As one of the few great historic properties in Palm Springs, affectionately known as the “Donna Reed Estate,” this ultra-private retreat offers gracious vintage character among beautifully landscaped grounds and stunning mountain views.
Designed by Pasadena-based architect Charles Matcham and completed in 1934, this impeccably restored two-story residence offers a rare example of California Monterey-style in the heart of Old Las Palmas.
Palm Springs Life magazine has reported that actress Donna Reed owned the house from 1966-70. The classic “old estate” neighborhood of Old Las Palmas boasts the largest number of celebrity homes in Palm Springs.
Those who have lived in Old Las Palmas include Leonardo DiCaprio, Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell, Lily Tomlin, Dinah Shore, Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, Elizabeth Taylor and Mike Todd, Liberace, Red Skelton, Debbie Reynolds, Mary Martin, Kirk Douglas, Ann Miller, Edgar Bergen, Rona Barrett, William Powell, Alan Ladd, Lena Horne, Jack Warner, Samuel Goldwyn, Edward G. Robinson, Clarke Gable, Gene Autry, and many others.
The neighborhood is very close to downtown Palm Springs, with its many shops and restaurants.
Situated on almost 3/4 of an acre, the gated compound includes a main house with a separate two-bedroom, one-bathroom guest house. The interior is highlighted by a large, cleverly designed “dual chef’s kitchen” appointed with marble countertops and custom tile/cabinetry. The main kitchen is anchored by a Bertazzoni range, farmhouse sink, stainless-steel dishwasher and refrigerator, walk-in pantry, and freestanding butcher-block island. An oversized butler’s pantry includes a second sink, second stainless-steel dishwasher, additional storage, and a wine refrigerator.
Off the kitchen is the intimate formal dining room with wood ceiling. The spacious living room with a fireplace features a wood-beamed ceiling and views of the front and rear gardens.
A charming wood banister staircase leads to the second floor in the main house. The primary suite offers a cozy fireplace, balcony, and a spa-like bath with a custom dual vanity. The upstairs has a second guest bedroom and bathroom, and a flexible third bedroom or office. A fourth bedroom/bathroom downstairs is currently used as a media room/study.
Upgrades include a Control4 media and home operation system, owned solar panels, updated lighting/HVAC, and designer-grade plumbing fixtures.
The indoor/outdoor flow is ideal given that all the main rooms open to the large pool/patio area with retractable awnings.
A European-inspired motor court with covered parking, an expansive lawn, fruit orchard, shaded lounge areas, and a gorgeous pool complete the outdoor bar/BBQ area. Additional period features are evident in the artisan millwork, iron details, tile, and a smeared-mortar effect with the brick. Additional information is at www.1184caminomirasol.com.
Donna Reed’s career spanned more than 40 years, with performances in over 40 films. She is well-known for her portrayal of Mary Hatch Bailey in Frank Capra’s fantasy holiday film “It’s a Wonderful Life” (1946).
She is best known for her work in television, notably as Donna Stone, a middle-class American mother and housewife in the sitcom “The Donna Reed Show” (1958–1966), whose character was more assertive and complex than most other TV mothers of the era. She received numerous Emmy Award nominations for this role and a Golden Globe Award for Best TV Star in 1963. Born in 1921, she passed away in 1986.