In Palm Desert, a Piece of William Krisel’s modernist oasis

Sandpiper, Palm Desert, California
SANDPIPER, Palm Desert, CA. USA | vacation home rentals
  • TownHouse
  • 3 BR
  • Sleeps 6
  • from $ 495 nt
Period Design Meets 21st-Century Living

Modernism buffs know about the Sandpiper, and some consider it the finest mid-century townhouse complex in the Coachella Valley. Designed by architect William Krisel, whose imprint is on 40,000 homes across the American Southwest, including the beloved post & beam “Alexander Homes”, the Sandpiper’s 300-plus dwellings were built between 1958 and 1969.

Krisel’s vision for each unit was total privacy and “tropically beautiful and beautifully work-free.” The buildings are geometrically spectacular with their low-slung, flat roofs, sand-colored stucco, and concrete blocks.

Of its circular clusters centered around Hockney-worthy swimming pools and tropical landscaping, eight have historical designation, and this home is counted among them. Located in one of the original circles, the interior is spacious, and filled with soaring glass walls and light. 

Outdoors – where much life takes place here, with over 300 days of sunshine every year – you’ll enjoy spectacular mountain and pool views and a private courtyard with seating for eight. Cinematic lighting, a pond, and a gas-lit fire pit complete the fresh air experience. For hot days, there is a warm-weather mister. 

If you’re going to stay in the mecca of modernism, this townhouse in Palm Desert is a fitting piece of Krisel’s legacy and a perfect place to experience the area’s leisurely lifestyle.

Description

This one-story townhouse in Palm Desert is generously-sized at 1850 sqft. Its hallmarks are 11-foot ceilings and spectacular mountain views. It has three bedrooms and two baths, all with full wall built-in closets. The third bedroom is set up as a TV room/office, but the chairs can be put together to create a twin, or it is possible to have an airbed with legs set up.

The outdoors blend right in, with floor-to-ceiling glass and sliders. The great room and den/office open out to the pool, while the kitchen and bedrooms open to the private, enclosed, 750 sq ft courtyard.

ADDITIONAL FEATURES

Fully-outfitted Cook’s Kitchen, Wet Bar, Sonos audio throughout the entire home, 2 TVs, full-sized laundry machines, and dedicated parking. The Nest-controlled central AC/heat pump system assures a comfortable year-round stay. There is great hiking right outside your door, and the complex has a pool and putting green.

AROUND

This Sandpiper townhouse is walking distance to the luxurious shopping and restaurants of El Paseo, considered “the Rodeo Drive of the desert.”

Activities and amenities include some of the best hiking and biking trails in the world, mountain views, architecturally-stunning swimming pools, putting greens, and tennis courts within a short 5-minute walk.

Located in Palm Desert just a 15-minute drive to Palm Springs, like its neighbor, Palm Desert is backed by the San Jacinto mountains that rise above the desert floor and are lined with miles of hiking trails at a cooler elevation (the Bump and Grind Loop is a local favorite, a 3-mile trek that climbs 960 feet and culminates in a panoramic view of Palm Springs).

The town is a mecca of resorts and country clubs, with the central El Paseo square lined with boutiques, restaurants and art galleries. Part of the greater Coachella Valley, the area plays host to the annual music and arts festival every Spring.

Both Joshua Tree National Park and the breathtaking Indian Cove are within an hour’s drive from the house. There are several unique attractions and interesting local museums and art venues to visit such as the Noah Purifoy Outdoor Desert Art Museum, and the famed Integratron as well as the historic Pioneertown. A kitschy Hollywood relic founded in the 1940s as an authentic frontier town movie set, today there are a few shops, cafes and galleries to visit including the famous Pappy and Harriet’s Pioneertown Palace.

The Sandpiper is also not far from the Temecula wineries, olive and lavender farms, mountain towns such as Idyllwild, and the tram in Palm Springs.

The healing arts are also a big part of the culture here; there are spas and wellness offerings galore, and you can even go for a day soak at Two Bunch Palms, with its tranquil hot spring pools, just 30 minutes away.

The owner has created a guide, featuring all that the area has to offer, here.

LOCATION

Palm Desert, California. Nearest Airport: Palm Springs International Airport (10 miles away)

BEST TIME TO VISIT: Palm Desert is a four-seasons destination, but it can get extremely hot in summer months. Architecture lovers flock for neighbor Palm Springs’ annual Modernism Week, which will be held in October, and tennis lovers come for the annual BNP Open, held in March. 

