Actress Suzanne Somers and her TV-host husband, Alan Hamel, are one of those rare married couples who know what it’s like to live every day like it was Valentine’s Day. If environment counts, their romantic Palm Springs home might have a lot to do with it. With impeccable and elegant good taste, Suzanne has created a love nest that is voluptuous, tactile and out-and-out sexy.
Suzanne and Alan have created an earthy, and at the same time, glamorous estate which is now back on the market. Modeled after L’oustau De Baumaniere in Provence, France, the compound is on 73 acres and set into the side of a craggy mountainside above the valley in Mesa Canyon. The couple combined their love of nature and elegance by bringing out the best in both with their use of contrast. Crystal chandeliers twinkle against natural rock and reclaimed wood – rough against smooth, soft against hard. Adding even more intrigue, access is via a private funicular, a golf cart or a hillside of stone steps – but no cars. There are five buildings to explore with 8,826 square feet of living space between the pavilions. One houses the master suite, another the dining and living room, a separate two-room kitchen and wine cellar and an elegant stone guest house designed in the 1920s by Albert Frey. There is also an outdoor amphitheater carved into the mountain that seats 50, meditation garden, dance floor, pool, spa, hiking trails and natural waterfall that spills musically down the hillside into a pond. Much of the home’s furnishings collected by Suzanne and Alan in their world travels are included in the sale. Scott Lyle of Teles Properties is the listing agent.
Suzanne Somers and Alan Hamel have re-listed their ultra romantic, private Palm Springs retreat on 73 acres with eight bedrooms and eleven baths, asking $14.5 million. Was first listed in 2008 at $35 million.
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