Sundance to Tea Dance: movie star homes you can buy

Robert Redford’s Napa Valley estate and a Palm Springs haunt of Dean Martin are on the market

By Mark Colson 03/12/2018

For Hollywood buffs there are perhaps few greater aspirations than to live in a home once occupied by a movie legend. Celebrity real estate site TopTenRealEstateDeals.com reports that properties currently and formerly owned by two of tinseltown’s most revered leading men – Robert Redford, and the late Dean Martin – are currently for sale.

Redford, now 82, has for decades had his primary residence in Utah. However, with artist wife Sibylle Szaggars, 14 years ago Redford purchased a home in California’s Napa Valley, in a very private setting amid four hectares of bushland and threaded with walking paths.


Danza Del Sol Photo: Courtesy of Open Homes Photography

According to TopTenRealEstateDeals.com, the compound, named Danza Del Sol, “includes the main house, a 90-square-foot (8.5-square-metre) artist studio/guest house and two large garages. The 5,200-square-foot (483-square-metre) main house is modest by film mogul standards with three bedrooms, four bathrooms, a large great room, den, library-office, sunny white kitchen and formal dining room. Multiple wood-burning fireplaces exist throughout the home. The quaint studio/guest house has a huge open space filled with light from a wall of French doors and double garage door that rise high into the vaulted ceiling.”


Danza Del Sol Photo credit: Open Homes Photography


Danza Del Sol Photo credit: Open Homes Photography

Complete also with terraces, a swimming pool, spa and outdoor dining areas, Danza Del Sol is currently listed for US$7.5 million (around $10.4 million) through the listing agent, Steven Mavromihalis of Pacific Union International, San Francisco.


Tea Dance House

Rat-pack member Dean Martin’s on-screen image was that of a martini-mellowed charmer, a talented singer and actor who often played the “straight man” to the brilliant comedian Jerry Lewis. It’s said that behind the persona, Martin was a devoted husband to Jeanne and enjoyed nothing more than escaping Hollywood and Las Vegas for to visit non-showbiz friends in Palm Springs. To one set of friends, Martin gifted a white baby grand piano, enabling the multi-talented entertainer to play and sing at Sunday afternoon “tea dances.”


Tea Dance House

That friends’ home – though its celebrity link is less direct than the Redfords’ estate – is now also listed for sale, at a more modest US$1.8 million (around $2.5 million). The 217-square-metre, three-bedroom home, on a 1000-square-metre block, enjoys views of the San Jacinto Mountains, and is being offered complete with many designer furnishings from such as Milo Baughman and Mies van der Rohe. Perhaps most important, though, is the same baby grand whose ivories were tickled by the King of Cool himself.


Tea Dance House

The “Tea Dance House” is listed by Brandi Pratt of The Agency, Beverly Hills.

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