Chic Modernism, Desert Vibe in the Historic Movie Colony

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Last updated: 10/11/2016
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  • Minimum stay:1-3 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:Yes

Property description

Welcome to the vacation you won't want to end! Embrace this magnificent custom home ideally situated in the heart of the historic Palm Springs Movie Colony.

Your own 'place in the sun' is awaiting you, where it would not be hard to imagine the likes of Elizabeth Taylor and Montgomery Clift lounging with you poolside in this elegant desert retreat. Former neighbors included Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, Gloria Swanson, Al Jolson, Tony Curtis and many more from the silent screen era to the martini and highball days of the ratpack.

Allow yourself to be drawn in to this desert hideaway where architectural elements are incorporated from the classic villa to the modern loft. From the unassuming exterior to the open and free-flowing floorplan, this house entices you on every level. Every space embraces the outdoors as the house gently wraps around the large and inviting lanai, pool and lush grounds.

Home includes: Beautifully hand thrown and diamond polished cement floors throughout; 14' high birchwood ceilings; large glass sliding walls and windows taking advantage of the magnificent views. Stereo system with in-ceiling speakers throughout home and patio and pool areas. Fire and security alarm system.

Kitchen: Unique pie-shaped kitchen (ideal for entertaining) with oversized ceasar-stone countertops and work space. Architectural stainless-steel appliances, wine refrigerator, custom glass back splash, gas fireplace, and birch cabinetry provide ample storage. Kitchen overlooks the great room, lanai, pool and mountains beyond.

Great Room (living and dining): 34-foot great room lends itself to entertaining on a scale, large or small. Mid-century furnishings, antiques, one-of-a-kind baby grand piano, large flat screen TV, DVD, surround sound, a rock wall awash in natural light, and lighted art niches all combine to make this contemporary living room architecturally interesting, warm and inviting.

The decor of the home boasts an extensive modern art and antique collection with a subtle nod to the whimsy in every room.

Master Bedroom has a queen-size bed with comfortable pillow-top mattress and tasteful linens. Includes walk-in closet, flatscreen TV, DVD, reading nook, gas fireplace, and large master bath with deep soaking tub, a two-person walk-through shower, extensive use of imported glass tile, custom two-faucet sink and large linen closet (a retreat on its own!).

The 'Zen Room' with its tranquil, soothing palette, is a multi-functional room. Its sliding opaque glass walls provide privacy and yet allow it to become an extension of the lanai, sharing in its beautiful breezes and mountain view. his bedroom has a queen-size bed with comfortable pillow-top mattress and tasteful linens, TV, DVD, and a 1960s console record player and stereo with a wide selection of classic vinyl for your nostalgic enjoyment. Entering the Zen Bathroom is like stepping into a jewel box. The cool ice-blue glass tiles, and polished white pebble flooring surround you, and the wall-hung urinal offers an added convenience. The extremely high-end fixtures are a statement of elegance.

'The Moderne Room' is both comfortable and practical offering a hint of humor while the more serious can utilize the room's Heywood Wakefield glass-top office desk, computer, fax and printer. The room has a full-size bed with ultra luxurious Temperpedic memory-foam mattress and tasteful linens. This bedroom has TV, DVD, and a full-length mirrored wardrobe closet. Furnishings include Paul McCobb dresser, Biedermier settee, and a 1959 Gidget Movie Poster.

'The Bungalow Suite,' while attached to the main house, is a step back in time. The suite can function as a stand-alone apartment and is styled in 1930's-50's streamline. Accessible from the great room, the suite also has a private entrance and patio and direct access to the lanai and pool. The kitchen is fully equipped with original 1930's gas stove and matching modular kitchenette. This room has an unusual small dining table with wood-grained formica, cream vinyl chairs, low-boy sofas and beautiful maple wood accent furniture. Birch cabinetry and closet, exposed metal ducting, and period bath fixtures and tile complete this suite's industrial deco design. The room has a queen-size bed with comfortable pillow-top mattress and tasteful linens, and includes large flatscreen TV, DVD, and original photography.

