In a city known internationally for its Mid-Century Modern appeal, the one-of-a-kind residences of Donald Wexler are some of the most coveted homes in Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley. Currently, one of the most celebrated, the Leff/Florsheim House, is available for sale.
Located in Palm Springs’ prestigious Little Tuscany neighborhood, this private, gated estate was originally built in 1957. The residence of Harold Florsheim, chairman of The Florsheim Shoe Co., and his wife Sarabell, the Florsheim family remained stewards of the property for more than 30 years. From 2003 to 2004, the Post & Beam classic home was meticulously rebuilt and restored. Original Wexler blueprints were used in an effort to recreate and honor the original vision, while updating its amenities to incorporate modern day conveniences.
Stunning atriums, white terrazzo floors and a large white brick fireplace crisply define the home’s interior. All living and dining areas flow naturally into one another and make full use of the expansive outdoor space, boasting a built-in dining area, swimming pool, zero-edged spa, fire pit and spectacular views of the nearby San Jacinto Mountains. Similarly, the master and guest bedroom suites open easily to the outdoors. Attention-to-detail is exemplified in the home’s interior finishes, which include CeasarStone countertops, custom Ann Sacks tiles, Dornbracht kitchen and bathroom fixtures, Miele and Subzero appliances and vintage wallpaper and light fixtures throughout.
A true testament to Palm Springs’ unique architectural history, the famed photographer Julius Shulman noted, “I can’t believe I’ve never seen this house before. This is quintessential Palm Springs. Not only is it elegant and sophisticated but also romantic.”
The home will be available for tour by appointment only. Interested parties should contact Patrick Jordan or Stewart Smith of Patrick Stewart Properties at Windermere Real Estate Southern California or Rick Grahn at Deasy/Penner & Partners.