There happens to be a lot of traffic moving through Palm Springs this weekend as music fans make their way out to the Coachella music festival in Indio, California. So what better time to look at the real estate in Palm Springs. This resort town has taken a huge hit in the real estate market over the past year but it boasts some of southern California's best architecture. Two iconic estates each once owned by two entertainment legends illustrate this perfectly.
Up first, a home once owned by singer Dinah Shore. The Wall Street Journal reports that Ms. Shore had the home built in 1963, the same year that she stopped hosting "The Dinah Shore Chevy Show." The modernist home was designed by architect Donald Wexler who also designed the Palm Springs International Airport in the 1960s. The 7,000 square foot home has six bedrooms, a fireplace, pool and space. The current owner, who is a television writer bought the home in 2002 for around $3 million and has restored the home and relandscaped the property. It is listed at $5.95 million.
The other home, Las Palomas, belonged to Cary Grant for two decades starting in 1952 and offers a different style of Palm Springs classic. It is one of only a few of the 1920s era Spanish Estates left in Palm Springs. It was built as a copy of an 19th-century Andalusian Spanish Farmhouse and has six bedrooms. It is listed at $4.95 million.
Gallery: Dinah Shore Estate
Gallery: Cary Grant Estate