Retro 60s vibes reaches the desert: Airbnb in Palm Springs
If you all follow us on Instagram you're probably aware that I got married last month (I couldn't help but share photos!).
We desperately wanted our wedding to give off mid-century modern vibes, and with my husband being a designer and my passion for hospitality design, we went on the hunt for a rental property that would fit our vision.
After extensive searching and planning, we ended up getting married at the Ace Hotel & Swim Club in Palm Springs, but rented 436 Olancha on Airbnb for our wedding shoot and Sunday brunch. The house is more of a mid-century modern compound complete with five bedrooms each with their own bath and private back deck. Some even have outdoor showers with wrap around mountain views!
Staying here helped us escape the crowds at the Ace Hotel so we could have a moment to ourselves. The peacefulness of 436 Olancha really put our wedding weekend into perspective, and helped us enjoy our first few morning as newlyweds.
However, with its old Hollywood charm I could immediately tell that this property had a unique history.
Built in 1948 it was originally owned by the head of a major Hollywood studio as his other Palm Springs getaway which he had purchased unbeknownst to his wife and children. His proper estate was apparently in Old Las Palmas, but he had a yearning for a simple and modern hideaway.
Naturally he insisted the architect build a tall wall around the property for privacy, and two separate houses. One being his 'man cave' and the other having two rooms for both his mistresses. What a guy, right?
Well his secret got out, and his wife found out. In 1955 the property was sold and for many years following suffered disastrous remodels.
Luckily in 2013 the current owners, who live part-time next door, purchased 436 Olancha and began a 1.5 year restoration of the property bringing it back to its original architectural origins. Today it is a stunning and rather private estate with a collection of vintage furniture encompassed by bright white walls, vintage mosaic tile, and cacti.
The only way to enjoy 436 Olancha to its fullest is to keep every sliding door open letting the desert breeze move through. Enjoy a cocktail by the pool or at the indoor-outdoor bar, or light a fire at the Sunrise Suite's back patio.
With the breeze rolling through the house it will be no secret to you or your guests that there is a citrus tree within the walls of the property. A citrus tree that is arguably more famous than the actual house.
With designers like Trina Turk and Cynthia Rowley having done photoshoots there, as well as Chandon, CB2 and Domino Magazine, between the green couch and citrus tree you will feel like you're surrounded by celebrities.
Needless to say it was the perfect spot for our 'first look' before the wedding began. Gallivanting around in his custom suit and my Carolina Herrera gown, my husband and I felt like stars, and the pictures captured our day beautifully.
It's a tough call when it comes to best room in the house, but the king room directly straight from the main door gets a lot of light but is the most spacious and quaint room in the house. If you're a late sleeper then the main house, what used to be the 'man cave', has a bedroom tucked away from morning light.
Lastly, if you know Palm Springs then you know how strict the city is on its noise ordinance. Any rental property in Palm Springs is subject to strict policies around noise and events, so definitely do your homework before renting 436 Olancha or any other Airbnb in the hood.
But most of all, enjoy the desert. There is something special in the hot desert air... but, maybe I'm bias.
Sia lives down the street. Keep your eyes.. and ears.. out!