The Palm Springs home made famous by Slim Aarons on the market for $ 17 million


Images of this California archetype of Mid-Century Modern property resemble postcards from Palm Springs.

The Kaufmann Desert House inspired the work of renowned architectural photographer Julius Shulman and Slim Aarons, known for his images of high American life.

Here we highlight the magnificent Kaufmann Desert House located in Palm Springs, California as part of The Nationalfrom the International Property of the Week series.

The key details

The Kaufmann Desert House is an elegant five-bedroom, six-bathroom, two-level family home spread over 3,162 square feet. Located in Palm Springs, the property offers mountain views and a swimming pool on its 0.9 hectare property.

It is on the market for $ 16,950,000.

What is the story?

Designed by Richard Neutra, considered one of the most influential modernist architects of the 20th century, the Kaufmann Desert House was originally commissioned and owned by the owner of the Pittsburgh department store, Edgar J Kaufmann, Sr. The property was built in 1946 as a retreat during the cold Pennsylvania winters.

However, the images taken by Shulman in 1947 and the image from 1970 Poolside gossip by Aarons have given the property a lasting legacy in the world of photography.

After Kaufmann’s death in 1955, the property passed through a number of prominent owners, including Barry Manilow and Eugene Klein, former owner of the San Diego Chargers. In 1992, it was purchased and renovated to its original design by the couple Brent Harris, an investment manager, and Beth Edwards Harris, an architectural historian. They worked with Shulman in restoring the property.

On the grounds there is also a swimming pool and tennis courts. Inside there are five bedrooms, six full bathrooms, and a media room, which was added in the 1990s.

In 2008, the property was named one of the best homes in Los Angeles by the Los Angeles Times.

What the broker says …

The Kaufmann Desert House designed by Richard Neutra is considered one of the most important and iconic houses of the 20th century, ”the list of Sotheby’s International Realty.

“The house that inspired the iconic images of Julius Shulman and Slim Aarons is an investment in one of the world’s most important treasures of modernism.”

Update: October 18, 2021, 5:03 am

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