Located on the 3rd fairway of the Tamarisk Golf Course, the designated historical landmark Jaffe Residence, exemplifies the quintessential Desert Modern Style that Cody helped to create. Spectacular scale and visual transparency as one enters the inner courtyard through a walled entry—uncovering the sheltered T-shaped pool, sunning patio and large expanses of floor to ceiling glass.
Stucco, wood, steel and slumpstone compliment the abundant glass. The elegant flat roof, with deep overhangs -- create a powerful interaction between the indoors and outdoors. The large, open living/dining room features 11’ high ceilings and double-sided glass exposures that capture both the Tamarisk golf and San Jacinto mountain views. Sleeping wings include two bedrooms that are orientated towards the golf course and two additional bedrooms that face the pool.
The property was purchased by the founder of the Radiology Department at Cedars, Dr Jaffe, from his patient, Groucho Marx. William Cody was recommended to Dr Jaffe by his golf partner, Edgar Kaufmann, of the famed Neutra designed house with same name. Cody drew the plan of the house in one afternoon with a box of colored pencils and a bottle of scotch in Dr Jaffe’s living room. When he was finished drinking, the house was designed.
The separate guest house initially served as Dr Jaffe’s Desert office, where Groucho Marx and other Hollywood celebrities would visit.
The house is in exceptional, original condition with many sustainable features, including new drought tolerant, landscaping and exterior plumbing, pool resurfacing, pump and heater. The Jaffe Residence currently has the property tax advantage of being Mills Act designated.