1930s - The Spanish Revival Movement

Palos Verdes Estates, the first housing development in Palm Springs' - Tahquitz River Estates.

In the early 1930s, the first development was called Palos Verdes Estates and is still populated with charming "Old Palm Springs" Spanish revival homes.

Some of these bungalows were under construction even before Palm Springs became incorporated back in 1938! The Tahquitz River Estates neighborhood sits on both sides of the Tahquitz "wash" just south of central Palm Springs and has homes ranging in size from cozy bungalows to impressive properties featuring upwards of 3,000 square feet make up this eclectic Palm Springs neighborhood.

Palos Verdes Tract

The neighborhood stretches from East Sunny Dunes Road to the north to East Palm Canyon Drive to the south, straddling Tahquitz Creek Channel. It's bordered to the east by South Camino Real and South Palm Canyon Drive to the west.

Palm Springs enjoys the luxury of having several dominant and desirable architectural styles. A number of inviting homes built here in the 1920s and 1930’s feature a style with design elements of the Spanish Baroque combined with influences from Italy and even Moorish influences from North Africa. These elements, blended with adobe building traditions of Native Americans and influences from Mexico have brought about a confluence into a new style of American domestic architecture.

The result is variously called Spanish, Spanish Revival, Spanish Colonial, Spanish Eclectic, Tuscan, Mediterranean, or sometimes Mission Revival. Palm Springs Old Spanish Style homes may be referred to by any one of these names because elements common to each style may exist in a particular home’s design.

Palos Verdes Tract - The first Tahquitz River Estates Development

Palm Springs Old Spanish style homes possess a casual chic; they manage to be informal, yet refined. The exteriors offer simple low pitched roofs covered with red tiles, stucco walls, asymmetrical façades. Multiple interior doors provide a seamless interior/exterior flow opening into tiled courtyards, enhanced with fountains and graceful foliage, surrounded by the home’s arcade or loggia.

Further design flourishes include arched doorways, exposed beams and support columns, elaborated chimney tops – some with pitched red tile roofs, the use of colorful clay tiles and wrought iron detailing elements, all enhancing a feeling of informality combined with style and luxury. Lingering here in a private and serene setting under a loggia, you might feel that you were almost anywhere throughout the Mediterranean world!

To explore the rich heritage of Palm Springs Old Spanish homes, begin with the well established neighborhoods close to the downtown – Old Las Palmas, Tennis Club, and the Movie Colony, and a bit further out, the Mesa, where you’ll find many grand estate homes in the Spanish style. For smaller properties, you’ll find more choices in Tahquitz River Estates and parts of Ruth Hardy Park. All beckon you with their considerable charm.