Vacation Like Hollywood Stars of a Bygone Era
Tranquil oases loved by Hollywood influencers of old can still be experienced in luxury villas. Hollywood landmarks and Palm Springs hideaways available for the lucky others who want to experience their magic, charm, and remarkable history. From Frank Sinatra’s to Orson Welles’ estates, breath in the glamour…
November 9, 2014 | E.J. Webber
In 1947, Frank Sinatra commissioned legendary Palm Springs architect, E. Stewart Williams, to build Twin Palms, a sprawling, four-bedroom, mid-century masterpiece. Composing and carousing were both on the menu during Ol’ Blue Eyes’ tenure, and this historical building still retains its classic Hollywood charm, while recent upgrades have introduced luxurious, contemporary amenities.
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Legendary entertainer Merv Griffin lived large, so it was only fitting that he called this vast 39-acre, 10 bedroom equestrian compound, home. Even the most seasoned luxury travellers will be amazed by the truly original features and amenities found throughout the immense grounds of this Moroccan-themed playground. With a main house boasting over 5,400 sq ft of living space, four guest casitas, two guests houses, 20 stable barn and staff quarters, Merv Griffin Estate is ideal for entertaining or an unforgettable getaway with friends and loved ones.
The Historic Los Altos Hotel & Apartments originally built in 1926 and designed as the most Luxurious apartment homes in Los Angeles per the ‘Los Angeles Times.’ Custom designed apartment homes as the first coop (private custom homes) in the city of Los Angeles. Los Altos is a Federal Monument on the National Register of Historic Places, and Los Angeles City Monument # 311. Numerous Hollywood stars past and present reside in the famous Los Altos. The William Randolph Hearst Suite is a 4 bedroom two story custom suite designed for his mistress Hollywood starlet Marion Davies. Enjoy the beautiful and Historic custom designed apartment home and see how the Hollywood starlets used to live! The old stories of the building are endless and legendary. See why Bette Davis, Eva Gardner, Clara Bow and Douglas Fairbanks all made Los Altos their home!
SONNY AND CHER ESTATE 'VILLA CARMELITA'
Step back into an age of Hollywood glamour and into a world of indulgent luxury in this super private 5 bedroom, 4 1/2 bath Palm Springs villa. Villa Carmelita was originally owned by film star Joseph Cotton, and served as retreat and playground to countless Hollywood luminaries such as Natalie Wood, Lloyd Bridges, George Montgomery, Robert Taylor, Johnny Mercer, Tom Bosley, Van Clyburn, Kate Starr, Kirk Douglas, and Hermione Gingold. And, it was a love-nest for Sonny and Cher! Villa Carmelita features tranquil fountains in the entry courtyard and the side yard, a grand staircase, handmade terra cotta floors, custom spa-like bathrooms, a gourmet kitchen, striking design elements and grandly scaled rooms. This dramatic showplace is a totally private compound featuring walls of glass that open to a spectacular pool courtyard with an outdoor living room and fireplace to create the ultimate entertainment setting.
The Orson Welles View Estate was originally owned by one of Hollywood's golden boys, Orson Welles. Sitting just atop Sunset Blvd, this 3,000 sq ft. Old Hollywood charm 4 bedroom estate features a lagoon pool with jacuzzi and a dry sauna, overlooking the stunning views of Hollywood and beyond. The master bedroom is furnished with a California king size bed, while the other three bedrooms have queen sized beds providing maximum comfort. This estate, originally built in 1928, and recently remodeled in several different sections, sits atop its own roughly 15,000 sq. ft. private knoll.
The Cape Cod style home has an amazing Hollywood history. Sidney Toler, who played Charlie Chan in the late 30s and 40s, built the house. After several years the house was then inhabited by Orson Welles, the great American filmmaker, actor, theater director, screenwriter, and producer, who worked extensively in film, theater, television and radio. Noted for his innovative dramatic productions as well as his distinctive voice and personality, Welles is widely acknowledged as one of the most accomplished dramatic artists of the twentieth century, especially for his significant and influential early work despite his notoriously contentious relationship with Hollywood.