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Bedrooms 4
Property type estate
Minimum Stay 2 - 30 nights


About the property

Estate, 4 Bedrooms, 3 Baths, (Sleeps 8)We have blow beds for extra guests

Be cool. 40ft swimming pool for laps, playing or staying cool. 80ft of covered patios, outdoor fans, Mexican tile, Bbq, tables, chairs and conversational areas.

Plenty of pool glasses to sip margaritas on the lounges by the pool. Sit in the tea house, fans, lights and music to stay cool. Unfortunately, my mother in law passed away January 2014 and the second building is vacate.

Minutes to the action in downtown Palm Springs and located in Old Racquet Club West.

Escape to the tranquil and lazy days at Villa de Catalina. The Villa is nestled in the neighborhood to the stars—Onassis, Betty Davis and Joan Crawford and where Marilyn Monroe and Natalie Wood use to hang out at the old Racquet Club West.

Enter to mountain views, numerous fountains and a large private swimming pool.

The two over-sized verandas have ceiling fans, lighting, Mexican tile floors, music and misters.

Japanese tea house for early morning coffee break. Or a quiet retreat to read the daily morning newspaper or listen to music .

Your stay will include:

• Four bedrooms and three granite tile baths: one with dual showers, jacuzzi tub. One bath with large walk in shower with over-sized shower head, the other bath has bath and shower combination.

• Master bedroom features wood floors with private entry to outdoor veranda and pool.

• 4 bedrooms—1 king, 3 doubles, 1 twin, 2 double blow up beds; plenty of closet and drawer space for longer stays.

• Fully stocked state-of-the-art kitchen for entertaining with high efficiency appliances (Jenn-Air, Viking, Maytag, Bosch). Kitchen leads directly to outdoor veranda with BBQ, large granite counter, over-head fans, lights, misters. Cozy seating and tables for large groups.

Laundry facilities on site.


• Southwestern Spanish Villa flare with eclectic style throughout; plantation shutters, ceiling fans and centralized air, mexican tile floors and tile roof.

• Environmentally sensitive and equipped with solar panels and indigenous desert plantings, and landscaped with large palm and fruit trees.

• Two verandas – one for outdoor dining with built-in gas grill that overlook the pool. Ample seating and tables for eating or watching a sunset. Misters, music, ceiling fans and lights make for special moments.

• Numerous outdoor seating areas for larger events.

Palm Springs has something for everyone. Be our guests and enjoy the experience.

Keywords: Southwestern Spanish Villa


• World-famous Aerial Tramway to the cooler climate of Palm Springs; enjoy dinner on top of the mountain or hike one of the numerous hiking trails.

• Coechella Music Festival (annually in April).

• Stagecoach Country Music Festival (late April).

• Palm Springs International Film Festival (annually in January).

• Tennis—Indian Wells BNP Paribas Open - ATP World Masters and WTA event (annually in March).

• Casinos—Agua Caliente, Augustine Casino, Morongo, Spa Resort, Fantasy Springs Resort, Spotlight 29.

• Theaters—Annenburg, McCallum Theatre.

• Museums—Palms Springs Air Museum, Palm Springs Art Museum, El Paseo Artwalk, Agua Caliente Cultural Museum, Indian Museum and ceremonial Indian Pow Wows and the unique Cabot Pueblo Museum.

• Golf at world class courses or watch the pros—Desert Willow, Indian Canyon, Tahquitz Creek, Mesquite, Escena and more.

• Tour homes of movie stars of the past and neighborhoods of mid-century modern homes (Celebrity Tours, P.S. Windmill Tours).

• Shopping: Downtown Palm Springs, Desert Hills Premium Outlets, Cabazon Outlets, The Shops on El Paseo, Street Fair-every Thursday evening in Palm Springs.

• Day Spas – Spa Resort downtown Palm Springs, Agua Serena Spa, Miracle Springs Spa, The Wells Spa, Spa Esmeralda.

• Other attractions: Desert Adventures, Hummer Tours, Big Wheel Tours, Smoke Tree Stables, Funseekers.


• Disneyland (1.5 hours)

• Six Flags Magic Mountain (2 hours)

• San Diego Zoo (1.5 hours)

• Legoland (1.5 hours)

• Universal City Walk/Universal Studios (2 hours)

• Santa Monica Pier/Venice Beach/Marina Del Rey (2 hours)

• Las Vegas (4 hours)

• Grand Canyon (6.5 hours)

Nearby ski resorts: Mountain High (1 hour 15 minutes), Bear Mountain (Big Bear 2 hours)

More Details

Property Manager
Claudio de Medeiros
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 19, 2018

About Claudio de Medeiros

We have been renting our homes for over ten years and have enjoyed the various people from all areas of the world.

