Whisked away by a tranquil desert setting, awe-inspiring views, and pine trees reminiscent of South Carolina, Mike and Lori Gray set their sights on three lots situated in the coveted Mansion Club community in sunny La Quinta, California. Initially drawn to the location’s privacy and sizable terrain, they were “hooked when the developer, Mike Meldman, agreed to move the path to the back driving range and replace it with our own tee box,” recalls Gray.
In 2008, with the guidance of renowned architect, Kristi Hanson, the couple purchased the two adjacent lots the property currently resides on, in addition to the one across the street to retain sweeping 360-degree views. Hanson immediately went to work, shaping a home with fluid and open spaces designed to showcase the spectacular views of the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains, dramatic desert sunsets, and stunning golf course. Materials were selected for their warmth and connection to the natural environment while comfort, grace, and style were at the forefront of the home’s creative vision. “We wanted to have a home where we could ‘live somewhat small’ for when we were home alone, but could also house our large family when everyone was in town. We also wanted a home that had great luxury, but where we and our friends would want to take our shoes off and kick back.”
After a year of design and two years of construction, the property soon manifested into a golfer’s paradise fit with an array of architectural treasures and inspiring amenities. Resting on nearly 2 acres, the approximately 17,500 square foot contemporary home effortlessly blends the indoor-outdoor lifestyle quintessential of many Coachella Valley estates. A man-made river runs the grounds and feeds into the property’s 130,000-gallon infinity-edge swimming pool. Grand-style outdoor living spaces line the spacious grounds featuring a covered patio with fireplace, kitchen with custom pizza oven, flat screen TVs, several fire pits, built-in bar, barbecue, and beautiful landscaping with over 140 mature trees. Boarding The Madison’s Club’s Tom Fazio-designed golf course, the estate also has its own private driving range.
Indoors, find premium finishes including curved walls constructed of large-scale Montana boulders and stone, a 3,000-gallon saltwater aquarium, and handcrafted staircase.
81307 Amundsen Avenue is offered at $32,500,000 by Tim Smith of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Newport Beach.