Lights, Camera, Action! The Weintraub Estate


Photography by Mark Davidson

One of the most dynamic estates in the country is located within one of the most prestigious golf communities in the world. The Weintraub Estate, home of the late Jerry Weintraub, concert promoter and movie producer extraordinaire, features the most show-stopping architecture, design, and state-of-the-art amenities with panoramic views all within a very private community. A Hollywood mogul and highly respected international name in the entertainment business, Weintraub was best known for his production of Ocean’s 11, 12, and 13, as well as being the manager for Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley.

The Weintraub Estate was fondly nicknamed the “home that Ocean’s 11 built.” Upon the completion of the home, Weintraub invited the cast of Ocean’s 12 for an international press junket at famed BIGHORN, an exclusive, private golf community 15 miles east of Palm Springs. George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Andy Garcia, Don Cheadle, Catherine Zeta-Jones and her husband Michael Douglas all stayed at the estate while Diane Sawyer produced a “Primetime” feature on site. The crew conducted entertainment interviews in the morning then enjoyed the afternoons working out, playing golf, or hanging poolside.

During the “Primetime Live” special, Sawyer was flown in by helicopter from Los Angeles and was incredibly impressed with the Weintraub Estate calling it “the most amazing house.” She added, “There are no straight walls in this house,” and asked Weintraub, “Did you dream this up all by yourself?” He answered, ”I’ve always dreamed about having indoor/outdoor living with doors that open at the push of a button. I hired this genius architect Guy Dreier and he took my ideas and designed his creation.” The special showed off the truly unique swimming pool that wraps around the home, accessible from the master baths and gym, and Sawyer was fascinated with the clear glass showers that had privacy treatments so no one could see you.

When she sat down with the Oceans 12 cast, Sawyer asked Damon if this was like living in a fraternity house this week. He answered, “This is the nicest frat house I’ve ever seen!” Cheadle quickly chimed in, “It’s Kappa Kappa Damn!” Everyone erupted into a huge laugh, their chemistry brewing up to culminate in one of her most spirited interviews that would ever air on her show.

The estate features an open floorplan with 9,152 sf of exquisite indoor living and over 1,000 sf of outdoor covered living

Sawyer then asked the crew, “Who is the perkiest one in the morning?” To which Garcia said, “George because he hasn’t gone to bed yet.” “Good answer,” replied Clooney.

Sawyer then asked Weintraub, “When they come to see you, you don’t play games right?” He laughed and said, “No they play games – there’s non-stop fun!” Weintraub then proceeded to tell her how when they met together at Clooney’s house in Lake Como to discuss the next Oceans movie, they made Brad Pitt responsible to get the girl. And at the Venice Film Festival he told Pitt after seeing Zeta-Jones, “We’ve gotta get this broad.” Together Julia Roberts and Zeta-Jones easily each became “one of the guys” and made movie magic history.

As Clooney said in Richard Cohen’s 2008 article in Vanity Fair: “Nobody could have pulled off as many stars. There is a trick to it. If one person goes nutty, or thinks someone else is getting treated better, the whole thing can collapse just like that. So it requires a patriarch who can sit above everyone and everything and say, ‘Do it like this – do it for me.’ And that’s always been Jerry.”

A stunning, double-sided fireplace provides both drama and elegance to set the stage as you enter the home

Designed by Guy Dreier, the open floorplan with 9,152 sf of exquisite indoor living and over 1,000 sf of outdoor covered living was constructed so that with the push of a button the entire house is open and “on,” from music and televisions to water features and fireplaces. The estate features 6 bedrooms, 7.5 baths, a custom pub that pays homage to the iconic Claridge’s Bar in London, media room, office, guest family room, 6-car garage plus a private golf cart garage off the master. The elevation of this site affords some of the most picturesque views in the Coachella Valley – reaching from Palm Springs to Eisenhower Peak and the surrounding Santa Rosa range. Views also include the Tom Faziodesigned Canyons course’s 16th and 17th fairways.

In Dreier’s quest to make the home look as if it rose up from between the mountains, he incorporated into the exterior finishes curved Panther slate to give the estate movement and fluidity while staying true to the natural environment. Lush landscaping and refreshing water features enhance a welcoming entry, while an artistic steel gate and pocketing glass wall slide open to reveal one of the most breathtaking contemporary masterpieces in BIGHORN.

Ocean’s Bar is modeled after the Art Deco-style pub Claridge’s in London with seating for four, a game table for six, oversized club chairs with matching ottoman, and six flat-screen televisions with surround-sound

“Beaumaniere limestone flooring, cedar wood ceilings, and smooth plaster walls create the perfect gallery to display some of Jerry’s favorite pop-influenced art,” shares BIGHORN Properties Broker Associate Lorna Ball. “A stunning, double-sided fireplace is a sculpture in its own right, providing both drama and elegance to set the stage as you enter the home. Much strength was drawn – literally and figuratively – from the natural granite mountains surrounding this estate, so this architectural statement had to be worthy.”

