If you spent this week, like me, watching “When We Rise,” the powerful, moving and star-studded ABC TV docudrama miniseries about the LGBT rights movement–from the 1960s until today–you noticed that Palm Springs, California played a significant supporting role.
The series was directed by Gus van Sant, written for the screen by Dustin Lance Black and based on the book “When We Rise: My Life in the Movement” by gay activist Cleve Jones.
In one scene, Cleve’s character says something like, you can’t change the world or start a movement from Palm Springs, so he moves back to San Francisco. He had a point. Palm Springs is where most LGBTQ home owners come for the weekend or to retire. But just because we’re retired doesn’t mean we don’t support those still actively involved on the front lines, through networking connections, fund raising and in other ways.
Just one of the many celebrities and notable individuals to have called Palm Springs home, Cleve’s former Palm Springs home was located in the Warm Sands neighborhood. If you’re ready to call this city–rich in gay history–home, please contact me today at the number listed above.
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.
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.
Elvis 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.
The 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.
Emmy 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
Please contact me for an appointment to view this home in person.
Back in 1958, former Palm Springs resident, Dean Martin recorded this promotional 45 record, which was never commercially released. I just stumbled upon it on Youtube the other day.
The title of the single is “It’s 1,200 Miles From Palm Springs to Texas.” The song was used to promote the Palm Springs “Desert Circus,” which began in 1937. It was an annual week-long event in April, with a different theme each year. In 1958, the theme was “Texas.”
A number of well known songs have been written and recorded here, by some of the biggest entertainers on the planet, but this is the first song I’ve ever heard about Palm Springs. It’s a start, but I’m still waiting for our “New York, New York,” “Chicago,” or “I Left My Heart In San Francisco” sized hit song. What do you think, Barry Manilow?
Ruth Hardy Park is Palm Springs’ equivalent of New York’s Central Park. Set in the heart of the city, the spacious park is surrounded by upscale, luxury homes. Best of all, you own the land and there are no homeowner association fees (HOAs).
The Mesa neighborhood of South Palm Springs is one of the oldest and most historic neighborhoods in the city.
Entertainer and former Palm Springs Mayor Sonny Bono lived in The Mesa until the time of his death. Other celebrities, such as Barry Manilow and Susanne Sommers have also called The Mesa home.
Back in the 1950s, when both were Palm Springs residents, Walt Disney asked Chester Moorten to do the landscaping for his new theme park, to be named Disneyland. Moorten’s Botanical Garden is still open for business, today, in The Mesa.
To view any of The Mesa homes, currently on the market, please contact me today at firstname.lastname@example.org or 760-600-6152.