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    Palm Springs home, rebuilt without a front door, seeks $4.2 million
    • March 14, 2024

    The kitchen. (Photo by David Potter)

    The rebuild included a raised roof, relocated kitchen and reconfigured living space. (Photo by Christopher Lee)

    Pocketing glass walls open the front and rear of the house to the outdoors. (Photo by Christopher Lee)

    Decking wraps the resort-style pool, which has tanning shelves. (Photo by Christopher Lee)

    A wall surrounds the house for privacy. (Photo by Christopher Lee)



    Just a stone’s throw from Downtown Palm Springs, a walled-in house reimagined from the ground up is on the market for $4.188 million.

    This 3,321-square-foot retreat on a quarter-acre lot in Deepwell Estates has four bedrooms, six bathrooms and all the amenities expected of a luxury desert property, except one thing is missing — the front door.

    Records show real estate developer Teddy Lee bought the house through an LLC in March 2021 for $1.35 million. His build-design company, TED Construction, tackled the down-to-the-studs remodel of the house originally by modernist architect Howard Lapham, who designed homes for the rich and famous. Completed in 1970, it belonged to Edgar L. McCoubrey, who served as the 10th mayor of Palm Springs from April 1966 to April 1968.

    As part of the renovation project, the living space was reconfigured, the kitchen was relocated and the roof was raised.

    Over 3,000 square feet of decking wraps the exterior and resort-style pool with tanning shelves.

    There’s an all-season lanai and outdoor kitchen.

    Lee also replaced the front entry point with a pocketing glass wall like the ones found at the rear of the house. Despite the intentional omission, it “embodies the quintessential Palm Springs lifestyle — seamless indoor-outdoor living, organic materials and understated elegance,” said James Gault of Compass, the co-listing agent.

    A wall surrounds the house for privacy.

    Scott Ehrens of Compass shares the listing.

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    ​ Orange County Register