Hoagy Carmichael’s Midcentury Modern Thunderbird Country Club Estate Is For Sale

Nat King Cole did it better, in my opinion, but Hoagy Carmichael’s original version of the classic “Stardust” is still one of the most beautiful songs ever recorded. (On a side note, you can still hear “Stardust” on the radio, nearly every day, by tuning into the desert’s classic station www.KWXY.com)

Carmichael was a composer, singer, actor and bandleader. He is best known for composing the music for “Stardust”, “Georgia on My Mind”, “The Nearness of You”, and “Heart and Soul”, four of the most-recorded American songs of all time, according to Wikipedia.

Carmichael died of heart failure at the Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage, California, on December 27, 1981.

Today, his mid-century modern home, located on the 8th green of the Thunderbird Country Club, is for sale.  The home was originally designed by starchitect William Cody for Carmichael and offers breathtaking views of the mountains, golf course and lake, from nearly every room in the house.

To bring it up to today’s standards, the estate was renovated in 2004. According to the listing agent, “the design of this ranch style mid-century home, popular in the 1950’s, was followed as closely as possible to maintain the integrity of it’s historic value. Every detail of this home was done with only the finest quality materials including polished concrete floors, granite countertops, tinted double paned windows throughout and much more.”

Asking price: $1,145,000
4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, approximately 3,31 square feet, built in 1935
Fee Simple Land (you own it)
Monthly homeowner association dues: $291

Please contact me today for an appointment to see this home or any midcentury modern home currently for sale in the desert. Phone 760-600-6152 or email stevestewart@kw.com.

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Sunmor Estates Midcentury Modern Palm Springs Homes For Sale

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The mid-century modern neighborhood of Sunmor Estates, Palm Springs is conveniently located adjacent to City Hall, the Palm Springs International airport, the city dog park, the Stroke Recovery Center and the Palm Springs Mall. The prime location makes it one of the most desirable areas of the city.

It also boasts some of the most impressive mid-century modern home makeovers in the city.

Contact me today to see any Sunmor Estates home currently for sale. stevestewart@kw.com

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JUST SOLD: Sandpiper, Palm Desert Midcentury Modern Condo $370,000

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Located just off of the famous El Paseo boulevard, is the equally famous mid-century modern Sandpiper condo community, designed by Architect William Krisel.

The historically designated development, and this condo specifically, was part of the 2015 Modernism Week home tour and has been spotlighted in numerous books and magazines as a showplace of midcentury modern style.

My clients purchased this 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom, approximately $1,530 square foot, 1965 unit because of it’s quiet location and because it had been remodeled, while retaining nearly all of its original character.

Contact me today for an appointment to see any of the other Sandpiper condos currently for sale.

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NEW Desert Hot Springs Homes Inspired By Midcentury Modern Design Available In 2015

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If you love mid-century modern design, but prefer new construction, you’re in luck.

Vista Palms Homes is a collection of new Desert Hot Springs homes being built in the mid-century modern architectural style, complete with vaulted ceilings and butterfly roofs.

3 floor plans are being offered, with 3 bedrooms and 2-3 bathrooms. Square footage with range from approximately 1,980 to 2,108. Prices will start in the $300,000s.

Contact me today to be added to my waiting list to see these homes as soon as they are built. Completion date is Springs 2015.

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Canyon Estates Midcentury Modern Palm Springs Condos For Sale

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Canyon Estates is a mid-century modern condo development, made up of large, single level, attached and detached homes with 2-car attached garages.

Canyon Estates was built between 1971 and 1973. Some of the condos in the development are on Fee Simple Land (you own it), while others are on Indian Lease Land.  Leases are currently, approximately $2,150 a year.

HOA fees are currently, approximately $590 a month.

This low-density condo development offers the following amenities, included in the monthly HOA (home owner association or strata) fees: 9 hole golf course (Par 3), tennis courts, 15 pools, 12 spas, clubhouse, gym/fitness center, cable TV, pest control service and earthquake insurance.

Contact me to view any Canyon Estates condo currently for sale at the number above or email stevestewart@kw.com

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Tips To Save On Vintage Midcentury Modern Furniture

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The New York Times reported, yesterday, on the just concluded Palm Springs Modernism Week. The article covered the annual even from many angles, but the article’s tip on saving money on Mid-century modern home furnishings grabbed my attention. I have a client who just purchased a midcentury modern Palm Desert home who is looking to furnish it with authentic pieces from the 1960s. I suggested starting at the local mid mod furniture shops and consignment stores.

