Some might remember Hollywood celebrity and socialite Zsa Zsa Gabor for her many high-profile marriages, her acting career or her bold style. That extravagance and historic Hollywood glamor is encapsulated in her former custom-built estate in Palm Springs, California, where she once lived with her sister, Magda. The home, located in the Little Tuscany neighborhood, is on the market for $3.8 million.
Gabor emigrated from Budapest, Hungary and moved to the U.S. in 1941. She was known for her nine marriages, which included hotel magnate Conrad N. Hilton, George Sanders and Frédéric Prinz von Anhalt, the latter of whom she was married to until her death in 2016. She was also known for her lavish lifestyle and wardrobe, which translated into her home. The Hollywood Regency-style home was built in 1964 by Magda’s husband, Anthony Galluci. While the home was built for Magda, who died in the home in 1997, Gabor lived in the house for nearly 30 years. The midcentury, single-story brick home is painted in bright, Barbie pink—a color the sisters were known for wearing—and spans 3,441 square feet. There are two bedrooms and five bathrooms and living spaces with views over the mountains.
The current owners and sellers are designer Tracy Turco and her husband, who purchased the home in 2020 and spent two years renovating the property, while retaining many of the original pieces of furniture and design details from when the Gabor sisters lived there. Inside, there are many mirrors, pink carpeting, a pink closet and many bright-colored furnishings and walls, some of which were added by the Turco’s. Turco’s style is similar to Gabor’s in that it’s very colorful, stylish and over-the-top.
“What’s original to the Gabor house are the carved, custom wrought-iron front doors, all of the mirrored walls with her etched “M,” the piano, dining room table, all chandeliers and sconces and miscellaneous oil paintings, including her portrait,” says listing agent Conrad Miller of Avenue 8. “The standing light fixtures, bathroom vanities, mirrors, light fixtures and the pink mantle in the front pink room were moved from Magda’s dressing room.”
The exuberant home is designed for maximalists. The living room and dining areas feature large windows or glass sliding doors that frame the mountain views, while the interiors are filled with mirrors that give the home a retro feel. The kitchen has state-of-the-art Viking appliances, a wine fridge and a Hungarian rotisserie—a nod to the Gabors’ Hungarian roots—as well as metallic gold ceilings.
The home contains the original stone flooring, chandeliers, and mirrored walls, as well as some furniture. Other amenities include a make-up room; a covered veranda; an outdoor patio with a fire pit; a mosaic tiled pool area; pool; artificial turf and desert landscaping; and an office.
It’s not hard to imagine the martini-fueled evenings the Gabors hosted for their famous friends. The home is located on an elevated parcel, offering 360-degree views of the mountains. The glitzy home also has many playful details, including a bathroom with a freestanding golden-hued bathtub overlooking the pool and a pink-ceilinged veranda. There’s whimsy at every turn, and this is a rare chance to own a piece of history from iconic Hollywood socialites.