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Renovated Palm Springs pad is party-ready for $995K

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Once home to ’50s television actress Joan Davis

Backyard view of flat-roofed single-story home with overhang protecting patio and walls of glass facing toward pool and manicured lawn.
The 1949 residence was once home to actress Joan Davis.
Photos courtesy of HK Lane Christie’s

This midcentury residence is located in Palm Springs’ Movie Colony East neighborhood and also has some Hollywood pedigree to boot. Built in 1949, it was once the home of Joan Davis, a television actress from the ’50s. Since then, the 1,632-square-foot three-bed-three-bath has been completely renovated, but many of its charming vintage qualities remain.

Tucked behind a gate and a lush wall of hedges on a private corner lot, the Case Study-style house features a one-story construction topped by a gently sloping roof. The interiors are bright white, and, in the open-plan living room, characterized by a wall of glass that provides direct access onto the quintessential desert backyard. A modern open kitchen and dining room complete this space.

The master suite enjoys indoor-outdoor access thanks to sliding glass doors and clerestory windows, while the two additional bedrooms are comfortable and spacious, too. All three baths are completely new. That’s not to say that there aren’t things we wouldn’t change. For one, the carpeting in the living room needs to go, and balancing the white-hot interiors with some color is a must.

But the spectacular grounds more than make up for these missteps. Perfectly manicured and landscaped, the backyard boasts a pool and spa designed by Lance O’Donnell as well as a concrete patio protected from the sun by the overhanging roof. Tall hedges provide privacy, while framing views of the mountains. Located at 1400 Tamarisk Road, the home is offered at $995,000.

Courtesy of HK Lane Christie’s