Shelter in Place Like A Cool Cat in This Palm Springs Midcentury Modern

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Well fly me to the moon, because this Palm Springs Midcentury Modern is out of this world! Seldom do you find a home built in 1960 that has been so beautifully preserved. This one is a Hollywood set designer’s dream.

Palm Springs midcentury modern

A True Palm Springs Vibe

Palm Springs became the getaway for the Hollywood elite decades ago. Of course, they brought along their cutting-edge architects to design second homes.

Frank Sinatra, for instance, was one of those stars. His 1947 house, Twin Palms, is still a huge attraction. It didn’t take long for the Palm Springs Midcentury Modern to become a popular architectural style and spread throughout the country.

Bringing Palm Springs to Big D

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One local Dallasite was certainly taken with the style. Joe Roger Crownrich had earned degrees in both aeronautical and civil engineering, but his heart was in architecture. He founded the Crownrich Companies of Dallas to fulfill that architectural desire. He started with a washateria and went on to build homes and doctors clinics.

His biggest accomplishment? Designing and building over 300 car dealerships nationwide. Specializing in providing the total package from design and development to engineering and construction oversight, he left his mark on companies you’ll know, like Sewell, Huffines, and John Eagle.

Palm Springs midcentury modern

Crownrich decided to build several homes on Valleydale near the intersection of Northaven Road. He reserved the corner lot and designed this Palm Springs Midcentury Modern for himself. The house has been referred to as “extreme contemporary” because he pulled out all the stops. That included surrounding the home with a brick breezeway wall, also called a brise soleil, to provide complete privacy and to enclose a swinging courtyard I think Sinatra would love.

Palm Springs midcentury modern

A Delayed Debut

The home was to be showcased on the Preservation Dallas Fall Architectural Modern Masterpieces tour last October. Then the North Texas tornado struck a week before the tour date. That gorgeous wall sustained irreparable damage. Over the past few months, the present owners have done a stellar job of rebuilding and capturing the drama of that original wall.

Palm Springs midcentury modern

The 2,618-square-foot Palm Springs Midcentury Modern has three bedrooms and two bathrooms. There are two master suites because Crownrich built the home to also house his parents.

It’s an incredibly exciting residence because it has so many original elements. There are carved room separators, lighted ceiling coves, massive block fireplace walls, and oh, those swirl pattern ceilings. Don’t look up if you have a few cocktails!

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Stereo speakers are hidden in the ceilings in almost every room.

Do you remember the television series “The Astronaut Wives Club“? (If not watch it, and prepare to fall in love with all things Midcentury Modern.)

Production designer Mark White sent shoppers to several states to find 1960s kitchen appliances. The aquamarine kitchen of character Renee Carpenter stands out as the real design hero. But, it cannot hold a candle to the dual pink Hotpoint refrigerators and insanely hip pink laminate countertops in this Palm Springs Midcentury Modern. It would be absolutely criminal to replace any of this, so please, do not buy this wonderful home if you don’t get it.

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Mark White’s 1960s set design for The Astronaut Wives Club
Palm Springs midcentury modern
I’d paint the cabinets pink too!

If you do appreciate the value of these unique homes, I’d suggest calling listing agent Renee Saulnier with The Michaels Group as soon as you finish reading this. It’s only been listed for a few days and at $645,000, it’s going to move fast, in any market.

Ask Alexa to play some Sinatra, get out the cocktail shaker and shelter in place suddenly looks like a vacation in this Palm Springs Midcentury Modern at 7847 Northaven Road!

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Karen Eubank

Karen is the owner of Eubank Staging and Design. She has been an award-winning professional home stager for more than 25 years and a professional writer for over 20 years. Karen is the mother of a son who’s studying for his masters at The New England Conservatory of Music. An ardent animal lover, she doesn’t mind one bit if your fur baby jumps right into her lap.

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  1. Julia K says

    I agree with you, do not buy this house if you want to gut the kitchen because you definitely do not get it and please don’t tear it down. That kitchen is amazing, the whole house is amazing and I was very disappointed that it wasn’t on the Preservation Dallas Fall Home Tour.

  2. Steve Van Gorp says

    FYI: The front brick courtyard wall, with openings for air passage, is NOT a “brise soleil”. Here is the Wikipedia definition:

    Brise soleil
    Brise soleil, sometimes brise-soleil, is an architectural feature of a building that reduces heat gain within that building by deflecting sunlight.

    Brise soleil are generally horizontal or angled shades or screens attached to homes or commercial buildings, especially on the south or west sides of buildings, to break or soften harsh summer sun generating extreme solar gain.

    • mmJoanna England says

      Hi Steve! When I was looking up Midcentury Modern architectural vernacular, breeze-blocks and “brise soleil” were used interchangeably. Thanks for your input, though.

  3. James Smith says

    I thought this was a house in Palm Springs but it’s actually Dallas. I am reading the article in Palm Springs. $645K doesn’t get you a cool mid century like that here. That house here in PS would be double the price.

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