Frank sinatra home for sale in palm springs

Frank Sinatras House Palm Springs

Frank Sinatra Home, Palm Springs CA

70300 San Lorenzo Rd., Palm Desert, CA

Resting high above the Coachella Valley, Palm Desert and PalmSprings, Villa Maggio offers a unique, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to own an iconic and treasured estate that Frank Sinatra personally helped design and build.

Panoramic views of the mountains and valleys are on full display throughout this secluded and private escape, which includes 3 buildings, a resort-style pool, a lighted tennis court and helipad, parking ideal for a someone who uses few dozen cars and approximately 7.5 acres of land.

The Sinatra house had a dual purpose in the design of the estate: a desire to escape the oppressive heat of the desert valley below and a need to provide his friends, which included traveling dignitaries, sports stars, elite power players and members of the Rat Pack, with the ultimate in luxury and comfort as well as the utmost in privacy and security.

With an extensive use of locally-sourced materials, including natural stone and hardwoods, the residence adds beauty to the surrounding environment. Wide overhanging eaves provide palms shade and reduce the ecological footprint. Hardwood floors, numerous fireplaces, and vaulted ceilings with exposed wood beams give the estate an understated and relaxing, down-to-earth atmosphere; the commercial grade appliances in the main home’s two full kitchens make it more than ready for vacation rentals, guests and the demands of modern life.

Recognized as the quintessential entertainer, Frank Sinatra ensured the Sinatra house was on par with the resorts and luxury hotels where his friends were accustomed to staying. The two-story guest home offers three guest suites, each with a private view deck, stone fireplace, kitchenette, and bathroom. If the walls could talk, a likely topic of conversation would have to be about who traveled in the secret passage between two of the guesthouse bedrooms and its numerous uses.

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The same qualities that Frank Sinatra sought to incorporate in the original design of the Sinatra House still resonate with modern celebrities and power players: ease of access, security, privacy, resort-style amenities for entertaining, and space from the neighbors. Set on a secluded palms surrounded, 7.5 acre lot at the end of a gated, private drive, the estate is located within 20 minutes of the heart of Palm Desert, with its high-end boutique shopping and numerous fine dining options and fun events on El Paseo, and of course full view of palms and various dinner parties. The PSP Airport is also just 26 miles away the Frank Sinatra named residence, a short jaunt by helicopter.

Pure Sinatra, the grand scope and vision of the estate reflect his focus on ‘doing things his way.’ Affectionately named for a character that earned him an Oscar in From Here to Eternity, Villa Maggio was a personal residence for the icon for many years: a treasured retreat that he built with the aim of providing his friends and family with an other-worldly, private escape for fun, relaxation, and of course, epic dinner parties and events surrounded by palms. As many of the details reflect Frank Sinatra’s personal taste and preferences, the character and style of the Frank Sinatra home have been lovingly preserved and maintained for the next owner to enjoy. With a total of eight bedrooms, 12.5 bathrooms, and nine fireplaces, the Frank Sinatra named estate offers something for everyone and an unprecedented opportunity to own a piece of iconic history.

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Frank Sinatra’s Gorgeous Palm Desert Home Can’t Find a Buyer After Nearly 14 Years

This story was originally published on 5/6/2016; it has been updated to reflect new information and dates.

Frank Sinatra's iconic Twin Palms home (which can now be rented!) wasn't the crooner's only desert estate. Sinatra also had another property for when he needed an escape, which referred to as "Mr. Sinatra's Secret Hideaway." Officially named "Villa Maggio" (a nod to his character in From Here to Eternity), Sinatra's dreamy Palm Desert property sits perched high on a mountaintop. With nine bedrooms, three kitchens, nine fireplaces, and a total of 12.5 bathrooms inside three buildings (main house, guest house, and a pool house!), this remote compound made a fittingly luxurious getaway for the music legend. However, despite its decadence, the home has not fared well on the market. After first being listed in 2007, it continues to struggle to find a buyer.

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As property records show on the listing, Villa Maggio was listed for sale in 2007. With no luck, it was taken off the market and then relisted again a number of times under different agents over the years — it was never able to attract a buyer. Earlier this month, the property returned to the market for $4.25 million. Markus Canter of Berkshire Hathaway Home Services holds the current listing.

