Here in Palm Springs is one of the most exclusive neighborhoods you can find.
Smoke Tree Ranch was Walt's beloved retreat and he was a very active member of this small gated community of 85 homes. Many of you already know that he had the the Ranch's brand embroidered on all his neckties and it is visible on the bronzes of Walt and Mickey located in the Hub.
"The Disneys bought their first Palm Springs home in 1948 at Smoke Tree Ranch, which is faithful to desert authenticity with natural landscaping. Mesquite and ocotillo grow in undisturbed harmony, and small animals scurry among the rocks and cactus.""
In 1954 he sold his first Smoke Tree Ranch home. When he began raising funds to build Disneyland, he hocked everything he had, including his house.
The Disneys were able to purchase their second Smoke Tree Ranch home in 1957 following the phenomenal success of Disneyland .
The following link takes you to an article on Walt's time here in Palm Springs:
The Ranch also has 37 cottages that operate as a retreat for outsiders. It is consistently listed on the top 10 exclusive resort destinations and was listed as one of The World's Top 10 Hideaways in 2004.
It's a unique experience and price wise is on par with any 4 star resort.
Here's a link to information on booking a vacation at The Ranch: