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The Old Las Palmas And Vista Las Palmas Neighborhoods In Palm Springs, CA

The Las Palmas Neighborhoods In Palm Springs, CA

As many know, Palm Springs, CA has been home to the stars for decades but Old Las Palmas and Vista Las Palmas are two standout communities when it comes to that notoriety.  Located west of Palm Canyon Drive in central Palm Springs, it has some of the most beautiful estates accentuated by great views and mature landscaping.

You want names?  In the 1950’s celebrities from Los Angeles used Vista Las Palmas as their desert retreat from busy work schedules

Celebrities who once lived and played in Vista Las Palmas include :

Marilyn Monroe, Dean Martin, Peter Lawford, Colonel Tom Parker, Debbie Reynolds, Joan Collins, George Hamilton, Kirk Douglas, Dinah Shore, John Phillips of the Mama’s and Papa’s, and Trini Lopez to name a few.

Old Las Palmas celebs would include:

Edgar Bergen, Liberace, Sidney Sheldon, George Hamilton, Mary Martin, Joseph Barbera, Donna Reed, Harold Mirisch, Alan Ladd, William Powell, Rona Barrett, Rudy Vallee, Harold Robbins, George Randolph Hearst, Sidney Korshak, Kirk Douglas, Kitty Carlisle, Jack Warner, Leo Spitz, Lily Tomlin and many others.

 

Sound like a who’s who, right?  Well then let’s not forget the Elvis Presley honeymoon house where he and Priscilla enjoyed there early married life together.

Today that home is still alive and well and its a vacation rental today that is considered one of the finest examples of mid-century architecture.

Which brings up another great point.  Many of the homes in the area are of the classic Mid-Century design that has been so popular again for the past decade.  Designed by Palmer, Kriesel and Alexander, they are all in a well kept-preserved state and historically accurate.  In fact the Robert Alexander that he built with his wife Helene, was the home they shared when they moved from Los Angeles to Palm Springs in 1957. Their special custom home at 1350 Ladera Ave was referred to as “The House of Tomorrow” and was featured in an eight-page spread in Look Magazine’s September 1962 issue.

A trip to Palm Springs is always fun if you take some time to enjoy the distinctive architecture and re-live the past that was one the playground to the Hollywood set.

 

Information About Buying or Selling Greater Palm Springs Area Real Estate

Buying or Selling in today’s real estate market is a challenge and a process that is easily accomplished with the help of a Real Estate professional. You will need an expert who has lived in the desert and knows the lifestyle and the housing market here. The market in the Greater Palm Springs Area is alive and the values are exceptional for those who are looking for an ideal investment or a vacation/retirement property. We have choices for every need and budget in the communities we serve with any amenity you may desire. And if this is to be your primary residence- we have what it takes to get you settled into a fine family home in the neighborhood of your choice.

When I help you sell your home in the Greater Palm Springs Area, I strive to make the experience easy, friendly and yet professional. My mission is to provide outstanding service while utilizing the best practices and Internet technology available.

If you are plan to rent your home, we have the staff partners who can assist with management as well as a project manager who can assist with projects while you are away from the property.

For more information on how I can best serve your Greater Palm Springs area needs, please fill out the online contact form give us a call at 760-413-2871.

I won’t just sell you a house but I WILL help you find the home you will LOVE!

 

Ron is a Greater Palm Springs Area Realtor® specializing in Palm Springs vacation homes, investment properties in Palm Springs and primary single-family Palm Springs Homes for Sale. He has the long term knowledge necessary to make the buying and selling of Greater Palm Springs Area real estate a smooth enjoyable process.

WHY DOES RON JESSER LOVE PALM SPRINGS?

Why Does Ron Jesser Love Palm Springs

 

 

Buyers, Canadian Home Buyers, Sellers

Choosing A Realtor®- Do You Choose The Brand Or The Person?

Choosing A Realtor®- Do You Choose The Brand Or The Person?

The great consensus is that many people just don’t care what brand name (e.g. Windermere, Re/Max, etc) is behind  the person they’re considering.  What they seem to care about is the PERSON!  So let’s just say that brand isn’t very important.  Want proof?

