Neighborhood: 332 - Central Palm Springs, Movie Colony East (33248)
Bel Vista House #2 by architect Albert Frey, 1946. Restored with thoughtful integrity, the historic property is a prime expression of the architect's early, complex aesthetic. Part of the only built housing tract designed by Frey and the first modern neighborhood in Palm Springs, it evokes the International Style. Simple, clean lines make a bold statement. Set amidst a mature citrus grove and native plantings on a large corner lot in central Palm Springs - replete with captivating mountain views from inside and out - the home is on fee land you own (no lease). One of only a handful of houses with the premiere honor of being listed on the National Register of Historic Places, it is also a locally designated Class 1 Historic Site with Mills Act and its substantially reduced property taxes. In addition to its historic pedigree, it has a fully renovated modern kitchen with restored original cabinetry and custom tile work and a renovated bathroom done with stunning period detail, a copper water line from meter, and a newer main sewer line. In 2016 the home was painted inside and out, received a new pool & spa, new electrical panel, new foam roof, new HVAC system, sprinkler system, cork and polished concrete floors, and more. A Frey-inspired corrugated metal fence surrounds the large yard and brings privacy to its abundant outside spaces. It has unobstructed mountain views, mature pine, palm and fruit trees, a regulation horseshoe pit, large covered patio / carport, fire pit and a large lawn area make it great for events and entertaining. Painted in its original color palette throughout, it's a joyful celebration of Frey's aesthetic and reflects his consummate body of work. Ahead of its time in many ways – including an abundance of closet space and two-light glass exterior doors throughout – it presents a bold contrast to postwar housing norms. The design promotes circulation and bathes its interior with an abundance of natural light. Frey’s unique indoor/outdoor style comes to life in every room. Outside, the original curved block wall off the large laundry room preserves a dynamic curvilinear element omnipresent in his work. Frey is the subject of an upcoming new book and museum show and one of Palm Springs' most important architects. Don't miss a rare opportunity to own one of the few intact examples of Frey's single family homes. The home can be used as a short-term rental under the City's new rules.