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Iconic Butterfly Midcentury Modern House - Pool & Spa, with Cabana

37 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 - 21 nights

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4 - 21 nights


Racquet Club Estates House Rental Photos and Description

3 Bedroom, 2 Bathroom, Sleeps 6 + 1 Infant

Experience this architecturally significant mid-century modern house designed by renowned California architects Palmer & Krisel and developer Robert Alexander.

This fully renovated vacation house is located in Palm Springs' famous Racquet Club Estates neighborhood, home to the legendary Racquet Club Resort where the Hollywood elite and movie stars escaped for a weekend retreat of relaxation in the desert.

The home features highly sought-after desert mid-century modern architecture, including a spacious open floor plan, dramatic vaulted high ceilings unique to the iconic “butterfly” roofline design, exposed tongue-and-groove ceiling beams, and floor-to-ceiling “walls of glass” that stream an abundance of sunlight throughout the indoor living areas. Each room throughout the house has been renovated to showcase the home’s stunning features. Highlights include a fully renovated open-air kitchen, that features stainless steel appliances, pro-grade gas cooktop, Keurig Platinum café brewer, and auto-closing drawers well-stocked with all the essential cooking gadgets.

The main living, dining and kitchen areas provide unobstructed views of the mountains and expansive private garden and pool through the “zero-clearance” floor-to-ceiling windows, which blur the distinction between the indoors and outdoors.

The expanded master bedroom features a gas fireplace, flat panel wall-mounted HDTV and private patio. The en suite master bath that features dual vanity sinks and a luxury step-down oversized shower with glass tiles. Longer-term guests will appreciate the abundant custom storage features available in the walk-in closet.

Throughout the house, guests will appreciate the modernist furnishings inspired by famous mid-century modern designer icons. Highlights include a curved low-back sofa, Mies van der Rohe Barcelona chair, and raised modern beds with luxury mattresses and hotel quality linens in each bedroom.

Outside, sun lovers can soak up the desert sun in the desirable western-facing private back yard. Indulge in the Pebble-Tec® swimming pool with 'legacy size' dimensions, which features walk-in stair-step access and variable depths. After a refreshing swim, relax in the adjustable chaise loungers underneath an oasis of palm trees, surrounded by resort-style landscaping.

The private back yard features an expansive detached outdoor cabana with kitchenette for enjoying the Palm Springs indoor-outdoor lifestyle. The kitchen/bar area features includes a Jenn-Air chef’s gas grill, true-gas cooktop burner, and bar/prep sink. You and your guests can dine al-fresco style in the lighted cabana at the outdoor dining table, and afterwards retreat to the brand new outdoor club style sectional lounge sofa.

After sunset, the entire private back yard and palm trees are dramatically illuminated with professional resort-designed ground lighting. Mix up a cool retro cocktail in the blender in the outdoor kitchen, and then gaze at the evening stars while relaxing around the custom built-in gas fire pit or in the resort style spa with therapeutic water jets.

Registered Vacation Rental House, City of Palm Springs, TOT permit #60790000-20017109

More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered

Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
October 26, 2016
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About Michael

We've had the pleasure of sharing our first vacation home in Palm Springs since 2009 (vrbo 270038). This is our second home in the desert and we are excited to share it with both our returning guests and new guests. Our philosophy is to provide each guest with courteous and personalized responsive service.

Michael purchased this house in 2013

Why Michael chose Palm Springs

As mid-century modern enthusiasts, we jumped at the opportunity to purchase this iconic “Butterfly” Alexander-built mid-century modern house. This is our second house in the desert, and we’re thrilled to share it with our guests. We spent over 8 months fully renovating this amazing house and property to its original splendor. With the exception of the frame and exterior stucco siding, the house is essentially all new.

What makes this house unique

This home is a highly sought-after authentic Alexander-built 'butterfly' roofline house. The main living areas and private back yard boast breathtaking views of the San Jacinto Mountain range. Just a short walk away is the steps away is the beautifully landscaped Victoria Park.


based on 37 traveler reviews

Iconic Butterfly Midcentury Modern House - Pool & Spa, with Cabana
average rating of 5.0 based on 37 reviews

Wonderful as always

  • 5 of 5

We stayed for 10 nights oct 2016. It is our third year in a row which hopefully says it all. The villa is presented immaculately and all the amenities are as advertised. Scott and Michael are perfect hosts and always manage to make our stay memorable and perfect. Book this villa, you won't be disappointed and I'm not scared to lose our slot next year as its already in Scott and michael's diary. Thanks guys for having us stay again and we are counting down the days til next year. Tom & Margaret.

  • Submitted: Oct 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
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The best of the best!

  • 5 of 5

You won't find a more clean, high quality, and thoughtful midcentury home than this one. I shouldn't tell you about it so that I save it for myself... But Michael and Scott are due praise for their work. You'll want for nothing here! From the outside kitchen, pool toys, fully stocked kitchen, incredibly comfortable bed, I could keep going... Have fun!

