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Mini Estate, the Life of Riley, Former Hollywood Star's Home

41 Reviews
Bedrooms 5
Property type estate
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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Ruth Hardy Park Estate Rental Photos and Description

Estate, 5 Bedrooms + Sunroom, 3 Baths, (Sleeps 10-12)

Let your world slip away as you live 'The Life Of Riley'

Once owned by Willliam Bendix, Movie and Television star, best known for his portrayal of Babe Ruth in the Babe Ruth Story and Chester A Riley in the Life of Riley

5 bedroom Mini Estate property (1/4 acre, lush and tropical and more intimate than a hotel. Enjoy total privacy and intimacy)

Old world charm and modern updated living meet at the Palm Springs Life of Riley vacation rental home!

Our California luxury vacation rental, located in the fashionable Ruth Hardy Park area is available for your family. At our home you will find a 5 bedroom private home with pool, spa, and tropical gardens and fruit trees.

Pets deserve to live the Life of Riley, all well behaved humans are welcomed when accompanied by their pets -)

Our home is owner operated so you get the personal service you deserve, allowing you to fully enjoy local Palm Springs events and attractions.

Property Description:

Start Your Perfect Vacation With This Vintage Mini-Estate 1/4 acre Palm Springs Rental Home!

*Ideal for Family Reunions or Corporate Retreats

*Private Quiet Upscale Neighborhood

*Pool, Jacuzzi, Full Kitchen, Oversized Living Room

*Stay in Historic Movie Colony East section of Palm Springs

*Enjoy a private and comfortable alternative to any Hotel

Experience Unique Desert Homestead Life with Your Own Private Oasis


A fifteen minute walk from downtown this Ruth Hardy Park Mini Estate sleeps 8-12. There are two separate wings east and west of the over sized living room - 2 bedrooms and 2 baths on the west and 2 bedrooms 1 bath on the east, a sunroom opening onto the pool with a full size convertible sofa that sleeps two. There is also a roll away bed available upon request.

The lovely master suite and one addtional bedroom both open directly to the pool and spa.

Experience the ambiance of old Palm Springs from the days when Hollywood stars flocked to the village of Palm Springs to build homes for weekend retreats.

The house is situated in the historic Ruth Hardy park section adjacent to Movie Colony area, aptly named for it's famous neighbors; boasting the estates of Hollywood Royalty such as Al Jolson, Desi and Lucy Arnaz, Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Ronald Reagan, and Darryl F. Zanuck (and of course, William Bendix)

This property is graced with mountain views and a lush well-maintained garden will let you forget the world around you.

Although you probably won't want to venture out, this house is only ten blocks away from the SPA casino, a Las Vegas style casino in the heart of Palm Springs, and just a block away from the beautiful Ruth Hardy Park.


The kitchen, living, dining areas (and two bedrooms) open onto the pool & spa area, allowing for gracious indoor-outdoor living - a coveted hallmark of Palm Springs living.

Come experience the unique charm and elegance of this historic newly remodeled vintage mini-estate. Enjoy 2 working fire places, a fully equipped kitchen with granite top counter, gas bbq and ample out door dining and relaxing furniture.


This spacious villa features magnificently landscaped and private grounds, a swimming pool with built in fountain that shoots water across the pool and attached in-ground spa, two fireplaces, and two separate sleeping quarters.

A well-appointed kitchen stocked well enough to prepare just about anything you desire provides an excellent alternative to the world class restaurants located so conveniently nearby. An oversized living room with books leather furniture, a fire place, Flat screen TV with Showtime and On-Demand cable plus DVD point inside the house while the palm trees, front court yard garden, lighted swimming pool and gardens complete with wrought iron patio furniture will keep you busy outside.

The separation of east and west wing offers privacy and can give in laws or teenagers a feeling of independence

Bed Set-up


1) Master Bedroom: 1 California King, pool view (door to pool area)

2) 2 Twin beds (door to pool area)

3) Queen bed, garden court view


4) Queen bed, garden court view, opens to living room and to kitchen

5) Queen bed, garden court view

This home is owner operated so you get the personal service you deserve.

