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Why Is Palm Springs California The Best Place For A Retirement Vacation Home

Palm Springs Mid-Century ModernWhy Is Palm Springs California The Best Place For A Retirement Vacation Home?

Time For An Update:

This past week, I attended the State Of The City event at the Convention Center.  Over 400 interested citizens were there with me as we looked at out progress of last year and then looked forward to the good things on the horizon.

So here are the highlights of what I heard:

  • The economy couldn’t be better. Tax revenues up, airport arrivals up; hotel room nights and activity is off the charts.
  • The downtown project will begin to see things go vertical very soon. And the Kimpton will be open by October, 2016.  How very exciting.
  • Most of the subterranean work for the entire parcel is about done.
  • The first tenant to announce their lease is West Elm.
  • The new Trolly is a HUGE success with 35,000 riders so far. (2/20)
  • Lots of new bike lanes coming and more street resurfacing than ever.
  • New construction in other areas is off the charts.  New businesses, hotels and restaurants abound.

So, yes, the time is right here in Palm Springs. We are not only back, we are on course to become the a top-tier vacation spot. The demand for all types of rentals remains very strong meaning if you have a rental, it is booked.  And with so many events to choose from, this place is FUN!

Give us a call if any of this makes you want to buy your next home. Or if you want to move up, let’s talk!
Easy, It’s all about location, affordability, weather and lifestyle!

Palm Springs got its vacation/get-away chutzpah for being a playground from the Hollywood set back in the 40’s, 50’s, 60’s and beyond. The stars and the movie moguls came here for fun, sun, relaxation and to get away from the Hollywood spotlight, the city mayhem and the Smog not to mention we are actually sunnier than LA!.  What grew up from that was what we have today, this wonderful mix of hotels, resorts, shopping, eateries, homes and condos all playing to the crowd who wants to play.

We Have the Location

Our location makes us ideal for buying a vacation or retirement property.  Palm Springs is 2 hours from Los Angeles,  a bit more from San Diego and we’re a half day drive from Los Vegas and Phoenix.  Then there’s the California coast and all its beauty…..What a deal!

Palm Springs is Affordable

It’s all about affordability, correct?  Right now in this place and in this time, there is no better time to buy here or in any of the desert cities. The prices per square foot are at an all time low and won’t get any cheaper.  And if financing is a must, with rates at 4-5%, how good does that get?

We’ve Got The Weather

Palm Springs sports about 330 days of sunshine per year and our average rainfall is about 5 inches per season.  Like to live outdoors a lot? This is the place.  Now mind you, summer is hot and for some, it’s too hot but many find it OK and even relish the heat.  The winter months are warm, with daytime highs often between 73 °F and 86 ° and corresponding nighttime lows of 50°F to 60°F while the coolest days tend to average from 62 °F to 71 °F and corresponding nights falling to the mid 40s°F.  Summer often sees daytime temperatures between 106 °F  and 112 °F, with overnight lows ranging from 77 °F to 90 °F.  The mean annual temperature is 74.7 °F.  There are 180 days with a high reaching 90 °F or more.

And Then There’s The Lifestyle

We’ve got the life and it’s all about the outdoors.  Many of us live here for the outdoor lifestyle.  Golf, Tennis, hiking, biking, walking, running, swimming, sunning, entertaining and even outdoor shopping such as El Paseo or our Certified Farmers Markets.  WOW!  What more can you ask for?  And I’m sure it’s not a complete list either.  Want more?  Palm Springs has one of the best and finest assortments of eating establishments anywhere.  We’re not talking about the usual corporate schmaltz.  Nope these are all fine independently owned serving food of all prices ranges, types and styles; something for every palette too.

So there you have it.  Now your next step is to talk to us about buying you home tight here in our Paradise called Palm Springs California.

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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.

I’m not here just to sell you a home. I’m 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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101 Things To Do in Palm Springs, Lifestyle

Will Palm Springs Continue To Have The Best Outdoor Lifestyle?

Whitewater Multi Use Parkway Brings Outdoor Excitement!  Notes from the monthly meeting of the Downtown/Uptown Merchants Association.

 

Whitewater Multi-Use Parkway Brings Outdoor Excitement

If the movers and shakers have their way, and we hope they do, Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley will soon rank amongst the top cities in the world of recreation via the Whitewater Multi Use Parkway.  And the area will secure its place as a mecca for the best outdoor lifestyle.

The Parkway 1e11 will bring a new level of outdoor excitement and here’s why. Continue reading “Will Palm Springs Continue To Have The Best Outdoor Lifestyle?”

101 Things To Do in Palm Springs, Lifestyle

Laying By The Pool Is Not A Winter Sport- 10 Great Things To Do In Palm Springs, Ca

Palm Springs TourismIf you think that coming to Palm Springs for a winter vacation is only about laying out by the pool, well think again. There is so much more to do which is why this area has been a vacation get-away since the 1930’s when it was discovered by the Hollywood set.  And there’s so much more than world class golf and tennis too.

So what is there to do for fun?

