Home of the Day: Modern desert mirage


Retracting floor-to-ceiling walls and pivoting glass doors open this modern hillside home in Rancho Mirage to expansive vistas of Coachella Valley and the desert floor below.

Designed by modernist architect Jim Schmidt, with interiors by Mark Nichols, this newly built property invites indoor-outdoor living with a dramatic rear yard with a cleverly shaded entertaining area. A fire pit, a large rectangular pool and a spa complete the desert setting.

Address: 16 Rockcrest Drive, Rancho Mirage, 92270

Price: $3.85 million

Built: 2016

Lot size: 29,621 square feet

House size: 4,600 square feet, 4 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms


Features: Retracting walls; pivoting glass doors; dedicated bar area with wine storage; gourmet kitchen with island; custom cabinetry; soaking tub; fireplace; guesthouse; pool and spa; community access to amenities at the nearby Ritz Carlton Hotel

About the area: The median sale price for single-family homes in the 92270 ZIP Code in March was $4.563 million, based on 20 sales, according to CoreLogic. That was a 15.4% decrease in median price compared with March 2015.

Agents: Terri Munselle, TTK Represents, HK Lane/Christie’s Int’l

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