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Historic Spanish Hacienda, private park-like grounds

Ruth Hardy Park, Palm Springs, CA, USA
  • House2000 sqft
  • Bedrooms3
  • Sleeps8
  • Bathrooms3
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay1 - 4 nights

House, 3 Bedrooms + Other (See Description), 3 Baths, (Sleeps 8)

Villahermosa is a historic Spanish Hacienda located near Ruth Hardy Park in the Movie Colony area of Palm Springs. The home was built in 1936, and rumored to be the guest house of a famous celebrity. Our prime neighborhood location is close to town, out of the wind and offers spectacular mountain views.

As soon as you walk through the stained glass front door, you feel the warmth and soul of this classic hacienda. The brick, wood burning fireplace in the living room is one of the many beautiful features of the home. Each of the three bedrooms is professionally decorated in it's own unique theme.

The kitchen is fully equipped, including stainless steel appliances. Bathrooms are updated, but retain their original character. French doors in every major room lead to the large, private, 36 foot swimming pool and hot tub in the huge, freshly landscaped backyard. Enjoy the fresh citrus from our Grapefruit, Orange, Tangerine, and Lime trees. Dine outdoors with the choice of two different pergolas, or relax in our outdoor gazebo area.

The home is complete with Digital Cable TV (2), DSL, WiFi, Gas Barbecue, Fireplace, Stereo with CD/DVD, Jacuzzi Premium Hot Tub, new pool deck area, and poolside speakers. Located in the heart of Palm Springs, less than 3/4 mile to downtown shops, restaurants, galleries, the convention center, and the Spa Casino.

The property covers nearly 1/2 acre, and it is beautifully landscaped with flowers, lawn and 5 productive fruit trees.

We also offer a private chef and can provide grocery shopping prior to your arrival. Please email us for details.


Nearby is world class golf, hiking, botanical gardens, the aerial tram, water theme park, horseback riding, gyms, tennis, and a high-end factory outlet mall.

* Also check out nearby Joshua Tree National Monument and the living desert preserve.

* Disneyland (Anaheim) and Sea World (San Diego) are less than two hours drive.

Keywords: House, Historic, Spanish, Hacienda, Movie Colony, Ruth Hardy Park, Pool, Private



Member Since 2003
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Calendar last updated:
Feb 28, 2018
About Owner

My husband owns a home automation and lighting company, and I am a real estate agent and interior designer. We live in Redondo Beach, CA and love to come to the desert to unwind and enjoy the fantastic weather!

Owner purchased this House in 2003

Why Owner chose Ruth Hardy Park

I was staying in a vacation rental in this neighborhood and found this property while I was out for a jog. I love the character of old homes and as soon as I walked up to the old stained glass door, I knew this was a special home. It has a great hacienda feel. We chose the location because we love the history of the neighborhood, the proximity to Ruth Hardy Park for tennis, it is very quiet neighborhood with many interesting homes, and it is very close to downtown Palm Springs. Downtown Palm Springs offers world-class restaurants and shopping.

What makes this House unique

The property is on a corner lot that is completely private. We restored the original pool which is huge, 16' x 36'. The mountain views are priceless, and the property is 1/3 of an acre with many fruit trees such as grapefruit, orange, tangerine, pomegranate, and fig. I wanted the home to be a fun place to stay, so it is decorated with all unique, yet comfortable furniture that suits the style of the home. I have also found many interesting pieces of artwork to enjoy throughout the home. Most of our guests at this point are repeat guests, many of them have been coming back since the first year we started renting the home.


    • Internet
    • Pets Welcome
    • Air Conditioning
    • Swimming pool
    • Accessible
    • Heater
    • Fireplace
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Hot Tub
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
        • King size beds (1) King Bed in Master Suite, Queen size Beds (1) Queen bed in Mountain View Suite, and also in Pool View Suite, Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Two twin daybeds are located in the lounging arean of the Master Suite


        • 3 Bathrooms

            Location Type

              • Mountain View


                  • Away From It All
                  • Family
                  • Historic
                  • Romantic
                  • Spa


                      • Guests provide their own meals


                          • Iron & Board
                          • Air Conditioning
                          • Clothes Dryer
                          • Fireplace
                          • Free Long Distance
                          • Garage
                          • Hair Dryer
                          • Heating
                          • Broadband Access
                          • Linens Provided
                          • Parking Off Street
                          • Telephone
                          • Towels Provided
                          • Washing Machine
                          • Wireless Internet
                          • Wood Fireplace


                              • Microwave
                              • Coffee Maker
                              • Dishes & Utensils
                              • Dishwasher
                              • Ice Maker
                              • Kitchen
                              • Cooking Utensils
                              • Oven
                              • Pantry Items
                              • Refrigerator
                              • Stove
                              • Toaster


                                  • Dining
                                    three additional outdoor dining areas
                                  • Dining Area
                                  • comfy seating for 6 people


