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The Perfect Modern Habitat - An Ultra '61 Redux

Bedrooms 2
Property type condo
Minimum Stay 30 nights


Minimum Stay
30 nights

About the property

Condo, 2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths (Sleeps 4)

Anchored by the iconic design of Barry Berkus, AIA, this condo’s 1961 architecture is bold and unambiguously modern. It features high ceilings, clerestory windows, walls of glass and a folded plate W-channel roofline. Equally stunning, the interior space has been fully remodeled for your enjoyment.

Guided by a thoughtful aesthetic this newly renovated space achieves a natural fusion of 'then and now' modern - an expression of authentic mid century architecture reinvented for today's modern lifestyle. It is well equipped with everything you need and ensures that your comfort is paramount. If you're looking for authentic mid-century architecture inside and out, renovated with a demand for style and an insistence for comfort, this is the one for you.

Here you will find an inspired modern habitat that wears simple clean lines and affords fresh uncluttered spaces. It welcomes you to experience a certain Zen-ness – beckoning you to jettison any extra baggage at the door. Come enjoy a place where you can hear yourself think; a place where the ratio of 'signal to noise' is high. Try life in high fidelity! This vacation condo is designed to give you a place to unwind and relax that is open, essential, and calming. It feels good to be here!

Drenched in light, it is a 'level in' one-story end unit with a dramatic and spacious living room. It sports high ceilings, new tile floors, large flat screen HDTV, and plenty of comfortable seating. A wall of windows and sliding glass door out to the back patio provides easy indoor/outdoor living.

The private backyard patio enjoys wonderful southern and western views. It offers desert landscaping with outdoor dining for 4, Weber gas grill, market umbrella, and Italian style Brown Jordan chaise lounges for your relaxing pleasure. This patio area is fully enclosed with high walls and gated for your privacy.

Both bedrooms come with incredibly comfortable queen size beds (European Sleepworks mattress and pillows in the master), and high end linens (Dwell Studio). The bathrooms are fully renovated featuring sleek white and grey tile.

The well-equipped kitchen has been handsomely renovated with enamel white cabinets, JennAir stainless steel appliances, fresh water filter, wine fridge, Cesar stone counters, and great breakfast eating bar. There is also a separate dining area adjacent to the kitchen with seating for 6 with gorgeous mountain views.

There is wireless Internet through out, premium cable service, and a new central AC and heating unit.

The grounds of this low-density mid-century complex are impeccably landscaped with meandering walkways highlighted by cool green grass, mature olive trees and native desert plantings. A large pool and spa area with amazing mountain views complete this idyllic Palm Springs destination.

The Araby neighborhood is 3 miles southeast of downtown Palm Springs and is shielded from wind gusts that can sometimes be more common in other areas of town. This private condo offers 'get away from it all relaxation' and is only blocks away from great restaurants, the SmokeTree shopping plaza, and the South End's Koffi. Also in close proximity is Indian Canyons and other hiking trails, golf, and shopping.

Come find out for yourself how wonderful this modern habitat can be!

Palm Springs Permit # 46010000-20012996. Ask about the thirty day rental program

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Member since: 2002
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
February 20, 2017

About Kari

I have owned and operated vacation rentals since 2002. Guests have described me as professional, responsive, friendly, cordial and accommodating. I take great pride in my properties and personally take excellent care of them. I strive to create an environment for my guests that they will remember and make their vacation a fabulous one.

Kari purchased this condo in 2012

Why Kari chose Palm Springs

I love the desert and the mid-century modern aesthetic. I also enjoy renovating properties that have a strong authentic architecture but need some TLC. This property had great bones and is located in a wonderful complex. I purchased this property with my partner so we could bring it back to life, and create a special place.


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(5 traveler reviews)

The Perfect Modern Habitat - An Ultra '61 Redux
average rating of 5.0 based on 5 reviews

Great location!

  • 5 of 5

This condo was fantastic, everything is just how you see it. Very modern and clean inside. Our stay was very comfortable and we spent many hours out on the patio. The condo had all the basics covered and we were very impressed all around. It was close to everything and at the same time very quiet. The pool was very clean and warm.

  • Submitted: Apr 24, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Two from Minneapolis

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I stayed at Kari's condo for the month of March 2014 and loved it! It was a perfect blending of 60's architecture with an updated interior. It was great having brand new appliances, furnishings and bedding in a sleek, beautifully color-coordinated atmosphere. We enjoyed the nice warm pool and often were the only ones there. The location was quiet and close to shopping and hiking. We'd love to rent this condo again!

  • Submitted: Apr 15, 2014
  • Stayed: Feb 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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San Jose, CA

A wonderful vacation

  • 5 of 5

This condo, built in 1960, has been restored to perfection. It was especially exciting to be there during Modernism 2014, when the condo complex was featured on one of the tours. The two of us and our guest who came for a week during the month all found the condo to be comfortable and very well located. We are excited to return to this great place.

  • Submitted: Mar 5, 2014
  • Stayed: Jan 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It's a delight to hear that guests have enjoyed their stay, and appreciate the special place that it is.
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Get into the Palm Springs vibe

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our week stay taking in the natural beauty of the area and small town, somewhat quirky feel of Palm Springs. The property brings you back to the Hollywood era of the past and gave us a feel of what "mid-century modern" means. Owner was very helpful, responsive, and informed. Easy access to bus line into city, near airport and travel routes, yet very quiet and private neighborhood. Great dining in Palm Springs. Hike into canyons, nearby horse ranch, back patio pool nice at end of day. Don't miss the Palm Springs aerial tramway! Indian Canyons beautiful and The Living Desert Wildlife & Botanical park should be on your list. Clean and comfortable property. We hope to get back another time and bring friends.

  • Submitted: Mar 3, 2014
  • Stayed: Mar 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Enjoy Palm Springs!
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The real Palm Springs

  • 5 of 5

When I come to Palm Springs, I spend a lot of time doing nothing and I want to do it in a place that tells me where I am. This really is a Palm Springs modernism gem. The complex (featured on You Tube) is impeccably maintained and the condo has been tastefully updated while retaining a definite (but not gimmicky) mid-Century vibe. (The pictures do it justice.) Everything about renting this terrific condo was easy, and the friendly owner responded quickly when we emailed back and forth. Caveats: it is on the southeast corner of town, so you need a car. The third bedroom was not yet furnished, which was made clear when I rented.

  • Submitted: Mar 2, 2014
  • Stayed: Dec 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It's important to me that everyone truly enjoys their stay at my condo so it's rewarding to hear my guest's positive experience. I like to create spaces where people feel good and can unwind from their regular day to day life. My goal is for all my guests to experience a memorable and very Palm Springs vacation.
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Nearest Airport
2 Miles
Palm Springs International Airport
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Indian Canyons North and South
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Car: recommended


Rates & Availability

Araby Commons Condo Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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30 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Cleaning $150

Prospective Renters must first call Owner using telephone number listed in this website if they want to use Wire Transfer as a means of payment.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
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Araby Commons Condo Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • condo
  • floor 1
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1425 sq. ft.
  • 1 story
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Master Bathroom - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Master Bedroom - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets considered
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
  • Heated Pool
  • Hot Tub
  • botanical garden
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • shopping
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • rock climbing
  • tennis

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