Liberace’s Home In Palm Springs?

July 12th, 2009 · 43 Comments

Ultra-tacky, over-the-top, gaudy, wacky, bizarre home in Palm Springs, California.  Built in 1965 and owned by someone with questionable taste.  You won’t believe your eyes.  [disclaimer:  this blog is not responsible for nightmares, flashbacks, or other mental trauma resulting from viewing these photos.]

Let’s first hang out at the wet bar/lounge.  It looks like an old casino.

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Family room with ugly couches and a full wall of mirrors.

tacky wacky over-the-top ugly bizarre crazy psychedelic bad décor Palm Springs home house

Original and now outdated kitchen.  Check out the velvet & wood window blinds!

tacky wacky over-the-top ugly bizarre crazy psychedelic bad décor Palm Springs home house

tacky wacky over-the-top ugly bizarre crazy psychedelic bad décor Palm Springs home house

One of several bedrooms with padded headboards.  Chartreuse is such a pretty color.

tacky wacky over-the-top ugly bizarre crazy psychedelic bad décor Palm Springs home house

The red room.  How many lines of coke were sniffed from that coffee table?

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Very unique candelabras flanking the fireplace.

tacky wacky over-the-top ugly bizarre crazy psychedelic bad décor Palm Springs home house

Everything’s red or orange.  It’s like a vampire hang-out.

tacky wacky over-the-top ugly bizarre crazy psychedelic bad décor Palm Springs home house

Gaudy bathroom with sunken Roman tub, pink carpet, pink velour wallpaper, & orange drapes.  Look how high the back is on the make-up chair!

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The formal dining room.

tacky wacky over-the-top ugly bizarre crazy psychedelic bad décor Palm Springs home house

A game room for playing poker?  Pink velour swivel chairs!  A scale on the table for weighing out pills and cocaine?

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A very pink vanity area for putting on make-up and perfume.  Chanel No. 5, anyone?

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And finally, another delightful bedroom.  Sweet dreams.

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43 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Melissa // Jul 12, 2009 at 11:27 am

    Wow. That’s a LOT of velvet. And that super-pink vanity looks like someone hosed it down with Pepto Bismol.

  • 2 WildCard45 // Jul 12, 2009 at 11:33 am

    Lol~ I was thinking the a great place to film Vampire movies!

  • 3 VWgal // Jul 12, 2009 at 4:10 pm

    omg I love it!

  • 4 Jigglypuff // Jul 12, 2009 at 4:26 pm

    Looks like a 1960s psychedelic partyhouse for college kids.

  • 5 jimmybeverage // Jul 12, 2009 at 5:02 pm

    I, personally sniffed about 40 lines off that coffee table.

  • 6 Dandeelioness // Jul 12, 2009 at 5:41 pm

    I would so rent that place out for a party- 60’s themed of course! As much as I could never live in a house like that, I am pretty impressed with how well everything in that house has been preserved over the years- guady or not, that 60’s furniture sure seems like it was made to last. And you have to wonder whether this “in” decor might have graced the pages of a home magazine 44 years ago.

  • 7 violet // Jul 12, 2009 at 7:31 pm

    OMG I love that velvet sectional. Have you ever been to lileks.com? look for the link to the grooviest hotel in wisconsin, the gobbler. You will love it.

  • 8 melbee // Jul 12, 2009 at 7:37 pm

    Funny how pristine it all is. I suppose crushed velvet disguises wear, but still, it looks “new.”

  • 9 shawnee // Jul 13, 2009 at 8:52 am

    The first blog posting on this site that made me scream out loud with EVERY photo! AH!

  • 10 Leif // Jul 13, 2009 at 10:08 am

    Violet, Thanks for mentioning the Gobbler.

    I found the direct lileks.com link for the Gobbler Hotel & supper club:
    http://www.lileks.com/institute/motel/index.html

    It’s fun to take a tour of the hotel rooms from that link. Crazy decor!

    I also found this blog that shows the Gobbler as it looked in 2008:
    http://gobblermotel.blogspot.com

  • 11 Joe in Indiana // Jul 13, 2009 at 12:30 pm

    MY EYES! OH, MY EYES, OH THE HUMANITY……..

  • 12 WildCard45 // Jul 13, 2009 at 4:23 pm

    Wild Baby~ Cool link…Thanks~

  • 13 El // Jul 14, 2009 at 8:45 am

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE IT! I’d buy it if the furnishings were included. I bet someone paid a lot for the furniture, back in the day…

  • 14 Glenda In Toronto // Jul 14, 2009 at 9:50 am

    It wasn’t a house - it was a bordello!

  • 15 laurie // Jul 14, 2009 at 10:11 am

    I LOVE IT. I would totally live there.

  • 16 e619 // Jul 22, 2009 at 7:50 pm

    I admire this, I really do. I mean, it’s obviously someone’s personal idea of luxury living. I’d rather die having built something like this than be boring and safe for the rest of my life.

  • 17 Denise // Aug 2, 2009 at 8:33 pm

    I SOOOOOOOOO Love this……this is awesome. It reminds me of a pinky Graceland…..I totally love it…

  • 18 LadyPac // Aug 28, 2009 at 7:49 pm

    Is this for sale? If so, what’s the asking price?

  • 19 Bronwyn // Oct 5, 2009 at 9:23 am

    Hi Lady Pac, yes, this house is for sale - my husband and I toured it not long ago and we hated it. Glad you like it. It does come with all the furniture, but the asking price is beyond outrageous - 3,000 sqft for $769,000. Not bad for LA (where we are from) but we just bought a house with the same sq ft for 380,000 in a nice neighborhood, only 10 years old with a pool and spa.

