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Beautifully Restored Mid-century Modern Condo With Mountain And Pool Views

Palm Springs, CA, USA
  • Condo
  • Bedrooms2
  • Sleeps4
  • Bathrooms1
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay7 nights

2 Bedroom 1 Bathroom, Mountain And Pool Views.

Welcome to our home away from home. In 2013 we visited the racquet club garden villas and fell in love with the property. Once you enter the gated community of 37 condos its like stepping into a lovely oasis. Each of the units are each nestled away along a beautiful stream that runs from the main pool space down toward the old racquet club to the far end. We purchased this free standing condo and just recently completed a total restoration.

Our unit has two bedrooms and one bathroom. The furnishings we selected are all mid-century modern. Both the master and the guest bedroom feature a custom built walnut platform bed. Each having large storage space underneath the bed frame. The master features a king size mattress and the second bedroom has a queen size mattress. Both have very comfortable mattresses with high end linens and pillows.

The kitchen has everything you would need to make a home cooked meal. The cabinets are all black walnut with solid surface countertops.

The bathroom features white Italian marble and the shower has a standard shower head and two body sprays.

There three patios to choose from...One large space off the master bedroom with two chaise lounge chairs. The second large patio is off the main living and kitchen area with seating and dining for 4. The last patio is off the dining area and has a small sitting area for 2 people.

In February 2018 this unit will be featured during modernism week and the tour of the historical racquet club garden villas.

In 2013, the racquet club garden villas received the 3rd ever city of palm springs historic district designation. This community will forever be preserved for generations to come and enjoy this lovely oasis that seems to take you back in time.

The history: the racquet club garden villas were constructed in 1959 adjacent to the famous palm springs racquet club as an overflow for hollywood celebrities and visitors alike who wished to have a more extended stay near the famed tennis club.

The racquet club garden villas has a triple pedigree:

1. Architect: William Cody

2. Contractor: Paul Trousdale

3. Landscape Architect: Phil Shipley

There are 37 units nestled in lush, verdant landscaping, with a beautiful stream running throughout the property. The condominiums were designed using post and beam architecture. Each unit having large expanses of windows and glass. With a significant deal of attention paid to the layout and orientation on the property. The racquet club was the place to see and be seen in the 1940's, 50's and 60's. Marilyn monroe was said to have been discovered by the pool at the racquet club.

THIS IS A SMALL, QUIET COMMUNITY. If you are looking for a place to have parties or loud music by the pool, this isn't the place for you. For us, and the rest of the residents, this is a relaxing retreat (with an emphasis on treat!) from the outside world.

Palm Springs City ID #2723


Alisse Ellis

Member Since 2014
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Calendar last updated:
Apr 04, 2018
About Alisse Ellis

Brent And I are both interested in and inspired by mid-century modern architecture and design. We live in Norman, Oklahoma and both work in the design and construction business. We spend as much time as possible in Palm Springs and enjoy lazy afternoons at the pool.

Alisse Ellis purchased this Condo in 2013

Why Alisse Ellis chose Palm Springs

We fell in love with the Racquet Club Garden Villas after going on a tour of the complex during the 2012 Modernism Week. We had been looking for a second home in Palm Springs, but we had been looking at houses. During the tour, we checked out a few open houses and we were sold! This is such a quiet, peaceful place for a getaway and the people are so nice. We enjoy waking up and having an incredible view of the San Jacinto mountains, and relaxing by the pool in the afternoons. The property feels so secluded, yet we can be downtown looking around the shops or eating at one of our favorite restaurants in a few minutes.


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


      • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
      • guest bedroom
        1 queen, custom built queen bed with sleep number mattress
      • master bedroom
        1 king, Custom built king size bed
      • Beautiful black walnut custom built king size platform bed with storage drawers underneath. Floor to ceiling windows with views of the San Jacinto mountains and pool. Large Patio with chaise lounges


      • 1 Bathroom
      • Bathroom 1
        toilet, shower, White Italian marble tile bathroom, shower has body sprays

        Location Type

          • Mountain View


              • Away From It All
              • Historic
              • Romantic


                  • Guests provide their own meals


                      • Iron & Board
                      • Air Conditioning
                      • Hair Dryer
                      • Heating
                      • Internet
                      • Clothes Dryer
                      • Linens Provided
                      • Living Room
                      • Parking
                      • Towels Provided
                      • Washing Machine


                          • Coffee Maker
                          • Dishes & Utensils
                          • Dishwasher
                          • Kitchen
                          • Microwave
                          • Oven
                          • Refrigerator
                          • Stove
                          • Toaster


