When it comes to seeing and exploring some of the most iconic, old Hollywood homes in California, there is no better place to visit than Palm Springs. The city isn’t just known for its luxurious spas, golf courses, stylish hotels, and hot springs, but is also famed for being a home to many iconic celebrities from the mid-20th century. Most of these homes boast a retro style and open-design plan with floor-to-ceiling windows, swimming pools for cooling off, and wall-to-wall carpeting.
Even today, the area is popularized for accommodating some of the key celebrities of the past. Locals almost feel nostalgic when they recall seeing celebrities like Marilyn Monroe and Frank Sinatra spending their vacations there. The majority of these homes were built in Coachella Valley, which even now exists as one of the best places in Palm Springs to live in leisure, party hard, socialize with new people and enjoy life. Here are some of the most iconic celebrity’s homes in Palm Strings:
Marilyn Monroe’s Home
This 1950s, 2,978 square foot bungalow-style home was blessed with the presence of Marilyn Monroe in 1960-1961. Located in the Palm Springs neighborhood of Vista Las Palmas, her 4-bedroom, 3-bathroom abode is not far from Elvis Presley’s favorite vacation home. The area was a prime location for celebs back in the day. It boasts an amazing garden with lush trees, evergreens, and wildflowers and is located in the same area where Johnny Hyde discovered Norma Jean playing by the pool at the nearby historic Racquet Club.
Mountain Center Estate
Located in the Palm Desert, Patricia Gucci’s Mountain Center Estate was a home to Patricia Gucci (granddaughter of Guccio Gucci). It is an expansive 11,000 square-foot 10-bedroom, 10-bathroom compound with a tennis court, hiking trails, a spa, a swimming pool, a movie theater, a large kennel, and guesthouses. The estate spans 23 acres.
Piazza De Liberace
As the name implies, this home was blessed by the presence of master entertainer, Władziu Valentino Liberace. Built in 1952,Liberace lived in this 4-bedroom home from 1968 to 1972. Details include a grand piano-shaped mailbox, painted cherubs on the ceiling, Roman statues of lions sitting in front of men, a swimming pool, and musical notes on the garden fencing. In 2010, the home was purchased for $625,000 and fully restored by the new owners.
Ann Miller’s Home
Currently owned by Robert Kramer and Toni Holt Kramer, this Spanish-style house was built in 1928. It remains one of the most expensive lots in the Los Palmas neighborhood and has a large yard, lots of green landscape around the property, a swimming pool, and remarkable urban styling.
Cary Grant and Betsey Drake
One of the most beautiful homes in Las Palomas was owned by Cary Grant and his wife Betsey Drake. Built in 1927, the 5,300 square foot home is the ditto of the Andalusian Spanish farmhouse. With a rested magnificent Spanish Hacienda, beautifully manicured grounds, a long driveway, wood-burning fireplaces, a large swimming pool, and 1.5 acres of land, the home is breathtakingly gorgeous.
Dean Martin’s Home
This luxurious compound was a home to the legendary Rat Pack member Dean Martin. He bought this 2,342 square foot home way back in the 1960s with his gorgeous second wife Jeanne for $56,000. Now, its value is now over a million! The 3-bedroom, 3-bathroom home features a pool, spa, floor-to-ceiling glass sliding walls, and fruit trees on the quarter-acre lot.
The Kennedy/Lawford Home
This mid-century home was originally built for Peter Lawford. It is in close proximity to Marilyn Monroe’s home, which caused controversy when President Kennedy visited Palm Springs and stayed here instead of at Frank Sinatra’s, one of his closest friends at the time. The home can be rented for $300 per night. The 3,410 square foot abode contains 3-bedrooms, 4-bathrooms, and a swimming pool.
Barry Manilow (The Kaufmann Home)
One of the most popular estates in Palm Springs, the Edgar J. Kaufmann home was built in 1946 and was purchased as a vacation home by Barry Manilow in the early 70’s. The modern, international-style property features a tennis court, a pool house with a viewing pavilion, a pool, 6-bathrooms, and 5 luxurious bedrooms, all of which sit on 2.5 acres of prime land.
Elvis’ Honeymoon House
This 5,500 square foot home was leased by Elvis Presley and his wife Priscilla in 1966. The couple spent a year in the mid-century home, throwing infamously lavish parties. Later on, the home was rented by Helene and Robert Alexander, who were friends with many local celebrities. Look Magazine even visited the home to take pictures of the socialites. It features 4-bedrooms, 5-bathrooms, a lush garden, a tennis court, an in-ground pool, a chef’s kitchen, and 2 fireplaces.
Sonny Bono’s Estate
Sonny Bono became the mayor of Palm Springs in between 1988 and 1992, after his famous duets like “I Got You Baby”. He lived in this home with his wife Mary for quite a long time. The estate includes three homes, a 740 square foot guest house, a 6,648 square foot main house, and another 2-bed and bath guest house. The property was built in 1940. It features a four-car garage, a full tennis court, exposed beam ceilings in the main living room, and a pool.
The Elrod House – James Bond Classic
The Elrod House boasts immaculate aesthetic appeal, and for good reason. The entire project took nearly 7 years to be completed, with over 700 tones of hand-cut quartz stones, from Idaho, used in the construction. It is located in the prestigious Southridge of Palm Springs and became famous after hosting the filming of the classic James Bond movie, “Diamonds are Forever”. Currently, the property is for sale at $9.5 million. The 8,901 square foot home features 5-bedrooms, 5.5 bathrooms, an indoor/outdoor swimming pool, sliding-glass walls that open up to the terrace, and a gym.
Described as “some decorator’s dream come surrealistically true” by Sports Illustrated, this home was bought by Steve McQueen and Neile Adams in 1963. It is also located in Southridge and boasts an incredibly attractive appearance, inside and outside with gold-plated accents, zebra skin pillows, and a wide range of one-of-a-kind works of art. Other features to the 4,493 square foot home include 4-bedrooms, 4-bathrooms, glass walls in the living room with panoramic views of the San Jacinto Mountains, and a swimming pool.
This estate was bought by Bing Crosby and his first wife Dixie Lee in 1952. It is located on a hillside in the neighborhood of Thunderbird Heights. It boasts five luxurious bedrooms, 6-bathrooms, a salt-water pool, an in-ground spa, 6,700 square feet of living space, and costs $3,000 per night to rent.
Frank Sinatra and Nancy Barbara’s Home
Designed by Stewart Williams, Nancy Barbato and Frank Sinatra’s 4,500 square foot home (Twin Palms Estate) boasts a pool house, 4-bedrooms, 7-bathrooms, lush landscape throughout the grounds, and a grand piano-shaped swimming pool. The mid-century style home still includes Sinatra’s original recording and sound system.
Gene Autry Estate Palm Springs
Once owned by the late Singing Cowboy, Gene Autry, this home is incredibly luxurious. It has a huge kitchen, terrace, dining room and living room, a private enclosed patio, two bedrooms, floor-to-ceiling windows, and modern-style decor. The home is located on the grounds of The Parker Palm Springs, one of the finest hotels in the city.
Bob Hope House Palm Springs
Built by the famous American Architect John Lautner, the home of Bob Hope features an unusual futuristic design. It resembles a volcano featuring a concrete roof with a hole in the center. It’s been compared to a giant mushroom and even a spaceship. Originally listed for around $50 million in 2013, the home later sold for $13 million, a huge bargain for the 23,366 square foot estate, in 2016. Some features to this architectural oddity include 10-bedrooms, 13-bathrooms, several fireplaces (including one outside), a pond, two swimming pools, a tennis court, beautiful gardens, and a waterfall.