“Three’s Company” star Suzanne Somers is still hoping a buyer will knock on the door of her Palm Springs, CA, compound.
To encourage a sale, she’s slashed $1 million off the price of her desert retreat, which is now on sale for $8.5 million.
The gated property at the base of Mount San Jacinto has bounced on and off the market for years, and features five villas, with a total of seven bedrooms, 10 bathrooms, and 7,200 square feet.
The ageless actress first placed the home on the market in 2017, for $14.5 million. The next year, with no takers, she and her husband, Alan Hamel, tried the auction route, but later canceled the auction.
In 2019, the couple cut the price of their long-time desert oasis to $9.5 million. In 2020, with no buyer in sight, and the pandemic likely to compound the challenge of finding a buyer, the home came off the market.
A move to modernism
Given the multiple levels, stairs, and sprawling square footage to navigate on the desert compound, the couple decided to downsize to a more modern home nearby in 2019 for $2.35 million.
At the time of the deal, Somers was reportedly in no rush to leave for her new digs. Instead, she opted for a major renovation to their latest 1970s residence, which she estimated would take a year.
The “one of a kind” property they purchased in SouthRidge, a private, gated community, was designed by the iconic late interior designer Steve Chase.
Built in 1978, the place was a time capsule reflecting the custom homes of that era, with floor-to-ceiling windows and an open floor plan. The four-bedroom home also features a separate casita, pool, and spa that overlook Palm Springs.
“We will maintain the integrity of the Steve Chase design while updating,” Somers said at the time. “It’s a project I look forward to. It will take many months, which is good to give me time to leave my beloved paradise.”
Longtime desert compound
Somers has yet to leave her longtime home, which she has owned for close to 45 years. But after the latest price slice, a lucky buyer can now snag this cool compound for an even lower amount.
The multistructure property is anchored by a main house with an open living room, chef’s kitchen, and butler’s pantry, as well as a “secret” wine cellar for upward of 2,000 bottles.
The formal dining room with fireplace and wet bar can comfortably seat 32. The master suite features a private patio, outdoor shower, dressing area, dual closets, two home offices, and a safe room.
The guest suites have natural rock walls and authentic architectural elements.
Somers’ spread also includes the Rock House—designed by the celebrated modernist architect Albert Frey—which features a two-room suite with walls of glass, a fireplace, hand-carved Balinese garden doors, a clawfoot tub, rock shower, and meditation garden.
The grounds include a pool, spa, waterfall, a two-car carport, and two-car garage. The open parking has 15 additional spaces.
If Instagram is any guide, Somers, 73, has been spending some quality time on the grounds. She seems in no rush to give up her hillside habitat.
In the meantime, the self-help author and wellness entrepreneur has taken to broadcasting videos from her desert domicile, like this posting with her beloved outdoor tub in the background.
If you’re entranced by the decor in the compound, some of it may be up for grabs. The listing notes that the place could be made available either furnished or unfurnished.
Joshua Flagg with Rodeo Realty holds the listing.
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