Luxury Livingness: Palm Springs, CA

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I was just in Palm Springs on a celebratory weekender, so I took the opportunity to get inspired by all the mid-century, modern architecture. Perfectly appropriate for my new project, similarly built in the late 50’s.

I fell in love with this neighborhood that takes you back to a time and place where everything was sunny and simple. It seems to have carried through the decades, as I made my way through the quiet streets that maintain the simplicity that modern architecture offers.

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A history lesson from midcenturypalmsprings.com: “At first, Alexander homes were designed for sheer production efficiency, but in 1957, (architects) Krisel and Palmer came to Palm Springs in conjunction with the Alexander Construction Company with a new concept: to build stylish modern-style tract homes with clean lines and simple elegance that were affordable and even more efficiently producible.

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“In the late 1950s, the mass production of mid-century modern Alexander style of tract homes was an untested and somewhat revolutionary idea from relatively unknown architects. George Alexander agreed with architect Bill Krisel to a trial run of building ten homes, with more to follow if the experiment was a success. Today, the Alexander is widely coveted by young and old alike, and Bill Kriesel, living in the Los Angeles area and in his eighties, has become a folk hero of mid-century modern home enthusiasts.

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“Starting at a cost of about $30,000 dollars when initially built in 1957, Alexander homes made Palm Springs affordable for the every-day vacation homeowner population. Today Alexanders are available for sale in the $275,000 (fixer), to $500,000 and the largest most nicely restored and updated sell into the $800,000 to $1 million range.

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