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Bob Hope’s huge and famous hill-top house is located in Palm Springs Southridge mountain area, overlooking Palm Springs. The nearly 18,000 sq ft (add nearly 5k more sq ft for terraces and outdoor living space) John Lautner-designed Bob and Dolores Hope Residence (1973) — situated close to the also Lautner-designed Elrod Residence in Palm Springs — features a massive undulating triangular roof, pierced by a large circular central light shaft, six bedrooms and 12 bathrooms.
See interior photos here.
Mr. Hope died in 2003 at the age of 100; Mrs. Hope died in 2011 at 102. Thus, Hope’s architectural treasure was placed on the market in late February 2013 for $50 million.
In addition to the bedrooms and numerous bathrooms, plus the spacious living and dining rooms, the massive residence also features a spa, which houses a pool, a hot tub and an exercise area. Outdoor spaces include a pool, pond, tennis court, putting green, and outdoor terrace with massive fireplace. The modernist structure is built of concrete and glass, with an undulating copper roof that rises to an open circle at its center.
The original ’73 house was destroyed by fire during construction. Bob and Dolores Hope interfered extensively in the second design, with the result that Lautner eventually distanced himself from the project. Although not well-known and rarely available for public viewing (this modern masterpiece is located within a gated community) it is one of the largest and most visually striking of Lautner’s domestic designs. The estate dominates a corner lot with sweeping views of the entire Coachella Valley. No pictures of the home’s interior have ever been published since the Hopes moved in (1979).
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. It can accommodate as many as 300 guests for dinner under an enormous covered terrace.
Each January for many years, the family threw a huge dinner party to mark the end of the Bob Hope Classic golf tournament, now called the Humana Challenge. “That was sort of a highlight of the desert social calendar,” said Linda Hope, a daughter of the couple.
A big buffet would be laid out on the terraced patio, including Mrs. Hope’s famous antipasto salad, which she insisted on mixing herself, adding the vinegar and oil by eye. A clear tent was put up on part of the terrace to keep out the cold while still allowing guests to take in the spectacular nighttime view. “The whole desert was at your feet,” Linda Hope said.
Lautner’s Architectural Plan For The Hope Residence
Stunning Black & White Architectural Highlights
The Hope Estate – Toluca Lake
In addition to their desert getaway the Hope’s also maintained a five-plus acre spread in the Toluca Lake area of Los Angeles with a 14,876 square foot main house and several additional outbuildings joined by various driveways and parking areas.