What characterizes a Meisleman Home?
Like the more well known Alexander Homes of Palm Springs and the Eichler Homes of Los Angeles and Northern California, a Meiselman Home epitomizes the mid-century tract home revolution. It's indoor/outdoor desert friendly design was on the cutting edge of mass-market modern movement. Indeed they were sleek and modern with crisp clean lines, butterfly roofs and soaring clerestory windows. They were built using Post and Beam construction with tongue and groove ceilings and generous amounts of architecturaly sculpted concrete block. There were walls of glass that look out onto an oversized pool and the homes themselves are situated on 1/4 acre lots. They were also quite technologically advanced for thier time with forced air heating and central air conditioning, an amenity that suddenly offered year round enjoyment of the desert. And the best part? They were cheap. Initial sales price for the "entry level model" was around $18,500 in 1959.
Most of these homes were not year round residences however, they were weekend party bungalows for Hollywood hipsters.
Alexander and Meiselman Homes are often confused because they are so similar in appearance and they are interspersed with one another, primarily on the Northend of Palm Springs. But there are two distinct differences between the homes.
A) Alexanders have the kitchen on one end often integrated into the living room in one large open space. Meiselmans always have a galley kitchen off the living room.
B) Alexanders have all three bedrooms in a row on one side of the house. Meiselmans always have a separation of bedrooms, with the two guest rooms on one end and the master suite on the other end of the house.