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Palm Springs Has Been Home To 100s Of Oscar Winners And Nominees

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In 1966, “The Sound of Music” was nominated for 10 Academy Awards and won 5 of them, including Best Picture of the year.

One of the stars of the film lived in Palm Springs, until her death in 2013, at the age of 91. Her former Canyon Estates home is currently for sale, for under $500,000.

The south Palm Springs midcentury modern development, where she lived, was designed by architect Charles E Dubois. The community has a clubhouse, a fitness center, 15 pools, 12 spas and a 9-hole golf course, with no green fees for owners. The homeowner association fees include cable TV and earthquake insurance.

Over the years, Palm Springs has been home to 100s of Academy Award winners and nominees. If you’re looking to purchase one of their former homes, or a home in one of their neighborhoods, or if you just want a home where you can throw a fabulous Oscar party, please contact me today at the number listed above.

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A Palm Springs Neighborhood For Art Lovers

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Since its beginning, Palm Springs has been known as an artist colony, attracting artists and art lovers from around the world.

While much of the art can be viewed in museums and galleries, a surprising number of artistic works and installments can be viewed on street corners, in front yards and in our parks.

Pictured above are the larger than life, found art creations of the artist who lives in this Movie Colony neighborhood home. The robot-themed art is colorful, playful and on full display for neighbors and passers by.

You’ll find this home on the corner of E. Granvia Valmonte and N Arquilla Road, just a block from Frank Sinatra’s former Twin Palms Estate and a couple of blocks from Ruth Hardy Park (where you can also view other public art work).

Contact me today, to see any home for sale in this art-lovers neighborhood.

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Off The Beaten Path Midcentury Modern Walking Tour

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My favorite Modernism Week events are the Walking Tours. But they do tend to sell out fast, so check their website for availability. http://www.modernismweek.com

One of my favorite places to walk–that’s full of midcentury modern history–is the Welwood Murray Cemetery, in downtown Palm Springs. E. Stewart Williams and Albert Frey are both buried there, along with a few celebrities, town founders, city pioneers and a couple of close family friends.

I have a personal midcentury modern connection to this final resting place of these notable personalities–in a six degrees of separation, sort of way. E. Stewart Williams was the architect who designed Frank Sinatra’s Twin Palms Estate (which is walking distance to this cemetery and located on the same street, Alejo Road).

When Frank Sinatra sold this home in 1957 and moved to his Rancho Mirage compound at the Tamarisk Country Club, the buyers who purchased Twin Palms were Hugh and Maurine Young, close friends of my family. Hugh and Maurine lived in Frank’s iconic midcentury modern masterpiece for 40 years, until their deaths in the 1990s. Hugh died in 1997.

E. Stewart Williams and Hugh and Maurine Young are now all buried at the Wellwood Murray Cemetery. But the story doesn’t stop there. I came to know the Youngs through my grandparents, Ted and Sarah Best. Ted and Sarah and Hugh and Maurine were inseparable for decades. And they were all fans of Frank Sinatra. When my grandparents died, they were buried at Desert Memorial Park, in Cathedral City–a few rows from where Frank Sinatra is buried. They died before Frank, so I’m pretty sure none of this was planned.

I’m not sure what any of this means, but it seems like it should mean something, beyond mere coincidence. All I know for sure is that I fell in love with midcentury modern architecture when I first walked through the door of my grandparents new midcentury modern home in 1960, in the Chino Canyon neighborhood of Palm Springs. I was only seven years old. I believe it was also the same year I visited Sinatra’s former Twin Palms home for the first time. I didn’t know what cheating was, at that young age, but I’m sure that was the guilty feeling I was feeling, because I fell even more in love with Hugh and Maurine’s and Frank’s home. And that’s how my love affair with midcentury modern architecture started.

Feel free to share how your love affair with midcentury modern architecture started, in the comments section below.

How to find the Welwood Murray Cemetery: From Palm Canyon Drive, go west on Alejo Road until it dead ends into the cemetery. It’s one of those hidden in plain sight landmarks.

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Architect John Lautner To Receive Star During Palm Springs Modernism Week 2017

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Palm Springs is one of the only cities in the world, to my knowledge, where architects are just as famous as our Hollywood many celebrities.

As part of this year’s Modernism Week, the Palm Springs Walk of Stars will honor Pioneer Architect, John Edward Lautner, with the 412th Star Dedication.

The ceremony will be held on Friday, February 17, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. at 300 South Palm Canyon Drive. The star is sponsored by Modernism Week, Palm Springs Art Museum Architecture and Design Council, Palm Springs Modern Committee, and Palm Springs Preservation Foundation. The ceremony is open to the public and the media.

