Former Homes of
Hollywood, Rancho Mirage, Palm Springs, Laurel
Do you ever wonder where movie stars go when they
head home from the set every night? There are
several estates of old movies stars that are now
inns and vacation rentals in Southern California.
They really give you the chance to see how the
other half lives, or lived in this case. Here are
some favorite choices:
This 5-acre estate
in Laurel Canyon is only minutes from Beverly
Hills. The property's two houses have a combined 7
bedrooms and can sleep up to 20. The beautiful
estate still has caves, hidden tunnels, terraced
gardens, and a deep-water tank where Harry Houdini
reportedly practiced his underwater escapes.
Gardner and Artie Shaw's House This
beautiful home is located in an exclusive and very
safe area of Burbank known as the Rancho
Equestrian. Hollywood star Ava Gardner and her
husband (#2), big band jazz musician Artie Shaw,
lived here in the early 1940s.
Chaplin Bungalows The landmark upon
which The Charlie Hotel resides today was first
built and established in 1924 by the Ruth Gordon
family. Charlie Chaplin, Marilyn Monroe, and Gloria
Swanson are only a few of such legends to whom The
Charlie grounds are said to have been a home. It
has since undergone a multi-million dollar
renovation and is known now as the hidden gem of
the legendary West Hollywood.
Crosby Rancho Mirage
Springs Villa This landmark Palm
Springs villa was once owned by singer Bing Crosby
and is located in the Old Movie Colony area of
Rancho Mirage. The villa is a unique and charming
rental for vacations, reunions, or a romantic
getaway. The second luxurious estate, also once
owned by Bing Crosby, is located in a private
community across from the Thunderbird Country Club
that the actor-singer helped establish.
Rooney This unique 2-bedroom Topanga
gem is set in the natural beauty of sprawling
canyons, a short drive to the beach in Malibu. It
has loads of vintage charm with tasteful modern
upgrades, and was once the lovely home of Mickey
Marx This sprawling 8-bedroom,
10-bathroom celebrity vacation home was formerly
the Harpo Marx Estate. Nestled across 2.1
landscaped acres in Rancho Mirage, it stands today
as an official historical landmark and is lovingly
dubbed "El Rancho Harpo."
Curtis and Janet
The former Palm
Springs Estate of Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh is
now an ultra-private, luxurious, celebrity retreat.
The private pool area is a great place to enjoy the
beauty of the San Jacinto Mountains while you swim,
soak in the spa, or just catch some rays.
This Beverly Hills
Mansion began its historic life as the home of
Hollywood actresses Lillian and Dorothy Gish. In
fact, it was the Gish sisters who converted the
mansion into a home for young actresses coming out
to find their way in Hollywood. As they had hailed
from Ohio themselves, they understood the comforts
that would be missed from home while exploring
ones' dreams. It's a tradition that is carried on
today for guests.