Then & Now

Something tremendously novel and exciting has descended upon the picturesque Palm Springs landscape. Nestled inconspicuously along the San Jacinto Mountains, rests an apex luxury destination. Welcome to Colony 29!

Set on almost 7 acres at the very birthplace of Palm Springs, Colony 29 is a true village. Six separate & distinctive homes originally built from 1929 to 1937 have been masterfully restored and modernized with the loving hand of a craftsman. McLean Company Rentals recent inaugural launch of this sprawling Spanish Villa (as a vacation rental, special events venue and destination experience), has opened a hidden, historic wellspring of creative inspiration to the public.  From a private, paved road, you enter Colony 29 through ornate gates and the road meanders up the magnificent hillside. You will immediately note the picturesque setting reminiscent of a hillside European village. The grounds of Colony 29 abound with rock walkways and weave throughout the mountainside estate.

At each turn, a new surprise unfolds; a swimming pool, a meditation garden, an outdoor cast iron bathtub and massage area, a tree house or outdoor kitchen. Bridges are positioned over dry streams. Covered patios are brought to life with ornate vines.  There are also outdoor fireplaces, spas and an endless sampling of the most beautiful specimens of California-native plant scape to be found anywhere.  Desert flowers flourish with exotic palms. Walkways are framed with foliage that opens to many hidden treasures as you take in the expansive private gardens. These gardens create an impressive outdoor living experience in addition to the amazing homes of Colony 29.  A labyrinth of stone pathways  crawls up and  

                            across the mountainside, each turn revealing an unexpected view;gardens of cacti and agave; citrus, guava, mango, and banana trees; outdoor tubs and fireplaces; a barbecue and fire pit terrace; a grotto lined with grape vines; and intimate alcoves perfect for reading, meditating, or just enjoying the view.

An adult sized, palapa tree house is large enough to host a small party and high enough to provide views across the city to the mountains beyond.  Above it all sits the two story main house, built in the mid-1920s by artist John Burnham, the son of Chicago based architect Daniel Burnham, renowned for his work as supervising architect of the Chicago World’s Fair and for designing numerous early sky-scrapers.  The younger Burnham is notable not so much for his modest artistic talent, but more for starting an artist’s colony on this Palm Springs property in the late 1920s.