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Iconic Butterfly Midcentury Modern House - Pool, Spa and Cabana

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,500 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 - 27 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 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. The City of Palm Springs ID #2406. TOT Permit #6865

More Details

Michael & Scott
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
October 20, 2017

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 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.


Nearest Airport
4.5 Miles
Palm Springs International Airport
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Multiple golf courses
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Highway 111
Nearest Restaurant
1.5 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.


Racquet Club Estates House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1500 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 considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Click on the Rental Agreement link below and review the City's rules to assure that your planned use of the house will not result in a City Violation
  • Shortly after your booking request, the owners will provide you with a booking agreement for your signature. Please monitor your mailbox.
  • Booking requests expire after 24 hours. Booking requests will be auto-declined if a signed rental agreement is not received within 24 hours.
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 ...
  • 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
  • winery tours
  • 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 48 reviews

Perfect family trip!

  • 5 of 5

Our small family had a lovely time at the house. The property is private, safe and quiet. All of the details inside and outside the home are taken care of. The covered outdoor kitchen and seating area is especially convenient allowing us to stay outside while offering a break from the sun. We had absolutely no issues and hope to return next year.

  • Submitted: Sep 22, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A perfect house for a perfect vacation

  • 5 of 5

Family of five spent a week making forever memories at this amazing property. We've rented houses throughout the States and Europe, and this one topped them all. Super swank, completely well-stocked...the owners have designed a house that honors its archeticetural heritage and is completely functional with modern amenities. It was our first time visiting the area and each day we either ventured out to enjoy the natural wonder: the view from the skyline tram, the nearby Joshua Tree; or took advantage of the local festivities - the Thursday night promenade, the art museum, the water park. We experienced so many incredible things, and always had this gorgeous home to return to as our oasis for family swimming and meals (so rare to find a kitchen that has everything you need in it). The owners treated us like real guests, made sure access was easy, were available for any questions we had about the house and our adventures. I will always remember that this is where my three year old learned to swim. My only complaint? That our vacation is over.

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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It was just perfect!

  • 5 of 5

We would stay here again in second. The home is absolutely beautiful. Every detail is perfect. Micheal and scott were unbelievable. We made so many beautiful memories here. Can't wait for our next visit!

  • Submitted: Jul 20, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful house and outdoor areas

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here for the month of March 2017 and it was perfect for our needs. The house has everything you want in a vacation house. It has great character being a mid-century modern Palm Springs house; from top to bottom, inside and outside- the MCM theme is carried out so tastefully and yet has every convenience you would wish for. For more detail, see our review of our stay last year. This year, being in March instead of January, we enjoyed the outside even more. We took all our meals in the terrific cabana- with its great BBQ, large table, comfortable furniture- it has it all Also, this year our grandchildren visited us briefly and the outdoor pool and pool toys were a big hit. Again, Michael and Scott demonstrated what great hosts they are. The only downside that we can think of is that the house is so popular, the prime dates get booked very early.

  • Submitted: Jun 29, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

It was our second visit and and we are already planing our next one.

The owners put a lot of thoughts and time into making guests feel welcome into their home. The house really has everything you need. We were able to spend a lot of time by the pool. The pool and yard are absolutely wonderful.

It’s a the perfect vacation house, which we would highly recommend.

Michael and Scott- thank you so much for your hospitality!

  • Submitted: Jun 27, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lovely mid-century

  • 5 of 5

We have stayed at many mid-century homes in the Palm Springs area - this home and the owners rise to the absolute top. Michael and Scott, the owners, ensure every detail is covered and make it so easy to simply arrive and enjoy your vacation.

The house is lovely and comfortable. The pool and spa are perfect. The outdoor kitchen and dining area are wonderful. The neighborhood is an amazing mid-century time warp. Plus location, location, location!

We were there during a 115+ heatwave and the house stayed cold and comfortable. The evening shade in the backyard provided hours of pool time for our family. Even in the heat, the outside kitchen/lounge was a great retreat (though we admittedly love the heat).

If this place is available for your dates, grab it. We will definitely rent this house first over any other in the area.

  • Submitted: Jun 25, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $100
Refundable damage deposit $500
Departure Cleaning Fee $165
Inquire for Pool Heating $0.01
Tax Rate 11.5%

Optional Pool Heating is available. Rates are seasonally adjusted for lowest cost. Rates range from $37/day to $55/day.

11.5% city lodging tax must be manually removed for stays of 28 and more consecutive nights.

City of Palm Springs Vacation House Registration #6865

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.