Ridge Vista, a custom-built, modern home designed by esteemed local architect Lance O'Donnell of O2 Architects, was completed in 2016. Located at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac in the famed Historic Tennis Club neighborhood, the home is nestled between downtown Palm Springs and the San Jacinto Mountains. With an easy walk into town as well as to mountain hiking trails, the location is perfect. Architect O'Donnell, a desert native who possesses a deep understanding of the local architectural vernacular and understands the importance of siting and the play of light, named the house Ridge Vista for the inspiring views of the mountains that surround the home on three sides. The protected site, which has the advantage of being in the south end of town, is much less susceptible to prevailing desert winds. In addition to the large, flowing public spaces from the foyer to the living room, dining room, and kitchen, there are two very generous master suites and a separate casita, each situated in its own wing for maximum privacy. The bathrooms feature handmade Heath tiles from San Francisco. There is also a glass-enclosed ‘office bridge’ with two workstations. In the kitchen, appliances are by Sub-Zero, Wolfe, and Miele. Marble floors flow throughout the home and many of the furnishings are either custom designed or made by interior decorator Daniel Torres of Daniel Torres Design. Complementing the new furnishings are select vintage mid-century pieces and antique Asian accents. In the living room sits a 100-year-old fully restored Steinway grand piano, which has been enjoyed by a number of well-known musicians who have been guests at Ridge Vista. The overall feeling the home evokes is modern and light, yet very comfortable and inviting. The home was included in Modernism Week’s Signature Home Tour and has been published in Palm Springs Life among other publications. With one of the lushest, most beautiful large gardens in Palm Springs, the grounds are totally private (skinny dipping encouraged) with a covered lanai for lounging and dining, a secret outdoor fireplace under a pergola at the back of the property, a fruit-tree grove, an outdoor shower, and an amazing Koi Pond with a double waterfall -- all surrounding a gorgeous pool and spa. Original artworks from New York, California, and Asia are found throughout the home. In the foyer is a maquette, or study for a 40 x 40-foot public artwork in New York created by the Ladd Brothers, in the dining room is a painting by New Mexican artist David Baca, in the living room is an ink on rice paper piece by Gu Gan, an important Chinese artist. Local photographer Gary Dorothy is represented by architectural photographs in the hallway. Outside, on the casita wall is a welded steel sculpture called Carousel by mid-century sculptor Robert E. Kuhn The owners are two gentlemen who live primarily in New York City and Southampton, Long Island. One is a real estate developer and the other is a former documentary producer who now creates architecture, design, and garden tours for non-profit arts organizations on the East and West coasts. They have owned the Palm Springs property for 15 years and have transformed it from a previous rather non-descriptive ranch house. When it came time to renovate, the owners realized there was very little to save in the small low ceiling dwelling which did not utilize the magnificent views and light sources. But they loved the location, the extra-large garden (much of which was preserved during the re-build), and the easy access to downtown restaurants and shopping that they decided to stay put and build a new high-ceiling light-filled home to the highest standards.
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