Terrific Time Capsule! Designer Arthur Elrod’s ’60s Vision Still Pristine in Palm Springs
Elrod is also associated with an iconic circular home, designed for him in Palm Springs in the late 1960s by the architect John Lautner. But before he lived there, this was Elrod’s home, a showcase of his own work where almost nothing has changed since he left the premises in the early 1960s.
“The man who bought it, he didn’t want to move an ashtray,” says listing agent Nelda Linsk, also a friend of Elrod, who died in 1974. “And he owned it for 60 years.”
The owner has since passed away, and the home is being sold by the owner’s family. It’s offered exactly as Elrod created it (and the late owner maintained it), with the furniture and artwork included.
From the first steps inside, the home is a journey back to the 1960s, with a Jetsons meets jet-set style.
Built in 1962, the mod time capsule features four bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms, and spans 4,780 jaw-dropping square feet.
Enter into an inner court with a reflecting pool, which leads to the “wow” room, as Linsk calls it. Its more common name would be a living room, but we understand Linsk’s sentiment.
With 14-foot high ceilings, the space features a custom couch and rug, with pops of canary-yellow and tangerine, and a wall of windows.
The master bedroom, in turquoise, reflects the shade of the pool just outside the sliding glass door. Meanwhile, the master bathroom has a dazzling dressing area with a textured decor of gold and blue.
The original kitchen features tiled counters and high retro appliances. The residence is set on a large lot, and Linsk notes that it is an entertainer’s dream, with indoor and outdoor flow, a pool, patio, and shaded areas, along with mountain views. The sunny yellow pool furniture carries the color theme outdoors.
“All the finishes are unique,” Linsk says, noting that Elrod had a genius for coming up with utterly unique color schemes.
“He used the house as a testing board. Everything he did worked.”
The home’s unique touches include a floating cabinet in the living room, with a built-in turntable. The ingenious lucite drawers in the master suite allow you to easily find what you need.
After six decades, the interior is still totally fabulous. While the family did have to make some updates over the years, they respected Elrod’s style and spirit, Linsk says.
She’d love for the next owner to be as just enthusiastic about the designer’s amazing vision.
“I’m hoping whoever buys it keeps it as it is,” she says.