Bennion Deville Homes Home of the Week: 1323 South Driftwood Drive, Palm Springs

An historic Palm Springs estate in the Deepwell neighborhood is on the market for $3.7 Million. Designed by renowned architect John Porter Clark, it was once home to Hollywood royalty at different times, including William Holden and Stefanie Powers, Audrey Hepburn, and Tippi Hedren, and has appeared in photo shoots for luxury fashion and lifestyle brands.

The back view of The Holden Estate in Palm Springs, designed by John Porter Clark.
Clean architectural lines, a plethora of comfy sitting areas, and a refreshing pool make The Holden Estate an entertainer’s, and Mid-Century Modern lover’s, dream.

Listed by Bennion Deville Homes agents Kathryn Tomasino and Bob Crebo, this Mid-Century Modern masterpiece has been completely updated with designer finishes and materials from around the globe. World-famous interior designer Rodrigo Vargas and his partner Erik Storey, who are selling the property, oversaw the complete renovation of the sleek, pristine abode, making choices to enhance the interior and exterior by infusing 21st century comforts while preserving the intent of the architectural statements, creating what can only be described as one of the most exclusive, and envied, addresses in Palm Springs.

The living room of The Holden Estate in Palm Springs, listed by Bennion Deville Homes REALTORS Kathryn Tomasino and Bob Crebo
Upon entering The Holden Estate, you are greeted by an elegant living room, completed by the unique platform fireplace.

Upon arrival, the property warmly welcomes with a peaceful reflection pond leading along a stark walkway to a massive, custom-designed bronze door that embellishes the home’s character. The structure’s original U-shaped footprint is intact, with main living quarters, including guest bedrooms and a master retreat, comprising the north end and two separate en suite guest casitas to the south. The stunning living room with platform fireplace flows into an inviting kitchen/dining area. Each interior space exudes the style and sophistication only a Mid-Century Modern structure can portray.

The master retreat of The Holden Estate opens up to a manicured lime orchard, spa jacuzzi, and features floor-to-ceiling windows that pivot, opening the indoors to the great outdoors in Palm Springs
47 pivoting floor-to-ceiling glass windows seamlessly blend the interior of the home with the tranquil backyard, including in the master retreat which opens up to a soaking spa and lime orchard.

Extensive use of white-veined Carrera Italian marble throughout brings a high level of sophistication, which is accented by tastefully planned, subtle pops of color from custom furniture and decorator accents. With clean sight lines and pirouetting floor-to-ceiling windows housing jaw-dropping San Jacinto Mountain views in nearly every room, the home is as functional as it is fashionable and seamlessly blends the comfy interior with the surrounding outdoor landscape. A resort-style backyard showcases a refinished pool, complete with tanning shelf, and voluminous soaking spa off the master quarters to go with numerous outdoor sitting areas, fire pit, perfectly trimmed lime orchard, mature palm trees, and towering privacy hedges surrounding the perimeter.

The nursery set up by Rodrigo Vargas at The Holden Estate features built-in wood work and cabinetry, including a headboard.
The guest bedrooms feature built-in, custom woodworking, including headboards and cabinets, accentuating the sleek white interiors and finishes.

Known as “The Holden Estate,” 1323 South Driftwood Drive is the ultimate Southern California desert escape from which to enjoy the unique, tranquil Palm Springs lifestyle. To schedule a private tour of this exclusive property, please contact Kathryn Tomasino or Bob Crebo.

Quick Facts About 1323 South Driftwood Drive:

  • Mid-Century Modern architecture
  • Post and beam construction
  • Tongue and groove ceilings
  • 47 custom pivot windows, which open the interior to the outside
  • Designer finishes, including Carrera Italian marble flooring throughout, linen wall paper, designer glass doors, and high-end German hardware
  • Miele German appliances, including built-in espresso bar and wine refrigerator
  • Custom designed, built-in bedroom/bathroom furniture and cabinetry
  • Kitchen cabinets are Snaidero-Italian design
  • Reflection pond entry
  • Resort-style backyard with remarkable, west-facing mountain views

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