Spend your vacation in Lucy and Desi's California house

Grab the Fred and Ethel to your Lucy and Desi!

Image: The Everett Collection

We don’t have to tell you about how hotel prices are outrageous these days. A non-glamorous, mid-range hotel anywhere worth vacationing will likely set you back at least $200 each night. That’s why renting houses and Airbnbs is getting more and more popular for vacationers. 

If the space is cool enough, simply grabbing some friends for a week away might be a trip in and of itself. That’s where Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz’s house comes in.

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That’s right. Vrbo has Ball and Arnaz’s house in Indian Wells, California up for rent. While $500 a night might seem steep, the space is 2,400 square feet with three bedrooms, so it’s perfect for a group trip. While it’s currently owned by an interior designer that gave the house a revamp, it’s stayed pretty true to the midcentury design.

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Complete with palm trees surrounding the property, a giant pool and a swim-up bar, you don’t even have to leave the house for a vacation. But if you do, it’s only about five miles from Coachella Valley —home of the iconic music festival, and less than an hour away from Joshua Tree National Park.

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See more photos at Vrbo's website, then grab the Fred and Ethel to your Lucy and Desi and take a well-deserved vacation!

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teire 2 months ago
Lucy and Desi look so happy and so classic Hollywood in that photo. Nice while it lasted and glad it lasted long enough to give us I Love Lucy.
MrsPhilHarris 2 months ago
I doubt it looks anything like it did when Lucy & Desi lived there.
The article said it was "revamped" and has stayed "pretty true to midcentury design." From that one photo, it looks like it still has some of its originality left.
I'm not 100% sure about this, but I would like to think my sister would've gone here, but, like I said, I'm not sure. She was a big fan of the show; but she wan't an obsessed fan. She didn't have an ILL collection {she had couple/few things, but that's only because people had gifted them to her. She didn't by them on her own.} But she liked the show enough, {the only part of the show that I know for sure she didn't like, was the VITAMEATAVEGEMIN skit.} She, if she really didn't want to miss something while she was doing stuff around the house, she would have 3 tvs {one in the kitchen, one in the family room and one in her and my brother-in-law's bedroom, tuned to ILL or baseball, hockey whatever. It reminded me of being in a tv store {or section of a department store} and the sets are all tuned into the same show!
I would like to think she and my brother-in-law would have gone to a place like this, but like I said, I can't ask her. Heck, if I could, I would go. Because I know Becky liked Lucy {as I do. I have all three of her series on dvd. }. I think it would be a nice place to go and think about her.
What a nice sentiment Stephanie, about visiting and thinking about her. There is also the Lucy-Desi Museum in Jamestown, NY. Lucy’s grave and the house she was born in are up there too, lots of Lucille Ball history.
That's a nice thing to say about your sister. Personally if I was any where near that house I would go and look at it. I thought it was the house they had cows and chickens. Kind of a small ranch-style country house not a mid-century modern. Mind you for all I know they owned numerous homes.
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