Designer’s ’60s showcase house asking $2.9M in Palm Springs

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Modernist architecture fans the world over know the name of Arthur Elrod thanks to the iconic Palm Springs residence he commissioned from John Lautner in 1965. But the celebrated interior designers’s legacy also lives on in another Palm Springs property, the 1962 showcase he dubbed the Escape House.

Located in the Old Las Palmas neighborhood, the Hollywood Regency-style residence has been owned by the same family since 1964. According to a December 2018 feature in Palm Springs Life, given that the property served as a calling card for his design business, Elrod only agreed to sell it to his friends Frances and Bill Hamlin on the condition that it be left just as it was when sold.

The Hamlin family stuck to their end of the bargain quite admirably, making only minor changes over the past half century. The home is now being offered for sale complete with its original ‘60s ultraglam furnishings still in place.


A custom-designed circular rug and dinette set in sunny yellow, a favored hue of Elrod, is complemented by a basket-weave room divider screen in the dining area.

Hidden behind an oversize set of Pullman doors at 350 West Via Lola, the 4,780-square-foot residence contains four bedrooms and four and a half baths.

Notable features include 14-foot ceilings, an atrium, bleached-chestnut walls, built-in vanities and bookshelves, textured room dividers, and custom-designed rugs, sofas, tables, light fixtures, and window treatments.


Sliding glass doors line a wall of the master bedroom, leading to the pool and covered patio.

Decked out in shades of gold and blue, the master bath and adjacent dressing room are the ne plus ultra in Palm Springs midcentury swank.

Gold tiles match the wallpaper in one of the home’s four and a half bathrooms.

Sliding glass doors open to an expansive back yard with swimming pool, covered dining patio with original Italian chaise lounges, swaying palm trees, and manicured hedges.


A pair of vintage lanterns stand sentry outside the dramatically oversized Pullman doors. The brass handles were repurposed from an antique four-poster Moroccan bed.

The .37-acre property comes with a swimming pool, shaded patios, and mountain views.

On a .37-acre lot, the time capsule trophy is listed with Nelda Linsk and Lindell Campbell of Keller Williams Luxury Homes at an asking price of $2.85 million.

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