An Iconic Old Hollywood Hang in Palm Springs Relists for $1.4M

An Iconic Old Hollywood Hang in Palm Springs Relists for $1.4M

By Kathryn M.
Known as the Tea Dance House, this midcentury abode includes a baby grand piano that Rat Pack member Dean Martin used to serenade guests.

A favorite hangout of legendary singer and comedian Dean Martin is once again back on the market in Palm Springs. Built in 1954, the classic midcentury home was both an entertaining hub for Old Hollywood stars and a family escape for Martin and his wife, Jeanne, who were friends of the home's original owners. It was here the two couples often hosted Sunday afternoon 'tea dances,' with Martin spending much of his time at these events singing for guests and friends.

The midcentury home is located at 447 West Mariscal Road in the Little Tuscany area of Palm Springs. Pavers scattered across a graveled landscape connect the main entrance with a small patio in the front yard.

Known as the "Tea Dance House" in Martin's era, the 2,800-square-foot residence retains pieces of its iconic past, even after trading hands several times over the years. Most notably, the pearly white baby grand piano that Martin gifted his owner friends remains in the home today. Other finishes in and around the property have been modernized since Martin's last visit, yet the home's readiness for entertaining is still apparent.

Anchored by a corner fireplace and wrap-around windows, a spacious seating area is one of many spaces for guests to schmooze. Terrazzo floors run throughout the living room, dining room, and kitchen.

The whitewashed interior provides a backdrop for the home's current furnishings of contemporary artwork and classic pieces by the 20th-century designers Milo Baughman and Mies Van der Rohe. First put up for sale in 2018 with a price tag of $1.8M, the original listing also included much of the furniture and Martin's baby grand piano. However, now re-listed for $1.4M, these pieces are up for negotiation. Keep scrolling to see more of this historic Palm Springs property.

The baby grand piano that Martin purchased for the home still sits in a corner of the living room. Martin would often serenade party guests from this spot, and reportedly, Barry Manilow also took a turn during his visits.

The living room connects with an atrium-like sunroom. The crisp white walls draw the eye out to the lush backyard.

A wall of windows and sliding glass doors connect the interior with a poolside patio.

Flowing from the sunroom and living room is a formal dining space. 

A separate bar is perfectly situated in the middle of the entertaining space and flows into the chef's kitchen.

The spacious kitchen takes on a more muted and contrasting color scheme. A central island is surrounded by high-end appliances.

One of three bedrooms, this one offers direct access to the front patio via large sliding doors.

The master bathroom offers double sinks and an expansive double shower.

Another bedroom is located just off of the living room.

A second bathroom is decked out in sparkling red tile and a mirrored vanity.

The backyard pool offers an inviting spot to relax beneath palm trees and views of the surrounding San Jacinto Mountains.

The Tea Dance House, located at 447 West Mariscal Road in Palm Springs, California, is currently listed for $1,395,000 by Tony Bañuelos of Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty.

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