The modernist architecture of Southern California is strongly represented in Palm Springs. One of the first neighborhoods to use this style was El Rancho Vista Estates. Roy Fey, a former accountant from Chicago turned developer, liked the new style movement. He felt it would work well in the housing market that was coming to life after wartime.
The result was an artistic group of 75 single-family homes by Wexler & Harrison, with the assistance of Fey. This was one of their first subdivisions and it carries the signature down-turned eave by Harrison as well as flat roofs and butterfly roofs. El Rancho Vista Estates is conveniently located just minutes from the Palm Springs International Airport via Vista Chino.
There are several versions of their creations in this neighborhood and there have been mid-century additions in the last few years. But you’ll see ornamental concrete block walls and floor to ceiling glass walls that welcome the outdoors in while living in comfort. There is a unique example of the firm’s work at 1593 Avenida Robert Miguel which contains a home owned by Harrison. The neighborhood has had a revival in the past few years and a city park with bocce ball courts has been added.
Homes at El Rancho Vista Estates have many features like concrete counter tops, porcelain flooring, solar systems, double pane windows, and separate guesthouses with kitchenettes and bedrooms. There are also two-car garages with plenty of parking space. Schools that are assigned to this neighborhood include Vista Del Monte Elementary, Raymond Cree Middle School, and Cathedral City High School.
The City of Palm Springs is just minutes away, offering many indoor and outdoor activities. Palm Canyon Drive features the main shopping district with jazzy restaurants, design shops, and vintage boutiques. Outdoors activities in the Coachella Valley include hiking and biking as well as horseback riding.
980 East Tahquitz Canyon Way, Palm Springs, CA 92262-0119
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