Palm Springs, CA, is one of the country’s epicenters for midcentury modern homes. For design aficionados who would love to step back into the 1960s for a spell, the desert is the place to be.
With temperatures on the rise, the market for vintage gems in the Coachella Valley shows no signs of cooling. As further evidence, take the gorgeous Sutter Residence.
Designed by E. Stewart Williams for Theodore and Marguerite Sutter, the classic residence is now on the market for $2,795,000. Completed in 1960, the 2,610-square-foot home embodies key tenets of midcentury modern design—including the extensive use of concrete block, glass, steel, and teak.
Visitors enter through a stylish metal gate, which opens into a glass-enclosed courtyard. The interiors, designed by Arthur Elrod, remain intact, with a stunning kitchen cloaked in teak walls and flanked by a brick fireplace.
While an outdoor pool is something of a standard amenity in Palm Springs, this one creates a different sort of splash. Elrod devised an outdoor structure of steel beams surrounding the pool, to allow an owner to shade the space more easily.
The revamped home, with all its midcentury charms still intact, immediately appealed to buyers. On the market for only a couple of weeks, the home is already under contract.
In 2010, the current owners snapped up this two-bedroom, 2.5-bathroom home for just $640,000—which represented a fairly dramatic cut from the original 2010 asking price of $695,000. From there, they embarked on extensive renovations, which included revamping the master suite.
Now, the master bedroom features modern perks like heated floors and an open shower. For outdoor living and entertaining, there’s the aforementioned pool, as well as an al fresco kitchen.
If this marvelous home, set on a quarter-acre, looks familiar—there’s a reason. The celebrated architectural photographer Julius Shulman photographed this beauty back in 1961.
In late 2020, the property was named a historic site by the city of Palm Springs and given a Historic Merit designation. Now also known as Palm Springs Historic Site #133, the certification protects the property from development or structural changes that are not in line with its original period.
The listing is being handled by Patrick Stewart Properties.