Calling all Vista Las Palmas Modernist Volunteers!

The Vista Las Palmas Modernism Week home tour is scheduled for February 15, 2020.  This year's theme for the tour is Vista Las Palmas, the Alexander's Jewel in the Crown designed by William Krisel and Charles Du Bois.  

This year's six homes have been expertly curated to showcase the amazing modernist style that is found in our neighborhood.  They include a Du Bois Alohaus (aka "Swiss Miss") recently renovated by Lindsey Bennett of HGTV's Desert Flippers, and the former Krisel home of Bobby Darin and Sandra Dee which has been lovingly restored after 20 years of abandonment.

Original Renderings for Swiss Miss color Aris House

Special to our tour will be education sessions from Krisel and Du Bois experts Chris Menrad and Ryan Harris who will hold several sessions throughout the day.  They will provide their unique perspective on what made each architect's work special.

Tickets for the tour are sold out through the Modernism Week website but additional tickets will be for sale the day of the tour at the check-in area at Temple Isaiah. You can find the tour website here:

We are looking for volunteers for the day of the event (February 15th) to work the check-in area as well as to serve as docents at six fantastic homes.  We need two shifts of volunteers as there are morning and afternoon tours.  So we need everyone to lend a hand.  Choose to volunteer and you won't be disappointed.  Volunteers from previous years report having lots of fun, meeting great neighbors, and experiencing amazing architecture.

All volunteers will receive tickets to the tour so they can visit all the homes and they'll be invited to an after party at the fabulous home of Patsy and Dave Marino!

To be added to the Modernism Week Volunteers for our VLPNO House Tour, send your email address + phone number to:
Jeffrey Saadeh

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(Please just jot "YES, Volunteer!" in the subject line and provide your phone #.)


Alexander Family Star-Palm Springs Walk of Stars

Dear Vista Las Palmas Neighbors,

You may not be aware of it, but all of us have something in common. All of the homes in Vista Las Palmas were built by the Alexander Construction Company. The company was founded by George Alexander and his son, Robert. They were responsible for building several residential developments in the Palm Springs area in the late '50s and early '60s. Last year marked the 60th Anniversary of the establishment of Vista Las Palmas. The Alexanders were not just successful homebuilders; they were also an integral part of the social and charitable community of Palm Springs and, as such, they helped put our city on the map.

Sadly, on November 14, 1965 George, his wife Mildred, Robert and his wife Helene, all perished in a plane crash along with two others. The Alexander Construction Company ceased operations after this tragic event. It was the end of an era.

To honor this extraordinary family, David Hyams, a Palm Springs resident, is spearheading a drive to fund a star on the Palm Springs Walk of Stars. The Vista Las Palmas Neighborhood Organization, along with other neighborhoods built by the Alexanders, is supporting this project.

The Alexander family star will be located in front of the Palm Springs Art Museum Architecture and Design Center on South Palm Canyon Drive. The dedication ceremony will take place on February 14, 2020 and will be open to the public.  We expect to see you there!

As a Vista Las Palmas resident, we ask you to help us meet our $4000.00 goal with a suggested donation of $25.00 (or more!) You can do this by simply using the following link:  or by sending a check made payable to “VLPNO” and writing “Alexander Star” in the memo line.  Checks should be mailed to:

Sheila Cobrin, 755 Camino Sur, Palm Springs, CA 92262.

The Alexander family played an important role in making Palm Springs the amazing city it is today. As homeowners in Vista Las Palmas, we are fortunate to be custodians of their talents and insight. We thank you in advance for considering a contribution to this worthy project.

The Vista Las Palmas Neighborhood Organization Board


Modernism Week 2019 Is Almost Here!

Dear Vista Las Palmas neighbors,
Modernism Week is (almost) upon us, and our Vista Las Palmas neighborhood is hosting the 2019 Modernism Week House Tour. Thank you, in advance, to all the docents who are volunteering & all the homeowners who are opening up their homes!!! It clearly takes a neighborhood.

Most all details are in place, and we’re excitedly (almost!) ready. There are still some tour tickets left, & spread that that might change when Modernism Week folks from around the globe arrive into town this week.

But first, a quick call for a few additional volunteers—-
Please invite friends & family to volunteer & we’ll grant them tour entries! (A quick response, please, as there are a limited number of volunteer slots open.)

And remember: Sunday, February 24th. Dress in your vintage Mid-Century best! Wheel out your vintage cars! Set up Instagram moments on your front lawns! And welcome the world into our fabulous neighborhood!

Thank you, fellow VLP neighbors,
Robin Abrahams
VLP Modernism Week 2019 House Tour Organizer
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Save the Date for MW 2019 House Tour!

Attention ALL Vista Las Palmas Neighbors!

Let your vintage flag fly! And Save the Date! Our neighborhood is hosting the VLPNO Modernism Week 2019 House Tour on Sunday, February 24th, and it'll be a whole neighborhood event with two tours --- one in the morning, the other early afternoon.
Dress in your vintage Mid-Century best that day! Pull out all your vintage cars...’cause we know they’re hiding!!!! Set up Instagram moments throughout the ‘hood & welcome the world into our fabulous neighborhood.

As they say, it takes a village. And though we already have many who have come forth to volunteer for the tour, but we want YOU to volunteer, too. So who else wants to actively volunteer on the day of the event? We need volunteers at the event check-in station and as docents in fantastic homes. And this year is extra special, as we’re celebrating our 60th Birthday of the neighborhood —- complete with a toast of something bubbly to punctuate the occasion at the end of the experience.
Choose to volunteer, and you won't be disappointed. You'll meet great neighbors. You'll have fun. You'll experience great architecture. You'll gain even more pride about our neighborhood (Or is that even possible, right?). And of course, most of all, you'll be supporting our neighborhood organization, so that in the future we can bring you more fun, frolic, education, safety and community.
Last, but certainly not least, the Tour Organizing Committee will thank each an every volunteer with a Thank YOU Birthday Party Bash. So please come join us.
To be added to the Modernism Week Volunteers for our VLPNO House Tour, send your email address + phone number to:
Robin Abrahams (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
Please just jot "YES, Volunteer!" in the subject line and provide us your phone #. 
Thanks in advance,
Robin Abrahams
Co-Chair, VLPNO 2019 Modernism Week House Tour Committee


Dear Vista Las Palmas Neighbor,

While we try to keep our communications to a minimum, our board wants to let you know that thieves are hard at work in our neighborhood and that we have had a rash of robberies recently. Please remember to be vigilant. If you see unusual activity either by suspicious people on bikes (yes, they work the neighborhoods) or drivers who appear to be circling, call it in to the police.

Below are two very clear videos of a burglary in our neighborhood. Early morning, and the perp snatches packages and leaves in a small white car.

If you recognize this individual, let us know and call the police. The burglary was reported to the police. There have been others as well. Together, those of us who are here after the winter season need to be more vigilant. Don’t leave packages outside. Close your garages and lock your gates.

Mike Ziskind, Vice Chairman
Vista Las Palmas Board of Advisors
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760 399 0976


VLP Robbery Video 1

VLP Robbery Video 2