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This Fabulous Sprawling Celebrity Vacation Home is perfect for your next vacation destination.

Bedrooms 8
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights

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Minimum Stay
2 - 4 nights

About the property

House, 8 Bedrooms, 10.0 Baths, (Sleeps 18)

Formerly "The Harpo Marx Estate" by Wallace Neff. Located in Rancho Mirage, one of Hollywood's most iconic luminaries still shines just as brightly today over the Coachella Valley. Legendary film and stage performer Harpo Marx staked claim to a desert homestead, as tranquil and quiet as the superstar himself. This remarkable estate is available for rent exclusively from Vacation Palm Springs.

Nestled across 2.1 landscaped acres in Rancho Mirage, this remarkable 8 bedroom, 10 bathroom, 9,071 sq ft, estate is flanked by some of the most gorgeous mountain views imaginable.

An abundance of vibrant, picturesque details will catch your eye and capture your imagination the instant you enter this gated private retreat. From the tropical lagoon, two sparkling waterfalls and resort size pool; to the lighted tennis court and horse shoe pit, you will feel immersed in a regal setting from first glance.

The dramatic walk up to the home's entryway with its lush landscaping, winding stream and Oriental cross bridge, provides a limitless source of dreamy photo ops.

Once inside, the immense open spaces lined with cool, elegant marble flooring, provide ample enticement for further exploration. Around every corner an exciting new discovery awaits including: 27 ft. vaulted, exposed beam ceilings, a massive wet bar, and verdant, vista views, from walls of glass running the entire length of the plush living room.

A state of the art, commercial grade, high end kitchen with granite counter tops and wine room, provide everything one could possibly need for an intimate, gourmet breakfast or a lavish feast. You will be encapsulated in amenities and your every wish will seemingly be the home's command.

We cordially invite you to cross the double door threshold of your impeccable master bedroom suite, complete with sitting room/office with a plasma TV, crackling fireplace, two additional large screen TV's, cavernous walk-in closet, decadent master bathroom appointed with: spa tub, large walk-in shower, dual sinks and a piece de resistance salon area.

Three more stylish bedrooms can be found in this wing of the main house as well. All perfectly appointed with king beds, private baths, large screen TV's and more. Just off the pool area lies three separate and secluded Casitas each with its own sizable living room, large screen TV, private bedroom (with king bed & large screen TV), and a private bath with walk-in shower. The largest of the three Casitas boasts a private kitchen to boot!

In the east wing of the home you will find a cutting edge media suite that can double as a board room depending on your needs. For convenience, the room sports its own private half bath. Off the media room there is yet another bedroom with full bath, two queen beds, plus a large screen TV. This is an ideal room for any teens who may desire a fun and somewhat separate niche of their own.

The sky is the limit with how you can entertain in this historic treasure. Wow everyone you know with the rich history behind the home, or simply escape and hideout with a few loved ones in a castle fit for one of the most light hearted kings of the silver screen. This is a vacation destination that will not soon be forgotten! In homage to the home's legendary first owner, might we suggest downloading some of the beautiful music that harpist Harpo recorded throughout his career. What better way to celebrate such a unique and beloved home! According to Harpo's dear friend and American comedy writer Nat Perrin:

Harpo was an imp, on and off stage Harpo used to play golf at Tamarisk Country Club. He'd wear his swimming shorts. There were houses, lining the course, and everyone had a swimming pool. Harpo would play a little golf. Then, he'd jump in someone's pool, cool off, play some more golf, and then jump in someone else's pool. If you heard a splash, it was Harpo. Harpo wasn't really making an effort to be liked. Harpo was genuinely likable, lovable and pixieish.

Located in the upscale community of Rancho Mirage, The Hollywood Celebrity Estate served as a private oasis for the actor and his family for over two decades. Set within the private Tamarisk Country Club, the home was commissioned by Marx in 1956. Acclaimed mid-century architect to the stars, Wallace Neff, was charged with the task of forging the perfect desert compound for the whimsical celebrity.

