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70300 San Lorenzo Road Mountain Center, CA 92561
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Monthly Payment (Est.)$18,227
THE FRANK SINATRA DESERT HIDEAWAY, "VILLA MAGGIO", built 1970. Step back in time to the wild and swinging 60s & groovy 70s, when Frank Sinatra and the Rat Pack set Las Vegas ablaze with their electrifying performances. Sinatra, known for making women swoon and throwing their lingerie on stage, needed a place to escape the non-stop excitement. And so, Villa Maggio was born - a secluded hideaway perched atop a pinnacle in Palm Desert, California.Named after Sinatra's Academy-Award winning role in "From Here to Eternity," Villa Maggio was a place of refuge and relaxation for the legendary entertainer. When he wasn't out with his Rat Pack friends - Sammy Davis Jr., Dean Martin, Peter Lawford, and Joey Bishop - Sinatra would retreat to his private paradise to escape the public eye. With 6,428 SF of interiors that have been renovated to reflect Sinatra's style, this mid-century mountain retreat remains as relevant today a destination for celebrities and power players seeking privacy, security, and luxury. Built in 1970 by builder Duke Wild and designer Ross Patten, Villa Maggio was designed to be Sinatra's ultimate escape - a place where he could be himself and unwind. The compound spans 7.5 acres and includes a 5 BR main house, a self-sufficient 3 BR guest home, a 1 BR pool house, a resort-style pool, a lighted tennis court, a helipad, and parking for 24 cars. The 4,300-foot elevation provides a temperate climate, and the unobstructed 360-degree views of the surrounding mountains, national monuments, and cityscapes are simply magical. With warm woods, local stone, and seven stone fireplaces in the main house, Villa Maggio has everything Sinatra and his guests needed to relax in comfort and luxury. The main house features a large catering kitchen, dining and living rooms, a den, five bedrooms, six bathrooms, and a deck with breathtaking views of the desert floor. The attached and detached guest quarters provide four additional bedrooms and first-class accommodations for Sinatra's guests, including traveling dignitaries, sports stars, and members of the Rat Pack. Nestled atop a hilltop surrounded by breathtaking views and boulders, Sinatra and his guests would engage in friendly games of single and doubles tennis on the villa's tennis courts. Sinatra was the ultimate entertainer, and Villa Maggio was where he felt truly at home. In Barbara Sinatra's book "Lady Blue Eye, My Life with Frank", she frequently references the Villa as a haven for Sinatra and his guests. The estate is the only remaining Sinatra property that has not been altered, still showcasing its original design. Built with locally sourced materials, including natural stone and hardwoods, the Villa Maggio is not only a luxurious retreat but also a testament to sustainable design, with wide overhanging eaves providing shade and reducing its ecological footprint. The warm atmosphere of the estate is created by its hardwood floors, multiple fireplaces, and vaulted ceilings with exposed wood beams. The fully equipped kitchen with commercial-grade appliances are ready to host any occasion. "Pure Sinatra" embodies the grand vision and scope of the estate, which reflects Frank Sinatra's unique approach to life. Sinatra was hands-on in every aspect of the Villa's design. Villa Maggio, a cherished retreat, was built with the goal of providing friends and family with a private and otherworldly escape for fun, relaxation, and of course, legendary parties. Every detail of the villa reflects Mr. Sinatra's personal tastes and preferences, and the current owners have lovingly preserved its character and style, making it an unparalleled collector once-in-a-life-time opportunity. This is more than just a home, it's a piece of Sinatra history, where every detail tells a story and every room is a glimpse into the life of one of the greatest entertainers of all time. Villa Maggio is now a piece of iconic American history, waiting for the next chapter to be written.
|2 months ago||Listing updated with changes from the MLS|
|5 months ago||Price changed to $3,995,000|
|6 months ago||Listing first seen online|