Palm Springs was the perfect location for the nurturing of the architectural concept called Mid-Century Modernism, the idea that the home was a factory for living. Houses had an industrial touch, featuring metal and gray/black colors with splashes of bright greens and oranges. This form of architecture brought the outside in, blurring the distinction between in and out.
The Villa Alejo penthouse called P3 has recently been remodeled to incorporate these ideas. This "factory for living" includes a restaurant-style kitchen sink, stainless steel appliances and beams. The light into the condo comes from all over, and there is outside seating in front and back, the back with a view of Mount San Jacinto.
About the Penthouse
This unique vacation rental condo sleeps up to 4 and is available in one month blocks only, due to homeowner restrictions.
Villa Alejo made quite an architectural splash when it was built in 1966 in the Modernist manner. It attracted the overflow crowd from the adjacent Movie Colony, visitors which included Frank Sinatra and the Kennedy clan. It's just a block from the main downtown street in Palm Springs. You can park your car and never have to get in it again; the place is heavy with decent eateries and there's always the street fair on Thursday night to make you want to open your wallet for some handcrafted goods or great foods.
The penthouse is on the third (top) story of Villa Alejo. Air conditioning and insulated curtains make it cool enough for enjoyoable summer vacations when the outside temperature soars.
The living area
A comfortable area for watching television, listening to the stereo system, or streaming through the ROKU box.
Plenty of floor space, a couch that makes into a full-size bed with a single click, and office space featuring a large monitor you can connect to your laptop if you wish. Free high-speed wifi is included.
Top appliances including a microwave/convection oven, a large double-fan convection oven and warming tray. Two coffee makers, one for standard coffee and a Keurig coffee maker for using coffee packs. Filtered, heated water allows you to make hot beverages like tea directly from the tap.
The Dining Area
Morning light from the front patio floods the dining area.
The second spa shower has a nice view toward downtown Palm Springs.
Bedroom and Master Bath
The bedroom features a king sized bed, a city view with sliding doors open to the back terrace, crystal chandeliers, a television and large walk-in closet. Note the blackout curtains, for those times you don't want the city view.
The Modernist bathroom features a shower and two wash basins, the door on the right opens to the bedroom.
The front patio overlooks the pool and spa. The picture was taken on one of Palm Springs rare rain days.
The Exterior Views
The first view is a typical Palm Springs spring sunrise from the back patio, with the building's pool and spa below. The second two pictures are from the front terrace, accessed from the master bedroom.
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