  • Submitted: Aug 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
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Our trip was amazing and this house had it all and made it a wonderful vacation

  • 5 of 5

Before we even arrived at the house we were being taken care of. Michael sent all kinds of ideas of things to do during our stay. The home itself was awesome and completely stocked with everything from a baby chair, to floats and toys for the pool. The home was clean and very well organized. Every time I realized that we had left something at home, we found it in the home available for our use.

The back yard and pool were perfect. A private back yard and very quiet neighborhood made this home so relaxing. Plus it's just minutes from downtown with plenty of shopping and dining.

  • Submitted: Aug 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Ideal Palm Springs Lodging

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I stayed in this Racquet Club Estates MCM house for a week in January 2016 and found it to be the ideal lodging for Palm Springs. Over the past 20 years we have stayed in various nice boutique hotels in PS, but this house offers far more- both inside and outside. The house is located at the end of a cul-de-sac so is very quiet. RCE is north of downtown so it is beyond easy walking distance of PS restaurants--but they are an easy drive away- and we highly valued the seclusion of the area.

We appreciated the architectural books (available in the living room) that provided a historical perspective on the neighborhood and on the house design; we like the butterfly best. The layout of the house is excellent with the living room and kitchen looking out onto the backyard. The kitchen is compact yet has everything you would need- and it is organized completely. You may initially wonder where something is, but you can be sure it will be close at hand- and be well labelled. The pleasant living room has a fireplace and TV and the tall windows give a view of the yard and the mountain tops in the distance. The master bedroom with gas fireplace was spacious yet cozy for cool January evenings. The adjoining bathroom, with large shower (but no bathtub), is well equipped. We did not make use of the other two bedrooms but even for two people they added to the sense of spaciousness of the house. There is good wifi throughout the house. In summary, then, the house has virtually everything you would want for either a short or a long stay.

The backyard has various seating areas, the main one being a covered cabana area with much comfortable seating and a gas grill. There is also good seating around the pool, and off to the side is an attractive fire pit area. When we did not find the key to the fire pit, mentioning it to Michael resulted in a key being left off later that day. We did not use the pool or spa but they were pleasant focal points for the yard, as were the palm trees-- and the mountains to the north.

So in terms of both location and the house itself (inside and outside), it has everything you would want in a Palm Springs lodging. Add to that the reasonable rental price and that Michael and Scott are thoughtful and considerate hosts, this is a perfect rental. We were so impressed with everything about the house and the experience, that we booked a month-long stay next year.

  • Submitted: Jul 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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We had a marvelous holiday in this wonderful dream house beyond our wildest expectations!

  • 5 of 5

Me and my wife and children had the pleasure of spending our holiday in this rental from Jun 19th - Jul 13th.

Finding and accessing the house was very easy thanks to the instructions given to us in the hospitality Site/App (customized for our stay) and also by e-mail. Check-in time was 15:00 (3:00 p.m.) local time. The housekeeper (Karen) had really done a great job cleaning the house and outdoor patios and kitchenette/cabana to get it ready for our stay. She also provided freshly laundered bath towels, as well as replenished the courtesy supplies of detergent, paper towels, bath tissue, etc. Our great hosts Michael and Scott had left us some welcoming presents to start our vacation of in a good way.

After we got settled in at the house,we took a moment to review the guest rental guide that Michael and Scott had created to ensure that we had a fabulous stay. This booklet included instructions for all of the amenities at house, such as how to turn on the outdoor spa, use the central A/C, indoor gas fireplaces, outdoor glass rock fire pit, BBQ grill, as well as some helpful tips for some custom features. Pool cleaning was done twice per week, and yard maintenance once per week. Michael and Scott truly take enormous pride in the upkeep of their vacation home and giving their guests a enjoyable stay.

The house was located in a nice and quiet neighbourhood without any kind of traffic.

Palm Springs provided us with beautiful, sunny skies. In fact, tit was much warmer than normal, reaching up to 50C on our first Monday after arriving! Frequent use of the delightful swimming pool was in order. Thru the rest of our stay the weather was sunny and warm, ranging from 25C lows, and 45C daytime highs.

The area had lots of restaurants and diners that we frequently visited. Our favorite restaurant was Cheesecake Factory (you can get good service with a good meal and a incredible salty caramel cheesecake).

Activities we would highly recommend is going on the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway (great scenery and hiking trails), Palm Springs Air Museum is a must.

If you want to do some shopping visit Desert Hills Premium Outlets and Ross dress for less.

Finally,me and my family had the best holiday ever in this wonderful house. Our hosts hospitality has been way beyond our expectations and we are truly grateful to have had the pleasure of being their guests.Hopefully we will return to this house for holiday another time.

Best Regards

Frode,Hege Julie, Daniel

  • Submitted: Jul 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfection! Genuine "Old Palm Springs" experience.

