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

Bedrooms 2
Property type condo
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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Minimum Stay
7 nights

About the property

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 walnut cabinetry. 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 and two sitting chairs. The second large patio is off the main living and kitchen area with seating and dining for 4/6. The last patio is off the dining area and has a small sitting area for 2/4 people.

In February 2015 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 rental permit # PS 6230

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Alisse Ellis
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
January 17, 2017

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 Deserts

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.


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
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Beautifully Restored Mid-century Modern Condo With Mountain And Pool Views
average rating of 4.785714 based on 14 reviews


  • 5 of 5

We stayed for a week and had a great time here. The house is clean, modern, thoughtfully furnished and each of the patios offer a lovely quiet oasis to be outside. The community pool and spa area is surrounded by gardens and set against the mountain view and as it was a quiet week here, we almost had it to ourselves.

We really like to cook and found the kitchen was very well equipped for a week, we had a few ideas of extra* things we might have liked available if we were staying longer and a grill would be a nice addition. (*I'll email you Allisse).

We got to see the very attentive Don in action when we had a little electric power trouble and he was here within 5 minutes & figured it all out for us in a cheerfully determined way.

Highlights of things we enjoyed outside the complex - a Modern Tour of houses with Michael Stern culminating in a visit to Frey House 2, Hiking in the Canyons and a road trip to The North Shore Beach and Yacht Club at the Salton Sea (recommend reading up about this first as it's not for everyone).

We're packing up to leave as I write this, and I wish we were staying another week!

  • Submitted: Dec 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
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Perfect location, perfect view, perfect furnishings, ultra-perfect pool (especially at night)!

  • 5 of 5

I can’t believe I found this place for my vacation. I had never been to Palm Springs before and didn’t know the area at all. A friend and I planned a girls’ week and this provided the luxury of 2 bedrooms, lots of space and was perfect. The condo was super clean and comfortable with very nice furnishings. The complex was landscaped beautifully and this unit is in the best location – right next to the pool with a stunning view of the mountains. It was very quiet, and we rarely saw anyone. And when we did meet people they were so nice and friendly. There was a little work being done but sounds like it is just improving the infrastructure so it will continue to be great place. Having a full kitchen saved us a lot of money by being able to cook for ourselves, and it was nice to have a washer and dryer. There are lots of books on the area provided, and I think we read every one! My favorite place was the patio off the living room that was lit up at night. There is a large flowering tree above it, so pink flowers actually fell from the sky when you were out there. Magical! We hiked in Indian Palm Canyon, Joshua Tree NP and the top of the tram – and so nice to come back home and relax in the pool. Shopping downtown is close by and easy to get to. I loved the Design District shops. I think anyone who stays there will start checking the real estate ads like we did. As soon as I got home to reality, I wanted to go back.

  • Submitted: Nov 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
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Beautiful Property!

  • 5 of 5

Myself and my husband stayed in this property for 7 nights in September. The condo was perfect, super spacious with all the amenities you could want. We loved all the different patio areas around the property - they were great for having breakfast in the morning, or relaxing at night with a drink. Don who checked us in was super helpful and on call if we needed anything. Will definitely be visiting again as soon as I can and recommending to friends!

  • Submitted: Sep 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Gorgeous pad

  • 4 of 5

We loved calling this place home for a week of Palm Springs summer. The thoughtful renovation, beautiful pool and grounds and books on PS design and lifestyle all made for a really great stay.

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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Alexandria VA USA

A Sublime Mid-Century Hideaway

  • 5 of 5

I spent last week at this historic little villa and despite the record high temperatures, had a wonderful stay. If you appreciate mid-century design, this place won't disappoint. The design details at the old Racquet Club were a surprise- great views from all rooms in the house (a stunning mountain view from the master BR )to lush, mature plantings and a meandering stream just outside the door. I had the pool (also just outside the door) all to myself which I enjoyed in the early morning and evening. The villa has 3 patios, so plenty of room to spread out.

As a designer based on the East Coast, I never take for granted the brilliant California light and desert air. Another pleasant surprise was the great breeze, often in the early evenings and nights ( prevalent in North Palm Springs).

The only suggestion I would make is to possibly add a grill and a few more kitchen utensils. But, if you aren't going to do much cooking-- it's fine.

I also appreciated the friendly welcome from Don (property manager) who filled me in on the colorful history of the Racquet Club and it's celebrity guests.

The villa is also stocked with great books about Palm Springs history.

Hopefully, I'll return-- but during cooler months!

  • Submitted: Jun 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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New Westminster, BC

Wonderful Mid-century Experience

  • 5 of 5

This was our third visit to the Racquet Club Garden Villas and our first stay in this beautiful suite. We had a fabulous two week holiday and only wish we could have stayed longer. The suite has been beautifully restored and tastefully decorated with mid-century furnishings and artwork. Glass walls looking out to mountain views and private patios ....... just divine. The weather was unseasonably warm for June, so we spent mornings at the very beautiful swimming pool surrounded by palm trees. This suite has no shared walls with neighbors, is in close proximity to the pool, and yet very private.

Truly a wonderful holiday. We can't wait to return!

  • Submitted: Jun 21, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
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Nearest Airport
5 Miles
Palm Springs International Airport
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
Tahquitz Creek Golf Resort
Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
US Highway 10
Nearest Ski
75 Miles
Big Bear Mountain
Nearest Beach
82 Miles
Laguna Beach
Car: recommended


Rates & Availability

Palm Springs Condo Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Modernism Week 2017
Feb 1 2017 - Feb 28 2017
7 night minimum stay
Cochella 2017
Apr 10 2017 - Apr 24 2017
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Cleaning and Linens Fee $150
Tax Rate 11.5%

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

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Palm Springs Condo Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • condo
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , White Italian marble tile bathroom, shower has body sprays
  • 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
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
  • Heated Pool
  • Hot Tub
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • gambling casinos
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • 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:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • swimming
  • tennis

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