Are you dreaming of a warm-weather getaway? A home built for “White Christmas” crooner Bing Crosby has come on the market in Rancho Mirage, CA, for $5 million. The home with the prestigious pedigree was last sold in 2005 for $2,625,000, and has bounced on and off the market since 2010.
Located in the exclusive community of Thunderbird Heights, the 1957 residence is 6,700 square feet on 1.36 acres. The single-level midcentury modern residence offers expansive indoor-outdoor space, walls of glass, and handcarved wooden doors.
Central to the home is a great room with a stone fireplace and bar. Sliding glass doors open to an outdoor living area, with space for dining and entertaining surrounded by manicured gardens, a pool, spa, and fire pits.
The layout contains five bedrooms, including an enormous 1,400-square-foot master suite with a sitting area and fireplace, as well as a spa bath. The other four bedrooms are also en suite, with 5.5 baths total.
The chef’s kitchen comes with a breakfast bar, granite counters, and stainless-steel appliances. Elsewhere there’s a billiard room and a home theater.
“The home is all about indoor-outdoor living and traditional-meeting-modern design—and it overlooks such a gorgeous backdrop,” says listing agent Fredrik Eklund of Douglas Elliman. Indeed, the home affords dramatic views of the Coachella Valley, mountains, and desert.
The home has Hollywood connections in addition to Crosby. The attached two-bedroom casita with its own kitchen and separate entrance is rumored to have been visited by John F. Kennedy and Marilyn Monroe. True or not, the legend inspired the guest wing to be renamed the JFK wing.
The area has also been visited by celebrities and U.S. presidents alike, including Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, and Gerald Ford, who vacationed there. Barack Obama is also a regular visitor to this posh part of the desert.
Crosby, who died in 1977, was a singer and film star. His biggest hit was “White Christmas,” written by Irving Berlin. The holiday tune hit No. 1 on the charts and has sold over 100 million copies worldwide.
Along with Eklund, Linda Taglianetti, John Gomes, and Gail Vasquez, all of Douglas Elliman, represent the listing.
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