Palm Springs has long been the glamorous getaway of Hollywood A-Listers. Set in the Coachella Valley amongst the San Jacinto mountains, and boasting 350 days of sun a year, it’s the perfect locale for a relaxing and luxurious poolside retreat. And who knows luxury better than the stars of yesteryear? If you’re looking to bring your next vacation up a notch, consider renting out one of these celebrity homes, and find out how Palm Springs earned the title of Hollywood’s Playground:
The Frank Sinatra Twin Palms Estate
The creme de la creme of midcentury modern style, the historic Frank Sinatra Twin Palms Estate once hosted parties frequented by Old Hollywood’s biggest stars. It’s since been restored and turned into one of the coolest desert escapes money can buy… or rent, that is. Furnished with vintage pieces and featuring classic memorabilia and photos, a piano-shaped pool, his-and-hers cabana style bathrooms, and an extensive music collection you can peruse while you stay, this estate is the epitome of luxury vacationing.
Nestled in the Old Mesa neighborhood—one of Palm Springs oldest and most exclusive communities—the Villa Carmelita is a timeless luxury. It has a fantastic Hollywood pedigree, having been the love nest of Sonny and Cher, as well as the desert retreat of Hollywood luminaries such as Natalie Wood, Lloyd Bridges, Robert Taylor, and Kirk Douglas. This Spanish-style estate epitomizes Mediterranean class and grace, with fountains in the entry courtyard, a magnificent staircase, terra-cotta floors, spa-style bathrooms, and an elaborate gourmet kitchen.
Walt’s Desert Escape
Want your celebrity vacation with a side of golf? This bright and playful midcentury home was designed for Walt Disney in 1962 and sits on the Indian Canyon Golf Course. The large yard, complete with sparkling pool, extends into the manicured grounds, creating a lush desert oasis with spectacular views of the surrounding San Bernardino mountains. With four bedrooms, living and dining areas that open onto the poolside patio, and Art Deco design with a pop art flair, this delightful property is the perfect place to get away with family or friends.
Experience classic Hollywood style and sophistication in Elizabeth Taylor’s Palm Springs property. This 4-bedroom, 4.5-bathroom villa is still home to many of the star’s priceless possessions, including objets d’art, photography, and an oil painting of Elizabeth herself done by Andy Warhol. There is also a majestic pool, with waterfalls and a spill-over spa, all surrounded by spectacular mountain views. Featuring elegant landscaping, fireplace, lush gardens, and an outdoor shower and kitchen, this is indoor/outdoor SoCal living at its best.
Deep Well Guest Ranch
Yet another getaway of choice for the Old Hollywood elite was Deep Well Guest Ranch. It’s since been refurbished and boasts some pretty stellar modern amenities, all while keeping its classic Hollywood style with vintage furnishings, cathedral ceilings, and bright open living areas. Shoot some hoops on the private court, then relax poolside with a martini as you imagine yourself rubbing elbows with the likes of Clark Gable, Cary Grant, and Don Ameche, who used to frequent the ranch.
Kirk Douglas House
If you’re looking for quintessential mid-century Palm Springs style, look no further than the Kirk Douglas House. Originally built in 1955 for (you guessed it!) Oscar-winning superstar Kirk Douglas, this iconic home was recently remodeled to include amenities such as a gorgeous outdoor living room, complete with fire feature and pool table, two-person outdoor shower, a heated, kidney-shaped pool, and retro decor. All the updates add luxury to the already stunning property. The open concept floor plan is perfect for hosting, and the rolling lawn and surrounding country club gardens make this a private poolside paradise.
Ready to plan your trip? Contact the Palm Springs Bureau of Tourism for information on lodging, dining, and the best attractions. Call 760-323-8296 or go to www.visitpalmsprings.com.