Even if you're not in the Rat Pack you can now stay at Sinatra's Palm Springs holiday pad.
Ever wondered what it would have been like to hang with Frank Sinatra and the rest of the Hollywood “rat pack”?
He may have left the building in 1998, but unsurprisingly for a man of means and a certain stature, Sinatra left a few pieces of architecture in his wake.
One of those is the weekender he built at Palm Springs in California, about 170km east of Los Angeles, just a few years after World War II.
And you can rent it as holiday accommodation and live out those rat pack fantasies.
Back then, Palm Springs was where the Hollywood rich and famous hung out, waiting for their next movie or record deal. Sinatra's agenda was to have the house built by the end of 1947 so he and his then-wife, Nancy, and their three children could spend Christmas in Palm Springs' balmy climate.
Perhaps most surprising is that, for a man with the wherewithal to construct a faux medieval castle or even an entire mock Tudor village if he chose, Sinatra instead settled on a relatively modest holiday house on a dual-access block on the edge of Palm Springs.
Ultra-modernist architecture was all the rage in Palm Springs at the time, and Sinatra apparently worked closely with architects and a huge team of builders to get the house finished in time for Christmas dinner.
The end result is a flat-roofed, stone and glass house of four bedrooms, seven bathrooms and a swimming pool in the shape of a grand piano. Clean lines and a lack of adornment dominate.
And just to show he had a sense of the curious, Sinatra had a breezeway built along one edge of the pool with voids in its roofing material. If the sun is shining (which it almost always is in Palm Springs) the breezeway and its voids form the piano's black and white keys in the form of shadows on the concrete walkway.
Inside, the ensuite bedrooms retain their original tiling in pastel shades but the rest of the house has been refurnished over the years.
Since its conversion to rental accommodation, the private owners have gone to a lot of trouble to recreate the era-correct furnishings of Sinatra's time.
Even so, restraint is the name of the game and if the house itself is relatively modest, so too is the furniture and décor surprisingly demure.
The one piece of original furniture that remains is a home recording studio.
With an antenna on the roof, Sinatra could record voiceovers and transmit them back to Hollywood as a radio message.
The discovery of the recording studio behind a plaster wall was made only relatively recently, and it's all down to the crooner's tempestuous private life.
In 1951, he divorced Nancy and married his mistress, actress Ava Gardner. The couple continued using the Palm Springs house but the relationship was, apparently, not without emotional challenges.
One night, perhaps more emotional than usual, Gardner apparently picked up a vase and hurled it at Sinatra who managed to duck, allowing the vase to crash into one of the his-and-hers sinks in the main bathroom, leaving a crack in the porcelain sink that remains as evidence to this day.
By 1957, the honeymoon – and indeed the marriage – was over, and Sinatra decided the Palm Springs house held too many ghosts (he allegedly struggled with depression most of his adult life) for him to keep it.
So he sold it to his attorney for one dollar, as a means of ensuring Gardner prospered as little as possible from the break-up and subsequent divorce.
The attorney kept the house for many years before selling it to his secretary in the 1990s but failing to tell the new owner of the home's famous history.
When renovations were started and a wall was pulled down, Sinatra's original recording gear was unearthed for the first time in decades. It has now been restored and takes pride of place in the main living room.
The house is just around the corner from those once owned by the likes of Jack Benny and Cary Grant, and the neighbourhood itself was known as the Movie Colony. So who knows who might have dropped in over the years.
Sammy Davis Jr arguing with Dean Martin as he sips a vodka martini by the pool? It's not too hard to imagine.
That said, maybe it's just as well the legacy of those wild times – the house itself – is an inanimate object. Because if these walls could talk, they'd probably be in witness protection.
If experiencing a slice of the Hollywood A-list life appeals, bookings can be made via Beau Mond Villas. Rates start at a hefty $US2600 ($2880) per night with a three-night minimum, but the house does sleep four couples. The property is also available for weddings, corporate and private events.