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Next Owner of Kaufmann House Needs a Passion for Preservation

Kaufmann House

“In 1962, Joe and Nelda Linsk, newly arrived in Palm Springs and living temporarily at actress Claudette Colbert’s half-acre compound on Monte Vista, decided to put down winter roots in the clubby little resort town. Colbert’s house was convenient to a social life that revolved around the nonstop revelry of The Racquet Club.

They made an offer on Colbert’s house and while they were waiting for her answer, a real estate agent stopped by with a book of listings. One modern house featured a second-story loggia that intrigued Nelda. At that time, all houses in town were required to be single story. “I showed it to my husband,” she recalls. “I said, ‘Let’s go see it for fun.’”

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