by Linda Meierhoffer of Camino Real
Originally built in the 1960s, most of Indian Canyons’ coveted real estate has been refurbished to reflect its modernistic roots. Those who live here have chosen this neighborhood not only for its distinctive architecture, with designs by Stan Sackley and Palmer and Krisel to name a few, but also for its unmistakable vibe: Welcoming, diverse, laid back and cordial come to mind when describing this little piece of Palm Springs history, both past and present.
Our neighborhood’s name changed in 2009 from Canyon Country Club to Indian Canyons to reflect the new ownership of the 18-hole championship golf course, Indian Canyons North, which our homes surround. This par 72 course, along with the 18-hole golf course directly across Murray Canyon Road, Indian Canyons South, are owned by the Agua Caliente Indian tribe and are open to the public. Name changes aside, much of our neighborhood remains the same: The dog walkers, joggers and bicyclists still populate our palm tree-lined streets, retirees on a stroll continue to stop and chat with professionals who fly here from their high-pressure lives somewhere else, and authentic mid-century modern homes stand in neighborly fashion next to tile-roofed Southwestern ranches.
Natural desert beauty is our Indian Canyons neighborhood’s trademark. We look out our picture windows to the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains, like bulky chocolate carvings during the day that dapple gold and purple at sunset, while even closer to home are the Indian Canyons North’s lush fairways, dotted with thousands of stately palms and olive trees. The golf resort’s clubhouse, itself a tribute to modernism in its Donald Wexler design, provides a bit of unexpected grandeur in its northwest view of the course: The Walt Disney Fountain with majestic water jets that spray more than 100 feet into the air.