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Luxe Palm Springs midcentury pad built for oil heir asks $2.35M

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The 1961 home was designed by Herbert Burns

Flat-roofed white-walled modern house with tall hedge and pink gates with palm trees surrounding.
Get ready for what awaits.
Photos via Brad Hudson

We’d call this midcentury modern home an instant classic—except, well, it’s always been a classic, ever since its inception in 1961. Designed by Palm Springs architectural designer Herbert Burns for Madge Phillips, the heir of Phillips Petroleum, the luxe residence screams laid-back glamour, which, given its location in the Historic Tennis Club neighborhood, is only natural.

Even before you step inside you know you’re in for a treat. A white cinderblock perimeter wall accented with dusty pink gates welcomes you to the private front yard, which features a fountain, just a taste of what’s beyond that marble facade.

Entering through the glazed front door your eye is immediately led to the glass wall on the opposite end, framing—no, opening onto—a terrazzo pool and a small lawn, your paradise. But before we get ahead of ourselves, bask in the luxury of that living room, all marble floors, with a massive marble fireplace and that wall of glass sliders that eliminate the boundaries between indoor and outdoor.

Brick and wood paneling plus built-ins add depth, even concealing a wet bar. The kitchen is updated yet retains original cabinetry, a theme of the 3,150-square-foot pad, which knows what treasures to keep from the past. Four spectacular bedrooms (including two master suites) and four untouched bathrooms round out the property, located at 310 South Patencio Road, where you can live like a minor royal for $2.35 million.

Via: Brad Hudson