The middle to late 40s in Palm Springs saw the creation of some of the city’s most important architecture. Among those is the Van Horn Residence, by famed Palm Springs architect Herbert W. Burns. Designed in 1948, the El Mirador Park home is sited on a grand, corner lot of nearly 10,000sf – on fee land you own – with stunning mountain views. Authentic and intact, the 2,258sf home showcases numerous character defining features used by Burns, including stacked sandstone pylons, vertical poles, steel casement windows, a stacked stone fireplace, glowing colored concrete floors, and glass block. Enter the home and you are greeted by vintage wood paneling, original door knobs, a dramatic living room with walls of glass, grasscloth wall covering, two vintage bathrooms with dressing areas of original built-in cabinetry – all bathed in an abundance of natural light from walls of glass. An indoor/outdoor style comes to life in every room. The renovated kitchen is great for entertaining and open to the home’s public spaces that feature large plate glass windows with stunning views to the pool and its grand views of the San Jacinto mountains. The backyard features a very large covered patio from which to relax, entertain and enjoy the mountain view. Additionally, the home features a nicely proportioned original 1 bed, 1 bath separate casita with a new mini-split system. Other upgrades include a foam roof, new equipment and replastered saltwater pool in 2015, new HVAC in 2018, a separate spa, and a leased solar system. Additionally, the property has onsite parking for multiple cars. Thanks to the tireless efforts of the local preservation community, Herbert W. Burns is recognized as one of the preeminent architects in Palm Springs – this home is one of his finest. The home is covered in the 2018 tribute journal of the architect’s work, The Design of Herbert W. Burns. According to the journal, Mrs. Van Horn, for whom the home is named, was a writer, member of one of California’s oldest families and a character actress at Paramount. As one of Burns’ finest properties, it is an eligible historic site and has potential for Mills Act and its substantial property tax savings. With Albert Frey’s historic Bel Vista tract, the home of John Porter Clark, the El Mirador Hotel and other noted architecture nearby, the offering of this property represents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to own and live in one of Burns’ gracious, signature homes in an important area of Palm Springs.
Updated on July 29, 2022 at 10:52 am