Among the many gems, the intimate, three-hour tour features the Kaufmann house, commissioned by the same family who commissioned Frank Lloyd Wright's Falling Water. You get the idea. Over to you, Jacqui Ripley...
Above: The gorgeous holiday rental Jacqui stayed in, with Jacqui pictured in the middle shot
I visited Elvis Presley’s Honeymoon Hideaway house [below] in which he lived in for a year after his marriage to Priscilla Presley. A tour like no other, nothing is off limits. You can sit on the sofas and the bed Lisa Marie Presley was conceived!
But the most interesting part for me was the architects – a father and son combo called George and Robert Alexander.
Together they were the Alexander Construction Company and built over 2,000 houses in the Coachella Valley through the mid-50s to 60s and caused the city to take on a distinctive Mad Men vibe thanks to their modernist style. I kind of got obsessed with this family where tragically both father and son and their wives all died in a plane crash in 1965 leaving their 11-year-old daughter and grand-daughter an orphan.
I rented my holiday home from www.vacationpalmsprings.com which have the best places to rent. Just drool over their properties, and you could make like Don Draper on vacation for a week!
Words: Jacqui Ripley
Images: Jacqui Ripley, JDV Hotels, Palm Springs Modern Tours, Beau Monde Villas and Aia.org
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