Mid-Century Modern Palm Springs Condo by “Sunnylands” Architect A. Quincy Jones

If you are in Palm Springs for Modernism Week you definitely don’t want to miss this time capsule condo by master architect A. Quincy Jones in the exclusive Country Club Estates. While tours of many notable mid-century homes during the city’s popular Modernism Week, including arguably A. Quincy Jones’s most famous work “Sunnlylands,” are sold out at $45+ a visit, you can see this stunning, nearly untouched example of the great architect’s 1950s work for free. Of course, buying the 2 bed/ 2 bed condo is another story.

1967 S Camino Real
Palm Springs, CA 92264
Asking Price: $525,000
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 2
Year Built: 1965
Square Feet: 1,486
Lot Size: 2,178 square feet

The Country Club Estates is located in the posh South Palm Springs neighborhood just below The Ace Hotel & Swim Club. It borders Twin Palms and Indian Canyon. With HOA dues of $450 a month, the Country Club Estates hosts a slew of amenities and services such as a pool and spa, gym, landscaping, and more.

1967 S Camino Real is allegedly one of the few remaining “original” units fully in-tact and most similar to Jones’s mid-century vision. The home is located on a great off-street end-corner lot and has glorious south and west facing views of the mountain range.

Inside, mid-century modernists will have a field day, especially if they have taken an architecture tour or two during Modernism Week and know a bit about this particular part of Palm Springs. Nearly 50% of Palm Springs homes were built in just a six year stretch in the mid 1950s. Inspired by the stark desert landscape and modern schools like Bauhaus and the International Style, the architects of the 1950s created in Palm Springs what is now called Desert Modernism. Today Palm Springs is still the highest concentration of mid-century modern architecture in the world.

The center atrium designed home features floor-to-ceiling walls of glass that flood the house with light and provides a lovely cross breeze in the evenings.

There are original Terrazzo floors throughout the home including the hallway and kitchen. Jones enjoyed working with a mix of materials and one his signature features was the cinder block. In this unit, the cinder block is displayed prominently along an entire width of the unit including the chic living room fireplace.

The charming dining room is adjacent to the kitchen and has outdoor access to a private patio through a pair of sliders.

You will either be charmed by the simple kitchen or immediately begin to envision an upgrade. It’s been tastefully updated over the years to maintain the mid-century style but could admittedly use a refresh or a touch up. The kitchen has great views of the grounds and the palm tree dotted skylight.

The central courtyard is classic A. Quincy Jones. The private outdoor space can be entered via sliders from both the living room and the master bedroom.

The master bedroom is spacious and has an en suite bath and access to the courtyard.

The second bedroom is private and would be perfect for overnight guests or an office.

The private patio is accessed through both the living and dining rooms. It’s a magical spot to enjoy those classic Palm Springs evenings watching the sun dip and disappear behind the mountain range. The sunsets and views are simply epic.

The rolling green lawn is perfect for afternoon picnics (in the winter and spring). The Country Club Estates also has mature fruit and olive trees, and a lot of landscaping native to the desert including ocotillo blossoms, chollo and barrel cactuses that add color and shape to the property.

The community pool and spa offers a luxurious respite from the desert sun.

The home is sure to delight Mid-century modern enthusiasts who can envision restoring the home to its former glory. There’s a reason the Country Club Estates area is a popular Modernism Week destination. The homes here are absolutely timeless and a perfect distillation of the signature Palm Spring Desert Modern style of architecture that, next to the Hollywood stars, helped put Palm Springs on the map.

While Palm Springs isn’t typically the town I work in, it is one of my favorite destination getaways. If you toured 1967 S Camino Real or saw any other great mid-century modern homes for sale during Modernism Week I would love to know what you thought. Call me at (323) 697-3040 or email me at jacqueline.tager@sothebyshomes.com.

Listing provided courtesy of Frank Bruno, Keller Williams Hollywood Hills.

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