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House Tour: California Desert Celebrity Retreat

The California desert has always been playground for the rich and famous. The region’s miles upon miles of cascading green set against the grand San Jacinto Mountains have lured golfers, leisurists and celebrities with the promise of 70-degree winters and sunshine. Bob Hope. Frank Sinatra. Even U.S. presidents have flocked to the desert oasis for a few fleeting moments of vacation freedom.

Historically significant ranches such as Hacienda Del Gato saw many of these Golden Era greats stay on its grounds, including Clark Gable, Greta Garbo, Dwight D. Eisenhower and John F. Kennedy.  That same hacienda now rests on the land known as “Tradition,” a 746-acre golf community and one of La Quinta’s most prized home destinations.  Featuring custom estates and a world-renowned golf course designed by Arnold Palmer all tucked behind private gates, it’s an ideal retreat for a person of prominence—or someone who simply wishes to escape in complete privacy.

Explains Patti Cerf, a sales associate with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in La Quinta who has recently listed such a home in the community: “This gated enclave offers security that is unsurpassed and has become a haven for a select few. Presidents, senators, sports figures, Fortune 500 executives and other notable personalities have succumbed to the allure of Tradition’s lush undulating grounds and premier golf course. The unique location, directly at the base of the surrounding Santa Rosa Mountains, offers additional protection where mother nature has created the perfect habitat for relaxing or entertaining in the ultimate desert style.”

Cerf’s new listing—a grand Mediterranean elevated above “The Lakes” of Tradition’s spectacular 7th hole—offers just that kind of desert style, along with the pedigree of having a celebrity owner with exquisite tastes. The 8,500-square feet residence was designed to take full advantage of views of mountain, lush greens and, of course, the lakes. Vanishing walls of glass magically merge the interior and exterior spaces. A series of terraces and an expansive entertainment loggia with outdoor kitchen, media, fireplace, heating, misting system and pool bath provide comfort and privacy.

“All of the rooms were designed on a grand scale, yet still maintain a sense of warmth and casual sophistication,” said Cerf. “The level of detail found throughout the home is extraordinary. There is nothing else like it in Tradition.”  

A tour inside this smart home reveals a masterful fusion of fine craftsmanship, design and technology. An expansive great room serves as the centerpiece of the home and frames the breathtaking views. A spacious family room features a media wall with four televisions and fireplace. The open kitchen is a culinary delight with gourmet appliances, multiple islands, endless workspaces and a charming breakfast nook. The formal dining room features a groin-vaulted ceiling, wine cellar and fireplace; while a formal study includes custom cabinetry and TV. The sumptuous master retreat is a private sanctuary in which to unwind with a formal entry, media, sitting area with fireplace, opulent bath with 3 dressing rooms, separate vanities and commodes. The guest wing features its own activity room, plus two bedrooms with ensuite baths. There is even a two-room casita with a refreshment bar, media and fireplace—perfect for a guest retreat (or perhaps a visiting president?). And what desert luxury property these days would be complete without a private putting green, custom Egoscue fitness allée and cold water plunge pool?

“Artisan craftsmanship is evident throughout with hewn wooden beams, extensive use of stone, hardwood flooring, custom-designed cabinetry, ironwork and lighting,” described Cerf. “Words simply do not do this residence justice. You must experience it for yourself. It is desert elegance, personified.”

Offered for $4,995,000, this special home features four bedrooms, four baths and two partial baths. More information can be found here or by calling Patti Cerf at (760) 989-9661.


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