|Minimum Stay||2 nights|
This Palm Springs Mid-century Palmer/Kriesel designed butterfly roof home built by George Alexander in one of Palm Springs first Mid-Century Modern neighborhoods called Racquet Club Estates. The open floor plan features concrete floors, high vaulted beam ceilings with clerestory windows and glass sliders overlooking the new kidney shaped saltwater pool and attached 6 person jacuzzi/spa.
The Pool has a 6 foot tanning ledge with a built in umbrella sleeve so you can been under shade while inside the pool.
It is important to note that we are a full 1,000 square feet larger than the traditional Alexander home because we enclosed the breezeway adding onto our kitchen/dining room and extending our master bedroom/bathroom/office.
You will marvel at the dramatic mountain views from this spectacular 11,000 sq ft lot and understand why we call this little piece of paradise ''RENDEVOUS LOU''.
As you enter the house into the foyer, you will be impressed by the floor to ceiling painting that leads you into the ''great room''. The concrete floors are softened in the living room by a large cream shag rug with furnishings designed by Futurama and embellished by our funky 50's collection of Blue Blenko glassware. The bedrooms have desert hued low pile carpeting. The living room seating faces the original block fireplace which is commanded by a stunning commissioned piece of art we call ''LOU'', who has become our mascot. His image repeats in various locations throughout the property...see if you can spot him.
To the right of the great room, is our sparkling 1960's lucite formal dining room table for six; it's a real showpiece. The entertainment ''vibe'' continues with our open kitchen boasting granite counter tops with mosaic glass tile back-splash.
A large mobile island faces the kitchen's overhead HDTV flat screen where you can sit on comfortable leather bar stools to watch a great sport event or just keep the chef in the family company. The kitchen is complete with stainless steel appliances, a full line of Cuisinart-blender-juicer-coffee maker and all the cooking utensils needed for any gourmet. We provide a Nespresso Machine too but don't forget to bring the pods! You will also find complete place settings for 8 in both plastic for outdoor dining and ceramic and glass for indoor dining all complemented by vintage starburst patterned flatware.
The first bedroom is furnished with a platform queen bed mattress purchased specifically for fibromialgia sufferers and incredibly comfortable for all. This room includes an overhead cable flat screen TV, 70's Italian travertine marble tables, 60's bedside lamps and a fur throw to add a little panache. Just come on in and drop your luggage on the Jonathan Adler bench.
The smallest bedroom hosts Case Study sofas that become twin beds along with a fabulous Panton 60s Bubble Mirror, a flat screen TV, a kitschy Arne Jacobsen chair and the biggest lamp you've ever seen! Check out the closet where we keep board games stored.
The Master bedroom features a floor to ceiling white leather headboard which flanks a king-size platform bed facing the flat screen TV/DVD with surround sound. There is an en-suite bathroom with a shower for two and a walk in closet. The master also features a chaise lounge sitting/office area with a fax/printer. The sliders lead you to the putting green. Once you step outside, you may want to walk toward the fruit trees and sit by the raised ledge gas fire pit where jet flames dance over a bed of turquoise crushed glass. Enjoy the mountain views while practicing your putt.
Some of the design elements that make the house special are the commissioned art in every room, the professionally landscaped and illuminated grounds, the privacy of the fenced backyard with outdoor shower and cabana, the spectacular view and all this with your own personal concierge.
I started my love affair with Palm Springs back in the 80's when I was a student at UCLA and spent long weekend getaways here. The desert climate and my interest in Mid Century architecture cemented my yearning to own a home in this little jewel-box of a city. I looked at potential homes to purchase for a good 10 years before I found 'Rendevous Lou'!
Elizabeth Reilly Baruch purchased this house in 2014
LOVE the restored mid century designed homes throughout this neighborhood...one of the best!
This is one of the special Alexander homes where you can still see the mountains while INSIDE the house right through the clestory windows facing the mountain range. Stunning.
Just wanted to follow up and thank both Liz and Bob for a wonderful week at Rendevous Lou! The house is fantastic. I immediately felt at home here. I really enjoyed the choices made with layout,furnishings,decor,lighting etc. We absolutely loved soaking in the hot tub and gazing up at the spectacular mountain view. The other pleasant surprise was Bob, the concierge, who really saved the day on a few occasions during our visit. He was professional and accommodating and provides a valuable service. We definitely intend to visit R Lou again!
Our annual trip to Palm Desert was spent in this beautiful modern mid-century home. Bob, the very efficient concierge, me us on Friday to show us around this beautifully appointed home with a gorgeous backyard complete with cabana, pool, spa, fire pit and plentiful fruit trees. We didn't choose to include the pool and spa in the price because we knew we were going to be busy throughout the day. The firepit, however, was very nice with wine and relaxation. The bedrooms were comfortable and the kitchen was well equipped - waking up to the auto coffee maker brewing away is great! Thank you, Liz, for the comfort of your home and we will definitely contact you again!
We all loved the house and the sixties decor.
The kitchen was efficient, although we used the barbecue for everything but breakfast... I can smell them Bratts cooking!
The outside bar and music just made our afternoons by the pool perfect.
Bob the concierge was very efficient and helpful.
We were only in Palm Springs for 4 days, winding down after a week in LA, holidays are always too short... but this house just made us want to come back stay longer.
