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1622 Via Roberto Miguel, Palm Springs, CA 92262$65, 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
The original sales brochure for El Rancho Vista Estates offered a “Good Palm Springs Life” and “Fun in the Sun!” That vibe is still alive today in this self-contained neighborhood of cul-de-sacs just east of the Palm Springs Airport. Compact homes with brightly colored doorways, striking desert landscaping and breeze-block carports transport you to sunny California of yesteryear.
Built between 1960—1964 by Chicago developer Roy Fey, who introduced the condominium concept to the desert, El Rancho Vista Estates offered three models: The Bermuda, The Capri and The Casa Blanca (each customized by their owner). Architects Donald Wexler and Richard A. Harrison created a community of simple modernist bungalows and low-slung ranch homes that were affordable to middle class families looking for a vacation getaway.
Today, this time-capsule neighborhood is remarkably intact with most homes restored to their original footprint and floor plans. Some even feature the sunken Roman tub which was sold as an upgrade.
This easily walkable tour has a relaxed ambiance and community feel. Tickets include a catered party with open bar where you can chat with the residents and learn more about the history of El Rancho Vista Estates. Have a cocktail and enjoy the mountain views.
Proceeds from this tour will support local charities and help maintain and landscape the wall along Vista Chino.
Things to Know
Please arrive 15 minutes before tour time to check-in.
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.
There are some interior and exterior steps.
Please no pets, food or smoking allowed in homes.
Bathrooms in homes are not available.
The organizer of this event is El Rancho Vista Neighborhood Organization.
Event Check-in Location
1622 Via Roberto Miguel, Palm Springs, CA 92262
Photo Credits: Philip Heckman
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