Monday, April 12, 2010

Palm Springs Celebrity Home Tour

This was definitely one of the highlights of our trip!

Elvis greeted us as we entered the tour office.

We were excited to see the large, air conditioned luxury bus we'd be boarding for our tour of the "Playground to the Stars."

There were lots of fabulous photos of old Hollywood.

We were really into it!!

Jaithan and I teased Eddie about having "pack rat" style instead of the "Rat Pack" style of Sammy Davis and Frank Sinatra!

He was oblivious, completely focused on the stars of yesteryear.

This is a self portrait of Frank Sinatra!

This is our uber fabulous tour guide, Annie Hall.  We couldn't have asked for a better gal and boy could she drive a mean bus!!  She offered to take us to see a few houses that were normally off limits!

I love this shot of Marilyn.  Wait till you see her house!  Annie was not allowed to actually, legally show it to us but she described the black & white awning on it as she drove past it, so I was able to snap a photo.

There were only 3 other people on the tour with us,

so we each took a row so we could go back and forth across the aisle to make sure we saw everything!!

OK, before we begin the tour I must confess that it was nearly impossible to remember whose house belonged to whom as Annie was not allowed to actually stop in front of any.  It was fast and furious to say the least.  I think I can remember a few for sure but I think you will enjoy just seeing these beautiful homes that once belonged to some of Hollywood's most beloved movie stars.

Here is a list of the stars who had homes on the tour:

Lily Mae Tomlin
Walter Annenberg
Gloria Swanson
Jack Dempsey
Barbara Hutton & Cary Grant
Bing Crosby
Dorothy Lamour
Bob Hope
Hedy Lamarr
Charlie Farrell
Barry Manilow
Jack Benny & Mary Livingston
Suzanne Somers
Lamont Cranston
Spencer Tracy & Katherine Hepburn
Dinah Shore & George Montgomery
Howard Hughes
Mary Martin
Alan Ladd 
Sammy Davis Jr.
Jean Harlow
Greta Garbo
Joseph Barbera
Elizabeth Taylor
Elvis Presley
Nat "King" Cole
Kirk Douglas
Goldie Hawn & Kurt Russell
Lena Horne
Sidney Sheldon
George Hamilton
Arnold Schwartzenegger
Donald O'Connor 
Chuck Conners
Gene Autry
Ronald Reagan & Jane Wyman
Clark Gable
Sandra Dee & Bobby Darin
Barbara Streisand
Peter Lawford & Patricia Kennedy
Dean Martin
Brian Boitano
Tony Martin & Cyd Charise
Trini Lopez
Jack Warner (Warner Brothers)
Lee Remick
Ann Miller
Gerald Ford & Betty Ford
Joan Collins
Claudette Colbert
George Burns & Gracie Allen

First up is the estate of Frank Sinatra who lived here for over 40 years.

When they saw Annie's bus they opened the gates...

so we could snap a photo!

(Click each photo to enlarge for up-close detail)

 Once owned by Bob Hope and used as a guest house.

Liberace's 1st House

Check out the mailbox!

Marilyn Monroe's house!

Her house was my favorite!

This was the home of Elizabeth Taylor and Mike Todd.

It was also one of my faves which is why I remembered it!

If you enlarge this photo you will see signatures in the cement driveway.  Unfortunately I don't remember whose house this was.   Can you make out the names?

 I apologize for not remembering which house once belonged to whom but I hope you enjoyed the tour of this iconic Palm Springs neighborhood where many of the stars of old Hollywood came for much needed R&R.  Being under contract to the studios required them to be not more than a couple of hours away which is why this area became known as "The Playground to The Stars."


A Perfect Gray said...

wow! what a wonderful trip! you guys did it up right...

Will @ Bright.Bazaar said...

This looks like so much fun! Thanks for posting so many images; I've always thought Palm Springs would be a great place to visit, and all these images made me feel like I was there with you!

lisa golightly said...

OOOohhhh loving Marilyn's black and white striped awnings .... how come my eye always goes to the b/w stripes ?! How fun this all looks !

Unknown said...

Great virtual tour! Thanks for sharing. Oh, how I love classic Hollywood glamour and style, this was SUCH a cool post!

sealaura said...

Excellent pictures. I have never done a tour now I think I might. the bf and I usually drive aimlessly in PS. I love the homes that seem to be coming out of the stones/mountains. the palm s surrounding everything add to the glamour. thanks for the virtual visit.

Privet and Holly said...

Oh my goodness, Teri, I am so doing this tour next year? Where do you sign up? I know that my mom is going to love this post, too! There is nothing more fun to me that peeking at homes and gardens. You really have an excellent eye behind the camera....thanks for sharing these beautiful pictures!

La Dolfina said...

Suzanne~that is such a nice compliment as I was flying back and forth across the aisle snapping away like crazy which is the number 1 reason I can't remember whose homes I was taking pictures of!
Next year we'll take the tour together and I'll take it all in while you take the photos and then hopefully I'll be able to remember who they belonged to. Deal?

