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Resting high above the Coachella Valley, Palm Desert and Palm Springs, Villa Maggio, which has just gone through a restoration and renovation mindful of keeping its authenticity, offers a unique, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to own an iconic and treasured estate that Frank Sinatra personally helped design and build. Panoramic views of the mountains and valleys are on full display throughout this secluded and private escape, which includes 3 buildings, a resort-style pool, a lighted tennis court and helipad, parking for a few dozen cars and approximately 7.5 acres of land.
Sinatra had a dual purpose in the design of the estate: a desire to escape the oppressive heat of the desert valley below and a need to provide his friends, which included traveling dignitaries, sports stars, elite power players and members of the Rat Pack, with the ultimate in luxury and comfort as well as the utmost in privacy and security.
The 4,300 foot elevation provides a more comfortable and temperate climate than the desert valley below, and the skies are cloudless most days. As a result, the surrounding mountainsides, national monuments and cityscapes are unobstructed and totally surreal as a backdrop for the estate, which encompasses 6,428 square feet of interior space.
A masterpiece with a rustic, Mid Century-Lodge style design, the estate features a five bedroom main house with five and a half bathrooms, a guest home with a separate generator, well and water tower, and a pool house that was ahead of its time in its planning, design and execution. Warmed by a massive stone fireplace, the pool house includes two bedrooms and two saunas, a kitchenette and a built-in fire pit with a large zone for entertaining.
With an extensive use of locally-sourced materials, including natural stone and hardwoods, the residence adds beauty to the surrounding environment. Wide overhanging eaves provide shade and reduce the ecological footprint. Hardwood floors, numerous fireplaces, and vaulted ceilings with exposed wood beams give the estate an understated and relaxing, down-to-earth atmosphere; the commercial grade appliances in the main home’s two full kitchens make it more than ready for guests and the demands of modern life.
Recognized as the quintessential entertainer, Sinatra ensured the guest house was on par with the resorts and luxury hotels where his friends were accustomed to staying. The two-story guest home offers three guest suites, each with a private view deck, stone fireplace, kitchenette, and bathroom. If the walls could talk, a likely topic of conversation would have to be about who traveled in the secret passage between two of the guest house bedrooms.
The same qualities that Sinatra sought to incorporate in the original design still resonate with modern celebrities and power players: ease of access, security, privacy, resort-style amenities for entertaining, and space from the neighbors. Set on a secluded, 7.5 acre lot at the end of a gated, private drive, the estate is located within 20 minutes of the heart of Palm Desert, with its high-end boutique shopping and numerous fine dining options on El Paseo. Palm Springs International Airport is also just 26 miles away, a short jaunt by helicopter.
Pure Sinatra, the grand scope and vision of the estate reflect his focus on ‘doing things his way.’ Affectionately named for a character that earned him an Oscar in From Here to Eternity, Villa Maggio was a personal residence for Sinatra for many years: a treasured retreat that he built with the aim of providing his friends and family with an other-worldly, private escape for fun, relaxation, and of course, epic parties. As many of the details reflect Mr. Sinatra’s personal taste and preferences, the character and style of the home have been lovingly preserved and maintained for the next owner to enjoy. With a total of eight bedrooms, 12.5 bathrooms, and nine fireplaces, the estate offers something for everyone and an unprecedented opportunity to own a piece of iconic history.
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