Clark Gable and Carole Lombard’s Romantic Palm Spring’s Home

Are you an old movie buff? Do you love a good Clark Gable or Carole Lombard movie? It’s really fascinating reading about the lives of some of the old movie stars. I had no idea Clark  Gable was married 5 times! Wow!

His third marriage was to Carole Lombard whom he met when they starred together in the movie, No Man Of Her Own (1932).

No Man Of Her Own Poster

 

They married in March 1939 when he was in the midst of filming the iconic movie, Gone With The Wind.

Gone With The Wind Poster

 

This picture was taken shortly after they honeymoon.

Clark Gable and Carol Lombard Married

 

After they married, they purchased a 1925 Spanish Colonial home in Palm Springs, CA. Sadly, they were only married for three years because Lombard died in a plane crash in 1942. Many of the articles I read online stated that though Gable got married twice more during his lifetime, he never fully recovered from losing Lombard. Apparently, she was his true love and her death devastated him.

Clark Gable and Carole Lombard's Spanish Colonial Home in Palm Springs, CA

 

The home they shared in Palm Springs, California is now available for purchase. It’s current owner is film producer, Joel Douglas, the son of Kirk Douglas and brother of Michael Douglas. Notice the funny looking little “tree” on the right in front of the window.

Clark Gable and Carole Lombard's Home

 

It’s actually a metal sculpture that holds candles. So pretty lit up! I would love to see it with those short, fat pillar candles. I think that would be even more dramatic than using votives as shown here.

Candle Tree

 

The living room has a raised beamed ceiling. Notice the arched fireplace with tile surround. Spanish Colonial homes often have lots of pretty tile work. I love the warm brown color of the flooring. Do you think the trend for really dark hardwood flooring will ever change back to this or a lighter color?

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Oh, we can see the tree through the window now! Imagine how it must look come nighttime!

Clark Gable and Carole Lombard's Living Room in Palm Spring, CA

 

The kitchen is completely charming with a cheerful, colorful tile backsplash and countertop.

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Don’t you love the coziness of an eat-in kitchen! We see more beautiful tile design above the range hood.

Kitchen in Clark Gable and Carole Lombard's Spanish Colonial Home in Palm Spring, CA 04

 

The kitchen also has an eat-in bar with a view to the backyard and the pool. I wonder if this was the same layout of the kitchen when Gable and Lombard lived here.

Cute Kitchen Clark Gable and Carole Lombard's Spanish Colonial Home in Palm Spring, CA

 

One of the nicest things about a round dining table (or hexagon in this case) is how everyone can easily see everyone else during a dinner party. Really makes conversation easy, doesn’t it? Square tables do the same.

Clark Gable's Dining Room Spanish Colonial Home in Palm Spring

 

The home is being offered fully furnished. An interesting fact about the pool table: It was custom-built for Kirk Douglas. Wouldn’t that be a kick, playing pool on a table that was especially built for Kirk Douglas.

Kirk Douglas Pool Table in Old Home of Clark Gable and Carole Lombard

 

Love the fan in the this bedroom! That would be a great fan for a porch or lanai, wouldn’t it?

Clark Gable and Carole Lombard's Spanish Colonial Home

 

The bedrooms all have plantation shutters with large, open louvers. Those have to be either 3 1/2 or 4 1/2 inch louvers.

Clark Gable's Palm Spring's Home Bedroom

 

Love this bedroom with balcony access. I can feel the breezes now!

Bedroom in Clark Gable and Carole Lombard's Palm Spring's Home

 

We see more colorful Spanish tile design in the bathrooms of the home.

Clark Gable and Carole Lombard's Bath in Spanish Colonial Home Palm Spring, CA

 

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There’s also a guest house on the property.

Clark Gable and Carole Lombard's Spanish Colonial Home, Pool

 

The beamed ceiling in Clark Gable and Carole Lombard’s Spanish Colonial home reminds me a lot of the ceiling in Annie’s Potts (Designing Women) home shown below.  They both have a lot of pretty colorful tile work, as well.

