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Grand Old Dame! Mid-Century Movie Colony Classic! Pool! Spa! Mountain Views!

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Last updated: 03/22/2017
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  • Minimum stay:3 nights
  • Sleeps:6
  • Bedrooms:3
  • Bathrooms:3
  • Property type:House
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:Yes

VRBO Bear stayed here: We found this property to be beary special Read review

About the Property

House, 3 Bedrooms, 3 Baths, (Sleeps 6)


“Grand Old Dame” (3,100 sq ft)- Step into a splendid place and time to experience the celebrated Palm Springs of yesteryear. Built in 1961, this vintage mid-century modern home in her original condition will transport you to the glamorous Golden Days of Hollywood. This magnificent gem is nestled in the heart of the Historic Palm Springs Movie Colony, which was the original playground in the desert for some of Hollywood’s most famed stars, actors, writers and directors. Adjacent to the Tony Curtis house, across the street from the original Dinah Shore house and two blocks from the original Frank Sinatra house, it’s not too difficult to imagine yourself lounging poolside sipping martinis with stars and starlets of a bygone stage and screen era.

A must stay for the Mid-Century purist. The circular driveway and wraparound circular stone wall lures you into this unique desert hideaway where inspiring visual delights of mid-century modern appeal are everywhere you look. The grand entrance with open floor plan and floor-to-ceiling walls of glass invites the outdoors in – a quintessential Palm Springs element for entertainment and enjoyment.

The crown jewel of the “Grand Old Dame” is the unique rotunda in the main living area. A circular sofa with seating for 18 people and a circular fire pit on raised terrazzo tile with circular ceiling flue overlooks the original kidney-shaped swimming pool and outdoor patio.

The classic mid-century architecture and design of this home mixes seamlessly with the modern luxuries required of today’s discerning guests. The chef’s kitchen with gas Viking stove, stainless appliances, granite counters, seated bar and expandable dining table provides a wonderful gathering and entertaining space. All the bedrooms and bathrooms contain luxurious brand NEW Hotel Collection designer comforters, sheets, towels and pillows. The home also provides elegant travertine floors in the main living areas, flat screen TVs in every bedroom and the den, wireless Internet throughout the property and a built-in stereo system with IPOD capability.

Master Retreat: The large master bedroom is an intimate retreat with an en suite bathroom showcasing a walk-in shower, sunken tub, large master wardrobe, double sinks, travertine throughout and floor-to-ceiling walls of glass with spectacular views of the San Jacinto Mountains and the swimming pool. It also features a CA King bed, flat screen TV with DVD player, a comfortable lounging area and access to the outdoor patio.

Spa Bedroom: This guest bedroom is uniquely tropical with its custom zebrawood furniture and special access to a private patio with an in ground, outdoor spa in its own cabana room. Enormous Bird of Paradise and Bamboo plants enhance the privacy of this space and provide a tranquil setting for meditating, relaxing or even a massage. You won’t ever want to leave. The room also provides a Queen size mattress, luxurious linens, large closet, flat screen TV with DVD player and large guest bath just across the hall.

West Wing: While attached to the main house, this bedroom can act as a standalone suite containing its own bathroom, sitting area and private patio with access to the pool. Furnished with authentic mid-century modern teak furnishings, a tufted white sofa, Queen size bed and luxurious linens, this space provides a respite from all the daily activities in the house. Original LIFE magazines from the 60s and romance magazines considered scandalous in the 50s are there for your perusal. The period bath and fixtures complete this suite’s vintage design.

The den is a comfortable room for family entertainment with a large flat screen plasma HDTV, desk area and a collection of magazines, board games and numerous books on Palm Springs architecture.

