Saturday, October 17, 2015

Former Celebrity Racquet Club Road Estates Palmer & Krisel For Sale – Palm Springs, CA

Once owned by Debbie Reynolds, this 1959 Palmer & Krisel-designed home in Palm Springs’ Racquet Club Road Estates recently hit the market with an asking price of $535,000. Built by the Alexander Construction Company, this home features three bedrooms and two bathrooms in 1,225 original square feet, the original 15’ x 30 in-ground Alexander swimming pool and a two car garage all on a 9,500 square-foot lot.

Home fronts wide wide Racquet Club Road

Entry courtyard - we love that vintage swag porch light
The home sits on wide Racquet Club Road which unfortunately carries a high 45-mph speed limit with moderate traffic, and sits across from Victoria Park. Out front the property features some fantastic screen/breeze block completed in three separate sections, giving the property a great midcentury modern vibe. The landscape is all low-maintenance low-water use, with simple palms and a beautifully blue-grey smoke tree near the driveway.

Dining and living room feature walls of glass overlooking backyard porch and patio

Living room with fantastic retro lighting in the dining area

Inside, the living, dining and kitchen all sit at the rear of the home while the bedrooms are at the front. As there was not a fireplace originally constructed with this home, the rear wall is nearly all glass, which overlook a covered patio/porch leading out to the swimming pool. The dining room features a nifty vintage triple-light fixture adding a great retro element to the room.

Dining room and kitchen are open to each other

Kitchen cabinets aren't original but definitely vintage in their own right

The kitchen had been updated form the original at one point in time, and is now vintage in its own right. The countertops have been changed to granite and some of the appliances are stainless steel. Newer pulls have been added to most of the cabinets, but their placement appears to be slightly off.

Guest bedroom

Guest bedroom

Guest bathroom with original tub surround

Master bedroom

Master bathroom with original tub surround

The two guest bedrooms overlook the front yard and park beyond, are modest in size, and still feature their original north-facing clerestories. The master bedroom retains its original form, and has its original slider accessing the private side yard patio. Both bathrooms have been changed over time; however the original tubs and tile surrounds are still in place, with 3” white tile in the hall bath and great vintage 3” grey/lavender tile in the master bath.

Covered patio at backyard

Backyard features screened porch and vintage patio cover

Side yard

South-facing backyard is anchored by original 15' x 30' swimming pool

Out back, a covered and enclosed patio sits off the living and dining rooms. The large rectangular pool is located at the center of the yard, and is surrounded by palms and a nearby olive tree. The remainder of the south-facing yard is low-maintenance rock.

This midcentury modern home has some great lines to it and is ripe with potential. It’s in clean, livable condition as-is, or could be enjoyed with a modernist makeover. Either way, it’s a great property with a fun celebrity history that’s perfect cocktail party conversations.

Check out the full listing on here: 757 East Racquet Club Road

Or here: 757 East Racquet Club Road

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