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Stunning Sonny and Cher Estate 'Villa Carmelita'

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Last updated: 07/31/2015
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  • Minimum stay:2 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:Yes

Property description

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

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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Property Type

  • House
  • 5000 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Optional
  • Car Available
  • Massage
  • Private Chef


  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:


  • Alternative Lifestyle
  • Children Welcome:

    There are pool toys in a box behind the pool and a Pack-n-Play in the closet of the children's room....moreless

  • Pets Considered:

    The compound is completely walled in so your pets can roam freely. $50 per pet...moreless

  • Smoking Allowed:


  • Suitable For Elderly Or Infirm
  • Wheelchair Accessible:

    There are 11 steps...moreless

Bedrooms: 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 13, Beds for 11-13

  • Bedroom 1: 1 queen


  • Bedroom 2: 1 queen


  • Bedroom 3: 1 queen


  • Bedroom 4: 1 queen


  • Bedroom 5: 1 double, 1 twin/ single


  • There are 5 sumptuously appointed bedrooms with dream mattresses and luxury 400 thread count linens. Also, they are equipped with plasma televisions, individually controlled air/heat and ensuite bathrooms....moreless

Bathrooms: 5 Bathrooms


  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games:

    Tons of board games....moreless

  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable:

    (5) New plasmas in every room including outdoor living room....moreless

  • Stereo:

    There is an advanced sound system in the house with speakers throughout and around pool area....moreless

  • Television
  • Toys:

    Pool toys in the brown box behind the pool....moreless

  • VCR
  • Video Library


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Botanical Garden
  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Coin Laundry
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Museums
  • Nude Beach
  • Playground
  • Recreation Center
  • Restaurants
  • Synagogues
  • Theme Parks
  • Water Parks
  • Waterfalls
  • Zoo

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Babysitter
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Eco Tourism
  • Gambling Casinos
  • Horseback Riding
  • Miniature Golf
  • Outlet Shopping
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Mountain
  • Mountain View

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Basketball Court
  • Cycling
  • Equestrian Events
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Mountaineering
  • Racquetball
  • Rock Climbing
  • Roller Blading
  • Spelunking
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Water Tubing


  • Dining:

    The huge, gorgeous 10 ft. dining room seats 10- 12there is a 10 foot table available outside which can be brought indoors for more seating....moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 12 people


  • Air Conditioning:

    Each casita (bedroom) has it's own self controlled unit and ceiling fan....moreless

  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access:

    There is wireless internet from everywhere on the property. The code is 1234567890...moreless

  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer:

    2 clothes dryers...moreless

  • Covered Parking:

    There is enough room for 4 cars inside the gate....moreless

  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace:

    There is a beautiful gas fireplace in the the outdoor living room. There is also a wood burning fire pit by the jacuzzi....moreless

  • Gas Fireplace:

    In the outdoor living room....moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    All bedrooms have their own ac/heat systems....moreless

  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided:

    Luxury linens and fine bedding....moreless

  • Living Room:

    The living room is stunning and includes and 50 inch plasma TV....moreless

  • Paper Towels
  • Parking:

    There is parking for 4 vehicles inside the gate and up to 5 cars out on the street....moreless

  • Parking Off Street:

    There os room for 5 cars off street parking....moreless

  • Parking On Street
  • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Security System
  • Telephone:

    Cell service...moreless

  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided:

    There are two bath towels and one pool towel provided per guest....moreless

  • Washing Machine:

    2 washing machines...moreless

  • Wireless Internet:

    You can also stream ITUNES from your computer wirelessly to the sound system in the house....moreless

  • Wood Fireplace:

    By the jacuzzi...moreless


  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker:

    Coffee maker and filters...moreless

  • Cooking Utensils:

    Fully stocked...moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Fully stocked...moreless

  • Dishwasher:


  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen:

    Kitchen is fully stocked with service for 12, pots and pans and spices....moreless

  • Microwave
  • Mini Refrigerator
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items:

    Fully stocked...moreless

  • Refrigerator:

    There is a new Subzero refrigerator and a seperate beverage and wine cooler....moreless

  • Stove:

