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Location: Palm Springs, California
Historic, original, and spectacular, this 1956 home in Palm Springs is a midcentury modern dream. Designed by architect Walter S. White for psychoanalyst Dr. Franz Alexander, the Alexander House, as it’s known, appears to emerge from the site’s boulders and the rocky mountains behind it. The result is a structure that seamlessly integrates into its natural surroundings, enhancing views of the Coachella Valley while creating numerous indoor-outdoor connections.
Located in the storied Little Tuscany neighborhood, the property offers over 3,200 square feet of living, including a separate guesthouse, and incorporates local “lava rock” stonework, walls of glass, and redwood siding. Dramatic architectural elements like V-shaped steel supports, a swooping tongue-and-groove ceiling reaching toward the mountains, glazed expanses and sliding glass doors, plus a double-height atrium—with an open-tread black steel staircase leading upstairs by Albert Frey—are but a few of the incredible details that bring the residence to life.
Upstairs, the open-plan great room boasts a fireplaced living area, an additional lounge with circular fire pit that White designed, a dining room with steel pendant chandelier (another White original), and a moody kitchen. The aforementioned sliders and clerestory windows frame impressive vistas, while a wraparound, cantilevering balcony provides direct access to the outdoors. There are two bedrooms and three baths in the main house, with the private quarters located on the lower level and opening onto the yard and pool terrace.
Here, the original, perfectly circular pool is complemented by a new hot tub, manicured lawns and landscaping, and multiple patios. Across the way is the guesthouse featuring a bedroom, two baths, and a huge living room and kitchen—enclosed in glass of, course.
Located at 1011 West Cielo Drive, the sympathetically updated property is offered at $2.795 million. Have a look.