In 1947, when the banks of the Tahquitz River wash were stabilized, famous Los Angeles developer Paul W. Trousdale began the most ambitious midcentury housing project ever attempted in Palm Springs at Tahquitz River Estates.
Soak up desert sun and midcentury ambience during the self-guided tour: a leisurely 90-minute walk around this well preserved and restored midcentury enclave. Classic Trousdales, the work of architects Allen G. Sipple and Stephen A. Stepanian, pepper the area, which also boasts homes by Albert Frey, William Krisel, Hugh Kaptur. A meticulously restored vintage automobile greets you from the driveway of each property you explore.
These magnificent properties exude the midcentury vibe of days gone by.
Just before you complete the tour, the adventurous can strike a pose (costumes and props provided) as a society photographer recreates iconic midcentury images to document the event.
Additional properties of interest (not on the official tour) are noted in the souvenir tour guide and include midcentury boutique hotels, new Desert Eichlers and properties once owned by titans of business and entertainment.
Tour proceeds fund neighborhood improvements and donations to local non-profit organizations.