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Chic Modernism, Desert Vibe in the Historic Movie Colony

Bedrooms 4
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Minimum Stay 3 nights

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Ruth Hardy Park House Rental Photos and Description

House, 4 Bedrooms, 4 Baths, (Sleeps 4-8)

Welcome to the vacation you won't want to end! Embrace this magnificent custom home ideally situated in the heart of the historic Palm Springs Movie Colony.

Your own 'place in the sun' is awaiting you, where it would not be hard to imagine the likes of Elizabeth Taylor and Montgomery Clift lounging with you poolside in this elegant desert retreat. Former neighbors included Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, Gloria Swanson, Al Jolson, Tony Curtis and many more from the silent screen era to the martini and highball days of the ratpack.

Allow yourself to be drawn in to this desert hideaway where architectural elements are incorporated from the classic villa to the modern loft. From the unassuming exterior to the open and free-flowing floorplan, this house entices you on every level. Every space embraces the outdoors as the house gently wraps around the large and inviting lanai, pool and lush grounds.

Home includes: Beautifully hand thrown and diamond polished cement floors throughout; 14' high birchwood ceilings; large glass sliding walls and windows taking advantage of the magnificent views. Stereo system with in-ceiling speakers throughout home and patio and pool areas. Fire and security alarm system.

Kitchen: Unique pie-shaped kitchen (ideal for entertaining) with oversized ceasar-stone countertops and work space. Architectural stainless-steel appliances, wine refrigerator, custom glass back splash, gas fireplace, and birch cabinetry provide ample storage. Kitchen overlooks the great room, lanai, pool and mountains beyond.

Great Room (living and dining): 34-foot great room lends itself to entertaining on a scale, large or small. Mid-century furnishings, antiques, one-of-a-kind baby grand piano, large flat screen TV, DVD, surround sound, a rock wall awash in natural light, and lighted art niches all combine to make this contemporary living room architecturally interesting, warm and inviting.

The decor of the home boasts an extensive modern art and antique collection with a subtle nod to the whimsy in every room.


Master Bedroom has a queen-size bed with comfortable pillow-top mattress and tasteful linens. Includes walk-in closet, flatscreen TV, DVD, reading nook, gas fireplace, and large master bath with deep soaking tub, a two-person walk-through shower, extensive use of imported glass tile, custom two-faucet sink and large linen closet (a retreat on its own!).

The 'Zen Room' with its tranquil, soothing palette, is a multi-functional room. Its sliding opaque glass walls provide privacy and yet allow it to become an extension of the lanai, sharing in its beautiful breezes and mountain view. his bedroom has a queen-size bed with comfortable pillow-top mattress and tasteful linens, TV, DVD, and a 1960s console record player and stereo with a wide selection of classic vinyl for your nostalgic enjoyment. Entering the Zen Bathroom is like stepping into a jewel box. The cool ice-blue glass tiles, and polished white pebble flooring surround you, and the wall-hung urinal offers an added convenience. The extremely high-end fixtures are a statement of elegance.

'The Moderne Room' is both comfortable and practical offering a hint of humor while the more serious can utilize the room's Heywood Wakefield glass-top office desk, computer, fax and printer. The room has a full-size bed with ultra luxurious Temperpedic memory-foam mattress and tasteful linens. This bedroom has TV, DVD, and a full-length mirrored wardrobe closet. Furnishings include Paul McCobb dresser, Biedermier settee, and a 1959 Gidget Movie Poster.

'The Bungalow Suite,' while attached to the main house, is a step back in time. The suite can function as a stand-alone apartment and is styled in 1930's-50's streamline. Accessible from the great room, the suite also has a private entrance and patio and direct access to the lanai and pool. The kitchen is fully equipped with original 1930's gas stove and matching modular kitchenette. This room has an unusual small dining table with wood-grained formica, cream vinyl chairs, low-boy sofas and beautiful maple wood accent furniture. Birch cabinetry and closet, exposed metal ducting, and period bath fixtures and tile complete this suite's industrial deco design. The room has a queen-size bed with comfortable pillow-top mattress and tasteful linens, and includes large flatscreen TV, DVD, and original photography.

