Held At the La Quinta Civic Center Park – enjoy three days under the sun with some of the bests artists in the Country.
This high quality event is a premier attraction and proudly hosted by the city of La Quinta Tickets start at $17 and multi day passes are just a few dollars more.
La Quinta, often called the gem of the Desert, is a stunning Desert paradise of beautiful homes, golf courses, resorts and outdoor spaces all framed by a majestic mountain backdrop.
Come Explore La Quinta and see why everyone wants to be a part of the magic. See our blog page about La Quinta
Easily one of the very best things about Palm Springs is our airport! In a day when air travel
is really not very pleasant at all Palm Springs manages to keep it sane with a terrific facility located right in town.
Form and Function (everything in the same building!!) ensure ease of use and sanity. Try it the next time you visit Palm Springs and you’ll see why everyone wants to buy a home in Palm Springs.
Palm Springs International Airport is located just across the street from City Hall at the Eastern end of Tahquitz Canyon Way. It features a single level building, parking adjacent to the terminal and rent cars and baggage claim all located under one roof.
There are Flights to Minnesota, Washington, Oregon, Arizona, Texas and New York plus many areas in California. Airlines serving Palm Springs currently include Alaska, Air Canada, American, Allegiant, West Jet, Delta, Sun Country, United and seasonally Frontier Airlines.
The address and contact number for the airport is:
3400 E Tahquitz Canyon Way, Palm Springs, CA 92262
The website for the Airport
Always interesting to see what the visitors perspective on Palm Springs is! Here is a list of new places to Dine in Palm Springs recommended by the LA area food blog LA eater.
Perhaps we will see some of these fine spots participate in Palm Springs Restaurant week the First week of June. Many area restaurants offer 3 course dinners for special set prices to give you an opportunity to sample all the great choices out there.
Almost as interesting as what is new is what has closed. While many restaurants open and close quickly it is rare to see the really popular places close. The last year or so we have seen some popular establishments close such as The Red Tomato, Hamburger Marys, Lyons, Daveys Hideaway, Acqua Pazza and even the Palm Springs location of California Pizza Kitchen.
Lastly, another interesting thing to watch will be the new hotels that are slated to open soon. What sort of dining options will they offer. Already the Hard Rock hotel has brought in Celebrity Chef Kerry Simon with his Simon Kitchen. Will Palm Springs become another Las Vegas in the dining category with Celebrity Chefs opening up more venues in the area? It will be fun to watch and enjoy all the great eats no matter which way it goes.
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Joshua Tree Park Like you have never seen it before! Even if you have been many times skip forward in the video to about 3:15 and look at the scenes with the night stars. What a beautiful resource we have so close to Palm Springs. It does not matter if you are visiting the area, live here already or are just looking for homes for sale in Palm Springs CA – there is always something amazing to see.
MTJP | Joshua Tree is the culmination of nearly a month spent exploring Joshua Tree National Park. We chose Joshua Tree because of its unique landscape. Its immense boulder piles, colorful cactus fields, endless desert expanses, and one-of-a-kind Joshua trees make for a spectacular setting. This film was shot entirely in 4K.
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Special thanks to Platypus, super.natural, Hydro Flask, and Hillsound
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Artist: Ludovico Einaudi
Album: In a Time Lapse
Here are a few fun statistics from our trip:
Crew Members: 3
Time: 15 days
Digital Memory: 1TB
This nice video only covers the highlights of Palm Springs but it is fast paced and shows somethings you might not get to do such as hike in the Canyon or see the Jaguar from the Living Desert up close and personal. The shots from the Tram Car are clear and unobstructed and some of the best I have seen. So even if you have been before give this video a look, I bet you will be impressed.
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For those who never tire of the Sinatra Legend or anyone who wants to see some great shots of Palm Springs Mid Century Architecture this video is quite fun. The Modernism Week that they refer to in the video is a 10 day long celebration of all things Mid Century from Trailers to Art to Architecture held every February in Palm Springs California.
If you have never been to Palm Springs you owe it to yourself to pay a visit. You could tack it on to a trip from Los Angeles (2 hours away) or Las Vegas (4 hours away) it is an informal outdoor museum of Mid Century Architecture. From Commercial properties in the Downtown area to the many private homes it is quite a display if you are interested. Come see why everyone wants to buy a home in Palm Springs.
