‘La Piedra’ House of 700 Tons of Hand-cut and Placed Quartz Stone With Incredible Pool

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“La Piedra” is the name given to architect Edward Paul Gidding‘s iconic 7,500 sq ft, 5 bedroom, 6 bathroom, stone hilltop home with breathtaking swimming pool.  The unusual Palm Springs home is presently on the market for just under $8 million.

La Piedra House and Pool

La Piedra House and Pool

This unusual home is located on the historic and famous Southridge Drive in Palm Springs where the Elrod house and Bob Hope’s Lautner home both stand. Perched atop a knoll and offering incredible views, serenity, privacy and guard-gated security, La Piedra, originally designed by American painter and architect Edward Giddings, was completely renovated in 2005.

Giddings, who built his reputation designing expensive homes featuring natural Mexican building materials, also designed and built resorts, such as the Club Cascadas de Baja in Cabo San Lucas and Ocho Cascadas in Puerto Vallarta.

Originally taking over 7 years to build, more than 700 tons of amazing hand-cut and placed Idaho Quartz stone was used in the construction of this masterpiece, giving it an estimated replacement value in excess of $20 Million in the year 2012.

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Looking somewhat like a Pharaoh’s estate, the midcentury modern interior is complimented by a beautiful outdoor area and swimming pool with waterfall.

Swimming Pool and Outdoor Area:


Other fun amenities include a putting green on the terrace, built in outdoor grill, custom furniture, travertine floors, sunken wet bar (a cheesy item in almost every Palm Springs home) and main room with high ceilings, exposed beams and round skylight.

Putting Green:
putting green on roof



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Architect Giddings, whose architecture firm was located in Newport Beach, died of a heart attack in 1994 at the young age 64.

• Approx. 7500 sq.ft.
• 5 bedrooms, 6 baths
• 700+ tons of hand cut and placed Idaho Quartz stone
• Exclusive guard-gated community
• Outstanding main room with high ceilings
• 24” Travertine floors – indoors and out
• Full service sunken wet bar
• Putting green on terrace
• Travertine shuffleboard court
• Pool with waterfall and outdoor spa
• Detached 2 bedroom 2 bath guest house
• Epic mountain and city views from every room, plus garages
• Custom furniture – ready for occupancy

La Piedra, 2399 Southridge Drive, Palm Springs, California
The Home has since sold.
Offered at $7,990,000

images courtesy of Saxony Real Estate, Luxury Portfolio and Listing Point Realty