Those who can afford to live anywhere are so often seduced by the allure of Palm Springs, with its storied history as a playground of the rich and famous, its striking natural beauty, and its (reportedly) healing and healthy desert climate. The list of actors, athletes, politicians, and iconic names is so long (Lucille Ball, Barry Manilow, and Howard Hughes to name just a few) that they are celebrated in the city’s Hollywood-esque Palm Springs Walk of Stars.

Palm Springs today caters to the smart investor and the desert enthusiast alike, as well as those looking to escape chilly winters. After all, January’s average high in Palm Springs is 70 degrees. It also still caters to the well-heeled A-lister. Just take a look at the exceptional 1920 home of Hollywood actress and entrepreneur Suzanne Somers at 385 Alta Vista Road.

Private, opulent, luxurious, glorious. Those are just a few of the ways to describe this magnificent estate spread out among 73 acres of pristine natural beauty. Part upscale home, part Zen escape, this canyon estate property in Palm Springs is unlike anything you have ever seen.

Fashioned after the scenic town of Les Baux, “one of the most picturesque villages in France,” said Wikipedia, this estate captures the spirit of the Provencal hills, their wonder and their majesty—perfectly.

As a full-time residence or a winter escape, the truly incredible estate property offers a unique escape from the norm and a private refuge to indulge your French country whims just a bit closer to home.

The 11,000-square-foot residence not only provides an alternative to the traffic and congestion of L.A., but also to the more typical country club environment that is so prominent in Palm Springs. Instead, you climb aboard the wooden funicular to travel between the majestic Palm Springs desert and the one-of-a-kind residence, during which you are transported by the stunning mountain and valley views, the desert landscape, and the overwhelming feeling of serenity and tranquility.

Inside the home, authentic French architecture and details include wood beams, abundant chandeliers, and multiple fireplaces. Elegance and comfort combine in luxuriously livable public spaces, with a gourmet kitchen with state-of-the-art appliances, rustic luxe living spaces with soaring ceilings, and a large wine vault. Ten private bedroom suites and spa baths bring the French mystique into the residents’ dreams, and an exquisite rock guesthouse built by legend of modernist architecture Albert Frey is a wonder unto itself.

Outside, the exceptional grounds include a resort pool, kitchen, stone amphitheater, natural waterfalls, and gathering spaces that invite al fresco dining amongst clear-blue skies, unique rock formations, and views over the Palm Springs city lights framed by a canopy of mountains.

All this and you’re still less than one mile from downtown Palm Springs.

385 Alta Vista Road is offered for $14,500,000 by Joyce Rey of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage.

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