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RealtorAuthor Eric Meeks

RealtorAuthor Eric Meeks

Palm Springs, CA area Realtor and Author of Local History, mystery and horror novels.

LAWRENCE WELK - 730 East Paseo El Mirador, Palm Springs. Movie Colony Neighborhood. Big band leader and variety television show producer owned this 2,749sf, 3 bedroom, 3 bath, 1952 home till 1978. It has a pool and a 16,117sf lot. Welk was the creator of ballroom Champagne Music and was known for his corny German accent phrases like “Wunnerful, Wunnerful,” “Ah-one and a-two” and “Pee (be) on your toes.”

CINDY WILLIAMS - 1155 Los Robles Drive, Palm Springs. Las Palmas Neighborhood. Shirley, of Laverne & Shirley fame owned this home from 1983-2003. It was built in 1979 with 2 bedrooms 3 baths, 2,901sf and a pool on a 10,019sf lot. L&S ended in 1983, during the following 20 years she was a guest star of TV shows: Steel Magnolias, Touched by an Angel, Seventh Heaven, Law and Order:SVU, and many more.

CHARLES WINNINGER - 1580 East Mesquite Avenue, Palm Springs. Deepwell Neighborhood. Actor of 77 roles from 1915-60 including: State Fair (1945), Science Fiction Theatre (1955), more, retired here prior to his death in Palm Springs in 1969. His widow Gertrude Walker lived here writing mystery novels till her death in 1995. The 4 bedroom, 3 bath, 2,569sf, 1948 home sits on a 10,454sf lot with a pool.

BARRY MANILOW - 470 West Vista Chino, Palm Springs. Las Palmas Neighborhood. Designed by Richard Neutra, built in 1946 and called “The Kaufmann House.” Singer and songwriter Manilow owned this 4 bedroom, 2 bath, 3,162sf home with a huge pool and a tennis court from the 1970's till 1993.

MARILYN MONROE - 1326 North Rose Avenue, Palm Springs. Las Palmas Neighborhood. Reports of Marilyn Monroe renting this 4 bedroom, 3 bath, 2,978sf, 1961 home are unverified, yet feel true. Celebrity Tour operators have been claiming this home as hers since it's earliest days.

Carole Lombard & Clark Gable - 222 West Chino Drive, Palm Springs. as Palmas Neighborhood. Three stories of these silver screen legends surround this 3 bed 4 bath 3,301sf home, built in 1925 on a 26,136sf lot with a pool. One: it was owned by the couple during their married years of 1939-1942 and another is that Gable rented this home and then moved to Bermuda Dunes CC just before his death in 1960. No evidence to support either story has yet been found. Also, Kay Spreckles Gable , former wife…

JANET LEIGH & TONY CURTIS - 641 North Camino Real, Palm Canyon, Palm Springs. Movie Colony Neighborhood. Couple bought this 4 bed, 4 bath home, named "Camp Curtis," brand new in in 1960 for $46,000. It has 3,204sf of space and apool on a 13,504sf lot. They are shown here with daughters Kelly and Jamie Lee who shared the home with Curtis & Lee until they divorced in 1962. Leigh sold it 2 years later

HEDY LAMARR - 1232 East El Alameda, Palm Springs. Movie Colony East. Rumors that this Austrian-born actress Hedy Lamarr's house could not be verified.

Ava Gardner - 1148 East Alejo Road, Palm Springs. Movie Colony East. Ava Gardner lived in this home along with Frank Sinatra, after she broke up his marriage to Nancy Barbato. Ava met Frank at the Chi Chi Club downtown PS during a switch partners call by the emcee. The house was built in 1947 and designed by E. Stewart Williams. It has 4 bed, 5 bath, 3,617sf, and a pool on a 35,017sf lot.

BARRY MANILOW - 470 West Vista Chino, Palm Springs. Las Palmas Neighborhood. Designed by Richard Neutra, built in 1946 and called “The Kaufmann House.” Singer and songwriter Manilow owned this 4 bedroom, 2 bath, 3,162sf home with a huge pool and a tennis court from the 1970's till 1993.

Zsa Zsa Gabor's first Palm Springs home. Later she moved to Deepwell in South Palm Springs.

Steve McQueen's first Palm Springs home. He later upgraded to Southridge.

Greta Garbo's Palm Springs residence. All that remains is the foundation of the home.

One of Debbie Reynolds Palm Springs residences. She had several.

Sonny Bono's Palm Springs restaurant

The Palm Springs home of radio disc Jockey Alan Freed who invented the phrase "Rock and Roll."