    Viking range...moreless

  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Wood Deck

Pool / Spa

  • Heated Pool
  • Hot Tub
  • Jacuzzi
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool:

    Gorgeous original pool built in 1930 with original fountain....moreless

  • Whirlpool
  • Jetted Tub:

    Master suite has its own Jacuzzi roman bathtub....moreless

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Optional


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from 18 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
My Standard Rate
2 night min stay
$799 $1,199
Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
$6,500 $12,000

Rates are based on 11 guests; add $100 per night, per additional guest

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

Additional information about rental rates


  • AC 50/day if needed $100 + tax
  • cleaning $250 + tax
  • Pet Fee $50 + tax
  • Refundable Damage Deposit $1,000
  • pool heat 50/day if need $100 + tax
  • Tax Rate 11.5%


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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Last updated: 07/31/2015
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  • Purple Palm Restaurant

    "Amazing restaurant around the pool at the glamorous Colony Palms Hotel."

  • Workshop Kitchen + Bar

    "Super chic and hip- Mixologist mixes drinks and the food is amazing. Come dressed in your b..."

  • The Escena Grill

    "The best view in all of Palm Springs. You MUST eat here."

  • Mister Parker's

    "Dark, sexy and indulgent. Grab a drink and walk the grounds of this fabulous hotel. "

  • Sherman's Deli & Bakery

    "The best Jewish deli in Palm Springs."

  • Palm Springs Aerial Tramway

    "I know it sounds cheesy and touristy but it is actually amazing."

  • Tyler's Burgers

    "The best burgers in Palm Springs. This photo is wrong."

  • Palm Springs Aerial Tramway

    "This is incredible- not cheesy. You should try to do this."

  • Lulu California Bistro

    "Great place for a fun meal in downtown."

  • Indian Canyons

    "Great for hiking."

  • Spencer's Restaurant

    "Old school fancy PS restaurant. Business lunch during the week- 3 courses for only 19.99!"

  • Trina Turk Boutique

    "Awesome store and she lives on my street in the Boathouse!"

  • Birba

    "Beautiful outdoor bar."

  • Rick's Restaurant & Bakery

    "Great diner food for breakfast."

  • Native Foods

    "Great healthy casual food."

  • El Mirasol

    "You can walk here from the house. A dive mexican restaurant with great Margs. Stumble home."

  • Koffi Palm Springs

    "Best Koffee shop in PS."

  • Shanghai Red's Oyster Bar

    "Best fish tacos and seafood in town. "

  • Aspen Mills Bread Co

    "Best sandwich shop in town."

  • King's Highway

    "Great fancy diner food."

  • Estate Sale Co

    "Fun rummaging for furniture. Can find some great things. Hit or miss."


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


Owner info

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

Contact us

Speaks: english, german



  • Pool Courtyard, Loungers and Fountain

    Pool Courtyard, Loungers and Fountain

  • Pool Courtyard & Outdoor Living room

    Pool Courtyard & Outdoor Living room

  • Front Courtyard, Ancient Olive tree and Fountain

    Front Courtyard, Ancient Olive tree and Fountain

  • Living room

    Living room

  • Living room, Fountain and Plasma

    Living room, Fountain and Plasma

  • Fully Stocked Kitchen

    Fully Stocked Kitchen

  • Master, Sitting Room, Wardrobe and Plasma

    Master, Sitting Room, Wardrobe and Plasma

  • Master Suite 2 Casita

    Master Suite 2 Casita

  • Master Bath Shower

    Master Bath Shower

  • Master bath #2

    Master bath #2

  • Pool courtyard with amazing mountain views.

    Pool courtyard with amazing mountain views.

  • Pool with Mountain views

    Pool with Mountain views

  • Living Room Opens to Pool Courtyard

    Living Room Opens to Pool Courtyard

  • Dining Room, Subzero and Bar

    Dining Room, Subzero and Bar

  • Casita 3 with Plasma and Spa Bath

    Casita 3 with Plasma and Spa Bath

  • Outdoor Shower

    Outdoor Shower

  • Outdoor Spa Courtyard

    Outdoor Spa Courtyard

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