Holly said...

that was fun. and i have horrible eyesight, but i think the name in the pavement might be George Hamilton?

Noel Solomon said...

So many highlights to your trip!! Thanks for the lovely tour~~

xoxo Noel

Tracy Watier said...

What a fun thing to do! (except for the sorry-we-can't-stop-the-bus part!!) In a former life long ago, I planned a corporate event at Elvis' desert home. It was modest in size and not at all Graceland-ish but filled with memorabilia and the master bedroom was said to be as he had lived in it. (fried pb&banana sandwiches and pill bottles everywhere! no) We had free access to the house, but our party was set up in a backyard rec-room and on the patio around the pool. The non-jaded, non-Californians really got a kick out of it all. Don't ask me though if any one of your pics is that house. Too long ago. I remember the curvy uphill driveway and the patio but not the facade. Don't you love how those old movie star homes were actual people-sized houses and not 10,000 sq ft compounds?

MFAMB said...

spectacular!! thanks for sharing therese!

Dumbwit Tellher said...

Can you hear me openly weeping? I never knew there was a Star Tour! You likely know from my blog that I went through Steve McQueen's home with a realtor in the Movie Colony area. I've walked past Greta Garbo's, Suzanne Sommers, Barry Manilow's, Deans and Franks..oh & one of the Marx brothers. It's the old Hollywood vibe that is utterly fascinating teamed up with all that architecture. Again, so happy to see another fun, envious post Therese. How did you & Eddie ever meet? Great week to you! xx

Dumbwit Tellher said...

oh...forgot, I agree with Holly, I think written in cement is George Hamilton & the month of Dec.!

Cashon&Co said...

incredible! I think maryilyn's was also my favourite. I had the opportunity to See Sammy Davis Jr. live in Vegas in the 1980's ...even then i knew he was something special
i think my hubbie has a man crush on Deano and Frank

FrenchBlue said...

Marilyn's is by far my favorite too! Could you imagine getting inside? This is what makes me scream inside and my mind goes wild!!
How much fun you had!!!

Kathysue said...

I can just see you three on the bus tour!how fun to spend time looking at all the great old architecture. I love Marilyns also because of the awning, I do love a good awning!! Fun post Miss Terri xo Kathysue

Unknown said...

I love that the three of you had the bus to yourselves! WOW! Thank goodness you take fabulous photos! The rat pack and vintage Hollywood really had it going on! I hope to visit Palm Springs one day, its high on the list! Stop by The Zhush today, I have a fun giveaway that is literally right up your ally Ms. Dolfina, or is it figuratively? Oh, whatever...maybe its both...just stop by! :)

Beach House Living said...

Thanks for the tour. How lucky you were to only have three on the bus to be able to hop around and take such great photos.

Hamptontoes said...

Oh, how I'm wishing I was on the trip with you. I love looking at houses, celebrity or not. Looks like loads of fun...thanks for sharing.

Sanity Fair said...

CUH-razy!!!! What an awesome tour! I love the Monroe house too - especially the awnings. This actually reminds me of some of my house "tours" - I love to photograph houses, especially Southern architecture, and I usually end up in some Southern town hanging out the window with a camera screaming at my friend, "SLOW down!" while they scream "there are CARS behind us!" lol. It would be much easier with Annie!

annechovie said...

Wow, I can see how it was hard to keep them all straight. Fun! Have a super week.

Rebecca June | Sea Island Drive said...

You have such a fun life! Can we go to Palm Springs together next time?


Rebecca June

Debra@CommonGround said...

These were great what a fun trip! Such style and great views, Yes, I saw George Hamilton, Dec. something. Really great!

Splendid Willow said...

You stylish (and happy) girl you - you fit right in! (:

What a fun trip!. I can hear the giggles all the way to Seattle!

I have missed your good energy.

(And you are the only one who has not picked up her award!)

Cyber hug to you my friend,


Punctuation Mark said...

Only is CA you can see this kinds of places... that why I miss it... have a lovely week and come and check out my latest giveaway

Tuuli - Lumo Lifestyle said...

Again you had a blast! What a fun trip you had.

cjsullivan133 said...

I read George Hamilton in the cement! How fun. I've been to Palm Springs once. My nephew lives there now with his dad and other misc. relatives. My sister once partied in Elvis's house or where the Colonel lived. Can't remember now. I love these kinds of tours. They are nostalgic and explore a taste of another era because houses never lie. They remain intact! Spanish style homes are my favorite. Look at the beautiful mountain ranges! Nice job!

Melissa Searles said...

I have been to Palm Springs before when our kids were young. Its been a while now. The
kids never wanted to leave the pool, we never even thought of doing this!
What a great idea! It beats the Beverly Hills" star maps" any day!
I can hardly think of anything more fun than seeing a house that hides behind a gate!!!

Kelly Green said...

What a busy and exciting time you have all had - that house tour looks awesome! KG