Take a tour of Annie’s home in this previous post: The Colorful Home of Annie Potts

Annie Potts Living Room Tarzana, Los Angeles,

 

See more pictures of Clark Gable and Carol Lombard’s Spanish Colonial home HERE where these pictures were found.




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Comments

  1. This is such a charming home, and not what you’d expect from a well known Hollywood couple! I’ve always heard that Carol was his one true love, but you know…if she had lived you would have to wonder if they would have lasted. Seems couples like Newman and Woodward were the exception in Hollywood.

    As for wood floors, I have a feeling dark floors will go out of favor at some point. They’re beautiful, but they show every little scratch and specs of dust.

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year Susan!

    • Yeah, you do have to wonder. Hollywood marriages don’t always have the greatest track record. It’s funny you should mention that about the floors. A friend of mine was here visiting from Oregon yesterday and she and I were talking about that very thing. She has dark stained hardwood flooring in her home and she said she would never do them again because they show everything. She didn’t mention about the scratches but I can see how that would be a problem. We have a lot of red clay here in Georgia so a medium brown/golden colored wood flooring helps a lot.
      Hope you have a wonderful Christmas, Doreen! Stay warm!

  2. A friend’s great uncle worked on a movie with Carole Lombard (tech crew) and said she was hilarious. Apparently, she could out-cuss them all!

  3. This would be the perfect house for me!
    I love the color of the wood floors, the beamed ceilings, the fireplace ….. Everything! I especially love the kitchen floor and the tile countertops! I cringe every time I see a silly young couple on HGTV say they have to knock down beautiful kitchen tile countertops to install the ubiquitous granite.

    Thank you for your wonderful posts throughout the year!

    Wishing you a very Merry Christmas surrounded by your loved ones and a New Year full of good health, much love and peace!

    • Ana Marie, I wonder if granite will eventually fade away. There are so many other choices now. I think if I moved into a house will gorgeous tiled countertops, I would have to leave them. I’ve heard that the grout can be a pain to keep clean but that was years ago. I bet they have some amazing sealants these days to cope with that. I went with granite for my kitchen when I renovated it 12 years ago, but I was ripping out melted (from hot pans by previous owner) and damaged formica…so no guilt there. 🙂

      Aww, thanks so much! I hope you have a wonderful Christmas, as well and a fabulous 2015! That sounds so cool to say, Twenty-Fifteen! 🙂

  4. I love that this house is normal human size – not museum sized rooms. It looks like people actually live here. So many houses look like their owners just pass through them. If I owned this house I would choose to believe that a lot of the house is original. Thanks for sharing.

  5. I so agree with Doreen…it really does look like a “lived in” home. Ah, true love and lost…a movie in itself. franki

    • I wonder if anyone ever did a book or movie about them. I know a book was written in 2013 about the plane crash that claimed Carole’s life. It’s called Fireball: Carole Lombard and the Mystery of Flight 3.

  6. Quite a livable space, reasonable size, and seems nice and breezy. I could live there 🙂

  7. I love old movies and like to think that Carol and Clark’s marriage would have lasted to the end.
    The house is typical Spanish style and the tile work is beautiful. I wonder if anything has been changed since C and C lived there? Not pretentious at all, like most Hollywood homes.

  8. claudette flanigan says:

    I just love those wide plantation shutters.

  9. At first I thought I had seen this home before but when you mentioned Annie Potts, I knew why it looked familiar. There is a lot of similarity even though both are very different. I love the sculpture tree and candles. What a magical idea. I wish there was an evening picture. This house seems the perfect cozy hideaway for two love struck celebrities. Thanks for sharing.

    • Linda, I kept thinking the same thing…it really reminded me of Annie’s home, too. Merry Christmas! Hope you have all next week off for some play time!