                              • Dining
                              • Dining Area
                              • comfy seating for 4 people


                                  • Books
                                  • DVD Player
                                  • Satellite / Cable
                                  • Stereo
                                  • Television


                                      • Deck / Patio
                                      • Outdoor Grill


                                          • not suitable for children
                                          • wheelchair inaccessible

                                            Pool / Spa

                                              • Communal Pool
                                              • Heated Pool
                                              • Hot Tub


                                                  • museums
                                                  • churches
                                                  • festivals
                                                  • health/beauty spa
                                                  • library
                                                  • live theater
                                                  • cinemas
                                                  • playground
                                                  • recreation center
                                                  • restaurants
                                                  • synagogues
                                                  • water parks

                                                    Leisure Activities

                                                      • photography
                                                      • antiquing
                                                      • horseback riding
                                                      • miniature golf
                                                      • outlet shopping
                                                      • gambling casinos
                                                      • scenic drives
                                                      • shopping
                                                      • sight seeing
                                                      • walking
                                                      • wildlife viewing

                                                        Local Services & Businesses

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

                                                            Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                              • cycling
                                                              • golf
                                                              • hiking
                                                              • mountain biking
                                                              • mountain climbing
                                                              • racquetball
                                                              • swimming
                                                              • tennis

                                                                House Rules

                                                                Check-in: 3:00 PM

                                                                Check-out: 10:00 AM

                                                                Cancellation Policy

                                                                100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                                22 Reviews


                                                                Latest reviews

                                                                Perfect Palm Springs experience

                                                                Margie N.Chicago

                                                                This was our second stay at this lovely condo (and 4th time at RCGV), and we hope it won’t be our last. The complex is serene, modernist, and lushly landscaped (hummingbirds and bougainvillea abound), and the condo is comfortable, tastefully decorated, and spacious. Great communication from the owner and manager. Overall ideal experience.

                                                                Absolutely delightful modernist gem!

                                                                Mark S.-

                                                                Wow, did we love this place! We've spent many, many nights in Airbnb and HomeAway properties; this was the absolute best. It's beautifully set up as a sophisticated rental...it has everything you could need, but no personal detritus to get in the way! The place is spotlessly clean and very, very comfortable.

                                                                The quality of the property as a rental aside, it is also ideal way to sample the vision of the midcentury modernists and the seamless indoor/outdoor lifestyle they built. This complex was designed by William Cody, one of the desert's principal modernist architects. The unit's three patios and walls of glass make it feel twice the size. Cody built multi-thousand foot homes for wealthy midcentury desert-goers; this property allows you to sample the best of those homes in a much more affordable way!

                                                                Beyond the unit itself, the grounds are park-like, with trees clearly planted in the 1920's (the complex was built on the grounds of the 1920's-era Racquet Club hotel). It's rare to be surrounded by such mature trees in the desert. And beyond the trees lies one of the best mountain views in the entire city (the sheer face the aerial tram uses to climb the mountain).

                                                                Finally, the owners are wonderful and responsive. We had to delay our arrival due to an unexpected funeral, and were greeted by a beautiful flower arrangement. Wonderful.

                                                                We highly recommend this place!

                                                                Beautiful Mid Century Modern Free Standing Condo

                                                                Judson S.-

                                                                Alisse has done an incredible job furnishing the William Cody mid century condo. There are great patios off the master bedroom and living room. The unit was very quiet. We would definitely come back again!!!

                                                                Fabulous place! Kept waiting for Dinah Shore to come out of the bathroom! Really fun.

                                                                Leslie T.

                                                                Only complaint was the pool was quite dirty for about half of our stay.

                                                                Amazing condo in Palm Springs

                                                                Betty W.Where do you live?

                                                                From the time we opened the door and walked in we were so impressed with this beautifully decorated, comfortable unit. When we awoke the first morning we enjoyed the view of the mountains and palm trees from the bedroom. It is close to the pool and hot tub, which we used each day. The main patio has a wall of red flowers, making it private and peaceful. It is a short drive to downtown. We hate to leave and hope to return next winter!

                                                                Comfort in Paradise

                                                                Margie N.Chicago

                                                                Hate to leave this beautiful mid-century modern place. Spacious, comfortable, tastefully decorated. Steps from the lushly landscaped, low-key pool area. A perfect spot to get some vitamin D and chill out. Communication with owner / onsite manager was flawless. We hope to return next year.


                                                                Palm Springs, CA, USA


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                                                                Tax Rate

                                                                No tax with reservations 30 days or longer Palm Springs rental permit # PS 62300000 Minimum stay of 7 nights

                                                                22 Reviews
                                                                Wonderful 4.8/5
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