The Iconic Palm Springs “House of Tomorrow” Comes Up for Sale
Living in the Days of Future’s Past
For some people, it may be sobering to note that we are now living a year closer to when The Jetsons was set, than to when it originally aired on television. And while this may not be the future we all thought we were going to be living in (where’s my jetpack already?), it is definitely a far cry from 1960.
The sixties (and the fifties) birthed some very interesting ideas about what the future would potentially hold. It was the “Space Age” after all, and by all accounts, it very much looked like we were heading in the direction of flying cars and jetpacks. Back then it seemed as if it was only a matter of a few years….
In that same era, architecture looked toward the future and homes such as the original “House of Tomorrow” in Palm Springs were built for forward-thinking families that could afford to hire an architect. Those same families also had the guts to let their imagination run wild when designing a completely forward-thinking home – and with that, behold the House of Tomorrow.
A House of Tomorrow in Palm Springs
The original “House of Tomorrow,” first built in 1960 for real estate developer and construction company owner Robert Alexander and his family, is now on the Palm Springs, California real estate market for just under twenty-seven million dollars.
This iconic Palm Springs estate, located a quick walk from the Uptown Design District and its host of restaurants, galleries, and upscale retail, consists of three stories built in four concentric circles.
In total, the property boasts a five-bedroom, five-bath home of five thousand square feet. Though the asking price of nearly fifty-four hundred dollars a square foot may seem steep, remember that you’ll be buying both a piece of history and a vision of the future to live in during the present.
A Home of Notoriety
In 1966, just six years after Alexander and his family moved in, the House of Tomorrow was leased to Elvis Presley for a year, so that he might use it as a retreat from his filming and entertaining schedule in nearby Los Angeles. In May of the following year, Elvis and his new bride Priscilla kicked off their “secret honeymoon” at this iconic mid-century estate.
Look Magazine christened the house as the “House of Tomorrow,” and its architect, William Krisel, was roundly considered to be a leading figure in the Mid-Century architectural movement, designing several iconic homes and buildings throughout Southern California.
What’s Could Be Futuristic About a Home?
What makes this home so special and such a great representative of the futuristic mid-century aesthetic is its overall design, which is based on four intersecting pods that serve as the home’s wings. These include a circular en-suite master bedroom, and a cantilevered “floating” circular living room that hangs over a portion of the grounds.
The home features a study in contrasts throughout – heavy walls of natural stone, huge open clerestory windows, intersecting angles and circles that drive the eye into natural sweeps of vision throughout the home. Eventually, one’s gaze is guided outside to the mature landscaping, and picturesque views of the Mt. San Jacinto views beyond.
Location, Location, Location… in the Future
Easy access to the Palm Springs Airport, the Uptown Design District, and Interstate 10, plus the ability to purchase adjoining lots separately and develop the entire property as a whole toward a vacation rental or massive Palm Springs estate, makes this home a one of a kind opportunity. And that’s despite – or in addition to – its provenance as a past vision of a future we haven’t reached just yet.