About the property
- House2373 sqft
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay30 - 60 nights
House, 2 Bedrooms + Den + maid's room, 3 Baths,(Sleeps 4-5) Original furnishings
Lo Laughing: A 1958 period Hollywood producer’s bungalow in Rancho Mirage:
Lo Laughing is the /Real Deal. An updated - yet lovingly preserved - mid century beauty, Liz Taylor, Diana Ross, Barbara Walters, Katherine Hepburn, Paul Newman and so many others partied in Lawrence Wingarten's home. The 'Liz Taylor' bar cart sits in the corner of the dining area. Ms. Taylor's schtick we are told was to wheel the cart at parties and mix drinks ( imagine her 'shaking' up a Whisky Sour....!!!)
In 1958 noted architect William Krisel (who just passed; NPR recently broadcast a piece on him0 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 available for seasonal rental.
Clean and furnished with period furniture - which was placed by a noted MGM set designer - 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 one vehicle with additional storage space for bicycles and sporting equipment. Mature fruit trees, manicured grounds and gardens and 80 towering Date Palms surround the property.
This property is adjacent to the Tamarisk Country Club, although 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 Viking range which is capped by an externally vented hood. The refrigeration is GE Monogram with an external ice dispensor; 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.
So many vintage mid-century homes have been chopped up or seriously modified' -this home has not. Barbara Marx lived next door - before she became Mrs. Frank Sinatra. We cannot guarantee that the ghosts of the past haunt - but if you close your eyes you just might hear Frank crooning...............
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- Apr 1, 2018
About Bill Slack
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!
Bill Slack purchased this House in 2009
Why Bill Slack chose Rancho Mirage
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?'
What makes this House unique
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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Check-in: 12:00 AM
Check-out: 12:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
Classic mid century, well equipped. Bill & Marc we’re excellent to deal with. Great location in Rancho Mirage. Pool and hot tub very convenient.Nice neighbours. Alan & Diane
Wonderful, Comfortable, Affordable, and Fun
If you want to go back to an easier time and don't know how to create it- Lo Laughing will bring you there. We had such a fabulous time lounging in this historic property - slept like a baby and enjoyed the pool ...and restaurants and shops in town. Bill and Mark were wonderful hosts. We will be back next year...and the year after!
Lo Laughing - Winter 2016-17
This is our fourth winter staying in Bill and Mark's wonderful home in Rancho Mirage. The home is comfortable and clean. To me a good night's sleep is very important. The beds are firm and as stated before, the linens are first quality.
Bill and Mark are very accessible should you have any questions or problems. They truly want your stay to be the best.
Terry and Linda have been model custodians of our home in the desert. They are building their own retreat currently, so we will miss them next year.
Perfect Weather, Perfect Location
We spent the months of January, February and March of 2012 at Lo Laughing. The weather was beautiful almost everyday and we absolutely loved the location. The neighborhood was great for biking or walking. Plus, we were less than 10 minutes from fine dining, shopping and entertainment.
The home was clean, comfortable and the furnishings were true Mid Century modern. The linens were high count and the towels were thick and plush. Bill and Mark were wonderful landlords. They made every effort to make our stay as enjoyable as possible. And yes, there was wine waiting for us upon our arrival.
Peace and Serenity.
My stay at Lo Laughing was during the months of March and April of 2011. It is a very peaceful, quiet, clean and comfortable home. Bill and Mark are the finest landlords that I have worked with during my 8 years of renting in the Desert area. They have furnished the home with all of the amenities of today's hi-tech needs combined with the beauty of Hollywood's glamour and nostalgia. I was fortunate to have found this home and more so to make a long lasting friendship with Bill and Mark. I look forward to my next stay at Lo Laughing.
Bill and Mark also own a ...
Bill and Mark also own a lakehouse in the Adirondacks that I have had the privilege to rent numerous times. I am delighted to assure you that they are terrific landlords. I arrive to a spotless house, bed made up with down puff and high count linens, and usually a bottle of wine in the fridge or some other thoughtful touch.
They have a flair for blending great comfort with a relaxed elegance.
You will not find fairer or more responsive and responsible landlords.
Once you discover Lo Laughing, you will be back, again and again.
Tamarisk is a mature, upscale residential area of Rancho Mirage - away from the PSP flight path and very quiet. Other Tamarisk Rancho resdients in our compound are retired professionals.
Additional information about rental rates
For long term rental, rate may be discounted. Weekly landscaping is included. Mature rose bushes line the windows in the guest room.