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Stunning Sonny and Cher Estate 'Villa Carmelita'

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Pool Courtyard, Loungers and Fountain

Pool Courtyard, Loungers and Fountain Pool courtyard with amazing mountain views. Pool Courtyard & Outdoor Living room Pool with Mountain views Front Courtyard, Ancient Olive tree and Fountain Living Room Opens to Pool Courtyard Living room Living room, Fountain and Plasma Dining Room, Subzero and Bar Fully Stocked Kitchen Master, Sitting Room, Wardrobe and Plasma Master Suite 2 Casita Casita 3 with Plasma and Spa Bath Master Bath Shower Outdoor Shower Master bath #2 Outdoor Spa Courtyard

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Last updated: 04/22/2014
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  • Minimum stay:2 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:Yes

Mesa house 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.

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.

Property Type

  • 1 story
  • House
  • 5000 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental

      Meals

          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

          Onsite Services

          • Housekeeper Optional
          • Massage
          • Private Chef
          • Car Available

          Suitability

          • Pets Considered:

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

          • Wheelchair Accessible:

            There are 11 steps...moreless

          • 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

          • Low Allergen Environment
          • Long-Term Renters Welcome
          • Suitable For Elderly Or Infirm

          Bedrooms: 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14, Beds for 11-14

          • Bedroom 1: 1 queen

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          • Bedroom 2: 1 queen

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          • Bedroom 3: 1 queen

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          • Bedroom 4: 1 queen

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          • Bedroom 5: 1 double, 1 twin/ single

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          • 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

          Entertainment

          • Toys:

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

          • Video Library
          • VCR
          • Radio
          • Television
          • 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

          • CD Player
          • DVD Player
          • Music Library
          • Books
          • Games:

            Tons of board games....moreless

          Theme

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

          Attractions

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

          Leisure Activities

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

          local services and businesses

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

          Location Type

          • Mountain
          • Mountain View

          sports and adventure activities

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

          catering options

              • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

              Dining

              • 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

              forms of payment

                  • Accept Credit Card

                  General

                  • Parking Off Street:

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

                  • Living Room:

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

                  • Covered Parking:

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

                  • Gas Fireplace:

                    In the outdoor living room....moreless

                  • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer
                  • Wood Fireplace:

                    By the jacuzzi...moreless

                  • Telephone:

                    Cell service...moreless

                  • 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

                  • Broadband Access:

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

                  • Iron & Board
                  • Parking On Street
                  • Ceiling Fans
                  • Filtered Water
                  • Hair Dryer
                  • Laundry Soap
                  • Paper Towels
                  • Security System
                  • Basic Soaps
                  • Toilet Paper
                  • Internet
                  • Towels Provided:

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

                  • Wireless Internet:

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

                  • Washing Machine:

                    2 washing machines...moreless

                  • Clothes Dryer:

                    2 clothes dryers...moreless

                  • Air Conditioning:

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

                  • Heating:

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

                  • Linens Provided:

                    Luxury linens and fine bedding....moreless

                  • Parking:

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

                  house cleaning

                      • Housekeeper Optional

                      Kitchen

                      • Catering Available
                      • Kitchen:

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

                      • Dishes & Utensils:

                        Fully stocked...moreless

                      • Stove:

                        Viking range...moreless

                      • Grill
                      • 4 Ring Stove
                      • Cooking Utensils:

                        Fully stocked...moreless

                      • Ice Maker
                      • Stove
                      • Coffee Maker:

                        Coffee maker and filters...moreless

                      • Toaster
                      • Blender
                      • Coffee Grinder
                      • Mini Refrigerator
                      • Pantry Items:

                        Fully stocked...moreless

                      • Dishwasher:

                        Bosch...moreless

                      • Refrigerator:

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

                      • Freezer
                      • Oven
                      • Microwave

                      Outside

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

                      Payment Type

                      • Amex
                      • Visa
                      • Mastercard

                      Pool / Spa

                      • Jetted Tub:

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

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

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

                      • Whirlpool
                      • Outdoor Pool
                       

                      Reviews

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                      • Best Palm Springs retreat

                        Best Palm Springs retreat

                        • Guest Jasmine Y.
                        • Date of stay 11/01/13
                        • Review Submitted 11/08/13
                        The property is gorgeous, and the owner was so accommodating. We had an amazing time! The kitchen was fully equipped, and the bedrooms were beautiful! Even our designer friends were impressed with the Hollywood glamour! Thank you, Rudi!

