The Palm Springs area was a crazy popular celeb destination throughout the 1950s and ’60s.
Frank Sinatra had his own place in Rancho Mirage, with Dean Martin and Marilyn Monroe each having vacation homes in nearby Palm Springs.
So there’s no surprise that the mid-century home built for Bing Crosby and his second wife, Kathryn Grant — shortly after their marriage in 1957 — was set in Rancho Mirage.
The midcentury modern home was designed to accommodate guests and parties as extravagant and entertaining as its owner — America’s first multimedia superstar.
Bing Crosby was the very first celebrity to lead the charts in record sales, radio ratings, and motion picture grosses alike. And he needed a house to match.
The midcentury modern home he owned in Rancho Mirage was just that: a sprawling estate that was both a symbol of status and a great location to throw lavish parties for all of his famous friends.
The home’s most famous guests, though, were definitely Marilyn Monroe and John F. Kennedy.
The two stayed at Crosby’s house at the same time, with many speculating that this is the place where their rumored love connection may have blossomed.
In honor of their stay here, the two-bedroom casita where the former President slept has been named the JFK Wing.
Crosby only lived at the Rancho Mirage home for a few years, before he moved to another house he had built nearby.
But the property retains quite a few elements from its past celebrity owner who loved to live large.
Among its most striking features, Bing Crosby’s former home lists a large living room with a stone fireplace and bar, a movie theater,
a chef’s kitchen, a beautiful and spacious 1,400-sq. foot master suite with a stunner of a walk-in closet and a fireplace, and four additional en-suite bedrooms.
The reason we got to tour the crooner’s former Rancho Mirage estate: the property has just sold for $4.15 million (after spending the better part of a decade on the market).
According to our sources, the lucky buyer is tech entrepreneur Garret Gray, founder of Next Gear Solutions, whose company was recently acquired by property data giant, CoreLogic.
Celebrating your recent success by buying a glamorous million-dollar party pad? We're pretty sure Bing Crosby would approve.
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