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...............