What better way to watch the stars than in a home with celebrity status? Usher in awards season with a friends’ trip to Palm Springs and watch the Oscars together in style. The awards air on a Sunday night, giving you just the right opportunity to enjoy a long weekend in a destination that’s frequented by the famed. Make up some batches of gourmet popcorn, try out new cocktail recipes and root for your favorite stars while you kick back, relax and catch up with each other.
Here are five celebrity homes perfect for a viewing party:
Hollywood Celebrity Estate
The name says it all. Formerly “The Harpo Marx Estate,” this lavish desert homestead belonged to the legendary film and stage performer himself. Entertain the whole crew in style with the home’s massive wet bar, commercial-grade kitchen, wine room, 50-inch plasma TV and walls of glass that showcase views of the private oasis.
This rare 1934 home is steeped in Hollywood history, known for decades as The Betty Boop House and once part of the famed Darryl Zanuck Estate. Located in the Movie Colony neighborhood, it’s one block from Palm Springs’ Uptown Design District, so you can hit the boutiques and galleries before show time. The home also features a media room with an HD projector TV so you can watch the awards on an eight-foot retractable screen.
Sonny and Cher Estate (Villa Carmelita)
Originally owned by film star Joseph Cotton, this sprawling, private home served as a retreat to countless Hollywood luminaries like Natalie Wood, Lloyd Bridges, Robert Taylor and more – it was even a love nest for Sonny and Cher! Aside from its gourmet kitchen and luxe living room with a 55-inch flat-screen TV, the home has serious star power. Two streets over is the Barry Manilow mansion and nearby is a huge compound owned by Suzanne Sommers.
Frederick Loewe Estate
Bring everyone’s families along to this three-acre Old Hollywood estate that offers plenty of entertainment to go around. Formerly owned by Frederick Loewe and frequently visited by Golden Age Stars, the home itself made Time Magazine’s November 14, 1960 cover story. Enjoy the tennis court, grotto style spa, pool and fire pit, then gather around the 50-inch TV in the family room for red carpet fun.
The Villa Grand (Palm Springs Celebrity Estate)
The former home of Jackie O’s stepdaughter, heiress Christina Onassis, this vacation villa is a destination in itself. Before the awards kick off, take a lap in the 80-foot long heated pool, hit the sauna, or lounge in the indoor tiki bar. Extra bonus? The home has a citrus grove with tangerines, lemons and grapefruits perfect for infusing award time cocktails.