  1. Take A Hike: we have over 140 hiking trails in the area and they are 97% free.  The book “140 Great Hikes in and Near Palm Springs” is a book any Palm Springs resident or visitor should have on their coffee table.  It contains all the information you will need to plan a great hike suited for any hiking level.  Also, check out this article in Palm Springs Life.
  2. Ride A Bike- the desert area is flush with biking trails for on road and off-road biking.  Another great book, “Cycling The Palm Springs Region” will give you a host of information about this great resource.  And Palm Springs is only one of the desert cities that has made biking a priority in its General Plan and is working with the Coachella Vally Non-Motorized Commission to and to and improve the biking trails and paths in the city.
  3. Tour the windmills yes you can take a Windmill tour and learn a lot about these machines and see up close just how big they really are.
  4. See A Fault- The San Andreas Fault runs through the region and there are tours available that are adventures in nature.  While following this natural wonder, you will also see many of the wonderful things the desert has to offer with all its beauty.
  5. The Whitewater Trout Preserve is a great ride in a car or it’s a superb bike ride.  From Palm Springs, it’s about 18 miles to the top.  For bikers, it’s a 4.5 mile steady climb and is good for bikers who are in shape as the climb goes from 450 ft in Palm Springs to 2300 feet at the top.  Once there, you can take a walk, see the facilities, or have a picnic.
  6. Go to see The Fabulous Palm Springs Follies.  This year, they are really putting on a show as they always do, always new, and the music is now from the 70’s back to the golden days of the 40’s and 50’s.  This is their 21st year and after 4000 shows, they sure do know what they’re doing!
  7. Shop Palm Canyon Drive- its cozy and varied and so interesting.  From the custom jewelry at Michael Weims to the joys of Crystal Fantasy its one helluva place to take a walk.  From the Downtown Shops and Restaurants to the Uptown Design, Arts and Restaurant District, you will find something of interest for everyone in your party.
  8. Thursday Night Village Fest and Museum Tours- ALL FREE.  Village Fest has been going on for many years with its unique vendors, organic foods and flavorful food court all to bring a smile to your face.  And the Palm Springs Museum is open free from 4-8 PM for you to tour and take in some very fine exhibits.
  9. Do I HAVE To Go Up The Palm Springs Aerial Tram?  YES!  The best thing you can do if you have never taken the ride. The ride up to the 8700 foot peak is absolutely breathtaking and once at the top of the Tram, there’s dining, spectacular viewing of the entire valley and great hiking.
  10. Do Nothing- yes, if you lay by the pool or the Jacuzzi, its a great place to relax as the mountains around you bring peace and serenity.

So there you have it!  Having fun in this winter paradise is why Palm Springs endures as a prime choice for a winter vacation.

Want more information about the Desert Cities ?

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.

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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What Does It Cost To Own A Home Or Condo In Palm Springs California?

What Does It Cost To Own A Home Or Condo In Palm Springs California?

We do a few considerations here that may differ from where you live.

 

When considering the purchase of a vacation or retirement home in Palm Springs the cost of home ownership is a very important consideration.  Why?  Well let’s say you buy a home for retirement purposes and can afford the payment and taxes but you didn’t know the condo has an HOA fee.  That could shoot a big hole in your budget.  Or let’s say you forgot to estimate Air Conditioning costs here in the desert.  Big Oops! This post will help you to ask the right questions before you make a big mistake buying your retirement or vacation home.

Taxes, Utilities and Insurance

Always find out what these costs are up front.  Property taxes are about 1.25% of the purchase price and are easily calculated but what about other assessments?  Those are laid out early in the offer process and are easily determines or easily overlooked.  When in doubt, ask your Realtor!

Utilities costs are available via the former home owner, if available, or the Utility company.  Or, a neighbor in a similar home will be able to give you ballpark figure on AC costs in the summer.  Ballpark figure use $3.00 to $6.00 per day depending on the house.

For insurance costs, contact your agent for an estimate.  One thing to really remember is if you pay cash for your home, an Earthquake policy is a very good option.

Cost of Living

Here in the Coachella Valley, our living costs are in line with those in other parts of inland Southern California but not as high as Los Angeles or San Diego.  I find my living costs are average here for food, auto insurance, entertainment and other purchases but a bit higher for gasoline.  I also find I drive less here so the costs may even out for most.

Other Costs

Condos and housing developments have something called a Homeowners Association or HOA.  The range of fees varies widely depending on services and features so be sure to understand what they are and what they include.  That list includes such things as trash collection, cable, exterior maintenance, roof repairs, etc.  Also, common areas, community pools, golf courses, tennis courts, etc.  These types of amenities may add to the cost but if you use them as part of your living style, they me be well worth it.

Land Leases

What is a land lease?  In Palm Springs, many of the parcels of land, (about half) are on Indian owned land.  More condos are on Leased land and more homes are on Fee land (land that you own).  Know this: Be sure you set your purchase price based on the fact of the type of land.  Homes on Fee land cost more because you own the land and those on leased land are accordingly lower but you have a lease payment to contend with. Know that and remember when figuring your living budget.

So there you have it, a primer on the cost to own in Palm Springs, Ca.  and remember this, a good Realtor is your best source of information when it comes to answering these questions.

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.

I’m not here just to sell you a home. I’m 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 give us a call at 760-413-2871.

 

WHY DOES RON JESSER LOVE THE GREATER PALM SPRINGS AREA?

Why Does Ron Jesser Love Palm Springs