In Palm Desert, a Moorish mansion with a hookah lounge gets $11.5M

In Palm Desert, a Moorish mansion with a hookah lounge gets $11.5M

A modern Moroccan riad-style mansion in Palm Desert has sold to Howard Panes, the 53-year-old fitness innovator behind the Stealth Core Trainer gaming plankboard.

Records show Panes bought the property dubbed “Casbah Cove” through a Florida LLC for $11.5 million, a 17% markdown from the last asking price.

Multiple Listing Service data shows the desert retreat spent years on and off the market, with an initial $24.5 million ask in January 2015. The price has dropped several times since.

As recently as January 2022, it sought $13.9 million.

Escrow closed March 14.

Located in guard-gated Bighorn Golf Club, the house spans 12,650 square feet with five bedrooms, seven bathrooms, and seamless indoor and outdoor living spaces.

There are vanishing glass walls and a retractable glass ceiling that shelters a courtyard at the center of the home of which Panes posted a video on Instagram. Interior highlights include a hammam spa with a steam room, a temperature-controlled wine room and the hookah room with seating for 20 people.

The house was completed on a nearly 1-acre hillside lot with 360-degree mountain and Coachella Valley views in 2009.

An outdoor movie theater with a 20-foot screen shares the grounds with lush gardens, moat-like fountains in the motor court and multiple pools, including a 75-foot infinity lap pool and a 40-foot round, reverse infinity-edge swimming pool.

There’s a complete outdoor kitchen with a barbecue.

A one-bedroom guest house with a kitchen completes the listing.

Jacquie Burns of Bighorn Properties held the listing and Brian Wilson of Bennion Deville Homes represented Panes.

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