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Big Boy founder’s midcentury estate in Palm Springs asks $2M

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Built in 1958, it’s got walls of glass and a putting green

Living room with stone fireplace
The 1958-built home features glass walls and beamed ceilings.
Photos by Ketchum Photography, courtesy Jesse Huskey, Bennion Deville Homes

When last we saw this fun midcentury modern residence in Palm Springs, it had just been renovated for use as an upscale vacation rental. Since then, it’s changed owners and is back on the market with plenty of 1950s charm.

Designed by architect Charles Du Bois, the house was built in 1958 by the legendary Alexander Construction Company, which was responsible for the production of thousands of modernist residences during the 1950s and ’60s.

Per the listing, the home’s original owner was Bob Wian, who founded Southern California’s iconic Big Boy franchise. As a nod to the property’s history, the chain’s recognizable cowlick-sporting mascot has been positioned poolside.

Featuring six bedrooms and five bathrooms, the house has 3,076 square feet of living space with airy interiors punctuated by walls of glass and sliding doors. Other features include beamed ceilings, skylights, and a stone fireplace in the living room.

The house sits on a one-third acre lot fronted by a drought-tolerant garden. There’s also a swimming pool and spa, a patio and barbecue area, a putting green, and a large outdoor chess set.

Last sold in May of last year for $1.47 million, the house is now asking $1.95 million.

Front of house
Bedroom with sliding door
Second bedroom
Open kitchen
Backyard with giant chess set
Pool deck