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For sale: 6 homes by famous architects

Frank Capra house
Frank Capra house
  • Location: La Quinta, Calif.
  • Asking price: $1.575 million

This mid-century modern, near Palm Springs, was designed by A. Quincy Jones.

And he "used all of the views and the light," says Jennie Robinson, a Realtor with Windermere Real Estate, which is listing the house.

Transom windows bring in light and allow glimpses of "the peaks of the mountains and the palm trees, while the whole south side of the house is a wall of glass," she says.

The open living and dining room area -- plus a sunken wet bar with a pass-through to the patio -- overlooks the pool.

It has 4,221 square feet, with four bedrooms and 3 1/2 baths.

Built in 1960, it's on the 10th fairway of the La Quinta Country Club golf course -- one of the courses that hosts the Humana Challenge, says Robinson. The first owner was movie director Frank Capra.

"It's lush, yet uses a lot of the desertscape," says Robinson. "It's efficient as far as using water. The property -- just under a third of an acre -- has fruit trees and a completely covered loggia. "So you can sit on the loggia and have your morning coffee," she says.

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