Architect William Cody was a brilliant modernist who never achieved the same notoriety as his Palm Springs peers. Sometimes called a “desert maverick,” Cody’s body of work—which ranged from boxy midcentury residences to curving churches—was sometimes hard to classify as a particular style.
But the desert landscape was Cody’s muse, a fact that can be seen in this three-bedroom, four-bath home designed by Cody and constructed in 1957. Featured in the book Unseen Midcentury Desert Modern and included in several of the Palm Springs Modernism Week home tours, the 2,690-square-foot ranch uses large walls of glass to create an airy, transparent feel.
Original features abound, including leather-covered front doors and elegant poured terrazzo floors that flow from the interior living spaces out to the patio. Warm walnut walls contrast with the bright light streaming in from the windows, and in the dining rom an original avocado green bar is an eye-popping centerpiece.
The home’s kitchen and bathrooms have been thoughtfully updated, but the home’s focus remains as Cody envisioned it: on the beautiful mountain views seen from the property’s .5-acre lot. If you’re ready to own a piece of Palm Springs architectural history, 572 West Santa Elena Road is on the market now for $1,795,000.