Did you know that Palm Springs, CA, boasts the world’s largest concentration of Mid-Century Modern Architecture? According to VisitPalmSprings.com, the “dramatic geographic surroundings of the Coachella Valley inspired a design aesthetic in the middle of the 20th Century now called ‘Desert Modernism’.” And on a recent family trip, HREG team leader Renee Hillman got the chance to soak up the rich collection of mod real estate, and even art, first hand, in the place she now refers to as, “Modernist Mecca”!
As a self-acclaimed modernist junkie, getting to cruise around beautiful, sunny California and soak in lots of shining examples of mod architecture – both residential and commercial (notice the historic “Tramway Gas Station” which is now home to the local welcome center!) was a real treat.
Beyond real estate, there was even a chance to take in a few examples of the art of this era and style, too!
If you’re making your way out to this side of the country in the future, be sure to ink in a little extra time in your schedule to enjoy this bit of California nostalgia!
“I would absolutely consider visiting here again because it was easy to fly in and out of and the weather was gorgeous in early March. I was in my glory with the architecture here – from Spanish art deco to modernist, there are a ton of national monuments and history here, where even the local welcome center is a prior gas station that has been repurposed.” — Renee Hillman, HREG at eXp Team Leader
Not hopping on a plane to California any time soon? We have our own little “Modernist Mecca” here in North Carolina. Check out our dedicated search page to peruse the local real estate listings that reflect this architectural style or consider grabbing tickets to NCModernist’s annual “ModaPalooza” tour and showcase of homes.