Bob Hope’s Palm Springs estate, once listed at $50 million, sells for $13 million


The Bob and Dolores Hope estate in Palm Springs, designed by renowned Modernist architect John Lautner, has sold for $13 million.

That’s just over half the $24.999 million asking price and considerably less than the original list price of $50 million, but still among the priciest home sales ever in the Coachella Valley community known for architecture, warm climate and Old Hollywood stars.


Sitting on 6.2 acres overlooking the valley floor, the dramatic residence was built for the Hopes in 1979. At 23,366 square feet, the concrete, steel and glass house is the largest private residence designed by Lautner.

Topped by a curving copper roof, the futuristic vibe house includes 10 bedrooms and 13 full or partial bathrooms. There are fireplaces in the great room and master bedroom.

Murals on the main floor and the pool area were done by Malibu Getty muralist Garth Benton. Curving walls of windows allow of unobstructed city, mountain and valley views.

Outside, there’s a swimming pool, a tennis court and a large pavilion with an outdoor fireplace. A pond, a waterfall, lawns and desert landscaping fill out the setting.

Bob Hope, who died in 2003 at 100, appeared in scores of films including the famous “Road” series with Bing Crosby. His career spanned vaudeville, Broadway, radio, television and film. He is also remembered for his live shows to U.S. troops overseas. Dolores Hope died in 2011 at 102.

Patrick Jordan and Stewart Smith of Bennion & Deville Homes were the listing agents. Ron de Salvo of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage represented the buyer.


Palm Springs has seen its share of landmark sales in 2016. Among recent transactions was the Elrod House, another of Lautner’s designs, that changed hands in September for $7.7 million.

Other notable sales include designer Marc Ware’s estate, which fetched $5.75 million; the Kirk Douglas estate, which sold for $3.5 million; and Cary Grant’s onetime Movie Colony retreat, which sold in May for $3.4 million.

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