Remember the James Bond movie Diamonds Are Forever? If you do, you’ll no doubt remember Willard Whyte’s mansion appearing in it. Of course, that was fiction, but the house certainly wasn’t. That house was the 1960s John Lautner-designed Elrod House in Palm Springs, California, USA, which has just gone up for sale.
It has changed little, on the face of it, in almost 50 years. However, that is probably down to past owner Ron Burkle, who updated the mechanics and restored the interior furnishings during his time on the house.
He isn’t the current owner. According to Curbed, quoting The Desert Sun, property investor Michael Kilroy is the owner of this house. He bought it off Burkle in 2003 for $5.5 million. However, due to financial difficulties which led to eventual bankruptcy, he has been forced to sell Elrod House before the end of 2016 to pay off his creditors.