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A Spanish Colonial estate well-known among Hollywood film followers has come on the real estate market in Palm Springs’ coveted Old Las Palmas neighborhood for nearly $2.2 million.
It was the home of Clark Gable, the heartthrob in “Gone With the Wind,” and the American film actress he married in 1939, Carole Lombard.
Restored to its glory days, the Gable-Lombard House near O’Donnell Golf Club is still in the hands of a Hollywood luminary: film producer Joel Douglas, the younger brother of actor Michael Douglas and son to mid-century movie idol Kirk Douglas.
The Douglas family calls the estate Casa Del Corazon.
“It’s a beautiful home with a rich history and a wonderful feel,” Realtor Gregg Fletcher said of the rose-colored gem at 222 W. Chino Drive.
Fletcher calls the home one of the finest historic properties he has represented in the Palm Springs market.
“It’s got provenance,” he said. “There’s real pride of ownership in this house.”
To Joel Douglas, a co-producer of the 1980s action-adventure rom-com “Romancing the Stone” and its sequel, “The Jewel of the Nile,” Casa Del Corazon lives up to its name: “It is the House of the Heart,” he said.
“It’s been a grand old home that’s worthy of attention,” Douglas said.
The half-acre estate, laden with banana plants, decades-old palm trees, rosebushes and flowering vines, looks like a set from a Hollywood movie in the Golden Age. The home has unique details, from its weather vane to the mission bell in a portico near an iron gate.
The four-bedroom home, filled with movie posters, pictures of celebrities and fine artwork, is open and bright and has been restored such that it retains its architectural design elements.