Feb 20, 2017
Audaciously christened The Gem of the Desert by its developers, Seven Lakes Country Club has played host or home to a long list of Hollywood celebrities and two U.S. Presidents.
Situated behind the Parker Hotel, this gated enclave presents a rare opportunity to tour a curated collection of magnificent midcentury homes designed in 1966 in the international style by Richard A. Harrison (formerly of Wexler/Harrison), who was honored last year with his own Star on the Palm Springs Walk of Stars. ATOMIC RANCH, CALIFORNIA HOMES, LUXE, and PALM SPRINGS LIFE have spotlighted a number of the 341 homes that exemplify the periods hallmark design elements: horizontal, low-slung single-level buildings with orthogonal lines; varying 3-dimensional patterned concrete block walls, that, when illuminated by the sun, cast ever-changing geometric tapestries throughout the day; 10-ft. ceilings; walls of glass with sliding doors; atrium courtyards; and flat roofs that appear to float above the clerestory windows. Homes are sited on verdant green fairways and meandering streetsmany of which offer the proverbial jaw dropping views.
Acclaimed golf course designer/landscape architect Ted Robinson, nicknamed King of Waterscapes, laid out the original master plan and golf course. Trivia buffs, President Eisenhower (at age 77) famously shot his only hole-in-one on the 13th fairway.
Funds from this tour will support the William Cody Club House.
Wear comfortable shoes, hat, sunscreen on this 2 mile walking tour. Photography at the discretion of the homeowner. Private homes are not wheelchair accessible. No pets, food or smoking allowed in homes. Restrooms in homes are not available.