Palm Desert, CA Real Estate News

By Paul Kaplan, Mid Century/Modern homes in Palm Springs - www.Pau
(The Paul Kaplan Group, Inc)
The Desert Sun reported today: "Coachella Valley home sales during the third quarter of 2008 jumped 51.5 percent compared to 2007, driven predominately by buyers nabbing foreclosures and other distressed properties that have been sharply discounted." Bargains for buyers:  Although sales are up, averge prices are down.  This is partly a result of banks wanting to unload the numerous foreclosures currently on the market.  Those that don't have to sell, are holding off. However, motivated sellers are having to meet or beat the foreclosure pricing in order to be competitive. Over half of all homes sold recently were foreclosures. The end result, is that the median pricing for homes, has come down more then $150,000 in the Palm Springs area. The Desert Sun also reports: "[Sales are] up from ...
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By Elaine Stewart, RE/MAX Desert Properties
(Elaine Stewart is the #1 Individual RE/MAX Agent for 11 years straight in the Coachella Valley. (760) 668-2399 )
Golf lovers rejoice! There is the perfect place in Palm Desert for you to take a look at: Bighorn Golf Club. There are fantastic views, lovely homes, and two huge courses that boast full clubhouses and amenities. Whether you're a golfer or not, the neighborhood is beautifully designed and has much to offer any kind of lifestyle. In this brief article we'll take a look at what the courses have to offer, as well as the other ways this neighborhood is sure to impress. The two golf courses are championship level, eighteen hole, full length courses. The Mountains course was designed by Arthur Hills, while the Canyon course was done by Tom Fazio. Both of these courses have long-standing reputations, and many have appeared in tournaments on television. The clubhouse is frequented by profession...
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By Elaine Stewart, RE/MAX Desert Properties
(Elaine Stewart is the #1 Individual RE/MAX Agent for 11 years straight in the Coachella Valley. (760) 668-2399 )
The city of Palm Desert looks, sounds, and feels like a paradise. There is sunshine year round and the people living here are friendly. The scenery is the most breathtaking around with a nice selection of diversions to keep you feeling in awe of the landscape.  This desert resort is located in the center of the Coachella Valley which is the heart of Southern California. It is perfect for those who seek to live amongst pleasure and be active or as relaxed as their personality will accommodate. While the snows rage in the winter months in some areas of the country, Palm Desert has a wonderful daytime temperature of a comfortable 70 - 80 degrees. This oasis in the desert is surrounded by three snow capped mountain ranges keeping it safe from the pollution of the coast and the cold weather ...
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By Elaine Stewart, RE/MAX Desert Properties
(Elaine Stewart is the #1 Individual RE/MAX Agent for 11 years straight in the Coachella Valley. (760) 668-2399 )
First known as the Old MacDonald Ranch, the city of Palm Desert is now one of the driving forces in the Palm Springs real estate market. Located in the Coachella Valley, Palm Desert had grown to become one of the major shopping destinations in the Palm Springs area. Palm Desert's El Paseo Drive is considered the desert's equivalent of Beverly Hill's Rodeo Drive. A teeming business center, Palm Desert's growing community has reached a population of around 40,000 year round residents, although the winter months see another 30,000 winter residents as Snowbirds leave their wintry homes to enjoy the warmth of the California sunshine. Home to the Cahuilla Indians, the first residential community was established in 1943. Desert Palm was also a training ground for the army before World War II. ...
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By Elaine Stewart, RE/MAX Desert Properties
(Elaine Stewart is the #1 Individual RE/MAX Agent for 11 years straight in the Coachella Valley. (760) 668-2399 )
On Saturday September 14th many supporters turned out for the Rally for the cure in Palm Desert at the Classic Club. Founded in 1996, it is a great humanitarian program dedicated in spreading the awareness of breast cancer. This is a grassroots program established with the partnership of Condé Nast Publications and Susan G. Komen for the Cure. This program is a platform for the people to fight against breast cancer and also to find out ways and means to eradicate it. It also supports fund raising programs for the Rally for the cure. It has been successful from the time of inception in 1996. During the first year, the Rally for the cure got registration of 356 clubs and the awareness program got 16,278 participants. After a decade of successful campaigns and awesome works among the needy...
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By Elaine Stewart, RE/MAX Desert Properties
(Elaine Stewart is the #1 Individual RE/MAX Agent for 11 years straight in the Coachella Valley. (760) 668-2399 )
Established for over 21 years, the Palm Valley Country Club has built a solid reputation of excellence, perfection, and individuality. Offering premium features and many amenities, their background for delivering quality performance is strengthened daily, rivaled only by their determination to provide an exclusive club that out shines the rest and the best. Both courses, the Challenge course and the Championship course, features rolling emerald fairways framed with the stark beauty of the desert with its sun cast hues. Water features add a jeweled elegance in the almost surreal setting. With multi level greens and challenges along the way, either course promises to deliver a satisfying time for the golf enthusiast in you. After playing the 63 holes on the Challenge course, or the 72 ho...
