By Ruth Doherty
If walls could speak… this rustic cabin would have endless hours of tales to tell. Frank Sinatra’s house, Villa Maggio, is on the market for $4.25 million – and it played host to some of the top names in the Rat Pack.
Back in the 1960s, Frank and his famous friends were lighting up Las Vegas with their hugely popular shows. The work was demanding and the singer and actor was a huge star, so he decided to create a hideaway just a few hours from Las Vegas in Palm Desert, California, where he could retreat, either alone or with friends, including Sammy Davis, Jr, Dean Martin, Peter Lawford and Joey Bishop
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Villa Maggio was built in the late 1960s and named after his 1954 Academy Award-winning role as Private Angelo Maggio.
It sits on 10-acres of land, and its three buildings are perched on a craggy hilltop surrounded by boulders and far-reaching views.
Built in a rustic style with calming warm woods and local stone, there’s no chance of feeling chilly in the main house, which boasts seven stone fireplaces.
Walls are filled with artwork and eclectic gallery walls ooze a unique charm and character throughout the property.
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There are two kitchens, with cabinetry in the same authentic-rustic style, dining and living rooms, a den, five bedrooms, six bathrooms, and a deck overlooking the exquisite view.
The bedrooms are clad in reclaimed wood that would get the Soho Farmhouse seal of approval, and the walls are bedecked with art like the rest of the characterful property.
Some of the bedrooms also boast soul-stirring views across the desert landscape.
The attached guest quarters and a detached guest house have four more bedrooms and a kitchen.
The bathrooms boast gallery walls, club chairs, and even ahead-of-its-time botanical wallpaper, a key look for 2021.
One bathroom even has a round tub with picture window looking out to the views and seemingly neverending skies.
The fun continues outside, where the pool house has a great room with a stone fireplace, two bathrooms, two saunas and a mini-kitchen with views over the pool and tennis court.
A private helipad allows well-heeled guests to fly in and out, and there’s parking for 25 cars so nobody has to miss out on this desert party pad.
Which celebrities live in Palm Springs?
Palm Desert is well-known as a celebrity stomping ground and is the home of the famous annual Coachella music festival. From the golden age of Hollywood, to the Rat Pack era, to today, the Palm Springs and Palm Desert area is a favourite getaway for celebrities, with Kris Jenner and Leonardo DiCaprio known to own homes here.
Fancy rubbing shoulders with the stars at The Shops on El Paseo or while dining at one of the many eateries? On any given day you could cross paths with A-listers like Katy Perry, Gigi and Bella Hadid or Kendall Jenner.
What was Frank Sinatra's net worth?
Frank Sinatra died of a heart attack in Los Angeles in 1998 when he was 82. He was estimated to worth around $200 million.
Where did Frank Sinatra live?
As well as his Palm Desert cabin estate, Frank Sinatra also owned a penthouse in New York, a house in Palm Springs called Twin Palms that boasted a piano-shaped pool, and a sumptuous five-bedroom New Jersey beach house.
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