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Desert Tropics

This private, celebrity-owned estate that's for sale in Palm Desert conjures the mood of an exotic, tropical retreat.

Lawrence Karol Real Estate

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It’s not uncommon to hear Coachella Valley homebuyers say that they are searching for their very own desert oasis. But few people probably imagine that their oasis could include lush, tropical grounds with botanicals and bamboo.

Welcome to 45800 Deep Canyon Road in Palm Desert [http://www.theagencyre.com/listing/sl1704536-45800-deep-canyon-rd-palm-desert], a home that listing agents Richard Bartholomew and Gregg Fletcher of The Agency say is in a “setting reminiscent of a Balinese resort.”

The 3,200-square-foot, three-bedroom, three-bath home was built in 1955 and has been owned since 2004 by actress Andrea Parker (Pretty Little Liars, The Pretender, Desperate Housewives) and her actor/producer husband Michael Birnbaum (John Tucker Must Die).

“[The house] has a very cool midcentury vibe and the lush grounds [and] gardens are something you don’t usually find in the desert,” says Bartholomew. Those grounds include meandering pathways and a deck that cantilevers over a spa and a lagoon-style saltwater swimming pool with a rock waterfall.


Wooden decks with multiple seating and lounging areas surround the house.

“The property is open on both sides with walls of glass and sliding doors opening to expansive decks,” Bartholomew adds. “The beamed ceilings and Saltillo tiles are iconic to the era and give the property a warm but stylish feel.”

Parker and Birnbaum have kept the property — which is set on half an acre and has two fireplaces — in its original condition with the exception of resurfacing the pool and adding the saltwater system.

The home is on the market for $1,139,000. Furniture and accessories are available outside of escrow.

For more information, contact Richard Bartholomew (http://www.theagencyre.com/agent/richard-bartholomew) or Gregg Fletcher (http://www.theagencyre.com/agent/gregg-fletcher) of The Agency.

The airy master bedroom has a gas fireplace and sliders that open to the pool and spa.