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Jan. 17, 2018

Just Sold: Completely Remodeled Central Palm Desert Condo

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We are very happy to have represented the Seller of 44449 Sorrento Ct in the guard-gated Hidden Palms community in Palm Desert. This is a beautifully remodeled 1,728 square feet, 3 bedroom plus den, 2 bathroom condo, featuring a private rear and side patio with west facing mountain views. This home was listed at $350,000 and sold on January 16th (after 99 days on the market) for $337,500. Our congratulations to the Seller and Buyers.

Posted in Our Listings
Jan. 17, 2018

Winners Of The Briggs Group – 2018 CareerBuilder Challenge Ticket Giveaway

 

We’re pleased to announce the winners of the The Briggs Group - 2018 CareerBuilder Challenge Ticket Giveaway. There were three prizes packages, each consisting of two 2018 CareerBuilder Challenge Daily Tickets - Good Any One Day and a One Day Lot P Parking Pass, up for grabs. The winners were:

  • Andi R.
  • Gail S.
  • Justine H.

Thanks to all those who entered our contest. And check out our Facebook Business Page (https://www.facebook.com/YourCADesertRealtor) or our website (http://www.Desert-DreamHomes.com) for future contests and information about Coachella Valley events, activities, attractions, things to do, real estate, our listings and more.

Jan. 16, 2018

Helping Prevent Wildfires

After all of the wildfires in California over the last year, the California Association of Realtors® (CAR) has some tips on how to make your home safer from ignition by embers landing on roofs, entering the home through vents and landing on decks and porches, including:

  •          Using meal or asphalt roofs rather than roofs made of wood shingles;
  •          Using 1/8th inch metal screening over vents to prevent embers entering through them;
  •          Using tempered glass windows to prevent them from breaking and allowing heat to enter the home;
  •          Keeping combustible materials at least 5 feet away from walls; and
  •          Avoiding flammable wooden patio furniture and decks.

 

Posted in Home Improvements
Jan. 14, 2018

Just Sold: North La Quinta Esplanade Family Home

We are very happy to have represented the Seller of 43376 Bordeaux Dr in La Quinta. This is a 2,112 square feet, 3 bedroom plus den, 2 bathroom located in the gated Esplanade community. The home overlooks one of the community’s many greenbelts and features an open floor plan, high ceilings, a stacked stone faced fireplace in the great room, stacked stone accent walls, tile floors throughout the main living areas of the home and a warm inviting kitchen with granite counter tops and stainless steel appliances. Congratulations to both the Seller and Buyers.

Posted in Our Listings
Jan. 14, 2018

Win Tickets To The 2018 CareerBuilder Challenge

Win one of three packages, each consisting of two 2018 CareerBuider Challenge Daily Tickets - Good Any One Day and a One Day P Lot Parking Pass.  

For more information about Coachella Valley events, activities, attractions, things to do, real estate, our listings and more, we invite you to visit our Facebook Business Page at: https://www.facebook.com/YourCADesertRealtor/ or our website blog at: http://www.Desert-DreamHomes.com/blog/

To enter our contest, please visit: 2018 CareerBuilder Challenge Ticket Drawing and enter your email address and name

 

Jan. 10, 2018

Open House: The Estancias La Quinta Luxury Resort Getaway

Open House

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Where: 79420 Briarwood, La Quinta (The Estancias)

When: Sun Jan 14th from Noon to 3pm

 

Less than a 2 hour drive from Los Angeles, Orange County or San Diego, this luxury estate, located in the guard- gated Estancias community in central La Quinta, was designed for the resort indoor/outdoor living that the Desert is so famous for. The large two-thirds of an acre lot features multiple patios surrounding the main entertainment area, with a resort style waterfall and swimming pool/spa, firepit, fireplace and outdoor kitchen featuring an Italian professional grade pizza oven. Inside the home, which was entirely remodeled in 2009, you’ll find three bedrooms (each with its own bathroom) and six bathrooms, in 5,055 square feet of living space. The spacious living room features a large sunken wet bar with a granite slab counter top, large ceiling beams, dramatic cedar vaulted ceiling and huge natural stone fireplace. The ranch style gourmet-kitchen is a chef’s dream, with a large slab granite topped prep island, built in Sub-Zero wine cooler and refrigerator, Wolf professional gas range, and two Asko dishwashers. The kitchen opens to a family-room area featuring a natural stone wood-burning fireplace with a beautifully hand-honed plank hardwood mantle. Elsewhere in the home, the master-bedroom-wing has separate his/hers bathrooms and closets, an adjacent den/office that could be converted to a fourth bedroom and a bonus room that is currently being used as a home gym but that could also be converted to a second office, sitting area or fifth bedroom. The home is being sold furnished, subject to Seller's inventory. 

