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Sublime Modernist Architecture & Interior Design For The Discerning Traveler

Palm Springs, CA, USA
  • Condo1545 sqft
  • Bedrooms2
  • Sleeps4
  • Bathrooms2
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay28 nights

Architect Of Record 2 Bed/2 Bath Open Concept Mountain Vw On 18Hole Golf Course

Built in 1968 Casa Refugi is a renovated home true to its original mid-century modern style. All original features of this open concept home have been restored: soaring 10 foot ceilings, celestial windows, teak and articulated cabinetry, floor to ceiling glass walls and breathtaking sunny private courtyard. Spectacular south facing views to the San Jacinto Mountains (with Bob Hope's home!) in front and adjacent to one of 15 pools/spas and mature citrus and olive tree landscaping to the north. Each pool is heated, lit at night and has full BBQ facilities, tables, umbrellas, loungers and mini kitchens. This property sits back from the 18 hole private 7 Lakes golf course in an intimate and quiet setting: a 3 minute walk to the main club house which was designed by William Cody & Rick Harrison. Seven Lakes Country Club is a gated community with 24 hour guard service and night time roaming. Situated convenient to Route 111- it’s an easy 5 minute drive to the airport and all shopping, dining, nightlife, and sightseeing in the Desert communities nearby.


Georg & Suzanne - Albrecht / Perry

Member Since 2014
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english, french, german, spanish, italian, Swiss German, Rhaeto Romanic
Calendar last updated:
Apr 15, 2018
About Georg & Suzanne - Albrecht / Perry

The owners reside in Vancouver BC Canada but have lived all over the world. Palm Springs is our choice for active relaxation with sunny dry weather year round.

Georg & Suzanne - Albrecht / Perry purchased this Condo in 2013

Why Georg & Suzanne - Albrecht / Perry chose Palm Springs

Casa Refugi- Spanish for home and Swiss for refuge- embraces all that we love about the Palm Spring's lifestyle which begins and ends at the pool! This condo is adjacent but not too close to one of the 15 pools so you are guaranteed peaceful lounging steps from the home. At night the heated and lit pool and spa are dramatic and lovely to sit by on our back patio with your libations fixed at our own MCM bar in the living room. Mornings are cheerful and calm in the totally private south facing courtyard accessed by both the living room and guest bedroom. Here the mountain views are spectacular as you sip your coffee. The clean lined modernist architecture embodies indoor/outdoor living: soaring 10 foot high glass walls on either side of the living room as well as in each of the bedrooms, the classic celestial windows in the kitchen and dining room, polished cement floors and original teak cabinetry has been lovingly restored. Hidden renos have updated all the HVAC and infrastructure for modern 21st century luxury living. Attached only on one side, with covered parking, the location is central but secluded, sunny and relaxing, private and calm. Convenient to both LAX and San Diego airports as well as 10 minutes from the Palm Springs airport you can hop on a plane and be at the pool in 1/2 a day from Canada or the US. Palm Springs is steeped in all things Mid Century Modern ('MCM') and has an active night life. Dance, dine, shop, hike, bike ride, tour museums- there is something for every age and lifestyle. We loved the property as it is private, peaceful and yet close to so many things that you can walk to restaurants, bars, pool, golf, tennis- all 1st class and sophisticated. The lush mature landscaping, incredible mountain and golf course views are breathtaking. The entire complex is incredibly maintained, safe and clean. With 15 pools to choose from you will never feel crowded or wanting a reclining lounge space! In all- this is a total package for any traveler!

