“Dean Martin’s Tea Dance House”
Dean Martin, who would have turned 100 last year, was a singer, comedian, actor and Rat Pack partier with pals Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Joey Bishop and Peter Lawford.
In reality, Dean was more of a family man than he was given credit for, considering his stage persona as a tipsy skirt chaser.
He was a teetotaller and early to bed when he wasn’t working the Las Vegas nightclubs.
Dean and his wife, Jeanne, had many friends outside of the Rat Pack clan including close friends in Palm Springs who they would visit often, enjoying a complete break from show business.
The friends’ house was a classic Palm Springs mid-century modern home spaciously designed for entertaining. Martin gifted them a white baby grand piano so he could play and sing for their guests at Sunday afternoon tea dances, which he and his wife hosted.
The house, including the original baby grand is now for sale, asking $1.8 million.
Cloaked in walled privacy and thick vegetation around its circumference but still with commanding views of the San Jacinto Mountains, the home is sited on over a quarter-acre lot, 2,342 square feet, three bedrooms and three baths.
Crisp white walls beg for the display of an art collection and terrazzo floors throughout guarantee a low maintenance lifestyle.
Floor-to-ceiling glass walls traverse the back of the house, an angular fireplace can be viewed from the dining and living areas and the large eat-in kitchen is filled with high-end appliances.
Furnishings, almost all of which are included in the sale, include top designers of the 20th century such as Milo Baughman and Miles Van der Rohe.
Dean Martin’s favorite weekend family hangout, The Tea Dance House, is now for sale, including the storied piano and most of the classic furnishings.
Priced at $1.8 million, the home is listed by Brandi Pratt of The Agency, Beverly Hills.