Lanai, Pool, Grounds and Garage: The home is situated on 1/3 of an acre and is VERY private. The lanai and pool areas are reminiscent of old Palm Springs and lushly surrounded by expansive lawns, screening hedges, fruit trees, palms and desert landscaping allowing for the utmost in privacy. A four-person conversation area is featured on a raised patio platform adjacent to the master bedroom's double sided fireplace and offers spectacular sunset views of the mountains.

The covered Lanai is a center point to the home. It features birchwood ceilings, a large round skylight with remote controlled retractable awning, large gas fire-pit, TV, DVD, all surrounded by comfortable round modular seating. The area has direct access to an outdoor kitchen complete with stainless steel gas barbecue grill, refrigerator, prep sink, and large ceasar-stone sit-up counter/bar.

The 37'x 18' pool is both beautiful and inviting. It is bordered by Italian glass tiles and is finished in a soothing custom blue/gray plaster. It is flanked on the far end by an 18-foot long fountain wall, the sound of which adds to the tranquility of the setting. The 12-person spa heats quickly and is sure to relax sore muscles at the end of a day. Fiber optic lighting enhances the evening further. The pool also contains two large tanning shelves with umbrella inserts.

Two-car garage, 4-car driveways, plenty of street parking. Includes use of bicycles, pool and sporting equipment.

Also great for commercial, television and film production daily shoots.

Palm Springs Transient Occupancy Tax Permit #44930000-2001130

Keywords: House

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  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • alternative lifestyle
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair accessible

Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
December 3, 2016
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Exceptional! 5/5 -
(20 traveler reviews)

Chic Modernism, Desert Vibe in the Historic Movie Colony
average rating of 5.0 based on 20 reviews
Los Angeles, CA

Beautiful Home, Amazing Experience!

  • 5 of 5

I decided to rent a home in Palm Springs to celebrate my 40th birthday and 4th of July. I came across this gem of a home and contacted the owners right away. They replied within an hour and were so friendly. When they said that my 9yr old Yorkie was welcomed to stay, I was sold.

This was the most amazing house I've ever stayed at. The pictures are great, but the actual home is even better. There is even a baby grand piano in the living room! Bill was so easy to work with and very lenient about a few extra guests who ended up joining us for the weekend. My friends and I layed by their gorgeous pool and cooked in their amazing kitchen the whole time. We only left briefly to drive through downtown which is only a few blocks away and we took a tour of some movie stars' homes in the neighborhood. I can't say enough about what a great experience this was. If we ever decide to go back to Palm Springs, I will definitely be calling Bill and Matt again! Thank you so much!!!!

  • Submitted: Jul 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing home

  • 5 of 5

The home is absolutely amazing, and bill was fantastic. Eight people fit comfortably and the kitchen is amazing for entertaining. We just hung by the pool all day and loved it. The location is great, close to park and casino.

  • Submitted: Apr 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing home with great location!

  • 5 of 5

My family (ranging in age from 45 to 96) stayed here for 6 days. The occasion was our mom's 95th birthday and we enjoyed each and every one of the amenities offered. Although it was cool during the day and cold (well, for SoCal) at maybe 50ish degrees, we loved sitting around the fire pit in the evening with our glasses of wine, reviewing the day and what was coming up the next day. My sister, son and I especially loved the spa both daytime and nighttime, heavenly. There was enough space for "down time" for each of us as well. The decor was both modern and mid-century modern. By the way loved the painting in the blue room! So sad this beautiful home is on the market but maybe it won't sell fast (OK, OK Bill and Matt, selfish I know but I can't help it). And speaking of Bill and Matt, they helped make the stay so easy and met our son there before the rest of us got there to go over all the details of the house. The information book they've put together allowed us to just drive around the area spotting all the movie stars homes which made for a great, easy day. Fascinating to see some of these estates. In fact just two houses down was the home of Kenny Irwin, Jr. with all the holiday decor on display. Check him out online. That was also an extra special treat to take a tour of the property. You just can't go wrong with this home. A huge thanks to Bill and Matt for letting us share in their home.

