Tamarisk Ranchos was designed and master-planned by architect William Krisel, built in 1958 by Lou Halper, the founder of nearby Tamarisk Country Club. Halper and his friend Groucho Marx had their desert homes at Tamarisk Ranchos and were joined by Hollywood's finest, including film and TV producers, screenwriters, agents. Frank Sinatra encouraged his entourage to buy: his banker, Al Hart, and family physician Dr. Krohn. The resort-style community features 16 homes gathered around a central pool and lush landscaping dotted with citrus trees and 100 year-old date palm trees. The San Jacinto mountains are the backdrop for this midcentury paradise, made more alluring by front doors to homes that all face inward to the gardens. Unlike many resort communities of the time, homes have their own individual look. Three different rooflines: butterfly, long gable and horizontal gable are complemented by varying design details such as patchwork rock facades, or stylish wood screens. Most homes are approximately 2,000 sq ft with similar floor plans; some still have a maid's room, many have original features and include period furnishings. Last open in 2016. New homes on tour. Melissa and Jim Riche, writer / photographer of the recent book Mod Mirage (pub. Gibbs Smith) own their home here and will be signing books.
Allow 1.5 - 2 hours. After parking, the tour is conducted on foot via flat pathways. Proceeds go towards increasing landscaping and lighting sustainability.
Things to Know
This event is for ages 10 and older.
Please arrive at the time on your ticket.
Check-in no later that 30 minutes after the time printed on ticket.
Morning Check-in closes at 12 p.m.
Afternoon Check-In Closes at 3:30 p.m.
Ample street parking.
Photography at the discretion of the homeowner.
Private homes are mostly wheelchair accessible.
Please no pets, food or smoking allowed in homes.
Restrooms in homes are not available.
The organizer of this event is Tamarisk Ranchos HOA.
Event Check-in Location
Tamarisk Ranchos, 70466 Tamarisk Lane, Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
Photo Credits: Jim Riche, Len Wright, R Caldwell
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