After looking up at the mountains for 25 years, in 1963 -64 Albert Frey built what was once the highest elevated home in Palm Springs (a feat. to later be taken by the Bob Hope house by John Lautner). The house was only 800 square feet, the design precedence being to emulate the compact nature of a ship, including built-in seating, cabinets, drafting/dining surface and bed unit. Along with the use of materials and passive systems, the house was also famous for the large boulder built into the bedroom.
Originally designed in 1947 as a planned community of over 100 dwellings for Lucien Hubbard, only the 4 unit prototype and pool was built. There was a history of owners and a 20 year period where it sat vacant. The current owners purchased the building in 2007 and have restored the building to its original condition. They received the approval of the Lautner Foundation to rename the building as Hotel Lautner in honour of the designer.
The first swim of the season, whether wading in on the sandy beach or running dive off the dock, we just can't wait to get back into our favourite lake.
Who wouldn't rather be in a deep sleep at 6:00 am? Those of us who prefer getting up early to welcome the first appearance of daylight over the still lake.
Sun sets are a rare landscape in urban environments, where at the lake, its an inherant spectacle every evening.