Ma Kettle's Hollywood Hideaway in Palm Desert

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Marjorie Main home--yard when greenMarjorie Main home in Palm DesertMa Kettle's home in Palm Desert is up for grabs. Marjorie Main—the domineering actress with the strident voice who appeared in numerous movies from Meet Me in St Louis to her iconic role in ten Ma and Pa Kettle movies—built her own Hollywood get-away home here in the Coachella Valley back in 1949. The sprawling hacienda-style home is now bank-owned and a veritable bargain to boot.

Located close to Hwy 111, the 8 bedroom/6 bath one-of-a-kind compound could easily slot into the rustic homes found in the Palm Springs Movie Colony, and exudes Spanish flair with Santa Fe touches. It merely needs some TLC to restore its unique charms. Resting on a huge 19,602 square-foot lot, the red-tile-roofed home boasts stellar views and two capacious casitas, each with its own complete kitchen.

Marjorie Main home in Palm DesertFrom the circular driveway and panoramic window framing the Santa Rosa Mountains, to the saltillo floors, handcarved pillars and wood ceilings in the primary residence, the home features one distinctive room after another.

Marjorie Main home in Palm DesertThe previous owners did major renovations, evinced in the travertine-clad kitchen (with twig-slatted cabinets) and luxurious slate-clad master bath.

Marjorie Main home in Palm DesertFive sets of pine French doors open from the huge great room to the veranda-shaded backyard with its additional buildings, pool/spa, and palapas-covered BBQ kitchen. There is an outdoor bathroom to complement the entertaining-ready area.

Marjorie Main home in Palm DesertSteps from one casita lead up to an expansive skydeck with 360° views of Palm Desert. Each of the casitas is approximately 600-700 square feet and feature some remodeling as well.


Marjorie Main home in Palm DesertI explored the property today with a colleague. Mary Pat and I were incredulous as we explored the warren of rooms and expansive yard.

Marjorie Main home in Palm DesertMarjorie Main home in Palm DesertTwo of the vintage bathrooms are replete with tilework as pristine and glossy as the day they were laid. The vibrant color schemes are turquoise and black, and yellow and black.

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The 5365 square-foot residence was on the market until earlier this year at $799K. It is now a lender-owned foreclosure (REO) and priced at only $500K ($93/sf). It hasn't been marketed correctly and has been overlooked since it came on the market in July.

Marjorie Main home in Palm Desert--masterThis  property awaits the right person and represents an amazing bargain. If you're intrigued with the possibilities, give me a call to take a closer look.Ma and Pa Kettle












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Marco Giancola
Beachfront Realty - Miami Beach, FL
Realtor (305)608-1922, Miami Beach Florida

Hi Mary-Ok I admit it I am old enough to remember ma Kettle very fondly from those movies usually run on the Sunday morning movie way back when:) The house looks like it has lots of potential from the article and I am going to send the info to a buyer I work with in that area.

Sep 07, 2011 11:20 PM #1
Bruce Walter
Keller Williams Realty Lafayette/West Lafayette, Indiana - West Lafayette, IN

Mary, this is a wonderful post about this great home.  I love that shower and it would be great that you could get a buyer for this home from your post!

Sep 08, 2011 02:14 AM #2
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