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Palm Springs ‘Swiss Miss’ house by Charles Du Bois relists for $2.5 million



A Swiss Miss house, one of 15 designed by modernist architect Charles Du Bois to stand out from its neighbors in Palm Springs’ Vista Las Palmas enclave, is back on the market.

The asking price is $2.498 million.

Completed in 1958, the 2,132-square-foot Polynesian-inspired double A-frame known as “Alohaus” has four bedrooms and three bathrooms. It sits on a third-acre-plus lot at the end of the street.

The property hit the market for the first time in 20 years in September 2022 for $2.995 million but was quickly removed by the longtime owners. Records show they bought it for $580,000 in January 2003.

“The sellers could not find a suitable replacement property that was worthy enough of giving up this house,” said Scott Histed of Bennion Deville Homes, the listing agent.

That has since changed.

This year in September, the house resurfaced on the MLS for $2.798 million. The price then dropped in early October by 11% to its current ask “to sell quickly,” Histed explained.

As previously reported, the midcentury-modern home has been well-preserved.  The all-white, open-plan living space features soaring tongue and groove ceilings, concrete floors and glass walls with views of the backyard pool and mountains.

A stone wall fireplace anchors the great room. The combined living and dining room flows into the kitchen.

Histed said last year that the kitchen and bathrooms are original except for the wall paint.

Du Bois introduced his “Swiss Miss” collection in Vista Las Palmas, which Bob Dumas and the Alexander Construction Co. developed in the 1950s. The midcentury-modern neighborhood was once populated by some of Hollywood’s biggest stars, including Marilyn Monroe, Dean Martin and Peter Lawford.

Source: Orange County Register

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