Your Second Home Could Be on a Picturesque Golf Course in Palm Springs, California

You could be swimming in your own pool while simultaneously basking in desert and mountain views right now.

The Palm Springs, California valley has a little something for everyone. Bordered by the San Bernadino National Forest and the San Jacinto mountains to the west, and with Joshua Tree just a dash to the northeast, outdoor explorers of every skill level can find miles of activity right in their own backyards. And for those who enjoy nature best by taking it in slowly, the valley hosts some of the hottest springs on the continent as well as golf courses galore.

If exploring the great outdoors is only one piece of the second-home puzzle for you, Palm Springs is also home to art galleries, international film festivals, a well-known foodie scene and one of the best modernist architecture locations in the world. And if the metropolis of Los Angeles two hours away isn’t quite glittery enough for a weekend trip here and there, Las Vegas is just four hours away.

Intrigued yet? Consider purchasing something like this beautiful designer home, located at 650 Equinox Way on an elevated lot above Escena Golf Club, one of California’s top public courses.

Sold in late April 2019 for $857,000, this 2,591-square-foot abode features three bedrooms and two-and-three-quarters baths for your vacation home pleasure. The home soaks in all the majestic mountain views and desert skies while still maintaining the privacy of its inhabitants (and inevitable guests.)

This home was created by internationally acclaimed architect and designer Anthony Poon. Poon Design Inc. has received over 50 national honors and has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times and Dwell, among others. “Vision, creativity, imagination, artistry, and inspiration—these forces drive the design process at Poon Design,” reads the firm’s website. “But note that design also balances vision with reality. We integrate creativity with the pragmatics of a project: environmental stewardship, permits and approvals, function, budget, schedule, maintenance, and constructability.” This structure is truly art you can crawl right up inside to fall asleep.

The home features a completely open floorplan, blurring the lines between rooms but offering plenty of space for instinctual delineation. Floor-to-ceiling glass walls make the most of the one-of-a-kind backdrop both by day and night. The windows aid in the ethereal flow between the interior of the home and the exterior, integrating the gorgeous scenery as a part of the design to also enjoy within.

The master bedroom features a master bath with dual vanities—perfect for couples—as well as a large soaking tub—perfect for relaxing alone time. The bathroom even has a separate walk-in shower for added convenience and privacy. Two smaller ensuite bedrooms offer family members or guests a slice of their own private luxury without overdoing it.

The “resort-like” master suite—see: it’s ginormous—has its own direct access to the outstanding backyard entertaining area which includes a pool, spa, outdoor shower, dining and lounging area and firepit. If you and your guests aren’t having a good time here, something is sincerely wrong, and you should feel bad.

The home is extremely energy efficient, as Poon Design Inc. is a LEED-accredited firm which prioritizes green initiatives. The home includes solar panels and power, a multi-zoned HVAC system, tankless water heaters and low-energy dual-pane windows.

Ready to buy a similar getaway paradise? Just a head’s up: Forbes recommends keeping an eye on real estate taxes and “resort” fees in Palm Springs, which can vary broadly by neighborhood. Other than that, see you in the bubbling hot springs.