"Southridge is much like an exclusive golf or private country club that requires an invitation to join and annual dues. Members are given access to all three homes simultaneously; an opportunity for those to enjoy leisure time with extended family, friends or entertain clients. The annual dues create a right-to-use relationship for all three homes, thereby allowing members to use the real estate and services rather than obligating members to the assets."
Launched officially in July of 2009, The Southridge Club would be one of the most elite and exclusive destination clubs in the history of the sector.
Members were not obligated to pay a membership deposit to join, but instead paid $100,000 per year over a three year membership to access the club's properties.
These properties were some of the most famed properties in Palm Springs, California. With access to all three concurrently, members had 13 bedrooms and 17,000 square feet of living space between their residences.
According to the club's press release:
The club's anchor is the famous and radically designed Elrod house, a home which represents an important and stunning piece of architectural history. This extravagant estate was designed by architect John Lautner as the ultimate party home for the equally famous Arthur Elrod, then the top designer for Hollywood's brightest stars. Daringly designed and incorporated masterfully into the rugged natural surroundings, the Elrod house has received much international acclaim for its architectural significance. It also took its place as a celebrated cultural icon after "starring" in the 1971 James Bond film, Diamonds are Forever. The 9,000 square foot circular estate is set on 23.25 acres and boasts an enormous domed concrete roof that drapes over the spectacular indoor/outdoor pool framed by boulders, five bedrooms and five and a half baths. This airy open-plan residence is anchored around its massive circular living area, which features spectacular 220-degree desert and mountain views along with a signature motorized glass wall.
Next door, the Steve McQueen house is smoothly unassuming at first glance but on closer inspection lives up to its status as the legendary luxury pad for Hollywood's golden "King of Cool". Built in 1968, this unique post and beam four-bedroom, 4,300-square-foot house, was a perfect home base for McQueen, who was reported to have instructed the interior designer Peter Shore to: "Just think of it as my pad, baby, OK? Decorate it as if it belonged to a man, a bachelor". It comes with McQueen's original furniture.
Across the street is The Boat House. There is actually nothing remotely nautical about architect Michael P. Johnson's architectural triumph. Well, nothing except the amazing feeling that you're standing on the edge of a huge ship's prow as you peer at the spectacular view offered from the great room, which is framed with massive glass walls and juts dramatically over the valley floor below. The edge-side pool also lends this airy feeling of presiding over an ocean - although in this case the ocean is comprised of twinkling lights from the city below.
The club would manage the services available to club members through one of the club operators other firms.
Unfortunately, just as the club acquired its inaugural member, the owner of the three properties would elect to remove the properties from the club, effectively ending The Southridge Club.
Wolf Worster Associates, Inc. offers objective, independent consulting to provide its elite clientele with ultra luxury villa accommodations. Wolf Worster Associates is a fully independent, client focused ultra luxury villa consultancy.