With the revamped, stylish Sands Hotel & Spa drawing crowds to admire its exquisite design and finishes, we hope that more homeowners in Indian Wells will be inspired to embrace its modern influences in interior and exterior design. We in the real estate business are still seeing some owners choosing traditional interior upgrades that clash with the architectural style of a property, e.g. granite countertops and Spanish-style flooring. Bringing buyers to see a home without modern elements and in need of a full makeover, at a price that doesn’t consider remodeling costs, can become a tough sell if the property does not have other desirable qualities, like pedigree or view.

Indian Wells has a long history of outstanding architectural design. In the later 1950s and early 1960s, developments like Casa Dorado, Indian Wells CC, Indian Wells Village, and El Dorado CC started projects featuring the clean-line “Mid-Century Modern” aesthetic as well as an abundance of attached condominium offerings. Custom detached homes were being built on and around Fairway Drive just outside El Dorado CC at that time also, and many of those properties can be fantastic if redone with modern materials. In El Dorado CC starting in the 1960s and 1970s, and then the Vintage Country Club in the 1980s, we saw these developments increased builds on modern trophy properties, situated on larger lot parcels with commanding golf and mountain views, taking the architectural entertainment lifestyle to a higher level. Notable modern architects that have been commissioned several times in Indian Wells include William Cody, Stan Sackley, William Krisel, Frank Urrutia, and Guy Dreier.


Indian Wells is a supremely picturesque city, with many of the Coachella Valley’s best vistas and much of the most expensive land. You couldn’t plan a better replica of a resort-style environment from its pedicured palm trees along Highway 111, famous golf courses, and the stunning Santa Rosa mountains embracing the city. Enhancing existing properties with more modern interior and exterior design would accentuate the city’s rich history and blend perfectly with the beautiful surroundings, creating the environment that was originally envisioned by the pioneer owners, builders, and architects in the mid-century era. Plus, we find that homes that stay true to the era’s design tend to appreciate further in value when you go to sell.


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