John Lautner designed some of the most iconic residential homes in Palm Springs, including the Bob Hope Estate and the Arthur Elrod House, both on Southridge Drive in south Palm Springs.

Modernism Week begins tomorrow, February 16 thru the 26th. For more information, visit http://www.modernismweek.com/

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Luxury Homes For Sale In Liberace’s Former Palm Springs Neighborhood

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On my morning walk through the Little Tuscany neighborhood of Palm Springs, today, I snapped this pic of one of entertainer Liberace’s former homes.

Elvis Presley lived just a few blocks away and many other celebrities have also called the hillside neighborhood of Little Tuscany home. You can find just about every architectural style of home in this part of town, from historic to newly built.

Please contact me today, if you would like to see any of the homes currently for sale in Little Tuscany, Palm Springs.

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Elvis’ Former Palm Springs Home Goes On Auction Block October 25th

Tour Graceland WestElvis Presley’s former Palm Springs home is currently bank owned and goes on the auction block Saturday, October 25th at noon.

The 4 bedroom, 7 bathroom celebrity hillside estate is located at 845 W. Chino Canyon Road in the Little Tuscany Estates neighborhood of Palm Springs. The auction will be held on-site.

Built in 1946, the 5,000+ square foot historic compound sits on 1.75 acres of land, offers a swimming pool and sweeping mountain and city views. Elvis owned the home until his death in 1977. It is only one of two known homes to have been owned by the King of Rock and Roll.

If you are out of area and need a Realtor to represent you at the auction, please contact me today.

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Elvis Presley’s Palm Springs Honeymoon Home Is On The Market For $9.5 Million

In the 1960s Life magazine called it the “House of Tomorrow.” Today, it’s known as the “Elvis Honeymoon Hideaway.” If you’re a mid-century modern architecture fan, you know it as the Robert Alexander masterpiece.
Elvis and Priscilla honeymooned in the home on May 1, 1967. The annual “Elvis Honeymoon Weekend” event has been held each year at the home on the first weekend in May. The historic home, built by the famous developer Robert Alexander, is located in the chic Vista Las Palmas area of Palm Springs at 1350 Ladera Circle.
 
The Presley’s reportedly leased the home for a year before buying a home less than a mile away, in the Little Tuscany neighborhood.

The approximately 5,000 square foot estate features 4 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms and includes a pool and tennis court.

Asking price is $9,500,000
Contact me today, at the number above, for a private showing or email stevestewart@kw.com

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Forever Marilyn Statue To Leave Palm Springs

The Forever Marilyn statue/sculpture will soon be leaving Palm Springs, California for good. We will miss you but you will always be one of our favorite former Palm Springs residents.

Visit http://www.PalmSpringsCelebrityHomes.com to search for your own Palm Springs celebrity home. Then, contact me, if you find something online that you would like to see in person.

The downtown neighborhood, near where Forever Marilyn is located, is known as the Tennis Club neighborhood.

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Leonard DiCaprio Is The Latest A-Lister To Purchase A Home In Palm Springs

leonardo dicaprio palm springs homeThe Hollywood Reporter recently revealed that the “Wolf of Wall Street” star is now the Wolf of Palm Springs.

Actor Leonardo DiCaprio recently purchased Dinah Shore’s former midcentury modern estate, located in the Old Las Palmas neighborhood of Palm Springs. Leo joins a long line of A-list celebrities who have called this neighborhood home, from Katharine Hepburn and Kirk Douglas to Lucille Ball, Elvis Presley and dozens of others. DiCaprio reportedly paid $5.2 million for the architectural gem.

According to the Reporter, actress Anne Hathaway is also rumored to be searching for a posh Palm Springs pad with Hollywood pedigree.

If you happen to be in the market for a desert celebrity estate, call me. Bob Hope’s iconic John Lautner-designed former hillside residence is currently listed at $34 million.

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Actor Fess Parker’s Former Palm Springs Home Is For Sale

actor fess parker palm springs homeEmmy nominated actor Fess Parker Jr., is best remembered for playing Davy Crockett in the Walt Disney TV series, from 1955 to 1956, and for his role as Daniel Boone, in the TV series from 1964 to 1970. He died March 18, 2010 at the age of 85.

Parker was also a former Palm Springs resident. His one-time home is located in the Indian Canyons neighborhood (which seems appropriate) at 2477 S. Yosemite Drive, in south Palm Springs. Built in 1967, the 5 bedroom, 5 bathroom estate includes a pool and offers beautiful mountain views and a coveted location.

Asking price: $895,000

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