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A Contemporary Oasis

April 29, 2001|RUTH RYON | TIMES STAFF WRITER

Desert rock in shades of amber, brown, gray, vermilion and a hint of blue accent this contemporary estate, created by a 1999 remodel in Thunderbird Cove, the Rancho Mirage gated community that has been home to such luminaries as Joan Kroc, widow of the founder of McDonald's.

About this house: The house, built in 1987, was gutted and refurbished after its current owners bought it. Now it has exotic elements with Chinese slate floors, cedar cathedral ceilings and niches holding bronze and brass Buddhas. Described as "grand" in scale, the house has spacious rooms, and nearly every room has a wall of glass, offering views of the mountains or of the grounds, with its waterfall and gardens.

Asking price: $3,695,000, including such furnishings as a group of barrel chairs in ostrich leather.

Size: The house has four bedrooms and six baths in about 8,300 square feet.

Features: Among them are a butler's pantry, wine storage, media room, master suite with sitting room, entertainment center, fireplace and two walk-in closets; two laundry rooms; a guest wing; fruit trees, fountains, pool and spa. A wall of inlaid wood hides a big-screen TV.

Where: Thunderbird Cove, Rancho Mirage.

Listing agent: Mike Adams, Fred Sands Estates, (760) 776-2302.

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