President Ford's Rancho Mirage home is listed for $1.699 million

The desert retreat of former President

Gerald Ford


Betty Ford

has come on the market in Rancho Mirage at $1.699 million.

Set in the Thunderbird Country Club, the 6,316-square-foot midcentury home was built in 1979 and designed by architect Welton Becket. Among his works are L.A.'s Capitol Records Building, Pomona City Hall and Glendale City Hall.

The main residence includes a staff waiting room, five bedrooms and 61/2 bathrooms. The Fords' furnishings, excluding family portraits, are also available for purchase.

The house sits on 1.37 acres with a swimming pool; a guesthouse described as a "Secret Service guard shack" is being sold separately for $509,000.


President Ford died in 2006 at 93. Betty Ford died last year, also at 93.

Nelda Linsk of HK Lane Real Estate and Lindell Campbell of Warwick Properties Group are the listing agents.