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Stars And Streets Of Palm Springs, CA How The Streets Got Their Names

Palm Springs, CA Outdoor ScupltureIf you’ve ever visited Palm Springs or read about our history, you know that at every turn, you’ll find a street named after a famous Hollywood actor.  This tradition dates way back so this article will give you some background of the stars who have immortalized in the street names and their impact on the Coachella Valley.

  • Gene Autry Trail- while filming movies up in Pioneer Town in the High Desert, Gene Autry would venture down to Palm Springs for a break.  He bought his first home here in 1940.  The location now known as The Parker Hotel used to bear his name and he was instrumental in establishing Eisenhower Medical Center.  His wife Jackie still lives in Palm Springs and remains active on his behalf.
  • Jack Benny Rd- Jack Benny was a long time resident in the Valley and a founder of Tamarisk CC in Rancho Mirage.  He also would originate his radio show from the landmark Plaza Theater in Palm Springs.  Known for his comedy routines and TV shows, he was a source of joy to all who knew him
  • Burns And Allen Rd- George and Gracie, one of TV’s most loved husband and wife comedy duos.  Their TV show was a hit and their personal and professional partnership lasted 38 years.  George went on to live to 100 and was honored as the oldest Oscar recipient when he won his award at the age of 80 for The Sunshine Boys.  It was after that he went on to make Oh God!
  • Bing Crosby Drive- Located in Rancho Mirage.  Bing is known for his many recordings (including White Christmas), countless movies and TV shows.  His real estate holdings here included the Blue Skies Mobile Home Park that had as residents many of his show-biz pals.
  • Farrell Drive- Charles Farrell, known as co-founder of The Racquet Club which was a playground for the stars, starred in My Little Margie and The Charlie Farrell Show. He was also the dashing lead in many movies and he served as a city Councilman and was the fifth Mayor of Palm Springs.
  • Gerald Ford Drive- runs from Date Palm Drive in Cathedral City clear to Frank Sinatra Drive in Rancho Mirage.  The Fords have a place in history here in the desert having resided here after moving from DC but especially with his wife Betty establishing The Betty Ford Center at Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage.
  • Monty Hall- Who doesn’t know Monty (Let’s Make A Deal) Hall?  His street can be found in Cathedral City.  Hall’s role as fund-raiser extrodinaire (OVER one Billion dollars!) and his awards for humanitarianism have given Hall the reputation of being a great citizen of the world.
  • Bob Hope Drive- one of the most famous of all the desert streets.  He and his wife Delores did much to make the desert a far better place to live.  Aside from the Hope golf classic (will soon be renamed The Humana Challenge), his accomplishments also include establishing the Palm Springs Air Museum.
  • Dinah Shore Drive- also known as the Mid-Valley Parkway, one of the east-west thoroughfares used by the locals during season as a way to stay out of traffic.  The Kraft-Nabisco Golf Tourney still bears her name as “The Dinah” having been established in 1972.  The street runs from Palm Springs clear to Palm Desert.
  • Frank Sinatra Drive- located in Rancho Mirage.  “One of the best things that ever happened to Palm Springs” is Frank Sinatra having called this place home.  For much of his life Frank and his wife Barbara (who still resides here) were the movers and shakers of Palm Springs lifestyle bringing enrichment to the social and charity scene in Palm Springs.  One of the highlights of the area is the Barbara Sinatra Children’s Center in Rancho Mirage and a wing at the Desert Regional Hospital also bears their name.
  • Fred Waring Drive- Palm Desert is home to Fred Waring Dr that stretches clear to Indio.  Waring is well-known for his band that entertained both on the road and on the radio entertaining people the world over including our troops during WW II.  And along with his musical talent, he is the inventor of the Waring Blendor that is still on store shelves to this day.

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Buying or Selling Palm Springs 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 real estate in the desert 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.

Buyers: 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? Your home 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. We are totally connected to the Internet and will market your home on every venue available! Results is what you expect and results is what you will get.

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. We have helped with the small properties all the way up to the multi-million dollar projects.

The Associates motto: We’re not here just to sell you a home. We’re here to help you find the dream home you’ll love then make it yours!