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Palm Desert will soon be home to three very popular Retailers. First To open in the Town Center Shopping Plaza will be a large Nordstroms Rack store. Coming soon will be Whole Foods in the same Plaza and H&M in The Westfield Mall complex across the street.
Construction is continuing at a hectic pace on all three locations and from the outside they look almost done.
Just recently Dicks’ Sporting Goods Opened a large store in Westfield Mall and the World GYM opened an expanded location there in a relocation move from the Town Center Shopping Plaza across the street.
All ready a leader in Coachella valley retail these are exciting times in the retail sector of Palm Desert to be sure.
APRIL 11-13 & 18-20 2014
Click on the Poster above to be taken to the complete lineup information page for the event. Spread over two weekends in April one of the top music festivals in the world brings artists from so many genres to the Coachella Valley/Palm Springs area for two weekends in April . A hybrid music festival/Art festival the event is also a big contributor to local charities.
Imagine owning your own great home in INDIO CA just a mile and a half from the fairgrounds! See it here Enjoying this great event would be so much easier with your own private four bedroom pool home! The rental potential would be outstanding.
Coachella Fest is just one of the many great events held each year in Indio. Up and coming is the Stagecoach Music festival and every February you have the Riverside County Fair and Date Festival and there is also a Tamale Festival every December.
Palm Springs Modernism Week: ( or week+ since it is 10 days long!) It all happens February 13-23, 2014 when the world comes to admire what we here locally take for granted everyday. This amazing event continues to grow and expand in all directions. Last year the event brought in vintage travel trailers and expanded beyond Palm Springs into the Palm Desert neighborhoods with fifties architecture.
The 14th annual Palm Springs Modernism Show and Sale will be held at the Convention Center, located On Amado and Avendia Caballeros, with over 80 exhibitors showing their treasures and hoping to make them YOURS!
The show -which could possibly be credited with starting the whole modernism week (but I am not an expert on the founding of the event!) is just the tip of the iceberg. The website for the event lists no less than 32 pages of events! From lectures, to films, to house tours, bus tours and exhibits. Everyone is getting in on the excitement with exhibits at the Palm Springs library to lectures in hotel ballrooms. Fitting it all in will be your biggest challenge.
Perhaps the best part of Modernism week is it takes place in the sunshine of Palm Springs. This will no doubt please the some 40,000 expected visitors, from all parts of the world, who may not see temps like these until Summertime.
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This tourism video shows some great images of the Coachella Valley. Palm Springs means many different things to people. But no matter who you are there is a relaxing and inviting way of life here, full of great activities from lounging by a sun soaked pool to climbing in the mountains. Enjoy life to the fullest in Palm Springs.
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Many times people will ask why we have the large channel – often called the wash – running through the valley. If you approach the populated areas near the base of the mountains you will often find ravines or drainage areas that are set up to divert water from the Mountains. An example of the need for these came this past week when every afternoon brought heavy mountain rainfall. The amount of rainfall in the Desert actually was not that much – but the runoff from the storm in the mountains created problems for our beautiful Indian Canyons in South Palm Springs. Here is an excerpt with a link to the rest of the story and video on THE DESERT SUN website:
PALM SPRINGS — The Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians indefinitely shut down Tahquitz and Indian canyons Thursday because of damage that was caused by this week’s flooding.
“The Indian Canyons are nearly unrecognizable in the condition they are in today,” tribal Chairman Jeff Grubbe said in a news release announcing the closures. “We are working diligently to assess the damage and determine the next steps to remove debris, repair damage and return the canyons back to as close to their natural beauty as possible.”
Read The Whole Story on THE DESERT SUN website The story Includes a video of the damage.
See Our Blog Post About the Indian Canyons in South Palm Springs
Hotel Zoso Pool Area as shown on Their Website
The Hip hotel Zoso located right downtown in Palm Springs California is slated to become a Hard Rock Hotel by the end of the year. Long rumored for several other locations around town it is now officially the Zoso. An amazing walk out the front door to downtown location will be a highlight for guests of this property.
Long time Palm Springs visitors and residents will remember that the Hotel was once called the Marquis. The Time share component called the Marquis Villas is still in Operation just one street to the East.
