The Ocotillo Lodge and its mid-century design was the first collaboration between the famous developers named George and Bob Alexander and world-renowned architects Dan Palmer and William Krisel in 1956. They went on to redefine Palm Springs living over the next decade, and our highly sought after structures today. The property was named after the Ocotillo plant.
The mid-century modern style put the unique architecture on the map, and the Ocotillo Lodge has been featured in the annual Modernism Week in Palm Springs. One of the keys to the Alexander design aesthetic was to build recognizable style. They also made great efforts to provide the perfect mix of residential living with hotel luxury and amenities.
Originally built in 1957 on roughly 7 prime acres, and then acquired by the famous actor, cowboy, and singer named Gene Autry in 1963, the Ocotillo Lodge features awe-inspiring views of the San Jacinto mountains from the condos, as well as the champagne cork-shaped pool. The list of celebrities who have stayed or even owned condos in this location is extensive, including a few notable favorites like Lucille Ball, Dean Martin, Marilyn Monroe, George Burns, Gracie Allen and Frank Sinatra. For more on the celebrity guests, click here.
The Ocotillo Lodge was built along East Palm Canyon Drive, directly in front of the residential subdivision of Twin Palms. This neighborhood was to become the canvas for many of the Alexander homes produced in Palm Springs. The Ocotillo project was a major shift for the Alexanders, who primarily focused on residential single-family homes. The Alexanders were definitely ahead of their time in many ways. They offered annual leases to business travelers, which provided some unique tax advantages and extended the allure beyond the Hollywood elite and snowbirds.