For decades, the crème de la crème of Los Angeles have flocked to Palm Springs to escape the white noise of the city. Now, for two weekends in April, the star-studded two-hour pilgrimage spikes with the ever-growing popularity of Coachella Music and Arts Festival.
At Coachella, there are music headliners, then there are implicit headliners—the celebs who party among the flower-headdress wearing masses. We have first-hand experience: our editor has rubbed shoulders with Drew Barrymore and Cameron Diaz at the festival in years past.
Those who manage to score a golden ticket are guaranteed an unforgettable experience watching the hottest bands in the world against iconic backdrop of statuesque palms and imposing mountains. But if the idea of camping in the desert after a long day of rocking out doesn’t fit the star-like fantasy weekend you’re imagining, there is another way. Live like the celebs you’ll be bopping around with and rent a magazine-worthy home away from home nearby to take your Coachella experience from so-so to spectacular. Each of the five pads on this list embodies the intangible yet indispensable “it” factor that accompanies the glitz and glamour of life in the spotlight.
With or without star status at this year’s festival, or even a valid ticket, you can, at the very least, take the good vibrations of the festival with you to your lush Palm Springs hideaway. There’s still a chance you might run into Leo.
1. “Arthur Elrod’s Escape”
Basic Details: 4 bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms, 8 person occupancy
Rock Star Feature: Nothing quite screams Bob Dylan and the Rolling Stones in their prime like Arthur Elrod’s Escape. The preservation of original features—from the bursting banana yellow patio furniture to the bright turquoise master bedroom walls – spins you out of the present time into a genuine time warp. But time traveling back to the glory days of rock n’ roll does not sacrifice party practicality: a full entertainment space with a sunken bar and games table, private garden and swimming pool provide all the entertainment necessities.
Your Coachella act: Queens of the Stone Age
2. “Contemporary Dream”
Basic Details: 5 bedrooms, 5.5 bathrooms, 10 person occupancy
Rock Star Factor: For the indie rocker looking to escape the troubling buzz of stardom, the hedged and gated ultra-private Contemporary Dream is ideal. Mountain views take center stage from the seamless indoor to outdoor living spaces. After a long day of festivities, cool off in the expansive outdoor area with a spa area, swimming pool and fountain. Take a day to be one with nature and hike one of the many supreme hiking trails in nearby Coachella and Indian Canyon Reserve valleys. When tranquility and privacy meet the right type of party amenities, the perfect pad for the indie rocker is born.
Your Coachella act: Arcade Fire
3. “Desert Solstice”
Basic Details: 4 bedrooms; 4.5 bathrooms; private tennis court; 8 person occupancy
Rock Star Factors: Unobstructed views of the courtyard pool throughout the house will summon you outside to bask in the tranquil backyard. Inside, the climate-controlled walk-in wine room, bar fridge and wet sink provide the perfect foundation for entertaining. Mix this with the spa and outdoor dining area and there is the recipe for a complete outdoor space, open enough to enjoy the scenery abounding you yet private enough to preserve your rock star exclusivity.
Your Coachella act: City and Colour
4. “Collins Hideaway”
Basic Details: 3 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, 6 person occupancy
Rock Star Factor: The ultra-modern feel and contemporary décor of Collins Hideaway is fit for the new rockers on the block. Colors add liveliness throughout the home reminiscent of a young new rocker’s stage energy, complemented by the entertainment haven found in the Great Room. Blast the tunes of your choice on the surround sound system while you dip in the swimming pool, or cook up whatever the trendy musician food of the moment is in the European-style kitchen with professional grade appliances.
Your Coachella act: Lana del Rey
5. “Twin Palms Sinatra Estate”
Basic Details: 4 bedrooms, 6.5 bathrooms, 8 person occupancy
Rock Star Factor: What’s will make you feel more like a star than living in a former music legend’s private quarters? Sequestered in the heart of Palm Springs, Stewart Williams designed this desert getaway for Frank Sinatra and his first wife, Nancy Barbato. Fittingly, you can swim in a piano shape pool, taking a break to sit poolside and sip on your Jack Daniel’s. Original details have been entirely preserved and restored—most notably the original sound and recording system. These walls are entrenched with the glamor, fun and inevitable drama that comes with being the best in the business. Feel the history of stardom in the walls of the Sinatra Estate, and make your own at the same time.
Your Coachella act: Pharrell