Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Las Palmas Star Homes

Kaufman House, 1946 by Richard Neutra
Thanks to our Desert Adventures tour, we were able to view some of the spectacular properties located in Palm Springs- in Vista Las Palmas, and the Las Palmas estate section.  The mid century beauty above, has been reportedly extensively restored, and last sold in 1992.  This house has been associated with the singer Barry Manilow.  The Kaufman family also worked with architect Frank Lloyd Wright.
Dinah Shore, 1963
 The sprawling estate shown above, belonged to Ms. Dinah Shore- I always loved her television show as a child, and the Dinah Shore Golf Tournament is a huge draw every year in the Palm Springs area.  Our guide, Bob, was particularly fond of this house, which last sold in 2011, for the handsome price of 4.9 million.
Elizabeth Taylor, 1937 
One of my personal favorites, above, the Liz Taylor house, is on the same street as Dinah's and had the most beautiful white roses all around the stucco- this one can be rented for weddings, etc.  Check out Billy and yours truly posing in front of the entrance gate (below).
Billy and Dean, 2013
 I was totally entranced by the fabulous shadows cast by the intricate filigree iron work of the Liz Taylor gate...while having a somewhat bad hair day! Tee hee.  What would Liz think? Probably no worse than Larry Fortensky.
Marilyn Monroe, 1961
You may have heard of the Alexander homes? The Alexanders were big builders in the hey day of Palm Springs, and created many of the so-called "mid-century" houses still standing today.  Marilyn's house was constructed in 1961, with an estimated square footage of 2,978 - it's not far from the other Alexander house we saw, where Elvis and Priscilla Presley spent their honeymoon.  Perhaps Lisa Marie was even conceived there?
Lucy and Desi Arnaz, 1926
  The house above, formerly owned by Lucy and Desi, intrigued me with its very adobe look- it's also located near the former Liz Taylor house.  I think I look pretty tough here, don't you agree?
Lily Tomlin, Jane Wagner, 1952
Above, this was the best shot I could get of the former home of Lily Tomlin and her partner- there is even a plaque noting the provenance- which we also saw on several other of the properties we viewed.  Obviously, privacy was a priority for these fabulous celebs.
Cher, 1938
The former home of fabulous CHER, was extensively remodeled by the star- and last sold in 2007 for around $1,950,000.00.  The gate standing open seemed very inviting, and you could glimpse the pool through the tall glass/wood entry doors, which I found very sexy.
Liberace, 1952
I saved the best for last!  Above, the "Piazza di Liberace" was used as a guest house- sometimes his mother stayed there- this one evokes a misty Hollywood Regency style- with some cute kitsch touches, such as a piano shaped mail box.  Neighbors reported hearing music coming from the house too.
detail of plaque
  We also saw the old Liberace house in Las Vegas, which sadly, was in a state of ruin. I decided not to photograph that house, located on Shirley Street- since it had seen better days.  The Cloisters house, in Palm Springs - has been bought and is being remodeled into a guest house- so I chose not to shoot that one either, but I did get the charming "Our Lady Of Solitude" chapel located directly across from The Cloisters house, which was shown in the recent film "Behind The Candelabra" (now on DVD). 
Our Lady Of Solitude, 151 W, Alejo Road, Palm Springs, CA
Well dear readers, I certainly do hope that you enjoyed my little old blog post today, and who knows, there might even be more tomorrow! Enjoy the day- DF *****

1 comment:

  1. Readers, If you are not familiar, The Cloisters was Mr. Liberaces' favorite home in Palm Springs, he converted it from a 38 room hotel into a private residence.



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