Property address: 71800 Frank Sinatra Drive
Property name: Sunnylands (Annenberg estate)
Architect: A. Quincy Jones and Frederick Emmons
Date built: 1965
Status: HPC designated 04/19/2002
By sheer size alone, Sunnylands, stands out. At over 200 acres, the estate is located at the corner of Wonder Palms Road and Rio del Sol, now renamed Frank Sinatra and Bob Hope Drives. The compound includes a 32,000 square foot main house, guest quarters, a system of twelve manmade lakes, a nine-green, eighteen-tee golf course, and extensive landscaping. Architects A. Quincy Jones and Frederick Emmons designed the vast home reflecting Japanese and Mayan influences that is dominated by a monitor roof. Famed interior designers Billy Haines and Ted Graber were retained to furnish the home. Walter Annenberg (1908-2002) came to national prominence as the publisher of newspapers and magazines, including TV Guide, which he founded in 1953. An avid art collector, generous philanthropist, and important player in the Republican Party, Annenberg was appointed Ambassador to the Court of St. James by President Nixon. Leonore Annenberg served President and Mrs. Reagan as White House chief of protocol. While maintaining their primary residence in Pennsylvania, the Annenbergs hosted United States presidents and British royalty as well as other luminaries at their Rancho Mirage home.