The lushly landscaped grounds are very private, surrounded by expansive green lawn, soaring palm trees, olive trees and fruit trees. Ficus hedges and architectural block walls allow for the utmost seclusion. The outdoor areas of this property are spectacular day and night. At dusk, landscape lighting spotlights the tropical-like qualities of this outdoor oasis. During daylight hours, the sunshine reflecting from the sparking pool and soaring mountain views provide a vacation sensation. There are plenty of lounge chairs, umbrellas, pool toys and floats to enjoy the outdoor activities. Plus a gas grill that’s ready for your vacation cookout.

This home is a perfect retreat for travelers looking for a private, relaxing, warm getaway. It is also ideal for family gatherings, groups of friends and holiday celebrations and vacations. We strive to provide you all the comforts of home without the work. That is why we offer all our guests access to a local Property Manager on call to attend to your needs. Pool and gardening services are also provided. Just relax and enjoy your stay.

Keywords: House, Mid Century, Modern, Luxury, Glamourous, Architectural Gem, Pool, Spa, Private, Mountain View, Home, Palm Springs vacation rental, 4 bedrooms
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Member since: 2006

Speaks: english
Calendar last updated: 03/22/2017

Property Type

  • House
  • 3100 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 6
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    Must be over 25 years old...moreless

  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Considered:

    Small dogs that do not shed with additional pet fee...moreless

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Optional
  • Concierge
  • Massage


  • Suitable For Elderly Or Infirm
  • Wheelchair Accessible

Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 6

Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms

  • Master Ensuite Bath: toilet, combination tub/shower


  • Spa Bath: toilet, combination tub/shower


  • West Wing Bath: toilet, combination tub/shower


Other Amenities

  • Flat screen TVs, DVD players, built-in stereo system with IPOD capability, fully equipped kitchen, Viking stove, granite countertops, raised terrazzo tile firepit in living room, travertine tile floors, outdoor private spa room with hot tub, luxury Hotel Collection linens and towels, vintage mid century furnishings and fixtures...moreless


  • Books
  • Books For Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable:

    Cable HDTV...moreless


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Spa


  • Botanical Garden
  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Recreation Center
  • Restaurants
  • Synagogues
  • Theme Parks
  • Water Parks
  • Waterfalls
  • Zoo

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Eco Tourism
  • Gambling Casinos
  • Horseback Riding
  • Miniature Golf
  • Outlet Shopping
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Downtown:

    Walking distance to downtown Palm Springs...moreless

  • Mountain:

    Western mountain views of San Jacinto...moreless

  • Mountain View:

    Direct views of San Jacinto Mountains...moreless

  • Resort
  • Village

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Basketball Court
  • Cycling
  • Equestrian Events
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Hot Air Ballooning
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Mountaineering
  • Racquetball
  • Rock Climbing
  • Roller Blading
  • Swimming
  • Tennis


  • Dining:

    Indoor and outdoor seating for eight guests...moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 8 people


  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning:

    Central A/C - 2 zones...moreless

  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Bottled Water
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer:

    Full size Maytag...moreless

  • Covered Parking
  • Fireplace:

    In living room...moreless

  • Free Local Calls
  • Free Long Distance:

    US and Canada...moreless

  • Garage:

    2-car garage, Circular driveaway provides abundant parking for guests...moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    Central heat - 2 zones...moreless

  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided:

    BRAND NEW luxurious Hotel Collection & Calvin Klein linens, towels, comforters, duvet covers and pillows in high thread counts....moreless

  • Living Room:

    Plenty of seating for guests with large circular sofa and gas fire pit ...moreless

  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking On Street
  • Security System
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone:

    Cordless phone system...moreless

  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided:

    Bath and pool towels ...moreless

  • Washing Machine:

    Full size Maytag...moreless

  • Wireless Internet:

    Throughout entire property...moreless


  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Plenty for indoor and outdoor dining...moreless

  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Garbage Disposal
  • Gourmet Kitchen
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen:

    Viking stove, stainless appliances, granite counters, seated breakfast bar, expandable dining table...moreless

  • Microwave


  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Beach Umbrellas
  • Deck / Patio:

