Posted by: Waheeda Harris | November 29, 2011

Modernism for the Hollywood elite, Twin Palms Estate, Palm Springs CA USA

Mid-century architecture is in abundance in stylish Palm Springs, as well as many famous residences – including Twin Palms Estate, the house built by Frank Sinatra.

Designed by architect E. Stewart Williams in 1947 for Frank Sinatra, this home was named for the two palm trees found beside the piano-shaped pool, the tallest trees in this valley neighbourhood at the time the house was built.

The residence is found in the Movie Colony neighbourhood of Rancho Mirage, a popular enclave of the Los Angeles set, including neighbours Al Jolson, Jack Benny and Cary Grant.

A four bedroom home, the Twin Palms Estate was a popular spot for Sinatra and his Hollywood pals. When in residence, Sinatra was famous for raising a Jack Daniels flag on one of the palm trees every day at 5pm signalling cocktail hour had started at Twin Palms.

Although all of the furnishings were sold off by Sinatra when he sold this house, the current owners have restored it with period furniture and accessories, as well as Sinatra memorabilia from the time period. My fave – the original Valentino of Hollywood stereo and recording system installed and used by Sinatra when in residence, which is still in the living room.

I kept imagining what it would have been like to be hanging out with Sinatra and friends, sitting by the pool, telling stories and waiting for the Jack Daniels flag to be raised. And guess what? If you want to have the time to imagine, this house is a vacation rental home - so you can recreate your own Rat Pack memories.

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