Golden Age Hollywood Vacation Rentals: Not Your Typical Airbnb Stay

In the Golden Age of Hollywood, stars bought “hideaway” homes, away from the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles, to retain some sense of privacy. From musicians like Liberace and Dean Martin to Hollywood titans like Walt Disney and Elvis Presley, Palm Springs — which is about 100 miles away from L.A. — was home to a number of stars back in the 1940s, ’50s, and ’60s.

Now, according to Variety, these homes serve as vacation rentals throughout much of the year.

Palm Springs boasts plenty of resort-like amenities, from premier golf courses to upscale shopping options. The desert city is also famous for its mid-century modern architecture, which the Telegraph reported in May was “in vogue” once more.

Although some may consider Florida, which sees 1,000 new movers each day, the resort capital of the United States, it doesn’t exactly have the same star power as California. Therefore, those who are looking for a little glitz and glamour may opt for the lifestyles of the rich and famous instead.

But those who want the celebrity treatment, even in Palm Springs, had better be prepared to shell out some serious dough.

These homes aren’t just garden variety vacation condominiums or houses, either. Many of them are up for sale but can be rented in the meantime. For instance, the 1930s hacienda once belonging to stars Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz back in the ’40s and ’50s is on the market for $1.8 million; however, it can also be leased for just $7,000 per week during peak season.

For a bit more of that classic film star opulence, wealthy vacationers can rent Tony Curtis’s 3,200-square-foot, five bedrooom/five bath estate for just $19,000 per month.

It’s not just private owners lending out their homes these days through services like Airbnb, though. Ad Week reports that even Hyatt Hotels is breaking into the vacation rental market after investing in onefinestay, which has an inventory of homes in Los Angeles as well as New York, London, and Paris.

Rat Pack fans may want to skip the five-star hotel in favor of one of the city’s more unique offerings. Frank Sinatra’s custom-designed “Twin Palms” home, which includes a (now non-functioning) recording studio and a pool in the shape of a grand piano, is also available for private events or minimum three-night stays for $2,600 per night.

And nothing quite says Palm Springs to some like one of Elvis Presley’s former homes, where he took wife Priscilla for their honeymoon in 1967. The house is still on the market for $6.9 million, down from the initial $9.5 million asking price a year and a half ago.

By far one of the priciest rentals is a home that once belonged to Dinah Shore and is rumored to have been purchased by actor Leonardo DiCaprio in recent years. The historic estate, which is located in Old Las Palmas, sold for $5.2 million two years ago and is now available for $4,500 per night for a minimum three-night stay.