See the LA TIMES article about the property conversion.
Another sign that Palm Springs is coming into its’ new life as a major hotspot getaway San Francisco based KIMPTON Hotels has announced they will be building a brand new hotel Property in the Desert as well. Read the Article here.
The Universe of Country Music is in Indio this weekend as some of the biggest names, newest groups and industry veterans unite for an amazing weekend of Country Music. Held at the Polo Grounds in Indio CA the three day festival is sure to bring thousands to the Coachella Valley to experience the warm sunshine and great Country Music. Word is the festival is sold out this year but it is not too late to start planning to be here in 2014!
Get all the information at the Festivals site or on their social networks:
Palm Springs has many wonderful features but one of the best is the ease of coming and going with our convenient local airport, Palm Springs International Airport. With year round direct flights to Dallas – San Francisco and Los Angeles and with seasonal service to Canada, Chicago and The Pacific Northwest it is easy to get anywhere from Palm Springs. That is if you really want to leave!
Palm Springs Airport Website get schedules, parking info and other travel tips. The Airport in Palm Springs is located at3400 E Tahquitz Canyon Way Palm Springs, CA 92262
Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage CA will once again play host to the LPGA golf tournament known previously as the Dinah Shore April 1-7, 2013.
All the biggest names in Womens’ Golf will be coming to the Palm Springs area where the temperatures are predicted to be in the 80’s! I think we will be making some people up north a little jealous with those temps. Some might even be tempted to buy a home for sale in Rancho Mirage.
Tickets start at $15 and children and active Duty Military familes get in free!
Celebrities attending the golf tournament and playing in the pro-am include Greg Ellis, Oscar De La Hoya, Josh Kelly, George Lopez, Kiefer Sutherland and Michael Bolton to name a few.
100 Plus women golfers from all over the world will be here and there simply isn’t enough space to list them all here – this video however, gives some fun insights into some of the Ladies and the many countries they represent.
It’s all happening in Palm Springs the First Week of April 2013! Don’t miss it.
Movies, Movies, Movies…..
Cinema Diverse: The Gay& Lesbian Film Festival: September at the Camelot Theatre. More information at: http://cinemadiverse.org/
Palm Springs International Film Festival: One of the five largest feature film festivals in the nation is held every January at various venues throughout Palm Springs. (Previously called the Nortel) Many major A list celebrities attend this festival and the event seems to be bigger and grander every year. Palm Springs International Film Festival website
Festival of Native Film and Culture: This festival presented by the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, slated in March at Camelot Theatres More information at http://www.accmuseum.org/Film-Festival
Student Short Film Festival: Anna Hammond, daughter of board member and Agua Caliente Cultural Museum Executive Director Michael Hammond, will present the high school student film festival at the Camelot Theatres. This festival has been happening since 2006. Get more information by contacting: email@example.com
Palm Springs Film Noir Festival: This festival of classic and neo-noir is now more than a decade old and continues to play each May at the Camelot Theatres. More info at http://arthurlyonsfilmnoir.ning.com/
The Wild Lights at The Living Desert will open the holiday season on Wednesday, November 21st 2012. In its 20th season this is a great event for the whole family. Enjoy a night out under the stars as you walk the grounds of the Living Desert and see the amazing light displays. Presented by the City of Indian Wells and running on select nights over the holiday season, it is a great night out and loads of fun as well. This year you will see over 750,000 twinkling lights illuminating the park and food and beverages will be available. Look for other special entertainment such as Camel Rides and shows on the following dates: Nov. 21, 22, 23, 24, 30 Dec. 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22, 23, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31.
Hours are from 6pm – 9pm for Wild Lights At Living Desert
Check out this video for a small taste of what you will see.
The Living Desert is a wonderful community resource. Part zoo, Part Botanical garden its’ picturesque setting in the foothills of Palm Desert is breathtaking. Many miles of walking trails take you through the surprisingly varied Desert Landscapes with Palm Oasis and wildlife along the way. During the year there are many events at the park such as Brew at The Zoo and Wild Lights. You can even rent a conference room with a view of the cheetahs, for a unique meeting that will always be remembered. Truly a treasure for visitors and residents alike.
