Palm Springs estate designed for actor David Janssen retains its drama

The Palms Springs home was designed by architect Ed Giddings for actor David Janssen.

The Palms Springs home was designed by architect Ed Giddings for actor David Janssen.

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A dramatic desert home designed for late actor David Janssen is on the market in Palm Springs at $7.288 million.

In a very non-Hollywood ending, however, “The Fugitive” star never got to live in the residence.

Architect Edward Giddings designed La Piedra, as it is known, for the actor but construction took seven years. The getaway was not completed until 1983. Janssen died in 1980 at 48.

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The sexy single-story home is in Southridge, a gated enclave long popular with Hollywood’s elite. Among neighboring properties is the Bob Hope estate.

The stone-clad house has a sprawling 7,500 square feet of living space. Living spaces include a formal entry, a dome-topped great room with a bar and a dining room, a breakfast room, a gym, five bedrooms, five full bathrooms and a powder room. Floor-to-ceiling walls of glass take in expansive views of the desert, mountains and cityscape.

Encompassing 2.25 acres, the estate has such amenities as an outdoor kitchen, a travertine shuffleboard court flanked by putting greens, a fire pit with built-in stone benches and a resort-style swimming pool with a waterfall and a spa.

In addition to the hugely popular “Fugitive,” Janssen starred in several television shows in the late ‘50s through the mid-70s, including “Richard Diamond, Private Detective” and “Harry O.” Among his films of note are “To Hell and Back,” The Green Berets” and “Marooned.”

Josh Reef and William Fuller of Hurwitz James Company are the listing agents.

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