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March 20, 2018

New Listing: Vista Montana Mountain View Home

Come and enjoy resort style living behind the gates of Vista Montana. This lovely, well maintained home is located in a quiet, peaceful corner of the community. The main living area offers plenty of windows, so you can enjoy the picturesque mountain views. A large, covered front porch is the ideal spot to enjoy a morning cup of coffee, or an evening cocktail. The walk in shower in the guest bathroom and large soaking tub in the master bathroom are nice extra features that are already in place for you. The eat in kitchen is spacious, and offers a center island and lots of counter space. Vista Montana is a an age restricted (55+) guard gated community, offering 2 pools, 2 spas, sauna, state-of-the-art clubhouse with billiards room, crafts room, TV lounge and banquet facilities. You will enjoy plenty of activities, including a shuffle board court, pickle ball court and horseshoes. Best of all - you OWN the LAND. There is a recorded California HCD Form 433A, so financing is possible. 

Features Of This Home At A Glance:

  • Located In The 55+ Vista Montana Community
  • Quiet End-Of-Cul De Sac Location
  • 1,673 Sq Ft, 3 Bedroom, 2 Bathroom
  • Mountain Views
  • Large Covered Side Yard Patio
  • Kitchen With Island
  • Walk In Bath Tub
  • 433A Recorded & You Own The Land

MLS# 218006418 | Listed at $129,000 | For more information and photos, please visit:






Posted in Our Listings
March 20, 2018

Fashion Week El Paseo Goes To The Dogs

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Fashion Week El Paseo kicked off on Sunday with Le Chien En benefit the Humane Society Of The Desert...really impressed with how good the models were with the dogs...and sharing the spotlight on the runway with them...great job ladies and gentlemen...


March 19, 2018

Coming Soon: Remodeled Palm Desert Golf Course Resort Condo

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This recently remodeled Vintage model condo is a must see. One of the most popular floor plans in Palm Desert Resort Country Club, this condo has two master suites; one on either side of the great room. The kitchen and bathrooms have been remodeled with new cabinets and slab granite counter tops.  In addition, the kitchen features newer stainless steel appliances. The floors throughout the condo have been replaced with plank-look tile. The patio doors in both bedrooms and the great room have plantation shutters as the window treatments. In the evenings, you can sit on the west facing rear patio and watch the sunsets over a green belt and one of the community pools. Palm Desert Resort Country Cub is a guard-gated community of 960 homes; making for a true lock & leave vacation home.  The community boasts an 18 hole championship golf course, clubhouse with snack bar, lounge and restaurant, 14 lighted tennis courts offering tennis lessons, clinics, camps and mixers and 20 community pools and spas.

*Please note: This property can not be shown until April 

Features Of This Property At A Glance:

  • Palm Desert Resort Country Club Remodeled Condo
  • Plank-Look Tile Floors Throughout
  • New Kitchen & Bathroom Cabinets, With Slab Granite Counters
  • Stainless Steel Kitchen Appliances
  • Plantation Shutters In The Great Room & Bathrooms
  • West Facing Rear Patio Overlooking Greenbelt & Pool
  • Guard-Gated Community With 18 Hole Championship Golf Course & Clubhouse
  • 20 Community Pools And Spas & 14 Lighted Tennis Courts 

Listed at $239,900 | For more information and photos, please visit:



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March 16, 2018

2018 Stagecoach Festival Set Times Announced

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If you’re going to the 2018 Stagecoach Country Music Festival (April 27-29th), your planning just got easier since Goldenvoice, the event organizer, has announced the festival set times. Since a picture is worth a thousand words, here's the skinny:

Friday Set Times:

Saturday Set Times:

Sunday Set Times:


If you’re going, here is the official version of the Stagecoach Festival General information:

·         All ages are welcome.

·         Kids 10 & under are free in GA.

·         The venue opens at 12:00p (noon)* all three days.

·         Festival Terrace, including HonkyTonk & Half-Pint Hootenanny opens at 10:00am* all 3 days.

·         Everyone is subject to search on entry.

·         No reentry, excepting The Resort and ADA patrons only.

·         The show will take place rain or shine.

·         Lineup and set times are subject to change.

·         Festival ends on or before 12:00a (midnight) all three days.

·         Festival day parking is free. Parking lots are open from 9:00am-2:00am*. No overnight parking is allowed.

