If you have ever been to Palm Springs, California, you will know that this resort town has always been known for its inspirational modern house plans. The town is located about a hundred miles southeast of Los Angeles. A mid-century design mecca to the stars for more than a half of a century, this community continues to influence artists and architects thanks to its iconic modernist architecture, such as Frank Sinatra’s modern house plan at Twin Palms Estate.
Palm Desert has been popular since the 1920s. As a famous spot for celebrities, it was a second home to thousands of celebrity entertainers, including A-list stars from Lauren Bacall, Humphrey Bogart, and Clark Gable to Lucille Ball and Elvis Presley, to name a few. To this day, the exotic resort sports a kind of bohemian lifestyle filled with glamorous social gatherings.
Sinatra Twin Palms Estate is just one example of Mid-century Modern style architecture. His four-bedroom Twin Palms home – complete with a piano-shaped swimming pool – was a favorite watering hole in 1951. The home has clean lines and a seamless transition between the indoor space and the outdoor patio area, where the star held countless parties for and under the stars!
Top: This Mid-century Modern home is the Sinatra Twin Palms Estate in Palm Springs, CA. The view is of the front; out back is the piano-shaped pool. The home is available to rent if you want to imagine you're one of the Rat Pack (photo credit: Frank Sinatra House by Farragutful under license CC BY-SA 4.0). Bottom: Frank Sinatra in 1957 when he sold the Twin Palms Estate (photo: Public Domain)
The home was designed by E. Stewart Williams in 1947 Sinatra and his first wife, Nancy Barbato. Today this home has been restored and now features vintage luxury furnishings with modern amenities and leased to vacationers.
Now a favorite of the Millennial generation, this home style reflects modern elegance. As evidenced by sales of similar Mid-Century Modern style plans at The Plan Collection – including this Plan #202-1027, a 3,000-plus-square-foot three-bedroom modern home featured below.
An open floor plan, large bedrooms, a media room that could be a fourth bedroom if necessary, and a large patio area with stacking sliding glass doors for dramatic indoor/outdoor space make this great home ideal for a large family and for entertaining (Plan #202-1027).
Modern home designs like this are not only popular but can also be affordable. Modern design for homes actually began back in the early 1900s, focusing on strong geometric shapes, polished surfaces, larger windows, and neutral palettes.
In fact, these older ranch houses built in the suburbs during the 1950s and '60s are now getting a second look from both the young and old alike. Homebuilders are embracing new construction of the American ranch house – for many of the very same reasons why they were popular in the first place. Check out our prior article on the comeback ranch style homes are making.
The Plan Collection has more than 22,000 house plans, ranging from Ranch style to Contemporary to Prairie-style homes, complete with angular designs, modern amenities, and classic style. Although some will require a bigger budget, many of these newer house plans typically focus on home design, enabling more efficient and cost-effective construction. Also called “pre-drawn house plans,” these will also generate significant savings from hiring a house designer or architect to prepare a set of custom plans for you. Ready-made house plans can also be easily modified to meet a homeowner’s specific desires. Visit https://www.theplancollection.com for more information.