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Sean Garrison / Shooting LA

Located just off Pines to Palms Highway, this off-the-grid midcentury mountain home was designed for Sinatra in 1970 by architect Ross Patton. Wood, stone, and other natural materials make up the home's interiors while complementing the surrounding landscape. Large fireplaces make the expansive 6,428 square-foot home feel cozy, but the best feature (aside from the backstory of the home) might just be the sweeping mountain views.

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Sean Garrison / Shooting LA

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Other highlights of the home include the resort-style pool, the lighted tennis courts, and the outdoor dance floor. There is also a parking lot that can fit 24 cars, and for those who would rather fly in, there's a helipad, too. It was at this home that Sinatra would host members of the Rat Pack.

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Sean Garrison / Shooting LA

Sean Garrison / Shooting LA

Pretty impressive, right? Fingers crossed that this is the year that Villa Maggio gets a new owner —we'll keep you updated! But as for now, if you're looking to explore more of Sinatra's properties, you can check out his former Miami beach house which actress Mindy Kaling purchased for $10 million in 2020.

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Frank Sinatra House in Palm Springs

Legendary singer Frank Sinatra turns 100 years old. We are talking about his favorite home in California.

In 1947, Palm Springs was an army SUV: unpaved roads, dunes, tumbleweeds. The real American desert, like in a movie about cowboys. Frank Sinatra built the famous Twin Palms house there - several pages are devoted to him in the guide to Palm Springs. Every day when it was cocktail time, Sinatra would raise a special flag on the flagpole in front of the entrance so that other famous residents of Palm Springs would look at the light. nine0003

Sinatra built his first house in Palm Springs in 1947. In the mid-1950s, he purchased a larger piece of land nearby, the Mirage Ranch. Here he lived until 1995 in the company of various wives, numerous friends, seven dogs and four cats.


By the mid-1950s, Sinatra had sold the house and moved several miles away from Palm Springs, where he bought a tiny one-story hut with a pool that was practically on a golf course. Once an employee of a golf club even drowned a cart with clubs in the pool of America's main star. But at that time the house did not look much like the home of a star. The main decorations of the landscape were a giant fire extinguisher on wheels - firefighters might not reach such a wilderness in time - and a gasoline generator: electricity in the desert was often cut off. nine0003

The Projection Room was named after the Sinatra song Send in the Clowns. Above the fireplace hangs the first painting that Sinatra painted. At the piano is a plywood image of Sinatra, on the table are photographs of him with Barbara.


However, Sinatra had serious difficulties in the early fifties - it is possible that he just wanted to hide.

First, he was run over by Senator McCarthy. In the 50s, there was a “witch hunt” in America - the head of the committee on anti-American actions, McCarthy, called celebrities to the carpet, accusing them of espionage and sympathies for communism. The star justified itself, and at that time, radio stations, publishing houses, studios, as well as friends, lovers and wives arranged gambling races: who would break the contract faster, quarrel or publicly condemn the communist. Sinatra was not a communist, but he advocated for the rights of blacks - back in 1947 starred in a short film celebrating the joys of racial equality. In addition, Sinatra was for the Democrats. The run-in with McCarthy took him a lot of money, time and nerves.

For the sake of Ava Gardner Sinatra left his wife and three children. Their turbulent marriage lasted from 1951 to 1957. Even after the divorce, Ava took Frank's records everywhere, and he took her photograph.


Second, Sinatra chose the wrong woman - Ava Gardner, America's most famous beauty, whom he loved and hated for the rest of his life. Their romance was obscenely public: married lovers did not hide anything from anyone. Sinatra's wife and mother of three, Nancy, divorced him. Frank married Ava at 1951st, lived for two years, and then threw out of the Twin Palms, along with a friend, a hanger-on and suitcases. After the divorce in 1957, Sinatra pursued her for many more years: every time they met, he started with flirting and flirting, then he begged, and then made another scandal with breaking dishes and windows.

Above the fireplace in the living room is another painting by Sinatra, his favorite color orange.


Sinatra's third problem was his connections with the mafia - about them in 19The 47th was written by society reporter Robert Ruant, who worked for Hearst himself. "Blue-Eyed" was never caught red-handed. But there are pictures of Frank shaking hands with America's most powerful men of the night, from Charlie Luciano to Carlo Gambino. Sinatra shrugged, "I'm used to shaking people's hands before looking into their work history. "

Sinatra with his first wife, Nancy, in a restaurant (1945).


