Alan Freed's Palm Springs Home is For Sale


Alan Freed's swanky Palm Springs, Calif., home is for sale. The price? $569,000. That's mostly due to a fresh renovation, after Freed left the place in a state of dilapidation (very rock 'n' roll).

Curbed has some fly photos of the house.

And The Desert Sun has some nice background on what's happened to the place in recent years. (Freed died in 1965.)
In June, [John] Lewis bought the 1959 house designed by architects Dan Palmer and William Krisel in Racquet Club Estates. He saw an opportunity to spruce up a house that, true to Palm Springs nostalgia, maintained a strong historic link to the midcentury era.

Lewis, an interior designer, and his wife Jane Lewis, an architect, immediately began renovating the 1,225-square-foot home.

The renovations stayed mostly true to the original structure of Freed’s old home, Lewis said. The tract house built by the Alexander Construction Company is among thousands in the Coachella Valley. Many models were dilapidated. But they have since become popular among home-buyers and midcentury enthusiasts.

“Maybe a vacation rental,” said Lewis, as he wondered who the next buyer might be. “Or a second home for an L.A. hipster."
Freed, of course, picks up credit nationally for coining the phrase "rock 'n' roll" as a DJ in Cleveland. Scene dining editor Doug Trattner and other sources, however, dispute that.


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