Hot Property

Suzanne Somers’ Palm Springs retreat to hit the auction block this month

The longtime Palm Springs estate of Suzanne Somers and husband Alan Hamel, once listed for as much as $35 million, will go up for auction without reserve on Jan. 31.
(Robert Gentry | Inset: Getty Images)

Actress-entrepreneur Suzanne Somers and her husband, producer Alan Hamel, are putting their longtime Palm Springs home up for auction without reserve on Jan. 31. The 73-plus-acre desert property is currently listed for sale at $14.5 million, according to the Multiple Listing Service.

Sitting on a hillside, among boulders and native outcrops, the bohemian-vibe retreat is known as Les Baux de Palm Springs. It has been owned by Somers and Hamel since 1977, the year they were married.

The estate comprises multiple structures that combine to offer eight bedrooms, nine full bathrooms and two half-baths. The main house, designed by architect Albert Frey, draws from French villa style and has the master suite, office space and an outdoor shower.


Other amenities on the property include a two-room kitchen and a 5,000-bottle wine cellar with tasting room. A private funicular railway system provides transportation to and from the estate.

Stone-lined pathways connect the various villas, outdoor dining areas and an amphitheater. Also within the grounds are a lap swimming pool, a carousel and a waterfall-fed pond.

Somers, 71, is known for the 1973 film “American Graffiti” and, later the sitcoms “Three’s Company” and “Step by Step.” Hamel, 81, hosted such ‘60s television game shows as “Wedding Party” and “Anniversary Game.” He later produced a number of Somers’ TV and video specials.

Scott Lyle of Teles Properties holds the listing for the compound. He is working in collaboration with Concierge Auctions.


Twitter: @LATHotProperty


Comedian Jeff Dunham sells his Mediterranean-style villa in Encino for $4.1 million

Marvel film actor Don Cheadle gears up and relists Venice contemporary

Matthew Perry’s $20-million buy was Westwood/Century City’s priciest sale of 2017

Ellen DeGeneres checks out of her high-rise digs in Westwood

Get our weekly Hot Property newsletter