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House of the Week: Bob Hope’s Iconic Lautner Home for Sale

Erika Riggs
March 6, 2013
Bob and Delores Hope. Source: Hope Family
Bob and Delores Hope. Source: Hope Family

Bob and Dolores Hope. Source: Hope Family

Bob Hope owned a collection of homes in Palm Springs and the L.A. area, and two have already hit the market — both snagging buyers within a month of listing. But the real prize of Hope’s homes is the John Lautner-designed property, an architectural treasure that hit the market in late February for $50 million.

Architect John Lautner was well-known for his dramatic designs, and his biggest piece was a custom home for Bob and Dolores Hope. Perched in the private neighborhood of Southridge, the estate dominates a corner lot with sweeping views of the entire Coachella Valley.

Hope’s 23,366-square-foot home was designed in 1973 by Lautner to resemble a volcano. The modernist structure is built of concrete and glass, with an undulating copper roof that rises to an open semi-circle at its center.

The home was used primarily as a second residence for the Hope family and was the place where they entertained most often, inviting friends such as Tony Bennett and Glen Campbell to enjoy the views from the house.

Listed by Ann Eysenring of Partners Trust in Beverly Hills along with Patrick Jordan and Stewart Smith of Windermere Real Estate in Palm Springs, the home has 6 bedrooms and 12 baths. Outdoor spaces include a pool, pond, tennis court and outdoor fireplace.

The Lautner home is just the latest of the Hope estates to be listed; the final property, a custom home in Toluca Lake, Los Angeles used by the Hopes as their primary residence, has yet to be listed.

See the home’s e-brochure.