A desert home slathered with wallpaper is waiting for its next owner. The home’s exterior may be sedate, but the interior is quite a jolt.
“The wallpaper is a combination of pink, blue, and some silver. That’s what stands out when you walk in. You open the front door, and first thing that just stands out is the wallpaper. It’s totally in your face,” says the listing agent, Marco Galvez.
The townhouse on E. La Verne Way in Palm Springs, CA, was built in 1979, and is now available for $529,000. The unit measures 2,289 square feet, most of it covered with wacky wall coverings and bright blue carpeting. Wallpaper extends into every nook and cranny and even covers some of the ceilings.
Galvez says the color and patterns can feel a bit disorienting at first.
“You can feel very overwhelmed,” he says. “But within seconds, you just feel excited to see the rest. If you spend a little bit more time than an hour or two, you do get a little dizzy just staring at it. The calming takes over later.”
The wallpaper isn’t the only 1970s motif running rampant through the house. The furnishings are all either vintage or designed to look that way.
Everything in the kitchen works, including the 1970s-era oven. Meanwhile, the ceiling also features a wallpaper that doesn’t exactly fade into insignificance.
The all-important air conditioning may need some love, however. Thanks to recent changes in California laws, the coolant necessary for the units is no longer readily available.
Galvez says a recent HVAC service call required some special attention and a return visit from the technician. He believes that a new buyer is likely to want to update the HVAC system for the desert’s brutal summer months.
The current owner has owned the residence since 1995, and has kept much of the decor as it was when she acquired the property.
“As things get worn, she replaces it. She always tries to stay with the very same product or similar,” Galvez explains.
Parts of the wallpaper have been replaced or mended where they have shown wear or damage. The shocking-blue carpets have recently been replaced, all in the original color scheme.
In two wild bedrooms, the linens and bedding match the wallpaper, making it a little difficult to locate the bed.
“When you look at the furniture, about 75% of those furnishings were custom-made to fit the theme and be able to match the retro 1970s wallpaper vibe,” says Galvez.
And what you see in the listing photos is exactly what you’ll get.
“Everything is part of the selling price, everything is turnkey,” Galvez explains. “The reason we want to go turnkey is because someone’s going to come in there and fall in love with it as is, and they’re not going to want to lose anything.”
Galvez says that Palm Springs is a top destination for vacation rentals, and as an overnight retreat, he believes, this property could really come into its own.
A buyer might be able to net a steady stream of rental income from folks in search of a different place to stay in the desert.
“When people go away on weekends or just a few days, they’d rather rent something that is unique,” he says. “If you’re looking for a rental, this one’s done for you and already has its own vibe, and you can capitalize on that.”
As part of the Canyon West Estates neighborhood, residents are entitled to use two community pools, a spa, clubhouse, and other amenities. The townhouse also has a two-car garage.
The owner has told Galvez that she would like to find a buyer who will respect the property and keep it the way it is.
“I do get a lot of people who think they want it and want to see it. They’re excited. And then they say, ‘You know, it was very cool to see, but I don’t think I could live there full-time,’” Galvez admits.
“I think the perfect buyer is going to be someone who really just adores art and is going to fall in love with that property, because it is very different, in an artistic way.”
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