A Pastel Pink Midcentury in Palm Springs Hits the Market at $2.9M
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A Pastel Pink Midcentury in Palm Springs Hits the Market at $2.9M

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By Jennifer Baum Lagdameo
Designed by celebrated architects Albert Frey and Robson Chambers, this historic residence has serious curb appeal.

Located in the Old Las Palmas neighborhood of Palm Springs, 1415 N Camino Centro is a 2,792-square-foot residence whose pastel pink, geometric form is set off by palm trees and desert sky. Designed in 1964 by midcentury master Albert Frey and Robson Chambers, it also features original aluminum sunscreen grilles on the facade designed by John deKoven Hill, a Frank Lloyd Wright pupil and editorial director of House Beautiful

The residence was originally built for Carl E. Haymond, a prominent TV and radio station owner from the Pacific Northwest. In 2016, it was purchased by Atlanta-based interior designer Bill Stewart, who then embarked on a spectacular, seven-month renovation—documented in Palm Springs Life—that transformed the home into the gem that it is today. In fact, the residence was recently listed as a Class One historic site by the city. 

The three-bedroom, three-bath home opens to travertine flooring. An aluminum grille divider echoes the ones on the facade, while built-in wood cabinetry fit the alcoves that frame the fireplace. 

The interiors blend groovy, midcentury influences with clean, contemporary lines.

The home’s exterior was a product of the recent renovation. Influenced by the pink hues characterizing many of Albert Frey’s projects, the current owner took the home from its dull khaki color to a creamy shade of pink. "When the house was first built, its original exterior was more of a cream color," says listing agent Chris Menrad. 

"The home displays a more formal modernism that was becoming quite popular—particularly with homes in the Canyon Country Club area of Palm Springs," continues Menrad. "I think the best part of the home is the large, covered lanai that functions as a living room. Most people forget that shade is an important part of the outdoor living that goes on here in Palm Springs, and this home has that in spades." 

The kitchen has been updated, but holds onto its midcentury charm.

An elegant dining nook. 

A cozy sitting room has symmetrical, built-in bookshelves.

The master bedroom opens to the outdoor pool terrace via sliding glass doors which lead to the lanai. 

The spacious master bedroom can hold a lounge area.

A private, shaded outdoor shower is an added bonus.

A look at the lovely, surrounding view. 

The master bedroom connects to the lanai, which acts as an outdoor living room.

The backyard pool features plenty of lounge space and room for entertaining, and is complete with a fire pit. The aluminum grilles from the front of the home are echoed here as well. 

1415 N Camino Centro is a dreamy vision of midcentury Palm Springs, both inside and out. 

1415 N Camino Centro is currently listed for $2,995,000 by Chris Menrad of HK Lane Real Estate. 

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