An "Old Hollywood" celebrity home is opening its gates for events.
In April, The Lucy House, once owned by Desi Arnaz and Lucille Ball, became the second establishment to receive an event-home permit from the city of Palm Springs.
The home, located at 1194 N. Via Miraleste, previously was open for short-term vacation rentals, intimate weddings and small events.
Now property owner Amber Willat and planning director Gina Leslie have plans to expand its use to private and community events.
"It's just one of those old celebrity homes that we're reviving and bringing in, and with that we're bringing back the old stories," Willat said.
The 3,000-square-foot home sits on 3/4
In the 1930s it sat across from the El Mirador Hotel and was frequented by celebrity guests, Leslie said.
The home is built in traditional hacienda style. None of the rooms shares a common hallway. Each room faces out toward the central swimming pool area instead.
In the past two years, Willat and her family have given the house a facelift. They replaced the tile, painted the interior and installed modern appliances.
"When we picked it (the house) up, it was recognized as one of the Lucy homes, but it was in a state that no one could really enjoy," Willat said.
Willat said they have also worked closely with Laura Whittier Fontana and Reno Fontana, the owners of the Elvis Presley estate, through the permit process.
In the future, they would like to connect the two homes with dual events and tours, Willat said.
"We have to give credit to the Fontanas because they worked for five years to pave the way for us," Willat said.
For information about renting actress Lucille Ball's former home for events, go to www.thelucyhouse.com.