·         No RV parking is allowed in day lots.

·         All food and beverage vendors accept both credit cards and cash.

* All times subject to change

For more information, please visit the official Stagecoach Festival website at:


March 15, 2018

2018 Food Truck Mash-Up This Saturday March 17th

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2018 Food Truck Mash-Up ® 

  • When: Saturday, March 17, Doors Open at 4 PM with early admission until 6 PM
  • Where: Spa Resort Casino at the corner of Indian Canyon and E. Andreas Road

Looking for something to do this coming Saturday night? Then check out the Food Truck Mash-Up presented by The Desert Sun at The Sa Resort Casino in downtown Palm Springs. This festival will gather popular food trucks from all over California in a fun large scale community event, with a DJ from 4 to 7:30 PM and 9 to 11 PM and a special concert by '80s group, Night Ranger, (known for their 1984 hit “Sister Christian” among others) starting at 7:30 PM.

Some of the food trucks that will be at the event include:

  • The Wise Barbecue Company
  • Cousins Maine Lobster
  • BrewWings
  • Chameleon Cuisine
  • Rock n Roll Coffee
  • Humble Crust Pizza
  • Bollywood Bites
  • DogTown Dogs
  • Pearsons Cajun Catering
  • Mahalo Shave Ice
  • The Lobos Truck
  • Rock n Baja Shrimp Cocktail
  • The Grilled Cheese Truck
  • The Sweet Stop
  • Canvas Food Truck
  • Taco Picasso
  • OG Kebab 

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March 9, 2018

New Way For Canadians To Get To Palm Springs

Air Canada has announced new daily seasonal flights between Calgary and Palm Springs International Airport, using their Airbus A320 aircraft. While the flights don’t begin until Oct. 28th, tickets are now available through The flights will run until April 30th 2019. Air Canada also announced that it is increasing the frequency of its flights from Vancouver to Palm Springs from 3 flights per week to daily service, also beginning Oct. 28th.

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Posted in California Travel
March 7, 2018

February 2018 Coachella Valley Market Update

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Our local real estate market watchers, Market Watch LLC, have just released their February 2018 Coachella Valley Desert Housing Report. Some of their findings are:

The Coachella Valley detached home median price stood at $390,000 in February versus $345,000 at this time last year (an increase of roughly 13%). Market Watch noted that price indicators like this are pointing to a strong market this year.

The Coachella Valley attached home median price reached $259,500 in February versus $240,000 in February 2017 (an increase of roughly 8.1%). Based on previous years’ price trends, Market Watch is predicting another two or three months of strong prices. They note that one motivating factor for buyers is that attached home prices have not risen for three years now, while they have in other areas of the state, which makes current prices look “cheap” in many outside buyers’ eyes.

In terms of median price by city, Palm Springs’ median detached price is now 5.8% above its 2006 bubble high while two other cities (Cathedral City and Indio) now have city wide detached home median prices less than 20% off of their 2006 bubble high prices. Five cities (Desert Hot Springs, Palm Desert, Palm Springs, Cathedral City and Indio) showed double digit year-over-year gains in detached median prices.  Five cities (Desert Hot Springs, Cathedral City, Indio, Rancho Mirage and Palm Springs) showed double digit gains in their attached homes median prices. However, when it comes to the attached home median price by city, none of the Coachella Valley’s cities are less than 30% off of their 2006 bubble high prices 

With respect to home sales, the average of twelve month total sales in February was 839 units (an increase of 11.7% over last year). This means that means that over the last 12 months, total monthly sales averaged 839 units. This equates to annual home sales of 10,068 units a year, which is the highest rate since the recovery began. In February, the 12 month average of detached home sales were 542 units (64% of total sales) and attached sales were 298 (36% of total sales).

Seven cities (Bermuda Dunes, Cathedral City, Desert Hot Springs, Indian Wells, Palm Desert, Palm Springs and Rancho Mirage) showed higher three month sales compared to a year ago, three (Coachella, Indio and La Quinta) showed lower sales and one city, Thousand Palms, had the same sales. Market Watch singled out Rancho Mirage with a 41% increase in home sales year-over-year and Desert Hot Springs with an increase in home sales of 32% year-over-year.

