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Bob and Dolores Hope's Estate
Palm Springs California
Asking Price: $50 Million
The California desert resort city of Palm Springs is famous for its drool-worthy modernist architecture, but legendary actor Bob Hope’s 23,000-square-foot estate has always stood out from the pack when it comes to unique aesthetic and wild design. The six-bedroom, 10-bathroom lair – designed by legendary architect John Lautner – officially hit the market for a whopping $50 million last week. The look of the home (nestled on a hillside that you can actually hike up if you’re planning a visit to the area) – has been likened to a mushroom, but Lautner actually desinged the roofline to resemble a volcano. The estate features amazing views of the surrounding Coachella Valley, a boulder that juts into the living room, pool, hot tub, outdoor putting green, and a covered terrace that can seat 300 (yes 300) for dinner. Lautner first designed the house in 1973, but after the initial frame of the home was completed, it burned to the ground in a construction fire. The glass, steel, and concrete mansion was finally completed in 1980, but Hope’s wife, Dolores, had reportedly made so many changes to the interior plans of the structure that Lautner distanced himself from the project. Dolores died in 2011 at age 102, while Bob had passed away eight years earlier, when he was 100.

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