Perfectly preserved midcentury modern house asks $2.5M

Perfectly preserved midcentury modern house asks $2.5M
Photos by Lance Gerber

There are plenty of stunning midcentury modern homes in Palm Springs, but this one-bedroom 1955 gem is straight out of a movie set. Called the Cree House and designed in 1955 by Swiss-born architect Albert Frey, the home was commissioned by prominent Palm Springs community leader Raymond Cree. But unlike many of the other stand-out buildings in the area, the flat-roofed, boxy home set into the rocky foothills was never open to the public.

This privacy earned the one-bedroom, one-and-a-half-bath home the nickname the ‘Forgotten Frey,’ but that all changed this past February when the well-preserved home was opened to the public for Modernism Week.

The property sits on a 8.2-acre hillside, supported by steel columns. It features a 600-square-foot overhanging deck and distinctive yellow fiberglass siding. The 1,124-square-foot building is painted the color of desert flowers—called an encelia green—and the structure blends natural materials with industrial simplicity.

A centerpiece fireplace uses native rock picked from the site, and the home includes original touches like a wall refrigerator, vintage light fixtures, and the glass shower door. Despite its diminutive size, the house lives larger than expected thanks to expansive walls of glass and plenty of outdoor space.

Perfectly preserved midcentury modern house asks $2.5M
The large fireplace is made from native rock collected on site.
Perfectly preserved midcentury modern house asks $2.5M
A well-preserved kitchen includes the original wall refrigerator.
Perfectly preserved midcentury modern house asks $2.5M
The bedroom looks out onto views of the valley below.
Perfectly preserved midcentury modern house asks $2.5M
The house sits in an outcropping of rocks in the hillside.
Perfectly preserved midcentury modern house asks $2.5M
The house features a 600-square-foot overhanging deck and distinctive yellow fiberglass siding.
Perfectly preserved midcentury modern house asks $2.5M
The deck also serves as covering for the car port.
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