As prices rise and the inventory of lower priced homes and condos shrink, sales for homes priced under $200,000 were down 12% year-over-year while sales of homes priced between $200,000 and $300,000 were down 12% year-over-year. Home sales for homes priced above $300,000 were up substantially, with sales of homes priced between $300,000 and $400,000 were up 21% while sales of homes priced between $400,000 and $500,000 were up over 46%.

The Coachella Valley housing inventory rose 218 units in February to 3,843. Market Watch pointed out that this was the lowest March inventory number since March 2013). In Market Watch’s opinion, the continual decline in inventory, which has been in effect now since the spring of 2016, is turning the Valley’s housing market into a sellers’ market; a market where sellers are more in control of prices than the buyers. They went on to state that this transformation in the market should continue to put upward pressure on home prices in the region.

Market Watch noted that the transformation of the region’s housing market into a sellers’ market is best seen by looking at the month of sales ratio. On March 1st, it reached 4.7 months, the lowest ratio since March 1, 2013. This is confirmed by the continual low number of days on the market at 66 days, which is four days less than March 1, 2017. 

Market Watch felt that the strong improvement in months of supply is also best seen in the months of supply by price range, which compares the current ratio to a year ago by price brackets. Every price bracket shows vast improvement over a year ago except for homes priced from $800k to $900k.

Market Watch also saw a strong improvement in the months of supply ratio of every city except Coachella and Desert Hot Springs (even though the ratio in Desert Hot Springs did decline, the decline was marginal). Only three cities have ratios over 6 months (Rancho Mirage, La Quinta and Indian Wells), with the first two only marginally above it. They also noted that they felt the strongest improvement was in Palm Desert, which has generally been lagging behind the other cities in price gains the last three years. They are calling for some strong price improvement in Palm Desert this year.

The data contained in this market update is produced for Coachella Valley Real Estate Agents through the sponsorship and cooperation of the Palm Springs Regional Association of Realtors® (PSRAR) and the California Desert Association of Realtors® (CDAR) by Market Watch LLC.  

Posted in Market Updates
March 1, 2018

Trivia Thursday: March 1st…On This Day In History

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Here's some trivia relating to March 1st, guaranteed to stump even the history buffs in the crowd, courtesy of The Desert Sun. Did you know that:

Today (March 1st ) is the 60th day of the year; there are 305 days left in 2018;


On this day in 1565, the Brazilian City of Rio de Janeiro was founded by Portugese knight, Estacio de Sa;


On this day in 1790, then President George Washington signed a measure authorizing the first United States census (the first census day followed on August 2nd, 1790);


On this day in 1867, Nebraska became the 37th state through a proclamation signed by then President Andrew Johnson;


In this day in 1932, Charles A. Lindbergh Jr., the 20-month-old son of aviation pioneer Charles Lindbergh and his wife Anne, was kidnapped from their home near Hopewell New Jersey (remains identified as those of the child were discovered the following May);


On this day in 1954, four Puerto Rican nationalists opened fire from the spectator gallery of the U.S. House of Representatives, wounding 5 members of Congress. Also, the U.S. detonated a dry-fuel hydrogen bomb (code named Castle Bravo), at Bikini Atoll in the Marshall Islands;


On this day in 1961, then President John F. Kennedy signed an executive order establishing the Peace Corps;


On this day in 1968 Johnny Cash married June Carter at Franklin Kentucky’s First Methodist Church, and last but not least;


On this day in 1990, after two years of protests, the controversial Seabrook Station Nuclear Power Plant in New Hampshire received federal permission to go online.

Feb. 28, 2018

March 2018 Edition Of The Guide Magazine Now Available

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There’s a lot going on in the Palm Springs area at this time of year when the snowbirds are here.  Just in time to help you plan some activities, the March edition of The Guide Magazine has just been released.  You can pick up a print copy at select locations across the Coachella Valley or read the online version, courtesy of Palm Springs Life Magazine, at:


Feb. 27, 2018

Just Purchased: Sun City Shadow Hills Mountain View Pool Home

We recently had the pleasure of helping Canadians Al and Colleen purchase their winter getaway desert home, with mountain views and a beautiful rear yard pool in Sun City Shadow Hills.  Wishing them (and the Seller) many happy times as they begin this new chapter in their lives.

If you're looking to buy a Desert Dream Home, while this house is now off the market, we can help you find another one like it. Please call or text us at (760) 422-4030 or email us at

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