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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 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 an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 19, 2017

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:
  • Max. occupancy: 13
  • non smoking only
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
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! 4.8/5 -
(19 traveler reviews)

The Citrus House, "Best in Palm Springs"*, closest luxury property to downtown!
average rating of 4.8421054 based on 20 reviews

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: Mar 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: Feb 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: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great place, but make sure you don't lose a chunk of your damage deposit!

  • 3 of 5

We had a wonderful time at the Citrus House. Loved the location. House is super cozy and well maintained. And when we had a little difficulty with the heat and the plumbing, help was sent right away.

But, through normal wear and tear [believe me, we are not a rowdy family], one of the casters snapped off the leg of a very old sofa.

There was no one jumping on the sofa and no one playing on it. Someone sat down in the corner and it broke.

Easy enough to glue together.

But, the managers charged us a couple of hundred dollars to repair it!

When I inquired about it, no one returned my emails.

So, great place, but beware!!

  • Submitted: Jan 17, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Doug, First we are so glad that you guys enjoyed the Citrus House! We are also sorry that the couch broke while you guys were there, and hope that it doesn't overshadow the rest of your experience. Unfortunately we found the damage ourselves (as opposed to you making us aware of it), and in accordance with our rental agreement, we had to deduct a nominal amount from your deposit in order to repair the couch professionally as it broke when we glued it. The custom built couch was made to look weathered, but is actually only a few years old. We do understand that accidents happen, and we actually ended up splitting this cost with you. Again, we are very sorry and tried to remedy this the fastest and most conscious way we could.
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Perfect for Our Family Gathering

  • 5 of 5

Wow. The Citrus House was PERFECT for us. We had our family of 7 adults, 4 children and a baby gather for visiting, swimming, eating and playing in the park Thanksgiving weekend. The main house, bunk bed room and 3 casita rooms, each with bath, provided space for everyone's privacy. The house and outdoors have spacious gathering places for the whole gang. The kitchen was well stocked with every pot, pan and utensil you could think of plus spices and other condiments. We cooked meals all weekend and entertained some local family members easily. The outdoor spaces are beautifully kept and pool and hot tub - Perfect. The kids enjoyed picking fruit too. Fortunately Palm Springs has beautiful weather most of the time, to enjoy the outdoors. We had a little rain and cool evenings, so enjoyed the well-working fireplaces as well. An easy trip to the park was a must after those meals.The place is beautifully maintained. Malia, Sylvia and Salvador are exceptionally easy to work with - kind and good people. The family is begging to stay again.

  • Submitted: Dec 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Adrienne, We are so happy you enjoyed your stay with your family and had a relaxing time. Thank you for your response. We hope you come stay again in the future!
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Perfect Spot

  • 5 of 5

The Citrus House exceeded our expectations and created a wonderful environment for our family vacation!

The owners are easy to work with, it is in a great location, and the house is well maintained. The park that is a short walk from the house is beautiful as well!

They take great pains to care for the lawn and garden and create a little oasis for you. The only downer is how close it is to a busy street, but that ended up not being an issue for us at all. There is also plenty of space. We had 5 adults and 5 kids and it worked great!

Wonderful property!

  • Submitted: Nov 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Jon, Thank you for your review! We are so thrilled you enjoyed your stay and appreciated the yard and all the details we have put so much time and effort into.We look forward to your next visit.
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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

The Movie Colony House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Nightly Rate
Nov 23 2017 - Nov 23 2017
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

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 :)

We Accept Bank-Wires - US Funds Draft - PayPal - COD - Cashiers/Personal Checks If From The US...

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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