Bel Vista House, Albert Frey (1946). A rare and early single family home design by one of the most innovative architects of the American modern movement. The very first subdivision in Palm Springs to feature modern style houses and the sole Albert Frey designed housing tract. Only 15 of these homes were constructed, and just a handful of recognizable examples still remain. A recent rehabilitation has revitalized the spirit of this Bel Vista home with an austere and minimalist design vocabulary. Updates have been approached with the goal of honoring the elegant simplicity of Frey's original design: aluminum countertops at the kitchen, a grid of 4x4 tiles in both bathrooms, and honed concrete floors throughout. Situated on a sprawling and private nearly quarter acre lot with newer salt water pool and spa- positioned to take full advantage of one of the best mountain views in the neighborhood. Frey anticipated the need for future additions to the original plan, allowing homeowners to enlarge the house on three sides without changes to the interior layout. This particular home saw the addition of a 4th bedroom and 2nd bath, as well as a covered patio to retain the shade of the original extended eaves. Furthering Frey's ideas on harnessing natural elements for comfortable living- owned solar panels now generate electricity for the home. Ideally located in the highly desired Movie Colony East neighborhood, in close proximity to downtown Palm Springs.
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