Back in the day, many Hollywood stars set up home in Palm Springs, (be sure to See Elvis Honeymoon Hideaway Post too). The reason being (we believe) is that the film makers at the time didn’t want their stars to travel too far from Hollywood and this condition was written into their contracts.
Over the course of several days, we took a drive out to one or two of these homes and here’s what we found:
Liberace’s House: This home was built in 1952 and has the most amazing piano mail box, which we just loved.
Kurt Russell & Goldie Hawn lived here before moving to Bighorn in 2003!
Barry Manilow owned this home from the 1970’s until 1993. It apparently has a huge pool and a tennis court. This home was owned by Walt Disney during the last four years of his life. Bing Crosby lived here for over 30 years with his first wife and their sons. The home was built in 1934 and they lived here well into the 1960’s. It is in a lovely setting with a park just across the street. It is claimed that it is under this roof, that President John F Kennedy and Marilyn Monroe committed adultery. An affair that went on for eight years and there are apparently many other rendezvous sites for the pair in and around the desert!
Elvis Presley owned this home from 1970-1977 and he bought it for $105,000. It is rumoured that he bought it as a reminder to his honeymoon days in Palm Springs. He and Priscilla spent about three months a year in Palm Springs. In 1971 Elvis added a fountain to the back yard, (which my sister Linda Lewis knows all about, but that’s another story)! After their divorce in 1973 the home became more like a boys club. Elvis remodeled the living room and apparently recorded nine songs here. You used to be able to take a tour of this home but the previous owners, who lived in the home for 9 years and are about $50million in debt, have have since been evicted and taken the memorabilia with them, it has been a long and drawn out legal battle and we don’t know the in’s and out’s of it, but we do know that it is a real shame that you can no longer take a tour of this home, which is considered the second most valuable piece of Elvis memorabilia, second of course to Graceland! In January 2014 the home was put on the market for $3,950,000 and we think it now has new owners.
This is no longer on the chimney, we assume it was one of the many items removed by the previous owners!Long before Elvis bought the home above and long before he bought Graceland, Elvis rented this 3 bedroom, 4 bath home.