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Listing Agent: Scott Histed, Windermere Real Estate Southern California  |  Photogrtaphs by Tom Brewster and Kelly Peak

This Old Las Palmas estate took numerous skilled craftsmen three years to construct, utilizing only the finest materials imported from a variety of countries. A remarkable venue for entertaining, the home’s pristine grounds have been the site of countless charity events and celebrations.
Philanthropist James R. Houston has decided to list his extraordinary estate in the celebrity-laden Old Las Palmas neighborhood of Palm Springs. Houston South, as it is known locally, is an 11,080 square foot mansion sited on 1.5 acres of meticulously groomed and lushly landscaped grounds, completely walled/gated and secured by an elaborate state-of-the-art security system. A stunning Italian garden with abundant fruit trees features an exquisite Italian fountain replica, a Koi pond surrounded by Taihu limestone rock imported from Lake Tai, China, an outdoor kitchen and bar with upscale appliances, and massive entertaining spaces — many with high-tech heating systems. Numerous exterior private courtyards adjoin the bedrooms and baths, and a private resort quality swimmer’s pool and spa well located to the Master suite. Mature landscaping includes many palm trees and other specimen plantings.

Completed in 2003, the residence offers soaring ceilings, custom wood and steel cabinetry, paneled walls and doors, and pocketed high-end sliders to bring the outdoors inside. The lavish Master suite with sitting room/office offers dual baths, walk in closets, and fully automated dry cleaner-style conveyor systems. The property also includes warehouse-style storage rooms, a climate controlled wine room, fully automated fountains and water features, separate maid’s quarters and a detached gardeners’ building, two one-bedroom guest houses, and a fully finished four-car air conditioned garage accessed by a gated and protected motor court. Copper clad facia, custom stonework, and handcrafted steel gates and doors are present throughout the estate.

For more information on this remarkable and matchless opportunity to purchase one of the most refined and exquisite residences to be offered in the Coachella Valley, contact Scott Histed at or 760-218-1751.