Celebrities in Palm Springs – where they live & play

For decades Palm Springs has been a favourite destination for the stars.  You can find star home maps listing homes that belonged to the likes of Liberace, Debbie Reynolds or Frank Sinatra.

But even celebrities that are popular today, and perhaps a little more familiar to the hipster and Gen X crowd are also choosing to chill in Palm Springs.

palm springs celebrity home house visit star leo dicaprioLeonardo DiCaprio
Hands down Leo is the most famous star to own property in Palm Springs today.  Leonardo DiCaprio bought singer/actress Dinah Shore’s former home at 432 Hermosa, which was designed by top architect Donald Wexler back in 1964.

The home is  a chic getaway for the A-list actor, though when he’s not using it, he lets others use to the property too; even ordinary types like you and me.  Well, that is if you can afford the steep price tag. The home is for rent for about $4500/night via a a website 432Hermosa.com. Why not gather up about 40 or 50 of your closest pals and pool your funds for a night of celebrity fun?

palm springs celebrity home house visit star leo dicaprio

President Obama & Family
After leaving behind the most stressful job in the world, former President Barack Obama flew directly to the Palm Springs area where he closed himself into a local golf club property in Rancho Mirage and tried to blend in with other everyday Americans.

If the former President ever decided to buy a place in Palm Springs he’d have his pick of amazing homes with celebrity pedigrees.  Several places have gone on the market recently that would be perfect for a president. While Bob Hope’s former home sold after years on the market, a home once owned by Howard Huges and Eva Gabor is currently for sale.

If you want to know how a former president might go about exploring the Palm Springs area, read our blog Top 3 Things President Obama Should See & Do in Palm Springs.

palm springs celebrity home house visit star suzanne somersSuzanne Somers
Also on the market is the Palm Springs compound of Three’s Company actress and Thighmaster (remember those commercials!?) pitchwoman extraordinaire Suzanne Somers. Listed for a cool $14.5 million the property clings to the side of a mountain in a neighborhood south of the city centre, and can be accessed via its own funicular.

Somers has owned the property since 1977, but it was built back in the 1920’s. No word if she’s packing it in from desert life or looking to relocate or downsize, but you can see the home listing here.

palm springs celebrity home house visit star suzanne somers

Robert Downey Jr
The legendary actor may play superheroes, but during a November 2000 visit to the hotel property ‘Merv Griffin’s Hotel and Givenchy Spa,’ now known as The Parker, Robert Downey Jr. was made out as the villain when he was arrested by Palm Springs Police on drug charges. The entire episode was a media circus. Even so, Downey has apparently returned to Palm Springs since, and even stayed again at The Parker.

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Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie
Speaking of The Parker, the chic hotel was also the spot where Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie spent some time before news of their now-ill-fated romance and marriage went public. The hotel was also the site where the infamous “domestic bliss” photo of the couple posing with children was shot, for the cover of W Magazine.

The duo have returned to Palm Springs for the Palm Springs International Film Festival.

From the golden age of Hollywood, to the Rat Pack era, to today, Palm Springs remains a favorite getaway for celebrities of all stripes. Do you have a favorite star who also loves Palm Springs? Tell us who and we might feature them!

Photos courtesy 432hermosa.com, W Magazine/Steven Klein, hillsideluxuryestatepalmsprings.com,

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Palm Springs Traveller Staff