What makes this Condo unique

COMPLETELY re-furnished in May 2014, the interior design features furniture, art & accessories that are original (not copies!): 50-70s era or custom modern pieces made for Casa Refugi with an eye for comfort & style. The concept is sublime sophistication achieved with 60s Danish modern rosewood, cubist art, wool area rugs, plush bedding and linens, period lighting, modernist ceramics and American mid-century designers. Where comfort is important we've provided new custom pieces (beds/couches/patio furniture) referencing this era's genre. Where design and style rule- MCM classics & iconic pieces abound. You'll enjoy your Eames, Saarinen, Nelson, Benson, R Woodward, Royal Botania, Murano glass, Ingo Maurer, Herman Miller, Tom Dixon and Knoll knowing they are the real deal! We provide an updated kitchen with stainless steel appliances, quality cookware, Espresso machine and gourmet cookbooks. Entertaining well is our goal. All monthly renters receive a $100 credit at the Clubhouse! For cocktailing: we have a one-of-a-kind 60s solid rosewood bar that will be the centre of attention. An 8 ft long rosewood credenza houses the large screen TV and audio visual components. We've stocked it with DVD movies, music, games, & art books. Both bedrooms will have king-sized beds, side by side desks for the power couple in the master and a single desk in the guest room. Huge mirrored closets with built in storage are present in each bedroom. The two baths-ensuite in the Master and separate for the guest- come stocked with plush terry robes, all bedding & towels for home and pool/patio. There is a washer and dryer in the home for convenience. The outside private courtyard seats 6 with a dining table for 4 plus 2 loungers and market umbrella. The poolside patio with cantilevered overhangs -spanning the full length of the dining, living & master bedroom -sports chairs, a mister & side tables for relaxing. Enjoy the shade here with glimpses of the golf course thru the lush landscap


    • Internet
    • Pets Welcome
    • Air Conditioning
    • Swimming pool
    • Accessible
    • Heater
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Hot Tub
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
      • Master Bedroom
        1 king, With additional Comfort mattress topper
      • Guest bedroom
        1 king, Tempur-Pedic foam mattress with additional Comfort topper
      • MASTER
        King sized bed, expansive mirrored closets with built in storage plus TV with DVD player and Chromecast (no cable) . Desk/office area and 2 bookcases, 2 night stands and lounge chair. Direct patio access through sliding glass doors and full length blinds for privacy. 10 foot high ceilings and polished cement floors with plush area rugs. Private ensuite bath. GUEST: King Spa type bed, expansive mirrored closets with built in storage, MCM teak dresser, 2 night stand tables, lounge chair and direct access through floor to ceiling glass doors to south facing mountain view private courtyard. Sits adjacent to a separate guest bathroom with shower/tub combo skylight and sink. 8 1/2 foot high ceilings and polished cement floors with plush area rugs. Original art and sculpture throughout, as well as art and design books for your enjoyment.


      • 2 Bathrooms
      • NEWLY RENOVATED 2016 - En Suite bathroom to Master bedroom
        toilet, shower, Walk-in shower, double sinks, large mirrored wall, skylight
      • NEWLY RENOVATED 2017 - Guest Bathroom
        toilet, combination tub/shower, Skylight, huge mirrors, shower/tub combo-adjacent to bedroom
      • Newly renovated 2016 Master bathroom is ensuite and has a luxurious walk-in shower, 2 sinks, toilet, skylight and giant mirrored wall. 2 plush cotton terry robes and Turkish cotton towel sets provided. Separate but adjacent guest bathroom has tub/shower combo and additional large storage closets outside in corridor. Features a skylight and large mirror wall. 2 plush cotton terry robes and Turkish cotton towel sets provided.

      Location Type

        • Downtown
          5 minute drive to downtown Palm Springs SunLine Bus stop to downtown at E Palm Cyn Dr at Cherokee Wy - Stop 389 Check www.SunLine.org for more information
        • Golf Course View
          18 hole private golf club is on site and just a 30 second stroll from this property to the greens! Can be viewed from north facing patio thru the lush landscaping.
        • Mountain View
          San Jacinto mountain view (southern) with Bob Hope's home from private courtyard, living room and Guest bedroom
        • Resort
          This is a gated resort featuring 18 hole golf course, 15 heated pools with spa and BBQ area, 2 tennis courts, MCM architect of record clubhouse with restaurant and lounge plus 7 lakes & lush landscape


            • Away From It All
            • Historic
            • Romantic
            • Spa
            • Sports & Activities
            • Tourist Attractions


                • Guests provide their own meals


                    • Iron & Board
                    • Air Conditioning
                      central air conditioning with NEST smart thermostat
                    • Hair Dryer
                    • Heating
                      central heat with NEST smart thermostat
                    • Internet
                      High speed WiFi Access
                    • Clothes Dryer
                      inside home- full sized
                    • Linens Provided
                      Robes provided in each room- 2 sets of 2 each terry and waffle weave cotton for your comfort Hotel quality white bed linens for both bedrooms plus extra sets
                    • Living Room
                      This expansive floor to ceiling space with sliding glass walls, atria, decorative block & large overhang complement the low-profile architectural style of the lowest density community in Palm Springs
                    • Parking
                      covered parking adjacent to home
                    • Towels Provided
                      Plush Turkish cotton bath sheets and towels for both bathrooms. Additional outside lounging and pool towels plus separately marked towels for your four legged friend.
                    • Washing Machine
                      inside home- full sized