Claudio de Medeiros purchased this estate in 2005

Why Claudio de Medeiros chose Racquet Club West

Love Palm Springs. People friendly, great climate, culturally inspiring.

What makes this estate unique

Large private and tranquil -- once behind our walls you don't want to leave! Close to all amenities.


Racquet Club West Estate Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • estate
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • smoking allowed ...
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Golf Course Front ...
  • Monument View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Resort ...
  • Ski-In ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 10 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
  • 3 bathrooms
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • King size bed (1), Double Beds (3), Twin Bed(1), 2 blow up beds, 2 down filled Couches
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Gazebo ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • limited accessibility ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Private Pool ...
  • jetted tub ...
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • duty free shops
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • luaus
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • racquetball
  • rock climbing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Board games


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average rating of 4.571429 based on 21 reviews

Everything we needed

  • 5 of 5

Claudio's place was perfect for our Coachella weekend. Kitchen was stocked with everything we needed for cooking. Dishwashing, laundry and laundry supplies were readily available.

The view of the mountains from the pool was very relaxing. The house was only a mile from the nearest Coachella shuttle stop, so it was very convenient.

  • Submitted: Apr 19, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Charming with a side of uniqueness

  • 5 of 5

Claudio's house is everything described. My friends and I were attending a wedding next door at the estate and this made for an amazing place to stay while attending the weekend festivities. We loved the grill in the backyard!

  • Submitted: Apr 11, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Michael for your kind words. Regards, Claudio & Maggie.
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Pretty good place, with a couple caveats

  • 3 of 5

First off, the property is massive and can easily accommodate 12 (or more!) people. Kitchen, bathrooms, bedrooms are all tidy and everything works well. We brought a gaggle of kids and adults and there was plenty of room for everyone, and all-in-all we had a good time. So that's nice.

That said, there are 3 things you should be aware of before renting.

1 - The location is on the very, very edge of Palm Springs. Like, literally the last house on the block. And past it... there's nothing. Neighborhood is fine, and safe. Just very remote.

2 - Get ready for a lot of YELLOW. Every wall of every room (and cabinets) has been painted the exact same shade of mustard yellow. It's clean, new paint. But it might not be to everyone's taste.

3 - In cooler months, you can request that the pool be heated. Per the contract it'll cost you $100/day to heat it to 83 degrees. Which is, frankly, quite expensive and not very warm. There's nothing else outside to keep you warm - no fire pit, no area heater, no outdoor fireplace, no hot tub. So if you're planning to vacation here during the winter, be aware that swimming may not be comfortable.

We asked for the pool temp to be raised, and the owner did comply on Day 2. But by Day 3 of our trip, the pool heater had either stopped or been shut off and it went back to being cold again. It was frustrating, considering how much extra we spent on heating the pool.

In general, the place didn't knock our socks off -- small TV, no carpet in the living room, odd decor choices, tricky car gate, remote location -- but it got the job done. It's big, it's clean, and it's in Palm Springs. And sometimes, that's all you need for a family getaway.

  • Submitted: Jan 28, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We have rented this property for 10 years and this is the first time someone has complained about the pool hearing. We have in our contract that the pool is heated at 83 degrees. Unfortunately, the day time temperatures were in the low 60's and in the night the temperasures were in the low 40's. I raised the temperature to 86 degrees for the first time to please our client. He accused me of cheating him and told the pool does not cost $100 per day to heat so l texted him our pool heating bill two weeks ago and it was $ 273. He also said that l ruin his vacation because the pool was not hot enough. I told him the pool is not a jacuzzi and pools are not heated at 102 degrees. We have a 2 person jacuzzi in the master bedroom which he never used.
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Palm Springs Family Reunion

  • 4 of 5

We had a pretty large group and the home was very comfortable. We were a bit misled by the number of people who could sleep there, thinking there were enough beds to accommodate all of us. Some of us own vacation property and we don't count air mattresses and couches as part of the sleeping arrangements. The kitchen, dining room, outdoor veranda, and pool were perfect for our group. There were also some soiled cookware in the cabinets, but we were given a discount for the inconvenience of cleaning those pans. Claudio was a good host and patient as we tried to figure out the wifi login. All in all, it was a good experience.