There are two more bikes. One is about 1943: Sinatra needed to break his contract with the Tommy Dorsey orchestra ahead of schedule, and this musician found a gun at his temple. This story was hinted at transparently in The Godfather. The second is about 1973: during the Australian tour, Sinatra spoke rudely, like our Kirkorov, about a local journalist. Australian unions, demanding an apology, boycotted the guest - stopped serving food and blocked the hotel. Then a dead kangaroo was put in the bed of the main Australian trade union leader - this is already a joke in the wake of the "Godfather" and the famous scene with a horse's head. nine0003

Sinatra listened to his records and watched films in the projection room at the Mirage Ranch.


Fiction, of course, but the aftertaste remains unpleasant. Moreover, Sinatra also played tricks: in 1960 he played a pimp, introducing ex-girlfriend Judith Campbell Exner to John F. Kennedy and at the same time to Chicago “boss” Sam Giancana. The future president of the United States was not touched, and the Kennedy clan quarreled with Sinatra forever.

Sinatra in the "Kennedy room" - here the future president stayed at 1960th. Almost every room in the house is named after friends or Sinatra song titles.


FBI investigations revealed that Sinatra did not launder money, did not run rackets, did not receive income, and did not even unfasten his own. It's just that an Italian shorty from Hoboken, New Jersey thought it was "cool" to be friends with "real boys." It was a mutual and sincere friendship: both the mafiosi and the best American singer of the 20th century were proud of it.

But Sinatra knew the measure well - back home, in Palm Springs, he did not invite these people. nine0003

External view of the trailer "Chicago". In 1971, Sinatra received it as a gift from his employees and equipped it with a hairdresser and a sauna.


Sintara owned the house in Palm Springs, nicknamed the Mirage Ranch, for forty years. He grew like a living organism, and every corner and room bore the name of some great master's song. The main one was called “The House I Live in”; There were two more guests. On the territory of the Mirage there was even a real “caboose” - a railway car taken off its wheels, where Frank set up a hairdresser. He loved toy railroads - he kept them in the depot house. However, individual steam locomotives were placed everywhere. nine0003

The interior of the trailer "Chicago".


But the main thing is that the glorious forties, when the cocktail flag flew over Sinatra's house, continued: the hospitality of the Mirage became a legend. Sinatra himself went around the guests, checking if everything was in order - right down to whether people had enough toothpicks and ice cream in the refrigerator. There were Kennedy and Reagan, Yul Brynner and Dr. DeBakey, Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. Naked Marilyn Monroe was preparing breakfast in the kitchen of the House I Live in. Frank called Marilyn to marry - he felt sorry for her and hoped that when she became Mrs. Sinatra, evil people would leave her alone, afraid of the friend of all mafiosi. Marilyn refused, and a week later she was gone. Then twenty-year-old hippie Mia Farrow lived here, Sinatra married her and quickly divorced her in the traditional way - with a scandal and throwing suitcases and girlfriends on the lawn. nine0003

Sinatra and his third wife, Mia Farrow, in Palm Springs (1967).


Sinatra's creative life was affected in the best possible way. He starred in From Here to Eternity, an excellent military drama, and won an Oscar for his supporting role. He recorded the album Only the Lonely - this is already a late Sinatra, with a voice slightly drunk and smoky, with the charm of a forty-year-old sad womanizer. While living here, he starred in The Manchurian Candidate. This film about political games and brainwashing did not go well: it came out right before the assassination of Kennedy, whom Sinatra loved. Above the bed where JFK slept, Frank nailed a gold plaque and even built a heliport in the yard in case of a new visit. But Kennedy went to Bing Crosby - you never know what mafia girl this Sinatra will put on him? nine0003

Yul Brynner was a frequent visitor to Sinatra's ranch.


In 1976, Barbara Marks appeared in the Mirage. This woman sold Sinatra's beloved house and brought the singer to the grave. Before she came into Frank's life, the house had been the simple, charming home of an old bachelor. It was almost all orange - it was Sinatra's favorite color, he called it "happy. " There was no lawn - a lawn is not appropriate in the desert. Under the feet - sand, on the sand - boulders. Shade was provided by cacti and orange trees. There was a rug at the entrance that said "Go away!" and on the sofa cushion was written "You dirty rat!" - in memory of Sinatra's spree with his "rat pack" (it included his friends and colleagues Sammy Davis, Dean Martin, Peter Lawford and Shirley MacLaine). nine0003

Frank Sinatra in the garden door of the living room at Mirage Ranch. On the rug in front of the door is the inscription "Go away!".


