Quirky Architectural Mansion Asking $7.69 Million in Palm Springs Puts a Spin on Old Hollywood Glamour
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Quirky Architectural Mansion Asking $7.69 Million in Palm Springs Puts a Spin on Old Hollywood Glamour

The house channels mid-century modern style with numerous quirks, including a glass window backsplash in the kitchen and a floating office

By LIZ LUCKING
Wed, May 15, 2024 9:27amGrey Clock 2 min

An architecturally impressive abode in Palm Springs, California, that combines mid-century style with Old Hollywood glamour has hit the market for $7.69 million.

Despite appearances, the desert getaway was actually built in 2012, by Sean Lockyer of Studio AR&D. This marks the first time the home has been on the market since its creation.

Desert Views Photography

“The goal with this project was to blend modern elegance and iconic mid-century architectural techniques,” Lockyer said.

By implementing “classic mid-century nods like floor-to-ceiling expanses of glass, aggregate block construction and a cantilevered steel roofline, the residence is unable to be dated and could easily be misjudged in age,” he added.

The heart of the 7,000-square-foot home is its glass-encased great room, complete with a recessed living area and a double-sided fireplace that extends through the glass walls and to the adjacent covered outdoor living space, according to the listing with Todd Monaghan and Keith Markovitz of TTK Represents of Compass, who brought the home to the market earlier this month.

The owners, who couldn’t be reached for comment, paid $700,000 for the underlying property in 2009, records with PropertyShark show.

The single-storey house also boasts an office that appears to hover over the ground, a media room, a wine room and an open kitchen that swaps the traditional backsplash with glass.

Desert Views Photography

There are four bedrooms, including a primary suite that occupies an entire wing of the house, and the pool sits in the centre of the home, visible from nearly all angels.

Desert Views Photography
Desert Views Photography

The interior design, meanwhile, takes inspiration from Hollywood Regency decor.

The property is “among the best homes I have experienced in Palm Springs,” said Markovitz.



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The cost of owning a home in an LGBTQ-friendly area in the U.S. comes with a hefty price premium of almost 50%, according to a report Wednesday from Redfin.

In a metropolitan area with state laws protecting LGBTQ people from housing discrimination, a home buyer needs to earn an annual income of $150,364 to afford a median priced home. That’s 46.8% more than the $102,435 buyers need to earn to afford a home in places without such protections, the online property portal said.

For the purposes of their report, a metro is considered to have protections if the state it’s located in prohibits housing discrimination based on sexual orientation and/or gender identity, Redfin explained. In the case of metro areas which span multiple states, Redfin considered the metro to have protections if at least one of the states it’s located in prohibits such discrimination.

“LGBTQ+ Americans face disproportionately large barriers to homeownership,” said Redfin senior economist Elijah de la Campa in the report. “On top of paying a premium to live somewhere that feels safe, many LGBTQ+ house hunters are earning less than the typical U.S. worker, and face discrimination while shopping for homes despite laws that prohibit it.”

The locales where individuals identifying as LGBTQ make up the largest share of the adult population are also those where housing is the least affordable, the report found.

In San Francisco, where 6.7% of the adult population identifies as LGBTQ—the highest share of any of the 54 metropolitan areas Redfin analyzed—only 5.1% of listings last year were affordable based on the median local income, one of the lowest shares in the country.

In Portland, Oregon, which had the second highest share of LGBTQ adults at 6%, only 6.7% of homes for sale were affordable; in Austin, Texas, where 5.9% of the adult population identifies as LGBTQ, 2.9% of listings were affordable.

And in Seattle and Los Angeles, where LGBTQ adults make up 5.2% and 5.1% of the population, 4.8% and 1.9% of homes for sale were affordable, respectively.

All but one of those top LGBTQ metros—Austin—has state-level protections, the report said.

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