With the Coachella and Stagecoach Music Festivals behind us, the snowbirds are flying off and we’re closing in on the end of another great desert season here in the Palm Springs Valley. But that doesn’t mean that there aren’t reasons galore to come back—or stay—in our neck of the woods as summer approaches. With less traffic, warmer temps, and ample opportunities for poolside fun, bring it on, baby. The desert’s where you want to be!
Although there are plenty of great places to stay—including the wonderful resorts right around my place in Rancho Mirage, like Westin Mission Hills, Rancho Las Palmas, and Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa—there’s a great alternative that is often overlooked: renting a private home. More and more people are opting for vacation rentals that offer uncompromising privacy and the opportunity to do what you want, when you want. Well, within reason, of course…no one wants to have—or be—a bad neighbor!
I happened upon an amazing private rental recently when I was doing some work on the reality show “Legend’s House” that will premiere summer of 2012 on the WWE Network. Set in the world of professional wresting, the series features a full cast of characters that holed up in “El Rancho Harpo,” the 9,000+ square-foot Wallace Neff-designed abode built for Harpo Marx in 1956. Located in the Tamarisk Country Club, this home can sleep 16 in eight bedrooms with 10 baths. The property contains a beautiful resort-size pool, numerous waterfalls, a three-hole putting green, and a lighted tennis court, all on 2.1 acres of manicured grounds. The recently restored residence is amazing, with soaring ceilings, elegant marble floors, and a smart décor. (I might have had a little hand in the décor part!)
This is only one of many homes available in the area for rent. So don’t rule out this attractive alternative when looking for a great place to call home-away-from-home. FYI, rumor has it that Harpo’s famous horn-blowing can still be heard welcoming guests to his beautiful house.