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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

Please contact me for an appointment to view this home in person.


You Can Live In Walt Disney’s Former Palm Springs Smoke Tree Ranch Neighborhood

walt disney smoke tree Palm Springs home postcard
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.


Visit Moorten’s Cactus Castle

moortens cactus castle historic landmark palm springs
Started in 1919 and completed in the 1920s, the officially designated historic landmark was once owned by the late actor, Charlie Farrell. Yes, that’s the same Farrell who has a street named after him running through the heart of Palm Springs. The Spanish design is made of poured concrete, which insulates the home and keeps it cool in the extreme summer heat.

The home was later purchased by Chester and Patricia Moorten. Chester, aka “Cactus Slim,” was an actor and one of Mack Sennett’s original Keystone Cops. The Moorten’s left Hollywood and moved to Palm Springs in the 1930s to open a nursery. That nursery is now Moorten’s Botanical Gardens, a must-see destination for desert landscape lovers. The famous cactus garden, located on the grounds of the home, has been visited by Presidents and celebrities, been featured on television shows like Ripley’s Believe It Or Not, and has been host to many weddings, concerts and other social events.

Moorten’s Botanical Gardens features over 3,000 examples of desert cacti and other desert plants. Guided and self-guided walking tours are offered throughout the year. Visit the website for prices and hours www.moortengarden.com.

LOCATION: 1701 South Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, California 92264. Call 760.327.6555 for additional information or visit www.moortengarden.com.

DIRECTIONS: From downtown Palm Springs, head south on S. Palm Canyon Drive. When you reach the bend in the road, turn right at the light. You will still be on S. Palm Canyon Drive. Continue for three shorts blocks and you will see Moorten’s on the right hand side of the street.

INTERESTING FACTS: The Moorten’s were friends of Walt Disney, who had a home at Smoke Tree Ranch. According to Moorten’s website, “They consulted Disney to help design the western theme of Frontierland at his new amusement park which later became Disneyland.”