 

For more information or to schedule a showing, please contact The Briggs Group Team Member, Nimy Reager at (760) 408-0719 or nimy@bhhscaproperties.com

 

MLS# 217021398 | Listed at $1,795,000 | For more information and pictures, including a link to a 3D Virtual Walkthrough Tour, please visit: http://www.79420BriarwoodLaQuinta.com

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Posted in Our Listings
Jan. 10, 2018

Open House: Cove At Indian Wells Entertainer’s Delight

Open House

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74870 N Cove Dr, Indian Wells (Cove At Indian Wells) | Sun Jan 14th from Noon to 3pm

South facing front courtyard with breathtaking mountain views. Courtyard features a large pool, spa and waterfall, outdoor kitchen with large Wolf barbeque, a covered patio with fireplace and limestone tile decking. Owner spent roughly $300,000 in upgrades to the front courtyard. Kitchen and family room opens to the front courtyard through stacking sliding glass doors. Kitchen features zebra wood cabinets, granite counter tops and high end stainless steel appliances. The home has 4 large bedrooms and 5 bathrooms and a 3 car garage. This home is centrally located in the gated Cove At Indian Wells community off of Cook Street, south of Highway 111. The HOA's are only $86 per month.  Owners enjoy the many Indian Wells residents' benefits, including steeply discounted greens fees at the Indian Wells Golf Resort's 2 courses, free use of the fitness center at the Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa and discounts on food and spa services at Indian Wells’ 4 resort hotels and the Indian Wells Golf Resort.

 

MLS# 218000884 | Listed at $1,295,000 | For more information & photos, please visit: http://www.74870NCoveDr.com

Posted in Our Listings
Jan. 8, 2018

New Listing: Indian Wells Entertainer’s Delight

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South facing front courtyard with breathtaking mountain views. Courtyard features a large pool, spa and waterfall, outdoor kitchen with large Wolf barbeque, a covered patio with fireplace and limestone tile decking. Owner spent roughly $300,000 in upgrades to the front courtyard. Kitchen and family room opens to the front courtyard through stacking sliding glass doors. Kitchen features zebra wood cabinets, granite counter tops and high end stainless steel appliances. The home has 4 large bedrooms and 5 bathrooms and a 3 car garage. This home is centrally located in the gated Cove At Indian Wells community off of Cook Street, south of Highway 111. The HOA's are only $86 per month.  Owners enjoy the many Indian Wells residents' benefits, including steeply discounted greens fees at the Indian Wells Golf Resort's 2 courses, free use of the fitness center at the Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa and discounts on food and spa services at Indian Wells’ 4 resort hotels and the Indian Wells Golf Resort.

Features Of This Home At A Glance:

  •        Great Central Indian Wells Location
  •        Located In The Gated Cove At Indian Wells  Community (Low HOAs)
  •        Highly Upgraded South Facing Front Courtyard
  •        Breathtaking Mountain Views From Front Courtyard
  •        Outdoor Kitchen And Sitting Area With Fireplace
  •        Large Kitchen With Zebra Wood Cabinets, Granite Counters & Stainless Steel Appliances
  •        4,079 Sq Ft, 4 Bedrooms & 5 Bathrooms
  •        3 Car Garage

MLS# 218000884 | Listed at $1,295,000 | For more information & photos, please visit: http://www.74870NCoveDr.com

 

 

  

