12/13/2012 07:15 pm ET

Frank Capra House: Director's Former Home Listed At $1.575 Million (PHOTOS)

Pour some egg nog, light the fireplace and watch "It's A Wonderful Life" for the millionth time. Maybe even watch it from the one-time home of the film's director, Frank Capra. The mid-century modern has hit the market for $1.575 million, according to

Capra won three Academy Awards, although not one for his classic 1946 Christmas film. He later retired to this A. Quincy Jones-designed home in the desert community of La Quinta, Calif. in 1961. The 4,221-square-foot mid-century has floor-to-ceiling glass walls and indoor-outdoor living spaces. There are four bedrooms and five bathrooms and a remodeled kitchen. The living room is lined with stone and has a sunken wet bar. The home sits on the tenth hole of the La Quinta Country Club and has mountain and golf course views.

Capra died in 1991 at age 94 in La Quinta, and the home has had several owners since his passing. The director's heyday was in the 1930s and 1940s, and he is perhaps best known for his 1939 film "Mr. Smith Goes To Washington" (besides his Christmas classic, of course). Later, critics said his subjects were too idealistic and out of step with the mood of post-World War II audiences. That may be the case, but for now, let's just pass the egg nog.

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Frank Capra's Former Home