There are only two ways to visit Walt Disney’s former South Palm Springs home. One is to buy a home in the gated development of Smoke Tree Ranch. The other is to rent one of the bungalows he designed at the Ranch, back in the 1960s. While you’re there you can also visit Walt Disney Hall, located by the pool. The hall is used for banquets, lectures and other social events.
Disney first came to the desert in 1936, to ride horses, to play Polo and to camp out like the cowboy’s he admired. He bought his first Palm Springs home in 1948 at Smoke Tree Ranch, where he was later responsible for creating the bowling green. Disney loved lawn bowling and even entered the tournaments held at the Ranch.
In the early 1950s, to raise money for an amusement park, he sold his Smoke Tree house. Disneyland’s success allowed the Disneys to purchase their second Smoke Tree Ranch home in 1957.
Disney died in 1966, but Mickey Mouse and Walt will always be remembered as our favorite desert rats.
Want to purchase your own home in the Smoketree Ranch neighborhood? Well, here’s that rare opportunity. There is currently one home on the market in the famous and historic Smoketree Ranch with an asking price of $2,795,000. Only nine homes have sold in this community in the past 10 years. If you miss out on this one you may have to wait another year or more before the next one comes on the market. Call me today.
INTERESTING FACTS: Homes at Smoke Tree Ranch are required to have desert landscaping in their front yards. Visible grass is not allowed. In a desert covered in wall to wall turf, the Ranch was Eco Green-friendly ahead of its time and still is.
The photo above is a postcard image taken in the 1960s, of Disney’s second Smoke Tree home. There is no address on the back. Likewise, there are no addresses on any of the homes located in the Smoke Tree development, making it difficult to locate his two former residences.
The Smoke Tree Ranch is located at 1850 Smoke Tree Lane, Palm Springs, CA 92264-9270, just south off S. Palm Canyon Drive, near the intersection of Sunrise Way.