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The Santorini House by William Nicholson

While most homes in Palm Springs would not conjure up thoughts of Greece, the residence at 400 West Camino Alturas just might. Known as The Santorini House, the eccentric house was designed in 1977 by William Nicholson, the Bay Area architect who also completed the notorious Flintstone House a year prior.

Located on a steep hillside lot at 400 West Camino Alturas, The Santorini House is anything but your average Palm Springs dwelling. Since its completion in 1977, the one-of-a-kind property has been widely published, including as the backdrop for several photoshoots.

The Grecian–inspired dwelling sits perched behind a gated entrance at one of the highest points in the mesa. Set against the monochromatic desert landscape, the whitewashed stucco facade and royal-blue trim instantly catch one’s attention, evoking a traditional Santorini-style residence. 

Soaring Palm trees surround the whitewashed home, mixing California flair with the Santorini–inspired aesthetic. Royal-blue trim pops against the monochromatic desert landscape.

Upon entry, a long hallway leads into the main living room. A bookshelf on the left conceals the door to a hidden bonus space.

A large skylight in the living room effortlessly illuminates the interiors. The wooden staircase winds up to a sitting area on the upper level. 

Measuring approximately 3,000 square feet, the four-bedroom, three-bath retreat was recently remodeled and now features spacious living spaces along with a new kitchen. Skylights and floor-to-ceiling windows illuminate the all-white interior while a top floor, open-air sitting room captures picturesque views—albeit the desert in place of the sea. Now, for the first time in over 35 years, the current owners are seeking a new buyer to enjoy the property, which is currently listed for $2,975,000.

The kitchen features all new, top-of-the-line appliances, cabinetry, and custom woodwork.

Here is a peek inside the spacious master suite. A sitting area sits to one side, opposite a fireplace at the other end. 

A partially covered sitting area is accessible from the master suite.

The modernized master bathroom includes a new double vanity, a large soaking tub, and an oversized shower.

On the upper level, the open-air sitting area frames postcard views of the surrounding desert.

Exterior stairs swirl down from the sitting area to meet a sparkling pool and jacuzzi.

An aerial view of the The Santorini House.

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