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Bing Crosby’s vacation home hits the market

Bing Crosby’s vacation home hits the market

A midcentury estate once owned by American jazz singer Bing Crosby has returned to the market for $USD 4.5 million ($NZD 6.6 million).

The Rancho Mirage home, known as the Bing Crosby Estate, was first listed for $USD 5 million ($NZD 7.34 million) in 2018, before the price dropped twice in 2019: first by $405 million, then by another nearly $1.1 million.

However, the price cuts failed to entice a buyer, and the property has returned to the market at a higher price and with new representation by David Emerson and Alexandra Trejo of realtor Compass.

The home was last sold in 2005 for $USD 2,625,000.

Located in the gated Thunderbird Heights neighbourhood in California, the single-level, midcentury home was built in 1957 with a Moroccan theme, glass walls, a pool, and gardens sprawled across 1.36 acres.

The home was said to entertain A-list guests including John F. Kennedy, and the guest quarters have been renamed the JFK Wing in his honour.

Other features include a billiard room, a home theatre, multiple fireplaces, and an outdoor entertaining and dining area with its own outdoor kitchen.

The White Christmas singer first lived in the home - one of many he owned in California - with his wife, actress Kathryn Crosby, and their three children in 1963.

The family lived at the home until Crosby’s death in 1977 at the age of 74, when Kathryn and their children moved to a larger home nearby.

Images: Getty Images, Compass