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By Elaine Stewart, RE/MAX Desert Properties
(Elaine Stewart is the #1 Individual RE/MAX Agent for 11 years straight in the Coachella Valley. (760) 668-2399 )
The Palm Desert Historical Society Museum has brought their creative genius into play, making available a truly magnificent venture guaranteed to tempt young minds to indulge in learning about their culture rich history, as well as capture the hearts and attention of everyone with a finished product worthy of display in any home or office. Investing their talent and attention, Lynn Englar, Mark Lunn, and Terry Cardinal have created a spectacular tool geared toward educating people about the desert and the community surrounding it that comprises their life story, both past and present. Terry Cardinal, the Director of Membership Development (Palm Desert Chamber of Commerce) in 1977, determined the need for passing on the wealth of knowledge gained from the pas, to the future generations ...
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By Sue Margiotta
(Power Brokers International)
LAST ART WALK ON EL PASEO FOR THE SEASONThursday, May 1st is when the galleries on El Paseo open their doors until 9pm for the last time before the season officially ends. They will stay open all summer long and work with our out of town clients, but this will be your last chance until October to mix and mingle in the galleries on El Paseo. THE HART GALLERY ON TV - GALLERY EXPANSIONTuesday, April 29th at 9pmOne of only two galleries featured in "Exploring the Arts" on PBS/KCET (Channel 218), with Gloria Greer -Tuesday April 29th at 9pm with repeats May 2nd and 3rdwww.hartgallery.net/TVEl Paseo Art WalkPalm Desert / 346-8885On the first Thursday of each month, from October through May,  17  fine art galleries on El Paseo, feature unique collections of international art and sculpture. El ...
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By Sue Margiotta
(Power Brokers International)
The Desert Sun - Best of the Desert Best BagelsWINNER: BENNY'S BAGELS COFFEEHOUSETwo locations valleywide: 72-785 Highway 111, Palm Desert, 568-4990; 50-620 Eisenhower Drive, Suite 105, La Quinta, 777-9102Imaginative, always fresh bagels have made Benny's a valley favorite for years.FinalistsCosi, 46-660 Washington St., La Quinta, 771-5747New York Bagel & Deli, 73-845 Highway 111, Palm Desert, 340-9930 Best Brunch WINNER: LAS CASUELAS NUEVAS70-050 Highway 111, Rancho Mirage, 328-8844The Mexican standards are reliable, the prices are affordable and the atmosphere is relaxed, which add up to three good reasons why Las Casuelas Nuevas is such a bustling place and why there seems to be a party going on in every corner.FinalistsLakeview at Desert Springs JW Marriott Resort and Spa, 74-855 Co...
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By Sue Margiotta
(Power Brokers International)
Palm Desert Demographics for 2006/2007, Total Population, Total Housing Units, Median age, Median Monthly Rent, Persons per Household.Source: Wheeler's Desert Letter, www.coachella-valley.com NEIGHBORHOODS:Palm Desert North Brava Casablanca Canyon Crest Chaparral C.C. Chatham Court College View Estates Country Club Villas Desert Mirage Dolce Estates At Desert Sp Glenwood Hidden Palms Hovely Court Hovely Estate Hovely Palms Kaufman/Broad Lantana La Placita La Paloma Lago De Palmas Merano Montecito Homes Monterey Country Clu Monterey Meadows Monterey Sands Olive Grove Palm Desert Greens Palm Desert Mobile E Palmira Palm Gate Palm Gate Homes Park Palms Paseo Vista Pele Place Petunia Portola Country Club Portola Del Sol Portola Palms Portola Pointe Portola Village Sagewood Silver Sands R.C....
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By Sue Margiotta
(Power Brokers International)
Demographics and Population Projections for Riverside County, Coachella Valley for 2006 / 2007 through the year 2020.Sorted by age breakdowns, see next post for seasonal residents. Courtesy of Wheeler's - www.coachella-valley.comCoachella Valley and Riverside County Demographics and Population Projections, Palm Desert, Cathedral City, Coachella, Desert Hot Springs, Indian Wells, Rancho Mirage, La Quinta, Palm Springs, Indio, Unincorporated areas of Riverside CountyTotal Population, Age Projections through the year 2020
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By Sue Margiotta
(Power Brokers International)
Palm Desert SubdivisionsPalm Desert Market Trends for the time period August 1, 2007 through February 29, 2008The Real Estate market today in Palm Desert is now comparable to the year 2005. If you compare Palm Desert current data to the figures in 2005, the current market value has not changed much in comparison. Aug 2007- Feb 2008537 homes sold in Palm Desert during the seven month period August 1, 2007 to February 2008. A total dollar amount of $285,493,432 The average home was built in 1986, and stays at 3 bedroom, 2 bath The average lot size is 6291 square feet Of the 537 homes sold, the average square footage of homes was 1,957 sq ft. The average price per square foot was $254.39 2005244 homes sold in North Palm Desert from January 1, 2005 to June 2005. A total dollar amount of $10...
