Work on the 4,500 square foot house began immediately because Sinatra voiced that he wanted to host a lavish Christmas party in the home, which was just six months away. Williams and his construction team rushed against the clock to fulfill Sinatra's wishes, and the $150,000 home was completed in time for Christmas. The modern home came to be called Twin Palms and it epitomized Hollywood living. With horizontal and clean lines, a modernist trait, the four bedroom house was completely air conditioned, something almost unheard of in the 1940s. Frank and his wife Nancy's master suite was separate from the main wing, and their three children each had their own room. For a few years, the family resided in the home and hosted some of Hollywood's elite, such as pals Humphrey Bogart, Sammy Davis, Jr., and Dean Martin. But none were more important to Frank than Ava Gardner.1
Days after his divorce from Nancy in 1951, Frank married the beguiling star at a friend's home in Palm Springs and Ava settled into Twin Palms with Frank. It was during their marriage that some of Twin Palm's most lavish parties were held, with Sinatra hoisting a Jack Daniels flag when cocktail hour arrived. The Sinatra's honeymoon was short-lived, as both were passionate and ill-tempered. Twin Palms served as witness to the couples' tempestuous fights, including a time when Frank threw a champagne bottle at Ava in the master bathroom, leaving a crack in the sink that remains today. On another occasion it was said he became so angry at her accusing him of having an affair with Lana Turner, one of her closest friends, he gathered all of her belongings and placed them in the driveway.2
Sinatra's fame began to crumble at the same time his marriage did, his records were no longer selling and his contract with MGM had been thrown-out. All of that changed when Sinatra got the role of Maggio in From Here To Eternity (1953), which earned him an Oscar. Frank Sinatra was once again at the top of the heap. He retreated to Twin Palms to strengthen his voice and, as a result, his best-selling albums emerged. His marriage to Ava Gardner was unable to be saved, unlike his career, and the couple divorced in 1957. That same year he sold Twin Palms.1
Today, Twin Palms is furnished in period-style furniture, and Sinatra continues to loom large in the home he built and where his Valentino recording equipment still resides.1 The desert remained Sinatra's true love, he and his fourth wife and widow, Barbara, resided in Rancho Mirage until they sold the home known as the Compound in 1995. Both are buried in nearby Cathedral City with Sinatra's parents and some of his closest friends.2 Twin Palms remains available to rent for a couple thousand a night and is a must-see on local historic tours. The estate remains a symbol of simpler times, when Hollywood and Frank Sinatra were swinging.