The Rat Pack
This is likewise the case on the Twin Palms Estate, Frank Sinatra’s storied, swinging Palm Springs pad. In 1947, Sinatra employed the architect E. Stewart Williams to construct the four,500-square-foot midcentury showplace after recognizing the land, and an particularly pretty pair of palm bushes, from an airplane. The whole property, together with its iconic grand piano-shaped pool and a recording studio, is accessible for beginning at $2,500 an evening (as much as $four,219 an evening in excessive season), for a three-night minimal, via Natural Retreats.
The homeowners, Tom and Marianne O’Connell, purchased the property in 2009, after renting it for their very own short-term keep. “They’re Rat Pack fans,” mentioned Dann Richey, who manages the property for Natural Retreats. “They were about to retire and saw it both as a vacation home and a business opportunity.”
Of course, Twin Palms attracts these drawn to its outstanding (and stormy) cultural historical past — a crack within the unique major toilet’s sink is rumored to be the results of Ava Gardner throwing a champagne bottle at Mr. Sinatra after discovering his tryst with Lana Turner whereas Gardner was away on location — nevertheless it additionally summons its justifiable share of design and structure buffs. In the previous, company have been “a solid mix of international Sinatra devotees and people interested in the desert modernist architecture of the mansion,” mentioned Mr. Richey. “We’ve had requests for the staff to all be wearing Rat Pack-style fedoras when guests arrive, as well as ones that are solely interested in the mansion as a midcentury architectural masterpiece.”
But whereas enterprise on the Twin Palms Estates has remained regular all through the pandemic, the profile of the standard renter has modified. “Currently, people are coming from areas within driving distance of Palm Springs, such as the Bay Area and Nevada, and instead of staying three days at a time, are staying up to a week,” Mr. Richey mentioned. “I think the initial draw is Sinatra, but in the end, it’s just an extraordinary place to escape for a few days.”
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