Contempo Ecomodern Homes
Planned communities are getting creative. The days of the McMansion seem to be giving way to innovative developments that offer unique design and environmental benefits. The Contempo Homes in Palm Springs, California aren't just modern they are "ecomodern." The developer defines this as being resource-efficient when it comes to design, construction and operation of the homes. The homes revive the Alexander style popularized by George and Robert Alexander in the 1950s and 1960s. Their homes, which featured high vaulted ceilings and angular lines, were popular with Palms Springs celebs such as Elvis Presley, Dean Martin and Debbie Reynolds back in the days when Palm Springs was the getaway of choice for many Hollywood legends.
Contempo Homes is creating four communities: Royal Palm Estates, Alexander Country Club Estates, Alexander Vista Estates and Alexander Village. The new homes include insulated SIPS panels which cut down on the need for larger air or heating units, solar panels, and desertscapes instead of water-wasting green lawns. The 1,800 to 2,000 square-foot homes are in the $500,000 to $700,000 range.