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Transport yourself to a time when Hollywood decadence was the epitome of class and elegance, where the sound of Dean Martin’s keystrokes rang from a baby grand piano to the lucky few invited to the Tea Dance House.

Imagine no further, this previously undisclosed “hangout” of the most prestigious stars of the time is now available to those looking to own a little slice of Palm Springs paradise and fully immerse themselves in a lifestyle only preserved for the most exclusive desert residents.

Built in 1954 and steeped in old Hollywood history, the home is located in the Little Tuscany neighborhood of Palm Springs and became locally known as The Tea Dance House because Dean and his wife, Jeanne would host Sunday afternoon tea dances, for many of Hollywood’s elite and most prestigious stars. The celebrated white piano which takes pride of place in the living room, was a gift from Martin for the home, Musician Barry Manilow wrote a song on the piano and is included in the purchase price.

Cloaked in walled privacy and thick vegetation around its circumference but still with commanding views of the San Jacinto Mountains, the home is within walking distance to  shopping and entertainment in the heart of Palm Springs.

Sited on over a quarter-acre lot, the 2,342-square-foot, three-bedroom, three-bath house takes full advantage of its private setting and balmy Palm Springs climate and is designed for indoor/outdoor living with vanishing thresholds between living areas, pool-spa terrace, lawn and quick access to fruit trees.  Its open, spacious interior invites family and guests to move between areas unimpeded.

Crisp white walls beg for the display of an art collection and terrazzo floors throughout guarantee a low maintenance lifestyle. Floor-to-ceiling glass walls traverse the back of the house, an angular fireplace can be viewed from the dining and living areas and the large eat-in kitchen is filled with high-end appliances including a wine cooler and duel refrigerators, dishwashers and ovens.  Bathrooms are eye-catching with imported tiles and fixtures and the master bath has a walk-in double shower. Furnishings, almost all of which are included in the sale, include top designers of the 20th century such as Milo Baughman and Miles Van der Rohe.

Regarded as one of Dean Martin’s favorite weekend family hangouts in Palm Springs, California, The Tea Dance House, is now for sale, including the storied piano and most of the classic furnishings.  Priced at $1.8 million, the home is listed by Brandi Pratt of The Agency, Beverly Hills.


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