Palm Springs Modern Homes to Take Center Stage in 2010 Annual Home Tour

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Fans of mid-century modern architecture and Desert Modernism get the chance to indulge their passion for Palm Springs modern homes at the 2010 Annual Home Tour. Scheduled for November 6, the event is organized by the Palm Springs Modern Heritage Fund and the Palm Springs Modern Committee. More information on other events and modern homes in general can be found at, leading Palm Springs Realtor Ralph Haverkate’s blog.

These days, buyers who have an eye for design are very much in the market for modern homes in Palm Springs

This November 6, those with a passion for Palm Springs modern homes will get to indulge their taste for mid-century modern architecture at the Palm Springs Modern Heritage Fund’s 2010 Annual Home Tour. Organized in conjunction with the Fund’s sister organization, the Palm Springs Modern Committee, the tour is an all-day event that will take participants into many of the city’s most architecturally distinctive homes.

“Home tours like these are a great way to get acquainted with the superb collection of modern homes that we have here in Palm Springs,” says leading Realtor Ralph Haverkate, a specialist in mid-century modern homes in Palm Springs and throughout the Coachella Valley. “Palm Springs contains one of the largest concentrations of mid-century modern homes and buildings that you’ll find anywhere. The desert landscape here inspired such world-famous architects as Albert Frey, Richard J. Neutra, Donald Wexler, William F. Cody, Bill Krisel and Stewart E. Williams to put their own stamp on the mid-century modernist aesthetic. It is so distinctive, in fact, that we now have a separate term for it – desert modernism.”

Characterized by open floor plans, seamless transitions from indoor to outdoor spaces, the extensive use of glass, and the incorporation of the desert landscape into the design, Palm Springs mid-century modern homes have been enjoying a renewal of interest in recent years. “These days, buyers who have an eye for design are very much in the market for modern homes in Palm Springs,” says Haverkate. “With these homes now recognized for the historic and architectural treasures that they are, it’s no surprise that they are now among the most sought-after properties in the Greater Palm Springs area’s real estate market.”

Palm Springs’ collection of retro homes and buildings is fast becoming one of its biggest tourist draws as well. There are now quite a few events celebrating the region’s modernist appeal. Apart from the Annual Home Tour, one of the most popular ones is the Palm Springs Modernism Week, which will be on its sixth year in February 2011.

More information on events in the area, Palm Springs modernism in general, market trends, modern homes for sale, and a wide range of other resources can be found in Haverkate’s regularly updated blog,

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