. Being within walking distance to downtown, the area offers many special advantages.
Some of the well known celebrities that have lived in Old Las Palmas include Edgar Bergen, Liberace, Sidney Sheldon, George Hamilton, Mary Martin, Joseph Barbera, Donna Reed, Harold Mirisch, Alan Ladd, William Powell, Rona Barrett, Rudy Vallee, Harold Robbins, George Randolph Hearst, Sidney Korshak, Kirk Douglas, Kitty Carlisle, Jack Warner, Leo Spitz, Lily Tomlin and many others.
The Racquet Club Road Estates area of Palm Springs is where the largest numbers of Alexander homes were constructed in the years of 1959 and 1960. These homes were all built on generous sized lots of one quarter acre or 10,000 square feet and were uniform in size with 1,225 square feet of living space. Designed by the respected architect William Krisel A.I.A., the Racquet Club Road Estates development was the largest single-family tract home venture built by the famed Alexander Construction Company. The beauty of these post and beam homes designed in the mid-century modern vernacular is found in the soaring wafer-thin rooflines, clerestory windows, an open floor plan, and a unique indoor-outdoor relationship. Enormous lot sizes contribute greatly toward the livability and enjoyment of these homes.
There are more than 300 Alexander homes located in the Racquet Club Estates section of Palm Springs, considered north Palm Springs area, north of Vista Chino and East of Indian Canyon Drive.
About Palm Springs
This sun drenched desert oasis vacation destination is returning to its glory days as a Hollywood playground, a central gathering spot for modern architectural design aficionados, musicians and artists drawn by nature’s inspiration, and an increasing crowd of cool-seekers.
It could be the surge of super hip (and becoming super large) events like the Palm Springs International Film Festival, Modernism Week, and Coachella and Stagecoach Music Festivals. Or the openings of incredibly unique museums such as the Architecture and Design Center in downtown Palm Springs, or nearby Sunnylands, with an public garden and walking paths inspired by Vincent Van Gogh’s paintings.
Perhaps it’s the parties… pool parties in the summer, cocktail parties by the pool in winter. Mai Tais at tiki bars. S’mores by firepits in the evening under the stars. Bachelorette parties abound. This is where people get away to.
Maybe it’s the Hollywood glitz and glamour. The Rat Pack lived, loved and played here…it doesn’t get any better than that. Stars such as Frank Sinatra, Bob Hope and Lucille Ball all built homes here (that you can now rent!), adding a touch of stardust. Wearing a favorite vintage outfit, shopping for midcentury modern treasures in Uptown Design District, dining alfresco in downtown bistros under the warm sun...now that’s a vacation.
But frantic and hurried it is not. The pace is relaxed, the colors are saturated by the warm desert light, and the living is easy. Nestled at the base of the majestic San Jacinto Mountains, the City of Palm Springs is the ancestral home of the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians. The streets, lined with palm trees, are perfect for exploring boutique shops, art galleries and museums while soaking up the warm sunshine.
If this isn’t enough to entice you….soar to the top of Mount San Jacinto on the world famous Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, play a round of golf at Tahquitz Creek Golf Resort, or hike the ancient palm groves of the Indian Canyons. In the evening, stroll the year round Villagefest, then relax with (of course) a swim under the evening stars.
Palm Springs, California lies on the western edge of the Coachella Valley, within the Colorado Desert. Located approximately 110 miles southeast of Los Angeles and 140 miles northeast of San Diego, it's an easy two hour drive by freeway. The permanent year-round Palm Springs population is 45,000, and doubles during the winter season. To the east of Palm Springs, are several other desert cities including Cathedral City, Rancho Mirage, Desert Hot Springs, Palm Desert, Indian Wells, La Quinta, and Indio.
Climate and Geography
Palm Springs has more than 350 days of sunshine with less than 5 inches of rain! Winter temperatures average in the 70s with nights in the mid-40s. The dry desert heat of summer pushes daytime temperatures into the 100s, which is enjoyed by sun seekers from around the globe.
