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Cary Grant's onetime retreat fetches a Movie Colony record $3.4 million

A desert retreat once owned by screen legend Cary Grant has sold in The Movie Colony area of Palm Springs for $3.4 million, the priciest sale historically for the neighborhood named for the Hollywood stars who lived there decades ago.

Called Las Palomas, or the Doves, the home was a gathering spot for celebrities and Hollywood elite during Grant's ownership. Among those entertained at the retreat were Alfred Hitchcock, Katharine Hepburn, Frank Sinatra and Grace Kelly.

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Set behind gates, the scenic estate centers on a Spanish Andalusian farmhouse designed by architect John Byers for Dr. Jacob John Kocher in 1930.  A swimming pool and spa, a motor court, 80-year-old eucalyptus, agave and a variety of fruit trees fill the 1.5-acre grounds.

Restored in 2009, the 6,000-square-foot house features such details as thick whitewashed walls, hand-painted tile, custom cabinetry and wood-burning fireplaces. A living room with wood-beam ceilings, a formal dining room, a vintage kitchen, six bedrooms, five full bathrooms and a powder room are among living spaces.

The master suite has a fireplace and balconies that overlook grounds.

Grant, who died in 1986 at 82, was a leading man in such films as "North by Northwest" (1959), "To Catch a Thief" (1955) and "Notorious" (1946).

Eric Lavey and Mauricio Umansky of The Agency and Mike Patakas of HOM Sotheby's International Realty shared the listing. Keith Markovitz of TTK Represents, HKLane — Christie's International Real Estate, represented the buyer.

The exact sale price was $3,400,001.

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