Inside Frank Sinatra’s $4.5 Million California Desert Hideaway
It might not be in New York, New York, but a million-dollar former home of Frank Sinatra is up for sale.
It’s located in Palm Desert, California, and costs $4.5 million. It might not come with Sinatra’s signature hairpiece — that wig came with his Jersey shore mansion — but it has more than enough amenities to distract you from worrying about your hair.
Take a look inside Ol’ Blue Eyes’ abode and start spreading the news — this house needs a buyer.
Come Fly With Me to the Mountaintops
The home sits 4,300 feet up in the mountains of Palm Desert in Coachella Valley. You can take the long, scenic uphill drive or take a helicopter — there’s a helipad, of course.
It’s Named After One of Sinatra’s Award-Winning Performances
Villa Maggio is named after Sinatra’s performance in the movie “From Here to Eternity,” a critically acclaimed 1953 drama which netted Sinatra an Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award for best supporting actor. His character’s name was Angelo Maggio.
It’s Designed His Way
The Chairman of the Board commissioned architect Ross Patton to build this estate, which consists of three structures: the main five-bedroom home, a two-story guest house and a pool house.
Each building contains a kitchen, and the pool house contains two bedrooms and two saunas.
And It Hasn’t Changed
Sinatra passed away in 1998, but his presence can still be felt in Villa Maggio. The entire property has been preserved and the legendary singer’s original, hand-picked features have not been removed.
Just a few examples include the palm leaf wallpaper in the master bathroom, custom built-in closets and even a vintage music system. In fact, the current owners didn’t redecorate the property, the listing agent told Palm Springs Life.
It’s like a time capsule of Sinatra’s personal life.
Well, Maybe One of the Doors Has Changed
Author J. Randy Taraborrelli in his book, “Sinatra: Behind the Legend” tells the story of a time that Sinatra once threw a clock through one of his glass-paned doors at this home. The reason? He lost a 4 a.m. game of charades.
According to the author, Barbara Marx, Sinatra’s fourth and final wife, proudly declared “Time’s up” when Sinatra couldn’t get his team to guess what he was trying to mime. In an act of Sinatra’s notoriously volatility, he grabbed the clock from Marx and chucked it through one of the glass doors, sending springs and glass flying.
During the following tense moments, comic Pat Henry broke the ice by saying he finally got what Sinatra was trying to convey: “As Time Goes By,” he said, and defused the situation.
Check Out Sinatra’s Bedroom...
If past owners truly haven’t redecorated, then Sinatra’s bedroom is adorned with everything he loved, including classic furniture and paintings.
...and His Bathrooms
The bathrooms are rather classy, too, featuring flagstone walls and at least one Hollywood-style vanity mirror. Some walls are stuffed with pictures of Sinatra and his famous pals.
The Kitchen Is Original, Too
While modern kitchens are certainly more convenient, there’s something undeniably cool about kitchens from the ‘70s. Rather than update the place where Sinatra prepared some of his favorite foods, the owners opted to keep the kitchen original.
The orange tile, huge stainless steel fridges and even the stove all appear to be original to the property, as does the classic steel ceiling fan.
It Was a Party House
Villa Maggio was a bachelor pad for Sinatra, who could party with the Rat Pack and other famous faces, while also flying in countless women without media scrutiny.
Sinatra lived there for about 12 years, until he sold it sometime after he married Marx, whom he stayed with until his death.
And Guests May Have Shared More Than Just a Good Time
Usually a secret door leads to something cool, like a hidden speakeasy. But the secret panel in Villa Maggio connects two guest bedrooms. But hey, it’s called “The Swinging ‘70s” for a reason, right?
Tons of Famous People Have Partied Here
Famous guests include Princess Margaret, Grace Kelly, dignitaries, vice presidents and other A-list celebrities, listing agent Markus Canter told the YouTube Channel “Listing Stories.”
And of course you could often find Sammy Davis Jr., Peter Lawford, Dean Martin and Joey Bishop — the Rat Pack.
There’s Lots of Space
Speaking of guests, you’ll be able to properly accommodate dozens of people on this property. Between the main home, the guest house and the pool house, there are 6,428 square feet of living space, 13-and-a-half bathrooms, nine bedrooms and four kitchens (the main home has two). Outside there’s room for 24 cars.
The Style Is Impeccable
The estate features vaulted, exposed beam ceilings; wooden floors; wooden walls and nine fireplaces. There are many chandeliers, including a few carved to look like antlers.
It’s a cozy mixture of mid-century modern design and a wood cabin, with a pair of stunning, dark wood paneled front doors in the main home.
The Outside Is Divine
While the indoors are great, the property, which sits on 7.5 acres, includes a sauna, a built-in stone fire pit and a lighted tennis court.
There’s also a swimming pool, which sits at the foot of some hilly peaks and some exquisitely designed desert garden work.
And the Views Are Incredible
Villa Maggio is surrounded by natural monuments: Asbestos Mountain, Martinez Mountain, Toro Peak, and the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains.
These serene, scenic views must have been a welcome reprieve from Sinatra’s workaholic lifestyle.
It Cost a Fortune to Build
Sinatra paid around $1.9 million to create his private paradise in 1970s money — that’s equivalent to $12.7 million in today’s dollars.
Now, the home is selling for $4.5 million, which is actually more than what it listed for in 2015, when the price had been reduced to $3.95 million after it failed to sell (it has since been on and off the market).
It May Have Helped Sinatra Earn a Doctorate
When Sinatra moved on from the property, he didn’t sell it. Instead, he donated it Loyola Marymount University, the same university which gave him an honorary doctorate in fine arts not long after.
The university used it as a retreat for its workers, and apparently didn’t take care of it. It was then sold to someone who flipped it 10 days later to a man who went to prison for money laundering, and later to a dentist, according to Palm Springs Life. The current owners purchased it in the ‘90s and have lived there since.
And the place is just as ready for epic parties as it was back in “The Swinging ‘70s.”