The “Diamonds Are Forever” Mansion Is Still Hot Fire, Taking Offers

Live in the home Playboy once dubbed The Ultimate Bachelor Pad

May 3, 2016 9:00 am

Diamonds are forever.

So too the iconic home that starred alongside Sean Connery in the 1971 Bond film.

Frank Lloyd Wright protégé John Lautner was commissioned to build the 8,901-square-foot, four-bed, five-bath masterpiece atop a Palm Springs ridge for interior designer Arthur Elrod in 1968.

Finished the following year, the 23-acre Elrod House property features a main house with a circular living room, domed roof constructed of glass and concrete, an impressive pool deck and interior boulder features that were dug from beneath the site during construction.

After completing construction on the main house — which was dubbed “The Ultimate Bachelor Pad” in the November 1971 issue of Playboy — Lautner built a two-bedroom guest house with a maid’s quarters, a vault for stashing fine silver and a gym. Though the house incorporates pieces of the organic architecture style that Wright was known for, Lautner had a different term to describe it: “Timeless.”

Christie’s International Real Estate is taking offers on the estate after listing it for $10.5 million.

If the new owner is lucky, Bambi and Thumper will still be working security.

Images via Christie’s Real Estate

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