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5-acre La Quinta estate once owned by DuPont chemical heir lists for $4 million

5-acre La Quinta estate once owned by DuPont chemical heir lists for million

  • The wood-paneled great room. (Photo by Cesar Cid)

    The wood-paneled great room. (Photo by Cesar Cid)

  • The kitchen. (Photo by Cesar Cid)

    The kitchen. (Photo by Cesar Cid)

  • The pool terrace. (Photo by Cesar Cid)

    The pool terrace. (Photo by Cesar Cid)

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A La Quinta fixer-upper built in the 1950s by DuPont chemical heir William du Pont Jr. is on the market for $ 4 million.

Sited on more than 5 acres in the Point Happy Estates neighborhood, this three-bedroom, 2,450-square-foot house straddles a rocky peak between La Quinta and Indian Wells with scenic Coachella Valley views from most rooms.

Sunrise sets the primary suite aglow while the wood-paneled great room overlooks the valley. There’s also a swimming pool on the back terrace.

The listing offers very little information about the home that it calls “a stunning time capsule with detailing surely not to be found today in any mid-century home.” But Multiple Listing Service photos show a home in need of updates, including the kitchen.

Marc Lange of Desert Sotheby’s International Realty has the listing.

Du Pont was a member of the du Pont family of Delaware that made its fortune as a gunpowder manufacturer in the 19th century and is credited with the invention of rayon, nylon and kevlar. While he worked in the banking industry, he was known as a prominent figure in the sport of Thoroughbred horse racing.

Although du Pont owned several large properties, he purchased what was Point Happy Date Gardens ranch in La Quinta from Claremont College. It had been bequeathed to the college in 1948 by Marie Rankin, the widow of gold miner and oil tycoon Chauncey Clarke.

The couple bred Arabian horses, cultivated dates and farmed citrus and row crops there, an article by La Quinta Historical Society documented in the Desert Sun in 2017.

When du Pont took ownership of the property, La Quinta Museum notes in a July 2021 “Friday Fun Fact” video posted to Facebook that du Pont built a vacation home with a tennis court designed by his friend, the championship tennis player Alice Marble.

A 1970 article in the Desert Sun on the sale of the estate put it at 76 acres with a checklist that included “two large mansions, together with four guest houses, stables, corrals, (a) horse training and riding ring, servant houses.”

It was here Du Pont often entertained his wealthy friends.

After his death in 1965 at 69, one of du Pont’s corporations sold the property to a pair of developers. Gone are the additional structures as the property saw a 93% decrease in net acreage.


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