Thoroughly Modern | 4 Homes Inspired by Modernism Week

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Every year tens of thousands of people, from all corners of the globe, flock to Palm Springs for Modernism Week, the annual celebration of mid-century modern design, architecture, art, fashion, and culture. This exciting festival takes place February 13-23, 2020 and features more than 350 events including the Modernism Show & Sale, Signature Home Tours, films, lectures, Premier Double Decker Architectural Bus Tours, nightly parties and live music, walking and bike tours, tours of Sunnylands, fashion, classic cars, modern garden tours, a vintage travel trailer exhibition, and more. Explore four homes inside and out of Palm Springs that embody the modern aesthetic.

Palm Springs, California

Palm Springs, California | Ron Parks, Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty 

Nestled into the desert mountain landscape and perched high above downtown Palm Springs lies this one-of-a-kind luxurious estate. Set on more than 70 acres of prime land within a hidden valley, seven bedrooms, eight full and two half baths are situated in five individual villas. The original home on the property, The Rock House, built by famed architect Albert Frey, features a two-room suite with walls of glass, fireplace, hand-carved Balinese garden doors, claw-foot tub, rock shower, and meditation garden. The main structure contains the kitchen, formal dining room that seats 32 guests and a secret 5,000 bottle wine cellar. The master and guest bedrooms offer a touch of Provence with natural rock walls and authentic architectural elements. There is a swimming pool, spas, numerous terraces, walking paths, hiking trails, waterfalls and outdoor amphitheater perfect for yoga/meditation or entertainment. The property is reached by funicular, private roads, and stone pathways. Tucked away from the world yet minutes from town and Palm Springs International Airport, this sprawling estate offers maximum privacy, an enviable natural setting, and awe-inspiring views.

San Antonio, Texas

San Antonio, Texas | Shail Patel, Kuper Sotheby’s International Realty 

Nestled in the Lavaca Historic District of San Antonio, this Scandinavian-inspired home offers a seamless design with a new standard for an effortless lifestyle. Built by renowned architect Candid Rogers, highlighting stunning Pella casement windows, xeriscaped yard, cozy study with built-in shelving, energy-efficiency, gas cooking, custom cabinets, quartz counters, mobile kitchen island, and a well-balanced entertaining space, this striking home is close to well celebrated restaurants, bars, boutiques, parks, and enjoys easy access to local major expressways.

Denver, Colorado

Denver, Colorado | Nancy Levine, LIV Sotheby’s International Realty 

This spectacular home in the heart of Belcaro is sited on almost one-half-acre. Five beds and five baths, blond brick, weathered copper, and deep blue-gray panels connect the building to earth, sky, and neighborhood in a balanced and elegant way. The beautiful pool with outdoor shower, elegant lawn, and perennial garden are accentuated through glass walls. The dining and living room have full height panoramic doors for indoor/outdoor living while the bright open kitchen anchors the elegant dining area, leading to the large office, arts and crafts room and additional pantry. The second floor has a light-filled master complete with steam shower and soaking tub, plus three more bedrooms, all with walk-in closets, and one with en-suite bath.

Palm Desert, California

Palm Desert, California | Sean Stanfield & Kristi Kramer, Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty 

Experience dramatic architectural lines by award-winning& renowned architect, Guy Dreier at the exclusive BIGHORN. Sited on an oversized private lot – this gem is located within walking distance to the newly constructed clubhouse. Upon arrival, pass tranquil waterfalls as you enter through an impressive glass pivot door. You will be greeted w/ panoramic mountain views, expansive walls of glass, T & G ceilings, pocket glass doors throughout to enjoy indoor/outdoor living spaces that flow together seamlessly. This solar-powered home includes wine room, wet bar, marble, travertine and granite slabs throughout with every detail meticulously finished. Enjoy the spacious yard perfect for a putting green, Casita, and entertainment. Sophisticated car collectors will enjoy their own private vault to a five-car garage with turntable.

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