Among the several houses I toured during Palm Springs Modernism Week was that of Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio. Unlike Frank Sinatra's very modern Twin Palms Estate, the Monroe-DiMaggio hideaway is rooted in a Spanish hacienda style. Most commonly known as the Sandacre Estate, this gorgeous property is surrounded by a towering hedge, creating a peaceful resort-like experience. This property was by far the most gorgeous on the tour - just as with Twin Palms, Sandacre can be rented for vacations, weddings and other events. Can you imagine a wedding here? To die for!
Behind the 15' wooden gates lies luxurious grounds that include a tennis court, pool, game room/pool house, large lawn, and of course, the beautiful Hacienda.
The Tennis Court and Lawn
Backside of the Pool House/Game Room
Marilyn's Room Balcony
Upon entering the home, you are greeted by a piano and swirling staircase, leading strictly to Marilyn's room.
Marilyn's private room is located up the spiral staircase in an octagonal tower on the opposite side of the other bedrooms. The room is small and cozy with a bathroom and a balcony looking out to the property and distant mountains.
To the right of the entrance is the living room. The living room is on the smaller side but has a large fireplace. I asked one of the curators on the tour what that arched cut out in the wall was -she thought it was wood storage but wasn't positive. Pretty handy if it is but it might be better if it was a wine cellar! To the left of the entrance is the dining room. The dining room is in the octagonal tower, below Marilyn's room. The guest bedrooms are strangely situated in the home. The first bedroom you come to is quite lovely with a reading area, fireplace and large bed. However (this is where the strange comes in), the second bedroom is located through the first. Think of it like two hotel rooms that are connected by a door.
The family room is adjacent to the kitchen (sorry I didn't get photos) and is my favorite space in the whole house, besides the outside grounds. The rounded fireplace, the series of arched window/doors that let in beautiful sunlight, the wood beams and the caramel leather ottoman are gorgeous and create so much warmth; I could live in this room forever.
On the other side of the back of the house, is the built in fireplace and BBQ. I just love that fireplace!