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Sandpiper: A Midcentury Oasis Neighborhood Home Tour and Cocktail Party

Tour the iconic homes and enchanting grounds of Sandpiper, a William Krisel masterwork while sipping cocktails and munching on hors d' oeuvres as DJ Modgirl takes you on a musical journey through the sounds of yesteryear.

$130 (3 hrs)

Category: Cocktail Party, DJ, Hors d'oeuvres, Self-guided, Tour (Exterior), Tour (Interior)

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Tour the homes of Sandpiper Circle 3 and enjoy sipping twilight cocktails poolside as DJ Modgirl takes you on a musical journey through the sounds of the 50s and 60s at this iconic desert community! We encourage you to immerse yourself in the experience by donning your coolest 60s attire. 

Built between 1958 and 1969, the Sandpiper is considered one of William Krisel’s masterpieces. He designed both the architecture and the landscaping of the Sandpiper, resulting in an unusually elegant and cohesive community. The 24 home Sandpiper Circle 3 from 1960 commands the highest elevation in the entire Sandpiper community and encompasses:

  • Three acres of lush grounds featuring flat-roofed homes of varying heights arranged in a pinwheel around pool and Ramada to maximize mountain views and privacy.
  • Dramatically angled block steps that drape across higher elevations to visually cradle the unfenced pool and grounds.
  • All homes with “front patios” facing the common grounds with views unmarred by the sight of cars, garages or overhead wires.

Sandpiper is a midcentury desert oasis – for which Krisel won a landscaping award from the American Institute of Architects.

The homes themselves are remarkably preserved time capsules of intelligent and elegant midcentury design: post and beam construction allowing for spacious living areas and extensive use of glass and sliders, and “all-electric kitchens,” earning each home a Live Better Electrically gold medallion encased in its front entranceway.

The transcendent and striking design of the early Sandpiper circles were featured in numerous publications and were photographed by acclaimed architectural documentarian, Julius Shulman.


Things to Know
This event is for adults only ages 21 and older.
There are six (6) homes on this tour.
Please drink and drive responsibly.
Please no pets or smoking permitted
Please no food or dinks in homes.
Photography is at the discretion of the homeowners.
There are some interior/exterior steps.
No outside beverages or food permitted.
Bathrooms in the homes are not open, there will be portable bathrooms on site.
The organizer of this event is Sandpiper 3 on El Paseo.

Event Check-in Location
Sandpiper on El Paseo
Sandpiper Circle 3 “Pitahaya St.”gate, off Highway 74, near 313 Sandpiper St.
Palm Desert, CA 92260
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Photo Credits: Sandpiper 3 on El Paseo

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