                        • Coffee Maker
                          SAECO Automatic Espresso Machine, Tassimo pod machine, drip coffee maker and French Press as well, electric bean grinder
                        • Dishes & Utensils
                          fully equipped for family and entertaining
                        • Dishwasher
                          new stainless steel
                        • Kitchen
                          Recently restored back to its original beautifully resurfaced teak cabinetry, all new stainless steel appliances and fully outfitted
                        • Microwave
                          Stainless steel built in microwave with exhaust fan
                        • Oven
                          Stainless steel electric oven
                        • Pantry Items
                          SodaStream home water carbonator, juicer, hand mixer, gourmet and entertaining cookbooks and cocktail/bartending guide
                        • Refrigerator
                          Stainless steel side by side fridge/freezer with ice-maker and chilled water dispenser
                        • Stove
                          Stainless steel electric ceramic cook top with oven
                        • Toaster
                          We found one of those Classic Radiant Control Toasters that makes "the perfect toast" every time. Don't look for the pull down handle... it's all automatic. Place your slice in the slot and let it go.


                            • Dining
                              Table seats 6 comfortably and 8 intimately
                            • Dining Room
                            • comfy seating for 8 people


                                • Books
                                  A truckload of unique design, architecture, fashion and art books as well as novels for poolside reading
                                • DVD Player
                                  Living Room and Master Bedroom
                                • Games
                                  A good selection of games for all age groups
                                • Music Library
                                  CDs provided with every genre of music from A-Z
                                • Satellite / Cable
                                  Digital cable box in Living Room No cable in Master Bedroom
                                • Stereo
                                  Stereo with iPod docking station in Living Room
                                • Television
                                  Living Room TV with Digital Cable Box , Chromecast and DVD player Master Bedroom TV (in mirrored closet) Chromecast and DVD player - NO CABLE Guest Bedroom - NO TV
                                • Toys
                                  clever unisex toys for visiting young children that will keep them entertained while you relax. We recently added a small children's splash pool to accommodate babies for safe fun in the sun.
                                • Video Library
                                  Dozens of DVD movies in the home for ages 8-80!


                                    • Deck / Patio
                                      500 sq foot front private courtyard with entrance gate to property, views of San Jacinto mountains, dining/lounging furniture, plants, outdoor lighting. 2nd patio spans length of home-facing poolside
                                    • Golf
                                      The hand-manicured, executive, 18-hole course designed by Ted Robinson makes playing fun and challenging by emphasizing accuracy rather than length
                                    • Lawn / Garden
                                      Mature & lush-you may pick any of the grapefruits, lemons, limes, kumquats anywhere on the entire property for your consumption each day! Hummingbirds entertain you daily visiting the flowers & cacti
                                    • Outdoor Grill
                                      Found at the pool adjacent to the property - lit at night. All 15 pools have BBQS and some full kitchens with facilites for hosting large parties
                                    • Tennis
                                      Communal Tennis Courts on the property at 7 Lakes


                                        • Long-term Renters Welcome
                                        • not suitable for children
                                        • wheelchair accessible
                                          Ground floor home with polished cement floors for ease of access- no stairs, adjacent to all amenities including parking, pool and clubhouse.

                                          Pool / Spa

                                            • Communal Pool
                                              Steps to one of 15 year round heated pools on the property with access to all. Pool has full outdoor covered kitchen, BBQ, bathrooms, showers and shuffleboard court. Pools are lit at night.
                                            • Heated Pool
                                            • Hot Tub
                                              Adjacent to each pool including this one - beautifully lit at night

                                              Onsite Services

                                                • Concierge


                                                    • live theater
                                                    • botanical garden
                                                    • cinemas
                                                    • festivals
                                                    • health/beauty spa
                                                    • library
                                                    • churches
                                                    • museums
                                                    • restaurants
                                                    • synagogues
                                                    • water parks
                                                    • zoo

                                                      Leisure Activities

                                                        • photography
                                                        • antiquing
                                                        • eco tourism
                                                        • gambling casinos
                                                        • horseback riding
                                                        • miniature golf
                                                        • outlet shopping
                                                        • bird watching
                                                        • scenic drives
                                                        • shopping
                                                        • shuffleboard
                                                        • sight seeing
                                                        • walking
                                                        • wildlife viewing

