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Chi Chi House - Huge Private Pool Yard

Bedrooms 3
Space 2,424 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 0 - 5 nights


About the property

3 Bedrooms, 3 Baths, Sleeps 6

TOT #4560 P.S. City ID #2210 Primary renter must be at least 25 years of age

Retro Chic Palm Springs Vacation Home Rental where its all about relaxing in the sunshine. Very private yard. Huge sundrenched pool. Three bedrooms, each with its own bath and pool access! Guests rave about their stay at this iconic Mid-century modern pedigreed home located just a short stroll to restaurants, night clubs, and shopping in South Palm Springs.

Access the very private yard from almost every room in the house. The pool area is enclosed by a luscious 20 foot ficus hedge and features a 30' kidney-shaped salt water pool with gorgeous mosaic tile, a shaded patio, a gas BBQ, and a large sunning area. Furnished for dining al fresco, nights under the stars and leisurely afternoons by the pool, this property is perfect for vacationing in true Palm Springs style. You may never want to leave the fabulous pool area!

Step back in time and immerse yourself in entertainment history by vacationing in this centrally located, lovingly preserved mid-century gem, once the home of Julian Stiff, who ran and later owned the famed Palm Springs Chi Chi Lounge. His club’s Starlight Room was a veritable shrine to live entertainment of the Rat Pack Days. The brightest names in showbiz, from Frank Sinatra and Desi Arnaz to Duke Ellington and Lena Horne performed at the club - and the owner’s home, which became known as the Chi Chi House, served as the location for swank impromptu after hours parties and hair-of-the-dog Sunday afternoon barbecues.

Still owned by the Stiff family, this architectural gem has been lovingly and authentically preserved. It’s easy to imagine Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr. lounging in the sunken living room, martinis in hand. You can almost hear Peggy Lee or Ella Fitzgerald belting out a tune while Buddy Greco tickled the ivories on the upright piano, which is still in its original location aside the flagstone fireplace. Stiff’s daughter, who still lives in Palm Springs, recalls everyone from Rudy Valle and Jane Russell to Johnny Mathis and Louis Armstrong helping themselves to coffee in the adorable pink and white kitchen.

The Stiff family is proud to share the magical history of this fine example of Palm Springs mid-century style by offering it as a vacation rental exclusively for guests of Acme House Co. The fabulous home offers three bedroom suites (two king and one with twin beds that can be pushed together to form a king). Each suite has its own full bath, a television and direct access to the private pool. The master suite bathroom includes a step-down tub featuring an original cut-glass window from the famous Sardes Nightclub on Hollywood & Vine, which Julian Stiff also owned.

The walls of the home are adorned with memorabilia from the famed Chi Chi Supper Club including a copy of the portrait of the exotic topless Hawaiian girl painted by Edgar Leeteg, that inspired the mid-century Polynesian Tiki craze in Palm Springs, which is currently experiencing a renaissance evidenced by the recently opened Tonga Hut, Bootlegger’s Tiki Bar, and Smoke Tree Supper Club. The living area of this home includes a sunken conversation area with a flagstone & slate fireplace, a wet bar with original club chairs from the Starlight Room, a dining table for 6 and a TV area with a 47" HDTV. You’ll be able to browse the web with Wi-Fi access or dock your iPod, iPhone, or iPad to enjoy your favorite music. The kitchen opens to the pool and offers updated stainless steel appliances, and is fully stocked with utensils, pots and pans for your cooking needs,

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Property Manager
Speaks: english
Manager indicates their response time is:
Within an hour
Calendar last updated:
January 18, 2018

Guestbook comments from the manager

Gorgeous private back yard. Huge pool. Staying at the Chi Chi House was like stepping back in time. The house is straight out of the 1950s - a little dated but in a very cool, authentic midcentury way. The place was clean, comfortable and our group had a great time. Thanks Acme House Co. We would rent this house again.
Aug 2014
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Sunrise Vista Chino House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Floor Area:
  • 2424 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 0
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • 2 King beds, 2 Twin beds
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
  • cinemas
  • museums
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • outlet shopping
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • golf


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Chi Chi House - Huge Private Pool Yard
average rating of 4.0 based on 9 reviews
Los Angeles

Great Value - Cool Mid Mod House!

  • 4 of 5

Very special property that was perfect for our group of Mid Mod design and architecture fans. Loved being able to walk to great restaurants and night spots. Spent all our days by the huge kidney shaped pool. Yard was so private. Super great value. The place was clean, comfortable well maintained, and has a very hip 1950s Palm Springs vibe.

  • Submitted: Nov 15, 2016
  • Stayed: October 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Hot! Hot! Hot!

  • 2 of 5

Three couples vacationed in late July for a long weekend. I would love to give this house an excellent rating because it's perfect for a couples get away EXCEPT for the air conditioning. It was reading 88 degrees when we arrived and would not drop any lower so we called the rental agency. They sent someone out right away, checked out the system only to tell us that it was indeed working. We spent a lot of time in the pool and avoided using the oven or cooking anything that would warm the house further. Unfortunately things got worse when we woke up on our departure day to find that the AC system had shut down completely. Again the repair people came, changed fuses but it still was not working. We were stiflingly while trying to pack up to leave. Loved the ChiChi House but cannot recommend it during the heat.

  • Submitted: Aug 5, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Chi chi house

  • 4 of 5

Rating Details:

I was more than satisfied with the condition of the vacation rental.

I was more than happy with the location.

The vacation rental was very clean.

The property manager was very helpful.

Overall, I recommend this vacation rental.

Reviewer Comments:

Great party house. Marvelous pool and location. Classic mid modern house, mostly original.

  • Submitted: Feb 28, 2013
  • Stayed: January 2013
  • Source: Acme House Co.
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Ann Arbor, MI

I never wanted to leave!!

  • 5 of 5

Some friends and I wanted to escape the dreary Seattle weather and found this property and WOW! This house was PERFECT for us!

It was a 5 minute cab ride from the airport and within walking distance to a grocery store, restaurants, bars, and shopping. There are so many great bars and restaurants nearby

The rooms are so comfortable and relaxing which was perfect after a day BBQing & playing ping pong by the pool. It felt like we could spend all day by that pool! And at night there's a cute little fire pit out there too!

Talking to the owner and scheduling the trip was fantastic too. She was super easy to talk to and work with.

I cannot recommend this house enough...and am planning on going back again!

  • Submitted: Jun 22, 2011
  • Stayed: April 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Superb location, excellent accommodations!

  • 5 of 5

Terrific home in a great location near great restaurants and bars. The home is in terrific condition, with great amenities. Superb place to chill by the pool, have a BBQ and evening cocktails. We had six stay comfortably - plenty of space and room for all. Highly recommend this to folks who are seeking relaxing time away in the sun! The owner is a pleasure to work with too!

  • Submitted: Jun 17, 2011
  • Stayed: May 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Michele. I am happy you enjoyed the house!
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional


  • $1000-$3850/WK
  • Other Costs: Quote will include flat rate nightly utility fee of $50. Cleaning Fee of $235. Pet Fee $150 (1 dog) $225 (2 dogs) if home is pet friendly, Damage Waiver of $79. There is an 11.5% Occupancy tax in Palm Springs. Posted specials are for new bookings only. Please note for security, the location on the map is not exact and the marker is only an approximate location. TOT #4560

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