Robert Pond was a man with two great passions: automobiles and aircraft. A Navy pilot during WWII who grew to love the planes he flew, Pond began collecting WWII-era aircraft in the 1970s; his lovingly-restored collection eventually formed the basis for what is now the Palm Springs Air Museum.
He began collecting cars, amazingly, as a child. By the time of his death in 2007, his collection of exotic and classic automobiles had ballooned to well over 100 in number, and was widely regarded as one of the most diverse collections in the world.
His cars lived where he did: the idyllic, 12-acre Pond Estate just outside the Palm Springs city limits. But while the cars were relegated to five on-site climate-controlled garages, Pond and his family could enjoy commanding views of the surrounding mountains from an expansive main home with four bedroom suites, an indoor lap pool & spa, a breathtaking formal dining room with seating for 16, and extensive arched patios framing the aforementioned views.
But Pond also made sure his guests were as comfortable as possible; his estate also includes two fully-appointed guest homes (one is over 4,000 sq ft), another outdoor pool with adjacent open-air kitchen and bar, a tennis court, equestrian facilities, and a showcase pond with dancing fountains and an island accessed by a romantic wooden bridge.
And for guests wishing to skip I-10 traffic…there’s always the helipad.
This stunning desert compound is so much more than the sum of its features; it’s a labor of love and of passion…and a piece of Palm Springs history. Premiere Estates Auction Company will be auctioning the fee simple interest in The Pond Estate on August 5th; don’t miss your chance to own one of the desert southwest’s most impressive properties.