Roy Fey was one of the first real estate developers in the country to embrace the new concept of condominium living. Built in the early 1970s, Canyon Estates embodies his ethos of space with expansive condos that feel like custom homes.
The neighborhood was designed by architect Charles Du Bois at the peak of Palm Springs glamour. These luxurious units were affordable to affluent seasonal owners from the East Coast and Midwest who flocked to the desert in the high season for sunshine and warmth.
Shaded entrance atriums feature large double doors with oversized handles made of brass, originally created to carry funeral caskets. Two-car garages with adjacent laundry rooms were standard when most homes still had open carports. Sunken tubs, wet bars, breakfast rooms and cedar-lined fur closets are common. Thirty six “Executive” homes include a fourth bedroom for live-in help as well as private pools.
Anchoring the neighborhood’s 9-hole executive golf course, Canyon Estates Clubhouse was one of Charles Du Bois’ largest commissions in the desert. Members enter through a porte-cochere with distinctive modern rooflines into a wall of windows and cocktail lounge dominated by a massive stone and iron fireplace. The clubhouse is rarely open to the public but available for tour guests to enjoy while exploring the history of the community through vintage photos and original blueprints.
Proceeds from this tour will support ongoing improvements to the Canyon Estates community.
Things to Know
This tour is for ages 12 and older.
There is ample street parking.
Photography is at the discretion of the homeowner.
Private homes are not wheelchair accessible.
Please no pets, food or smoking allowed in homes.
Bathrooms in homes are not available.
The organizer of this event is Canyon Estates Modernism Committee.
Event Check-in Location
Canyon Estates Clubhouse, 2323 Madrona Drive, Palm Springs, CA 92264
Photo Credits: Photo one - Palm Springs Life, All other photos courtesy of Carolyn Greystock.
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