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The Citrus House, "Best in Palm Springs"*, closest luxury property to downtown!

Bedrooms 6
Space 3,896 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights


About the property

6 bd, 7 bath, Hollywood history, views, tiled pool/jacuz, bikes/walk to downtown

The Citrus House is named for its many fragrant citrus trees, whose blossoms flood the grounds with their sweet scents during the spectacular spring months. There is a magical wonder about the house that one has to simply bask in to believe. Once owned by Darryl Zanuck, founder of 20th Century Fox, the Citrus House is a peaceful and comfortable oasis just steps from the wonderful downtown shopping and delicious restaurants. A word of warning can be a tough property to leave :)

The comfortably charming main house features two large master bedroom suites. Through a short hallway off the beautifully appointed kitchen, the cozy bunk room (sleeps 4) includes a full bathroom, as well as it's own HD television. The Citrus House also offers 3 guest casitas, each with their own entrance - and each with a full bathroom, HD television, and tastefully designed furnishings. The three casitas are part of a separate structure which also features a view deck, where one can take in the majestic beauty of Mt. San Jacinto and the surrounding peaks.

The Citrus House includes a gourmet, state-of-the-art kitchen, ideal for entertaining and perfect for large gatherings. The large swimming pool and private jacuzzi are surrounded by comfortable designer outdoor furnishings. A large, covered, custom built wooden dining table provides an ideal setting for outdoor meals. Additional amenities include a traditional Bocci Ball court with nighttime lighting, an old steel cauldron outdoor fire pit circled by comfortable padded seating, a covered outdoor fireplace, a brand new outdoor pizza oven, a BBQ grill, 4 beach cruiser bikes, and 1 tandem bike.

Come, relax, and enjoy the sweetness of the Citrus House!

*Coachella recording artist

More Details

Property Manager
Owner/Property Manager
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 21, 2018

About Owner/Property Manager

We both have a passion for design and property. Palm Springs gave us an opportunity to take a property with a lot of great history and bring back some of its magic.

Owner/Property Manager purchased this house in 2011

What makes this house unique

TOT # 6113

Guestbook comments from the manager

Hi everybody, Just wanted to say that was the best vacation ever !!!

Everything was well organized & the country club Amentities were just so

Perfect for our group, thank you James. We can't express our wonderful Everything was, See you in November again, Betsy.
Jul 2014
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The Movie Colony House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Catering available
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 3896 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 13
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Downtown
  • Monument View
  • Mountain View
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
  • 7 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 5 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 6 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 7 - toilet , shower
  • Each Bedroom has its own full Bathroom. Plus the home has an additional full bathroom off of the living room. 7 Full Bathrooms. 3 of the bathrooms include bathtubs.
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 13
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Master
    Bedroom 3 - 2 queen , 2 bunk bed
    Bedroom 6 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 5 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Master 2
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen
  • Casita 1 Queen bed Casita 2 Queen bed Casita 3 Queen bed
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis
  • 5 bicycles
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Hot Tub
  • Private Pool
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • racquetball
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • swimming
  • tennis


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
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The Citrus House, "Best in Palm Springs"*, closest luxury property to downtown!
average rating of 4.8636365 based on 23 reviews

Better than advertised.

  • 5 of 5

This is an amazing place to stay if you like vintage, charming, cozy and comfortable.

Our family of 10 (3 families including 4 preteens) thoroughly enjoyed just "being there" for 4 days to celebrate out 50th wedding anniversary as well as Thanksgiving. We made good use of the pristine grounds including a beautiful heated pool, spa, bocce ball court and plush garden furniture. The house itself is very cozy and beautifully decorated in southwestern style. All of the bedrooms were comfy with their own bathrooms and everyone found a bed that was "just right".

Cooking Thanksgiving dinner in the spacious well-appointed kitchen was part of the fun, and serving it on the patio's large table which accommodated us all was even better. We did make use of the pizza oven but it's tricky; you need lots of wood to keep the temperature high enough for multiple pizzas.

All in all a very special place..we could not have enjoyed our time there more. Malia, Shane and Sylvia were most helpful and responsive . We highly recommend Citrus House to anyone who might appreciate an Old Hollywood "feel" with modern amenities.

  • Submitted: Nov 28, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Kathy, Thank you so much for your kind review on our home. We are so happy you and your family were able to enjoy yourselves and create memories here. We would love to have you come again anytime, as you were such lovely guests. Warmly, Malia
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Top of the top in Palm Springs

  • 5 of 5

We had a great long weekend stay at the Citrus House. The owners were incredibly easy to work with and thoughtful. When we walked into the property, jaws dropped. It was beautiful. The interior and exterior decorations are beautiful and the house is incredibly well appointed with high end furnishing, great kitchen equipment, and everything you could possibly need. We had so much fun in the pool, using the bikes, and even attempting the pizza oven. We had the best weekend - I would highly recommend working with Malia and crew at the Citrus House.

  • Submitted: May 15, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The perfect place to stay!

  • 5 of 5

We rented the Citrus House for a family reunion and it was perfect! The home and grounds are gorgeous and well maintained. The house itself is perfectly appointed and provided us with everything we needed. From the moment we arrived we did not want to leave! It was like having our own, private resort. We would definitely stay here again and highly recommend this home!

  • Submitted: May 13, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fantastic Week at Citrus House

  • 4 of 5

Citrus is a beautiful, warm, inviting, clean and well maintained home. Our family of 7 adults and 6 children had a wonderful week enjoying the pool, casitas (privacy), location (close to Ruth Hardy with tennis and playground; close to downtown), patio dining, hot tub, bocce ball court, fresh grapefruit juice each morning and beautiful blooms all over the yard. As others have mentioned, the road noise is an unfortunte downside of this property. Fortunately, it was drowned out by the laughter and happy screams of grandkids in the pool each day!

  • Submitted: Apr 6, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A dream come true!

  • 5 of 5

The Citrus House is an absolute gem. It reflects excellent taste and comfort in absolutely every area of living. It was the perfect place to bring our family together to celebrate and make memories. It was the "home away from home" I hoped to find. A dream come true for us !

  • Submitted: Feb 23, 2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful Well-appointed Movie Colony Retreat

  • 5 of 5

My family (ages 2-92) spent a wonderful week at Citrus House. The place is beautiful, with everything you could possibly want. The beds are extremely comfortable, the kitchen has all the equipment, supplies, and doo-dads you might ever want. Silvia, who manages the property day-to-day, was extremely responsive, helping us with all the little stuff that comes up quickly and efficiently. And the citrus fruit (mostly pomelos) growing on the property were sweet and succulent! One minor issue to pay attention to if you consider renting it: The property sits on the corner of Indian Canyon Dr, which is a very busy street, and there is a lot of road noise up until mid-evening (after which it quiets down). If you're sensitive to that sort of thing, you'll want to avoid the bedrooms in the main house (the casitas are equally comfortable and dead-quiet). Overall, highly recommended!

  • Submitted: Feb 15, 2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
2.2 Miles
Palm Springs Regional Airport
Nearest Barpub
1 Kilometres
Las Casuelas Mexican Bar
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Indian Canyons South & North Coarses
Nearest Motorway
1 Kilometres
Highway 111
Nearest Restaurant
1 Kilometres
Mirasol Mexican Restaurant
Car: recommended

Palm Springs Aerial Tramway & New Knotts Soak City Water Park. Plenty of great golf courses, and tons of shopping! Restaurants all close to our estate, and easy walking distance.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $2,000

Please contact us for a customized quote on Stagecoach or Coachella week rates, as well as Holiday pricing, special event fees and rates, and the occasional summer special!! Thanks :)

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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