Have a look here at an on the street survey and see what I’m talking about- this is very enlightening and a bit amusing at times.

So it seems that a person’s association with a particular firm wasn’t very important- in fact it was the 2nd least important of all.  Most people wouldn’t even interact with the broker or care who that person is.  And it’s becoming a fact that some brands are failing so why bother to be associated with a brand?

All these other factors were considered more important than the company/brand with which the agent was associated:

  • Honesty and trustworthiness
  • Reputation of agent
  • Agent is friend or family member
  • Agent’s knowledge of neighborhood
  • Agent has caring personality/good listener

Now just look at the first two.  Those are what really matters and those are the ones that get you referrals, right?  But also, those qualities can be communicated in other ways especially through your blogging.  By listing your recommendations and your resume/bio on your blog or website and on sites such as LinkedIn, you can then make these kudos easily accessible when people ask about your credentials.  People really do read those and take them to heart.  What’s more, the recommendations are EASY to come by- one just needs to ask your client and it will come.

I use LinkedIn as my new way to get people to write a review.  If they aren’t a member, then a simple email letter will suffice that you can then post on your blog.

So ask yourself how do your clients know you?

  • Is it your brand?
  • Your face?
  • Your cell phone number?
  • Your blog?
  • Your reputation around town?
  • How often you come up in a Google search?

For many Realtors, its all the above- and that’s good.

For more information, check out these two blogs HERE and HERE.  They have a lot more information on this topic and may help prove to you that the brand doesn’t matter.  Once you learn about that, then maybe you’ll go for a broker that charges a lot less per transaction, has no  other burdensome fees and will allow you to really be an independent business-person.  I did that a year ago and have never looked back.

 

Information About Buying or Selling Greater Palm Springs Area Real Estate

Buying or Selling in today’s real estate market is a challenge and a process that is easily accomplished with the help of a Real Estate professional. You will need an expert who has lived in the desert and knows the lifestyle and the housing market here. The market in the Greater Palm Springs Area is alive and the values are exceptional for those who are looking for an ideal investment or a vacation/retirement property. We have choices for every need and budget in the communities we serve with any amenity you may desire. And if this is to be your primary residence- we have what it takes to get you settled into a fine family home in the neighborhood of your choice.

When I help you sell your home in the Greater Palm Springs Area, I strive to make the experience easy, friendly and yet professional. My mission is to provide outstanding service while utilizing the best practices and Internet technology available.

If you are plan to rent your home, we have the staff partners who can assist with management as well as a project manager who can assist with projects while you are away from the property.

For more information on how I can best serve your Greater Palm Springs area needs, please give us a call at 760-413-2871.

I won’t just sell you a house but I WILL help you find the home you will LOVE!

 

Ron is a Greater Palm Springs Area Realtor® specializing in vacation homes, investment properties and primary single family residences. He has the long term knowledge necessary to make the buying and selling of Greater Palm Springs Area real estate a smooth enjoyable process.

WHY DOES RON JESSER LOVE PALM SPRINGS?

LET ME GOOGLE THAT FOR YOU!

 

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Palm Springs, California- A History

Palm Springs, California- A History

Palm Springs, California- A History.  What is behind this desert oasis?  Well I’ll give you a brief sampling of what I’ve learned about this place we call Paradise.

Located south of San Berardino, east of Los Angeles, and north of San Diego, Palm Springs is surrounded by mountains that create the desert climate.  It was established as a city in 1938 but goes back a lot farther than that into the 1800’s.

The Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians is a tribe composed of several smaller bands who lived in the modern day Palm Springs area when the Agua Caliente Reservation was established by the United States Government in 1896. Today, this band of Indians owns half the land in the city and leases it back to people who build upon it making for more interesting real estate transactions in that one must determine home values based on not owning the land.  For that reason, there are more condos built on leased land than on fee land.  Makes sense in many ways.

The name Palm Springs derives from a hot sprigs located near “two bunches of palms”.  Some areas still have hot mineral springs and have resorts and homes built tight over them.  Its pretty nice when your spa at home is fed by a hot spring coming from under your land.