  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2016
  • Stayed: March 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Very Relaxing

  • 5 of 5

Great spot for a relaxing time with a bigger group. The pool is perfect and there are two covered patios to stay out of the sun. Claudio is very helpful with anything you may need or have questions about.

  • Submitted: Jul 28, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We thank you for your kind words. Best wishes and we look forward to you vacationing here again. Regards, Claudio & Maggie.
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Inaccurate description. poorly maintained property. bad customer service. vacation nightmare!!

  • 1 of 5

I booked this property through VRBo and the booking was quick.

But my journey went downhill as soon as i stepped in the home, review process does not allow adding pictures else I would have attached some to forewarn other fellow travelers on what they are getting into.

Day 1 as soon as we entered we found that the pool is green, so green that it looked as if the pool is painted green, we later found out that it was algae infested. Owner didnt took the hassle of turning on the water filter or putting chlorine before we arrived.

Wait there is much more!!

Air conditioning in bedrooms was very uneven on Day 1, Day 2 it wasn't even working, I called owner several times and left voice mails but he didn't respond, next day he came in the morning and blamed us for breaking the AC by turning it too low. he didn't even want to see the picture we had of thermostat where the temperature was set to 70. Imaging how we would have spent time in 95 degrees heat.

Pictures on the VRBO are very misleading, it doesn't look that way at all.

Main door sensor is not working, it doesn't detect cars in the way and broke my left view mirror as it started to close with my car pulling out of the driveway which i couldn't move due to oncoming traffic.

Free-wifi is a myth, it never worked. We tried reboot but you won't even see any available network.

Bedding were smelly and probably infested, seems like they have never been changed.

In one Bath room shower temperature control was broken so there was always hot water.

In another bathroom toilet was leaking.

Low quality spring mattresses in all bedrooms other than master bedroom.

Furniture in living area very old, broken and not as same as picture.

  • Submitted: Jun 6, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I expected this response from these people because I reported them to home away / Vrbo. I have been doing rentals for 12 years and these people are in my top 5 worst renters . The renters forgot to tell you that we allowed them in 4 hours early plus gave them one night of free pool heating before they arrived. Secondly, they forgot to tell you that I told them there was a wind storm the night before. Sand got into the pool and the pool person was there to clean the pool on Saturday morning before their arrival. I told them it would take approximately 5 hours for the pool to clear and the pool person came over immediately when the renters complained. My pool person checked the pool by dipping in a pool tester to make sure the pool was safe to swim and it was. The pool did clear by the evening so we took care of the problem. The renters also forgot to tell you that they made a mess of the property with paper plates and cups scattered throughout the property, they broke 2 window shutters ($150) thanks to their children and for 6 people used over 20 towels for 2 days. When they complained about the air conditioning, my worker was over there immediately again, all the family members were wrapped it blankets because it was so cold. The renters also put the air conditioning to unsafe levels of 56 degrees which froze the unit for the night. I never told them that they broke it but that they just froze the unit. When they checked out, they were still in Palm Springs and I had asked them to come by to show them the air conditioning was working fine and that they were the problem. The renters never told me there was a problem with the wifi so I was there last weekend and it was fine. The new pictures were just posted Monday June 6 so of course the pictures do not look right. We added a newer dining room set and blue tooth wireless sound system. The beds are new from 2014 and the tags are on the mattresses to prove. We have only rented the property in the last 2.5 years maybe 15 times due to my mother in law having cancer and passing January 2015. The sheets are all Ralph Lauren and are great quality. When I first spoke with the renters they complained about the last rental they stayed at and I told them that our house has two air conditioning units, one for the front part and one back part for the bedrooms.These renters were looking for a free rental and I was not backing down to them. I made a formal complaint prior to this negative feedback
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Nearest Airport
5 Miles
Palm Springs International Airport
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Minutes to downtown Palm Springs, casinos
Nearest Train
3 Miles
Palm Springs
Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
Interstate highway 10
Nearest Beach
100 Miles
Laguna, Newport, Venice, Santa Monica
Car: recommended

Short ride to downtown Palm Springs and the Aerial Tram. Enjoy downtown's block party every Thursday night or escape into the resort flare of Villa de Catalina for your entire stay!


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $99
Cleaning Fee $250
Pet Fee $50
Tax Rate 11.5%

All renters must sign a short term lease agreement. Pool Heating is not included and the charge is $100 per night. The pool is cold from October till June.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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