The Bob Hope estate in Palm Springs was just listed for $34 million, which is much less than the $50 million they were asking for when it was being shopped around off-market last February. Even at that price, it’d be $147,000 a month for a 30-year mortgage! The uniquely shaped home was designed by John Lautner and built in 1980. To-date it’s the largest private residence ever designed by the architect.
The home spans a whopping 23,366 square feet, with 10 bedrooms and 9.75 baths. It’s most prominent feature is a large domed roof that curves around the whole structure. It has been likened to a giant mushroom, or the open mouth of a whale. The roof also has a large hole carved out, which brings light to a courtyard at the center of the home.
The home was designed for hosting guests, and according to the listing, “The property has entertained dignitaries from all over the world and is viewed by many as one of the most iconic pieces of architecture in the world.” It comes with indoor and outdoor pools, a spa, a putting green and a tennis court. Other features include a guest house, maid’s quarters, and an elevator. The house sits on six acres in a guard-gated community, with views of the San Jacinto Mountains and Coachella Valley. It’s listed by Patrick Stewart, from Windermere Real Estate.
Hope’s other home in Toluca Lake, Calif. is still on the market. The family listed it on Sept. 23, 2013, for $27.5 million. The eight bedroom, eight bath estate is slightly smaller, at 14,876 square feet. According to the listing, “the original English Traditional main house was designed by architect Robert Finkelhor and then remodeled in the 1950’s by architect John Elgin Woolf.”
Do you like the unique design of Hope’s home in Palm Springs? Tell us in the comments! And be sure to check out all the photos on Redfin.com: 2466 SOUTHRIDGE Dr.