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July 21, 2013

Won’t You Be My Neighbor – The Max Factor Compound In Palm Springs, CA

By RetroRuth

Hol. Lee. Nuts. We will call this the dreaming edition of Won’t You Be My Neighbor. Thanks to reader Jim, we can get a sneak peek into the Max Factor Compound in Palm Springs. This listing is one of the greatest listings ever, because it isn’t just one time capsule, but seven time capsules in one! So, fair warning, you are going to see a LOT of photos in this post!


This huge home is listed with CARETS / HK Lane Real Estate, even though our information comes from Estately.  There are seven bedrooms and seven bathrooms, the house is more than 6,000 square feet, and it is listed for $1,785,000. From the listing:

The former Max Factor compound and the recipient of a Palm Springs Modern Committee preservation award, this is a truly unique opportunity to own a piece of Palm Springs History and invite all your friends and family to join in on the fun! The Fontenell. Seven carefully appointed suites surround a triangular shaped swimming pool creating a self contained compound. Each suite contains a full kitchen, dining area, sitting room, bedroom and bath. Each apartment is meticulously furnished in beautiful furniture of the period. No two are exactly alike and you need only bring your tooth brush as this special property is sold completely furnished. Meticulously restored, carefully researched, there is nothing quite like The Fontenell. A special place where you can mingle with your guests while offering them a place of their own. Can also function as a corporate retreat, event space or boutique hotel.


Suite One


Suite 1 Bath

Suite 1 Bedroom

Suite 1 Kitchen

Suite 1

Suite Two


Suite 2 Bath

Suite 2 Kitchen

Suite 2 Living

Suite Three

Suite 3 Bath

Suite 3 Bedroom

Suite 3 Kitchen

Suite 3

Suite Four


Suite 4 Bath

Suite 4 Bedroom

Suite 4 Kitchen

Suite 4 Living

Suite Five

Suite 5 Living Room II

Suite 5 Living Room

Suite 5 Bath

Suite 5 Bedroom

Suite 5 Kitchen

Suite Six

Suite 6 Bath

Suite 6 Bedroom

Suite 6 Dining

Suite 6 Kitchen

Suite 6 Living Room

Suite Seven

Suite 7 Bedroom

Suite 7 Dining

Suite 7 Kitchen

Suite 7 Living

Woah. I don’t even know where to start. The furniture is amazing. And I am pretty sure I saw at least two wall fridges in those kitchens! I might have mixed up some of the rooms in different suites, but what suite is your favorite? What room?  I really love suite five!

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17 Responses to Won’t You Be My Neighbor – The Max Factor Compound In Palm Springs, CA

  1. Beth Reply

    July 21, 2013 at 9:54 am

    I’ve narrowed it down to suite 4 or 5. This is amazing!

    • Debra Reply

      July 21, 2013 at 10:18 am

      And with the original furniture! Such a cool complex – we could all be neighbors!

  2. Sara In AZ Reply

    July 21, 2013 at 10:43 am

    Hee! Looks like we’ll all have to stay in suite 5 together! 🙂

    This place is like a dream come true!!!

  3. Desirae Reply

    July 21, 2013 at 11:24 am

    The furniture is suite five. Eeeee!

  4. Kim Campbell Reply

    July 21, 2013 at 11:34 am

    Be still my beating heart.

  5. Kim Campbell Reply

    July 21, 2013 at 11:40 am

    and sign me up for suite 3!

  6. Queen of Fifty Cents Reply

    July 21, 2013 at 12:12 pm

    Looks like they bought a truckload of Brasilia bedroom suites. Wow. Now I want a turquoise kitchen. (Actually, I already wanted a turquoise kitchen!)

  7. Susan Reply

    July 21, 2013 at 12:14 pm

    I just want one of the turquoise kitchens!

  8. Charlotte Reply

    July 21, 2013 at 9:12 pm

    You should have warned us to take our heart medication before viewing that! OMG!!! 😉

  9. Andrea Reply

    July 21, 2013 at 10:19 pm

    So, I am totally thinking I need to find 6 other people to,go in this with me … Who’s in? 😉

  10. Pamela H. Reply

    July 21, 2013 at 10:29 pm

    Heaven is a turquoise kitchen….

  11. Janet Reply

    July 21, 2013 at 11:29 pm

    Are wall fridges those upper cabinets with metal at the bottom. If so, it looks like four of the kitchens have them….how cool! These suites are wonderful!

  12. Donna Duvall Reply

    July 22, 2013 at 8:40 am

    All the suites are “fun”! I love the turquoise kitchens. But, I like suite one the best. The touch of pink appliances with the white kitchen had me at hello.

  13. RangerSmith Reply

    July 22, 2013 at 11:27 am

    Need. Turquoise. Kitchen. These are amazing. I will have to revisit these photos to take it all in. Thanks for this post!

  14. Sherree Reply

    July 22, 2013 at 11:45 pm

    I am speechless 🙂 I loved them all!

  15. Betsy Reply

    July 24, 2013 at 7:24 am

    I really should be cooking breakfast for my family…but no! Loved looking at the photos and will look again after breakfast. Got some great decorating/color ideas. BOOKMARKED!

  16. Rachel Reply

    July 29, 2013 at 10:49 am

    I love all of the matching double ovens!! The pink is so pretty, but I can’t choose–love them all 🙂

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