Late crooner Bing Crosby had quite a collection of opulent California homes. There was the 40-room French chateau in the San Francisco suburbs, the English manor house in Northern California, and then there was the glorious midcentury 'ranch' in the Coachella Valley. The five-bedroom ranch-style home, which has a quasi-Moroccan theme and retractable glass walls along with a pool, spa, and home theater, has flickered on and off the market in recent years, but is now asking $5M. According to the listing, JFK and Marilyn Monroe may have even stayed in the two-bedroom guesthouse together in 1962.
The 7,000-square-foot estate on more than an acre was built for Crosby in 1957, and has an indoor-outdoor layout with sliding glass walls in the living room allowing fine views of the surrounding mountains. The single-story main house has a number of covered patios, a 1,400-square foot master wing, and a chef's kitchen with "hand-carved Moroccan doors," while the guesthouse has its own kitchen and private entrance. Take a look:
· 70375 Calico Rd, Rancho Mirage, CA [HÔM Sotheby's International Realty]
· Bing Crosby's Former Ranch is Poised to List for $5M [Curbed National]
· Tour Bing Crosby's Midcentury Home [Architectural Digest]
· Buy Bing Crosby's Lesser Northern California Estate for $7.9M [Curbed National]