Around this fireplace, two custom granite tables can offer intimate seating for your favorite few couples, or combine for seating for 20 of your closest friends. Then, with the push of a button, curved glass walls disappear to reveal romantic patio dining, as well as the outdoor wet bar and living room – all with breathtaking views.

The perfect gallery displays some of Jerry’s favorite pop-influenced art, and the second media lounge with theatre chairs and six flat-screen televisions

Chefs will relish every moment in the gourmet kitchen surrounded by Obechie cabinetry, state-of-the-art appliances, Walnut Wave granite, and crackled glass countertops. Wolfgang Puck welcomed the pleasure of preparing many meals of red-carpet proportion in this stellar space.

“Ocean’s Bar” is modeled after the Art Deco-style pub Claridge’s in London. A classic hammered tin ceiling, warm wood paneling and floors, opaque sconces, and onyx accents are the backdrop for a handsome bar with seating for four, a game table for six, oversized club chairs with matching ottoman, and six flat-screen televisions with surround-sound.

Adjoining the open kitchen is a second media lounge, where theatre chairs and upholstered furnishings showcase a limestone fireplace and six flat-screen televisions.

The real star of the show in the master wing is the cantilevered bedroom above the pool. Guy Dreier created a glass floor at the foot of the bed exposing the pool below. As a dramatic touch, electronic corner glass walls glide open effortlessly, making it feel like you are at the edge of the mountain looking out over the entire valley. The space revels in warm morning light by day and complete privacy at night. The bed’s Obechie headboard is a single piece of floating furniture that also incorporates nightstands and a curved credenza, creating an elegant place for art, storage, and slumber. Combined with the Honey Onyx fireplace, this retreat is truly stunning!

“Guy Dreier is so creative. He creates wow factors that blend artfully into the beautiful design of the home and the surrounding topography,” adds Lorna.

Separate his and hers baths are thoughtfully appointed

Separate “his” and “hers” baths are thoughtfully appointed, from the Green Rainforest and Black Absolute Granite vanities, custom floating mirrors, glass showers leading out to the private “master” pool and spa, and the gorgeous Obechie (for her) and Macassar Ebony (for him) cabinetry. The master bath alone is fit for the set of a blockbuster film! The steam room with a curved Black Absolute Granite chaise is accessible from his bath as well as from the in-home gym, withhigh-performance equipment, morning bar, and massage table. The office features a custom handcrafted Macassar Ebony desk and shelving, while a private-entry golf cart garage continues with custom ebony built ins, morning bar, and storage – all conveniently located within the master wing of the main residence.

The most A-list facet of the house, however, might just be the entertainment possibilities. Dreier’s organic design draws you into the outdoor living room to enjoy panoramic views of the Canyons course, Santa Rosa mountain range, and the valley below. Watch television in the fireplace lounge, or relax on the sunbather’s deck. Looking up at the house from the golf course below, one can fully appreciate the stunning, signature architecture when set against the sunset-cast mountains.

A cantilevered bedroom above the pool features a glass floor at the foot of the bed exposing the pool below

Become a part of the Ocean’s crew and schedule a private showing today through BIGHORN Properties, call 800-551-5578 or visit www.bighorngolf.com/WeintraubEstate.

The Weintraub Estate features:
• Guy Dreier designed home featuring 9,152 sf plus generous outdoor living and entertainment patio.
• Spectacular entertaining home for intimate parties of 20 or up to 200.
• French Beaumaniere flooring, Panther slate, and stainless steel finishes throughout.
• Unparalleled privacy allows you to enjoy two infinity-edge swimming pools and two spas.
• Six fully appointed bedroom suites, including a detached guest house with indoor/outdoor fireplace and secluded patio with spa.
• Seven full baths, one half bath; one with an oversized steam shower.
• Five sculpted fireplaces.
• Vanishing glass walls in great room, dining, master, and at entry.
• Air-conditioned 6-car garage, as well as a private golf cart garage off the master wing.
• Motorcourt driveway on a secluded street.
• Panoramic views of Canyons 16th & 17th fairways, Eisenhower Peak, Santa Rosa Mountains, and the valley below.

Panoramic views of Canyons 16th & 17th fairways, Eisenhower Peak, Santa Rosa Mountains, and the valley below.

For more information, call 800-551-5578 or visit www.bighorngolf.com/WeintraubEstate.

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