borrego modern


Everett Abrams of La Jolla is listed as the architect on the plans for this home, build at de Anza Country Club in 1959. The home was designed for San Diego developer Lou Burgener, who was a partner in the development of San Diego's largest and most innovative post war suburban community of Clairemont. (Burgener's partner was Carlos Tavares, who would later become involved in the development of Borrego Springs Resort). Architect Everett Abrams is currently a mystery. Harold Abrams was one of the architects used by Burgener and Tavares to design Clairemont and had offices in La Jolla. The coincidence in last names is striking.

This home features a sweeping view of the 10th fairway and is next door to two of the first homes built at de Anza. It retains many of its original features.

In the main entryway, Abrams designed the decorative detailing in an oriental style. The home features some unusual and exotic elements. The bar and lounge paneling is of "pecky wood" cypress from Florida. The room also features a built in audio entertainment center.

The plans feature a large "master suite" wing at one end of the house and a separate "children's wing" off the kitchen. Marble countertops are standard in the baths. The master bedroom features a spacious dressing area with custom built-in vanity. The living room fireplace is of rock collected on site and in the surrounding desert. The home's custom sofa and massive cocktail table with pull out seating are original.

The present owner (the home's third) has undertaken several restoration projects including the home's original all-electric Chambers stoves. de Anza Country Club was billed as a "modern" community and "modern" meant "all electric" appliances. de Anza Golf Estates, the development surrounding the golf course took steps to underground utilities in 1969.