El Rancho Vista Estates

A Midcentury Modern Treasure.
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A Midcentury Modern Treasure

El Rancho Vista Estates is a hidden gem located on the eastern edge of Palm Springs, close to the airport and just a stone's throw from the vibrant downtown. This neighborhood is a sanctuary for those who appreciate the iconic designs of architect Donald Wexler. Constructed between 1959 and 1960, El Rancho Vista Estates was the pioneering subdivision by Wexler & Harrison, featuring the original 75 homes that showcased mid century modern design at its finest.
With three fundamental floor plans, the interiors of these homes were designed for simplicity and functionality. However, it's the exteriors where individuality shines through—thanks to the unique flat and butterfly rooflines, varying elevations, and the use of decorative concrete blocks. Developer Roy Fey, in his original promotional materials for these three-bedroom, 1,400-square-foot homes, emphasized their thoughtful orientation: each home is meticulously positioned to maximize winter sunlight and minimize summer heat, a testament to Fey's innovative approach to desert living.
Today, the integrity of these homes remains largely preserved, with many undergoing careful restorations that blend modern materials with original design principles. For architecture enthusiasts, El Rancho Vista Estates offers a compelling value proposition. The neighborhood gained widespread attention with nine homes featured in the January 2010 “Wexler Weekend,” organized by the Palm Springs Preservation Foundation. Additionally, many residents participate in the annual Modernism Week home tours, opening their doors to the public each February.
Beyond the original homes, the neighborhood expanded to include 20 ranch-style houses in its second phase and another 20 homes completed in the 1970s. Notable residents have included fitness legend Jack LaLanne and Ric Harrison, who lived amidst the legacy of his firm's architectural contributions. The community's layout, with eight cul-de-sacs and one through street, fosters a close-knit atmosphere, enhancing its nostalgic charm.
Adjacent to the neighborhood, Gateway Park, established in 2010, offers a communal space where residents gather to walk their dogs and play bocce ball, further enriching the El Rancho Vista Estates experience. This enclave is a vibrant community where history and modern living meet.

Overview for El Rancho Vista Estates, CA

114 people live in El Rancho Vista Estates, where the median age is 56 and the average individual income is $60,895. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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56 years

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Around El Rancho Vista Estates, CA

There's plenty to do around El Rancho Vista Estates, including shopping, dining, nightlife, parks, and more. Data provided by Walk Score and Yelp.

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Somewhat Bikeable
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Points of Interest

Explore popular things to do in the area, including The Best Cookie Ps, Frank Clothiers, and The Other 23 Hours Coaching.

Name Category Distance Reviews
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Dining 2.3 miles 9 reviews 5/5 stars
Shopping 2.49 miles 8 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 4.51 miles 18 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 1.94 miles 6 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 2.35 miles 6 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 3 miles 13 reviews 5/5 stars

Demographics and Employment Data for El Rancho Vista Estates, CA

El Rancho Vista Estates has 78 households, with an average household size of 2. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in El Rancho Vista Estates do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 114 people call El Rancho Vista Estates home. The population density is 9,757.34 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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53.51 / 46.49%

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Schools in El Rancho Vista Estates, CA

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The following schools are within or nearby El Rancho Vista Estates. The rating and statistics can serve as a starting point to make baseline comparisons on the right schools for your family. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.
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Montessori School Of Palm Springs
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