The former haunt of late leading man Cary Grant in the Old Las Palmas neighborhood of Palm Springs, California, listed earlier this month for $13 million.
The home was built by Prescott T. Stevens, an influential figure in the development of Palm Springs, in 1925, according to broker Marc Lange of Sotheby’s International Realty, who shares the listing with his colleague Carl Blea.
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The house was later bought by Las Vegas hotelier Charlie “Kewpie” Rich, though it’s not known when. “He built the pool house for Cary Grant to live in and stay while he was in the desert,” Mr. Lange said. Mansion Global could not confirm when Grant stayed at the property.
Grant named the home Villa Paradiso, Mr. Lange said, “and it is a piece of paradise.”
Including Grant’s guest house, the gated compound is comprised of four separate residences and spans almost four acres, making it the single largest lot with a home on it in Palm Springs, Mr. Lange said. Though the original parcel size totaled 20 acres, the property has been subdivided over time, according to Mr. Lange.
Among them, the four buildings total 15,000 square feet and have eight bedrooms, 14 bathrooms, three kitchens and four living rooms. There’s also a four-car climate-controlled garage, gardens and hundreds of palm trees on the property.
“The guest house where Cary Grant lived is mid-century modern fun,” Mr. Lange said. The sellers “kept it as it was, it has an awesome Palm Springs vibe.”
The sellers, Toni and Robert Kramer, bought the property in 1995 for $1.3 million, property records show. Mrs. Kramer, a former talk-show host and society columnist, calls the house “Mar-a-Lago west,” Mr. Lange said.
Grant, who died in 1986 at the age of 82, starred in “Bringing Up Baby” (1938), “His Girl Friday” (1940) and “The Philadelphia Story” (1940).
The Los Angeles Times first reported the listing.
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