Bob Hope’s Volcano House!
From their elegant Old Hollywood-styled estate in Toluca Lake, California, Bob and Dolores Hope took a 180-degree swing in taste when they designed their Palm Springs volcano house in 1973. The Hopes were married for 69 years - rare for any couple but especially rare for entertainment celebrities. Bob died in 2003 at the age of 100 and Dolores died in 2011 at the age of 102. Bob Hope was a rare multi-talented individual who excelled as a comedian, actor, singer, dancer, author, and athlete. He will never be forgotten for his annual tours taking entertainment to the U.S. military troops around the world.
Considering their generation, it’s a little surprising that the Hopes would go so futuristic in their architectural taste with a home that looks a bit like a volcano, and from above might be mistaken for a UFO! And at 23,000 square feet under the dramatic high undulating roof, it has openings which allow daylight - or stars to shine through, casting shapely shadows into the interior. These curved openings both above and below also allow for stunning views across the landscape and mountains, while appearing to be nestled comfortably into its lovely landscaping and outdoor living areas. The house also has a spa with greenhouse wall, 6 bedrooms, 13 bathrooms, indoor and outdoor pools, a pond, putting greens, and a tennis court.
Bob Hope’s futuristic Lautner designed Palm Springs masterpiece. Priced at $50 million.