You Can Rent Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz’s Palm Springs Area Pad For $500 a Night
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You Can Rent Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz’s Palm Springs Area Pad For $500 a Night

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By Alia Akkam
The Hollywood comedy couple’s Indian Wells abode has been revamped and is ready to book.

Decades before Indian Wells became synonymous with the hordes of look-at-me Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival goers, this California desert retreat was the playground for one of Hollywood’s most famous couples, Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz. Now, it’s possible to inhabit the bygone world of these I Love Lucy stars and shack up in one of their former homes for $500 a night. 

The dreamy entrance to the one-story home in Indian Wells, California, that Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz once lived in tempts guests to announce, "Lucy, I'm home!"

The dreamy entrance to the one-story home in Indian Wells, California, that Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz once lived in tempts guests to announce, "Lucy, I'm home!"

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Ball and Arnaz’s real estate imprint on the region is vast. In 1957, they founded the still-in-operation boutique property Indian Wells Resort Hotel, across from the Indian Wells Golf Resort. Another one of their Palm Springs–area abodes, dubbed "The Lucy House," is hidden behind a 12-foot wall of ficus shrubs and features five bedrooms, hushed casitas, and a fire pit. 

Sky blue doors open onto the intimate dining table, accentuated by dramatic lighting.

Sky blue doors open onto the intimate dining table, accentuated by dramatic lighting.

Like that coveted hangout, this low-slung, 2,400-square-foot Indian Wells house is a desirable choice for travelers in search of accommodations with a colorful history. 

A stone fireplace adds warmth to the large living area.

A stone fireplace adds warmth to the large living area.

Gold poufs in the living area are among the home's post-renovation accents.

Gold poufs in the living area are among the home's post-renovation accents.

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Rented out for only seven-night stretches and accommodating up to six guests, the home was revamped in 2012, so nostalgic fans of the series shouldn’t expect an immaculately preserved time capsule. Still, its midcentury modern aura charms. 

The contemporary kitchen is stocked with stainless steel appliances.

The contemporary kitchen is stocked with stainless steel appliances.

Beyond the entry’s curtains and the sky blue double doors is the sprawling living and dining area, an open layout featuring a centerpiece stone fireplace and a crisp, blue-and-white color scheme that pops with red and gold. 

Bold wallpaper in the bathroom continues the home’s vibrant character.

Bold wallpaper in the bathroom continues the home’s vibrant character.

Underneath a chandelier of clustered globes, guests sit down at the dining table, views of the atmospheric backyard filling the sliding glass doors. 

One of the bedrooms sports a subdued, navy palette.

One of the bedrooms sports a subdued, navy palette.

Outdoor views brighten the bedrooms.

Outdoor views brighten the bedrooms.

One of the bedrooms, features a whimsical mix of blue and fuchsia.

One of the bedrooms, features a whimsical mix of blue and fuchsia.

Sleek, white cabinets line the kitchen; stainless-steel appliances and a massive, 48-foot refrigerator invite cooking. A curvaceous pool area and retro seating allow for alfresco meals, and one-too-many Piña Coladas at the swim-up bar. 

Plenty of lounge seating on the patio encourages lingering outdoors.

Plenty of lounge seating on the patio encourages lingering outdoors.

The curvaceous pool is the stand-out feature of the backyard.

The curvaceous pool is the stand-out feature of the backyard.