The WildLights Festival at The Living Desert will open the holiday season on Wednesday, November 21st 2012. In its 20th season this is a great event for the whole family. Enjoy a night out under the stars as you walk the grounds of the Living Desert and see the amazing light displays. Presented by the City of Indian Wells and running on select nights over the holiday season, it is a great night out and loads of fun as well. This year you will see over 750,000 twinkling lights illuminating the park and food and beverages will be available. Look for other special entertainment such as Camel Rides and shows on the following dates: Nov. 21, 22, 23, 24, 30 Dec. 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22, 23, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31.
Hours are from 6pm – 9pm
Check out this video for a small taste of what you will see.
The last three or four months in California (well most of the state anyway) have been a heady return to the days of multiple offers. Declining inventories have lead to a mini frenzy on many properties. Prices have started to inch up. Don’t worry, no one is going to get whiplash from the speed that they are rising but they are indeed rising a little. Homes that are in tip top shape sell first, followed by homes that need just a little work followed by great buys on big fixers in good areas.
This trend has bypassed properties with high Homeowners fees, it has also excluded most condos – Single Family homes are the darlings of the current market. Great prices on homes/condos have had the negative effect of making the HOA fees really jump up and hit buyers in the face. Ironically, it is the best priced condos that often have the worst time of it. While many people will take a closer look at a nice condo for a mere $100-115 thousand they hit the pause button upon finding out that the monthly dues are over $400. At todays’ historically low interest rate that is almost as much as the mortgage.
Many reports on the state of Real Estate focus endlessly on the numbers 49%-55% decreases in inventories year over year, and as mentioned earlier the modest surge in prices. It would be easy to interpret this as a positive sign of a rejuvenated housing market. Underlying these trends though some economists are pointing out, are the harder facts. Only about half of the homes purchased are being bought by primary home owners. That means the other half are being bought by investors that want to fix and flip or fix and rent. The economist say this points to low demand despite record low interest rates consumers are not flocking to buy homes. The underlying economic conditions of growth in the economy and lack of jobs is holding the average home buyer back even with 3.5% interest rates!
The point here is not to say that all is lost. Movement in the market is still good. Banks still have years of work to do to reduce their foreclosed inventory. It is debatable how they will do that but that is for another blog post. Some new construction is starting to spring up or get restarted. Inventory levels could change depending on these two segments alone. It has been talked about lately, that the banks may start selling off their inventory in bulk sales. That could change the market drastically. Also, investors could shift gears. If they are unable to find tenants or buyers for their flips they won’t be buying more. The economy could improve the only constant here is the fact that things will change.
This leads me to the point that I don’t think should be missed. If you are in a position where you know you want to sell your home in the next 6 months, do not wait. Now is the time – seize the moment and do it now. After almost 12 years in the business I can personally attest to the fact that in every market condition the market tends to shifts about every six months. The shift could be availability of financing – inventory levels – consumer confidence or something as mundane as popular price points but it will shift. We are drawing close to that six month window, sellers now is your moment.
May 5th is of course Cinco De Mayo – which is very important of course but in Palm Springs it is the equally Important Evening Under the Stars. In its’ 19th year this event is the AIDS Assistance Program’s annual fundraiser which generates a major portion of their operating budget for the Food Voucher Program.
The event takes place at the O’Donnell Golf Club in Palm Springs, right behind the Hyatt downtown. Not only is it a beautiful setting it is a great central location for such a fun event.
Past years have seen everyone from The B-52’s to Barry Manilow and Suzanne Sommers perform but this year Evening Under The Stars will feature the music of the all-female rock band The Go-Go’s. The actress, the lovely, Lainie Kazan will act as Mistress of Ceremonies. The menu for the event is being created by Celebrity Chef Susan Feniger.
Dancing, dinner and entertainment under the stars in downtown Palm Springs all for a great cause! How could you not want to go?
The La Quinta Arts Festival returns March 8-11th, 2012 to Civic center park in La Quinta CA
Often cited as one of the top art events in the nation the Festival has won many favorable mentions. In addition to all the great art in just about every category there is, the festival features live entertainment. There ia also a great selection of food and drink options and is a perfect way to spend your day in the California Sunshine. Use the link above to take you to the Festival website.
Admission fee. Multi day passes available.
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Palm Springs is forever tied to and truly is an open air museum of the Mid Century Modern look. From commercial buildings to private homes, stunning examples of this architectural style are part of everyday life in our Desert paradise.
