A house of quartz in the desert

La Piedra is one of 23 estates in Palm Springs' guard-gated Southridge community. The Midcentury Modern retreat, with views of the San Jacinto mountains and Coachella Valley, is made of more than 700 tons of quartz.

Location: 2399 Southridge Drive, Palm Springs 92264


Asking price: $9.555 million

Year built: 1983

Renovated: 2005

Architect: Edward Giddings

House size: Five bedrooms, six bathrooms, 7,500 square feet

Lot size: 2.25 acres

Features: A great room with high ceilings, sunken wetbar, kitchen island, circular dining room, detached two-bedroom guesthouse, swimming pool with waterfall and spa, putting course, travertine shuffleboard court, outdoor kitchen.

About the area: In the first quarter, 104 single-family homes sold in the 02264 ZIP Code at a median price of $342,000, according to DataQuick. That was a 14.5% price decrease from the first quarter of 2012.

Agent: William Taylor, Saxony Real Estate, Palm Desert, (760) 773-3344

—Lauren Beale

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