A mid-century Palm Springs home once owned by “King of Cool” Steve McQueen has come on the market for $1.495 million.
Life magazine photographer John Dominis captured McQueen here in 1963.
Bult in 1960 by the Alexander Construction Co. and designed by architects Dan Palmer and William Krisel, this house in the Racquet Club Estates neighborhood has undergone a redo since the movie star’s time, “but you can still see exactly where he was photographed,” said Robert Kalin of Keller Williams Luxury Homes, the listing agent.
The all-white interior features four bedrooms, three bathrooms and 1,850 square feet of living space.
There’s an open kitchen outfitted with vintage Pierre Cardin cabinetry and a commercial-grade stove. An elevated fireplace anchors the living area.
Multiple floor-to-ceiling glass doors slide away to connect with the open floor plan with the outdoors.
The near quarter-acre grounds boast an oversized swimming pool shaped like Mickey Mouse’s head. Original patio furniture originally used by the actor still graces the poolside.
Mature olive and citrus trees thrive in the yard, which Kalin said remains virtually unchanged from when McQueen owned it.
Property records show the seller, who paid $400,000 for the house in 2004, is only the third owner.
“The connection to Steve McQueen is a big plus,” Kalin said. “The bragging rights and the numerous William Claxton photos of McQueen and guests (displayed) in the home add richness to the history.”
McQueen’s portrayal of the antihero made him a big box-office draw in the 1960s and ’70s. His body of work includes “The Magnificent Seven” (1960), “The Great Escape” (1963) and “Bullitt” (1968). He drew acclaim for “Papillion” (1973) and “The Towering Inferno” (1974). He was also a longtime car and motorcycle collector.
In 1979, the actor was diagnosed with cancer. He died in 1980 at 50 after undergoing experimental surgery in Mexico.
Source: Orange County Register