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They’re talking about the desert and its mid-century modern homes, even in New Zealand.  New Zealand’s Stuff website, owned and operated by Fairfax Media Digital, reports that the Edris House, designed in 1952 by famed mid-century modern architect E. Stewart Williams, is on the market for the first time in 17 years. Original owners, Marjorie and William Edris, lived next to Williams and his wife Mari in an apartment duplex designed by Stew. The foursome became quick and close friends which later inspired the Edris couple to commission their first home. Williams’ notable works include Frank Sinatra's Twin Palms estate as well as several commercial and residential buildings in the community.  

Like most Desert Modern homes of the era, the Edris House, a 2,700 square foot, 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom home, is single-level. In designing the home, Williams’ goal was to create a serene home that would incorporate organic materials and highlight the desert landscape. The home’s exterior stone walls carry through to the inside of the house, while the home’s walls of glass and exterior terraces bring in lots of natural light. The home’s current owner worked with Williams, before his death in 2005, to restore the home to its original condition. 

The Edris House, a regular stop on the annual Palm Springs Modernist Week tour of homes, was named to the National Register of Historic Places last year. The Edris House is currently listed at $4.2 million.

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