rarely do anything halfway. Cindy Levy, a University of Southern California MBA, played on the pro tennis circuit before moving to New York to work as an investment banker. Paul Levy, a graduate of the Air Force Academy, cofounded Rational Software, then took it public before it was acquired by IBM. The morning of their Napa Valley wedding, they ran a marathon.
The Levys approach their current interest, contemporary painting, with equal gusto. Before marrying, each had sampled the New York gallery scene, and the success of Rational Software propelled them onto the international art circuit. “It motivated us to start collecting,” says Cindy Levy. As did the purchase of a residence in Rancho Mirage, California.
Built in 1969 by Lawrence Lapham, with interiors by Stephen Chase of Arthur Elrod Associates, the “desert modern” concrete house melds Frank Lloyd Wright influences and Mayan allusions. The 8,000-square-foot one-story plan is more or less a rectangle, with canted granite walls rising to meet a tiered ceiling with wood-framed floating planes covered in rattan.
Interiors need work but not demolition. The 2,000-square-foot public zone incorporates living, dining, work, and den areas arrayed along a 100-foot-long front-to-rear axis – an arrangement that the couple left virtually intact, down to the original sectional sofa and its cotton upholstery.