  • Submitted: Jan 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Minneapolis, Minnesota

Palms Springs Perfect Pleasure

  • 5 of 5

We stayed for a month and wish it could have been two. A gem of a house architecturally and so tastefully decorated/furnished. Art work and midcentury mementos. Open plan - spacious with high ceilings. Comfortable beds, nice linens. Master bath is a dream. Other baths equally nice/unique. Indoors flows to outdoors and we usually ate outside on the covered lanai. Great mountain view. Back yard is big, green and great. Three fruit trees, one with huge lemons. Great pool. Wonderful lighting at night. One bedroom became a temporary office with desk and printer. Our guests loved the bungalow - cozy and private. Our dog was in heaven - high wall all round the yard and she alternated between sun and the shade which the really large overhang provides. Our hosts were most cordial and especially responsive. Quiet neighborhood, great for walking. Can't say enough good things about the place and our stay. We hope to be back numerous times. Thank you, Matt and Bill.

  • Submitted: Apr 24, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Friday Harbor, WA

The Best Vacation, PERIOD

  • 5 of 5

We rented this VRBO for the entire month of April/2014, and it could not have been more perfect. Matt and Bill were AMAZING to work with and if we had any questions they were calling you back within 1 hour, not that we had ANY issues. Bill greeted us upon our arrival and let me be clear on this point, the pictures don't do this house justice, he had all the glass walls opened up with the view to the pool and most beautiful backyard I've ever stayed in, it is amazing. We spent about 90% of our time outside. The inside was as fabulous with the most beautiful art EVER in a vacation home. This is def. Not your cookie cutter VRBO it is filled with period items from the era of Palm Springs, the neighborhood was great for walks in the evening or walking into town. At the end of our month, def did not want to leave. The kitchen has everything you could need. We had some family come see us for one week and the house fit everyone perfect. Matt and Bill left us a lovely welcome gift, and went above and beyond to make our month a most special one. They are lovely and created a lovely home for us lucky enough to get to dwell there. Thank YOU!!! Bill and Matt

  • Submitted: Jun 5, 2014
  • Stayed: Mar 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Excellent Palm Springs House Rental!

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time here at the end of March 2014. Bill and Matt were very accommodating in meeting us at the appointed time, explaining all features, and dealing with minor issues that arose during our week's stay. The home has a great many amenities, a very private yard and pool, and a great location! They also handled all aspects of the contract in a 100% professional manner.

  • Submitted: Apr 22, 2014
  • Stayed: Mar 2014
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Car: recommended

Rotating aerial tramway to top of snow covered San Jacinto Mountain Range, movie star home tour (self guided or by bus), world class shopping and antiquing, short walk to Spa Resort & Casino and Palm Springs Convention Ccnter. Weekly open air market and street festival, International Film Festival, Bob Hope and Dinah Shore Desert Golf Classics, World reknown Classic Car Auction, Coachella Valley Music Fest, Indio Polo Grounds, Joshua Tree National Park, day hikes to historic Palm Canyon and sacred Indian Waterfalls, and so much more!! International Airport nearby.

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Sep 1 2016 - May 31 2017
3 night minimum stay

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Cleaning Fee $200 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $2,000
Tax Rate 11.5%

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Ruth Hardy Park House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking
  • Garage
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Catering Available
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
    Bathroom 4 -
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Queen size Beds (1)
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • alternative lifestyle
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • Private Pool
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • racquetball
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • swimming
  • tennis
Fourth bedroom is attached apartment completely furnished with own kitchen and bath. Courtyard feel throughout with slide-away walls of glass. Home includes large lanai with misting system, ceiling fans, outdoor speakers, gas firepit, retractable sunshade, and flatscreen TV. Pool has 2 tanning shelves, water feature, fiber optic lighting, and wraparound seating. Home features 5 large flatscreen TVs, unique baby grand piano, and extensive modern art collection, period furniture and antiques.

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