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After nearly a century, the city of Palm Springs remains as one of the premier residential destinations in Coachella Valley. This constantly evolving community has been a getaway for Hollywood’s biggest stars since the beginning; today, not much has changed thanks to the many resorts, country clubs, shopping, dining and attractions. The Palm Springs California real estate market is just as vibrant and is world-renowned for its collection of mid-century modern masterpieces.
Hotel and resort amenities represent an essential aspect of Palm Springs´ past and present transformation. The recently renovated "Riviera Resort & Spa" has undergone a $70 Million renovation preserving its mid-century modern feel. The former Ramada was redesigned by Palm Springs architect James Cioffi and converted to a 200 bedroom Holiday Inn. Nearby the Ace Hotel is being renovated to cater to "urban nomads seeking a fusion of European pensione and minimalist luxury!" In the heart of Palm Springs the "Hyatt" is planning a $20 Million remodel while the nearby "Colony Palms Hotel" just reopened and created a buzz with its eclectic ambiance. New Hotel projects and renovations are planned near the convention center. The Wyndham and Marriott remodels and the new super-luxe Mondrian Hotel are planned for 2010.
Vista Las Palmas
The 'Beverly Hills' of Palm Springs
This neighborhood was once the tramping ground of the "Rat Pack", Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Sammy Davis Jr., and was known as the Beverly Hills of Palm Springs. In the 1950's Los Angeles celebrities used Vista Las Palmas as their desert retreat. Vista Las Palmas is a quiet neighborhood west and within walking distance of downtown Palm Springs. Situated by the San Jacinto Mountains it is cooler in the summer and warmer in winter.
Architect William Krisel is responsible for the design of most of the Alexander homes. Alexander Construction, owned by George and Bob Alexander built more than 2000 homes in the Palm Springs area, responding to the growing demand for Modern Architecture. Vista Las Palmas was largely developed by them during the 1950's & 1960's.
The original Alexander homes were $19,000, had no insulation and were built on a concrete slab. Alexander construction characteristics are clerestory windows, post & beam construction, center halls and large lots. This architecture became known as Southern California Modern, with roof styles that include butterfly roofs low-gabled roofs and folded plate roofs. You can also find double A-frame homes called "Swiss Misses", in Vista Las Palmas, designed by Charles Dubois.
Vista Las Palmas embodies the Mid-Century Modern taste for the discriminating homeowner seeking the desert lifestyle of the desert close to downtown. Most of the homes were built by Alexander, and many have been restored or modernized with rapidly increasing prices.
Robert (Bob) Alexander & his wife, Helene, lived in Vista Las Palmas at 1350 Ladera. It was "The Home of Tomorrow" featured over eight-pages the September 1992 Look Magazine. The $300,000 cost set a new standard in Southern California. Elvis & Priscilla Presley used it In 1968 for their honeymoon.
In 1965, George & Robert Alexander and their wives died in a plane crash northwest of Indio. Their work lives on in Vista Las Palmas.
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