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Elrod House by John Lautner

By Eric Meunier


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Known as “The Elrod House”, this John Lautner-designed five bedroom, five and a half bathroom residence was commissioned by designer Arthur Elrod in 1968 and has been featured in numerous books, magazines and museum exhibitions.

It is the iconic home perched at the very tip of the Southridge enclave, easily viewable throughout Palm Springs, California.

Organic shapes, monumental construction and world class design create an extraordinary experience of space that Lautner himself described as “timeless” architecture.

The 60’-wide circular living is surmounted by a conical dome that fans out in nine petals between nine clerestories angled up to bring in light.

Retractable curved glass curtain walls open the entire living room and pool terrace to panoramic views of Mount San Jacinto, Mount San Gorgonio and the full sweep of the valley below and mountain ranges beyond.

The very rock of the ridge is incorporated into the design throughout the home. The master suite is a world unto itself.

The main house guest suite is a gem. A large viewing or entertaining deck leads to a dome and spiral stair case to a large guest house with two bedroom suites and a maid’s quarters, each with private baths, and a gym with a view.

Th 8,901 square foot home was featured in the classic James Bond movie, “Diamonds Are Forever”, in 1971.

The property has been on the market since November 2009, with a last know price tag of $13.89 million. It is currently off the market.

Elrod House in the 70’s

Read more about the Elrod House at Palm Springs Life

Photos courtesy of SouthRidgeHouses

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About Eric Meunier

Currently the Owner and Chief Executive of HODYO Design, Eric Meunier's expertise in the design industry spreads over 20 years. He was the driving force behind HomeDSGN's early success, founding this website in 2011. Today, he loves to channel his passion for design into remodeling houses and transforming interior spaces with his keen eye for detail and architectural finesse. Learn more about HomeDSGN's Editorial Process.

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