Palm Springs’ Historic Neighborhoods: Old Las Palmas and Vista Las Palmas

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Two of Palm Springs’ most historically significant neighborhoods, Old Las Palmas and Vista Las Palmas, are located in the northwest area of the city and attract those who want to own a piece of legendary Palm Springs history.

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Old Las Palmas

Arguably one of Palm Springs’ most prestigious and historic neighborhoods, Old Las Palmas was originally a citrus grove and began its development in the late ’20s and ’30s. It is located just west of Palm Canyon and south of Vista Chino. This “Playground to the Stars” has hosted an impressive list of residents, including Gene Autry, Kirk Douglas, Judy Garland, Cary Grant, Katherine Hepburn, and Lena Horne. And one of today’s biggest names, Leonardo DeCaprio, owns the former Dinah Shore residence.

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Vista Las Palmas

Just behind Old Las Palmas is the popular mid-century-style neighborhood of Vista Las Palmas, with a majority of homes designed by notable architects Daniel Palmer and William Krisel and built by the famed Alexander construction company. In addition, the famous “Swiss Miss”-style, A-frame homes designed by Charles Dubois are also dispersed throughout the neighborhood. This area become home to many celebrities––including Barry Manilow, Kim Novak, Elivs Presley, and Debbie Reynolds––as the modernist design took hold. It is also the location of the architecturally significant “Kaufmann House,” designed by Richard Neutra in 1946. Kaufmann was a Pittsburg department store executive, who later commissioned Frank Lloyd Wright to Falling Water in Pennsylvania.

Images courtesy of William Landesman

William Landesman is the exclusive agent representing the Palm Springs, Rancho Mirage, Palm Desert, Indian Wells, La Quinta, California, real estate market as a member of the Haute Residence Real Estate Network. View all of his listings here.

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