                                                          Local Services & Businesses

                                                            • ATM/bank
                                                            • fitness center
                                                            • groceries
                                                            • hospital
                                                            • laundromat
                                                            • massage therapist
                                                            • medical services

                                                              Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                                • mountain biking
                                                                • cycling
                                                                • golf
                                                                • golf privileges optional
                                                                • hiking
                                                                • hot air ballooning
                                                                • ice skating
                                                                • equestrian events
                                                                • mountain climbing
                                                                • racquetball
                                                                • rock climbing
                                                                • roller blading
                                                                • swimming
                                                                • tennis
                                                                • whitewater rafting


                                                                    • A Laundry and Storage space flank the access to the second sky lit bathroom adjacent to the Guest Bedroom. The landscaping features citrus -lemons, limes, key limes kumquat and white & pink grapefruit trees throughout the complex. This fruit is available to all residents. Other amenities include; new hot water tank, central air conditioning & heating, exclusive one car covered parking, full internet and WiFi access, TV’s in the Living Room and Master Bedroom, DVD player, CD/iPod docking station, and 24 hour manned security gate. As owners we retain the services of a local “boutique” management firm who maintain the property meticulously and are available to help our guests at any time with questions or problems. Seven Lakes Country Club has an onsite Pro Shop and Golf Professional. The Clubhouse offers fine dining, casual patio seating as well as a full bar and lounge. There is also an onsite Library.

                                                                      House Rules

                                                                      Check-in: 2:00 PM

                                                                      Check-out: 10:00 AM

                                                                      Cancellation Policy

                                                                      Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

                                                                      16 Reviews


                                                                      Latest reviews

                                                                      Continues to impress!

                                                                      Abigail B.Vancouver

                                                                      This was our fifth year staying at Casa Refugi, and it really does get better every year. This year there was a lovely updated bathroom for the guest room. The unit is spotlessly clean and well maintained. Comfortable beds and furniture, and lots of towels and pillows. The kitchen and bar are well stocked for entertaining with everything you could wish for. Lots of new bars and restaurants in Palm Springs, so there's always something to do!

                                                                      An absolutely amazing experience.

                                                                      The property is delightful.The seven lakes complex is a manicured golf course surrounded by spectacular views.

                                                                      Owner's Response:

                                                                      Thanks Marion, Alan and Diane for choosing our home. You have been such lovely visitors. We hope that your stay was at your fullest satisfaction and that this first trip to the US and Palm Springs will not be your last.

                                                                      We hope to see you back in the future.

                                                                      Thank you, best regards and safe trip home to Europe and New Zealand.

                                                                      Keeps getting better!

                                                                      Abigail B.Vancouver

                                                                      We love our yearly visits to Casa Refugi! There is always something new and intriguing - artwork, books, this year a beautifully remodeled master bathroom. Well appointed kitchen and every bar accessory and cocktail glass you could wish for. Suntan In your own private courtyard or walk ten steps to the pool. Seven Lakes is a well maintained resort with nice pools, good barbecues, an executive length 18 hole gold course with fabulous views and a fun clubhouse.

                                                                      Owner's Response:

                                                                      We must do something right for our guests to come back year by year. Oh yes... We adore our home in Palm Springs and we always find a little something to ad and make it special. Home away from home.

                                                                      Thanks Abigail and Tom for coming back every year. We are looking forward seeing you next year, the following and many more to come...

                                                                      Lovely home! George and Suzanne are very accommodating and easy to deal with!

                                                                      Paula G.

                                                                      Home has everything you need! Cool retro design!

                                                                      January in Palm Springs at Casa Refugi.

                                                                      Michael F.

                                                                      This condo is perfect, beautifully decorated and has everything you might need for a stay. It is ideally situated in the complex. A wonderful pool right out your doorstep, golf course and club house. The clubhouse dining room has a delicious selection of menu items that are wonderfully prepared. The weather was far from perfect, but we considered ourselves lucky to be out of the snowy January at home. Thank you Georg and Suzanne for sharing your home.

                                                                      Owner's Response:

                                                                      Mike, Bev and 4legged Patric, thanks for your nice review. You have been great guests and we hope you enjoyed every moment. All the best and we hope to see you again.

                                                                      A Palm Springs Gem!

                                                                      GIL U.

