The Iconic Kaufmann Desert House Is On Sale For US$25 Million

If you’re feeling a touch of déjà vu right now, don’t worry, there’s a good reason. You’ve more than likely encountered the Kaufmann Desert House elsewhere before; whether it’s through the iconic prints of Julius Shulman, the iconic prints of Slim Aarons, or otherwise, this Palms Springs residence has long been emblematic of a carefree and fabulous lifestyle. So carefree and fabulous, in fact, that the asking price sits at a very casual US$25 million.

As one of the last domestic commissions by the legendary architect Richard Neutra and named after its original owner Edgar J. Kaufmann – an American department store tycoon – Kaufmann Desert House at 470 West Vista Chino is “one of the world’s most important treasures of modernism”; a sprawling 2.18-acre property which offers 3,162 square feet of living space, five bedrooms, six bathrooms, and mountain views for days.

After Kaufmann’s death, the lush pad saw a steady procession of esteemed and very well-to-do owners – titans of industry like Gene Klein and Brent Harris; the latter’s now-ex-wife/architectural historian/preservationist Beth Harris; even the famed crooner Barry Manilow.



These days, Kaufmann Desert House is as glorious as ever thanks to relatively recent restoration efforts. A stunning combination of stone, steel, wood, glass – rich with space and scenery – completed with the must-haves of any dwelling which represents the carefree and fabulous lifestyle: a floor-to-ceiling fireplace, bar, gym facilities + steam shower, tennis court, outdoor pavilion, plenty of grass for you to lounge the day away, as well as a swimming pool under the sun.

I’m only getting in its way at this point – check it out for yourself below.