Sunnylands has the most incredible views of the Rancho Mirage lush desert oasis to the snow capped mountains.
The grounds are open the public at anytime.
The tour is virtually impossible to book. You must be logged into the site at 859am the 1st and 15th of every month to purchase tickets for 16-30 days in advance.
By 901am it is sold out.
TRICK. get one ticket on the 10 am and one on the 1015 and meet your partner in the center.
The grounds and views are incredible. The over the top terrible decor and interior design violate the mid century modern design of the home and grounds. The history of wealth and power and politics of the 60s 70s 80s and 90s becomes an interesting back story to the history of this family.
The original small fortune of the Annenberg's came by way of a father who went to prison for tax fraud. The quest to become accepted by kings and queens and the money used to establish a name for generations, is fascinating. Had Walter not paid to restore the home in the UK for the ambassador, he might not have later been able to host the queen of England at this residence.
In any event, the grounds are beautiful, the history interesting, some of the decor so horrible that you cannot imagine who made the choices. All in all it is a very special half day in the Coachella valley.
If you cannot get a home tour ticket, then just go to the grounds for the view. You'll love that too.
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