  10. If you look at Annie Potts home the living room furniture is identical to Clark Gables home-the same leopard couch, white couches, same green chair. How can this be. Did Annie Potts copy the furniture, or did someone make a mistake with the photos?

    • Cheryl, sorry if that’s confusing. I added one picture from the post about Annie’s home to the end of this post, since I’m linking to it. I often do that if I’m linking to another post…I’ll include one photo to show what that post is about. I’ll add in the word “below” so that isn’t so confusing.

  11. Fully furnished too? Wow – that’s either the smartest or the saddest part of this sale. I loved walking through these photos. Curious about the painting that you can kinda see above the window in the kitchen photo. Just went back to scroll through again & realized that there are several paintings placed high on several of the kitchen walls. Thanks to the ladies who shared snippets of Carol Lombard’s life – will have to see if I can find that book in the library. And, Susan, thank you SO much for this blog. I love being able to come here and lose myself in all of the homes that you find to share with us, your gardening adventures and road trips are such fun to read about and because you’ve started sharing some of your favorite books, I’ve got a few of those to go out and buy. Did I really think I was going to downsize my library? Merry Christmas and here’s to a fantastic 2015 for Between Naps on the Porch. 🙂

    • Thanks so much, Kathy! Thanks for following my escapades, no matter how misguided. 😉 That is interesting how they hung so many pictures up so high. I guess that was the best spot they could find in the kitchen. I was just looking at the kitchen cabinets again, I wonder what kind of wood that is? It’s such a rich color.
      Merry Christmas to you and your family, Kathy! I know 2015 is going to an amazing year and I hope it brings so much happiness your way! XO

  12. Thank you so much for posting this. I’ve been a Clark Gable nut forever! I lived 2 miles from where he went for three weeks after Carole died…The Weasku Inn in Rogue River, OR. He was truly grieved & he changed after that…you can see it in his movies. Love their house. Down to earth. Thanks again!

  13. Enjoyed this post about the Gable home very much; have been a fan since I saw GWTW many years ago. Check out the bio GABLE AND LOMBARD written by Warren G. Harris in 1974. Merry Christmas everyone!

  14. That’s a wonderful home! I like how it’s furnished. I’ve always admired dark floors but I have to believe they are more maintenance. Hat metal tree looks fabulous through the window. I had read about Clark Gable’s deep heartbreak about her. She was gorgeous and I’m sure her personality was addictive! I believe there is a rather lavish car he had created for her too that’s in someone’s collection. I love homes with curves and arches so this home would make me happy! The kitchen is so inviting. I can definitely see myself in this home (when I win the lottery)!

  15. Enjoyed this so much, Susan!
    We had the fan that is shown in the first bedroom, at our lake condo, in the living room. Loved that fan and it was perfect for a lakeside condo.

    As for darker floors, I love the look. Our eldest daughter and her husband chose them for their new home. However, I like our lighter floors also, especially with our traditional style home. And do they ever shine, this time of year, with all the twinkling Christmas lights.:-)

    • Oh, I can see how it would be perfect for a lake place! Merry Christmas, Pat! Hope you have a wonderful one surrounded by your beautiful family! I’m looking forward to 2015!

  16. Juanita in OH says:

    All I can say is “WOW, WOW, WOW!!” It is so much fun to go through your posts. This is another beauty, TFS.

  17. Susan….Most interesting. Wow! Selling all the furnishings too? With house or will there be a separate auction? THAT would be interesting !
    BTW…in February ( 2015) Kate Alcott is coming out with a new book called
    STARDUST…all about the marriage of Lombard and Gable during the filming of GWTW! A must read, at least for the fans.

  18. I too love the old films. In fact tonight we have sat and watched the film Some Like It Hot on dvd, a classic, so funny, the old films are great, Doris Day, Rock Husdon so innocent. So much better than the ones made today.

  19. I have to agree with the previous comments, this house does look increadably livable. I have always had a love for arched doors so this home pulled me in right away. Thank you so much for sharing it and Merry Christmas.

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