Lo Laughing: A Period Producer's Bungalow in Rancho Mirage(4 Reviews)
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- Minimum stay:1-60 nights
- Property type:House
- Pets considered:Yes
- Wheel chair accessible:Yes
About the Property
House, 2 Bedrooms + Den + maid's room, 3 Baths, (Sleeps 4-5)
In 1958 William Krisel designed for the founding members of the Tamarisk Country Club -including the Marx Brothers - a small colony of freestanding 2000 sq. ft. plus garage bungalows around what was at the time one of the largest pools in the desert. Each private home was sited on 1/5 acre and each was unique - featuring a stone or brick fireplace, large glass walls, post and beam construction and clearstory windows. A common park area with pool and spa is the colony focal point. The site: Tamarisk Ranchos, in Rancho Mirage, California, a former date palm ranch adjacent to Palm Springs, is a stone’s throw from the Tamarisk Golf and Country Club. This intimate, historical and unique colony is being showcased by the 2015 Palm Springs Modernism Week tour, and will be featured in the spring 2015 issue of 'Atomic Ranch' magazine.
Lo, Laughing, on the cul de sac Tamarisk Lane, was the desert bungalow of producer Lawrence Weingarten (several Marx and Hepburn/Tracy pictures including the Newman/Taylor classic 'Cat on a Hot Tin Roof'). Owned by his family until purchased by the current owners, and architecturally intact and historically plaqued, the property is now available for seasonal rental.
Clean and furnished with period furniture, this two bedroom, three bathroom home sleeps four and has a third unfurnished bedroom/maid’s quarters. Two-zone central heating and cooling ensure comfort. The attached garage accommodates a mid-sized vehicle with additional storage space for bicycles and sporting equipment. Mature fruit trees, manicured grounds and gardens and towering date palms surround the property.
This property is very near the Tamarisk Country Club, but is not on the course and there are many, many accessible courses - both public and private - in the immediate vicinity. The area has over 40 tennis clubs.
The mid-century style and vision of the architect William Krisel is pure and intact throughout. The newly carpeted large master bedroom sports a Cal-king sized bed, two large closets and en-suite full bath with tub/shower, and marble floor. The carpeted (also newly) guest bedroom has a queen bed, oversized closet and large en-suite bathroom with enclosed shower. A separate entrance from the private yard coupled with pocket doors allow the adjacent den to be used as a sitting room to create a guest suite. The den also accesses the third bathroom/with shower and a maid's room has twin beds for use in a pinch. New high-end linens are among the many details that add to the refined ambiance of this home. The kitchen has been gutted and thoroughly renovated and features custom Ian Bell cabinetry with carbon fiber finishes, and a new Viking range which is capped by an externally vented hood. The refrigeration is GE Monogram with an external ice dispensor and there is a requisite dishwasher. All appliances have stainless finishes. The kitchen is fully assesorized for serious cooking.
Remarkably, the home is furnished with the original Monteverde Young pieces, designed for Mr. Weingarten, including the bedroom suite. The living/dining area is approximately 900 sq. ft. and looks out on a lushly landscaped central park and shared spa/heated pool where 60' tall date palms frame mountain views. The interior has been freshly painted with original pale colors. New area rugs and a vintage Chinese rug create the living and dining areas respectively on the honed Carrara marble floors.
Security and cleaning deposits are required commensurate with rental duration. Non-smoking only, and a pet must be negotiated. Landscaping, heated pool and spa, and pool/spa service costs are provided through the home-owner's association and are not additional costs to the renter. Cable TV and broadband high-speed internet service with Wi-Fi are available. Gas and electric utilities are included up to limits to be negotiated based on rental duration - added costs must be paid separately based on use. Note: homes with private pools must be heated in the Winter and that cost alone can be $1- 1.5k a month. The heated Tamarisk pool - which is shared but usually very private - is included.
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Member since: 2009
- 2100 sq. ft.
