You would expect nothing less than a bubbly showstopper from Karen Haines, founder and CEO of Spa Girls Cocktails. And that’s exactly what you get in this distinctive Hollywood Regency compound located right in the heart of the Old Las Palmas area of Palm Springs, CA.
Haines and her husband, Chris, recently put the carefully curated, 4,278-square-foot home on the market for $4,800,000.
“We refer to the house as ‘Where James Bond meets Valley of the Dolls,'” says Haines. “It’s a true 1960s gorgeous house filled with Hollywood glamour. You can almost hear Shirley Bassey singing ‘Goldfinger’ in the background.”
The home, called Villa de Leone, was built in 1962 by Robert Marx, son of Gummo Marx of the Marx brothers.
“Robert designed and built the house where he and his first wife lived for years,” Haines explains. “The uniqueness and attributes of our house is the Hollywood Regency style, especially in Palm Springs/Old Las Palmas, where most properties are midcentury modern.”
Fans of “Barbiecore” style will spark to the home immediately, but Haines has long had a hankering for hot pink. The color is prominent in the packaging of her low-calorie, low-sugar, canned vodka cocktails.
The vibrant hue runs throughout the house, including the flocked wallpaper in the office with built-ins and rose-colored velvet drapes.
The entryway features custom carved doors, flanked by urn-shaped fountains in reflection pools. Stately Roman pillars add support.
Once inside, you’ll find a wall divider built of unfinished marble, with a fireplace on the side facing the expansive living room. You can see the luxe pool area from there, via floor-to-ceiling walls of glass and sliders.
There are four bedrooms and 2.5 baths. One of the bedrooms has been converted into the aforementioned office, and another has been transformed into a state-of-the-art entertainment and recording studio. The fourth serves as a lucky guest’s room.
The primary suite continues the home’s overall theme, with dramatic gold-and-cream wallpaper, a fuchsia carpet, and elegant drapes.
The adjacent bath comes with dual vanities and extensive closet space.
The family room has been fashioned into a “British room,” featuring a wet bar, a collection of vintage racing motorcycles, a Union Jack carpet, and a pop-art collection that includes a portrait of Queen Elizabeth, which is especially poignant given her recent passing.
The Hollywood Regency theme extends to the kitchen and breakfast nook, with a black-and-white color scheme, mirrors, and elaborate sconces. Stainless-steel appliances bring the space into the 21st century.
The backyard features a pool, terrace, Roman pillars, chic diamond-patterned decking, and mature gardens.
It’s easy to see why this unique and stylish home was voted a “fan favorite” at Palm Springs Modernism Week.
Those wondering if the home would be the same without the decor will feel assured to know that the majority of the artwork is available for sale.
“We have a unique house, a classic Hollywood Regency style where my husband and I curated every detail on our own. Once you are in the house, you do not want to leave,” Haines says. “The house is filled with our favorite things, from art to music, and it’s an entertainer’s dream. We have had some incredible parties, I must say.”
So, how can the homeowners leave the beloved place that so reflects their personal style?
“My husband and I put our heart and soul into creating a life and lifestyle at Villa de Leone,” says Haines. “We have relocated to Las Vegas, where I’m launching my company and brand, and sadly has taken us from Palm Springs.”
John Campbell of Keller Williams has the listing.
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