Looking at dream, luxury, intriguing and strange properties every day, I am finding it harder to get completely amazed. But when I came across this property marketed by Christies Realty I knew I had found something really special.
‘Top of the Ridge is spectacularly situated in Rancho Mirage, adjacent to Palm Springs—an area renowned for its mid-century modern architecture and credited with being the home of “Desert Modernism.” Majestically poised atop a mountain in Mirada Estates, a gated community with 24-hour security, this stunning home enjoys grand views of both the surrounding mountains and the sprawling desert floor. Mirada Estates residences are all custom-built by owners and developers, each maintaining a high level of uniqueness and integrity. Top of the Ridge sits on nearly three acres of land and includes all of the amenities that define an elegant lifestyle.
The expansive main house, completed in 2012, measures more than 12,000 square feet and is entered through doors made of artisan-crafted bronze and steel pulls that extend the overall “arc” design concept. The residence, which comes furnished, is notable for its fluid structures and floor-to-ceiling windows of glass, a kitchen that opens into the family room, and a large office flanked by a private fitness center. The main house also includes three bedrooms and four full baths, and two half baths each with a panoramic view. The owners commissioned David Prest of Prest Vuksic Architects, who has practiced architecture in the greater Palm Springs area for more than thirty years, to design a home that would embrace the desert landscape with a modern conceit. The dazzling interiors are the work of Randy Patton. The guest house was conceived to create a fine quality luxury hotel suite experience with upscale features that are integrated in the design. It spans 1,800 square feet, has a full kitchen, full bath, living room, as well as a large patio for dining.
Pocketing sliding glass doors along with floor-to-ceiling glass help create the indoor/outdoor atmosphere that characterizes the Palm Springs lifestyle. Several varieties of stone flooring, sandstone walls and colorful desert tones render this contemporary masterpiece warm and inviting. The intimate dining room features a trapezoidal table top of mahogany illuminated by a custom-designed chandelier of semi-precious stones. Outside, the residence offers amenities that are ideal for entertaining, including an outdoor kitchen with a refrigerator, an infinity edge pool with a fire pit, and a covered patio. Other outstanding features include a home theatre, sixty-foot skylight, two large backlit onyx fireplaces, and a lush Zen garden—just one highlight of the overall landscaping created by Wayne C. Connor.’
Photography by John Greenwood