Cary Grant Lived Here

cary grantThe late, great Cary Grant's historical Hollywood-esque Palm Springs, Calif., estate is up for sale at 928 North Avenida Palmas. The actor was probably the most charming man who ever lived -- tall, handsome, and charismatic. He was born Archibald Alexander Leach and drew record box-office crowds for almost 30 years. Grant was named the Second Greatest American Screen Legend of All Time by The American Film Institute . He was twice nominated for an academy award, but brought home an honorary Oscar for his life's work in 1970, at the age of 66.

Grant died in 1986.



This Great Spanish design, built in 1927, was Grant's private retreat from the world for more than 20 years. If walls could talk, they would shout here: The home was filled with Hollywood Cary Grantcontemporaries and is now designated as Historic Class 1, the highest historic protection rating for a home. Located in the Movie Colony, a central Palm Springs neighborhood within walking distance of downtown, the area is dedicated to preserving the glory and splendor of old Hollywood. Many movie stars of the 1940's and 1950's owned second and third homes in Palm Springs, including Gable, Hope, Sinatra and Elvis Presley.

According to Mark Godson, a Dallas Realtor who has relocated to Palm Springs, the Grant home was purchased by a woman who lovingly restored it to its former splendor. A replica of a 19th Century Spanish Farmhouse, the home is a rare two story with six bedrooms, five and a half baths, 5 zoned HVAC areas which is good because it gets very, very hot in Palm Springs during the summer. The home is a 6000 square foot private retreat on 1.54 acres with lush expansive lawns, guest wing designed by Wallace Neff, architect of Hollywood's Golden Age; a studio, walled/gated driveways (two), original tiles and many original architectural details preserved. The sun-filled great room is 40 feet long, the living room is double height, and the upstairs master has fireplace and balconies plus built in dressing room. The courtyard is landscaped around the saline pool, and mountain views are everywhere. Best of all, Mark tells me that home prices have been reduced by almost fifty percent in some parts of the town. But for history, maybe not so much: Cary Grant's home is listed at $2,995,000.




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Tiffany

I'm kinda shocked that AOL hasn't been able to fix the severe spamming on the boards.. And there are hardly any posts on topic either...

Mk I love Cary Grant's movies, the outside of the house is pretty and all. But the interior desperately needs a make over. I am from CA and I can't understand why people deck out their homes like a lodge or something when you're in the city..

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Hattie Crabtree

Love the pool and the green bathroom.His daughter didn't inherit his talent.Jennifer Grant only did like one or two movies.

He eloped with Dyan Cannon on July 22, 1965 in Las Vegas. Their daughter, Jennifer Grant, was born prematurely on February 26, 1966. He frequently called her his "best production" and regretted that he had not had children sooner. The marriage was troubled from the beginning and Cannon left him in December 1966, claiming that Grant flew into frequent rages and spanked her when she "disobeyed" him. The divorce, finalized in 1968, was bitter and public, and custody fights over their daughter went on for nearly ten years.



Cary Grant’s daughter, Jennifer Grant, gave birth to Cary Benjamin Grant, on August 12. Jennifer Grant’s son is named after her late father, who passed away in 1986. The baby’s father was not named.


Jennifer Grant’s parents are Cary Grant and Dylan Cannon. Jennifer Grant is an actress. Her TV shows were “CSI,” “Walker, Texas Ranger,” “Friends” and “Beverly Hills, 90210.” Jennifer Grant wrote a book about her life with her father, Cary Grant. The book was called “Good Stuff.”

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Marshall

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Majority of us can afford the modest homes, in sometimes less desirable
areas. Much of California real estate is way overpriced.

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