The 15 Most Iconic Homes in Palm Springs

Victoria S. Barton

These days, Palm Springs is predominantly associated with the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, which happens nearby in Indio, and which kicked off today. But many crop top-clad festival attendees may be unaware of the area’s rich heritage, particularly related to real estate from the mid-20th century.
The homes in Palm Springs are known for their  retro style—these luxury Desert Modern homes feature open-design plans, wall-to-wall carpeting, swimming pools to cool off from the desert heat, and floor-to-ceiling  windows. This look later became synonymous with the Palm Springs lifestyle of sipping on martinis after a day of golf at the local country club. Even today, the area feels like a blast from the past, and it’s easy to imagine celebrities like Frank Sinatra or Marilyn Monroe spending their vacations there.
In the area’s heyday Hollywood’s elite would come to Palm Springs as an escape from the movie business, and the Coachella Valley became a place to be seen, to party, to spread gossip, and to live in leisure.
New developments in the Palm Springs area are equally as grandiose and chic, but for different reasons. Two of the homes on our list are worth over $9 million each, and have become architectural stars in their own right.
Click through the gallery above to see 15 of the most iconic homes in Palm Springs!

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