Supervillains take note: they don't make them like this anymore.
The former home of legendary entertainer Bob Hope, who passed away at the age of 100 in 2003, has hit the market for a stunning $50 million. Unlike other celebrity enclaves, this one is truly a marvel of the imagination — designed by in 1973 by the California Modernist architect John Lautner and made to resemble a volcano.
"Three visorlike arches and an undulating concrete roof, a hole at its center opening a courtyard to the sky," describes the NY Times
. "The roofline has been described as one of the most distinctive works of architecture in the Coachella Valley. The house has also been likened to a giant mushroom."
Overlooking the stunning desert scenery of the Coachella Valley, the 23,366-square-foot home includes six bedrooms, 10 full bathrooms, three half-baths, indoor and outdoor pools, a pond, putting greens, and a tennis court, and even a "boulder jutting into the living room." The Hope family would often entertain up to 300 dinner guests within the estate, with many (including a celebration for the end of the Bob Hope Classic golf tournament) benefiting charity.