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Cozy, early modern gem by Albert Frey asks $749K in Palm Springs

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Part of a tract of World War II-era homes built as worker housing

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The home is part of a World War II-era tract designed by Albert Frey.
Photos courtesy Podley Properties

Modernism Week events are ongoing in Palm Springs and plenty of pedigreed homes are up for grabs in the desert city. Case in point: this cozy post and beam by influential modern architect Albert Frey.

The simple residence was constructed in 1946 as part of a tract of homes commissioned as worker housing and designed by Frey at the tail end of World War II. The houses all have identical floor plans but were positioned differently on each lot and given unique paint jobs so as not to appear too uniform.

This particular house has plenty of modern style, with wide windows, open living space, tiled bathrooms, and plenty of indoor-outdoor access. The 1,150-square-foot home has three bedrooms and two bathrooms, along with an airy kitchen with a vintage stove and refrigerator.

The house sits on a 10,000-square-foot lot, with a large driveway, an attached garage, a grassy backyard, and a spa and swimming pool. There's even an outdoor shower—partially enclosed for privacy.

Asking price is $749,000. Worth noting: The home's historic credentials qualify its owner for some tax breaks under California's Mills Act.

Dining area
Vintage kitchen
Front of house
Swimming pool