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

Bedrooms 3
Space 3,100 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


VRBO Bear stayed here

We found this property to be beary special

About the property

Sleeps 6, 3 Bedrooms, 3 Baths, 2 Master Suites, Pool, Spa, Mountain Views

***The City of Palm Springs ID# 1445***TOT Permit #3105***


“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
Response time:
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Calendar last updated:
April 22, 2018

About Daria

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 Daria chose The Movie Colony

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.

What makes this house unique

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.


The Movie Colony House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 3100 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Max. adults: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Mountain ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Resort
  • Village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Bottled Water
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Covered Parking
  • Fireplace ...
  • Free Local Calls
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking On Street
  • Security System
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Garbage Disposal
  • Gourmet Kitchen
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Master Ensuite Bath - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Spa Bath - toilet , combination tub/shower
    West Wing Bath - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Master Retreat - 1 king
    Spa Bedroom - 1 queen
    West Wing Suite - 1 queen
  • King size beds (1) CA King, Queen size Beds (2) Queen beds in guest rooms
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Beach Umbrellas
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Deck Furniture
  • Fully Fenced Property
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Porch Furniture
  • Raft
  • Tennis ...
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Yard
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Jacuzzi
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • Spa Whirlpool
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
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
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


Sunning My Paws in Beautiful Palm Springs!

VRBO Bear stayed here

Apr 21, 2008

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!

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average rating of 5.0 based on 40 reviews
Morro Bay, Central Coast, Calif.

TRULY Grand Old Dame

  • 5 of 5

I can't recall being more impressed when arriving at a VRBO destination. The circle drive with giant Baobab tree is such a landmark. The Grand Old Dame in the fabulous Movie Colony neighborhood of Palm Springs was a nostalgic trip back to my childhood in which my mom, grandmother & I would head out to The Springs from L.A. just to relax, swim, and get some sun. This house is not to be missed! It is luxurious yet completely comfortable, fully stocked with anything you could possibly want or need. It is a mid century architectural dream. If you know the period, as I do very well, you will be struck by the amazing design details. I couldn't stop photographing all the rooms, geometric angles, amazing light, and stunning views from the beautiful pool set against mature palms & spectacular mountains. The house is huge - perfect for large families or groups of friends with plenty of space for all. Best of all, it's dog friendly & set up so well for the pups...totally fenced with lovely grass & shade trees. The front lawn area is like a park but don't miss the few block's walk to Ruth Hardy Park, which has massive sprinklers on every morning. Our dogs loved running through them & were cooled nicely for the walk back. Even though the temps were well above 100 degrees daily we were never uncomfortable. We can't wait for our next opportunity to visit. Now that we have found the Grand Old Dame i can't imagine staying anywhere else!

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Living Like Locals

  • 5 of 5

We were a two family getaway who met up for Spring Break. This home was perfect for our needs! Located on a quiet corner in a prime neighborhood, we enjoyed the beautifully furnished and highly functional layout overlooking the very private pool and patio. Kitchen had everything we needed as we ate in often, living like locals, spending the days and nights in the pool, and playing games gathered around the comfy firepit in living room. The pictures are accurate and the home is lovely. We opted to heat the pool, which depending on your dates, was money well spent. The hot tub was wonderful. All towels and floats are provided so it really was well appointed for our relaxing vacation. When we ventured out, it was a pleasure to come home to such a handsome home. Daria was very easy and responsive to communicate with and we had zero issues. We will likely visit this Grand Old Dame again!

  • Submitted: Apr 11, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Spectacular Accomadations

  • 5 of 5

I planned a surprise 50th birthday trip for my husband to Palm Springs. Two couples joined the excursion. The home was even better in person than in the photos, if that was even possible. It was so fun, retro, and modern all at the same time! Spectacular accommodations and in the best neighborhood for history buffs! Daria made the process seamless and always answered back so promptly. We will return again!

  • Submitted: Apr 6, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Loved it here!

  • 5 of 5

We came down for a triathlon in La Quinta with some friends. What a wonderful experience! The kitchen is very well equipped and the setting is very much a step back in time. I do wish the living room firepit was actually outside but it's fun nonetheless. We would stay there again in a heartbeat!

  • Submitted: Mar 20, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A perfect respite

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I could not have been happier. We spent 11 days in Palm Springs and the highlight indeed was the grand old dame. While we had lots of rain during our stay, we felt like our house was a refuge and we were content to just hang out. Daria made our experience feel very personal and she was more than responsive to any questions we had. She was always available. We can't wait to return

  • Submitted: Feb 18, 2017
  • Stayed: January 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing, Perfect House

  • 5 of 5

My friends and I (6 total) rented this house for a long weekend. Simply put it was amazing! The house has three bedrooms and three full bathroom so it made it great for all the couples to have their own private space. The pool was wonderful and we spent many hours sitting poolside with cocktails. Also, the spa area was very nice and heated up quickly.

We cooked most of our meals at the house and it was very well equipped. It has everything you need from pots and pans to cocktails glass and a shaker. Linens and matresses were top of the line and very comfortable.

The indoor fire pit and seating area was great for playing games in the evening and just relaxing. The home is equipped with speakers in the ceiling which was great for background music to highlight this extremely clean, comfortable and beautifully decorated home. A must see!

Daria Lightner at PSP Property Care Services was a delight to work with and made the whole process easy as could be.

Don't forget to try out Sherman's Deli in PS for an excellent meal!

  • Submitted: Oct 4, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
2 Miles
Palm Springs International Airport
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Escena Golf Course
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
Interstate 10
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Nearest Beach
100 Miles
Laguna Beach
Nearest Point of Interest
El Mirasol
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Cafe Europa
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B of A ATM
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PS Post Office
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The Riviera Hotel
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Copley's on Palm Canyon
Nearest Point of Interest
Thai Smile
Nearest Point of Interest
Al Dente
Nearest Point of Interest
Palm Canyon Theatre
Nearest Point of Interest
Ruth Hardy Park
Nearest Point of Interest
Desert Regional Hospital
Nearest Point of Interest
Stater Bros Grocery
Nearest Point of Interest
Albertsons Grocery
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World Gym
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Fresh and Easy
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Power of Fitness
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Mango's Restaurant
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.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $305 + Tax
Pet Fee $150 + Tax
Administrative Fee $95 + Tax
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 $305


Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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