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Palm Springs Neighborhoods- A Tour Of The Movie Colony

Palm Springs Movie Colony

The Movie Colony is one of the most notable Palm Springs Neighborhoods and the reason is fairly obvious.  It was home to such notables as Cary Grant, Jack Benny, Harry Cohn, and David O. Selznick  (think Gone With the Wind).

Located near Old Las Palmas, the Movie Colony has roughly 170 homes and two parks. Ruth Hardy Park has tennis courts, basketball courts, 2 volleyball courts, 2 play areas for children, plus ample picnic tables and parking. And its a very popular park to bring your dog for a romp. The Wellness Park has a ¼ mile loop for walking or jogging, 5 exercise stations, and four gardens including a meditation garden, healing garden, fragrance garden, and memorial garden.

Take a tour walking or in your car for a peek at some of the best Southern California real estate (yes LA, even for you).  The Movie Colony architectural styles include Spanish villas, mid-century modern (as in much of Palm Springs), and large gated estates having walls covered with colorful Bougainvillea and lush vines.

Since entertaining has always been a major part of the Movie Colony (and Hollywood)  lifestyle, many of the homes in the neighborhood feature private casitas, or guest homes. These large luxurious estates can have as many up to 5 or 6 bedrooms and 6 or more bathrooms allowing each guest their own private space.

Movie Colony streets are lush and tree-lined and include mature palms, fruit trees and lush Bougainvillea. Homes in this Palm Springs neighborhood market range from around $500,00 to $2 million dollars or more. This beautiful neighborhood is walking distance from downtown and centrally located to all Pam Springs activities including hiking, restaurants, the museum and much more.

 

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Buying or Selling 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 Palm Springs real estate agent focusing on the neighboring desert cities. You will need an expert who has lived in the area, knows the lifestyle and the unique housing market.

The market for Palm Springs real estate is alive and the values are exceptional especially for those who are looking for an ideal investment or a vacation/retirement property. We have many Palm Springs real estate properties available for every need, budget and amenity list.

Are you searching for your primary residence? We have a variety of Palm Springs homes for sale and have what it takes to get you settled in the neighborhood of your choice.

Selling your home in Palm Springs? Your home buying or selling experience will be one that is easy, friendly and professional. Our mission is to offer outstanding service while utilizing the best practices and Internet technology available.

If you are planning to buy Palm Springs investment property, or property in the surrounding area, we have the staff partners who will help with any project or property management tasks while you are away.

For more information on how we can best serve your Palm Springs Real Estate and surrounding area needs, please fill out the online contact form or give us a call at 760-413-2871.

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

Ron is a Palm Springs Realtor® who specializes in the surrounding desert cities, including Palm Springs vacation homes, investment properties in Palm Springs and primary single-family Homes for Sale in Palm Springs.

He has the long-term knowledge necessary to make buying and selling Palm Springs real estate a smooth and enjoyable process. Ron has extensive experience in Coachella Valley real estate, having lived and worked in the desert area since 1998.

WHY DOES RON JESSER LOVE THE GREATER PALM SPRINGS AREA?

Why Does Ron Jesser Love Palm Springs

Buyers, Finance/Lending

10 Ways to Prepare for Home Ownership In Palm Springs, CA

The time to buy a Palm Springs Area home is right NOW….. interest rates are at their all time low and the values are amazing.

Here’s what you need to know:

1. Decide what you can afford. Generally, you can afford a home equal in value to between two and three times your gross family income.  To be sure, consult your lender or check out our lending partner listed on the Home page.

2. Develop your home wish list then, prioritize the features on your list so that when you go out with your Realtor to view homes, you and he will both know what is important to you.

3. Select a neighborhood(s)where you want to live. Your realtor can help with that or read about it HERE;  Compile a list of three or four neighborhoods you’d like to live in, taking into account items such as schools, recreational facilities, area expansion plans, proximity to downtown and safety.

4. Start saving. Do you have enough money saved to qualify for a mortgage and cover your down payment?  Ideally, you should have 20 percent of the purchase price saved as a down payment.  Also, don’t forget to factor in closing costs including taxes, attorney’s fee, and transfer fees — average between 2 and 7 percent of the home price.

5. Get your credit in order. Obtain a copy of your credit report to make sure it is correct and to correct any errors immediately. A credit report provides a history of your credit, bad debts, and any late payments.  And don’t make a major buying decision just before you want to apply for a mortgage or after you’ve applied for one.  It will surely mess up the process.

6. Determine your mortgage qualifications. How large of mortgage do you qualify for? Also, explore different loan options — such as 30-year or 15-year fixed mortgages or ARMs — and decide what’s best for you.

7. Get pre-approved.  Organize all the documentation a lender will need to pre-approve you for a loan. You might need W-2 forms, copies of at least one pay stub, account numbers, and copies of two to four months of bank or credit union statements.

8. Weigh other sources of help with a down payment. Do you qualify for any special mortgage or down payment assistance programs? Check with your state and local government on down payment assistance programs for first-time buyers. Or, if you have an IRA account, you can use the money you’ve saved to buy your fist home without paying a penalty for early withdrawal.

