Modernist architecture fans the world over know the name of Arthur Elrod thanks to the iconic Palm Springs residence he commissioned from John Lautner in 1965. But the celebrated interior designers’s legacy also lives on in another Palm Springs property, the 1962 showcase he dubbed the Escape House.
Located in the Old Las Palmas neighborhood, the Hollywood Regency-style residence has been owned by the same family since 1964. According to a December 2018 feature in Palm Springs Life, given that the property served as a calling card for his design business, Elrod only agreed to sell it to his friends Frances and Bill Hamlin on the condition that it be left just as it was when sold.
The Hamlin family stuck to their end of the bargain quite admirably, making only minor changes over the past half century. The home is now being offered for sale complete with its original ‘60s ultraglam furnishings still in place.
Hidden behind an oversize set of Pullman doors at 350 West Via Lola, the 4,780-square-foot residence contains four bedrooms and four and a half baths.
Notable features include 14-foot ceilings, an atrium, bleached-chestnut walls, built-in vanities and bookshelves, textured room dividers, and custom-designed rugs, sofas, tables, light fixtures, and window treatments.
Sliding glass doors open to an expansive back yard with swimming pool, covered dining patio with original Italian chaise lounges, swaying palm trees, and manicured hedges.