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By Elaine Stewart, RE/MAX Desert Properties
(Elaine Stewart is the #1 Individual RE/MAX Agent for 11 years straight in the Coachella Valley. (760) 668-2399 )
Opa! Whether your heritage boasts authentic Greek lineage or not, come be Greek for a day or maybe even two days as the celebrate the world and beauty of Greece -- in the desert.  Attending this annual event held in Palm Desert gives you a chance to fully immerse yourself in the Greek culture as the participants warmly open their hearts and minds to give a rare glimpse into the beauty and the awe inspiring way of life that has given birth to many other nations as well.  You are not required to be of Greek origins, nor are you required to love them, but you ARE required to enjoy yourself as you explore the endless possibilities of authentic Greek cuisine and view the beautiful dances and activities available for everyone to participate in. The festival ranges from guided tours through t...
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By David Ott
(First Team Estates)
 I have had two properties over the weekend (Super Bowl Weekend no less) receive multiple offers on both. Where is the media when you want to spread the good news? I guess we can take it upon ourselves to do so. Happy Selling.   
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By Elaine Stewart, RE/MAX Desert Properties
(Elaine Stewart is the #1 Individual RE/MAX Agent for 11 years straight in the Coachella Valley. (760) 668-2399 )
"Beauty is in the eye of the beholder", and here at the McCallum Theatre you find this statement true as no other place on earth.  From the beautiful stone decor outside with lovely pillars and expertly placed lighting to the breathtaking interior, this is a theatre house like no other and ever since opening their doors twenty years ago, January 2, 1988, these walls have seen thousands of different people come and go.  Viewers from different generations, different backgrounds, all drawn to one place out of a love of the arts and the beauty of dance, acting, or singing. Along with the vastly teeming crowds that have graced this amazing establishment have been notorious actors,singers, and famous members of society and government.  Brought together under one roof to explore the world of a...
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I've been in Indian Wells all week, on the outskirts of Palm Springs. Today I drove to El Paseo and spent about an hour strolling. It reminded me a lot of Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills. Ritzy shops, salons and restaurants every where you turn. If you're ever in the area, it's a great place to pass some time. Not only that, it's a mere hour and a half from Murrieta. Tom Plant, Murrieta Real Estate Expert – GRI, e-PRO – Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage – 951.907.9701 It would be my honor to show you the incredible Temecula Valley, a place I’m very proud to call home.  Subscribe in a reader
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By Elaine Stewart, RE/MAX Desert Properties
(Elaine Stewart is the #1 Individual RE/MAX Agent for 11 years straight in the Coachella Valley. (760) 668-2399 )
  The other day a girlfriend of mine and I, had sat down at a quaint little patio restaurant on El Paseo, Blvd. Nothing too pricy, just exceptional service and great food; if you have never been to the El Paseo shopping district in Palm Desert, then you need to see it. It is second to none and many say it is much nicer and better kept than even Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, CA. Call me a Californian, but I like to eat healthy to stay in shape, as it allows me to enjoy this great clean living out here in the desert resort city. Anyway, as I am sipping on my ice tea, doing a little people watching, a favorite past time and eating my BLT. Yes a BLT and it was to die for, they sure make a killer sandwich, just what a girl needs. Oh, whoops, I started thinking about my BLT, and forgot to mak...
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By Elaine Stewart, RE/MAX Desert Properties
(Elaine Stewart is the #1 Individual RE/MAX Agent for 11 years straight in the Coachella Valley. (760) 668-2399 )
If you ask people where they should live in the Coachella Valley, many will say Palm Springs, but the local residents know that the top zip code of choice is actually Palm Desert. The streets are not paved in gold, but almost, say local residents. The streets are however, definitely lined by palm trees and used by golf carts. The beautiful city of Palm Desert is located prominently in the center of the Coachella Valley, this rapidly growing city calls attention to its prosperous shopping centers and many well-known retail stores carrying names known nationwide. Coming in a close second to Rodeo Drive in Los Angeles, El Paseo Drive lures patrons with the promise of exclusive shopping, memorable art galleries, and dining in style. Living arrangements and choices include residential locati...
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By Elaine Stewart, RE/MAX Desert Properties
(Elaine Stewart is the #1 Individual RE/MAX Agent for 11 years straight in the Coachella Valley. (760) 668-2399 )
The other day, I was reading the news about the terrible Northern Mid-Western snow storms in Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois and Ohio and I felt really bad for the people there. Here in Palm Desert, we have perfect weather in the Wintertime and generally it is about 65 - 75 degrees and beautiful. You kind of get spoiled and being in the real-estate business, I have had the pleasure of meeting so many wonderful people from those states where the weather is so horribly cold. In fact, our valley is filled with Mid-Western transplants, who have chosen to make either Palm Springs, Palm Desert or La Quinta their new home. You are more likely to meet someone who is from the Midwest than you are to meet someone from California here. They bring a more hometown attitude with them and make our city'...
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