Look to the Sky
Borrego Springs has the unique distinction of being
International Dark Sky Community
(by the International Dark Sky
Association), the first in California. Because of our unique
location in the desert and through the efforts of
many people to control artificial light Borrego
Springs is the perfect location to view millions of
stars in the sky. But the sky over Borrego
Springs is not the only place where we have stars.
What is not well known is the connection Borrego
Springs has with the Stars of Hollywood.
Look to Hollywood
Borrego Springs has a star studded
past and present that comes as a surprise to many
unfamiliar with the colorful history of Borrego
Borrego Springs has
been host to many a Hollywood Film Crew over the
Borrego Springs of the
1950's was a favorite hideaway for Hollywood stars who
wanted to escape and relax, including:
Leo Carrillo, Burgess Meredith, Gale Gordon, Will
Rogers, John Wayne, James Arness and Frank Morgan.
Lon Chaney Jr
(pictured here) of the famed theatrical family started a
community theater group in Borrego in 1950 which is now
the Borrego Springs Performing Arts Center.
Some even chose to
call Borrego Springs their full time or part time
Some Movie & TV
Personalities who have called Borrego home:
- (Durango Kid) retired to Borrego Springs and
The Wild West
- Borrego's first honorary mayor, and the
Wizard in "Wizard of OZ".
Significant player in the creation of the
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park.
Built a get-away home at de Anza Country Club.
- Retired here with his wife at their home in Tub Canyon and was honorary mayor from 1961 to 1974
here for more information on the Stars of
In addition to
the earthbound stars Borrego Springs is also one of only two
officially designated communities in the country for
superior Star gazing as in celestial stars.
This intriguing southwestern style home was the
getaway home for actor Burgess Meredith. The .63
acre lot is on the green of De Anza Country Club
golf course surrounded by mountains, mature
landscaping and fruit trees.
remodeled by architect Jacqueline Larsen and a large
adjoining 1664 SF guesthouse/art studio with
13ft ceilings was constructed in 1990. The
a bedroom and private balcony on a mezzanine floor;
masonry kiva fireplace, high ceilings, operable
skylights. a kitchen, full bathroom w/
jacuzzi tub and two covered patios. The main
perfect for entertaining guests. Master bedroom wing
and guest bedroom wing are separated by roomy and
comfortable great room which opens out onto a
saltillo-tiled covered patio and a salt water pool.
Central vacuum, zoned central a/c and outdoor
shower. Very quiet location. Use one and rent out
the other one. Pool has brand new stucco
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