Racquet Club Garden Villas
Originally part of the famous Racquet Club, the Racquet Club Garden Villas or originally the Racquet Club Cottages West, were designed by the famed mid-century architect William F. Cody, were ingeniously-designed condos intended to give guests privacy but easy access to resort activities. The grounds are gated and the complex is just minutes from downtown Palm Springs and its excellent restaurants and trendy shops.
The post and beam architecture with floor to ceiling glass walls, Cody's signature look and design, help break the distinction between indoors and outdoors. Additional Cody trademark design elements are the concrete block walls and large cantilevered roof overhangs. The patterned concrete block used is exclusive to Racquet Club Garden Villas. Construction began in 1959 led by builder Paul Trousdale, who also developed the famous Trousdale Estates in Beverly Hills. The landscaped design is by Philip A. Shipley, a landscape architect to celebrities such as Walt Disney, Frank Sinatra and Steven Spielberg. The complex boasts amazing views, one of the most beautiful resort-style pools in the entire Palm Springs area, and mature plantings, including a babbling brook, that have created an oasis in the desert at the Mid-Century Modern Racquet Club Garden Villas. The community is managed by Gaffney Group – 760-327-0301. Monthly HOA dues are $496 for studios and $545 for 1 or 2 bedroom units.
On November 20, 2013, the Racquet Club Garden Villas received the prestigious Palm Springs Historic District Designation, giving it the benefits and privileges of the Mills Act.