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