Source: Business Insider

From Sonny and Cher to Sonny the California Congressman, Sonny Bono was a man of many talents. The late Salvatore “Sonny” Bono first became a household name in the 1960s and 70s alongside his then-wife, Cher, singing such chart-topping hits as “I Got You Babe” and “Baby Don’t Go.” Sonny entered into politics later in life, serving as the mayor of Palm Springs (1988-1992). Bono then ran for Senate in 1992, losing to Bruce Herschensohn, and was then elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1994 as the representative for California’s 44th congressional district (1995-1998). It was during his political career that Sonny and his wife, Mary, owned this gorgeous, three-house property in Palm Springs, CA (pictured above). This rare and timeless piece of Palm Springs real estate is now looking for new owners after hitting the market in January 2011 with an asking price of $3,995,000.

The lush, 1.5-acre estate contains three homes: a 6,648-sq ft main house, a 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom guesthouse, and a third 1-bedroom, 1-bathroom guesthouse, currently being used as a gym. Sonny and Mary Bono’s former home was originally built in 1940, and, according to public record, last sold for $1,400,000 in 1998. The main home includes three bedroom suites, spacious kitchen, formal dining room, and a formal living that looks out to the pool and mountains. The 2-bedroom guest house is nearly 1,600-sq ft and includes a full kitchen, dining room, living room, and fireplace. The third, 1-bedroom guesthouse is about 740-sq ft. The gated property also includes a 4-car garage with large motor court, outdoor barbecue area, full tennis court, swimming pool, and beautifully manicured grounds with gardens and walking paths galore.

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  • Chino Short Sales

    Wow, that’s it?! Its a beautiful home with a awesome pool! I’m really surprised that a premier Palm Springs property isn’t being marketed for more.

  • Chino Hills Short Sales

    By the way, honor Sonny Bono’s memory and support his cause of saving the fish and migrating birds of the Salton Sea by cleaning up the water. It can. be done with Government support!!!

  • Novelty Pens

    I like the big arched doorway in the bedroom… very nice!

  • Lancaster Real Estate

    Great Homes, at the right prices

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  • Katie

    My Palm Springs realtor at Patrick Stewart Properties is the listing agent for Sonny’s house. It looks gorgeous!

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