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  • SANDPIPER, Palm Desert, CA. USA | vacation home rentals
  • SANDPIPER, Palm Desert, CA. USA | vacation home rentals
  • SANDPIPER, Palm Desert, CA. USA | vacation home rentals
  • SANDPIPER, Palm Desert, CA. USA | vacation home rentals
  • SANDPIPER, Palm Desert, CA. USA | vacation home rentals
  • SANDPIPER, Palm Desert, CA. USA | vacation home rentals
  • SANDPIPER, Palm Desert, CA. USA | vacation home rentals
  • SANDPIPER, Palm Desert, CA. USA | vacation home rentals
  • SANDPIPER, Palm Desert, CA. USA | vacation home rentals
  • SANDPIPER, Palm Desert, CA. USA | vacation home rentals
  • SANDPIPER, Palm Desert, CA. USA | vacation home rentals
  • SANDPIPER, Palm Desert, CA. USA | vacation home rentals
  • SANDPIPER, Palm Desert, CA. USA | vacation home rentals
  • SANDPIPER, Palm Desert, CA. USA | vacation home rentals
  • SANDPIPER, Palm Desert, CA. USA | vacation home rentals
  • SANDPIPER, Palm Desert, CA. USA | vacation home rentals
  • SANDPIPER, Palm Desert, CA. USA | vacation home rentals
  • SANDPIPER, Palm Desert, CA. USA | vacation home rentals
  • SANDPIPER, Palm Desert, CA. USA | vacation home rentals
  • SANDPIPER, Palm Desert, CA. USA | vacation home rentals
  • SANDPIPER, Palm Desert, CA. USA | vacation home rentals
  • SANDPIPER, Palm Desert, CA. USA | vacation home rentals
  • SANDPIPER, Palm Desert, CA. USA | vacation home rentals
  • SANDPIPER, Palm Desert, CA. USA | vacation home rentals
  • SANDPIPER, Palm Desert, CA. USA | vacation home rentals
  • SANDPIPER, Palm Desert, CA. USA | vacation home rentals
  • SANDPIPER, Palm Desert, CA. USA | vacation home rentals
  • SANDPIPER, Palm Desert, CA. USA | vacation home rentals
  • SANDPIPER, Palm Desert, CA. USA | vacation home rentals

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Bedrooms3 bedrooms
Bed TypeCalKing Master, two doubles in second bedroom, huge down chair and ottoman, room for air mattress.
KitchenFully-equipped kitchen
Bathrooms2 Bathrooms
Accommodate6 people
InternetInternet
Kid FriendlyFamilies welcome
Pet friendlyPet-friendly
ViewMountain views
Rates
Pet Fee$100
Cleaning (One Time)$150
refundable security deposit$1000
Tax11% for total rate
Sec. Deposit$1000
Check-In3:00 PM
Check-Out11:00 AM
CancellationGuest will receive a full refund if booking is cancelled at least 60 days before the time of check-in. If the guest cancels 30-60 days before the start of the stay, they will receive a 50% refund. If they cancel within 30 days of the start of the stay, no refund will be given.
Temporary
Covid-19 Policy
Must have a Doctor's letter stating Covid.
Only in the event the cancellation is a direct result of the pandemic, for example (country or region ) again orders the stoppage of vacation rentals sometime in the fall due to high number of of local cases. Or, (country) decides to restrict travel from the US......  the guest will receive a full refund if the booking is cancelled at least 30 days before the start. If the guest cancels 1 - 14 days before the start of the stay they will receive a 0% refund. If they cancel within 24 hours of the stay, no refund will be given.  see waiver.......
NotesThis community is a quiet residential area.. We ask that you keep the music to a tolerable level, and the late nights, too, At least on the pool side of the property. We also ask that you keep any and all rental information to yourself, and as well as that you are 'guests' of your 'friends' at our home, when asked by any neighbors, etc,.  We thank you in advance.
Season Start Date End Date Nightly Min Stay
Normal SeasonSep 8Sep 7$4952 nights
House Rules

No Smoking indoors, Pets ( dog) allowed with permission of the owner at a weekly fee of 100.,  NO parties, no more than 6 people sleeping over, and no more than 12 people visiting ( for a dinner etc) Mind the pool and HOA rules.. Be mindful of the a/c in the heat months.

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