This truly unique multi-level home is a mid-century modern desert paradise, including three master suites, a private spa in the downstairs patio, and a luxurious sundeck off of the living room and upstairs bedroom. The crystal blue swimming pool on the lower level comes with its own cabana and diving board.
Recently renovated, the house still faithfully echoes its vintage mid-century roots with original and delicately replicated tiles and fixtures in the bathrooms, a parade of floor-mounted lights guiding you toward the home, as well as a kitchen with its original appliances.
Perfectly designed to accommodate three couples, every bedroom has its own HDTV with satellite television and premium movie channels, an en-suite bathroom, and a king size platform bed. Out in the living room you’ll have the full theater experience thanks to a 50 inch HDTV with DVR and surround sound.
Sitting just under Bob Hope’s majestic mountaintop manor, you’ll be treated to an unobstructed 220 degree view overlooking the entirety of Palm Springs. The lovely combination of a desert breeze, undulating palms, and an expanse of stars and city lights will keep you coming back to this upscale escape.
Howard Hughes used to own this very property as his Palm Springs getaway, as well as Eva Gabor who you may remember from Green Acres, and Hollywood producer Paul Keyes. Robert Evans from the Godfather chose this as his honeymoon estate, and Smokey Robinson was known to vacation here often.
K0002 Howard Hughes Mini Estate
P.S. City I.D. #421 TOT Permit: 3085
Additional amenities include: walking, antiquing, golf, hiking, hot air ballooning, equestrian events, spa: private spa, mountaineering, movie channels: movie channels, mininum nights: 3 night minimum, babysitter, groceries, fishing, massage therapist, health/beauty spa, mountain biking, cycling, outlet shopping, dishwasher: dishwasher, hospital, tennis, pools: private pool, zoo, non smoking only, # beds: 3 beds, atm/bank, long-term renters welcome, cinemas, rock climbing, medical services, parking: carport or driveway, wildlife viewing, sight seeing, scenic drives, shopping, coffee maker, churches, photography, pets allowed: dogs allowed, dining area, dishes & utensils, heating, internet: wireless internet, midcentury/modern: midcentury, mountain climbing, iron & board, laundry: washer dryer in unit, ground level: townhouse, mountain view: spectacular mt views, pool view: superior pool views, laundromat, living room, miniature golf, water parks, museums, long distance: international phone, dining room, horseback riding, king bed: 3 king beds, housekeeper optional, restaurants, gambling casinos, swimming.TripAdvisor property ID 1994004...Read more
Left on 04/12/2013 for a stay in April 2013 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Apr 12, 2013Stayed Apr 2013
We loved our stay. First---We have stayed at a number of homes and condos in Palm Springs and most we have stayed at are unique and interesting. With this home, our group had a blast...a great party home and great for a single couple or group or a family. There were three separate master bedrooms, each with a king bed, and each offered something different--one had a fireplace and opening onto a deck, one had a great view and a wild bathroom, one had a bigger room and more privacy and opened onto a jacuzzi. We planned to go out more at night, but we found we stayed at the house. We did a number of bbq nights out on the deck, and the house had a number of different "destinations" that were private so that each of us (three couples) had somewhere private to go to when we weren't doing something together (at the very private pool, at the hammock under the deck, on the deck overlooking the city, at the jacuzzi). No, the kitchen wasn't huge---but I don't think they built it as such (to my recollection homes build in PS during that period of time were smaller and a lot of catering was done)---but it was fine for our needs (six of us and we made great meals each day). Each bedroom had a large screen TV with preprogrammed shows you could quickly call up--they have an early feed of East Coast networks--don't ask me how), so all shows could be watched 3 hours earlier) hence NBC Nightly News could be viewed at 3:30PM, or Saturday Night Live could be seen at 8:30PM). There was also a TV in the kitchen and in one of the bedrooms.
The pool (with a diving board) was great and we spent most of our days there...and I saw something about the pool chairs not being great but they obviously must have been redone since then as everything is new.
This is a mid century modern home, and the home was nestled against a great hillside and had a fantastic view from the desk as it was not nestled on the flatlands.
Left on 09/03/2010 for a stay in July 2010 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Sep 3, 2010Stayed Jul 2010
The house was accurately described by the rental agency. It was clean and well kept and our family really enjoyed our stay there. Palm Springs Rental were great. They even mailed back my daughter's cell phone that she left behind [thanks Ian!]. I would reccomend the property to others.
Left on 07/12/2010 for a stay in April 2010 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Jul 12, 2010Stayed Apr 2010
We've stayed here two years running for Coachella - sure the kitchen is small and gorgeous original, mid-century fixtures and applicances but if your idea of a "swank" place is granite countertops then move on., This place is magical, it can tell some stories and because of that stories are made here - the upstairs balcony is perfect for grilling and watching the sun set over the San Jacinto mountains. The architecture and the landscaping ensure total privacy and quiet - sure it could have outdoor speakers, etc. but we have absolutely no complaints. We love the history of the place, the location and the vibe.
Left on 06/10/2010 for a stay in May 2010 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Jun 10, 2010Stayed May 2010
Over all, our review is positive, from check in to check out.
The extra expenses were unexpected, even if they were mentioned, making the over all cost, almost a turn off.
This property did allow the space and comfort needed for a great vacation however.
Left on 02/13/2009 for a stay in January 2008 | StephanieReviewed Feb 13, 2009Stayed Jan 2008
The house was fantastic. Also, the staff at the rental site was great. I was running late and they were very accomidating. The view from the living room is beautiful and one of the bedrooms has a fireplace...very cozy! This is a great place for a weekend getaway for 2 or for a few couples to spend some time. The light switches are all in the floor which is very unique. (Due to Howard Hughes fear of germs I think) The driveway is steep, which was the only difficult part. If you have an SUV or very large car, you may need to park on the street, but that worked just fine for us.
Left on 02/05/2009 for a stay in March 2007 | MarkCapeReviewed Feb 5, 2009Stayed Mar 2007
This truly is a hideaway. If you want privacy it's here. But if you're looking for real luxury, this isn't the place. Furnishings are adequate (except for the pool loungers that were falling apart), but other things aren't the greatest, like sliding doors that won't completely close (or truly lock--security concern), very small dated kitchen, an awkward metal spiral staircase to access the master bedroom, and a bedroom with awesome views that doesn't really have a door. Yes, the views from the house are incredible. Pool is very nice size. So, a mixed bag. Might be best for a weekend, but not an extended stay.
Left on 02/03/2009 for a stay in July 2007 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Feb 3, 2009Stayed Jul 2007
Very private with lovely pool area. Nice breezes which made the heat bearable. The TV and DVD's were great with satellite in all rooms. The kitchen was in need of work and we ate out everynight. Washer/tumbler was outside which really freaked me out. I would consider staying again but the kitchen does put me off a little. The downstairs bedroom was private but not for the elderly as there are a lot of steps in this villa.
Left on 02/03/2009 for a stay in August 2006 | MelC81Reviewed Feb 3, 2009Stayed Aug 2006
I rented this vacation home for the weekend for my brother's 28th birthday. We invited some friends to stay with us and had a great time. It was the perfect place to bbq, have drinks, lie in the sun and hang out. We really enjoyed our time there and the mid century modern decor was also a plus.
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