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A modern home in the historic Movie Colony offers all the amenities of luxury living

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Location: Movie Colony, Palm Springs
Asking price: $3.995 million
Square footage: 5,068 (house); 7,421 (property)
Special features: Winter and summer swimming pools, a spa, multiple master suites, guest quarters with private entrance, and an outdoor entertainment area with misters for hot-weather enjoyment.
Agent: Scott Palermo and Jim Sanak, Scott & Jim Desert Homes; 760-808-6415;
scott@scottandjimhomes.com; www.scottandjimhomes.com  http://scottpalermo.com/palm-springs-casual-meets-hollywood-drama/


“No architecture is so haughty as that which is simple,” said 19th-century art critic John Ruskin.

This sentiment remains true today, evidenced in this James McNaughton Movie Colony home, once part of the Barbara Hutton estate. Reflecting the architect’s signature Colonnade style, the 5,068-square-foot home exudes a timeless simplicity, progressing between privacy and transparency, connecting the inside with the outside.

At the entrance to the private compound, a winter swimming pool, spa, and fire pit greet arriving guests.

Featuring Fleetwood sliders that run throughout, the dwelling is a triumph of modern livability. The original wing includes the living room, dining room (complete with a wet bar), a kitchen equipped with the finest amenities, master bedroom suite, media room, and two additional bedroom suites.  

An additional wing built in 2009 doubles the living footprint. It also holds a master bedroom suite that includes a raised fireplace, luxurious bath with wet room, a 50-foot pebble-bottom summer pool with tanning area, and a full outdoor kitchen and covered entertainment area equipped with fans and misters for hot-weather comfort.

Guest quarters hug the poolside and feature their own private entryway. The nuanced hues of Palm Springs mountain vistas serve as the backdrop to this stunning property.

The Movie Colony was named for the Hollywood elite who resided here from the 1930s to 1960s, including Marilyn Monroe, Cary Grant, Dinah Shore, and Jack Benny. Comprising roughly 170 homes, the colony is centrally located and just minutes from parks, shops, restaurants, nightlife, and the hip Uptown Design District.

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