A History of Stars
Desert Hot Springs' history is rich with movie star and celebrity visitors. Some came to hide out, some to help out, others to hang out in a place where they were accepted and allowed to be themselves. Some stayed and became residents.
Marilyn Monroe came to hide out and rest. It was in 1962, the same year her tragic and enigmatic death stunned the country. Clark Gable, Chuck Connors, President Dwight D. Eisenhower and his wife, Mamie, devoted time to Angel View Crippled Children's Foundation.
In the late 1920's, mystery writer, Earl Stanley Gardner, was one of the first to purchase desert land with medicinal hot water just north of Palm Springs. He was quickly followed by Lucien Hubbard, film company producer, who developed the famous B-H Dude Ranch. From the 1930's through the 1950's, movie stars and business executives flocked to the ranch for the serenity of the desert and to play at being a cowboy. On Saturday nights Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, Frank Sinatra, Joan Crawford, Rita Hayworth or Mary Pickford could be seen enjoying the western barbecue or relaxing on a midnight hayride. Business tycoons frequently seen were Bernard Baruch, Walt Disney, Darryl Zanuck and Jack Krinder, owner of the famous 21 Club in New York City.
Two Bunch Palms Resort and Spa celebrated its 75th year in 2015. It has hosted the Rolling Stones, Barbara Streisand, Ozzy Osborne, Robert Altman, Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. and some say Al Capone. Known for guarding the privacy of its clientele, even more intriguing are the myriad guests whose names have never been made public.
John Travolta in jeans and t-shirt was a common sight in the 1970's before he got his first TV role. After he became famous, he returned to put on a Hollywood stage show to help the local grade school. Matt Damon, Ben Affleck and Stockard Channing are current stars often seen at the We Care Spa.
The first woman to win an Academy Award, Janet Gaynor, chose to live in Desert Hot Springs, as did producer, Paul Gregory, and Paul Krassner, satirist of the counter-culture movement. Architect, John Lautner, built his first commission in Desert Hot Springs. The beautifully renovated, Hotel Lautner is popular with architects, Europeans and those who appreciate great architecture.
This partial list of celebrities is but a sampling of those people who could have lived or vacationed anywhere, but who chose Desert Hot Springs as their destination and have enriched the history of this desert town.
About CT Properties Home Builder
It takes vision, conceptual thinking and experience to create a new home. The team behind Vista Palms offers next-level ideas, and vast amount of experience and skill to create homes and communities that create and define lifestyle…the lifestyle you want to lead.
It all starts with a rich history in the areas of real estate, land development and homebuilding made up by one of the homebuilding industry's best known builders that showcased his abilities to bring Vista Palms to life.
Veteran homebuilder Chris Canaday of CT Properties has over 30 years of homebuilding experience and has built more than 2,000 homes in Southern California. His commitment to his craft as a master homebuilder has kept his company at the forefront of homebuilding and has helped the company enjoy a long and prestigious history.
This dedication to bringing buyers a collection of homes with creative and well-executed floor plans, distinctive architectural treatments, innovative features, and top-quality construction has become a trademark for CT Properties. Welcome to your new home in the picturesque and serene city of Desert Hot Springs.