Live-Work Contemporary by mid-century architect Donald Wexler finds the perfect buyer


In 2007, Donald Wexler, the late mid-century architect (a protégé of Richard Neutra and William Cody) who helped shape the Palm Springs modernism movement, designed Hollywood Hills for his son, international photographer and director Glen Wexler. “Donald Wexler worked with Glen who wanted a very specific area of ​​living and working, and that’s what the design is about,” said David Kramer, a top producer at Hilton & Hyland in Beverly Hills, who recently sold the house to Glen Wexler.

(Disclosure here: I interviewed and profiled Donald Wexler Palm Springs life years ago. The afternoon I spent viewing Mr. Wexler’s designs with him remains a career highlight.)

The home is dramatically different. High ceilings frame the oversized living room, where you can get a glimpse of the center of the house for the first time – additional creative areas flow out of the two-story gallery space. Natural light through glass windows and walls can be found everywhere.

A gourmet chef’s kitchen, dining room, and media room are all open to outside patios. The design captures the indoor-outdoor lifestyle the architect was known for. The oversized master suite leads to an infinity spa and waterfall. Extensive city and hill views complement the property from its prime Hollywood Hills location.

The five bedroom, six bathroom concrete compound recently sold for $ 3,461,050. “We knew the buyer was very specific to the house. We used the floor plan, which included two kitchens, a two-story gallery, an artist’s studio, and a media room, to market and attract a targeted buyer,” says Kramer. The buyer, an international artist, made an offer immediately after viewing the residence.

Donald Wexler’s use of prefabricated steel in Palm Springs home decor has gained international notoriety in the architectural community. According to the Palm Springs Modern Committee, “The Alexander Construction Company commissioned Wexler and Harrison with the design of an innovative quarter of all-steel houses on what was then the northern edge of Palm Springs. Due to rising steel costs, the project was discontinued after a short time. Seven houses were built. These innovative, factory-built, field-assembled steel houses combined pre-fabricated components with standard construction and are now internationally recognized. “These seven Wexler and Harris designed houses are in great demand with mid-century enthusiasts.

The timeless and award-winning Palm Springs International Airport (which often takes the top spots at the best airport in the US ranking) was designed by Wexler. A perfect example of mid-century simplicity and elegance is the 1964 Wexler-designed Dinah Shore house on Hermosa in the Las Palmas estate in Palm Springs. Actor Leonardo Di Caprio is said to have bought the property a few years ago.

As an award-winning photographer and director, Glen Wexler is internationally known for the hundreds of record album covers he has created for Van Halen, Michael Jackson, Black Sabbath, ZZ Top and Rush, and artistically staged digital photo compositions of improbable situations. Wexler displayed these in the showroom of his gallery, where they were seen by celebrities, artists and musicians who were frequent guests of the architect. He has also worked on top advertising campaigns for Acura, Sony, and Microsoft, to name a few clients. His photography also appeared on the cover of TIME.

The Wexler compound shows how timelessly creative design by a legendary architect is always in demand.

Hilton & Hyland is a founding member of Forbes Global Properties, a consumer marketplace and network of elite brokers selling the world’s most luxurious homes.

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