Princess Jasmine would swoon for this small replica of an authentic Moroccan palace. The three-bedroom, three-bathroom home was built by the same artisans and craftsmen who built palaces for King Hassan of Morocco, as well as the Moroccan Pavilion in New York’s Metropolitan Museum.
There’s even a Moroccan poolhouse for any stray genies! Plus the property also comes with part-ownership in a large equestrian and tennis center, where steeds can be stabled.
How did such a remarkable Moroccan structure wind up in the Coachella Valley?
Back in the 1970s, filmmaker John C. Luthold visited Morocco to do a documentary/promotional piece on the golf courses of Morocco. Luthold was totally enamored with the local craftsmanship, especially that of King Hassan’s Royal Palace in Casablanca.
He became so infatuated with the style, he commissioned Mohammed Naji and his team, who had worked for King Hassan II of Morocco, to design his home on an acre lot in Rancho Mirage.
The result? “Remarkable—completely different from anything in the area, or anywhere, really,” says listing agent Richard Bartholomew of The Agency. “And the current owners are quite fastidious, so it has been flawlessly maintained.”
The interior of this unique, 3,772-square foot home is “unbelievable,” says Bartholomew, and one peek through the front door confirms his opinion.
The colorful and grand moorish arches, the Zellige tiles, the ceilings with gold-leaf inlays, and the embroidered tapestries are without compare, except, perhaps, in a Moorish palace.
Bartholomew told me the built-ins are included in the price, and many other pieces in the home are negotiable with purchase.
The dining room wouldn’t be the same without its red silk paneling, and the master bedroom would only be half as grand without the tasseled tapestry canopy and swags.
No room in the home is without colorful Moorish touches, from the kitchen to the bathrooms to the office.
The beautiful architecture and design features aren’t simply limited to interior spaces. Outdoors, there are elegant Moorish arches and sculpted plaster walls, fountains, and a beautiful pool that echoes a reflecting pond in Morocco. The custom-built exotic gates also add to the Moroccan vibe.
For all the homage to Moroccan style, there are a couple of modern features that have been seamlessly blended into the backyard, including an in-ground spa and fire pit.
And there’s room to add more. Bartholomew says that there’s “plenty of space to expand” on the sprawling grounds, where another structure could be built.
Even if you aren’t enamored with the home’s distinctive style, you’re likely to love the views. The mountains are visible from almost any position on the grounds and are framed by the graceful Moorish arches. The agent noted that they make the property feel both grand and tranquil at the same time.
Short of a wish from a lamp, any buyers with $2.5 million only have to snap their fingers to become the potentates of this palace. Wish fulfillment, indeed!
Get more info and see more photos of this Moroccan palace in my feature on Realtor.com.
There’s room for Aladdin’s entire posse in this mini Moroccan palace in the Palm Springs area.
Lisa Johnson Mandell
Lisa Johnson Mandell is an award winning journalist, author and film/TV critic. She can be heard regularly on Cumulus radio stations throughout the US, and on BBC Radio.
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