1111 E Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92262
The first collaboration between developers Bob and George Alexander and “starchitects” Dan Palmer and William Krisel was THE OCOTILLO LODGE. The project was a mix of residential living and modern hotel luxuries. It was completed 1957, and featured a large keyhole-shaped swimming pool, a dining room, bungalows, and two levels of one-bedroom 525-square foot modern units.
Located on Palm Canyon Drive, just north of the Alexanders’ Twin Palms neighborhood development, the idea was to rent the Lodge to vacationers and then to walk them out the back and sell them a single family “Alexander” home.
Celebrities-galore checked in at the Ocotillo Lodge, and today many of the units are named after the stars who stayed there. Everyone from JFK to Marilyn Monroe, Rat Pack-ers Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin, and Rolling Stones Keith Richards and Mick Jagger.
In 1963, cowboy/singer/actor Gene Autry bought the place and lived in the two-story owner’s unit, complete with its own private pool. Autry sold the Ocotillo to Jerry Buss, owner of the L.A. Lakers, in 1968, who used it as a getaway for the players. Today, it is one of the few associations that allow for single night rentals, making it a popular investment for vacation rental hosts.
If you are interested in owning a piece of Mid-Century Modern history with a solid rental history, come by and take a look at the Frederick unit that I will be holding open on Saturday, February 15th from 10 am to Noon during the first weekend of Modernism Week. It is currently a vacation rental, so showing times are limited. In the meantime, drool over these historical photos of The Ocotillo Lodge.