It’s not every day you come across a place with its own private funicular. But that’s not all that sets this Palm Springs property apart.
Located on a 73-acre parcel at the base of the San Jacinto Mountains in the Mesa neighborhood, the estate has been owned by actress Suzanne Somers and her husband, Alan Hamel, since the late 1970s. The multilevel property contains a main villa, built in 1925, as well as a couple of guesthouses, most notably a rock house designed by Albert Frey.
Per the listing, the compound offers eight bedrooms and 10 baths between its various structures. Features of the four-bedroom main house include a 5,000-bottle wine cellar, a “two-room chef’s kitchen with butler’s pantry,” and a formal dining room that seats 32. The home’s “furnishings and antiques from around the world” are included in the sale.
In addition to the funicular, the property’s grounds are enlivened by multiple waterfalls, ponds, and swimming pools, an outdoor dining pavilion, a covered bar, and an amphitheater carved from rock walls.
The property has popped up on the market a number of times in the last decade with asking prices diverging wildly between $35 and $12.5 million. It’s currently listed at $14.5 million.
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