A desert home built for the late philanthropist Joan Kroc, the third wife of McDonald’s Corp. franchiser Ray Kroc, has returned to the market in Rancho Mirage at $5.275 million.
At the time the sleek contemporary was constructed in 1984, a fast-food burger could be purchased for about half a buck.
The estate today has no echoes of golden arches, but looks like it could still be used for corporate retreats. Large gallery-like walls are lined with art. The supersized great room easily accommodates 11 sectional sofas connected in a U shape and facing a four-stool bar. The dining room seats 10. High ceilings and walls of glass give the space the vibe of a high-rise lobby.
Oddly, listing photos show that the game and media room currently has a statue of Big Boy in it. Also within the nearly 8,000 square feet of living space are two guest houses, a galley-style kitchen, a breakfast nook, a theater room, six bedrooms and eight bathrooms.
A rock-accented pool and spa, a cabana, mature palm trees and patios fill out the grounds of 1.2 acres.
The property previously traded hands in 2008 for $4.2 million.
Kroc, who died in 2003 at 75, owned the San Diego Padres with her husband, Ray. Her philanthropist causes included alcoholism, hospice care, homelessness, children’s charities and public radio, among others.