  • 5 of 5

We have just returned from a week at this lovely mid-century modern Alexander "Butterfly" house. My husband and I were joined by our young adult kids (daughter + boyfriend, son+girlfriend) and had the most fabulous time. From the moment we walked in the door we knew we had chosen the perfect place for our group. Michael and Scott have done just a fantastic job renovating the house with attention to every detail. Everything is so well organized, labeled, with directions for every appliance, and every system in the house. They've thought of everything. Rooms were immaculate and spacious, beds hotel quality and comfortable, new, fluffy towels, bathrooms well stocked to include makeup mirror & hairdryer!

Prior to our trip, we submitted inquiries about restaurant selections, and things to do with our group dynamic in mind. Michael's response was not only prompt, but very detailed and full of ideas - many that we added to our itinerary. We have rented with VRBO in the past, and this was by far our best experience.

The guys golfed in the early morning, while the girls lounged at the pool with our books, mimosas, and pandora. The house has a couple ihome devices to play music from your phone and recharge. We used one out at the cabana, and one inside so we always had our tunes in the background. Kept it low - to respect the quite neighborhood. The cabana was a great space with soft furniture, table & chairs, BBQ, refrigerated drawers, etc. We used it every afternoon.

The outdoor table experienced a competitive game of beer-pong . . . and the spa got used most nights after dinners in town.

Outside of the local PS restaurants, we drove into Palm Desert one night and had a fantastic meal at Venue Sushi Bar & Sake Lounge. It was recommended by a friend and I would recommend to even the most sophisticated sushi foodie. We also LOVED Tropicale - so lively and fun, with an excellent, diverse menu.

The girls lunched at Lulu - great spot with outside seating and misters. A $35 gift card from Michael and Scott bought us our libations!

We spent one afternoon taking the arial tram to travel up the sheer cliffs of Chino Canyon. At the top, we did the loop hike (nice and cool up there!) and grabbed a beer before traveling back down. Lovely lookout points! Finally, the girls did lunch and a spa day at the Ritz-Carlton!

We have posted some photos on social media and received many inquires from friends wanting to know about the house!

  • Submitted: Jun 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
4.5 Miles
Palm Springs International Airport
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Multiple golf courses
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Highway 111
Nearest Restaurant
0.7 Miles
Circa 59
Car: recommended

Palm Springs Mountain Aerial Tram just minutes away; Soak City water park; The Living Desert zoo & botanical garden; Palm Springs Air Museum; Joshua Tree National Park; Mid-Century Modern architecture tours, Casino.


Rates & Availability

Racquet Club Estates House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Winter Holidays 2016
Dec 18 2016 - Dec 31 2016
6 night minimum stay
Winter 2017
Jan 1 2017 - Apr 15 2017
4 night minimum stay
April 2017
Apr 16 2017 - Apr 29 2017
5 night minimum stay
Late Spring 2017
Apr 30 2017 - May 29 2017
4 night minimum stay
Oct 29 2017 - Nov 30 2017
4 night minimum stay
Winter Holidays 2017
Dec 17 2017 - Dec 31 2017
5 night minimum stay
January 2018
Jan 1 2018 - Jan 31 2018
21 night minimum stay
February 2018
Feb 1 2018 - Feb 28 2018
Changeover Day: Thursday
20 night minimum stay
April 2018
Apr 1 2018 - Apr 30 2018
4 night minimum stay
Late Spring 2018
May 1 2018 - May 31 2018
4 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Departure Cleaning Fee $165
Refundable damage deposit $550
Pet Fee $100
Tax Rate 11.5%

"Early Bird" booking discount for reservations made at least 3 months in advance.
A progressive discount is applied for extended stays; i.e., the longer you stay the lower the nightly rate.
11.5% city lodging tax will be removed for stays greater than 28 consecutive nights.
Minimum stay of 21 nights during peak season (January through May).
We offer an "EasyPlan" budget payment schedule with up to 3 installments offered.
We do NOT charge credit card fees.
City of Palm Springs Vacation House Registration #60790000-20017109

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Racquet Club Estates House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1500 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Village ...
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • En suite Master Bath - toilet , shower , Fully remodeled step-down spa style shower with glass tiles
    Central / Guest Bath - toilet , shower , Fully remodeled spa style shower with glass tile
  • Both bathrooms have been fully renovated and feature walk-in, glass-enclosed extra large spa style showers. Please note that there are no bathtubs.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Central Guest Bedroom - 1 queen
    Master Bedroom - 1 king , Master Bedroom features walk-in wardrobe closet
    South Guest Bedroom - 2 twin/ single , Extra long twin beds are the length of a queen/king mattress
  • House sleeps up to 6 in beds (2 per bedroom). Pak-n-Play portable crib available. Each bedroom features brand hotel quality mattresses, night stands, wardrobe closets, and iHome® clock radios (charges all models of iPhones and iPods, with USB plugs for all other brands).
  • DVD Player ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Private Pool ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • swimming
  • tennis
Experience our house that is situated in the iconic mid-century neighborhood that was featured on the TV show 'American Dream Builders'!

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