The iconic Kaufmann House in Palm Springs, designed by Richard Neutra and made internationally famous in Slim Aarons’ “Poolside Gossip” photograph, is on the market for 5 million.
The listing for the home says it’s “an investment in one of the world’s most important treasures of modernism.”
Built in the late 1940s of metal, glass, and Utah stone, the Kaufmann House exemplifies indoor-outdoor living with a roofed, open-air patio space and an outdoor space known as the Gloriette room that offers one-of-a-kind views of the adjacent San Jacinto Mountains.
The asking price would set a record for Palm Springs residential real estate, even compared to other architectural gems: The Bob Hope house, designed by John Lautner, sold for 3 million in 2016 after being listed with an asking price of 0 million, while Lautner’s Arthur Elrod house sold for .7 million earlier that year.
The priciest sale on record in the Coachella Valley was Larry Ellison’s Porcupine Creek estate in Rancho Mirage, for which he paid 2.9 million in 2011 and now plans to turn into an exclusive six-start resort.
The remarkable design of the Kaufmann House is just as famous as its history.
Neutra designed and constructed the property in the late 1940s for department store magnate Edgar Kaufmann, who had previously commissioned Frank Lloyd Wright to design his southwestern Pennsylvania vacation home Fallingwater.
Prior owners include Barry Manilow, and Nelda Linsk, who is featured in Aarons’ iconic “Poolside Gossip” photograph from 1970. The home has also been captured by famed architecture photographer Julius Shulman.
Real estate agent Gerard Bisignano of Vista Sotheby’s said Brent Harris has owned the home since the early 1990s.
“It has been a true passion and labor of love for him and all involved,” Bisignano said. “He’s enjoyed the home and he just feels it’s time to pass it on to another guardian.”
Harris and his then-wife Beth oversaw the home’s restoration after they purchased it with design firm Marmol Radziner, which involved undoing additions and repairing the floors to bring the home back to its original look. Shulman came back to shoot the home once it was complete.
The property also underwent a .5 million restoration about 10 years ago to bring it up to more current standards.
As an agent who specializes in architecturally significant homes, Bisignano said “it’s an honor” to handle the listing.
“You walk in, and it’s magical,” he said.
This article was originally featured in the Desert Sun.