The Movie Colony is a residential neighborhood that is reflective of a period when many stars lived here and owned homes. Back in the 1950’s, movie contracts included the stipulation that actors lived close to the shooting site, so many made their homes in this area.
There are about 170 homes in this community which is located close to the Old Las Palmas neighborhood as well as downtown Palm Springs. You’ll see a combination of mid-century modern, Spanish, and California ranch style architecture. Many of the homes are hidden by tall walls and landscaping; most were built in the period from 1940 through 2000.
There are many parks in this area including Ruth Hardy Park which has courts for basketball, tennis, and volleyball as well as play areas and picnic tables. Residents enjoy bringing their dogs here. You can also walk or jog at the Wellness Park which has a fourth mile loop and five exercise stations. Spiritual healing can be found among its four gardens; meditation garden, healing garden, memorial garden, and fragrance garden.
Homes in the Movie Colony feature luxurious amenities like original fireplaces, designer chandeliers, terra cotta floors, media rooms, and adobe kitchens with top-of-the-line appliances. Many garages have extra storage space and there is often room for RV parking. The private yards have barbecue cooking islands and covered patios that look out over shimmering pools. This neighborhood is served by the Palm Springs Unified School District with assigned schools Raymond Cree Middle School and Palm Springs High as well as highly ranked Katherine Finchy Elementary.
The Movie Colony has many historic points including the El Mirador Hotel which is now the Desert Regional Medical Center. The hotel attracted Hollywood elite with 165 luxury rooms. It has been a hospital since it was converted during World War II. Among the many famous residents in The Movie Colony were Bob and Delores Hope who lived here until their deaths. Bob died in 2003 at the age of 100 and Delores passed in 2011 at the age of 102.
980 East Tahquitz Canyon Way, Palm Springs, CA 92262-0119
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