Modernism week grew out of a successful show that was started in 2001 to showcase the style right here in Palm Springs. It has morphed into an international event every February including home tours, lectures, films, parties and of course the show that started it all held right here at the Palm Springs convention center. One of the best parts of the show is that each year more and more Modernism connections are found. For example this year will be the second year that the Airstream travel trailers of that era are on display. Also, this year there will be a special night lighting of featured commercial properties in downtown. Interesting and fun this is truly a not to be missed event.
Many sponsors and partners are now part of the event including the Palm Springs Art Museum and Palm Springs Historical society among others. Kudos to all the sponsors for bring such a relevant and interesting event to life in Palm Springs.
See the website for Modernism week. See tickets available for the Events
Watch A Video on the illuminated feature of this Years Modernism Event:
Money For Local Charities in Palm Springs
Cycling to make a difference is what the Tour de Palm Springs is all about. The event was designed to raise money for non-profit organizations in the Coachella Valley. With a goal of raising $200,000 for local charities in 2012 the event is not only fun but very helpful to the community.
So get out and enjoy Palm Springs’ famous weather, gorgeous mountain scenery, thousands of bike riders, and help raising money for charity. There are rides from 5 miles in length all the way up to the 100 mile ride. Anyone can participate and more information can be found on the website for Tour de Palm Springs.
The Empire Polo Grounds in Indio CA will once again host the Southwest Arts Festival now in its’ 26th year. This international art show draws 250 plus artists and features everytype of medium. From Posters and pottery to art glass and sculptures. Admission is charged but there are package and three day passes available. See the Southwest Arts Festival site for more information.
This event is sponsored by the Indio Chamber of Commerce
Starting on page 176 the article is more than the usual top ten list of Palm Springs attractions. There is also an emphasis on the attractions of our nearby High Desert.
Checking on-line I could not find the article posted on the magazines website yet – so you will have to pick up your own copy to check it out.
One of the real treats of the holiday season is always the Parade of Lights in Palm Springs, now in its’ 20th year. This year reserve Saturday night the 3rd of December for your trip to see this amazing display. So stake out your spot on Palm Canyon drive because all the fun starts at 5:45pm This years Grand Marshal is Carol Channing.
Voted in the top ten Food Festivals in The USA the Tamale Festival in Indio is a real treat.
The Festival takes place from 10am to 6pm each day and is located between Highway 111 and Indio Blvd. There will be many activities and events in addition to the the delicious Tamales. You can visit the Festival Site for more information
Mark your calendar now and don’t miss this fun – and FREE – event. See 16 of the charming Inns located in the Tennis Club neighborhood behind downtown Palm Springs. Full of surprises these charming and unique properties are sure to delight and surprise you.
Time: 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Information: (800) 347-7746
Location: Neighborhoods between Ramon Road and Tahquitz Canyon Way right behind downtown Palm Springs
The event is a self-guided walking tour of Palm Springs’boutique hotels and historic inns. These historic and mid-century modern gems are opening their doors for public tours as part of its annual ‘Walk of the Inns.” You will see everything From 100-year old adobe inns to 1920s jewels to Mediterranean inspired villas, the “Walk of the Inns” is a great way to see something normally reserved for paying guests. Inns participating in the event include Casa Cody, Old Ranch Inn, Orbit Inn, Korakia Pensione, Calla Lilly Inn and several others. You can start your self-guided tour at any of the participating hotels or come to the Palm Springs Art Museum, 101 Museum Way, which will provide free maps and flashlights for the walk. Donations for Toys For Tots will be taking place at the event.
If you find you love the charming Tennis Club area you might want be one of the lucky view who owns one of the limited number of residences there. We can help you with that see our great listing at 555 W Baristo C28
Car buffs will want to be in Palm Springs this coming weekend as the McCormick’s Auto Auction rolls into town. All the Action starts on Friday at 3pm with the first Auction of the Weekend. Daily admission is set at $15 with discounts for multiple day tickets.
Last years auction saw 487 cars up for Auction and record breaking attendance records. This year promises to be just as good if not better. All the action takes place outside at the Spa Resort Casino in Downtown Palm Springs. As if you need a reason to enjoy the beautiful Palm Springs weather!