The magnificent Former Harpo Marx Estate (lovingly dubbed "El Rancho Harpo"), stands today as an official historical landmark. This property was approved as a Rancho Mirage Historical Resource in 2007, per its outstanding architectural merit and historic personage. The Marx Brothers are credited as the founding members of the Tamarisk Country Club.

A time, a place, the home of laughter and light. Formerly The Harpo Marx Estate by Wallace Neff (c)1956. Magic Estate La Paz presented by MAGIC JANTHONY PROPERTIES. Photogrophy by Megan Keane. City Permit #4040

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Speaks: english, spanish, mandarin
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Calendar last updated:
January 16, 2017


Excellent! 4.7/5 -
(16 traveler reviews)

This Fabulous Sprawling Celebrity Vacation Home is perfect for your next vacation destination.
average rating of 4.6875 based on 16 reviews
Redondo Beach, CA


  • 5 of 5

The house was beautiful and enormous! The staff quickly responded to any issues or questions. The staff was so friendly, helpful and responsive.

  • Submitted: Jul 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: Vacation Palm Springs
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Jamul, CA

Family Retreat Weekend

  • 5 of 5

we loved the house and the grounds. We had excellent service before and during our stay.

  • Submitted: May 10, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: Vacation Palm Springs
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Surprise , AZ

Good Stay, Needs Better Cleaning!

  • 3 of 5

The house historic value is very interesting, the rooms are nicely layout for a big group and the kitchen was very comfortable. The house itself was not very clean and several appliances in the kitchen didn't work properly. We encounter several doors that didn't work as well, which became frustrating.

Its a great house for a big group, just needs some general maintenance to make it perfect!

The support from the home managers was great fixing issues. The team was great and very nice during the process. Gerald was awesome dealing with my corporate credit card mess !

  • Submitted: Oct 11, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: Vacation Palm Springs
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Irvine, CA

Great "Reunion" House!!!!

  • 5 of 5

It works for our family!!! Plenty of room for everyone, large kitchen. Great location! Nate has been wonderful to us! Very helpful! (Thanks, Nate!!!)

  • Submitted: Jun 9, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: Vacation Palm Springs
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los angeles

Gorgeous property

  • 5 of 5

Just hosted a friends and family retreat here over the Valentine's/President's Day weekend. Had

about 16 people staying adults and kids from Friday through Monday. The photos do not do the grounds and the house itself justice, it is 100 times better in real life a true literally feel like you are at a resort just for you and your friends. I have no complaints of significance and it was a marvelous weekend however I will mention a couple of things to be aware of: The price stated here on VRBO is not the price you will get this house for. A private management company rents out this house and it is almost twice the price per night as stated on VRBO. There were a few things that did not work in the house: back kitchen door was off kilter and did not close or lock, bar fridge has faulty thermometer as does the main kitchen pull out drink fridge so drinks in both of those fridges could only achieve cool not cold temp. Ice Maker on main kitchen fridge doesn't work well only managed to produce about 3 cups of ice all weekend. Stand up full size wine fridge did not work at all.

Jacuzzi jets are anemic...not working really. I suggest you DO NOT pay to have pool heated because if you use the jacuzzi at all at a hot temperature it automatically heats the pool and having the pool heated separately while also using the jacuzzi makes the pool way too hot to be refreshing. Those are my notes on what didn't work but despite those random items without a doubt the house is amazing, a true experience.

  • Submitted: Feb 18, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Great layout, grounds are beautiful and the kitchen is amazing.

  • Submitted: Sep 25, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: Vacation Palm Springs
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Nestled across 2.1 landscaped acres in Rancho Mirage, this remarkable 8 bedroom, 10 bathroom, 9,071 sq ft, estate is flanked by some of the most gorgeous mountain views imaginable.


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Rancho Mirage House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
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  • 10 Bathrooms
  • 8 Bedrooms, Sleeps 18
  • pets considered

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