9. Calculate the costs of home ownership. This should include property taxes, insurance, maintenance and utilities, and association fees, if applicable.

10.Finally,  Contact a REALTOR®.  As an experienced REALTOR® me and my team can help guide you through the process and make the home buying experience an enjoyable one.  Call us today!

Information About Buying or Selling 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 unique housing market.

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 many choices for every need, budget and amenity list.

Is this to be your primary residence? We have what it takes to get you settled into a great family home in the neighborhood of your choice.

Selling your home in the Greater Palm Springs Area? I will make sure the experience easy, friendly and professional. Our mission is to offer outstanding service while utilizing the best practices and Internet technology available.

If you are plan to rent your new home, we have the staff partners who will help with any project or property management 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

 

 

Canadian Home Buyers

7 Things You’ll Love About Cathedral City, CA

Cathedral City, CAWhen you think about Cathedral City, CA just remember this:  It has it all!  And if you’re looking for a place to live, you will not find a better city anywhere.

Here are “7 Things You’ll Love About Cathedral City, CA” and should know about if you are thinking about relocating to Cathedral City:

  1. Cathedral City has a vibrant history and is very diverse.  The neighborhoods clean, diverse and have great character and the HISTORY of this town is quite interesting.
  2. You just can’t beat it for location.  Its minutes from Palm Springs, The Palm Springs International Airport, the 10 Freeway, has retail and services galore, and is close to the Palm Desert shopping too.
  3. The city is home to the Field Of Dreams baseball park- great for family sports all year round.
  4. The views from The Cathedral City Cove ( south of Hwy 111) are some of the best around that are well coupled with some of the best values in housing around.  The Cove is quiet, well manicured and has all new streets thanks to the recent sewer installation project recently completed.
  5. Cat City as its called has The “Auto Row” for the area.  Pick a brand and shop for almost any car you can think of and if Cat City doesn’t have it, Palm Springs and Rancho Mirage does.
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    The Civic Center is a lively new hub in the city.  Its filled with things to do and has the Mary Pickford Theater, a gorgeous IMAX, restaurants, a fountain play area and much more.

  7. Knott’s City Water Park…. need I say more?  It makes the desert so much fun in the summer.

Information About Buying or Selling Palm Springs Real Estate and the Surrounding Area

Buying or Selling in today’s real estate market is a challenge and a process that is easily accomplished with the help of an experienced Palm Springs real estate agent. You will need an expert who has lived in the desert and knows the lifestyle and the unique housing market.

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 many choices for every need, budget and amenity list.

Is to be your primary residence?  We have what it takes to get you settled into a great family home in the neighborhood of your choice.

Selling your home in Palm Springs or the surrounding area? We will make the experience easy, friendly and professional. Our mission is to provide outstanding service while utilizing the best practices and Internet technology available.

If you are planning to rent your new home, we have the staff partners who will assist with any project or property management while you are away from your Palms Springs real estate property.

For more information on how we can best serve your Palm Springs real estate needs and surrounding area, 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 buying and selling Palm Springs real estate and surrounding area, a smooth and enjoyable process.

WHY DOES RON JESSER LOVE PALM SPRINGS?

Why Does Ron Jesser Love Palm Springs

Buyers, Canadian Home Buyers, Lifestyle

Palm Springs Neighborhoods- What You Need To Know When Buying A Home

So you’ve made the decision to retire in Palm Springs California or maybe buy a vacation home or investment rental here.  Great!  What next?  Well it’s time to learn about the Palm Springs neighborhoods and then decide where you may want to begin your home search.

Palm Springs is comprised of neighborhoods:  Heard of the Movie Colony?  Las Palmas or Warm Sands?  The Mesa?  How about Demuth Park and The Tennis Club?  All great places to live and all have their star power to go along with them too.  Remember that back in The Fifties, Palm Springs  was a Hollywood get-away for the stars.  Some had marvelous estates or just modest homes and some may have lived in a modern Trailer Park.

Palm Springs Movie Colony neighborhood

People are drawn to a Palm Springs neighborhood for various reasons:

  • Location- it is close to downtown or maybe close to the mountain?
  • Does it have great history?  Did the stars live near-by? Celebrities like: Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., George Hamilton, Bob Hope, Albert Einstein Bing Crosby, Kirk Douglas, Cary Grant, and Jack Benny. Several ladies were frequent visitors including Marilyn Monroe, Dinah Shore, Kitty Carlisle, Lily Tomlin, Elizabeth Taylor and Susan Sommers.Palm Springs was host to famous couples including: Clark Gable and Carole Lombard, Steve Lawrence and Edye Gorme, Frank Sinatra and Ava Gardner, Lucy and Desi, Elvis and Priscilla, and Jennifer Jones, President Dwight and Mamie Eisenhower, President Ronald and Nancy Reagan, and Walter and Lee Annenberg, Betty and Gerald Ford and many others.
  • What are the features you may love?  A superb park, a quiet street, good views ( easy in this town)
  • What about architecture?  Like Mid-Century Modern?  Spanish?  Tuscan? Traditional Ranch?  How about a low maintenance condo?
  • Want something you can rent out part-time or full-time?