In the early 19th century, Spanish explorers named the area “Agua Caliente” (hot water). One possible origin of palm in the place name is revealed in the November 1992 issue of Art of California. At least one Spanish explorer referred to the area as la Palma de la Mano de dios or “The Palm of God’s Hand”. The current name for the area is “Palm Springs” which likely came into common usage in the mid-1860s.

Over the years, it has been an oasis in one way or another.  Used by early settlers because of its natural springs and shade provided by the native palm trees.  A palm will grow naturally in the desert if enough water exists at ground level.  And although this is a desert, Palm Springs sits on one huge aquifer that supplies much of the water for the area.  The aquifer is recharged from mountain snowpack and winter rains as well as water from the Colorado River via the California Aqueduct. And although we have a lot of water, we are still using it faster than we are replacing it.

FOr more, see our series entitled 100 Years Of Palm Springs History

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WHY DOES RON JESSER LOVE PALM SPRINGS?

LET ME GOOGLE THAT FOR YOU!

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How Green Is Palm Springs, Ca?

The desert, green?  But its a desert!  How can it possibly be green?  By having a ton of windmills nearby and making renewable energy a priority, that’s how!

Have a look here at the San Gorgonio Pass Windmill Farm and see what I mean.  We generate a lot of power here that goes out onto the grid for use by the local power companies.  Nice!

Palm Springs, CA is for Green Living

And we have the advantages of Solar Power.  In fact, its something that we actually do something about in our planning and through Regional Collaboration. Its a known fact that the deserts of the Southwest can supply the energy needs for the entire country and still have room to spare.

Palm Springs, Ca has solar power to spare

Want more?  The cities in the Greater Palm Springs area have themselves begun projects to reduce energy consumption through use of tax incentive programs and making energy efficient products available at a great savings.  This is a very smart use of government when it comes to helping people save money and live green.

In addition, the state of California has rebate programs for solar installations, the utility companies provide many incentives to save energy and rebate money back to customers and so on.  All it takes is the will to want to accomplish a goal and together people can make it happen and they can create a sustainable living environment.

Want more information on Palm Springs Living?  Contact me and let’s have a chat on how you can live green in Palm Springs.

101 Things To Do in Palm Springs, Lifestyle

Palm Springs Lifestyle- What DO we do here in the summer?

“We’re having a heat wave,
A tropical heat wave,
The way that she moves
That thermometer proves
That she certainly can can-can.”

~Irving Berlin; Heat Wave

Yes it DOES get hot here but for those tens of thousands of us that live here year round, WE LOVE IT!  Most desert rats will never complain about temperatures until they go over 110 degrees or so.  But even then, we still manage.  Its no different really from those who live in the northern tundra and have to fear freezing to death during winter or being on South Florida when its 98 degrees and 95% humidity with flies and mosquitoes…… they manage.

What we do is get up early, get our chores and running around done then we siesta.  Show property?  Sure, we just go out early or late in the day.  Mid day will find us in offices or floating in the pool (my favorite).  And there are other ways to beat the heat.  For about $60.00, you can get a summer season pass to the Palm Springs Areial Tram and rise 8500 ft to the top of Mt. San Jacinto where its about 20-25 degrees cooler and you can hike, have lunch or just enjoy the view.

Or maybe try Idyllwild.  Its an artsy hideaway about an hour’s drive from Palm Springs.  Its located on the back face of Mt. San Jacinto and is well shaded with lots of trees.  There you can stroll amongst the shops and art galleries then have lunch at one of the rustic eateries you’ll find there.

Want to take it a bit further, try a weekend at a B&B along the coast (about 2 hours) or maybe up at Big Bear or Lake Arrowhead….. all fine areas and have resorts that await you and which are affordable.

So now you have a brief look at just a few of the things to do here in the Greater Palm Springs area.  Come join us for some good times in the summer and see why we call this our Paradise.

Oh- and if you ike to eat…… most of the reataurants here all have some great bargains on their regular menu items every day of the week.  It s the time of year that us locals go out more often and enjoy the offerings without all of the hustle bustle of the tourist season.