A Palm Springs, Calif. estate where the late actress Bette Davis once lived has just sold to a family from Canada for $4,800,000.
The Los Angeles Times' Ruth Ryon on Sunday broke the story of the sale of the house at 784 N. Patencio Road in Palm Springs, which had been on the market for $5,195,000. Contrary to Ryon's report, however, public records show that the estate, which is known as Villa Santa Lucia, sold for $4,800,000 and not for $5 million.
Davis never actually owned the compound. Instead, she leased its guest house in the 1950s and 1960s.
Trying to flesh out the estate's precise details is a little difficult. Some listing information says the estate measures 4,861 square feet, while other listing information (and Ryon) says it's 6,000-square-feet-plus. Public records, meanwhile, state that the estate measures 3,710 square feet.
In addition, public records and Ryon report that the estate measures just over an acre, while public records state that it measures exactly three-quarters of an acre. In addition, Ryon reported that the estate was built in 1933, while public records state that it was constructed in 1934.
No matter what, the property clearly was significantly renovated in recent years. Features include a state-of-the-art kitchen, a theater, five bedrooms, six full baths, one quarter bath, dramatic beamed ceilings, seven original fireplaces, a tennis court, a guest house with a living room and a full kitchen, and a three-room casita featuring a bar/cantina, a gym, a Jacuzzi and a sauna, according to listing information. Other features include mountain views, a lush orchard, and a formal rose garden, according to listing information.
The buyers of the estate, known as the 'Boyce Family Trust,' hail from Calgary, Alberta, according to public records.
Check out an online listing sheet for the estate here.
Also, check out another online listing sheet -- with lots of photos -- here.