                        Recommended for: Adventure seekers, families with teenagers, sightseeing, age 55+, romantic getaway, families with young children, girls getaway.

                        Did you find this review helpful? Yes | No Helpful votes: 0/0

                      • A perfect getaway

                        A perfect getaway

                        • Guest Anonymous
                        • Date of stay 08/08/13
                        • Review Submitted 09/18/13
                        This is the second time my girlfreinds and I stayed at Villa Carmelita and in both stays, we could not have asked for more. The property is beautiful, well equiped, and Rudy could not have been a more gracious host. This is a five star destination that I highly recommend.

                        Did you find this review helpful? Yes | No Helpful votes: 0/0

                      • LOOK NO FURTHER - THIS IS THE PLACE TO STAY!

                        LOOK NO FURTHER - THIS IS THE PLACE TO STAY!

                        • Guest Michael P. (Los Angeles, California)
                        • Date of stay 05/03/13
                        • Review Submitted 09/18/13
                        FROM THE MOMENT YOU WALK IN THE FRONT DOOR YOU KNOW YOU ARE IN FOR SOMETHING SPECIAL. RUDI HAS MADE THIS PROPERTY THE BEST PLACE TO STAY IN PALM SPRINGS. EVERY ATTENTION TO DETAIL WAS MADE AND COULD NOT HAVE FELT MORE COMFORTABLE. BEAUTIFULLY DECORATED, SPACIOUS, AMAZING POOL, INTIMATE AND ABOVE ALL 5 STARS. IF YOU ARE MAKING PALM SPRINGS A GETAWAY DESTINATION - THIS IS THE PLACE TO STAY!

                        Did you find this review helpful? Yes | No Helpful votes: 1/1

                      • Idyllic Home for Bachelorette Party!

                        Idyllic Home for Bachelorette Party!

                        • Guest bgreen6 (Portland)
                        • Date of stay 08/01/13
                        • Review Submitted 08/05/13
                        This home is nothing short of AMAZING. We spent the weekend here celebrating with a group of girls from all over the world that were in awe of its beauty. The owner is extremely accommodating and helped make our stay as pleasant as possible. We all cant wait to go back!!!!! Perfect for a girls getaway!!!

                        Recommended for: Girls getaway.

                        Did you find this review helpful? Yes | No Helpful votes: 1/1

                      • Awesome place, awesome time.

                        Awesome place, awesome time.

                        • Guest cculley2 (Seattle, WA)
                        • Date of stay 02/16/13
                        • Review Submitted 02/22/13
                        Stayed here last week with 2 other families and it is a great place to just relax -- especially if you have a bunch of kids. The pool kept them happy for hours - it's warm, lots of pool toys, great enclosed space. House and accommodations were great. The owner was super helpful. Definitely coming back.

                        Recommended for: Families with teenagers, families with young children, girls getaway.

                        Did you find this review helpful? Yes | No Helpful votes: 3/3

                      • A Fantastic Weekend Trip!

                        A Fantastic Weekend Trip!

                        • Guest Aztec Trip 2012 (San Francisco, Ca)
                        • Date of stay 08/03/12
                        • Review Submitted 11/11/12
                        The house exceeded our expectations! The pictures of this property, fantastic though they are, don't show all the little details that made this house special AND so convenient: Extra towels poolside, the misters, magazines and books and interesting design details, lots of kitchen gadgets and tools, 2 sets of stackable laundry machines/dryers -- I could go on and on. Rudy is fantastic -- Helpful, trustworthy and just delightful! We would definitely rent from him again!

                        Recommended for: Adventure seekers, families with teenagers, sightseeing, age 55+, romantic getaway, pet owners, girls getaway.

                        Did you find this review helpful? Yes | No Helpful votes: 2/2

                      • Fabulous stay at villa carmelita

                        Fabulous stay at villa carmelita

                        • Guest Sophia Howell (Uk)
                        • Date of stay 05/25/11
                        • Review Submitted 06/02/11
                        We are just about to walk out the door and we are already sad to be leaving. We spent a week here with family and children and the villa catered for us all. What a fabulous space and the pool is just amazing. Perfect for cooling off after a hard day shopping. The villa is very well equipped making catering easy. The AV equipment meant we could listen to music outside as well as in and made for a great party atmosphere. One thing to point out is that 3 bedrooms open directly onto the swimming pool which is something to bear In mind if you are bringing young children. We created a barricade using din loungers to make sure they didn't wander on the wrong direction at night. I can't recommend the owner Rudi highly enough. Such a kind and charming guy. Thank you Rudi for allowing us to use your beautiful home x

                        Recommended for: Families with teenagers, sightseeing, age 55+, romantic getaway, pet owners, families with young children, girls getaway.