    Large main patio with plenty of room for lounging and dining. Two additional patios off guest bedrooms....moreless

  • Deck Furniture
  • Fully Fenced Property
  • Lanai / Gazebo:

    With private in ground spa...moreless

  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill:

    Weber natural gas BBQ...moreless

  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Porch Furniture
  • Raft
  • Tennis:

    Two blocks from Ruth Hardy Park with 8 public tennis courts....moreless

  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Yard

Pool / Spa

  • Heated Pool
  • Hot Tub:

    Private covered cabana with in ground spa...moreless

  • Jacuzzi
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool:

    Origanal 1960s kidney-shaped pool, optional heating...moreless

  • Spa Whirlpool

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Optional


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from 37 traveler reviews
Sunning My Paws in Beautiful Palm Springs! 04/21/2008

VRBO Bear stayed here:

I can’t think of anything better than heading to Palm Springs to enjoy some much needed sun after a long winter's nap! What a thrill it was to stay in this Palm Springs home.

This Palm Springs vacation home invites you back to a time when Hollywood movie stars retreated to this warm climate for socialization, golf, and much needed rest and relaxation. It’s located in central Palm Springs in what’s known as the "Movie Colony" neighborhood.

It is apparent that time and design have made this home a special place. Whether outside or inside, you’ll enjoy the classy feel of the era of the glamorous lifestyle. The well appointed retro interior design and open floor plan with floor to ceiling windows, boasting a view of the pool area and backyard, makes one take a deep breath and reach for something tall and cool.

With special touches like the interior/exterior sound system, remodeled full kitchen, and flat screen TVs, there was no lack for home entertainment. And we found plenty of shopping, restaurants, and entertainment nearby.

In the evening, we could not decide whether to be outside or inside! We enjoyed balmy nights with the beautiful and subtle outdoor lighting and a starry night sky and we were pampered inside looking out at the glowing pool inviting us for a night swim. I found the "Grand Old Dame" enchanting and often spent time day dreaming of myself in a bygone era, fully expecting Frank Sinatra to come around the corner!

The VRBO Bear
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Prime Season 2017
Dec 14 - May 31, 2017
3 night min stay
$2,900 $8,500
Off Season 2017
Jun 1 - Sep 30, 2017
3 night min stay
$2,400 $6,500
My Standard Rate
3 night min stay
$2,900 $8,500
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Cleaning $295 + tax
  • Pet Fee $150
  • Tax Rate 11.5%


3-night min stay required and 7-night minimum for holidays & events

This property does not rent for Coachella Music Festival

$60/day or $375/week optional pool heat fee for stays under 28 days

actual gas and electric charges for stays of 28 days or more with $250 owner credit

stays less than 28 consecutive days require an 11.5% PS room tax (permit #3105)

separate security deposit and pet fee required

non refundable cleaning fee required...starts at $295


A 50% deposit is required to reserve the dates. The full balance is due 30 days prior to the arrival date. We accept personal or bank checks in US Dollars but no credit cards.

Owner's cancellation policy:

Policy available by contacting owner when booking

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Last updated: 03/22/2017
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2 Miles
Nearest Airport
Palm Springs International Airport
3 Miles
Nearest Golf
Escena Golf Course
5 Miles
Nearest Motorway
Interstate 10
1 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
100 Miles
Nearest Beach
Laguna Beach

Car: Recommended

One block from public park with tennis courts, basketball courts, grass volleyball area, picnic tables & grills, walking paths, children's playground with sand box and a fitness course. Walking Distance to Downtown Shopping, Dining, Casino, Convention Center and Desert Regional Hospital.


Owner info

PSP Property Care

About the owner: We fell in love with Palm Springs after visiting several times on vacation and decided to purchase our own little piece of Desert paradise. Our primary residence is in Toronto, Canada and one day we plan to spend a lot more time in our Palm Springs home. Until then, we hope guests will find the warmth, solace and comfort that we appreciate when we visit this relaxing vacation getaway. Enjoy your stay!

