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desertmag1 1 Article in The Desert Sun – May 4 2015

Tahquitz River Estates: a “picture-perfect” neighborhood

By Mona de Crinis

Double the Fun at Villa Vecchio

Partners in life and design reinvented their charismatic two-story Mediterranean-style house with a dramatic makeover.

“It’s arguably the cutest, most charming house in Palm Springs, based on the people who stop in front almost every day,” Troy Williams says proudly. And why shouldn’t he gush. He and Gino Dreese, his partner in business and life, lovingly restored one of only a few two-story homes in Tahquitz River Estates. But there’s much more to the tale.

Marjorie Main reportedly built the two-story Spanish style house. (Photo: Millicent Harvey)

Marjorie Main reportedly built the two-story Spanish style house. (Photo: Millicent Harvey)

Nine years ago, this Spanish-style house at 276 E. Palo Verde Avenue, built in 1931 by Marjorie Main (or Ma Kettle, as she was better known), sat in wretched disrepair. Windows were clouded and etched by water damage, elaborate tile work woefully disheveled and dingy and the rustic pavers that snaked through the Mediterranean-inspired space looked cracked and unkempt. Outside, the generous front and back yards fleshing out the double-lot property were drowning in a sea of dead plants and an untamed crush of tamarisk trees swarmed over the rough driveway that led to a long-forgotten casita.

When Williams and Dreese happened upon the property after dining in Palm Springs, they didn’t see a dilapidated house and gardening nightmare; they saw a delightful Mediterranean villa that needed some spit and polish, a lot of sweat, and a considerable amount of cash. They believed that beyond the tarnish gleamed a brilliant architectural gem. “We saw the house and immediately fell in love,” Williams recalls. “Immediately,” his partner confirms.

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Blog by Pampas 2 Palms April 20, 2015

Gardens Tour – the sequel!

Rather than overwhelm you with five gardens last time, I told you about four and saved the best till last! I’ll give it a starring role in a blog of its very own this week! Actually I had seen this garden last year as part of the Modernism garden tour, so as soon as I saw it was on this tour, I knew we were in for a treat! The garden wraps around a 1931 Mediterranean Revival House named ‘Villa Vechia’ and was created by owners Troy and Gino who are landscape designers and run Mojave Rock Ranch. Forgive me for putting in a few extra pictures from last year but there again, I guess you won’t remember!

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Desert Horticultural Society Visit at Mojave Rock Ranch

Desert Horticultural Society Visit at Mojave Rock Ranch

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Desert Horticultural Society of the Coachella Valley
10th Annual Desert Garden Tour

Sunday, April 12, 2015 12:00 until 4:00 p.m.

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DHSCV Plant group 2015 (pdf)

DHSCV Plant group 2015 (pdf)

Tahquitz River Estates Seductive, Soft & Singular Style – Take time to explore this exciting garden with a surprise or interesting plant everywhere you look, from down at the ground with intimate plantings of succulents, to above your head with flowering trees to eye-level potted planters. Red-eared slider turtles rule a sunny pond and koi grace one by the pool, fruit trees abound – pomegranate, blood orange, citron to name a few. The rock used in the garden comes from Joshua Tree. The owners, landscape designers Troy and Gino, Mojave Rock Ranch, are true gardeners and have lovingly created this exciting garden at their renovated 1931 Mediterranean Revival home they’ve named “Villa Vecchia”.

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KESQ TV Channel 3 – Apr 08, 2015

Toss the turf, homeowners switch to desert landscape for drought

Joe Galli, KESQ News Channel 3 & CBS Local 2 Reporter

PALM SPRINGS, Calif. – In this time of drought, people are looking for ways to cut back in their gardens water use.

The Desert Horticultural Society of the Coachella Valley is preparing for their 10th annual Desert Garden Tour this weekend.

“With the drought going on right now our main purpose is to educate to public that you can have water efficient drought tolerant landscape with out it looking boring,” said Lisha Astorga, Events Coordinator for the Desert Horticulture Society.

With water restrictions coming down the pipe, landscapers say many people want more water efficient yards.

“People are taking out their lawns, that’s the main thing they are doing, and they are really going for drought tolerant gardens, and they’re into it, which is great. We don’t seem to fight a battle, they do seem to be on board,” said Gino Dreese the owner of Mojave Rock Ranch Landscaping

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February 18, 2013

Modern Garden Tour

Palm Spring Modernism Week promotes the public awareness of the desert’s mid-century modern design and architecture. Four residences landscaped by Mojave Rock Ranch – Gino Dreese and Troy Williams- are featured in this guide.

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Article in My Desert, October 12, 2012

Style flows at Tahquitz River Estates

Amelia Hadley

Tahquitz River Estates is an eclectic, non-gated Palm Springs neighborhood that’s bursting with history and impressive architecture.

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Article in The Desert Sun, March 17, 2012

Palm Springs garden a Mediterranean escape

Maureen Gilmer

Every inch is packed with plants from desert species and succulents as well as aromatic herbs, exotic citrus, masses of lavender and a wide range of blooming perennials. […] their neighborhood, not far from the Biltmore, is spared the excessive winds further north.

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