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10 Things To Consider When Choosing A Realtor In Palm Springs or Anywhere For That Matter

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What happens when you decide to buy a home?  When you choose a Realtor, does the size of the Brokerage really matter to you or is it the person and the relationship you have built?  Is it the ease with which you can talk?  Does the person show knowledge of the market?

What you need is not a big company’s logo to have a successful real estate transaction.  What you do need is a person who can prove some of the following characteristics:

  1. How long has your agent worked selling homes in their current location?
  2. Is your agent a great listener?
  3. Are they trying to sell you on what THEY think you want vs. what YOU really want?
  4. Does you agent listen and understand when it comes to your goals?
  5. If buying, are the listings being sent to you make sense? Does the agent know how to answer your questions about the city, neighborhood or complex you are looking into?
  6. If selling, does the marketing plan use modern-day technology and tools?  Will you home be on the Internet?  Have its own website?
  7. How Internet savvy is your agent?  Do they have a great website you can actually use?  Is it usable on your smart phone?
  8. Does your agent have some real testimonials from past clients they can show you?
  9. Have you Googled this person to see what comes up on the Internet?  Try it!
  10. Do you LIKE this person?  Let’s face it, you won’t be sleeping with them but you will be spending a great deal of time together so please have a sense that being in their presence isn’t making you feel as though someone just drug their nails down a blackboard.
We pride ourselves in having all of the above qualities and characteristics and as a company, all of our agents are top professionals in their field and in Palm Springs.  We welcome a chance to earn your business.

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Buying or Selling Palm Springs Real Estate?

Buyers: 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? Your home 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. We are totally connected to the Internet and will market your home on every venue available! Results is what you expect and results is what you will get.

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. We have helped with the small properties all the way up to the multi-million dollar projects.

The Associates motto: We’re not here just to sell you a home. We’re here to help you find the dream home you’ll love then make it yours!

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.

 

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The 7 Best SoCal Desert Locations for Night Sky Viewing In Greater Palm Springs, CA

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So where are the best Desert Locations for Night Sky Viewing in the Palm Springs area?

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A road trip away from a city’s bright lights on a clear night will be a treat for anyone who looks up to the skies. Here in Southern California, we’re especially lucky to live in a place with some of the best night sky viewing in the continental United States. You just have to venture at least 100 miles away from Los Angeles and Las Vegas which means the desert.

Here are a few spots in our local deserts that offer brilliant views.  A link follows with 7 that are a  short drive, but worth a planned trip.

  1. Joshua Tree National Park is a classic stargazing destination and one with plenty of public programs during the winter and spring seasons. Most of the events take place at the Cottonwood Campground amphitheater, which is known as one of the darkest places in the park — only the glow from Palm Springs and a nearby truck stop affect the view.
  2. The Mesa- Yucca Valley  Man is it dark out there.  With little in the way of population and therefore, even less light, the sky is very dark and so alive with the Milky Way.Joshua Tree
  3. Sky Valley  Yup- it’s earned its name.  Head up Palm Drive to Dillon and turn right.  Head out into the desert and pull off where it’s safe and have a look.
  4. Whitewater Canyon  Drive out HWY 111 and turn right on Tipton Rd. Follow around and over the Freeway the up Whitewater Cyn. As you go up the hill into the canyon you can see stars for days.  It’s a short drive out of town and has several places to pull off road.
  5. Painted Hills- Desert Hot Springs  Almost any place in DHS is good for viewing and the Painted Hills area is no exception.  It’s west of Hwy 62.
  6. Anza-Borrego Desert State Park is Borrego Springs, which in 2009 became the world’s second International Dark Sky Community. The park was also named by USA Today as one of the top 10 places in the country to gaze at stars. Worth the short drive for sure.
  7. Your own back yard!  Dig it, here in Palm Springs, the skies are kept dark through lighting restrictions on up lighting.  Now it won’t be as good as heading out into the desert, but it is great in some locations.  Go to Demuth Park or Ruth Hardy Park and try it!

 

 

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Buying or Selling Palm Springs 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 real estate in the desert 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.

Buyers: 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? Your home 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. We are totally connected to the Internet and will market your home on every venue available! Results is what you expect and results is what you will get.