- Max. occupancy 6
- Non Smoking Only
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Long-Term Renters Welcome
- Alternative Lifestyle
- Wheelchair Accessible
Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 4-6
- Khing size beds (1), Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (2)
Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms
- i-pod dock
- DVD Player:
- Satellite / Cable:
- Tourist Attractions
- Botanical Garden
- Health/Beauty Spa
- Live Theater
- Theme Parks
- Water Parks
Local Services & Businesses
- Fitness Center
- Massage Therapist
- Medical Services
- Bird Watching
- Eco Tourism
- Gambling Casinos
- Horseback Riding
- Miniature Golf
- Outlet Shopping
- Sight Seeing
- Wildlife Viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities
- Golf Privileges Optional
- Mountain Biking
- Mountain Climbing
- Rock Climbing
- Child's Highchair
- Dining Area
- Seating for 8 people
- Air Conditioning:
- Broadband Access:
- Clothes Dryer
- Hair Dryer
- Iron & Board
- Linens Provided:
- Living Room:
- Parking Off Street
- Coffee Maker:
- Cooking Utensils:
- Dishes & Utensils:
- Ice Maker
- Deck / Patio
- Lawn / Garden:
- Outdoor Grill:
|Dates||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
Nov 23 - Apr 30, 2017
60 night min stay
May 1 - May 31, 2017
30 night min stay
Jun 1 - Sep 30, 2017
30 night min stay
Oct 1 - Nov 22, 2017
30 night min stay
Additional information about rental rates
- Taxes Not included
For long term rental, rate may be discounted. Our long term tenants recently cancelled for the upcoming season; they purchased a home.
Fully refundable security deposit and all rental paid before possession.
on approval, pet deposit additional
Manager's cancellation policy:
50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
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Tamarisk is a Mature, upscale residential area of Rancho Mirage - away from the PSP flight path and very quiet.
Year Purchased: 2009
About: Mark and Bill are transplants to San Diego from Providence, Rhode Island. In addition to Lo Laughing, they maintain an available lakeside camp on Lake Titus in the Northern Adirondack Mountains (ADK by owner) . Mark is an Engineer in the Defense Industry; Bill is retired from 32 years in the administration of Brown University and currently consults. Lo Laughing has provided a first class hands on lesson in mid-century modern and they are loving it as they learn!
Why Rancho Mirage, CA, USA:
We looked many places (Savannah, Charleston, Tucson, Miami, Charlottesville - for a warm weather home and bought Lo Laughing on sight. Shortly after, floating in the 85 degree pool - with snow covered mountains on the horizon, we looked at each other and said 'duh' in unison. It is just perfect. Palm Springs, Rancho Mirage and Palm Desert surround us and provide for any possible need - practically, aesthetically and culturally. The health care is top -notch. 'Duh! What took us so long?'
The Unique Benefits at this House:
Our warm, interesting, and sophisticated neighbors create the attractive, stable and respectful 16-home community in which this home is situated. Our home was frequented by many Hollywood legends including Elizabeth Taylor, Barbara Walters, Diana Ross, The Marx Brothers, Paul Newman, Frank Sinatra etc. etc. No ghosts (so far) but many stories.
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The home fronts a parklike setting
Natural Stones in the fireplace face a Monte Verdi Young seating area.
Carrara Marble floor; Chinese Carpet, Monte Verdi Young Dinning Suite/chandelier
Monte Verdi Young bedroom suite
Heated pool is 50 feet from the house. Towering date palms frame mountain views.
Krisel's glass walls frame the manicured grounds.
Guest suite bath with shower left, dual sinks and marble floor.
Den TV room with large screen TV, DVD and ipod dock. Vintage Lucite table.
Quiet hedged access off den.
Note brutalist chandelier (Green for Monte Verdi Young)
Active, working fireplace for cool 'winter' evenings.
Gas Bar B Que
Ian Bell cabinetry/carbon fiber finishes and vintage pulls, granite countertops.
View of den/TV room from living room
King master bed, custom mattress with flat screen TV facing bed
Master bath has tub/shower and marble floor and counter.
Hot tub too!
Guest suite has queen bed. Vintage desk-in-desk on left.
Den / TV room with flat screen TV.
Red/White Grapefruit and Myers Lemon tree on property
At night, romantic lighting is everything!
Maid's room for storage has twin beds for use in a pinch - w/ separate 3rd bath.
Kitchen features a new Viking range, and GE Monogram refrigeration
This listing was first published here in 2009.
Date last modified - Monday, March 13, 2017
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