William Cody designed this collection of modernist “cottages” as a private, serene escape from the legendary Palm Springs Racquet Club. While the club is now long gone, tour guests can experience what it was like to step away from the boisterous celebrity-filled landmark into a quiet and lush oasis with towering palm trees, curved pathways and meandering streams leading to an enormous swimming pool.
Created by renowned Los Angeles developer Paul Trousdale in 1960, Racquet Club Cottages West allowed guests and homeowners to be close to the action but away from it all. The neighborhood is still an intimate enclave of 37 units rarely seen by outsiders.
Cody’s cottages were small in size but big on style. Private patios with breeze-block resembling tennis nets, floor-to-ceiling sliding glass and room service delivered direct from the clubhouse epitomized the vacation lifestyle that made Palm Springs famous. Exposed beams, paper-thin rooflines and large outdoor overhangs that shield spaces from the desert sun are Cody trademarks seen throughout the property.
Tour guests can sip a Bloody Mary while lounging poolside and enjoy a special appearance by “Marilyn Monroe.” Legend has it that both were discovered at the Palm Springs Racquet Club. Catherine Cody Nemirovsky will be on hand to discuss her father’s life and work.
Proceeds from this tour will support preservation projects in the complex.
Things to Know
Please arrive at the time on your ticket.
This tour is for all 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 the homes.
Bathrooms in homes are not available.
The organizer of this event is Racquet Club Cottages West HOA.
Event Check-in Location
360 Cabrillo Road, Palm Springs, CA 92262
Photo Credits: Photo 1 - David Lansing and Kelly Peak, Photo 2 - David Lansing and Kelly Peak, Photo 3 - David Lansing and Kelly Peak, Photo 4 - David Lansing and Kelly Peak, Photo 5 - David Lansing and Kelly Peak, Photo 6 - David Lansing and Kelly Peak
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