Ray Kappe’s last desert home is for sale in Palm Springs

Completed posthumously

Few architects left such an indelible mark on Southern California as SCI-Arc founder Ray Kappe who designed many of its modernist homes to celebrate its staggering landscape. This Palm Springs property, completed earlier this year, is his last, posthumous design – and it is now for sale.

Developer Ed Freeman commissioned the Desert Palisades property listed for $6.4m via Marc Sanders of Compass. The three-bedroom desert property appears to almost float on the surface of the landscape thanks to its cantilever volumes, which mimic the topography of the plot.

Kappe is famous for his midcentury modern aesthetic, and the vibe is strong across the 3,100 sq ft property’s interiors. A material palette of structural steel beams, polished concrete floors, floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors and custom teak panelling injects warmth to the living areas.

Multiple terraced areas are embedded in the landscaped grounds around the property which includes a pool and spa and concrete fire pit for nights beneath the stars.

Photography: Lance Gerber
Photography: Lance Gerber
Photography: Lance Gerber
Photography: Lance Gerber

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