This story first appeared in the April 12 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.
Palm Springs boasts just a handful of A-list hotels but brims with stunning examples of midcentury houses available for short-term rent.
Some of the most in-demand bring the swinging nostalgic resonance of former owners. Estates once inhabited by the likes of Frank Sinatra, Sonny Bono and Cher, Tony Curtis and Dinah Shore can be had for $645 to $2,600 a night. Celebrity history, says local real estate agent Brady Sandahl of Sotheby's International Realty, "works like a magnet, but these houses also offer the beautiful architecture that attracts people today."
For each place, says A-list travel agent Melissa Schwartz of Destination Happiness, a private chef and staff can be arranged. Those looking for last-minute Coachella digs should know that these residences book at least a year in advance, and practically no houses are available for the festival's first weekend (April 12 to 14).
But, adds Sandahl, scouring such sites as Airbnb and VRBO could turn up places -- though probably not as glam -- for the fest's second weekend, "when some owners lend their houses for a few thousand."