Southridge in Palm Springs, California, is a very exclusive enclave of million dollar estates. This small neighborhood was developed by actor William Holden in the 1970’s and 1980’s, and represents an incredibly luxurious state of living.
Situated about 200 feet above the valley floor in the San Jacinto Hills, this community features contemporary architecture and unsurpassed scenic views. The entrance is off a side street from Highway 111, and at the top of a steep slope where a uniformed guard stands at a reinforced gate. It is most famous for the home of Bob and Delores Hope, who lived here in the largest private residence. It was designed by John Lautner, who throughout the years entertained world dignitaries and celebrities like Tony Bennet.
This home is considered the architecture world’s most iconic structure, and was Lautner’s biggest design project. The Hope home has ten bedrooms, thirteen bathrooms, a 23,366-square-foot marvel, and a huge copper roof. It also has an outdoor terrace that can fit up to 300 guests as well as an indoor pool and putting green.
Lautner was also the designer for the Elrod House which was purchased by Michael J. Kilroy in the early 2000’s. Kilroy was a Palos Verdes Estates real estate investor. He collected the Elrod House for $5.5 million, the “Boat House” for $3.8 million, and Steve McQueen’s former estate for $2.5 million.
Amenities in these estates include floor to ceiling windows, soaring ceilings, vast verandas, oversized formal spaces, and two-sided fireplaces in the master suites. Despite its hidden existence in the hills, Southridge is very close to the shops, restaurants, and the nightlife of Palm Springs. Palm Canyon Drive is the main shopping district with many posh boutiques, design stores, and jazzy restaurants. The Coachella Valley also offers many outdoor activities like horseback riding, swimming, hiking, biking, tennis, and golf.
980 East Tahquitz Canyon Way, Palm Springs, CA 92262-0119
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