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The house may not have Magic Kingdom proportions, but this modest residence owned by the Disney family in the 1950s and ’60s comes with plenty of history.
“This was where the Smoke Tree crowd would go to get away from everyone,” says listing agent Jason Evans of Coldwell Banker, referencing Walt Disney‘s primary Palm Springs residence. “There are confirmed stories of Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr. and Dean Martin going up to this small home, which was about a 15-mile drive away from the main house. People would go up there and party; half would sleep inside on sleeping bags, others on the deck. There was even a zip line mounted where you could ride over the canyon.”
Although the zip line is now gone, the one-bedroom, two-bathroom home perched 3,000 feet above the desert floor still has the same stunning views that attracted frequent guests including Bob Hope, Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz. Humphrey Bogart also stayed at the home, located on just under 3 acres of land. In fact, the elaborate rotating ceiling fan system seen in Casablanca was installed in the living room in the 1970s.
Built into the hillside rocks in the private gated community of Royal Carizzo Estates, the 1,600-square-foot house is on the market for $535,000.
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