Posted in Our Listings
Jan. 7, 2018

New Restaurants Coming To The Coachella Valley In 2018

The Desert Sun’s Food and Drinks Reporter and Producer, Jose Alejandro Bastidas, reports that many new Coachella Valley restaurants are on their way in 2018. Some of Jose’s eatery picks are as follows:

Beyond Balisage | 68-327 E. Palm Canyon Dr, Cathedral City

Chef Daniel Villanueva showcases his farm-to-table, seasonal approach to cooking regularly during the Palm Desert Food & Wine festival. After saying goodbye to his previous restaurant, Balisage Bistro, in Palm Springs at the end of 2016, Villanueva will be back in January 2018 with a new eatery, Beyond Balisage, in Cathedral City. | For more information, please visit: https://www.facebook.com/beyondbalisage/

AC3 | Hotel Paseo, 45350 Larkspur Lane, Palm Desert

Hotel Paseo’s new restaurant, AC3, as well as its bars, will be operated by two well known Palm Springs restaurateurs, Andrew Copley, owner and chef at Copley’s on Palm Canyon, and Tony Marchese, owner of TRIO Restaurant. The restaurant will focus on comfort food, fun flavors and New American cuisine. The hotel was originally set to open this fall, but construction delays moved to the opening date to sometime in January.  For more information, please visit: http://www.ac3palmdesert.com

Sandfish by Engin Onural | 1556 North Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs

Desert food lovers fell in love with sushi chef Engin Onural’s cooking back in his first restaurant, The Venue Sushi Bar and Sake Lounge. Now, a few months after qualifying for the World Sushi Cup in Japan, making him one of the top 30 sushi chefs in the world, Onural announced he would be opening Sandfish by Engin Onural. The menu at this new restaurant has been influenced by Onural’s travels to Norway and other regions in Scandinavia and will focus on the pairing of sushi and whiskey. | For more information, please visit: http://www.sandfishps.com

Wilma & Frieda | Second Floor Next To Brickworks Bistro at 155 S Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs

Palm Desert’s Wilma & Frieda which opened in September 2013 and was featured on Guy Fieri’s “Diner’s, Drive-ins and Dives” in June, is opening a second location in downtown Palm Springs, on the second floor next to Brickworks Bistro. The new location will have a full bar, a lounge, three dining rooms and a balcony. | For more information, please visit: http://www.wilmafrieda.com

Heirloom Craft Kitchen | 49-990 Jefferson Street, Suite 100, Indio

After successfully starting her first restaurant, Cork & Fork in La Quinta, chef Andi Hubka will be bringing a farm-to-table counter service experience to her Heirloom Craft Kitchen in Indio. Intended as a place for people to grab a quick bite to eat between errands or on their lunch break, the menu will include sandwiches and big salads. On weekends, the restaurant will also offer a brunch menu. | For more information, please visit: http://www.heirloomcraftkitchen.com

In addition, there are a number of new fast food restaurants coming to the Coachella Valley in 2018, including:

Krispy Kreme | Monterey Marketplace Shopping Center, 72-777 Dinah Shore Dr, Rancho Mirage

Attention donut lovers, Krispy Kreme is expected to open its first Coachella Valley location in the summer or fall of 2018 in a new development located at the intersection of Dinah Shore and Miriam Way in Rancho Mirage, within the same shopping center as the Regal Rancho Mirage Stadium 16 & IMAX theater.

Chick-fil-A | Monterey Crossings, Northeast corner of Monterey Ave and Dinah Shore Dr, Palm Desert 

Back in September, The Desert Sun reported that a CarMax store would be opening in Palm Desert, adjacent to Monterey Crossings, a new 18-acre commercial development project that will include a hotel, drive thru restaurants and many other businesses. According to the developers, the businesses that have signed lease agreements for the new development so far include Pokéhana, Dickey’s Barbecue Pit, Pieology, The Habit Burger Grill and Chick-fil-A. However, Chick-fil-A wouldn’t confirm the plans.

