Bob Hope's Iconic John Lautner-Designed Volcano Home for Sale (House of the Day)

Bob Hope home, Palm Springs

By Erika Riggs

Bob Hope owned a collection of homes in Palm Springs, Calif., and the Los Angeles area, and two have already hit the market -- both snagging buyers within a month of listing. But the real prize of Hope's homes is the John Lautner-designed property, an architectural treasure that hit the market in late February for $50 million. Architect John Lautner was well-known for his dramatic designs, and his biggest piece was a custom home for Bob and Dolores Hope. Perched in the private neighborhood of Southridge, the estate dominates a corner lot with sweeping views of the entire Coachella Valley.

Bob HopeHope's 23,366-square-foot home was designed in 1973 by Lautner to resemble a volcano. The modernist structure is built of concrete and glass, with an undulating copper roof that rises to an open semi-circle at its center. The home was used primarily as a second residence for the Hope family and was the place where they entertained most often, inviting friends such as Tony Bennett and Glen Campbell to enjoy the views from the house.

Listed by Ann Eysenring of Partners Trust in Beverly Hills along with Patrick Jordan and Stewart Smith of Windermere Real Estate in Palm Springs, the home has six bedrooms and 12 baths. Outdoor spaces include a pool, pond, tennis court and outdoor fireplace. The Lautner home is just the latest of the Hope estates to be listed; the final property, a custom home in Toluca Lake, Calif., used by the Hopes as their primary residence, has yet to be listed.

See the home's e-brochure.

Find more homes for sale in Palm Springs, Calif., or search listings in your area.

See more on Zillow:
Bob Hope Real Estate Bonanza Begins: 2 Homes Listed, 2 on Deck
Bing Crosby's Cron-Worthy Estate for Sale (VIDEO)
Price Reduced on Jerry Lewis' Former Palm Springs Estate

See more Houses of the Day on AOL Real Estate.

Got a tip for House of the Day? Know of an exceptional or unusual property currently listed for sale? Please email with your suggestions and be sure to include links to listing details and photos. (Due to the volume of response, we unfortunately are unable to reply to each submission.)

More on AOL Real Estate:
Find out how to
calculate mortgage payments.
homes for sale in your area.
foreclosures in your area.
See celebrity real estate.

Follow us on Twitter at @AOLRealEstate or connect with AOL Real Estate on Facebook.

Add a Comment

*0 / 3000 Character Maximum


Filter by:

In 1990-ish while establishing my business in Palm Springs (Parachutes Over Palm Springs) I had occasion to make a skydive over Mr. Hope's house. From above at 4,000+ feet I marvelled at the interesting architecuture and told my wife upon landing in the wash next to Hwy. 101 "It's like a donut - there;'s a hole in the middle!" Nice place ... wish I had the bucks to buy it but OH WELL, Maybe next lifetime. back to work, By theway, according to local valets, Mr.Hope always tipped exactly $1.00 because $1 was a "lot of money" when he was growing up.
God Bless us all, please.
-- Jamey Woodward

January 21 2015 at 2:32 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Not my style. I cannot imagine walking throughout that place every single day. HOW??? Golf carts would be an absolute necessity. At nighttime, is house heated from daily sunshine? Hopefully. We all know how cold California is at night. Was Bob "paged every time he was needed somewhere in that house? Yikes. Yikes. Yikes.

December 07 2014 at 8:08 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to brams2002's comment

My thoughts also. My hips ached just looking through the slideshow.

December 07 2014 at 8:53 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Lost a bathroom too......was 13, now 12.

December 07 2014 at 5:53 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Interesting....they lost 4 bedrooms somewhere. On 12/4/14, they had 10 bedrooms.!slide=860894

December 07 2014 at 5:52 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

All I can sai is W O W ..........

December 07 2014 at 12:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Renter's Rules

Whether you're a new renter or previous homeowner looking to rent again, navigating the process of finding an apartment can be difficult. We're here to give you everything you need to know about renting and make your search for an apartment a little easier.

Visit Renter's Rules Now

Mortgage Rates