A Palm Springs home originally built for Hollywood tycoon Jack Warner, co-founder of Warner Bros., is selling for $3.495 million.
The seven-bedroom property is located in Old Las Palmas, a historic neighborhood whose residents have included Samuel Goldwyn, Clark Gable, Carol Lombard, Kirk Douglas, Lucille Ball and Liberace.
The home’s interior designer was onetime silent film star William “Billy” Haines, who created grandiose spaces for Sunnylands, Walter and Leonore Annenberg’s famed, 200-acre winter home in Rancho Mirage that became a gathering spot for world leaders.
Built in 1958, the Warner property underwent a $1 million, two-year renovation in 2010, restoring it to its original midcentury modern style. Many of the features were preserved, the agents say, including solid brass doorknobs, 200-year-old French wallpaper and a travertine fireplace.
The half-acre setting also offers guest quarters with two master suites and a wet bar fronting the large swimming pool.
Warner worked with his brother, Sam Warner, to acquire the technology for one of the film industry’s first talking pictures, The Jazz Singer, which opened in 1927.
In Jack Warner’s half-century in top roles at the studio, Warner Bros. released such movies as “Forty-Second Street,” “The Life of Emile Zola,” “The Adventures of Robin Hood,” “The Maltese Falcon,” “Casablanca,” “Giant,” “My Fair Lady” and “Bonnie and Clyde.” Jack Warner died in 1978 at 86.
Haines brought “urbane sophistication” to the Palm Springs area, a 2015 story in Palm Springs Life said, noting that he sidestepped any mass-market versions of midcentury modern. “The contemporary, cutting-edge architecture purchased by his lofty clientele brimmed with custom furnishings, fine French decor, Asian accents and great art,” it said.
Marc Lange and Carl Blea of Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty are the listing agents.