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. We have helped with the small properties all the way up to the multi-million dollar projects.

The Associates motto: We’re not here just to sell you a home. We’re here to help you find the dream home you’ll love then make it yours!

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.

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The 7 Principles Of Effective Home Buying

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So you want to buy a Palm Springs home?  Over the years, we’ve seen ’em come and go and the ones who make it to the end of the process usually have down their homework, are patient people and they listen to their Realtor.  It’s our job to know how to help you buy a home so read on and know we can do this!

Principle #1: Talk to a loan person and get pre-qualified

This is the first step for any home buyer.  It doesn’t pay to invest a lot of time or emotion in the home search if your credit house isn’t in order.  If you want some great tips, read this article we wrote a while back as a start and then read the others suggested in the article as well and you will have all the information you will need.

Principle #2: Decide on what bells and whistles you must have

You wouldn’t even believe it if I told you about how many people come to us “ready to buy” and haven’t got a clue about what they’re looking for.  Now it IS our job to advise on the different aspects of a desert city or neighborhood that may best suit one’s needs but we can’t possibly advise on what features you may love or hate about a home.  So give this some thought and decide what you really want out of a new home and then we’ll show you some great properties that will make the decision process go so much faster.

Principle #3: Be realistic about the market

Know one thing- trust your Realtor to know the market in a given neighborhood and if you don’t have a Realtor that knows his stuff- find one who does!  A good Realtor will know if a property is priced correctly and what you should offer but realize one thing; that is there is no going into an offer that is what we call “cents on the dollar” and lowball offers just won’t work.  The market is already discounted 40 to 60% from the highs of 2005-2006.  Short Sales and foreclosures are generally priced at what the owner or bank expects to get but to think a lowball offer will work?  Well it won’t.

Principle #4: Be flexible on the floor plan and decor

Unless you build a custom home, you will have to make a few concessions and for criminy sakes, don’t worry about the paint color on the inside- that’s the easiest thing in the world to change before or after you move in.  Instead of dwelling on a few features that may not suit your taste, we can help you see how easily those features can change into something that will be just perfect your lifestyle.  Read this article and see what can be done for just a small additional investment.  For about $250.00, you can get a designer to advise you on various ways to achieve exactly what you want in a home.

Principle #5: Learn about the home buying process

This is key!  Knowing the process will set your expectations on what lies ahead.  This is where the patience comes in.  So do a little reading and learn all you can.  We will also explain everything to you but few pay attention and when things happen, they’re all concerned.

Know the purchase contract and the steps in a real estate transaction and understand what you are signing.  The purchase contract is what becomes the Escrow instructions that will guide your escrow officer on the deal once you have an agreement.  Buying a home in California has become a many-faceted project and so much in the purchase contract is there for your protection which is good.

Principle #6: Be respectful of the process

When touring homes during the selection process, be aware that you are in someone else’s home.  Leave it as you found it and don’t rummage through their things.   Remember the golden rule on this one.

You are going to come across or met a lot of people as the process moves along so keep in mind that they are all working on some aspect of your transaction and they’re goal is the same as yours and that is to get you into the home.  It may look at times as though some are trying to derail your dream but in reality, that’s not so.

The lender is the most challenging because the underwriting and quality control aspects of funding is much more detailed than it was in the past.  They are just following the new rules of mortgages so work with them and the job will get done faster.

Principle  #7: Relax- it will be OK!

As agents, Ron Jesser & Associates tries to make the process fun using the Lighten-Up technique. We take the drama out even when the proverbial s**t hits the fan.  We work through the issues as they come up always trying to assure you, our client, that what is happening isn’t about you nor is a particular hurdle unusual. It’s just the process.  Using this approach keeps the client on an even keel and positive about the outcome.

Want more information about the Desert Cities ?

Buying or Selling Palm Springs 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 real estate in the desert 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.

Buyers: 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? Your home 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. We are totally connected to the Internet and will market your home on every venue available! Results is what you expect and results is what you will get.

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. We have helped with the small properties all the way up to the multi-million dollar projects.

We’re not here just to sell you a home. We’re here to help you find the dream home you’ll love then make it yours!

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.