Authentic midcentury modern time capsules like this beauty in Rancho Mirage, CA, don’t land on the market often. And when they do, they wind up selling in a flash.
Such is the case with this snazzy ranch house built in 1958 and listed on Christmas Eve at $1,299,000. The Atomic Age beauty went under contract within three days.
But if you truly dig the vibe, there may be a slim chance—the sellers are accepting backup offers.
Last sold in 2013 for $635,000, the four-bedroom, four-bathroom house is located in Thunderbird North, one of the Palm Springs area’s earliest resort communities. Over the past half-decade, the property has been meticulously restored, and festooned with authentic furniture and accessories.
Check out the terrazzo tile! Or those Sputnik lights! The geometric cutout screens! The shag carpeting!
For fans of midcentury modern style, the listing photos are a feast for the eyes.
Period living room
The residence was originally designed by the renowned midcentury architect William F. Cody, and some of the original cabinets and bathrooms remain. It was remodeled in the 1980s, but has since been restored to replicate the original decor. Even the orange, brown, and aqua color scheme was reinstated.
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The gorgeous restoration work earned the home a spot on the 2019 Signature Palm Springs Modernism Home Tour. The home also received a residential restoration preservation award in 2014 from the Palm Springs Modern Committee.
The original sunken cocktail bar, described by the original owner, Sharon Simons, as “the cat’s pajamas,” is a true treat. And the chartreuse-upholstered bar stools flanking the space are scene stealers.
The kitchen now boasts a more modern island with a sink, but the feature was designed to blend perfectly with the rest of the house. Other kitchen highlights include yellow and aqua tiles and Danish Modern-style cabinets—even the refrigerator looks straight out of a 1950s home.
The lush lawn in the backyard resembles something you’d see in a David Hockney painting, with its saline pool and spa.
The lot is just over a half-acre, one of only 10 in the entire development, and includes mature foliage with signature palm trees, as well as well-established, drought-resistant succulents.
The fab furnishings and decor that make this home a true standout don’t come cheap and are not included in the list price. A buyer will have to negotiate separately for just about everything that’s not nailed down. But true aficionados will find the extra expense hard to resist.
The home is listed with Richard Chamberlin of Coldwell Banker.