Did You Know?

  • Palm Springs has its own Walk of Stars in downtown where ‘stars’ are embedded in the sidewalk including Sophia Loren, Kathy Griffin, Mickey Rooney, Elizabeth Taylor, Bob Hope and many more.
  • Driving through Palm Springs and other desert cities, one will find several of the streets are named after stars, such as Frank Sinatra Drive, Dinah Shore Drive and Bob Hope Drive.
  • Elvis and Priscilla honeymooned in Palm Springs. You can take a tour of the famous Elvis Honeymoon Hideaway.
  • Take a celebrity tour of Palm Springs and see where the stars lived and played in Palm Springs.
  • Cary Grant’s former estate is now a trendy restaurant.
  • Celebrity golf tournaments are named after Hope, Sinatra and singer Dinah Shore.
  • The city’s mayor, Sonny Bono, a ’60s pop star once musically partnered and married to Cher started the Palm Springs International Film Festival which to this day is a world class event.
  • Several stars stayed at the El Mirador Hotel (now Desert Regional Medical Center), played tennis at the Racquet Club and enjoyed the pools and glamor of The Riviera Resort.
    • The El Mirador was built in 1935 and became a medical facility during World War II
  • The historic Plaza Theater, circa 1935, (home of The Fabulous Palm Springs Follies) is the scene of many Jack Benny radio broadcasts in the ’40s as well as a Hollywood premiere or two.
  • “Oceans Eleven” filming in Palm Springs brought both modern stars and old memories to Palm Springs’ film colony.
  • Casa Cody was Charlie Chaplin’s hangout, while the Ingleside Inn was home to Greta Garbo and Elizabeth Taylor.
  • Tell me you haven’t seen the 1963 movie, Palm Springs Weekend?
  • Cheeta the Chimp… Tarzan’s co-star still lives in Palm Springs and is in his 70’s

Want to know more?

Information About Buying or Selling 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 unique housing market.

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 many choices for every need, budget and amenity list.

Is to be your primary residence? We have what it takes to get you settled into a great family home in the neighborhood of your choice.

Selling your home in the Greater Palm Springs Area? I will make the experience easy, friendly and professional. Our mission is to provide outstanding service while utilizing the best practices and Internet technology available.

If you are plan to rent your new home, we have the staff partners who will assist with any project or property management 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

Buying A Palm Springs Home Is Not A One Step Process

Winter Beauty

Buying a home is not a discrete event; it’s a process – a sequence of events that happens over time, sometimes over as long as several months! While general guides to buying a home are a dime a dozen, I’ll share with you a few things to know about the process involved in buying a home. Here’s to helping you make the best decisions at every phase of your home buying process!

Deciding Whether It’s The Right Time to Buy

The market is the least important factor you should consider when deciding whether and when to buy a home.

Why? Everyone knows affordability is at an all-time high. Home prices are low, and so are interest rates. But trying to time the market is a fool’s errand; many who get caught up in that game of trying to make sure they buy at the absolute bottom will end up losing out on very, very favorable conditions.

Beyond that, the most important considerations when deciding whether and when you should buy a home are personal, not market driven. On today’s market, it only makes sense to buy a place if it’s going to be sustainable and work for you for at least the next 4-5 years [if your town’s real estate market has been fairly recession-proof] or 7-10 years [if the housing/foreclosure crisis has hit your area pretty hard].

Against this “smart holding period” backdrop, smart buyers decide to buy when it makes sense for:

  • their life plans (i.e., they are comfortable making the commitment to live in the same town, and the commitment to)
  • their family plans (i.e., whether they plan to get married, have children or empty their nest in the time they plan to own the home – and the implications of these plans on their space needs and location priorities)
  •   their career plans (including, but not limited to: whether they have job or income security, whether they feel they will be working in the same area for the foreseeable future, and whether they want to work less or start their own business in the months or years to come)
  • their financial plans (including foreseeable changes in income and expenses, e.g. kids going to college or making partner at the firm)

Getting Pre-Approved– a big step:

When it comes to the loan process, there are several steps that one must go through. By making yourself familiar with it, you will better understand what is required of you and how you need to prepare. Knowledge is power when it comes to buying a house

Read our blog on obtaining a Mortgage

House Hunting Time:

We have a commitment to work with yo the buyer in a very professional way until you find the home you will love at the price that fits your budget.

Read our blog info here about how we work with you the buyer.

Escrow, Taking Title And Closing:

Escrow, closing and title are detailed are possibly confusing topics but these articles will help you sort that out.

  1. This article will tell you all about California Escorw and Closing
  2. This article will tell you about Title and Vesting

 

From Trulia: Surprising Insider Secrets for the 5 Stages of Buying Your First Home.

Information About Buying or Selling 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 unique housing market.

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 many choices for every need, budget and amenity list.

Is to be your primary residence? We have what it takes to get you settled into a great family home in the neighborhood of your choice.

Selling your home in the Greater Palm Springs Area? I will make the experience easy, friendly and professional. Our mission is to provide outstanding service while utilizing the best practices and Internet technology available.

If you are plan to rent your new home, we have the staff partners who will assist with any project or property management 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