9:30am to 4:00PM In Whitewater Park
This fun filled two-day event is a juried art show and jazz festival. There will be food for sale from local restaurants and a wine and Beer Garden. This will be the 11th year for the event which gets a little bigger and more exciting each year. There will be about 100 award-winning artists in a variety of artistic mediums, including painting, sculpture, ceramics and jewelry. Smooth Jazz music with featured performers Matt Marshak and Shilts on stage.
The Art Affaire is presented FREE by the City of Rancho Mirage Parks and Recreation Commission. Whitewater Park is located at 71-560 San Jacinto Drive in Rancho Mirage.
For more information you call City Hall at 760-324-4511.
Don’t forget the Rancho Mirage Smart Phone APP that will keep you up to date on all things Rancho Mirage available for download at www.visitRM.com
The Historic Mission Inn in Riverside will host their Festival Of Lights for the 19th year starting on the 25th of November. Every evening at sunset some 3.6 million lights and many elaborate decorations will transform exterior of the Inn into a magical Holiday experience.
Riverside is less than hour from Palm Springs and the Hotel has some great restaurants if you want to complete the experience by staying for dinner. Be sure to make reservations.
Here is a video that I took a few years ago when I visited the Inn.
The Coachella Valley Water District is sponsoring three workshops to help you learn about efficient landscaping in the Desert.
Dates and Times:
November 18 8am to Noon OR 1pm-5pm
and Saturday November 19th 8am to noon
Costs is $20 and includes refreshments, a potted plant and a landscaping book.
Held at the UC Riverside Graduate Center(75080 Frank Sinatra Drive)
Register at www.CVWD.org
April 27-29th 2012 will be the sixth anniversary of the Country music festival in Indio. New in 2012 will be the additional day of music on Friday. The first time the two day festival has been expanded.
April will be chock full of Music since the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival will now span two big weekends in a row just before Stagecoach.
Major acts from the world of country Music including Brad paisley, Jason Aldean, Martina McBride, Miranda Lambert, Kenny Rogers and many more will fill the Empire Polo Club grounds to capcity.
If you have taken a ride out toward I-10 on Indian Avenue lately, you have no doubtly seen the activity taking place near Tramview Rd. It is the very beginning stages of the West Valley Campus of the College of the Desert.
This ambitious project, that began with a voter approved Bond measure back in 2004, will surely transform the north end of Palm Springs for years to come. Not just the intial jobs – estimated at 200 to 250 – but, once open, the ongoing employment opportunities. More importantly the concept and plan for the school involves heavy use of the emerging green technologies. The campus itself is designed to generate all of its own power from day one.
With help from Southern California Edison the school will open with a solar plant already in place. Design elements have been put in place to use the wind and sun to maximum advantage while still having a very user friendly campus. Artists renderings on the site are very exciting, be sure to check those out.
The campus is to be built out in several phases but the first one will open in 2014. There are 119 acres on the site. The economic boost to the Palm Springs area will be very welcome but the hidden benefits of this great community resource may be the biggest pay off. Attracting talented professionals and a younger demographic to the Palm Springs area could make our great, diverse community even more dynamic and appealing.
This series sponosored by the City of Rancho Mirage features an exciting array of nationally and internationally known figures. Next year is no exception and offers a real opportunity to hear first rate speakers right here in the Coachella Valley.
Tickets can now be purchased for the Speakers series January thru March of 2012.
This year the speakers scheduled are:
Jean Michael Cousteau – Enviromentalist -January 25
Valerie Plame Wilson – Former CIA Spy – February 29
Frank Abagnale – subect of film “Catch Me If You Can” -March 21
Tickets start at $40 Reserve on Line at www.RanchoMirageCA.gov
Every year Money Magazine publishes their list of the best places to live. At first glance it seems pretty cut and dried but the deeper you dig into the list the more confusing it can be. There are so many factors from housing, weather, jobs, cultural activities. Pretty soon you won’t really be convinced anywhere is perfect but it is still lots of fun to play with.
This year there is an interactive sort of menu where you can choose your state and then compare communities close to you. I provide the link here so you can play with it yourself and have some fun.
What is the best thing about where you live? For me, in Palm Springs, it is the small town feel combined with the perpetual sunshine. Enjoy.