Keywords: Home, villa, sleep 12, spacious, family reunion, 8 beds, pool, spa, enclosed, pet friendly

Licensed by the Finance, Treasury Room Tax division, Palm Springs license number 48000000-20014534

More Details
  • alternative lifestyle
  • limited accessibility
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair accessible

Daniel Lim
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
October 24, 2016
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What makes this estate unique

Great for family reunions, corporate retreats, golf outings, girls weekends, etc.

The oversized living room opens to the sunroom each with a working fireplace makes this a nice home for nesting with friends and family.


based on 41 traveler reviews

Mini Estate, the Life of Riley, Former Hollywood Star's Home
average rating of 4.780488 based on 41 reviews
San Francisco

Great Place to stay for groups!

  • 5 of 5

Daniel is a great owner who's very responsive and hospitable during your stay. The house is very large with 5 bedrooms and a large living and dining room. The pool was heated prior to our arrival and the hot tub was the icing to the cake after our nights coming back from Coachella. The area is right in Palm Springs so it's very convenient to food, gas, and starbucks. Overall it was a great experience and would definitely rent from Daniel again!

  • Submitted: Apr 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great location, beautiful pool, and lots of space!

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time staying at the house for our conference. The location was great, close to shops and the convention center. We stayed with a number of people from our work so the separate bedrooms with a central living area was nice for our people. The home had lots of space to spread out, great wifi, and enough beds for our people. We especially loved the pool and backyard for lounging after a long day at the conference. No issues while we were there and would love to stay again. Thank You!!

  • Submitted: Apr 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect Location!

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time at Life of Riley. We had 2 families with 4 teenagers. We were close enough to the park for the kids to go play basketball and close enough to walk into town for coffee, dinner or just strolling around. The house is divided so families had their own space. It worked out perfectly. Wish I was there now.

  • Submitted: Apr 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Location & House

  • 5 of 5

House was perfect, we enjoyed our stay and everything was in good order. Location is outstanding and close to everything in Downtown. The owner & property manager were very responsive both before and during our stay (there were no issues we just had a question). Highly recommend this property!

  • Submitted: Mar 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Family Memories Were Made At This Home

  • 5 of 5

My siblings, children and grandchildren traveled from many different states to Palm Springs for a wedding and stayed at the Life of Riley home. We were all very pleased with the layout of the house, its cleanliness, its well stocked kitchen and outside pool area. We had the a very memorable three days at this home and hope to return one day for a longer visit.

  • Submitted: Jun 4, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Kathy and friends

  • 5 of 5

My husband, myself and 3 other couples had a very enjoyable stay at this home. The layout of the home was great. It is very spacious and comfortable . I especially appreciated that there were 3 thermostat controls so we could cool each part of the home to suit our individual needs. The pool and yard is beautiful and the surrounding neighborhood was very quiet. It was lovely. We would definitely love to return someday.

  • Submitted: Mar 29, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
3 Miles
Palm Springs International Airport
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
Car: recommended

Casino, jogging track, enclosed dog park


Rates & Availability

Ruth Hardy Park Estate Rental Rates

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3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $150 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $500
Pool heat $39 nt/$195 wk $117
Tax Rate 11.5%

Damage deposit waived with credit card on file OR a $750 refundable deposit. Inquire for details.

Pool/Spa heat ($39 per nt or $195 per week) Pool 87-91 degrees, spa to 104.
Strict occupancy limit 12 persons
1 small dog okay

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Ruth Hardy Park Estate Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • estate
Location Type:
  • Monument View
  • Mountain View ...
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Free Long Distance
  • Garage
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Outdoor Grill
  • alternative lifestyle
  • limited accessibility
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • mountain biking
  • rock climbing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Gated Garden, chaise lounges, on demand tv, water dispenser

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