Many thanks to Liz and Bob.
We just returned to Canada after spending 5 weeks in this incredible home.
Bob, the concierge, met us upon arrival and showed us around. We walked into the house, and it felt just like “home”.
It is within walking distance of Albertson’s and Stater (grocery stores) with a Starbucks inside the Albertson's.
The kitchen is fully equipped; the back yard is phenomenal and very private with many mature palm and citrus trees. We did not heat the pool, as it got warm enough by the end of our stay to take a dip and cool off. The spa heats up in about an hour and we used it a few evenings. The fruit trees in the garden provided us with fresh grapefruit daily (WOW).
Although the interior of the house is great, we felt that the incredible back yard made our stay a wonderful experience.
Apart from the occasional plane arriving or departing from PSP airport it was exceptionally quiet.
There is a multitude of restaurants in Palm Springs (check Trip Advisor, they are usually accurate in ratings). We enjoyed hiking the Indian Canyons, the Tram, and especially Joshua Tree National Park (an hour's drive away).
We woke up every day and admired the view of the mountains through the clerestory windows in the kitchen/living room.
We are already planning to return next year for a month (can’t wait).
We booked this house for one month based on the price and the pictures. The pictures were true to the description of the property and we felt we got great value for our money. The neighbourhood was quiet and safe. We were met at check in by a representative of the concierge company who walked us around and helped us with getting familiar with the house. I can't tell you how impressed we were with that service - they were always a phone call away if you needed to ask a question about the property.
To wake up every morning and see those spectacular mountains through the clerestory windows was so calming and at the same time invigorating. The back yard was an oasis - you could always find a spot to sit, be it sunny, sheltered, scenic - there were many different areas with all kinds of seating. We picked beautiful lemons and grapefruit every day from the trees and with all the kitchen and bar gadgets, we were able to make whatever we wanted.
You need a car, but golf, restaurants and shopping were easily accessible and every drive in Palm Springs has a mountain view with palm trees or cactus. We usually ate one meal out a day and were able to find some great places for all our meals. For breakfast we liked Jakes, Elmers and Pinocchio's on Sundays with all you can drink champagne! Lunch was usually at a golf course: Cimarron was delicious as well as Sammy G's downtown patio. Dinner offered some good early dining or happy hour specials (great after a hard day of shopping or golf!) - Matchbox, Lulu's, Johnny Costa's and of course the margaritas at Las Casuelas were delish!
All vacation rentals should do what Rendezvous Lou does - leave some items stocked in the house for cleaning or in the pantry. It's really a great help when the cupboards aren't bare upon arrival!
A great stay - we really miss it!
During the last week of October of 2012, a dear friend and I arrived at Rendezvous Lou and we remained for the entire month of November, and for a week or so into December.
I can say without exaggeration it was one of the best, most relaxing times I have ever had, which while this was due to a confluence of events and circumstances, Liz's home was the foundation upon which this amazing experience was built and it could never have been so awesome without such a beautiful home to stay in. It has a superb style and the right energy for you to have an amazing vacation.
Most of the time when you rent a home on HomeAway/VRBO and the pictures are spectacular, there is invariably some degree of point of service let down when you actually arrive. This was not the case. The pictures are 100% accurate.
The home concierge is very attentive without being intrusive and always a call away for any issue you might have.
Liz herself - the homeowner - is an absolute dream to deal with.
The house is exactly where you want to be in Palm Springs, very close to the downtown/Palm Canyon Dr. area.
I have to admit that I accidentally forgot to leave the keys upon departing (with sadness), and I have actually procrastinated the return of these keys, which I am certain is due to some sort of subconcious inability to let go...Ok, now I am going to go and mail those keys back...
I will be returning to Rendezvous Lou as soon as possible.
THANKS SO MUCH!
What a lovely property! It was absolutely perfect for our month-long family getaway (comprised of myself, the hubby and our Swedish Vallhund.) We swam, bbq'd, made cocktails, and wiled away the hours and days with music and reading and all of our other leisurely activities. Throw in a couple of Thursdays at the museum (free!), a few local outings for drinks and restaurants, some treasure hunting at the local vintage and thrift store shops, and a library card (also free with a CA drivers license), and it's heaven in the desert. I haven't yet mentioned the fabulous decor of the house which inspired me to focus a little more on my own mid-century/Scandinavian roots. It was everything we could have hoped for and more. And Bob and Liz, as others have commented, are wonderful to deal with. We already miss Palm Springs.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
Mar 1 2015 - Apr 30 2015
2 night minimum stay
May 1 2015 - May 31 2015
2 night minimum stay
Jul 1 2015 - Sep 30 2015
2 night minimum stay
|Departure Cleaning Fee'||$200|
|Refundable damage deposit||$500|
Refundable security deposit $500
Summer supplement 4/1-10/30 for A/C daily fee: $29
Optional Daily Fee: Pool heat $59 / Spa $39 / both $90
Early check in or Late check out: $125
Pet Fee $40 daily / $200 weekly
We accept credit cards with 4% accounting fee
No fee for Checks, Chase Quickpay transfer, Paypal personal payment
Holiday rates are higher and subject to change
Monthly rentals pay personal Utility usage
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.
Payment is usually accepted in the quoted currency (USD) unless the currency and the amount is specifically agreed in advance with the owner / advertiser.
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