Lanai, Pool, Grounds and Garage: The home is situated on 1/3 of an acre and is VERY private. The lanai and pool areas are reminiscent of old Palm Springs and lushly surrounded by expansive lawns, screening hedges, fruit trees, palms and desert landscaping allowing for the utmost in privacy. A four-person conversation area is featured on a raised patio platform adjacent to the master bedroom's double sided fireplace and offers spectacular sunset views of the mountains.

The covered Lanai is a center point to the home. It features birchwood ceilings, a large round skylight with remote controlled retractable awning, large gas fire-pit, TV, DVD, all surrounded by comfortable round modular seating. The area has direct access to an outdoor kitchen complete with stainless steel gas barbecue grill, refrigerator, prep sink, and large ceasar-stone sit-up counter/bar.

The 37'x 18' pool is both beautiful and inviting. It is bordered by Italian glass tiles and is finished in a soothing custom blue/gray plaster. It is flanked on the far end by an 18-foot long fountain wall, the sound of which adds to the tranquility of the setting. The 12-person spa heats quickly and is sure to relax sore muscles at the end of a day. Fiber optic lighting enhances the evening further. The pool also contains two large tanning shelves with umbrella inserts.

Two-car garage, 4-car driveways, plenty of street parking. Includes use of bicycles, pool and sporting equipment.

Also great for commercial, television and film production daily shoots.

Palm Springs Transient Occupancy Tax Permit #44930000-2001130

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Property Type

  • House

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters
  • Alternative Lifestyle
  • Limited Accessibility
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Not Suitable For Children
  • Pets Considered
  • Wheelchair Accessible

Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 4-8

Bathrooms: 4 Bathrooms

Other Amenities

  • Fourth bedroom is attached apartment completely furnished with own kitchen and bath. Courtyard feel throughout with slide-away walls of glass. Home includes large lanai with misting system, ceiling fans, outdoor speakers, gas firepit, retractable sunshade, and flatscreen TV. Pool has 2 tanning shelves, water feature, fiber optic lighting, and wraparound seating. Home features 5 large flatscreen TVs, unique baby grand piano, and extensive modern art collection, period furniture and antiques....moreless


  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo


  • Cinemas
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Live Theater
  • Museums
  • Restaurants
  • Theme Parks
  • Zoo

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Massage Therapist

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Gambling Casinos
  • Horseback Riding
  • Miniature Golf
  • Outlet Shopping
  • Photography
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Mountain View

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Basketball Court
  • Cycling
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Racquetball
  • Rock Climbing
  • Roller Blading
  • Swimming
  • Tennis


  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking
  • Garage
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet


  • Catering Available
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator


  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Outdoor Grill

Pool / Spa

  • Hot Tub
  • Private Pool


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Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
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Sep 1 - May 31, 2017
3 night min stay
$3,300 $7,800
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  • Cleaning Fee $200 + tax
  • Refundable Damage Deposit $2,000
  • Tax Rate 11.5%

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Last updated: 10/11/2016
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Rotating aerial tramway to top of snow covered San Jacinto Mountain Range, movie star home tour (self guided or by bus), world class shopping and antiquing, short walk to Spa Resort & Casino and Palm Springs Convention Ccnter. Weekly open air market and street festival, International Film Festival, Bob Hope and Dinah Shore Desert Golf Classics, World reknown Classic Car Auction, Coachella Valley Music Fest, Indio Polo Grounds, Joshua Tree National Park, day hikes to historic Palm Canyon and sacred Indian Waterfalls, and so much more!! International Airport nearby.


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  • Front of house

    Front of house

  • Great Room toward Kitchen

    Great Room toward Kitchen

  • Kitchen


  • Gallery Hallway

    Gallery Hallway

  • Modern Bedroom

    Modern Bedroom

  • Lanai and Fire Pit

    Lanai and Fire Pit

  • Great Room from Kitchen

    Great Room from Kitchen

  • Master Bathroom

    Master Bathroom

  • Master Bedroom

    Master Bedroom

  • Zen Bedroom

    Zen Bedroom

  • Bungalow Suite

    Bungalow Suite

  • Pool and House

    Pool and House

VRBO #165000

This listing was first published here in 2008.

Date last modified - Wednesday, October 26, 2016

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