Barbara treated the house barbarically. Wherever possible, she repainted orange in sand, cream or white. She threw out all the garden furniture, eclectic, collected from the world by thread and pressed through by the best backyards of the country, and bought a “single set”. The rat pillow was moved out of sight into Frank's bedroom, along with the pictures he painted in his spare time. nine0003

Sinatra with fourth (and last) wife, Barbara at the Mirage Ranch - celebrating a birthday (1980).


But that wasn't enough for her. In 1995, the last time Sinatra, nearly 80, sang in public, his wife persuaded him to sell the house. The buyer - a certain Jim Pattinson - was found quickly, the deal was finalized in a matter of weeks. But Frank didn't want to leave. He tried to rent his own house - Pattison refused, but with a grand gesture allowed him and Barbara to live in the Mirage for as long as they pleased. nine0003

Sinatra before a concert, 1960s.


A month has passed. Frank woke up one morning, shaved, showered, had breakfast, put on a suit and tie, and called a limousine. He told his servants - 26 in all - that he was leaving. They lined up on both sides of the road that Sinatra was supposed to take. Frank said a short goodbye, got into the car and drove off. A few minutes later, Pattison's housekeeper, entering Sinatra's former bedroom, found six maids on the floor. They knelt down and wept softly. nine0003

Sinatra's bedroom. On the pillows - the inscriptions "Frank", "You dirty rat!" and "Don't lose your temper - come out a winner." There are paintings by Sinatra on the walls.


Sinatra sincerely believed that his wife was right - why did the old man need such a huge house? But from the side it’s clearer: Barbara stepped on the throat of his song, jealous of the past: for the imperious tigress Ava, for the young Mia and even for the mother of many children Nancy, for bachelor drinking parties and nightly concerts with fellow musicians, for the desert where he was hiding from McCarthy and scandals. Even to these scandals themselves. To that incredible, unforgettable world that Frank lived without her. nine0003

Sinatra died in 1998 in an apartment in Los Angeles. He never saw the Mirage again. But he returned to the desert: here his ashes were scattered.

Sinatra received an Oscar for his role as Private Angelo in From Here to Eternity (1953).


Text: Semyon Kvasha


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Frank Sinatra Beach House

The Malibu home where the legendary singer lived with his wife is now up for sale. We invite you to take a walk through the rooms.

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Sinatra's wife Barbara wrote a book of memoirs, Lady Blue Eyes: My Life With Frank, dedicated to her husband, in which she often recalls the family villa in Malibu. When Frank bought this house, he was already over 70. The motive was the view and the pleasant neighborhood. Nearby lived friends of Sinatra, actors, sparkling comedians Don Rickles and Bob Newhart. Frank and Barbara visited here, but the singer admitted that of all his villas (Sinatra also owned mansions in Los Angeles and Palm Springs), he loved this one the most. nine0003

Barbara remembers how they used to gather here for quiet (or gambling) family fun. For example, Frank was passionately fond of poker and reciting satirical poems over a glass of whiskey. There are stories in Barbara's book about how friends visited them, there were also noisy parties, although the 74-year-old Sinatra himself admitted that he was already out of that age.

The house was built by the fashionable architect Ted Grenzbach in the 1990s. He was guided by classical architecture and Hollywood style, as he was understood at that time. Not without elegance, the interiors are decorated in a neutral way. According to Barbara, Sinatra did not like pomposity. The entire first floor is a spacious, open space that combines the hall, living room and dining room. From here there is access to a terrace with a view - the whole ocean is in front of you. The house has seven bedrooms and nine bathrooms. The master bedroom is a huge room, in addition to the bedroom itself, it also contains a lounge, a fireplace area, a sauna and even a small hairdresser. nine0003

One of the main advantages of the mansion is a fantastic view of the ocean. The house stands, as they say, on the first line. It has its own access to the beach, from which the villa is separated by a small well-groomed garden. Directly from the house you can get to the outdoor terrace-patio. According to the recollections of his wife, Sinatra liked to sit in the garden for a long time, admiring the landscape, and at sunset he would definitely go down to the living room, because at that hour the whole house was playing with beautiful, peach-lilac sunset reflections.

After the death of Sinatra, the villa went to Barbara, and then to her son from her first marriage, and he put the mansion up for sale for the first time. Now it's back on the market. Now they want 12.9 for the mansionmillion dollars.

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