Exceeding all expectations the May 2011 real estate sales numbers reflect a growing trend. Over 900 homes sold – AGAIN! This time 911. Once again a new milestone – breaking the 900 mark for homes sold in one month for only the third time in the last 2 years! You will also be surprised to learn that while 1274 homes came on the market in May 2011 another 1286 moved into escrow by going under contract. Essentially wiping out the gains of the new homes listed. Supply and demand seem to be leveling out.
More good news as the median price has risen 23% since May of 2009. While prices are still low and pockets of resistance still exist there is no question that exceptional values are becoming a little more scarce. In general we can say that for homes in great condition prices are headed up not down on average.
Most importantly the months supply of inventory is dropping like a stone! Month supply of inventory is figured by assuming that the current sales rate continues and no other home is listed for sale. That would mean we only have 3.8 months inventory left! Not only is that the lowest in more than two years but it represents a steady decline since December of 2010 when we had a 10 month supply. These are numbers that can’t be ignored. A change is in the air. If you are looking to buy real estate it would be hard to beat the timing of this market.
Many home owners in San Bernardino County and Riverside County (Where Palm Springs is located) are receiving very official looking documents in the mail saying they need to order a copy of their grant deed to avoid foreclosure proceedings and prove that they own their home.
Like most scams it is designed to play on your fears and get you to pay money you do not have to spend. You may, at anytime get a copy of your Grant deed from a title company or the county for a very modest fee. Most everyone already has a copy of this in their final closing package from the Escrow/Title company.
Be careful of these bogus resellers of public information. If you receive any document, that pertains to your property, and are unsure what it means please check with a trusted local expert such as your Realtor, an attorney or your tax professional.
Civic Center Park in Palm Desert will be home to the spectacular new Aquatic Center . Originally scheduled to open in the first part of the month the opening has been delayed to the 25th of June because some of the equipment was delayed in arriving
The center is to be located in the north west corner of the Park which is off of San Pablo and Magnesia Falls Rd in Palm Desert. The center will complete a park that already includes 4 Baseball fields, A skate park Concession/Restroom Building , An Amphitheater, 6 Tennis Courts, 4 Volleyball Courts, 3 Basketball Courts, 5 Picnic Pavilions, A Playground, a Dog Park and lots of grassy areas. The park also includes a Holocaust Memorial and a Peace Memorial. There are ponds with turtles, ducks and swans.
RED DAY –
WHAT IS RED DAY?
RED Day (Renew, Energize and Donate) is an initiative dedicated to celebrating Keller Williams Realty’s year-round commitment to improving our local communities. Each year, on the second Thursday in May, tens of thousands of associates from across the United States and Canada participate in a wide range of projects, devoting their time to renewing and energizing aspects of the neighborhoods in which they serve.
RED Day initiatives run the gamut: From rebuilding homes, refurbishing local parks, giving to local food shelters, hosting blood drives, beautifying beaches and so much more. Projects are chosen by each individual market center based on a need they see within their community.
Recognizing her leadership in guiding the culture of our company, RED Day is held in honor of Mo Anderson, vice chairman of the board, Keller Williams Realty. This event is an entrenched part of Keller Williams Realty’s culture and displays the extraordinary effect a company can have when individuals come together to work as a team for the greater good of everyone.
This year the Keller Williams offices in the Coachella Valley (Palm Springs, CA) will be helping refurbish and freshen up a group home for project Angel View in the community of Thousand Palms, CA. Hundreds of agents, support staff and industry partners will help put a fresh face on a residence that Project Angel view operates for disabled adults.
Downtown Palm Springs
The 18th year for this annual event benefits the AIDS Assistance Program. Ann Walker (of Palm Springs cult movie Sordid Lives fame) will be Mistress of Ceremonies.
This Year the event is an ’80’s party with the music of popular new wave rockers The B-52s, who have been making great music since their debut in the 80’s. The fun, which includes a silent auction and dinner all starts at 6 p.m. at O’Donnell Golf Club in Palm Springs.
Past entertainers have included Liza Minelli, Lilly Tomlin, Barry Manilow and Suzanne Sommers.
Great Fun and a worthy Charity make this a must attend event!
