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1965 Palm Springs A. Quincy Jones time capsule condo

midcentury-privacy-screenTour-a-Time-CapsuleToday, let this 1965 Palm Springs getaway time capsule condominium designed by A. Quincy Jones — listed for sale by Mike Johnson of the Paul Kaplan Group — transport you back to the 1960s. The home retains many of its stunning original features and furnishings — terrazzo flooring, decorative block walls and decorative privacy screen — and boasts breathtaking mountain views.

retro-midcentury-living-roomFrom the property listing:

  • Price: $469,000
  • Year built: 1965
  • Square footage: 1,924
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 2

A. Quincy Jones Country Club Estates. Outstanding South West Mountain Views from this original builders model featuring over 1,900 SF. Excellent opportunity to create an idyllic MCM property in meticulous original condition. BUYER TO VERIFY SF.

midcentury-bedroomBetween the master bedroom and bath, we spotted a decorative privacy screen. The screen appears to have four panels that run in two tracks and can be arranged so the opening is on either side, in the middle or close off the room entirely. What a lovely, versatile design element.

In both the living room and master bedroom, stacked block walls add interest through texture with a monochromatic, geometric accent wall.

midcentury-dining-roomI spotted another fun functional bit of decor in the home’s Hollywood Regency-fabulous dining room.

hot-air-baloon-light-fixtureThe chandelier over the dining table is a miniature hot air balloon. I love it!

midcentury-galley-kitchenMega thanks to reader Trixi for the tip and to realtors Mike Johnson and Paul Kaplan and photographer Chadwick Turner for letting us feature this fabulous property on our website.

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  1. mrsx says:

    So yummy! I want it furnished! Does it appear that that saloon doors are mounted upside down in the photo 3 – to focus on the straight edge rather than the curve?

  2. virginia says:

    Loving the privacy screen and the saloon door into the kitchen. Really like the living room decor — The house itself is lovely. Great patio, I know that bathroom well! Great kitchen.

    Don’t like to post the negative but in the dining room, the mirror would stay and all else would go, including the chairs and the chandelier. But as an overall statement, the whole look packs a punch.

    Again, lovely, lovely house that looks to be in pristine condition.

    1. Jay says:

      With a time capsule house, there is no a la carte decor choice; you take it as a whole package. You get a great feel for the time and place. Many time capsule homes for sale don’t have the furnishings, just empty space; so this listing adds to the fun.

      1. Beverly says:

        I agree. And it doesn’t have that disturbing feeling staged homes have–you know, where the stagers try for a period-correct look, then insert several modernisms (like a ghost chair) that just rattle the image. (Well, it does for me. . .)

  3. Scott says:

    Sometimes such a restrained color palette can be dull but this reads as very rich. The dash of green and yellow in the living room in particular are just so fresh and energetic looking.

    Images 5 and 6 could have fooled me as having come directly from a vintage issue of House and Garden, stunning.

  4. katrien says:

    Can anyone tell me where I can find those privacy screens or are they second hand? I prefer in Europe but… Seems to be hard to find (if you want a nice one like this ;-)).

  5. Guy H. says:

    What a lovely house!

    I would like to mention for those who always wonder why real estate photos look a little “odd”, they use a wide angle lens that makes every room look gigantic, but also stretches things out and makes things look out of proportion.

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