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Eco-Modern Community Coming to Palm Springs

Miralon Transforms Former Golf Course into Groves and Gardens for Mid-Century-Inspired Homes and Resort Amenities

August 30, 2017Freehold Communities has announced the launch of Miralon, the sustainably designed community emerging in Palm Springs. One of the largest new “agrihoods” in the U.S., Miralon offers 1,150 Modernist-inspired residences to harmonize with the Coachella Valley’s architectural heritage. A highlight of Miralon’s 300 acres is its transformation of a previously constructed 18-hole golf course into working olive groves, community gardens and walking trails.

Homes and amenities in the masterplanned community will break ground in Q4, 2017.

“Miralon is dramatically large in scope and vision,” said Freehold California Division President Brad Shuckhart. “It is like no other place in Palms Springs and yet it emerges naturally from the Desert. This is a community that looks boldly forward with environmental advances while embracing the region’s great architectural history.”


Miralon’s mix of for-sale, single-family and attached residences will adhere to Freehold Communities’ design guidelines that are informed by Mid-Century Modern style updated to reflect the needs of today’s homebuyers such as open floorplans and expansive kitchens. With 1,150 homes, this will be the Coachella Valley’s largest enclave of new homes inspired by classic Modern architectural expression.

The comprehensive community plan emphasizes resort living. Its amenity center includes pools, a spa, outdoor recreation space, a state-of-the-art health-club facility, as well as unique additions such as coffee bar and full-service bar and lounge. Inside and out, the design and furnishings will reflect a chic desert esthetic including poolside cabanas, broad windows framing mountain views, and an outdoor demonstration kitchen.

The Coachella Valley’s love of outdoor experiences is the inspiration for a vast, 97-acre open-space plan. The former golf course is being repurposed into groves, parks and trails including more than 70 acres of olive trees, cultivated by Temecula Olive Oil Company, with drip-irrigation. Former golf cart paths will constitute approximately 6.5 miles of hiking trails. Former tee boxes and greens are being transformed into smaller groves, dog parks, exercise stations, and social areas outfitted with firepits and WiFi. Olive oil from the orchard will be pressed on-site, and produce from the community gardens will go directly to the tables of residents.

“Evolving the existing golf course into habitat-sensitive, agricultural open space is a response to the precious resources of the Coachella Valley including its need for water,” said Shuckart. “At the same time, Miralon responds to peoples’ desire for authentic experiences – whether through community gardening or immersion in a rich range of social spaces.”

To bring its Miralon vision to life, Freehold Communities has engaged some of the leading architects and planners in the U.S. Designing the central clubhouse and writing the design guidelines is Robert Hidey Architects. Repurposing the golf course and creating the open-space plan is C2 Collaborative Landscape Architecture. And interior designer for the amenity buildings is Moore Ruble Yudell Architects & Planners. 

More About Miralon’s Homes

  •  Miralon’s 1,150 homes at buildout will translate to more than 2,300 future residents.
  • Miralon’s multifamily component will be constructed as townhomes and small-lot detached condos.
  • Pricing is expected to range from the high $300,000s to low $400,000s for the smaller residences up to the mid $700,000s or higher for the largest single-family homes.
  • All homes will be built with solar panels as a standard feature.

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