Modern Villa

2014 Best of 50+ Housing Awards Gold Winner 2014 Detached Home (over 2,100 Sq. Ft.)

If you think mature-market buyers are interested only in traditional design, think again.

Buyers in this 55+ age-restricted community snapped up all the clean, uncluttered modern homes at Alta Verde Sereno in Palm Springs before construction was even complete.

The design approach has been described as "Modern for the Masses," and it successfully demonstrated its appeal to diverse market sectors: domestic and international buyers, weekend visitors, active retirees and second-home residents all purchased this model.

But it's not just the modern look that attracted the crowds. The homes are thermally efficient, exceeding code by 15% and qualifying buyers for three levels of energy and financial incentives.

The homes are green, with reflective cool roofs (with an option for solar panels), extended roof overhangs for passive cooling, wiring in place for electric car chargers, tankless water heaters, low-E dual-glazed windows, LED lighting and drought-tolerant native landscaping. The package was built at an economical $120/ per square foot.

the look of the home as Mission Modern — influenced by both the architecture of California Mission style and Desert Modernism. The builders used clay tile roofs, thick exterior walls and deep-set metal windows that work well with both warm and cool colors, materials and finishes.

The abundant natural light bathes an open floor plan that combines living room, dining room and kitchen (at left). The 10-foot sliding glass doors open the interiors to the outdoors and views of the surrounding mountains in the distance.

A glass-enclosed hallway leads to the dramatic master suite with free-standing tub. Simple white cabinetry and neutral built-ins allow the owners to personalize their homes through choices of color and art.

The master bedroom is off in its own wing, connected by a glass hallway. A patio, pool and fire pit in the back yard, just off the master bedroom, create a quiet oasis. The open, patio allows for outdoor dining and entertaining.

The 2015 Best of 50+ Housing Awards will be presented at the International Builders' Show in Las Vegas.

More information about the program and other Winners can be found at

About This Floor Plan

Palm Springs, CA.

Photographer: Lance Gerber, Palm Springs

Architect: Poon Design

Builder: Alta Verde Builders

Interior: Interior Illusions