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The Old Spanish Zanuck Estate

Photo by Robert Caldwell

Real Estate | Home Of The Month

Poolside cocktail parties. Back-lawn croquet. Tennis matches between friends. These are the images conjured when one pictures the perfect Palm Springs home. Such was the house of Golden-era Hollywood producer and screenwriter Darryl Zanuck, whose expansive Movie Colony compound now seeks a new owner.

The Old Spanish Zanuck Estate, built in 1935, features a rich history, strong bones, and an opportunity for beautiful restoration and preservation. Sitting on 1.5 acres in view of the scenic San Jacinto Mountains, the two-story main house includes four spacious bedrooms and bathrooms as well as large living areas with grand fireplaces, perfect for entertaining. Private “chauffer’s quarters” above the two-car garage include two bedrooms and a bathroom, ideal for houseguests. In addition to a large living area for parties and gatherings, the separate pool house (Zanuck’s guests called it “the casino”) boasts four of its own bedrooms and baths.

Separating the two main structures is an Olympic-size swimming pool, complete with changing rooms and bathrooms. Tennis courts and a verdant lawn provide additional areas for outdoor activities and entertaining.

Location: The Movie Colony, Palm Springs

Asking price: $3,495,000

Year built: c. 1935

Amenities: This historic compound includes a total of 10 bedrooms and nine bathrooms across three structures. Other amenities include a swimming pool, a private tennis court, and an expansive lawn.

Agent: Windermere Real Estate, Southern California; ask@windermere.com

To submit a candidate for Home of the Month, send a description of the house to editorial@ palmspringslife.com.

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