By Aaron Kirman, Special for USDR.
Inspired by the exquisite design, open spaces, and carefree living of Marrakech riads, or courtyard estates, a cutting-edge architectural team and a group of skilled Moroccan craftsmen spent four years creating Casbah Cove in Palm Desert, California. Set high on a hill on the Canyons’ side of the luxurious gated Bighorn Golf Club community, surrounded by unobstructed views of the San Jacinto and Santa Rosa mountains and valley lights, the palatial estate comprises approx. 16,800 square feet of indoor/outdoor living spaces and opulent amenities.
A winding driveway dotted with Moroccan gas lanterns leads to the oversized motor court, where date palms are surrounded by a tranquil water feature. Beyond the massive main entrance doors, the foyer features dual fireplaces and star-shaped skylights. The environment is lavished throughout with handcrafted wood, stone, plaster and brass; thousands of feet of authentic tiles; and Siberian oak floors. Their timeless beauty is entwined with innovative features that erase the boundaries between interior and exterior. The most dramatic is found in the interior courtyard, where an astonishing 30′ x 40′ glass ceiling retracts with the touch of a button to open the entire space to the sky. Disappearing doors throughout the home enhance the seamless transition from indoor to outdoor living.
Among the numerous amenities are a sophisticated hammam spa with organic spa bed, fireplace, sitting areas that conceal full-sized massage tables, expansive steam room and bath — all set around a lushly landscaped atrium with fountain. A 75′ black granite-lined infinity saltwater lap pool and a 40′ round reverse infinity edge swimming pool are set in total privacy high above the valley floor. A sumptuous hookah room seats twenty, with disappearing glass doors that open to the natural mountainside and a 20-foot movie screen that rises from the floor.
The estate has been created with entertaining in mind. An inviting family room with nearby bar opens to the patio and the views beyond. The formal dining area evokes the air of a Moroccan tent, with romantic draped ceiling and French doors opening to the terrace. A catering kitchen is just off this space. Three outdoor dining areas can easily host parties of 20 to 200.
Guest accommodations are equally luxurious. Two richly appointed interior guest suites share a sitting room with fireplace and outdoor balcony, and a detached guesthouse with private entrance and spectacular patio features a spacious bedroom, morning bar and indulgent bath.
The master suite, with disappearing doors just steps from the lap pool, features a spa-inspired white marble bath with authentic Moroccan soaking tub, morning bar, outdoor shower, and secret garden of white roses framing breathtaking views.
Other amenities include an elevator with mother-of-pearl lined walls; nine built-in flat screen TVs; temperature-controlled wine cellar; upstairs bar with wine storage; state-of-the-art Crestron control system; solar and traditional pool heating; radiant heated floors; and three-car, two-golf-cart garage. Visit moroccantriumphestate.com for photos.
About Aaron Kirman
Mr. Kirman, President of Aaroe Estates, the international luxury property division of John Aaroe Group, is renowned for his representation of some of the country’s most significant estate and architectural properties, including residences by Koenig, Schindler, Lautner, Lloyd Wright, Williams and the only Neimeyer in North America. Mr. Kirman has represented such unique Southern Californiaestates as Frank Lloyd Wright’s Ennis House, Richard Neutra’s Kauffman Residence, and Paul Williams’ Lions Gate. During his career, Mr. Kirman has sold more than $2.5 billion of residential real estate to a group of select clients including billionaires, A-List celebrities, heads of industry, foreign investors and royalty. While he specializes in exclusive properties from Beverly Hills to Malibu, he has represented buyers and sellers worldwide. For more information on Aaron Kirman, please visit www.aaronkirman.com