This perfectly preserved desert gem comes with a Historic Designation from the city of Rancho Mirage.
Built as a winter home for Seattle-based businessman Sam Rubinstein and his wife Gladys, the Rubinstein House is one of the last residential commissions by William Cody, the highly influential desert modernist architect credited with designing much of midcentury Palm Springs and its surroundings.
Located on a rare and lush double lot along the 13th hole of the acclaimed Tamarisk Country Club, the home offers breathtaking views of the Santa Rosa Mountains.
Art collectors and benefactors back home in Seattle, the Rubinsteins—who were also early investors in Starbucks—wanted a home where they would be able to display their extensive art collection. The couple were early supporters of many artists, including Seattle's internationally-acclaimed glass artist Dale Chihuly—leaving significant art collections to both the Seattle and Palm Springs Art Museums.
In 1972, they commissioned Cody to build them an expansive Rancho Mirage residence. Gladys loved the modern hacienda style, which also appealed to Cody, who had started his career as a young architect with Cliff May in Los Angeles.
The sprawling 6,423-square-foot home features four bedrooms, six bathrooms, and a large central courtyard that provides direct access to all the public spaces. The courtyard had previously been enclosed but was recently re-opened during a renovation that took place last year. The renovation included adding a large tiled fountain and landscaping back into the space, which was in accordance with Cody's original design for the home. The renovation also restored the home's original tongue-and-groove ceilings, and refreshed and repaired the Gladding McBean paver floors and roof tiles.
"The goal of the restoration was to keep the home historically accurate—and it truly succeeds as a wonderful tribute to the Rubinsteins and a reflection of an architect at the height of his profession," explains listing agents Rueben Valerio and Jeff Kohl.