Saturday, January 2, 2016

1959 Racquet Club Road Estates Restoration Opportunity – Palm Springs, CA

Built by the famed Alexander Construction Company in north Palm Springs’ Racquet Club Road Estates is this 1959 Palmer & Krisel-designed home new to the market. Expanded to 1,533 square feet, this corner home includes three bedrooms and two bathrooms, an in-ground pool with spa and a two car garage all on a 10,000 square-foot lot with an asking price of $475,000.

Front of home

Front of home from street corner
The exterior of the home contains a great collection of decorative screen blocks flanking both sides of the property and screening the front bedroom windows. The original two-car carport has been converted to an enclosed garage, and the former courtyard between the carport and home has been enclosed and reclaimed as an entry hall.

Entry hall

Entry hall - interior opening is where original front door would have been

A pair of turquoise double doors leads visitors into the added entry hall.  Featureing a flat ceiling, the entry hall features a sliding glass door at the rear overlooking the backyard. The entry hall provides access to the garage, and leads to the original doorway opening in the original portion of the home.




The living, kitchen and dining rooms all sit at the rear of the home in a large, open space overlooking the backyard. The original open beamed ceilings are still in place and have been painted white. The kitchen is open and appears to have been updated at some point during the 1990s. The cabinetry is in good condition and the ¾ height wall between the entry and kitchen has been removed while an open island adjacent to the dining room has been added.

Living and dining space

Living, dining and kitchen space

The living and dining rooms read as one voluminous space, and this is one of the rarer models that was built without an original fireplace, allowing the space to be utilized in a multitude of configurations. Sliding glass doors access the trellised patio and provide west-facing views of Mt. San Jacinto.

Secondary bedroom

Secondary bedroom

Guest bath

Master bedroom

Master bedroom 

Master bathroom 

The three bedrooms are still in their original configurations and situated along the front of the home. The two secondary bedrooms overlook the front yard thought the decorative screen blocks, while clerestory windows allow unencumbered light to filter into the rooms. The master bedroom overlooks the side yard, and includes French doors accessing a private patio area. The master bathroom has undergone a relatively recent update, while the hall bathroom provides updated fixtures with the original tub surround.

Back yard

Backyard & pool

Pool, spa & trellised patio 

Backyard patio and mountain views

The west-facing backyard holds a trellised patio accented with more decorative screen blocks. The curvilinear swimming pool and spa occupies the center of the backyard, and ample decking provides lots of usable patio space. Privacy hedges surround the yard, while low water-using plants accent the remainder of the yard.

Priced right, this home has great potential for a restoration or renovation and is a great opportunity for those looking to put their stamp on a new project.

Check out the full listing on here: 2815 North Starr Road

Or here: 2815 North Starr Road

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