For decades Palm Springs has been a celebrity playground. You can’t toss a tumbleweed without hitting homes that belonged to the likes of Liberace
, Debbie Reynolds
or Frank Sinatra
But even stars that are popular today, and perhaps a little more familiar to a younger crowd are also choosing to chill in Palm Springs.
Possibly the most famous star to own property in Palm Springs today, Leonardo DiCaprio bought singer/actress Dinah Shore’s
former home at 432 Hermosa, which was designed by renowned architect Donald Wexler in 1964.
The home is said to be a getaway for the A-list actor, though when he’s not using it, he lets others get away to the property too. The home is for rent for about $4500/night via a a website 432Hermosa.com
President Obama & Family
After leaving behind the most stressful job in the world, former President Barack Obama flew directly to the Palm Springs area where he closed himself into a local golf club property and tried to blend in with other everyday Americans.
If the former President ever decided to buy a place in Palm Springs he’d have his pick of amazing homes with celebrity pedigrees. Several places have gone on the market recently that would be perfect for a president. While Bob Hope’s
former home sold after years on the market, a home once owned by Howard Huges and Eva Gabor is currently for sale.
If you want to know how a former president might go about exploring the Palm Springs area, read our blog Top 3 Things President Obama Should See & Do in Palm Springs.
Also on the market is the Palm Springs compound of Three’s Company actress Suzanne Somers
. Listed for a cool $14.5 million the property clings to the side of a mountain in a neighborhood south of the city center, and can be accessed via its own funicular. (Photo at right)
Somers has owned the property since 1977, but it was built back in the 1920’s. No word if she’s packing it in from desert life or looking to relocate or downsize, but you can see the home listing here
Robert Downey Jr
The legendary actor may play superheroes, but during a November 2000 visit to the hotel property now known as The Parker, Robert Downey Jr.
was made out as the villain when he was arrested by Palm Springs Police
on drug charges. The entire episode was a media circus. Even so, Downey has apparently returned to Palm Springs since
, and even stayed again at The Parker.
Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie
Speaking of The Parker, the chic hotel was also the spot where Brad Pitt
and Angelina Jolie
spent some time before news of their now-ill-fated romance and marriage went public. The hotel was also the site where the infamous “domestic bliss” photo of the couple posing with children was shot, for the cover of W Magazine.
The duo have returned to Palm Springs for the Palm Springs International Film Festival.
From the golden age of Hollywood, to the Rat Pack era, to today, Palm Springs remains a favorite getaway for celebrities of all stripes. Do you have a favorite star who also loves Palm Springs? Tell us who and we might feature them!
Photos courtesy 432hermosa.com, W Magazine/Steven Klein, hillsideluxuryestatepalmsprings.com