I was in Los Angeles this past weekend . . . Culver City, to be exact – where Gone With the Wind, The Wizard of Oz and many more fabulous Hollywood movies were filmed. What cool little neighborhoods make up the town of Culver City and my friends happen to own a bungalow that is on a street where ‘Little Rascals’ was filmed . . . and is inhabited by artists and designers and movie people of all sorts. We were visiting with the neighbor, who happens to be a movie “accessorist” -in other words, she provides lamps and furniture, soap dishes, etc. which are particular for that movie’s style and era. She mentioned that her friends had just bought a foreclosed home in The Movie Colony in Palm Springs – she’s been here to visit them and was describing the cool modern chic of the home and how her friends had taken care to preserve the original feel and intention of the home.
The Movie Colony. . . many people who live right here in our Palm Springs Valley don’t know a thing about this iconic neighborhood located right in the heart of central Palm Springs, within walking distance of downtown. Even its name harkens back to the by-gone days of of the 1930s to the 1960s when many famous movie stars owned homes here and would come to their desert oasis for rest & relaxation . . . Cary Grant, Dinah Shore, Jack Benny, Marilyn Monroe just to name a few.
The Movie Colony’s 170 homes are bordered by Tachevah Road on the North, Alejo Road on the South, Avenida Caballeros on the East and Indian Canyon on the West. The homes’ styles vary from cottages and bungalows to walled estates. It is such a kick to drive down the streets of The Movie Colony, putting yourself back in the mindset of the days when the stars roamed freely around our desert. Many of these historic homes have been preserved and upgraded, to keep the spirit of Hollywood alive . . . and that they have.
Come take a drive around The Movie Colony in Palm Springs and experience the mystique of old Hollywood for yourself !!!