                                                                      We spent a month in this tastefully done up condo and loved every minute of it! We felt instantly at home and even got to read up on Palm Springs history and design thanks to the wonderful selection of books. The complex is quiet and the residents are happy and nice. We loved how friendly the guards at the gate were! The pool is warm (and literally three steps out the door), and the clubhouse food was memorable. Just two seconds away, it was so convenient, too, on the days we didn't go into town. We don't play golf, but it must be heaven for those who do! Did we mention amazing mountain views? The Bob Hope house from the patio? The crazy delicious cappuccino maker? Very comfortable beds? It's all there! And we can't wait to go back...

                                                                      Owner's Response:

                                                                      You have been such lovely renters and we are definitely looking forward seeing you come back in the fall. Thanks for taking so good care of our home. We will continue updating our large art book collection so that there are lots of new ones for you to see and read. Have a safe trip back to Switzerland.

                                                                      Thank you again.


                                                                      Palm Springs, CA, USA

                                                                      Palm Springs is a mecca for all things Mid Century Modern or 'MCM': architecture and design, landscape architecture, furniture, art, fashion, and accessories. The city hosts the annual Modernism Week in mid to late February where aficionados can view homes by Neutra, Wexler, Cody, Jones and Frey. Art and design are coveted and thus, tours of the region's homes, gardens and commercial sites abound, both locally (The Modern Tour) or in neighboring towns (Sunnylands/Annenberg estate tour in Rancho Mirage). There are two branches of the Palm Spring Art Museum which is currently under expansion. Over 25 golf courses dot the area in addition to casinos, hiking/biking running trails, MCM tours, casual and fine dining al fresco, premium outlet shopping, antiquing, and cafe culture. Joshua Tree National Park is about 45 minutes’ drive from this property where you can rock climb, hike and study the unique desert ecosystem. Stargazing in any of the outlying areas is supreme due to the lack of light pollution and cloudless nights! Additionally, the annual Coachella Music Festival is less than a 30 minute drive away. Dining alfresco is a must and you have many casual to fine dining choices - either right here in 7 Lakes at the Clubhouse or minutes away in town. Seven lakes is convenient to the other desert resort cities of Palm Desert, La Quinta, & Rancho Mirage so go and visit other friends who have flown here for sun and fun. There is a myriad of activities for ages 8 to 80, and all abilities.

                                                                      Rates & Availability

                                                                      Additional information about rental rates

                                                                      Cleaning Fee
                                                                      Pet Fee

                                                                      RATES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE UNTIL RESERVATION IS CONFIRMED & DOWN PAYMENT RECEIVED We require renters to complete and sign RENTAL CONTRACT & PET AGREEMENT (if applicable) after deposit payment is made. The documents are based on same "Terms & Conditions" agreed upon at the booking level. Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns prior to book. Thank you. A 3% discount is offered on the rental price for payments made by Cashier Check or Bank Wire Transfer. Rentals 29 days and more, no ROOM TAX is charged. Rentals 28 days or shorter, a ROOM TAX of 11.5% is charged. - $1000 Refundable Security Deposit* or $1500 Refundable Security Deposit with pet* (Pets require a pre-approval with owners) -refundable - ** $500 Utility Deposit for summer months May to October (rental fees include $250/month cap on (electricity/gas/water) - refundable - $80/each - Early arrival/Late departure up to 4 hours before or after standard time can be arranged in advance if schedule permits - $160 cleaning fee / $260 with pet - - We include a GIFT of a $100 clubhouse restaurant credit with stays of 28 nights and longer - - To be able to offer our home CASA REFUGI at a highest possible standard, we limit rental lengths to a maximum of 6 months in a row to assure maintenance, repairs and upgrades can be done to the home. PLEASE FEEL FREE TO CONTACT US FOR OTHER ARRANGEMENTS. OPEN TO SENSIBLE PRICE OFFERS ONLY. OWNER's CANCELLATION TERMS: All guest reservations are subject to a cancellation fee. Cancellations made prior than 5 months to date of check-in are subject to a fee of 15% of gross rental amount but no larger than $1000 . For reservations canceled 5 months or shorter to check-in date, the prepaid reservation fee of $1000 is forfeited. Is the home re-rented for the full period of canceled dates, the Lessor reimburses the Lessee with all moneys less stated cancellation fee of 15% of gross rental amount. VRBO Service Fee is excluded from any refunds.

                                                                      16 Reviews
                                                                      Wonderful 4.8/5
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