To read Jose Alejandro Bastidas’ original article and view the accompanying photos, courtesy of The Desert Sun, please visit: http://www.desertsun.com/story/life/food/2017/12/13/see-you-soon-these-new-restaurants-coming-coachella-valley-2018/933316001/

 

Jan. 6, 2018

Palm Springs Life Magazine’s Unique Guide To Palm Springs Celebrity Homes

Palm Springs Life Magazine’s Kent Black shares a unique view of celebrity homes in the Palm Springs area with a tour that includes:

Bob Hope’s 3,000 sq ft second Palm Springs home on E. El Alameda, occupied by Hope and wife, Delores, from 1946 to 1979.  When you think of Bob Hope and Palm Springs, you automatically think of his John Lautner designed “Mushroom” home on Southridge. According to Kent, when Bob Hope first saw Lautner’s plans for this house, Hope reportedly remarked, “Well, if the Martians ever land here, at least they’ll know where to go.” | Location: 1188 E. El Alameda, Palm Springs

Steve McQueen’s 1,850 sq ft Racquet Club Estates bungalow, that he occupied with first wife, Neile Adams, from 1961 to 1964, before moving into his Hugh Kaptur–designed home in Southridge. Kent notes that back in 1963, Life magazine photographer John Dominis spent three weeks documenting the couple’s life here, including following them out to the desert to shoot pistols, hanging out with them in the evenings while they played and danced to jazz records on their portable phonograph, and lounging around their pool. | Location: 811 E. Grace Circle, Palm Springs

The 6,307 sq ft, 3 bedroom, 6 bathroom A. Quincy Jones designed Las Palmas home of Edward G. Robinson, that he occupied from 1959 to 1973. Kent writes that because Robinson hated exercise and could not swim, he had the pool at his Beverly Hills home filled in and covered with an art gallery.  Kent writes that perhaps because of the Palm Springs climate and the realities of resale value, Robinson allowed a pool to be built on this desert property. | Location: 999 N. Patencio Road, Palm Springs

Dean Martin’s 2,145 sq ft Vista Las Palmas property, occupied by Martin and second wife, Jeanne, from 1965 to 1973.  This home was the last one built by the father-and-son team of George and Robert Alexander before they and other family members died in a plane crash in 1965. Because of the home’s visibility from the street, it was a favorite on celebrity tours after the Martins moved in; so much so that the Martin grandkids took advantage of the steady stream of visitors and set up a lemonade stand at the end of the driveway. | Location: 1123 N. Via Monte Vista, Palm Springs

Howard Hughes’ 2,400 sq ft home in Araby Cove, near Bob Hope’s and Steve McQueen’s Southridge homes, owned by Hughes from 1957 to 1976. Kent states that it is unclear if the reclusive Howard Hughes spent much time there but others did, including Eva Gabor and producer Robert Evans. | Location: 2195 Rim Road, Palm Springs

The 3,825 sq ft Movie Colony home of Truman Capote, author of Breakfast At Tiffany’s and In Cold Blood, that he occupied from 1968 to 1984. Kent writes that Capote hosted large parties attended by some of the biggest socialites of the day, including Slim Keith, Babe Paley and Walter and Leonore Annenberg. | Location: 853 E. Paseo El Mirador, Palm Springs

Monty Hall’s 1,684 sq ft Canyon View Estates home, that he first occupied in 1963. Kent writes that Hall and his wife supposedly made the decision to buy in the desert because plans to go to Mexico for a vacation had fallen through, and their Malibu house was being used by a recently divorced friend. Hall reportedly told his wife that they should just go down to the desert and buy something. The legendary host of Let’s Make A Deal died last year at the age of 96. | Location: 457 San Jose Road, Palm Springs

And last, but not least, the 2,978 sq ft home occupied by Marilyn Monroe from 1961-1962. Kent writes that conspiracy theorists love to speculate whether it is by coincidence or by design that Monroe’s house sits only a few doors away from that of actor Peter Lawford, onetime brother-in-law of President John F. Kennedy. | Location: 1326 Rose Ave, Palm Springs

To read Kent Black’s original article and view the accompanying photos, courtesy of Palm Springs Life Magazine, please visit: https://www.palmspringslife.com/palm-springs-celebrity-homes/

 

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