Phenomenal Architectural Style and Classic Design in the Heart of Indian Wells, California

In the heart of Indian Wells, in the iconic El Dorado Country Club neighborhood, is 75860 Carnelian Lane, a home with a rich and vibrant past not to mention phenomenal architectural style and classic design.

It’s a property that makes one utter, “Oh! If only these walls could talk.” Built in 1963 for Justin Whitlock Dart, founder of the Rexall drugstore chain and later chairman of the Executive Committee of Dart & Kraft Inc., the food and consumer products conglomerate. Justy, as he was called, was well known in the desert and hosted many distinguished guests through the years, including his good friends, Presidents Ronald Reagan, Gerald Ford, and Dwight Eisenhower who all found the home a quiet haven with exceptional golfing and amenities.

Justy was particularly close to Reagan, and known as the most outspoken member of the “kitchen cabinet,” convincing the former Governor to run for President. One neighbor, who still resides down the road today, remembers the excitement whenever a President was visiting but recalls it was often annoying when the Secret Service blocked off their street.

While those days are long gone, what remains is a 5 bedroom, 6 bathroom residence that exceeds the expectations of modern luxury and is as prestigious as its prime location.

Meticulously remodeled and updated with unparalleled attention to detail and style by the current owner, this one of a kind property is now for sale and listed by Barbara Grant and Elaine Schultz of Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty.

“One of the most important things the owners have done with the remodel,” says Grant “is to retain and compliment the magnificent original architecture of the home as it was built. The remodel was done so well it could lend itself to contemporary interior design or traditional.”

Originally designed by William Cody, who also was the mastermind behind the El Dorado Club House, the current owner kept the original footprint of the house, but went down to the studs and raised the ceiling, allowing for an abundance of natural light to flow through the home.

A formal living room with dramatic fireplace, as well as a generously sized family room boasting spectacular backyard and golf course views with floor to ceiling windows, ensures the original spirit of Justy’s vision of providing a home for entertaining and relaxing is intact. A sleek wet bar includes bar seating and wine refrigerator that leads to the solarium, a light-filled space adorned with a stunning glass ceiling.

The back area of the home which was once a series of small rooms has been reconfigured into a media room. Double sliding doors take you to a tranquil backyard and to what may be one of the most spectacular swimming pools in the area. Completely redesigned and rivaling any nearby resort, the owner also added a soothing water feature, patio spaces, and an outdoor kitchen.

Two large master suites located on each side of the home, plus two additional guest rooms and an attached casita, create the ideal home whether it’s used as a year-round residence or vacation property.

If you have ever wanted to live in presidential fashion, here’s your opportunity!

For additional information, please call either Barbara or Elaine at 760.200.6413 or 760.272.6281 for a private showing. For additional property details visit: 75860 Carnelian Lane.

Source: Pacific Sotheby's International Realty


Categories: Design and Architecture

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