    If you want it, it’s listed here:

    http://www.californiamoves.com/property/propertydetails.aspx?propertyguid=f3b3cfa3-b9ca-4473-b05c-70366a25f88a&WT.MC_ID=201810000000000

  • 20 N. Lawrence // Nov 11, 2009 at 12:56 pm

    If there was a Hall-of-Fame for worst decor, this house would have to make it in the top three! I am old enough to recall the days of flocked foil wallpaper and crushed velvet upholstery, but never before have I seen photos that can top this!

  • 21 Dan M // Nov 11, 2009 at 7:03 pm

    This is what happens to design tastes when Quaaludes are involved. This would make a really good psa.

  • 22 Jodie // Nov 21, 2009 at 3:51 pm

    Honestly I love this place. Pink Crushed Velvet Swivel Chairs! Oooooooo yeah baby I’m totally into it.

  • 23 Reya // Dec 22, 2009 at 11:20 pm

    Oh, dear.

  • 24 David // Jan 15, 2010 at 2:21 pm

    Suddenly, I have this tremendous pain behind my eyeball!

  • 25 Chrissy // Apr 9, 2010 at 1:38 pm

    Oh dear LORD! It’s so tacky! It’s so ugly! It’s so ORANGE! I LOVE IT! I would kill your mom to own this.

  • 26 Gloob // May 6, 2010 at 1:39 pm

    Er…..there’s no such thing as “very unique”. Something is either unique or it isn’t.

  • 27 Six // May 27, 2010 at 12:06 pm

    lol.kool!

  • 28 Joeygoat // Jun 2, 2010 at 1:36 am

    I would pay full list price IF they left all the furniture house. I would even pay fair market value for the furniture, too. This is so over the top, but I LOVE it.

  • 29 Joeygoat // Jul 18, 2010 at 4:04 pm

    I would pay list price plus to get all the furniture too. I love it.

  • 30 jake // Jul 27, 2010 at 1:38 am

    I don’t see why people are doging this. I personal love the design of that house. If i was shitting gold bars i would buy it untouched, and i would live there til the day i died.

  • 31 Susan // Oct 27, 2010 at 6:34 pm

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  • 32 James // Jan 2, 2011 at 12:38 am

    I happen to own this house. Most of the photos are not from Liberace’s Palm Springs home. The article states the house was built in 1965. The house was actually built in 1930 and was an inn. Liberace moved in the house in 1966.

  • 33 Angie // Jul 22, 2011 at 1:53 pm

    Vampires would have better taste.

  • 34 bob // Aug 21, 2011 at 3:30 pm

    anyone have any pictures of outside lighting? like maybe the 4 lights on the drive? at least i think they were on the drive because i have them and i might sell them. if interested email backhoebozo@aol.com

  • 35 Jeff // Aug 26, 2011 at 10:22 am

    Very Beyond the Valley of the Dolls…..

  • 36 Gracie // Oct 19, 2011 at 11:14 am

    Hey, didn’t they use this place in “Clockwork Orange?” :)

  • 37 Four Facts: Morbid Curiosity « Exhibition Inquisition // Apr 15, 2012 at 1:26 pm

    […] The show’s website claims Morbid Curiosity is one of the Culture Center’s largest—with over five hundred works and artifacts.  Where’d all this gloom and doom (seriously its not actually that dark) come from? — From Chicago collector Richard Harris’s personal closet of skeletons.  Harris, is not one of those Harrises, and seems like a pretty kooky dude (I mean, obviously).  In the immortal words of Carrie Brandshaw “I couldn’t help but wonder” how does Harris display all this stuff in his house? Like how does he fit the huge bone chandelier in his breakfast nook? (With a Liberace-sized commitment to tackiness that’s how people.)  Anyways, here are your four facts. […]

  • 38 James // Aug 25, 2012 at 7:27 pm

    This is the first house on this blog I actually liked. I wouldn’t want to live in it, but it’s fun and over the top in a GOOD way.

  • 39 Defining function and flaws. | the indoor amateur // Sep 7, 2012 at 8:43 am

    […] So. Problems with this room? • There is almost no natural light. Short of knocking out a support wall or full mirror tiling (which I’m 100% not opposed to, but it’d break the rental-rule), there’s not much we can do to drag any more sunshine into this area. We only have the two windows downstairs – one in the front of the house, and one in the kitchen – so the dimness is something we’re going to have to work with, not against. […]

  • 40 Defining function and flaws. | le map // Jan 15, 2013 at 6:31 pm

    […] So. Problems with this room? • There is almost no natural light. Short of knocking out a support wall or full mirror tiling (which I’m 100% not opposed to, but it’d break the rental-rule), there’s not much we can do to drag any more sunshine into this area. We only have the two windows downstairs – one in the front of the house, and one in the kitchen – so the dimness is something we’re going to have to work with, not against. […]

  • 41 Prince // Apr 17, 2013 at 4:59 am

    1967 curled up and died in this house. They should be arrested for abusing velour, velvet, crimplene and gold lame.

  • 42 sharon m // Nov 1, 2013 at 10:36 am

    Understated, yet elegant décor. D:

  • 43 Veda Dalsette // Jun 12, 2014 at 8:50 pm

    I love this tacky, crappy Crushed Casa! It inspired me to write a picture story about it. http://vdbooks.com/blessed_event/be.htm

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