How many times have you daydreamed about having your own little place in Palm Springs? This sweet mid-century condo could be it. Two bedrooms, two baths, 1,289 sq. ft., asking $419,000. Now that the basics are out of the way, let’s talk about what makes this place so fantastic: it’s not just been tiki-fied, it’s been tiki-fied by a couple with a great sense of style, who used quality materials and vintage pieces in creating this gorgeous space. Some of the tiki features are built-in and will remain with the condo, like a carved tiki pole in the kitchen, and Sophista-tiki wallpaper in a bedroom. The furnishings (like the Witco lamp, furniture, and artwork) typically aren’t included in real estate sales—but in this instance are also being made available for sale to the new owner of the condo.
This condo is in the Royal Hawaiian Estates, designed in 1960 by famed mid-century architect Donald Wexler and his partner at the time, Richard Harrison. When it was built, ownership of the condos was restricted to Jewish people over the age of 55—many of the other private communities around Palm Springs did not allow Jewish people at the time. Let’s all take a moment to be completely horrified by that, because that is indeed horrible. Good for developer Philip Short for thumbing his nose at the standards of the day and creating a paradise for his people. Today, no such restrictions are in place. It’s a beautiful condominium complex, with 40 homes sharing two swimming pools, and plenty of mid-century Polynesian style, like outrigger beam-topped A-frames, “flying seven” dividers, and carvings on the grounds. The property underwent restorations back to Wexler’s original designs back in 2010, and today is Palm Springs’ first Historic Residential District.
Location is everything in real estate, right? Not only is this condo just south of Palm Spring’s main drag (and a short distance from a BUZZ stop, Palm Springs’ free trolley to downtown), it is just across the street from the historic Caliente Tropics hotel, and its Reef Bar. Plus, one of your neighbors would be none other than the artist Shag, who also owns a condo in the complex.
I must admit a bit of sadness that the couple who owns this condo is selling it, as it’s clearly been in the very best hands. I hope that some tiki lover with great taste and a Palm Springs dream leaps on this opportunity and keeps it going. (And invites me over for parties!)
Enjoy more photos from this heart-stopper of a home at the end of this article, then for even more photos, check out the listing on Redfin. You can read more about the Royal Hawaiian Estates, Caliente Tropics, and the Reef Bar (plus more Palm Springs tiki sites) on Critiki.
Mahalo to Kyle Graham, who posted this listing to the Sacramento Ohana group on Facebook!