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Lo Laughing: A Period Producer's Bungalow in Rancho Mirage

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Last updated: 01/06/2015
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  • Minimum stay:60 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:Yes

Tamarisk Country Club house description

Lo Laughing: A 1958 period Hollywood producer’s bungalow in Rancho Mirage:

In 1958 William Krisel designed for the founding members of the Tamarisk Country Club -including the Marx Brothers - a small colony of freestanding 2000 sq. ft. plus garage bungalows around what was at the time one of the largest pools in the desert. Each private home was sited on 1/5 acre and each was unique - featuring a stone or brick fireplace, large glass walls, post and beam construction and clearstory windows. A common park area with pool and spa is the colony focal point. The site: Tamarisk Ranchos, in Rancho Mirage, California, a former date palm ranch adjacent to Palm Springs, is a stone’s throw from the Tamarisk Golf and Country Club. This intimate, historical and unique colony is being showcased by the 2015 Palm Springs Modernism Week tour, and will be featured in the spring 2015 issue of 'Atomic Ranch' magazine.

Lo, Laughing, on the cul de sac Tamarisk Lane, was the desert bungalow of producer Lawrence Weingarten (several Marx and Hepburn/Tracy pictures including the Newman/Taylor classic 'Cat on a Hot Tin Roof'). Owned by his family until purchased by the current owners, and architecturally intact and historically plaqued, the property is now available for seasonal rental.

Clean and furnished with period furniture, this two bedroom, three bathroom home sleeps four and has a third unfurnished bedroom/maid’s quarters. Two-zone central heating and cooling ensure comfort. The attached garage accommodates a mid-sized vehicle with additional storage space for bicycles and sporting equipment. Mature fruit trees, manicured grounds and gardens and towering date palms surround the property.

This property is very near the Tamarisk Country Club, but is not on the course and there are many, many accessible courses - both public and private - in the immediate vicinity. The area has over 40 tennis clubs.

The mid-century style and vision of the architect William Krisel is pure and intact throughout. The newly carpeted large master bedroom sports a Cal-king sized bed, two large closets and en-suite full bath with tub/shower, and marble floor. The carpeted (also newly) guest bedroom has a queen bed, oversized closet and large en-suite bathroom with enclosed shower. A separate entrance from the private yard coupled with pocket doors allow the adjacent den to be used as a sitting room to create a guest suite. The den also accesses the third bathroom/with shower and a maid's room has twin beds for use in a pinch. New high-end linens are among the many details that add to the refined ambiance of this home. The kitchen has a new refreigerator and dishwasher, and is well equiped for today's standards, but retains the original mid-century look of its original design.
Remarkably, the home is furnished with the original Monteverde Young pieces, designed for Mr. Weingarten, including the bedroom suite. The living/dining area is approximately 900 sq. ft. and looks out on a lushly landscaped central park and shared spa/heated pool where 60' tall date palms frame mountain views. The interior has been freshly painted with original pale colors. New area rugs and a vintage Chinese rug create the living and dining areas respectively on the new honed Carrara marble floors.

Security and cleaning deposits are required commensurate with rental duration. Non-smoking only, and a pet must be negotiated. Landscaping, pool/spa heating, and pool/spa service costs are provided through the home-owner's association and are not additional costs to the renter. Cable TV and broadband high-speed internet service with Wi-Fi are available. Gas and electric utilities are included up to limits to be negotiated based on rental duration - added costs must be paid separately based on use. Note: homes with private pools must be heated in the Winter and that cost alone can be $1- 1.5k a month. The heated Tamarisk pool - which is shared but usually very private - is included.

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Property Type

  • 1 story
  • House
  • 1900 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental


          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


          • Long-Term Renters Welcome
          • Alternative Lifestyle
          • Non Smoking Only
          • Pets Considered:

            We will consider pets on a per tenant basis with additional deposit...moreless

          • Wheelchair Accessible

          Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 4-6

          • Other (See Description)


          • Bedroom 2: 1 queen

            wonderful morning light with rose bed outside large windows...moreless

          • Bedroom 3: 2 twin/ single

            This was the maid's room w/private bath...moreless

          • Bedroom 1: 1 king

            black out curtains/ very restful large master bedroom...moreless

          • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (2)

          Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms

          • Bathroom 3: toilet, shower


          • Bathroom 2: toilet, shower

            spacious bathroom/marble countertops...moreless

          • Bathroom 1: toilet, combination tub/shower, tub

            original marble counter tops and floor...moreless

          Other Amenities

              • i-pod dock


              • DVD Player
              • Satellite / Cable
              • Stereo
              • Television:

                two flat screen TVS, one in master bed; one in den...moreless


              • Historic
              • Romantic


              • Arboretum
              • Botanical Garden
              • Churches
              • Cinemas
              • Health/Beauty Spa
              • Library
              • Live Theater
              • Museums
              • Restaurants
              • Synagogues
              • Theme Parks
              • Zoo

              Local Services & Businesses

              • ATM/Bank
              • Fitness Center
              • Groceries
              • Hospital
              • Medical Services

              Leisure Activities

              • Antiquing
              • Eco Tourism
              • Horseback Riding
              • Miniature Golf
              • Outlet Shopping
              • Shopping
              • Sight Seeing
              • Wildlife Viewing

