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Colorful midcentury compound in Palm Springs asks $4.2M

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The Howard Lapham-designed house is a feast for the eyes

A white midcentury modern house at dusk, with a long flat cantilevered roof, green grass, and glass walls that open into a spacious, white living room. Photos courtesy of Rick Distel & Compass

An iconic Palm Springs listing is returning to the market this week. Built in 1966 by modern architect Howard Lapham, the sprawling nine-bedroom, 11-bath home and its two-bedroom guest house have been on and off the market since 2016.

Lapham made a name for himself with large-scale midcentury projects, including the Thunderbird Heights home that’s famous for being a frequent vacation vacation spot for the Obamas. This 9.445-square-foot home is a fun and funky take on midcentury living, located on a three-quarter-acre lot in the posh Movie Colony neighborhood.

Lapham’s trademark high ceilings, walls of glass, and spacious rooms all make an appearance, and the home’s cantilevered roofs and poured terrazzo floors will appeal to midcentury purists. But it’s the over-the-top interior design and Arthur Elrod designed furnishings that catches your eye; some rooms feature bright yellows, pinks, and eggshell blues, while others are decorated with everything from patterned red-and-white wallpaper or gilded tile work.

Other perks include Mayan-inspired doors, a cocktail bar, two swimming pools, and mature landscaping. Ready to own what may be the largest original midcentury home in Palm Springs? 650 East Tachevah Drive is on the market now for $4,250,000.

A blue swimming pool sits in the foreground, with the L-shaped white and glassy house in the background.
One of two swimming pools on the resort-like property.
A 60-foot long living room has walls of glass on both sides, terrazzo floors, a white round 360-degree couch, and other midcentury furniture.
The 60-foot long living room features floor-to-ceiling glass sliders that open up to a covered patio.
An exterior view of two bedrooms at night through walls of glass. On the left side a yellow-themed bedroom has a yellow bed and furniture, while on the right the bed and one wall is painted light pink.
Bedrooms are color-themed in pinks and yellows.
A dining room features a small modern table, open shelving, egg-shell blue paint, and walls of glass looking out on to the yard.
A compact dining room is painted an egg-shell blue.
The formal dining room has a round yellow dining room table, pink walls, and a wall of glass with pink curtains.
A more formal dining room is bright and funky.
A white-and-red living room features a geometric patterned wallpaper, white carpet with red circles, a white-and-red game table, and a white couch with red pillows.
Geometric and bright wallpaper adds to the style.