Palm Springs is a desert hotspot made famous for its glory days as Hollywood’s playground, sophisticated shopping, vibrant nightlife, and most prominently for its modern living and design aesthetic. Every February, almost 45,000 people flock to this desert oasis for Modernism Week and its 10th year will prove to be the biggest yet. Modernism Week, held February 12-22, pays tribute to mid-century modern design, architecture, art, fashion, and culture as well as fosters contemporary thinking in these fields, by hosting over 100 different events from home tours, chic mod themed parties, to keynote speakers.

Mid-Century modern style is defined by its minimalism, juxtaposition of natural and manmade materials, integration of nature, and use of bright pops of colors. Often associated with the terms mod and retro, mid-century modern design began after World War II in response to post-war desires for progressive and streamlined thinking.

Check out these desert properties with retro-inspired looks to discover how you can bring iconic mid-century modern style into your home without looking like a time capsule.

12 Evening Star Drive, Rancho Mirage, CA 92270 | $5,275,000 



This gorgeous property offers an impressive piece of luxurious desert living in the prestigious gated Thunderbird Cove. First impressions are magnificent as one enters a massive entry door into a courtyard flanked by a ten-foot waterfall. The geometric lines, flat planes, and extensive glasswork create large open spaces and serve as the framework of this mid-century modern design.

Fleetwood doors and glass walls are strategically placed for a seamless integration with nature, encouraging residents to explore the indoor and outdoor living areas and deliver striking outdoor views of the mountains and valley. Large windows allow light to flood the room as well as promote healthy living habits. Another key mid-century modern element is the change in elevation seen between the living and dining room, which creates split-level spaces. The reclaimed wood bar, sleek living room chairs, and extensive use of chrome throughout the space evoke a lifestyle of simple elegance.

750 W Via Vadera, Palm Springs, CA 92262 | $1,595,000 

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Located in the heat of Vista Las Palmas, this stunning contemporary home features bold and dramatic architecture with an open floor plan, high ceilings, walls of glass, and stone facade fireplace. These features in combination with the bright colors, modern lighting fixtures, and mod furniture found in the kitchen and dining area are reminiscent of the mid-century modern style.

370 Lautner Lane, Palm Springs, CA 92264 | $1,695,000 



From the exterior architecture to interior finishes, this magnificent home in the Alta community epitomizes mid-century modern style. The flat planes, sliding glass doors, high ceilings, and enormous outdoor living space, create a large open feeling. The contemporary furniture, pop of color, metal ceiling fans, and geometric pattern of the window coverings will transport you back to the 1950’s.


Tell us how you can add mid-century modern style to update your home. Let us know what your favorite property is in the comments section below. If you are looking for a new home, click on any of the photos for property details.