The geography of Palm Springs is what creates the famed warm, dry climate. At 487 feet above sea level, Palm Springs is sheltered by the Little San Bernardino Mountains to the north, the Santa Rosa Mountains on the south, and the San Jacinto Mountains to the west. With its towering 10,831 foot Mt. San Jacinto and the lush, inspirational Indian Canyons, this is an exquisite place for hikersto find themselves.
Palm Springs International Airport, just two miles from downtown, welcomes over 1.5 million passengers a year from throughout the U.S. and Canada. This is the way to fly… shorter lines, friendly staff, and yes, the amazing view of the mountains. It’s been described as one of the most “hassle-free” airports in the U.S., and once you fly into PSP, you’ll know why.
Ontario International Airport is just over an hour northwest. Within approximately a two-hour drive are the Los Angeles International Airport, Orange County-John Wayne Airport, Burbank Airport, Long Beach Airport and San Diego-Lindberg Field. There are many rental car agencies, taxis and shuttles within Palm Springs.
No matter how you get here, or how far you’ve come, it will be well worth the trip.
Article courtesy of http://www.visitpalmsprings.com
1717 East Vista Chino # A
Palm Springs, CA 92262-3569
Jensen's Finest Foods
Smoketree Commons Shopping Center
2465 East Palm Canyon Dr., Bldg. 7, Palm Springs, CA 92264
1700 E Vista Chino,Palm Springs, CA 92262
Classic Party Rentals - Event Specialists
72-009 Metroplex Drive Thousand Palms, CA 92276
Pawz Palm Springs
Next to Koffi, 515 North Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA
5601 Ramon Rd E, Palm Springs, CA92264
Cold Nose Warm Heart
189 South Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs
Floral Décor - Jensen's Smoketree
Smoketree Commons Shopping Center
2465 East Palm Canyon Dr., Bldg. 7, Palm Springs, CA 92264
707 N Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92262
Jake's American Bistro
664 N Palm Canyon Dr., Palm Springs, CA 92262
Blue Coyote Grill
445 North Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA 92262
330 East Amado Road, Palm Springs, CA 92262-6437
Citron - Viceroy Hotel
415 South Belardo Road, Palm Springs, CA
Purple Palm Restaurant
572 North Indian Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA 92262
622 North Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA
The Blue Pear
2249 N. Palm Canyon, Palm Springs, CA92262
515 North Palm Canyon Drive at Alejo, Palm Springs, CA92262
South Palm Springs Koffi
1700 South Camino Real at East Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA
425 S. Sunrise Way @ Ramon, Palm Springs, CA
682 S Palm Canyon Dr (Hyw 111 @ Sunny Dunes)
Palm Springs, CA 92264 US
Public Pool (Great for lap swimming)
3200 East Tahquitz Canyon Way, Palm Springs, CA92262
Two Bunch Palms
67425 Two Bunch Palms Trail, Desert Hot Springs, CA 92240
1751 N. Sunrise Way, Palm Springs, CA92262
4070 Airport Center Dr., Palm Springs, CA 92262
COOL STUFF TO DO NEARBY:
Palm Springs Air Museum
745 North Gene Autry Trail, Palm Springs, CA92262
Palm Srpings Aerial Tramway
1 Tramway Road, Palm Springs, CA
Moorten Botanical Garden
1701 South Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA 92264
Palm Springs Art Museum
101 Museum Drive
Palm Springs, Califomia 92262
Hiking Indian Canyons
Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians
38500 South Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA92264
Joshua Tree National Park
The Fabulous Palm Springs Follies
128 South Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA92262
62-950 20th Avenue, North Palm Springs, CA92258
Thursday Night Street Fair (Village Fest)
Where: Palm Canyon Drive between Amado and Baristo, Palm Springs, Ca 92262
When: Year-round, every Thursday evening. Villagefest hours are 6pm to 10pm from October-May, and 7pm to 10pm June-September
EMAIL or Phone: (415) 596-6132 PST
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