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Twin Palms

Experience—even sleep in—Frank Sinatra’s lush hideaway

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When “Ol’ Blue Eyes” moved to Palm Springs in 1947, he chose the Movie Colony neighborhood, where he could sip martinis with the likes of Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, and Cary Grant. His sprawling estate, with its seven bathrooms and piano-shaped swimming pool, hosted two of the crooner’s wives (Nancy Barbato and Ava Gardner) and a bevy of Hollywood celebrities.

Named after a pair of palms that grow near the pool, the site ranked as one of the region’s most notorious party houses: When Sinatra hoisted a flag emblazoned with the Jack Daniels logo, his Movie Colony pals knew that cocktail hour had begun. The home was also a legendary place for domestic squabbles. One of the most outrageous involved Frank throwing all the possessions of then-wife Ava Gardner out onto the driveway when she tried to catch him there with Lana Turner. In another fight with Gardner, he was said to have hurled a champagne bottle, leaving a chip in a sink. While architecture tours only allow a drive-by view of the house, you can rent it for an unforgettable dinner party, wedding, or special sleepover for $2,600 per night. 

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