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


                                          • Deck / Patio
                                          • Gazebo
                                          • Lawn / Garden
                                          • Outdoor Grill
                                          • Tennis
                                            Ruth Hardy Park two blocks away with public tennis courts


                                              • wheelchair accessible

                                                Pool / Spa

                                                  • Heated Pool
                                                  • Hot Tub
                                                  • Private Pool


                                                      • cinemas
                                                      • live theater
                                                      • museums
                                                      • restaurants

                                                        Leisure Activities

                                                          • antiquing
                                                          • horseback riding
                                                          • miniature golf
                                                          • shopping
                                                          • sight seeing

                                                            Local Services & Businesses

                                                              • fitness center

                                                                Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                                  • cycling
                                                                  • golf
                                                                  • hiking
                                                                  • hot air ballooning
                                                                  • rock climbing
                                                                  • swimming
                                                                  • tennis


                                                                      • Hot Tub, Large (very)Private Pool, Central Air Conditioning, Digital Cable TV (2), Fully equipped Kitchen, No Smoking Please

                                                                        House Rules

                                                                        Check-in: 3:00 PM

                                                                        Check-out: 11:00 AM

                                                                        Cancellation Policy

                                                                        100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                                        26 Reviews


                                                                        Latest reviews

                                                                        Perfect family gathering place!

                                                                        Renee H.

                                                                        The kids were in the pool as the sun rose and after it set. We had wonderful outside meals, played crochet, card games and strolled through the neighborhood. Perfect!

                                                                        The "Real" Palm Springs at Villahermosa

                                                                        Frank C.

                                                                        Enjoyed two weeks of relaxation at Villahermosa…for us, a winter escape from snow country…and overall, a first class experience—While it’s a matter of taste, it’s puzzling why some people choose to live or vacation in the gated communities of Rancho Mirage, Indian Wells, Palm Desert and La Quinta…when they can experience the charm of Palm Springs circa 1935 and this authentic movie colony landmark. We thoroughly enjoyed our first visit to this home…underscored by beautiful landscaping, mountain views, citrus trees, a giant pool, privacy and just minutes to Ruth Hardy Park and downtown. If the property is still for rent next year (it appears to be on the market) we hope to come back again.

                                                                        Owner's Response:

                                                                        Thanks Frank! We feel the same way about Villahermosa! Looking forward to having you back next year!

                                                                        Very disappointing

                                                                        Edna L.

                                                                        The property is very spacious. Unfortunately it is not well kept or updated the pool area was full of dry leaves on the ground and some inside the pool. Two out of the three bathrooms have windows inside the shower and if someone is walking by they can see you taking a shower we all had to shower in the only restroom where you didn't have to worry about being seen naked. Plus two weeks after my stay I had to contact the property manager because no one reached out to me regarding my refund. Turns out they only refund by mail. Overall we made the best of our trip but I would not come back to this house.

                                                                        Owner's Response:

                                                                        The property is one of the first homes built in Palm Springs in 1935. We have restored the property and kept it's original charm. We take great pride in maintaining our property with a pool guy that comes twice a week and our gardener comes twice a week. It is a 1/3 acre walled in estate, and is extremely private. 1/3 of our guests are repeat guests that have been coming back year after year, and we have a total of 94-5 star reviews. We always return our guests deposits in a timely manner. I am sorry you were disappointed with your stay. Perhaps a hotel would be a better fit verses staying at a vacation rental.

                                                                        Quaint space, with surprises on every turn.

                                                                        Stephany R.

                                                                        This was a wonderful place to get away. We are leaving feeling very refreshed.

                                                                        Owner's Response:

                                                                        Thank you Stephany! Hope to have you back soon!

                                                                        Not coming back

                                                                        Wayne C.

                                                                        We would not rent this place again. Several issues with owner not responding to "fees" that were deducted from our damage deposit, paid to have the pool heated and it was not. BBQ was completely burnt out and falling apart. Owner supplied a new one when we complained but had to finish the assembly ourselves. Also the cleanliness of the house and property was very poor. Sorry to say I would not recommend this property to anyone!

                                                                        Owner's Response:

                                                                        I'm sorry these guests were disappointed in their stay. We take great pride in maintaining our historic property and providing excellent customer service. We have over 100 five star reviews with VRBO and other rental sites. Perhaps these guests are not used to staying in a vacation rental and may be better suited to stay in a hotel. This guest called me upon check in and said the bbq was not in good shape. I had a brand new stainless steel gas grill delivered and assembled in two hours. Unfortunately, these guests must not be familiar with a gas grill, as I later discovered after check out, they had filled the bbq with charcoal and ruined a brand new bbq.

                                                                        We do offer pool heat with an additional charge. These guests did not request or pay for pool heat.

                                                                        Convenient and comfortable

                                                                        Susan M.

                                                                        The grounds are lovely, the location is perfect, and the house provided the comfort of a home that a hotel cannot.


                                                                        Ruth Hardy Park, Palm Springs, CA, USA

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