RICHARD NEUTRA'S MIDCENTURY MODERN MARVEL HITS THE MARKET FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 11 YEARS.
Palm Springs has no shortage of noteworthy homes. There's Twin Palms, the glorious Frank Sinatra party haven designed by E. Stewart Williams; the Elrod House by John Lautner—which famously appeared in the James Bond film Diamonds Are Forever—and Frey House, the hillside landmark Albert Frey created that blends seamlessly into the San Jacinto Mountains.
But out of all of these masterpieces, one home arguably stands out above the rest, and after 11 years, it has hit the market. Completed in 1946, the Richard Neutra-designed Kaufmann Desert House was commissioned by department store magnate Edgar Kaufmann—who also worked with Frank Lloyd Wright on Fallingwater. "Neutra used the same stonemasons Kaufmann used when he had Frank Lloyd Wright design Fallingwater a decade earlier," says listing agent Gerard Bisignano. "These two homes Kaufmann commissioned have become two of the most famous homes in America designed by two of America's most famous architects."
Although the five-bedroom, six-bathroom, 3,162-square-foot abode was striking when completed, a 1947 photograph by Julius Shulman and Slim Aarons' 1970 "Poolside Gossip" print, seen here, made it iconic. "It has been called one of the most important homes of the 20th century," says Bisignano. Now, it can be yours. 470 West Vista Chino, Palm Springs, $25 million, Gerard Bisignano, Vista Sotheby's International Realty, 310.990.4727