The homes are small but the impact is large in Sunmor.
Palm Springs Neighborhoods: Sunmor Estates
Sunmor Estates is a neighborhood in Palm Springs built in 1955 by developer Bob Higgins, designed by Donald Wexler (also known for designing the Palm Springs International Airport) and Richard Harrison. Wexler and Harrison designed the first 11 homes in the area. The Alexander Construction Company took over the development in 1957 and brought in William Krisel to design homes in adjacent land tracts (known as the Alexander Homes). Two tracts were added later in 1960, designed by Jack Meiselman, and 1962 with a small number of homes that differ from the first two tracts. There are 141 homes in the Sunmor Estates area.
Sunmor gets its name because the neighborhood receives more sun than homes closer to the mountains. Liberace and Gloria Swanson owned homes in the Sunmor Estates area, as did former Palm Springs “cowboy mayor” Frank Bogert, who was an actor, rodeo announcer, and author, and served the Mayor of Palm Springs from 1982-1988, when he was replaced by singer Sono Bono.
What architectural style is Sunmor Estates?
The Sunmor Estates area was designed in a mid-century modern architectural style. Having four different architects bringing their own touches to a similar concept creates an exciting take on mid-century modern. When the community was built, an effort was made to keep pricing down and make the home affordable.
The neighborhood is said to have a very distinct time-and-place feel to it, so while there are a variety of concepts and takes on MCM, the neighborhood is anchored to a very specific era. Due to its proximity to the airport, the neighborhood is closely tied to aviation. Some of the original circular concrete pads (tie-downs) from military planes of the past are still part of the neighborhood (Easmore Circle being an example).
Where is Sunmor Estates?
Sunmor Estates is located just west of Palm Springs International Airport, bounded by North Farrell Drive to the West and North Civic Drive to the East. It’s also bordered by East Alejo Road to the North and East Andreas Road to the South.
What features do Sunmor Estates Homes Have?
Like many mid-century modern homes, the Sunmor Estate properties are known for their post and beam style, though they offer a variety of roof styles, including flat, butterfly, and low-pitch gable. Most are 3 or 4 bedrooms, with the square footage in the 1,000 to 3000 range. Many of the homes feature an abundance of glass to take advantage of views and sunlight. The homes featured 440 square foot carports and exposed tongue and groove ceilings, and plenty of owners have embraced mi-century modern and kitch when it comes to the aesthetics. Today, many of these homes act as short and medium term rentals for visitors.
What amenities are close to Sunmor Estates?
The community is located immediately west of Palm Springs International Airport, and Palm Springs City Hall borders the neighborhood. Ironwood Park is close by, as well as Palm Springs High School and Palm Springs Swim Center. The Palm Springs Vintage Market is a short drive to the south. On the East side of Palm Springs International Airport is Escena Golf Club.