OLD LAS PALMAS – an intimate glimpse into old Palm Springs
Thanks to a friend of mine I had the privilege of visiting eight outstanding homes & gardens as part of Modernism week. This is the first time that these unique homes have been opened to the public.
The little enclave known as Old Las Palmas has always been recognized as one of the premier neighborhoods in Palm Springs and many of the older estates and homes have been updated and enhanced over the years. As we tiptoed through
the tulips Mary Pickford’s estate, the home of Mary Martin, a home Howard Hughes had built for himself (a long time residence of film director Howard Hawks) Liberace’s house and others, we wore little slippers to cover our shoes from tracking dirt through the houses. Each home was as interesting and magnificent as the next. Of course I sneaked in a few selfies!
A little info about a lotta glamour
Old Las Palmas boasts the largest number of celebrity homes in Palm Springs, dating back to the mid-1920’s. Some of the well-known celebrities who have lived here include Elizabeth Taylor and Michael Todd, Liberace, Mary Martin, Goldie Hawn & Kurt Russell, Lily Tomlin, Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, Debbie Reynolds, Kirk Douglas, Edgar Bergen, Samuel Goldwyn, Edward G. Robinson, Clarke Gable, Gene Autry, George Hamilton, Harold Robbins, George Randolph Hearst, Ronald and Nancy Reagon and countless others. The many, world-renowned architects who have built homes for their clients here include William Krisel, Cliff May, Donald Wexler and E. Stewart Williams.
Among the splattering of residents the area is alive and kicking with current Hollywood icons such as Leonardo DiCaprio who owns the house Dinah Shore used to live in. We drove by but it was unfortunately not part of our home & garden tour.
The Old Las Palmas Neighborhood Organization makes sure to protect and preserve its special heritage.
photos: d. king (while lovely to look at, these photos only reflect a bit of the elegance and don’t really capture the expanse of these charming homes). Also, I took many photos inside the homes and realize that it would overwhelm one post.) I hope you enjoy them nonetheless.