I admit that I am starstruck—totally obsessed with the history and people of Hollywood. When my husband and I moved to Palm Springs, California, I found myself in heaven amid the legendary stories of old Hollywood that envelope this small city, and I spent hours immersing myself in them.
This desert oasis was not only the place for the gods of the silver screen to escape from the glitz and glamor of Tinsle Town, but it was also the haven they sought to be like regular people and indulge in their private lives behind closed doors.
Their torrid affairs and gay liaisons were far from the prying eyes of the paparazzi or other media, which plagued those with stardom. Most had their homes built with large walls and gates 20 to 30 feet high, assuring complete privacy and seclusion, and it was an unwritten rule that no one asked them for their autographs or bothered them for pictures. Perhaps this is why so many came to this desert playground.
Warner Brothers Estate
When we first walked through the neighborhoods of Palm Springs, we were a little taken back by this gated community and wondered how anyone could know their neighbor. I grew up in a neighborhood where you knew the people next door and across the street, even their dogs, and we wouldn’t hesitate to yell out the window to ask if their kids wanted to come over and play.
In Palm Springs, however, its long streets appear dark and secluded by the high walls of bushes and brick, and strings of palm trees.
On one of our usual walks one day, my husband and I began to notice that there was a distinct difference in most of the homes: the doors and gates themselves. It was as though we were given a small glimpse into the lives that resided behind them, reflecting their personalities, taste in architecture and financial status. Some doors and gates are large and stately, while others are simple yet elegant in their own way.
However, they all show great thought in their making, from wood to steel to glass, and their unique features only increase the intrigue of the house, its residents and its history.
Tammy Faye Bakker Messner’s House. She was an American Christian singer, evangelist, entrepreneur, author, talk show host, and television personality.
Cary Grant’s House. He was an English stage and Hollywood film actor who became an American citizen in 1942. Known for his transatlantic accent, debonair demeanor and “dashing good looks”.
Frederick Loewe’s House, was an Austrian-American composer. He collaborated with lyricist Alan Jay Lerner on a series of Broadway musicals, including the long-running My Fair Lady and Camelot
Liberace’s House, was an American pianist and entertainer.
This is the gate to our home in Palm Springs. 🙂
Here is a slide show of all the 64 beautiful gates and doors. Tell us what you think!
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Palm Springs is indeed a terrific place and this article does more than justice to it.
Amazing collection of doors and gates. They are so unique and beautiful. I wonder who lives behind those gates?
Marc and Christina: A very interesting article and photos. Did you take the pictures?
Yes, we did. We took all those pictures. 🙂
Great gates and doors. Such a neat idea you had. I love them. I may have to go see them by myself. Thanks for sharing. Awesome 🙂
Great idea for an article–very unique. Thanks for adding in your gate, too.
Those are amazing. Wonder who lived/lives behind those beautiful doors?
I love them all……beautiful
Beautiful doorways! Love Palm Springs!
What an amazing variety of doorways and gates! Reminds us a little of all the different styles of carved doors we saw in Stone Town, Zanzibar.
I am glad you like the collection and we had so much fun finding those gates and doors and deciding what to include. There are so many! 🙂
I lived in Palm Springs for almost 20 years and due to my families job, I have been able to see all these doors/gates in person and I still remember where most of them are. Thank you for sharing these wonderful pictures.
You are very welcome. I am glad you liked it. Thanks for sharing. 🙂
WHAT a great piece this is. Should be a book! Gorgeous and intriguing. Must be Las Palmas. Now I think when I walk the dogs in my Deepwell neighborhood I need to pay closer attention, although most of the homes are not walled.
Thank you Jane for the comment. Pictures are from Las Palmas and the Movie colony areas. We had to keep looking for few days to find the most interesting ones. Thank you again for the share. 🙂