An Out-of-This-World Arthur Elrod–Designed Home Goes up for Sale

360-degree desert views abound from the sleek-white, spaceship-like estate…

A spaceship-like estate (90 feet in diameter), nestled against the Santa Rosa Mountains in Rancho Mirage, Calif., has hit the market for $4.5 million. Located in the Coachella Valley’s prestigious Thunderbird Heights neighborhood (sometimes referred to as the “playground of the presidents” because Eisenhower, Nixon, Ford, George W. Bush, and Obama have all golfed at the nearby Thunderbird Country Club), 41915 Tonopah Road was designed in 1970 by the renowned Palm Springs interior designer Arthur Elrod.


Currently, it is owned by Los Angeles interior designer Tim Morrison, who renovated the single-family home over the last decade. Designed to provide 360-degree views of the scenic desert landscape, the four-bedroom, five-and-one-quarter bath home features a circumference of floor-to-ceiling glass windows and spacious living areas that surround a central dining room. Sub-Zero appliances grace the sleek kitchen outfitted with white-lacquer cabinets, statuary-white-marble counters, and terrazzo floors. A crescent-shaped master suite includes a cozy sitting area with round mid-century modern furnishings; and a bright, airy master bathroom with a deep, round soaking tub overlooks a lush garden with palm trees.

The circular motif continues outdoors with a spherical, white pavilion and a floating walkway surrounded by a round, moat-like pool situated on an expansive 1.17-acre lot. Out front in a semi-circular driveway, a stone waterfall greets guests. (Inquiries: Coldwell Banker Homes, John Nelson and Cat Moe, 760.325.4500) (coldwellbankerhomes.com

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