Why the Owner Chose The Movie Colony, Palm Springs, CA, USA:
We chose our house in the Movie Colony of Palm Springs for its private & quiet neighborhood, lush landscaping, mountain views and proximity to all the major attractions. Within just a short walking distance, you'll find the Spa Resort & Casino, Convention Center, movie theatre, live theatre, boutiques, art galleries, coffee shops and world class dining. Within just a short drive, you have access to dozens of golf courses, hiking and biking trails, Palm Springs Tram, movie star home tours and minutes from Palm Springs International Airport. Another great feature this property location has to offer is its proximity to Ruth Hardy Park. A beautiful park just one block from the house with tennis courts, grass vollyball, basketball courts, picnic tables & grills, children's playground, rose gardens and walking trails.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
The qualities of this unique home that make it so special are the mid-century retro design and cool Old Hollywood vibe. It's a 1961 classic in original condition with vintage furnishings that allows you to be transported to a bygone era of a glamourous and elegant lifestyle. Truly one of a kind! Whether you're drinking coffee by the pool in the morning, or sipping cocktails under the canapy of stars and breathtaking mountain view at night, you will find this 'Grand Old Dame' full of enchantment.

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Calendar last updated: 03/22/2017

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  • Poolside view of San Jacinto Mountains

    Poolside view of San Jacinto Mountains

  • Welcome to Palm Springs!

    Welcome to Palm Springs!

  • Living room with raised terrazzo fire pit and circular sofa

    Living room with raised terrazzo fire pit and circular sofa

  • Gossip cove

    Gossip cove

  • Modern kitchen with granite counters and breakfast bar

    Modern kitchen with granite counters and breakfast bar

  • Cooks kitchen with Viking stove and stainless appliances

    Cooks kitchen with Viking stove and stainless appliances

  • Soak up the PS sunshine

    Soak up the PS sunshine

  • Master retreat fit for a King with plenty of storage, sitting area and HDTV/DVD

    Master retreat fit for a King with plenty of storage, sitting area and HDTV/DVD

  • Large travertine sunken master shower with walls of glass

    Large travertine sunken master shower with walls of glass

  • Private spa in lush outdoor cabana

    Private spa in lush outdoor cabana

  • West wing bedroom suite with Queen bed, teak furniture, sitting area & TV

    West wing bedroom suite with Queen bed, teak furniture, sitting area & TV

  • Den with sofa, desk and large screen TV/DVD

    Den with sofa, desk and large screen TV/DVD

  • Mid-Century architectural gem

    Mid-Century architectural gem

  • Grand Old Dame entryway

    Grand Old Dame entryway

  • Grand living space with glass walls open to pool area

    Grand living space with glass walls open to pool area

  • Dining table seats 8 guests

    Dining table seats 8 guests

  • Spacious kitchen open to the dining area and view of pool

    Spacious kitchen open to the dining area and view of pool

  • Original kidney shaped pool updated with new tile and quartz finish

    Original kidney shaped pool updated with new tile and quartz finish

  • Enjoy a cool drink beneath the shade of an umbrella or patio covering

    Enjoy a cool drink beneath the shade of an umbrella or patio covering

  • Luxurious master bath with double sinks, travertine tile, sunken shower & views

    Luxurious master bath with double sinks, travertine tile, sunken shower & views

  • Spa guest bedroom with zebrawood furniture and adjoining hot tub

    Spa guest bedroom with zebrawood furniture and adjoining hot tub

  • Glamorous spa bathroom with oversized tub and shower

    Glamorous spa bathroom with oversized tub and shower

  • West wing private bath

    West wing private bath

  • East side yard and patio off spa cabana

    East side yard and patio off spa cabana

VRBO #97094

This listing was first published here in 2006.

Date last modified - Wednesday, March 22, 2017

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