Palm Springs started as Hollywood’s playground in the desert in the 1920s due to the legendary “Two Hour Rule” at most of the studios. Actors had to be available within two hours for last minute film or photo shoots. Marilyn Monroe was discovered there, Elvis and Priscilla honeymooned there, and countless other celebrities from Hollywood’s golden age called it home — in part because of an unwritten rule about not photographing celebrities in Palm Springs without their consent.
The fact that most of the homes were second homes also liberated the architects designing some of the most famous homes from certain practicalities a primary residence requires. Today, much of town of Palm Springs is on the historic register and features the largest concentration of mid-century modern architecture anywhere in the world. Lovers of Old Hollywood will love the retro, but serene desert vibe of Palm Springs.