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Step back into an age of Hollywood glamour and into a world of indulgent luxury in this super private 5 bedroom, 4 1/2 bath Palm Springs villa. Villa Carmelita was originally owned by film star Joseph Cotton, and served as retreat and playground to countless Hollywood luminaries such as Natalie Wood, Lloyd Bridges, George Montgomery, Robert Taylor, Johnny Mercer, Tom Bosley, Van Clyburn, Kate Starr, Kirk Douglas, and Hermione Gingold. And, it was a love-nest for Sonny and Cher! You have to see the website! Villa Carmelita features tranquil fountains in the entry courtyard and the side yard, a grand staircase, handmade terra cotta floors, custom spa-like bathrooms, a gourmet kitchen, striking design elements and grandly scaled rooms. This dramatic showplace is a totally private compound featuring walls of glass that open to a spectacular pool courtyard with an outdoor living room and fireplace to create the ultimate entertainment setting.
Pure Luxury: Bathed in year-round sunshine, and demonstrating timeless comfort, scale and grace, Villa Carmelita offers a chic and sexy luxury hideaway that beckons the most exclusive and discerning Palm Springs vacationers.
Some of the sumptuous amenities include 4 separate private guest casitas (each with its own en suite bath and plasma television), an additional children's bedroom that sleeps 3 children OR adults comfortably, Wi-Fi throughout, a fully stocked kitchen, fine linens and towels, a deluxe BBQ, and outdoor Jacuzzi, and an outdoor shower area. The property surrounding Villa Carmelita is completely walled and gated and allows your pets to roam freely.
Villa Carmelita is perfect for an indulgent getaway, photo shoots, and families as it is perfect for a quiet, rejuvenating and luxurious getaway in high style. Also perfect for a posh boutique wedding or event. Can be rented in conjunction with The Joseph Cotton Estate next door vrbr.com/410009
You have to see the website!
Star Pedigree: The Old Mesa neighborhood is one of Palm Springs oldest and most exclusive communities. Many celebrities from the past and present know this beautiful area nestled up against the mountains Directly next door you will find the Mercer House, a tennis estate owned by songwriter Johnny Mercer. At the end of the street the famous 'Boathouse' is owned by fashion designer Trina Turk. Nearby you will find a cute spanish bungalow built by Rudolph Valentino and later owned by Esther Williams. Two streets over in the other direction high up on a hill visible from the kitchen window is the Barry Manilow mansion. Near that is a huge compound owned by Suzanne Sommers. The list goes on and on making it a nostalgic and magical neighborhood. Please remember this is a no noise zone- The PS Noise Ordinance outlaws any outdoor music and noise is not tolerated.
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My Standard Rate
2 night min stay
Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
Rates are based on 11 guests; add $100 per night, per additional guest
Additional information about rental rates
The rates are $1199 per night. The rates can go as low as $599 per night depending how long you stay.
The house sleeps 11 guests. It's $100 per guest above that.
$50 per pet
$50 per day AC surcharge when applicable
$50 per day for pool heat if desired
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100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Located in the historic and exclusive Mesa area of Palm Springs minutes from downtown and at the foot of the majestic Santa Rosa Mountains with fabulous views, this one-of-a-kind property has now been completely renovated and re-imagined by Los Angeles designer Rudi Polak to form the perfect union of timeless elegance and state-of-the-art style and luxury.
Other Activities: Shopping, Racquetball, Miniature Golf, Basketball Court, Rock Climbing
Year Purchased: 2009
About the owner: I am a Los Angeles based designer who specializes in the restoration of trophy properties. My passion is focused on bringing grand but dilapidated properties back to their original splendor including all of the modern conveniences we expect today. I have lovingly restored Villa Carmelita back to the prestigious estate she once was.
Why the Owner Chose Mesa:
The Mesa is famously known as one of the most exclusive locations in Palm Springs. Up against the mountains, it's also just minutes from downtown. I fell in love with Villa Carmelita the minute I stepped inside her grand foyer, and was smitten by the spectacular views. The property has a jaw dropping wow factor coupled with a rich Hollywood pedigree. Some of the neighbors include the Johnny Mercer Estate next door, Trina Turk in the famous 'Boathouse' up the street, Tori Spelling in the famous Max Factor Mansion 2 streets north, Barry Manilow 2 streets south, the Rudolph Valentino and Esther Williams house, Suzanne Sommers a few streets over, etc.
The Unique Benefits at this House:
PLEASE NOTE. This is not a party house. We are in a quiet residential area which strictly observes the Palm Springs noise ordinances. Any excess noise or outside music will result in police visits and fines which are the renter's responsibility
Pool Courtyard, Loungers and Fountain
Pool Courtyard & Outdoor Living room
Front Courtyard, Ancient Olive tree and Fountain
Living room, Fountain and Plasma
Fully Stocked Kitchen
Master, Sitting Room, Wardrobe and Plasma
Master Suite 2 Casita
Master Bath Shower
Master bath #2
Pool courtyard with amazing mountain views.
Pool with Mountain views
Living Room Opens to Pool Courtyard
Dining Room, Subzero and Bar
Casita 3 with Plasma and Spa Bath
Outdoor Spa Courtyard
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Date last modified - Friday, May 22, 2015
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