Weekend at Diamonds Are Forever House

One of my favorite Bond locations is Willard Whyte’s home in Diamonds Are Forever; the place where he’s held prisoner, and Bond battles Bambi and Thumper. The real home is in Palm Springs and is every bit as magnificent as depicted.

Well, you can win a chance to spend a weekend in that home; the gorgeous “Elrod House,” for $250 a ticket, with proceeds going to Help the Homeless Help Themselves.

Mike Gilroy, who owns Elrod House, made it available to HHHT for the funder.

Set on 21 acres overlooking Palm Springs, the 7,388-square-foot circular structure, boasts five bedrooms, 5 1/2 baths and a spectacular indoor/outdoor pool. “The house was commissioned by Arthur Elrod, who was the quintessential designer for the Hollywood stars of that time,” Landon said.

“Lautner’s design embodies the spirit of optimism of the 1950s and ’60s,” said Landon. “It was a time when Americans were ready for adventure, to go to the moon. The more I read about Lautner and his design, I think about this home as an architectural sculpture,” she added.

Next year, the home will be featured in photographic exhibits of significant West Coast architecture held at the Getty Center and the Hammer Museum.

Capping the holiday campaign will be a champagne-and-dessert reception for purchasers of the first 60 tickets. It will be held in the home of Palos Verdes philanthropists Richard and Melanie Lundquist. That is also where the winning ticket will be drawn early next year. Invitations to the reception will be issued according to earliest postmarks.

All proceeds from HHHT’s holiday fund-raising will be dedicated to preventing South Bay families from becoming homeless.

Tickets are available for a donation of $250. Acknowledgment of contributions will be mailed to donors.

To purchase tickets for this funder or to receive additional information, call (310) 377-5347.


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