Formerly a citrus grove, the land was acquired, subdivided and developed in the mid 1920s by Prescott Stevens. Today, Old Las Palmas boasts the largest number of former (and current) celebrity homes in Palm Springs. The curvilinear street layout was inspired by the work of Frederick Law Olmsted. Allah Hicks was one of the first builders in the area.
Within Old Las Palmas boundaries, there are approximately 290 homes, three apartment buildings, 22 commercial properties, one church and a Jewish Community Center. Old Las Palmas is within walking distance to downtown Palm Springs and offers great opportunities for walking tours detailing the areas architectural and historical relevance.
Celebrities who have lived in Old Las Palmas include Goldie Hawn & Kurt Russell, Lily Tomlin, Dinah Shore, Lucille Ball & Desi Arnez, Elizabeth Taylor & Mike Todd, Liberace, Red Skelton, Donna Reed, Debbie Reynolds, Mary Martin, Kirk Douglas, Ann Miller, Edgar Bergen, Rona Barrett, William Powell, Alan Ladd, Lena Horne, Jack Warner, Samuel Goldwyn, Edward G. Robinson, Clarke Gable, Gene Autry, Jack Warner and many others. Even currently, Leonardo DiCaprio calls this community home from time to time being a property owner and part-time resident.
Old Las Palmas has always has always been recognized as one of the premier neighborhoods of Palm Springs. With many of the older estates and homes being updated and enhanced, Old Las Palmas will continue to be viewed as a desirable and prestigious neighborhood. Full-time residents consider it a privilege to live in such a special place; they have an active neighborhood organization to protect and preserve its heritage.