Windermere Real Estate Southern California is thrilled to spotlight one of the latest Hollywood legacy properties to hit the Palm Springs market – the former estate of Oscar®-winning producer and screenwriter Darryl F. Zanuck listed with Andy Linsky, Sven Vennen and Kelli Ross.
No stranger to handling the sales of noted celebrity estates and architecturally significant properties, Andy, Sven & Kelli, of Windermere’s Palm Springs Main office, have successfully represented the buyers and sellers of homes for such clients as Rosalie Hearst, Harold Robbins, Jeanette Rockefeller and Lily Tomlin and for such well-known properties such as Frank Sinatra’s Twin Palms home, the Liberace Estate and the Arthur Elrod House in Southridge. This highly successful real estate partnership has also represented numerous properties of famous mid-century architects, such as Cody, Fickett, Krisel, Lautner, Levitt, Powelson, Walling & McCallum, Wexler and Williams, among others.
Sited on 1.45 prime acres in the aptly-named Movie Colony of Palm Springs, the former estate of Darryl Zanuck is a true entertainers’ paradise with stunning views of Mt. San Jacinto. The Old Spanish compound consists of the 2-story main house featuring 4 bedrooms and 4 baths, 2 bedroom and 1 bath chauffeur’s quarters above the garage, as well as the separate pool house that guests of Zanuck referred to as the “casino,” which boasts an additional 4 bedrooms and 4 baths and a massive living room for entertaining.
The two main buildings are separated by a resort-sized pool with separate adjoining changing rooms and additional baths. Originally consisting of mature fruit groves and tamarisk trees, the estate grounds still feature an expansive verdant lawn and lighted tennis court. Presented in largely original condition, the home is the perfect model candidate for restoration and preservation.
Zanuck, who led 20th Century-Fox’s production during the Golden Era of Hollywood, is known for his work on such films as The Grapes of Wrath, The Snake Pit, and Young Mr. Lincoln. While living at his Palm Springs’ estate, Zanuck received three Best Picture Oscars® for How Green Was My Valley, Gentleman’s Agreement and All About Eve which were proudly displayed in his Movie Colony home. The estate was the perfect setting for croquet games between Zanuck and friends, such as Samuel Goldwyn and Harpo Marx, and host to many lawn parties attended by some of Hollywood’s biggest names – Charlie Chaplin, Bette Davis, Clark Gable, Marilyn Monroe and Tyrone Power, to name but a few.
Andy Linsky, Sven Vennen and Kelli Ross are all Directors in Windermere’s Premier Properties Program, established to focus on the particular needs of marketing luxury homes and estates. This dynamic partnership of seasoned professionals consistently ranks in the Top 10 of top-producing real estate teams in the Palm Springs area. They were also some of the first agents to join Windermere Southern California’s premier Palm Springs office, now referred to as the Palm Springs Main office located at 850 N. Palm Canyon Drive, when it was established in the Coachella Valley in 2001. This first Windermere office, still at its same location, was the previous showroom of noted designer Arthur Elrod.