Experience A Blast From The Past At One Of These Midcentury-Modern Palm Springs Vacation Homes

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By Michele Koh Morollo / Published by Michele Koh Morollo
A holiday in Palm Springs can feel like a taking a trip back in time to the 1960s.

Surrounded by mountains and deserts, and home to numerous golf resorts and spas, Palm Springs is a city with leisure in its DNA. The city is also known for its many bright and airy midcentury modern holiday homes.

Most of these homes come with plenty of large outdoor patios and generous-sized pools, which allow guests to connect all the better with Palm Spring’s scenic, natural landscape.

From the mid-1950s through to the early 60s, George Alexander's construction company thrived in the Southern California post-war housing boom, and Alexander did particularly well in Palms Springs. where he built more than 2,000 homes during this decade. 

Most of the homes they built were designed by architects Dan Palmer and William Krisel of Palmer & Krisel. These Palmer & Krisel designed, Alexander houses, with slanted, flat or butterfly roofs, exposed wood beam ceilings, expansive glass windows, and rectangular or freeform pools lead to an architectural movement known as Palm Springs Modernism. Other architects such as Stan Sackley, Albert Frey and Robson Chambers were also associated with this movement.

Now you can rent one of these palm spring modernist, or palm spring modernist influenced homes on your next holiday.

William Krisel Designed, Glamorous Midcentury House

Average Price: $648/night

Experience A Blast From The Past At One Of These Midcentury-Modern Palm Springs Vacation Homes - Photo 1 of 8 - Designed by William Krisel, one of Palm Spring’s most iconic architects, this four-bedroom midcentury modern house comes with a private art collection, a backyard that looks to the mountains, and a gorgeous swimming pool.   

Designed by William Krisel, one of Palm Spring’s most iconic architects, this four-bedroom midcentury modern house comes with a private art collection, a backyard that looks to the mountains, and a gorgeous swimming pool.   

Experience A Blast From The Past At One Of These Midcentury-Modern Palm Springs Vacation Homes - Photo 2 of 8 - Another Krisel-designed property, this restored midcentury modern built by the Alexander Construction Co. in 1959 has vaulted tongue and groove ceilings and porcelain tile floors, and is furnished with classic designers from Warren Platner, George Nelson and the Eames, and vintage midcentury abstract paintings.

Another Krisel-designed property, this restored midcentury modern built by the Alexander Construction Co. in 1959 has vaulted tongue and groove ceilings and porcelain tile floors, and is furnished with classic designers from Warren Platner, George Nelson and the Eames, and vintage midcentury abstract paintings.

Experience A Blast From The Past At One Of These Midcentury-Modern Palm Springs Vacation Homes - Photo 3 of 8 - This commodious five-bedroom villa at the Palms At Park housing compound offers five-star hotel luxury and convenience with all the space and comforts of a family home, as well as magnificent views of the San Jacinto Mountains.  

This commodious five-bedroom villa at the Palms At Park housing compound offers five-star hotel luxury and convenience with all the space and comforts of a family home, as well as magnificent views of the San Jacinto Mountains.  

Experience A Blast From The Past At One Of These Midcentury-Modern Palm Springs Vacation Homes - Photo 4 of 8 - Designed by Palm Springs modernist architect Stan Sackley, and set at the foot of a mountain, this 1970’s California style estate in the historical Tennis Club in downtown Palm Springs captures the magic of the city’s indoor-outdoor lifestyle with alfresco dining areas, a large salt-water pool, a two-level grass and concrete patio backyard retreat, and rooms with floor-to-ceiling glass sliding doors.   

Designed by Palm Springs modernist architect Stan Sackley, and set at the foot of a mountain, this 1970’s California style estate in the historical Tennis Club in downtown Palm Springs captures the magic of the city’s indoor-outdoor lifestyle with alfresco dining areas, a large salt-water pool, a two-level grass and concrete patio backyard retreat, and rooms with floor-to-ceiling glass sliding doors.   

Experience A Blast From The Past At One Of These Midcentury-Modern Palm Springs Vacation Homes - Photo 5 of 8 - With polished concrete floors, post and beam ceilings, and an open floor plan, this Krisel-designed Alexander in Racquet Club Estates has a home theater,  newly renovated kitchen, a private backyard that offers spectacular mountain views, and is just minutes from downtown restaurants and bars.  

With polished concrete floors, post and beam ceilings, and an open floor plan, this Krisel-designed Alexander in Racquet Club Estates has a home theater,  newly renovated kitchen, a private backyard that offers spectacular mountain views, and is just minutes from downtown restaurants and bars.  

Experience A Blast From The Past At One Of These Midcentury-Modern Palm Springs Vacation Homes - Photo 6 of 8 - This vacation home in the Racquet Club North neighborhood has an eye-catching citrus-hued front door, and a living area that makes the most of the Californian sunshine with a wall of glass. 

This vacation home in the Racquet Club North neighborhood has an eye-catching citrus-hued front door, and a living area that makes the most of the Californian sunshine with a wall of glass. 

Experience A Blast From The Past At One Of These Midcentury-Modern Palm Springs Vacation Homes - Photo 7 of 8 - Inspired by the rebellious '60s, swinging ‘70s and Hollywood glamour, this colorful, two-bedroom, two bathroom condominium unit gives guests access to a shared pool, fire pit and outdoor BBQ area.  

Inspired by the rebellious '60s, swinging ‘70s and Hollywood glamour, this colorful, two-bedroom, two bathroom condominium unit gives guests access to a shared pool, fire pit and outdoor BBQ area.  

Experience A Blast From The Past At One Of These Midcentury-Modern Palm Springs Vacation Homes - Photo 8 of 8 - Designed by architects Albert Frey and Robson Chambers as the personal residence for Chambers, this architecturally significant house was built in 1947 and renovated by interior designer Sam Cardella in a way that stays true to its modernist heritage.

Designed by architects Albert Frey and Robson Chambers as the personal residence for Chambers, this architecturally significant house was built in 1947 and renovated by interior designer Sam Cardella in a way that stays true to its modernist heritage.