Last year this Palm Springs home, owned by the late Bob and Delores Hope, was listed at US $50 million; this week, the modern mansion was reduced to $24,999,000. We’re always on the hunt for a bargain, but even cut by 50 per cent, it’s still a serious chunk of change. Guess we’ll have to wait for the Boxing Day sales…
Designed and built in 1979 by celebrated modern architect John Lautner for broadcasting powerhouse Bob Hope, this intergalactic concrete-steel-and-glass house of spans a whopping 23,366 square feet and is situated on 6.2 acres of manicured grounds.
It was rumoured that Hope’s wife Dolores made some major unapproved changes to the interior design, which did not sit well with Lautner and his overall vision for the property, forcing him to quit and remove his name from the project. Not a good start for this spaceship-like home.
Looking out over California’s Coachella Valley, we’re sure a show biz veteran like Hope (who passed away in 2003 at the age of 100) would have got a kick out of the musical mayhem that would take over his valley view each year with the appearance of Coachella Music Festival in all its happy hipster glory.
We’re not sure what brought on the sudden Black-Friday-like sale but with 10 bedrooms, 13 bathrooms, and a swimming pool, pond and tennis court, the amenities of Hope’s Palm Springs’ “mushroom cap” mansion more than add up to its current price tag. We’re sure some lucky millionaire will snap it up, because, well, hope does spring eternal.