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Suzanne Somers' Palm Springs compound going to auction

• Jan 11, 2018 at 4:54 PM

PALM SPRINGS, Calif. — Their romantic 73-acre Palm Springs compound nestled in the rocky hills overlooking the mountains and city has been a 40-year project of love for Suzanne Somers and husband Alan Hamel.

One of California’s most unique homes, almost every nook and cranny from rock-walled interiors with their crystal chandeliers to the multiple outdoor living spaces shaded by palms and blooming bougainvillea have been part of the couple’s rare celebrity romance that has thrived since 1977.

Back in 2008 and not getting any younger, Suzanne and Alan decided to come down from their mountain and build a home on flat land with faster access to necessary city amenities. Though it seemed that a buyer would have quickly grabbed the opportunity to own it, their home did not sell. Now, ten years later, the property is going to a no reserve auction via Concierge Auctions on Jan. 31.

Previously asking $14.5 million, it was first listed in 2008 at $35 million.

The first clue that the home is unique is that access is via a private funicular, a golf cart or a hillside of stone steps with no cars needed. There are five buildings to explore with 7,281 square feet of living space in all. 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. With a total of eight bedrooms and eleven baths, there is an abundance of space for family and friends. 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 auction.

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