The Times article had an even better suggestion. “One couple from Bangor, Me., Russ Harrington, a real estate broker, and Walter Gary, a hairstylist, bought a Wexler in Palm Springs as their second home. They filled it with vintage midcentury furniture snapped up at estate sales in Maine. “We paid a third of what it would cost in Palm Springs,” Mr. Harrington said. “Nobody wants it there.”

Midcentury modern out of state estate sales. Who knew?

Click here to read the full New York Times article.

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Racquet Club Estates Midcentury Modern Palm Springs Homes For Sale

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On my walk, this morning, around the Racquet Club Estates neighborhood of Palm Springs, I snapped these photos.

Racquet Club Estates homes feature some of the most beautiful and unique architectural bricks of any mid-century modern homes in the desert, including some that I’ve never seen in any other mid-century modern neighborhoods.

If you love art and architecture and are ready to purchase a mid-century modern classic, please contact me today to see any of the homes currently for sale in Racquet Club Estates. You own the land and there are no monthly homeowner association fees in this neighborhood.

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Sunrise Park Midcentury Modern Homes For Sale

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On the final day of the 2015 Palm Springs Modernism Week extravaganza, one of the hottest tickets was the Sunrise Park Home Tours.

The midcentury modern homes in this neighborhood are some of the most coveted, but what caught my attention as was the late 1960s or 1970s Pontiac Firebird sitting in the driveway of one of the host homes. In the early 1970s, living in Palm Springs, I owned a new, red Chevy Camero–purchased at Mac Magruder Chevrolet in Palm Springs–which shared the same chassis and looked very much like the Firebird.  Like a time machine, this red Firebird instantly transported me back more that a few decades.

That’s one of the fringe benefits of living in a midcentury modern neighborhood. Many midcentury home enthusiasts also tend to be midcentury auto collectors.

Contact me today to make an appointment to see any Sunrise Park midcentury modern home currently for sale.

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Celebrate The Oscars In Palm Springs By Taking A Golden Era Hollywood Walking Tour

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February 22 is the final day of Modernism Week 2015. It’s also the date of the 87th Academy Awards Celebration in Hollywood, California.

So, it seems fitting that Modernism Week would offer it’s “Golden Era Hollywood Homes in Old Las Palmas Historical Walking Tour” from 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM on the day of the Oscars. Visit www.ModernismWeek.com for details and tickets.

Nearly every Oscar nominee and winner has either visited or lived in Palm Springs at one time or another. And the Old Las Palmas neighborhood is where many of the stars have hung out. From the 1920s and ’30s Hollywood stars began visiting the desert for fun and relaxation, giving it it’s nickname, “The Playground of the Stars.”

Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn, Gene Autry, Lena Horne, Dinah Shore, Elizabeth Taylor, Kirk Douglas, Liberace, Leonardo DiCaprio and many other Hollywood stars have been or still are residents of the neighborhood. And, many of their homes were designed in the Midcentury Modernist architectural style.

So, take the tour and find out who the midcentury modern Oscar goes to.  Then, call me to see any of the homes currently for sale in the Old Las Palmas neighborhood of Palm Springs.

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Tour Midcentury Modern Hugh Kaptur Homes In Gene Autry Neighborhood

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The famous singing cowboy, actor and Palm Springs icon, Gene Autry, is having a neighborhood named in his honor this week. To celebrate the event, the new Gene Autry Neighborhood Organization is hosting their first ever midcentury modern home tour, during Modernism Week.

Jackie Autry, the wife of the late Gene Autry, and the Mayor of Palm Springs, Steve Pougnet, will unveil the first neighborhood street sign designed to identify the newly-named neighborhood’s boundaries, at 2pm, Thursday, March 19.

(Neighborhood street boundaries are Gene Autry Trail to the east, Farrell Ave., to the west, Vista Chino to the south and Verona to the north in the north end of Palm Springs.) See map above.

The Gene Autry Neighborhood midcentury modern home Tour will showcase at least five midcentury modern homes, designed by architect Hugh Kaptur.

Tour date: Thursday, Feb 19, 9:30 AM thru 1:45 PM

Check in is at 1780 N Whitewater Road.

Visit www.modernismweek.com to purchase tickets.

Contact me today to make an appointment to see any Palm Springs modern home or condo currently for sale. Steve Stewart 760-600-6152 or stevestewart@kw.com

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