                        Did you find this review helpful? Yes | No Helpful votes: 6/6

                      • Villa Carmelita...Wonderful Place To Stay

                        Villa Carmelita...Wonderful Place To Stay

                        • Guest Sandy (St. Louis, MO)
                        • Date of stay 12/27/10
                        • Review Submitted 05/05/11
                        We had the pleasure of renting Villa Carmelita between Christmas and New Years 2010. The home is just absolutely stunning and perfect for a group to enjoy together yet allowing everyone plenty of individual space. It has everything needed for a "retreat" or to use as a home base for enjoying the Palm Springs area. Rudy, the owner, could not have been a better host. He was friendly, helpful, accessible and willing to do anything to make our time there wonderful. The history of the home added to our memories! This was a great place to stay.

                        Recommended for: Adventure seekers, families with teenagers, sightseeing, age 55+, romantic getaway, girls getaway.

                        Did you find this review helpful? Yes | No Helpful votes: 2/2

                      • Bachelorette Bliss

                        Bachelorette Bliss

                        • Guest Nelpy (Florida)
                        • Date of stay 02/19/11
                        • Review Submitted 04/30/11
                        Villa Carmelita was an amazing place to stay for a bachelorette party. There was ample room for one and all, and the house itself was beautiful. We had such a great time hanging out by the pool, taking walks around the beautiful neighborhoot, and just having a very relaxing time. Would definitely go back!

                        Recommended for: Adventure seekers, families with teenagers, sightseeing, age 55+, romantic getaway, families with young children, girls getaway.

                        Did you find this review helpful? Yes | No Helpful votes: 1/5

                      • The Best Escape in Palm Springs

                        The Best Escape in Palm Springs

                        • Guest Raja (San Francisco)
                        • Date of stay 04/14/11
                        • Review Submitted 04/19/11
                        I've stayed in many houses in Palm Springs over the past few years, and having discovered Villa Carmelita this year, I will not be looking for anywhere else to stay in the future. Rudi, the designer/owner, has turned this property into a design feat -- blending oriental touches and rich details with the clean Palm Springs lines and openness. It's a magical house (mirrors and orbs everywhere! yet never crosses the cheesy line -- very classy design balance), you can spend hours exploring the various corners of the space, indoors and outdoors; enjoy dreaming through the awesome design books by the pool, cooking a decadent dinner with your friends, or having a dance party pretty much anywhere you want thanks to the awesome sound system. With so many various areas to retreat to, you can pick your mood -- excellent if you're a big group. Finally, Rudi is wonderful to deal with! Thank you again for a wonderful stay.

                        Recommended for: Adventure seekers, families with teenagers, romantic getaway, families with young children, girls getaway.

                        Did you find this review helpful? Yes | No Helpful votes: 5/5

                       
                      Rental basis: Per property
                      Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
                      My Standard Rate
                      2 night min stay
                      $599 $1,199
                      Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
                      $7,493

                      Additional information about rental rates

                      Fees:

                      • Pet Fee $50
                      • Refundable Damage Deposit $1,000
                      • Tax Rate 11.5%

                      Notes:

                      The rates are $1199 per night. The rates can go as low as $599 per night depending how long you stay.

                      I unfortunately am not taking reservations for weddings or large parties anymore.

                      $50 per pet

                      $50 per day AC surcharge when applicable

                      $50 per day for pool heat if desired


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                      Last updated: 04/22/2014
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                      Location

                      • Purple Palm Restaurant

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

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                      • Workshop Kitchen + Bar

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

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                      • The Escena Grill

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

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                      • Mister Parker's

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

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                      • Sherman's Deli & Bakery

                        "The best Jewish deli in Palm Springs."

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                      • Palm Springs Aerial Tramway

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

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                      • Tyler's Burgers

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

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                      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.


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                      Speaks: german, english

                       

                      Photos

                      • 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

                      $599 - $1,199 per night (USD)
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                      5 Bedroom / 5 Bathroom
                      Sleeps 14

                      View calendar: Updated 04/22/14
                      Minimum stay: 2 nights
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