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Massive midcentury compound in Palm Springs asks $4.4M

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Designed by Howard Lapham, it has two pools and plenty of personality

View of pool through glass wall
The nine-bedroom home features high ceilings and walls of glass.
Photos courtesy Scott Histed, Bennion Deville Homes

This truly unique Palm Springs residence, located in the city’s historic Movie Colony neighborhood, was built in 1966 by modern architect Howard Lapham.

Known for large, grandiose projects, Lapham also designed the Thunderbird Heights home now owned by interior designer Michael Smith and former ambassador James Costos—famous as a frequent vacation vacation spot for the Obamas.

This particular residence dwarfs the more modest midcentury homes around it, with nine bedrooms and 11 bathrooms (including a two-bedroom guest home) spread across 9,445 square feet of living space. The house sits on a three-quarter-acre-lot surrounded by fountains, garden space, a grassy lawn, and a large swimming pool.

Living area with glass walls
Purple dining area
Game room with patterned wallpaper

Inside, the home has been decorated in a particularly outgoing style, with bright colors, patterned wallpaper, and even gilded tilework sprinkled throughout the residence.

Bedroom with black and white color scheme

Other interior features include towering 13-foot ceilings, walls of glass, terrazzo floors, enormous Mayan-inspired doors, a cocktail bar, and (somewhat inexplicably) a second swimming pool.

Cocktail bar
Gilded bathroom

The whole property is fronted by a tall stone wall with an arched gate leading to the front door. A three-car garage is attached to the residence.

View of backyard and pool

Asking price is $4.4 million.