I Did It My Way
Just after World War II, Frank Sinatra first visited Palm Springs. He was captivated by the simplicity and beauty of the desert retreat. It was an attractive opportunity for Sinatra because of the beauty, the hometown feel of the community and the close proximity to Los Angeles. Other stars, including Ava Gardner and Lana Turner, were calling Palm Springs home and Sinatra was part of that community. During the 50’s, as his career grew, so did his property. He sold the first home he had purchased and moved into a new property that became the Sinatra compound. He was meticulous in keeping the detail and natural environment in the desert intact in the compound. The home grew into a place of luxury, style and comfort for both Sinatra and the guests that he welcomed there.
Enjoying Comfort Sinatra’s Way
Sinatra expanded his compound to offer the maximum comfort, privacy and luxury for his guests. The compound was expanded by 2 1/2 acres, with two 2 bedroom guest homes added, with all the comforts and luxury he could offer. Each home occupied a place off either end of his swimming pool. Each cottage offered his-and-her bathrooms, including salon quality amenities. The main house was also expanded to offer a 24 seat dining room and a restaurant size kitchen. As a guest of Sinatra, one never wanted for anything! He ensured that whatever a guest might need or desire, he was able to provide that. It was a focus on pure luxury and relaxation. Prior to being elected President, John F. Kennedy was a guest in the compound and Sinatra installed a plaque to commemorate the event. The compound continued to experience expansion at the direction of Sinatra. These expansions included a tennis court, helicopter pad, a projection room and an office to display his multitudes of Oscars, Emmys, Grammys and gold records. Two additional cottages were added to the compound, one of which was the “Christmas Tree House.” This cottage was a four bedroom home with a living room, kitchen and swimming pool, which was built specifically for his children. They gave it the name because of the big pine tree out front.
Experiencing Palm Springs
Palm Springs remains an exciting desert oasis for its wealthy and well-to-do guests and residents. It also reflects the inspired style of a bygone era that is immortalized by Sinatra. It is the largest concentration of mid-century modern architecture in the United States and inspired the design aesthetic called Desert Modernism. Palm Springs was designated as a Preserve America City in 2009 by President Obama and has been identified in the top 12 cultural tourism destinations in America.
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