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Frank Sinatra's vacation retreat is for sale

Discussion in 'The Golden Era' started by Tiki Tom, Nov 21, 2016.

  1. Tiki Tom

    Tiki Tom A-List Customer

    Seven fireplaces! That is quite a cabin.
    Asking price: $3.9 million.
    I'm sure those walls witnessed some amazing parties. Fly me to the moon!
    What I always liked about the Rat Pack was that it seemed like they actually liked each other and it was not just a slick marketing gimmick. (Liked each other, with some exceptions, as when Peter Lawford got kicked out.)

  2. MisterCairo

    MisterCairo My Mail is Forwarded Here

    Ring a ding ding...
  3. Genuine enjoyment in a performer - when they truly enjoy what they are doing or are truly friendly with their co-stars - comes through to the audience in a wonderful way.

    Either those guys were the greatest actors in the world (and, honestly, none of them were) or they were just having a great time up on stage and it is that pure joy that makes the audience enjoy it more even if the material wasn't always top notch.
  4. Thanks for sharing

    I don't know why, but not a decor style I expected.
  5. MikeKardec

    MikeKardec Practically Family

    Sinatra had three or more houses in the Palm Springs area, roughly one a decade from the late 1940s on. The first one probably looks more like what you'd expect, they used to rent it out and there are a lot of pics around the web. The change of address was likely because of divorce settlements. I'm no Sinatra expert but Grandad was a developer in the area in the 1940s so I have a sense of the changing styles.

    In the pictures in the link you can see some of the stuff he took with him from the early days. Early Cochella Valley homes tended to be fairly "Spanish South West." Our place, which included a date and grapefruit grove that paid some of the bills, lasted until the late 1960s. It was stuffed in behind the La Quinta Hotel and was a compound with a couple of small houses with tile roofs and adobe-like walls (they might have even been adobe) it was decorated in a Spanish/Indian style like you'd see in Santa Fe. If you look closely at the Sinatra pics in the link, you can see Indian rugs that reflect that era as well as stuff from the other houses he had in between. Palm Springs area architecture went from the look Grandad's place in the pre war era, to angular modernism in the post war era and then as the sense of style decayed (and costs went up) and the 1960s brought less and less interesting designs. Eventually, most of the desert houses were just houses. If I remember correctly, this place was sort of a "mountain cabin motif" because it was built on a hill. Of course the valuable homes in PS tend to be from that great late 1940s to late 1950s era when modernism was fit so beautifully into the desert landscape. Those are the classics!

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