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Iconic Butterfly Midcentury Modern House - Pool, Spa and Cabana

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,501 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 - 30 nights


About the property

3 Bedroom, 2 Bathroom, Sleeps 6 + 1 Infant

Registered Vacation Rental. The City of Palm Springs ID #2406. TOT Permit #6865.

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 that was a weekend retreat for Hollywood stars.

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 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 outdoor resort 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 cabana, 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. The City of Palm Springs ID #2406. TOT Permit #6865

More Details

Michael & Scott
Member since: 2009
Premier Partner

This HomeAway partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 26, 2018

About Michael & Scott

Michael, owner, with Loki, Pembroke Corgi living the desert lifestyle in downtown Palm Springs. Thank you for visiting our site! We have enormous pride in our vacation house and our goal is to provide each guest with courteous, responsive service.

Michael & Scott purchased this house in 2013

Why Michael & Scott chose Racquet Club Estates

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.


Racquet Club Estates House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1501 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6 ...
  • Max. adults: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 27 ...
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • No Outdoor Music: The City of Palm Springs Ordinance #1918 prohibits the playing of music outdoors at a vacation rental.
  • Pool and/or spa heating is not included in system-generated quotes. For rates, please exit this screen and click the "Ask Owner a Question" button.
  • A booking request is not confirmed until a signed rental agreement is completed (sent separately).
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 6
  • 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).
  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
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
  • equestrian events
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • swimming
  • tennis


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Iconic Butterfly Midcentury Modern House - Pool, Spa and Cabana
average rating of 5.0 based on 55 reviews

Beautiful home! Michael and Scott's attention to detail covers all the bases!

  • 5 of 5

Very quiet neighborhood and a million dollar view from their beautiful backyard of the San Jacinto Mountains. We would recommend this property and will return in the future.

  • Submitted: Feb 28, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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San Francisco, CA

Amazing stay at the Racquet Club House!

  • 5 of 5

Our family had a short stay at this house and we loved every moment. The house was spotlessly clean and updated, but had a few fun retro touches. The kitchen was super well stocked with tons of cooking gadgets, utensils, serving platters, dishes, sharp steak knives, etc. (more than our own house). The beds were extremely comfortable (a first for us at a rental). There's was a supply of shower towels and pool towels, etc. It was nice to have a washer and dryer (they provided a couple of bottles of travel size laundry detergent). The view of the mountains from the backyard were serene, and the pool and outdoor cabana/bbq were well-maintained. We spent all day just floating in the pool and BBQ'ing. The owner (Michael) was super responsive and helpful. Honestly, if we didn't already have another stay booked here for late next year, we might have hesitated to write this review because we want to keep it our own secret. We can't wait to return!

  • Submitted: Feb 14, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect private escape

  • 5 of 5

The Butterfly house was perfect for our family getaway (6 people). The house was immaculately maintained, squeaky clean, and a great tribute to the MCM style that defines Palm Springs - with the added benefit of newer finishes. The kitchen had everything we needed to cook our food (which we bought at Albertson's a mile away). The living room had just the right amount of room for all of us to hang out in the evening. The backyard was a private paradise - pool, hot tub, patio, outdoor kitchen and outdoor living room - where we spent much of the daylight hours, until the sun sank behind the San Jacinto Mountains. The neighborhood was quiet, punctured only by the occasional ascending airliner or fire engine. Our young daughter loved playing at the nearby playground at Victoria Park. Finally, Michael and Scott were tremendously gracious hosts, providing a gift basket upon arrival and even offering to set up a Christmas tree since we were there for the holidays. We highly recommend the Iconic Butterfly house!

  • Submitted: Dec 30, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfect Palm Springs Vacation

  • 5 of 5

Our family absolutely loved our stay in this quintessential Palm Springs home. Michael and Scott truly thought of every touch to make our stay relaxing and comfortable. We hiked and rock climbed by day and soaked in the hot tub by night surrounded by the gorgeous mountains. However, we also could have been just as happy to never leave the property, and the best day was perhaps the one we spent floating in the pool while the Thanksgiving turkey cooked on the outdoor grill. When we go back to Palm Springs, it will to stay here again more than anything else.

  • Submitted: Dec 8, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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Fantastic vacation home

  • 5 of 5

Our family of four enjoyed everything about this vacation home - the pool and spa were well maintained, the outdoor grill and seating were great for outdoor dining, and the home is impeccably clean and well maintained. The homeowners were exceptionally helpful throughout the rental process. Also, the home is centrally located within Palm Springs making it only a short drive to several attractions.

  • Submitted: Nov 17, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Erie, CO

Paradise Found

  • 5 of 5

I stayed in Palm Springs for a week in November. The house was so cool and comfortable, the outdoor living spaces were exactly like the pictures (and super private!), and the neighborhood was quiet. Every item in the house was so thoughtfully chosen- on my return home, I wanted to Kondo my living quarters to match the peace I felt in Palm Springs. Two thumbs way up!

  • Submitted: Nov 14, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • 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
1 Miles
Dozens of restaurants downtown Palm Springs
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.




Additional information about rental rates

Departure Cleaning Fee $165
Refundable damage deposit $500
Inquire for Pool Heating $0.01
Tax Rate 11.5%

Optional Pool Heating rates are the system default. Rates are seasonally adjusted for lowest cost. Please inquire first for an accurate quote.

11.5% city lodging tax must be manually removed for stays more than 28 days. Please inquire prior to booking to have the tax removed by clicking the button to contact the owner.

City of Palm Springs Vacation House Registration #6865

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.