The Palm Springs - Hollywood Connection

Real Estate Agent with HomeSmart Elite Group - Palm Springs / La Quinta, CA DRE# 01167143

Palm Springs has long been associated with Hollywood and the entertainment industry. It has been a popular destination and retreat for celebrities and a hub for the film and music industries. One of the reasons for the connection between Palm Springs and Hollywood is that Hollywood actors had a stipulation in their contract with the studios that they must always stay within a 2-hour drive from production. Many Hollywood stars, including Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, and Marilyn Monroe, owned homes in the area. Leonardo DiCaprio is one of the most famous actors who recently purchased the former home of Dinah Shore in the Old Las Palmas neighborhood in Palm Springs, a Mid-Century home designed by the famous architect Donald Wexler.

The city's relaxed atmosphere and desert landscape still provides a getaway for many celebrities who have been drawn to Palm Springs for various reasons over the years; many have their own vacation homes in the area, and the city remains a popular destination for those seeking a quiet and luxurious retreat.

Some of the famous stars over the years who visited or bought homes here included Douglas Fairbanks, Mary Pickford, John and Lionel Barrymore, Bing Crosby, Jimmy Durante, Spencer Tracy, John Wayne, Errol Flynn, and Robert Wagner.  Stars like Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Cary Grant and Kirk Douglas loved the location and bought homes in the area. I was personally honored to list and sell the Class One Historic Cary Grant estate in The Movie Colony in prime Palm Springs some years ago.

Other worthy local notable history is that Clark Gable married Carol Lombard, Lana Turner wed Artie Shaw, Debbie Reynolds honeymooned with Eddie Fisher, Elvis and Priscilla Presley also honeymooned, Cary Grant played lawn chess with Spencer Tracy, and it’s been said that 22-year-old Marilyn Monroe was discovered in Palm Springs. It is documented that over 500 celebrities have owned homes here in the desert and with over 100 golf courses we are known as the golf capital of the world, and we are host to the spectacular BNP Paribas Tennis Championship held in Indian Wells annually.

Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley will forever be linked to Hollywood and movie icons, but it’s absolute beauty has drawn everyone from US Presidents to Northeastern snowbirds and the 300 days of sunshine, gorgeous hiking, the Coachella and Stagecoach Music Festivals, the new concert and hockey arena with huge music acts, plus the hugely popular international film festival, fashion shows on ritzy El Paseo, and world renowned medical facilities help make Palm Springs and adjoining cities I believe the best place to live in the world. There are other great reasons to want to live in the desert including being so close to nature destinations such as Idyllwild, Lake Hemet, and Joshua Tree National Park are all less than a 1-hour drive. Plus, the world’s largest rotating tramcar soars above the city, taking tourists to the stunning cliffs of the Chino Canyon.

The city offers a sense of seclusion and privacy, making it an attractive destination for those in the public eye who value personal space away from the bustling urban environment. Palm Springs is known for its warm and sunny climate and many celebrities appreciate the desert weather, which provides a pleasant escape from the cooler or more variable climates of other locations.

Palm Springs and its surrounding areas have also been used as filming locations for many movies and TV shows. The picturesque desert landscapes and distinctive architecture make it a super popular choice for filmmakers and modeling shoots. Last month we once again hosted the Palm Springs International Film Festival, which is a major event that also attracts filmmakers and stars from Hollywood. The festival is usually held in January and showcases a wide range of films and serves as a platform for recognizing outstanding achievements in the film industry.

Many real estate agents in Los Angeles, San Fernando Valley, and Orange County areas have entrusted me with their clients who have decided to come to the desert to find a second home. Many of these potential buyers are searching for amazing mid-century homes with charm, character, a sparkling pool, and mountain views (which we have an abundance of here in Palm Springs).

These are some of the factors that have contributed to Palm Springs becoming a favored destination for celebrities seeking a mix of relaxation, privacy, and a touch of Hollywood glamour. Please let me know if I can ever be of assistance with any real estate needs, or perhaps a list of great restaurants and fun things to do in the area.

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Gregory Manns, Realtor

HomeSmart Professionals

47-060 Washington Street | La Quinta, CA 92253

(760) 406-2900 Mobile | (760) 619-2653 Fax

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Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

I have heard that this place is old Hollywood, and just recently Mary Weiss from the Shangrilas just passed away there..

Feb 01, 2024 11:37 PM
Gregory Manns, Palm Springs Area Realtor

Hi Laura,

Yes, sadly Mary recently passed away and she lived not far from my home. I can still hear her sing the "Leader of The Pack". May she rest in peace. 

Wishing you a lovely day Laura and thank you for your comment.

Feb 02, 2024 08:10 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Oswego, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Gregory. Thanks for some of the information about Palm Springs of which I was previously unaware. Continued success. Enjoy your day. 

Feb 02, 2024 04:16 AM
Gregory Manns, Palm Springs Area Realtor

Good Morning Wayne,

Wishing you a terrific day and thanks so much for your kind comment.

Feb 02, 2024 08:11 AM
Bill Salvatore - East Valley
Arizona Elite Properties - Chandler, AZ
Realtor - 602-999-0952 / em:

We always go thru Palm Springs on our way to San Diego.  Have visited this place.  Love it. Thanks for sharing and enjoy your upcoming weekend!

Bill Salvatore, Realtor- Arizona Elite Properties

Feb 02, 2024 04:39 AM
Gregory Manns, Palm Springs Area Realtor

Good Morning Bill, So great you visit Palm Springs now and then. Hope you have a beautiful weekend!

Feb 02, 2024 08:12 AM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Gregory Manns, Palm Springs Area Realtor  you are so right and even when it comes to listing and selling them there is always a Hollywood connection, one of my fellow Realtors has the Sinatra listing and had it for quite a while:)Endre

Feb 03, 2024 09:42 PM
Gregory Manns, Palm Springs Area Realtor

Yes, Endre the Frank Sinatra home in Mountain Center sure has some great Hollywood history. Thank you so very much for sharing.

Feb 05, 2024 07:00 PM