April 30th – May 1 – 2011 the Polo Grounds in Indio, CA will host one of the largest and fastest growing Country music events in the Country. The roster of performers reads like a who’s who in the genre with everyone from pioneer Loretta Lynn to Newcomer American Idol Carrie Underwood.
Many different levels of ticket packages are available and camping and lodging information is available on the event site. Click on the Poster above to be taken to the main site.
Great music in the Desert another thing that makes the Palm Springs area a very special place to be.
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Formally known as the Dinah Shore, this is one of four major ladies golf events and was founded by Dinah Shore herself in 1972. Now in its’ 40th year this is the first major event of the womens golf season. This year the event runs from March 28th thru the 3rd of April.
Truly an international event the tournament will bring thousands of people to the beautiful Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage for this televised event. Tickets start at just $20 and there are packages available.
In addition to be lots of fun the tournament raises money for many charities – this year with an emphasis on Literacy programs. A-list celebrities and the biggest names in womens golf, great golf and lets not forget the weather – what a great bunch of reasons to come to Rancho Mirage for the weekend!
There are tickets available and volunteer opportunities and you can get more information and tickets on the Kraft Nabisco Championship Website
We all tend to take things for granted when we see them everyday. I remember when I lived in Colorado I got very accustomed to some of the most magnificent views on the planet. Breathtaking scenery of the snow capped Rockies and the Continental Divide was a daily spectacle to me. It was usually a visiting friend or relative that would bring it back home to me how special this really was.
Now that I live in the Coachella Valley it is common place for me to see citrus trees where ever I go. Most people have at least one tree in their yard, condo complexes are full of them sprinkled all over the grounds. Oranges, grapefruits and lemons are the most common but a few lucky people have tangerine trees. At the east end of the valley there are still some agricultural areas that produce citrus crops. In fact if you venture out to the Salton Sea (an interesting day trip) you will pass some of them.
So, the visual of citrus trees hardly registers with me anymore. I see it everyday. However, each year in March the overpowering smell of the fragrant blossoms permeates the valley and you just can’t escape it. No real way to share that with you on the blog but just know that it is a wonderful fragrance. Riding with the windows down in the car is fun as you can even smell it then.
Admission remains unchanged this year (Adults $8) and there are a couple of opportunities to get an even better deal!
Opening Friday, February 18, 2011, admission will be free from 10am to 3pm. This will mark the third year the Fair has given back to the community by creating this opportunity for their attendees. A special “thank you” to Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, the Fair’s Presenting Sponsor, for creating “Fantasy $5 Friday” which will be February 25, 2011.
The Fair features many attractions and events with fantastic food, great exhibits, many carnival rides and headliner entertainment (included in the admission price) the Riverside County Fair & National Date Festival is ten days of fun.
Headlining Entertainment Offered This Year:
This past Saturday night saw the streets of Palm Springs fill with thousands of spectators for the Annual Christmas Lights Parade. Vehicles of every description as well as marching bands and horses were all festooned with hundreds of lights for the enjoyment of the crowd. There were even a few big balloon floats this year for the first time.
The review in the paper today made special note of the 60 degree temperatures that parade watchers had to “endure”. Only in Southern California is a temperature in the 60’s considered something you have to endure!
The Parade is becoming quite the Palm Springs Tradition and another example of why Everyone wants to live in Palm Springs Area! Find your home here!
This past Saturday night saw the streets of Palm Springs fill with thousands of spectators for the Annual Festival Of Lights Parade. Vehicles of every description as well as marching bands and horses were all festooned with hundreds of lights for the enjoyment of the crowd. There were even a few big balloon floats this year for the first time.
The review in the paper today made special note of the 60 degree temperatures that parade watchers had to “endure”. Only in Southern California is a temperature in the 60’s considered something you have to endure!
See a few of my pictures here:
The 18TH Annual FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS – at the Historic Mission Inn in Riverside – begins today Friday, November 26 at sunset and continues through Sunday, January 2, 2011.
This is a not to be missed event that will put anyone in the Christmas spirit. The Mission Inn occuppies and entire block right off of the 91 Highway in downtown Riverside. The whole exterior of the property is draped in lights and moving figurines and characters. It is sure to delight people of all ages.
If you make reservations the dining rooms, especially the outdoor patio, serve memorable meals.
See more about the Mission Inn
Video Of the Lights: