By Craig Michaels

Home sales in the desert have softened a bit in the beginning of 2019 denoted by the increase of days on market for detached single family homes. Fortunately, the city of Palm Springs enjoys the benefit of several desirable architectural styles and an international buyers’ pool which helps keep home sales buoyant. Despite the slight dip in sales the early Palm Springs homes are still hot with buyers or should we say warm? The Warm Sands neighborhood in south Palm Springs developed in the 1930’s features many Spanish Style homes which are still very appealing to buyers.

Home owners and investors who have updated these older Spanish style homes are finding buyers resonate with the casual chic, yet refined look. The exteriors offer simple low-pitched roofs covered with red tiles and stucco walls. Tiled courtyards enhanced with fountains, arched doorways and exposed wood beams ad considerable charm to these properties. These historic structures have been standing nearly as long as the Empire State Building.

The newest listing to hit the market in the Warm Sands neighborhood, like many of the Palm Springs structures has an interesting background. The lot was originally owned by Gold Crown Mining (1935) sold to Commonwealth Builders (1936) with the home completed in 1937. The current owner, Lou Trifos, has been a steward in taking care of this home and has completely reconstructed it from the ground up. Lou, who has very interesting stories as a chiropractor to many famous celebrities in his day, has painstakingly updated the property which combines the elegant charm of the 1930’s with all the modern convinces of today’s home.

With 1,700 sq. ft., this Spanish Hacienda features two master suites. Upgrades include newer electric, copper plumbing, porcelain tile flooring, and a gourmet kitchen including professional grade VIKING Stainless Steel appliances with custom granite counter tops and custom-built cabinets. The rich looking open bean wood ceilings throughout really give this home a warm feeling. As a big music fan, Lou has gone the extra mile and completely pre-wired the house for surround sound. The drywall and insulation have also been replaced and upgraded as well.

Outside you’ll notice peek-a-boo mountain views while enjoying complete privacy in the two large outdoor areas. In one of the courtyards you can get wet with a large SPOOL (Spa/Pool) which can accommodate up to 10 adults, great for a winter Jacuzzi or just to cool off in the hot summer months. The Warm Sands neighborhood which covers about a half square mile is just minutes from downtown shopping and dining. You must see this house to appreciate the extreme detail to making this the gem that it is. Call me for a private showing of this home located at 523 S Vista Oro, Palm Springs (760) 880-3848.

Better Homes and Gardens / Leaskou Partners