After a long day ambling through the sagebrush, it’d be plum agreeable to come home to Gene Autry’s ecologically relevant Spanish ranch in Palm Springs. You’ll have to have stumbled on a few gold nuggets to make an offer, though, as the asking price for the Mission-style estate is $8.25 million.
Detail-rich and spacious inside and out, the Old Las Palmas property is anchored by a 13,461 square foot house that was built in 1927. A streetside impression of a boxy exterior and a porte-cochere gives way to a bell tower in the rear of the structure; landscaping is very controlled, with palms and flowering shrubs setting an idyllic Hollywood golden age tenor.
The interiors of the house are on the whole very warm, and heavy with ornate, stylized period details, including plentiful hand-painted tile, stenciled beams, wall niches, arches, and hexagonal Saltillo floors. A pastel palette is used for some rooms, with cool and warm tones achieving a pleasing balance; the kitchen’s soft yellow is accented by its pale blue stenciled ceiling supports. The shared living area features glass walls and roof, effectively turning it into a solarium.
Two of the suites feature kiva fireplaces, although there are five fireplaces, and seven bedrooms, overall. The master suite has a bath with a steam shower, sauna and spa, and it opens onto the central courtyard, which boasts a mosaic-tiled pool as a centerpiece. The acre of grounds includes a succulent garden/statuary, turf lawns, tennis court, and citrus trees.
Autry and his wife Jackie, the current owner, purchased the property in 1997. He passed away the following year.