Comedian Bob Hope’s ‘Mushroom’ Estate in Palm Springs designed by John Lautner is Up for Sale at $50M
Widely renowned for rapid-fire delivery of jokes and one-liners and for his success in virtually all entertainment media, the British-born American entertainer and comic actor Bob Hope and his wife Dolores’ huge Palm Springs estate has now been listed for whopping $50 million. Designed back in year 1973 by the California-based noted Modernist architect John Lautner, this legendary ‘The Hope Residence’ is situated at the top of Southridge, overlooking the entire Coachella Valley with views to the Banning Pass to the North and Mount San Jacinto to the West. Described to be the largest private residence exclusively designed by John Lautner for the Hope Family, the 23,366 sq. ft home is truly an incredibly and impeccably designed concrete, steel and glass structure with a vast curving roof of copper that matches the mountains behind it. Interestingly, the roofline of the home likened to a giant mushroom, has been described as one of the most distinguished works of modernist architecture in the Coachella Valley. Speaking about the estates in Palm Springs, we have recently seen the sale offering of Merv Griffin’s 39-acre Palm Springs-area estate which comes complete with racetrack and horse stables.
Notably, the Hope Residence was originally built to resemble a volcano, with three visorlike arches and an undulating concrete roof, a hole at its center opening a courtyard to the sky. During the construction work, the home’s original wood frame was burned down in a fire sparked by a welder.
Built to accommodate as many as 300 guests for dinner, this Palm Spring estate is mostly used as second home and entertaining space by the reputed Hope family.
Southridge Community, Palm Springs, Southern California. U.S.
Considered to be Bob Hope and his wife Dolores’ ‘dream home’, the residence has 6 bedrooms, 10 bathrooms, 3 half baths, outdoor and indoor pools, a pond, and a full-sized tennis court.
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