HOUSE TOUR: A PALM SPRING HOME RECALLS
Long before Southern California’s Coachella Valley became a wintertime magnet for suntanned retirees
(and more recently, the home of its eponymous neo-bohemian music festival), the desert getaway was a swanky destination for Hollywood’s elite.
In the 1950s, stars like Frank Sinatra and Marilyn Monroe flocked to the area’s glamour capital, Palm Springs,
as well as nearby communities like Palm Desert and Rancho Mirage, where the San Jacinto Mountains form a stunning backdrop.
For Paul Boschetto, a San Francisco business executive who started going there in the ’70s,
the area’s midcentury mystique is exemplified by the Thunderbird Country Club in Rancho Mirage. “It has a star-studded past,” he says.
“Everyone from Bing Crosby to Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz used to come here, along with all these executives from Detroit;
that’s how they got the name for the Ford Thunderbird.”
Founded in 1951, the club famously hosted the valley’s first 18-hole golf course. Bob Hope liked the club so much that he built himself
a hillside house overlooking the links. Soon, Lucy and Desi,
Sinatra and Hoagy Carmichael joined him,
commissioning weekend homes here in the modernist style that was all the rage. The luxurious gated enclave was given an official name:
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