Rancho Mirage Residence
Riverside County, California
This garden was designed for a world-renowned jazz guitarist and his family. He grew up in Southern California, and as a teenager drove to Point Dume in Malibu to play guitar for a party. He was impressed with the area and in 1979, he purchased his dream home there.
He married a Brazilian art consultant. They hired Architect Mark Mack to design their new home in 1996, shortly after they married. The improvements included work both inside and outside the home. Studio-MLA designed the exterior spaces for this one-acre property. The landscape design took cues from Brazil and the inspired works of landscape architect Roberto Burle Marx. European-style windows fill the house with beautiful light, and nearly all the doors open to gardens and patios, creating a seamless indoor/outdoor experience.
The second-floor family living area has a linear outdoor patio, with breathtaking mountain and ocean views across Point Dume. Palms in a concrete grid, patios with views, exuberant plantings with vibrant blooms, the curvilinear steps leading to the lap pool, and many other expressive site features combined so successfully that Home and Gardens magazine awarded the project Garden of the Year.