              Location Type

              • Golf Course Front:

                Tamarisk Country Club/ Golf Club is two blocks away....moreless

              • Mountain View

              Sports & Adventure Activities

              • Cycling
              • Golf
              • Golf Privileges Optional
              • Hiking
              • Mountain Biking
              • Mountain Climbing
              • Rock Climbing
              • Swimming
              • Tennis


              • Child's Highchair
              • Dining:

                wonderful Monte Verde period ebonized walnut table and six matching cairs....moreless

              • Dining Area
              • Seating for 8 people


              • Air Conditioning
              • Broadband Access:

                Time-Warner cable and internet service can be activated at your request....moreless

              • Clothes Dryer
              • Garage
              • Internet
              • Iron & Board
              • Linens Provided
              • Living Room:

                woodburning fireplace with gas start sets on raised hearth....moreless

              • Parking:

                garage for 1 plus one in driveway...moreless

              • Parking Off Street
              • Telephone
              • Washing Machine
              • Wireless Internet
              • Wood Fireplace


              • Coffee Maker:

                Two French presses/ one Mr. Coffee...moreless

              • Cooking Utensils:

                Caphalon/ new...moreless

              • Dishes & Utensils:

                full cupboard of designer plates and crystal...moreless

              • Dishwasher
              • Ice Maker
              • Kitchen:

                Toaster, blender, microwave, disposal and other amenities provide a kitchen suited to foodies who enjoy cooking for themselves and intimate light entertaining....moreless

              • Microwave
              • Oven:



              • Deck / Patio
              • Golf:

                multiple golf courses; Tamarisk Country Club almost adjacent to property...moreless

              • Lawn / Garden:

                very private lawn area with multiple fruit trees (no sprays)...moreless

              • Outdoor Grill

              Pool / Spa

              • Communal Pool
              • Shared Hot Tub


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              Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
              seasonal only
              Dec 1 - May 3, 2015
              60 night min stay

              Dec 1 - Apr 30, 2016
              60 night min stay

              My Standard Rate
              60 night min stay

              * Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

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              • Taxes Not included


              Fully refundable security deposit and all rental paid before possession.

              2 months minimum stay.

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              Last updated: 01/06/2015
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              8 Miles
              Nearest Airport
              Palm Springs International (PSP)
              1 Miles
              Nearest Golf
              Tamarisk Country Club
              12 Miles
              Nearest Train
              Amtrak, Palm Springs
              5 Miles
              Nearest Motorway
              Interstate 10
              2 Miles
              Nearest Restaurant
              Shame on the Moon

              Manager info

              Year Purchased: 2009

              About: Mark and Bill are transplants to San Diego from Providence, Rhode Island. In addition to Lo Laughing, they maintain an available lakeside camp on Lake Titus in the Northern Adirondack Mountains (ADK by owner) . Mark is an Engineer in the Defense Industry; Bill is retired from 32 years in the administration of Brown University and currently consults. Lo Laughing has provided a first class hands on lesson in mid-century modern and they are loving it as they learn!

              Why Tamarisk Country Club:
              We looked many places (Savannah, Charleston, Tucson, Miami, Charlottesville - for a warm weather home and bought Lo Laughing on sight. Shortly after, floating in the 85 degree pool - with snow covered mountains on the horizon, we looked at each other and said 'duh' in unison. It is just perfect. Palm Springs, Rancho Mirage and Palm Desert surround us and provide for any possible need - practically, aesthetically and culturally. The health care is top -notch. 'Duh! What took us so long?'

              The Unique Benefits at this House:
              Our warm, interesting, and sophisticated neighbors create the attractive, stable and respectful 16-home community in which this home is situated.

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              Speaks: english, german



              • View of den/TV room from living room

                View of den/TV room from living room

              • Large master bed with flat screen TV facing bed

                Large master bed with flat screen TV facing bed

              • Master bath has tub/shower and marble floor and counter.

                Master bath has tub/shower and marble floor and counter.

              • Hot tub too!

                Hot tub too!

              • Guest bed is queen size. Vintage desk-in-desk on left.

                Guest bed is queen size. Vintage desk-in-desk on left.

              • Den / TV room.

                Den / TV room.

              • Kitchen is clean, bright and well equipped.

                Kitchen is clean, bright and well equipped.

              • Heated pool is 50 feet from the house. Towering date palms frame mountain views.

                Heated pool is 50 feet from the house. Towering date palms frame mountain views.

              • Krisel's glass walls frame the manicured grounds.

                Krisel's glass walls frame the manicured grounds.

              • Guest bath with shower left, dual sinks and marble floor.

                Guest bath with shower left, dual sinks and marble floor.

              • Den TV room with large screen TV, DVD and ipod dock,

                Den TV room with large screen TV, DVD and ipod dock,

              • Lighting is everything!

                Lighting is everything!

              • Maid's room for storage has twin beds for use in a pinch - w/ separate 3rd bath.

                Maid's room for storage has twin beds for use in a pinch - w/ separate 3rd bath.

              VRBO #258623

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              This listing was first published here in 2009.

              Date last modified - Tuesday, January 20, 2015

              $3,600 - $3,900 per month (USD)
              Minimum stay: 60 nights
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              Member since: 2009
              Speaks: english, german
              • Calendar last updated: 01/06/2015
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