Writer Herman Wouk’s Palm Springs compound has plenty of character

A Palm Springs compound owned by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Herman Wouk has come on the market at $2.495 million.

The stone-walled house, built in the 1940s, was once a retreat of actors Robert Wagner and Natalie Wood. One could say a lot of character has developed here during the decades. Massive fireplaces, carved wood doors, beamed ceilings and deep loggias give the place a romantic vibe.

In addition to the five-bedroom main house of about 5,000 square feet, there’s a three-bedroom, two-bathroom guesthouse. The 6,943 square feet of living space include nine bedrooms and nine bathrooms. The wet bar is designed for entertaining, and the sky-lighted kitchen has two separate cooking areas.

The gated 1.6-acre property has a swimming pool, a tennis court and parking for a dozen cars.


Wouk, 102, won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for the 1951 novel “The Caine Mutiny.” Among his popular works is “The Winds of War,” which published in 1971. Public records show he bought the property in 1983 for $800,000.

Scott Lyle and Ernie Carswell, both of Douglas Elliman, are the listing agents.

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