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La Quinta, CA – History and Facts

La Quinta is a dynamic city in the Coachella Valley that is known to all as one of the most premier golfing locations in the United States. La Quinta is home to some of the most prestige professional golf tournaments and resorts that make La Quinta a beautiful place.
The La Quinta was established in 1776 by Spanish explorers and its name is translated to mean “the fifth”. Many of the early residents were from the Cahuilla tribe and the first documentation of residence in La Quinta dates back to 1823.

Interesting La Quinta Facts

  • Population as of January 1, 2011 – 37,836
  • Seasonal population in 2009 – 17,750. Seasonal residents may spend fall, winter and spring in La Quinta and are additional to the permanent population.
  • Median age – 45.6
  • Median household income in 2010 – $76,227
  • Total number of households in 2011 – 14,844
  • Total number of housing units in 2011 – 23,528 (over 90% are single family dwellings)
  • Median new home price in 2011 – $489,750
  • Median resale home price in 2011 – $302,250
  • Retail taxable sales in FY 2010/2011 – $590.2 million
  • Total taxable sales in FY 2010/2011 – $646.1 million
  • Assessed property valuation in FY 2010 – $10.8 billion
  • Permit valuation in 2011 – $37.8 million; 2010 – $45.9 million; $44.6 million in 2009
  • Hotel room sales in FY 2010/11 – $34.6 million
  • Traffic counts for average daily trips in 2011:
  • Washington Street at Highway 111 – 73,675; Washington Street at Fred Waring Drive – 62,358; Highway 111 at Adams Street – 47,525; Jefferson Street at Highway 111 – 62,643
  • Market area characteristics of La Quinta’s 5, 10, and 15 mile ring from Highway 111/Adams Street:

La Quinta Schools

La Quinta public schools are considered a part of the Desert Sands Unified School District.

Elementary Schools in La Quinta

  • John Adams Elementary School
  • Harry S. Truman Elementary School
  • Benjamin Franklin Elementary School
  • Amelia Earhart Elementary School of International Studies

Middle Schools in La Quinta

  • La Quinta Middle School
  • Colonel Mitchell Paige Middle School
  • John Glenn Middle School of Intermediate Studies
  • Horizon Middle School

High Schools in La Quinta

  • La Quinta High School
  • Summit High School
  • Horizon High School

La Quinta is a city that supports cultural and artistic accomplishments and holds an annual La Quinta Arts Festival. The La Quinta Playhouse and many other attractive destinations make this such a lively place to visit or reside in. The continual growth of both temporary and permanent residents are proof that La Quinta is a wonderful place to be.


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Rat Pack Reflected Palm Spring’s Devil May Care Attitude

Rat Pack makes Palm Springs their home

In the late 50’s and early 60’s, a group of entertainers and the spots they hung out in came to symbolize the American style of mixing power and pleasure. A group gathered around Frank Sinatra, did movies together in Hollywood, performed on stage with one another in Las Vegas, and relaxed and partied in Palm Springs. They started out staying at the Riviera Resort that they helped christen with gigs in the Chi Chi Room, but many of them such as Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., and Peter Lawford emulated their leader, Sinatra, and bought homes of their own in Palm Springs.

Their camaraderie helped to give them enormous power in the entertainment industry and helped to make Palm Springs a power center of world class renown. Unlike other tony enclaves of the era, Palm Springs was not the least bit restrictive and proved to be open to all. The same could be said of the Rat Pack. They included a members from a wide array of backgrounds. This was at a time when even the two Italians in the group would have had a hard time qualifying for membership at certain country clubs. Not so on the links at Palm Springs.

The men in the Rat Pack had swagger and were often seen as vulgar, but it was seen as a sign of their confidence and disdain of convention. They were not about to be assigned to any second class status imposed by the old guard of American culture. They fashioned their own brand of hip and obviously had a good time doing it.

The openness of the desert suited their style. In Palm Springs, it was possible to party at poolside all through the night and sleep through the heat of the day. Since they had so many friends in town, there were always people to see and places to go.

Bogie’s Wife Gives the Name

In 49, Sinatra moved to a home in Holmby Hills near the house where Humphrey Bogart. The two men became drinking buddies along with several other future members of the Rat Pack. When Bogart’s wife, Lauren Bacall, saw the boisterous crew storming through a Las Vegas casino, she stated, “You look like a @#$% rat pack.” Sinatra seems to have taken the slur as an endearment.

Sinatra enjoyed having a circle of buddies around. The arrangement also had enormous commercial success. Their popularity in Las Vegas was unparalleled. They generated enormous amounts of press coverage just by hanging out at pools in Palm Springs and posing for photos with bikini clad babes.

At first, the press referred to them as the Clan. Sinatra did not like it and snidely remarked, “Just because we get together once a week wearing sheets over our heads is no reason to call us that.” To which, Sammy Davis Jr. added, “Would I belong to an organization called the clan?” This sort of humor was new to America. The Rat Pack managed to demonstrate how ethnic and racial differences could form a basis and not a barrier to friendship.


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Palm Springs Caters to Frank Sinatra Fans


Feeling at Home in Frank’s Home

Palm Springs has put really put out the welcome mat for fans of Frank Sinatra. Not only can you stay in the main house of his Palm Springs compound, but the rates have recently been reduced by 25% because of the recession. Not that staying here has become cheap. It will still set you back $1950 a night, but that is still a far sight less than the $2,600 rate that prevailed in better times. While that might seem a steep price to pay, the home does have four bedrooms, a large living room with a pull down screen for movie viewing and a gorgeous pool. The home is set up for entertaining both inside and outside as party loving Sinatra was wont to do when he lived here.

Palm Springs is promoting a list of places that Sinatra liked to visit while in town. It is part of the city’s efforts to promote tourism in the desert resort. They recognize the value it adds for legions of his fans to learn that Sinatra was frequently a guest at certain bars and restaurants. While Sinatra did enjoy being the center of attention, he generally shunned publicity while staying in Palm Springs. Some of his encounters with newsmen and photographers became legendary as he tried to shun the press with a retinue of bodyguards who were less than gentle in keeping the paparazzi at bey.

Now it is possible to walk right over his grave or at least very close to it. For diehard Sinatra fans, no visit to Palm Springs would be complete without a stop at his final resting place in the local cemetery where fans often leave miniature bottles of Jack Daniels in tribute to their idol


His Spirit Still Captivates Visitors

At one of the city’s many parks, you can bush a button set by a bad of petunias and here “Old Blue Eyes” describe the scenery. Instead of breaking into song, he goes on to detail the mating habits of Bighorn Sheep. After that you might want to attend the church where Sinatra went to mass. Palm Springs has its own Walk of Fame copied after the one in Hollywood because so many celebrities choose to live in Palm Springs. Sinatra has a star located outside of a T-shirt shop.

The house however remains the ultimate attraction for Sinatra fans. It is filled with Rat Pack mementos and memories of the many dalliances Sinatra conducted here. He romanced both Ava Gardner and Lana Turner here. The sink in the bathroom off the master bedroom is cracked, but no repairman is ever likely to fix it. Ava Gardner broke it when she threw a champagne bottle at Frank after learning of his escapades with Lana Turner. No would want to destroy evidence like that.

Melvyn’s bar and restaurant is within walking distance of the home. It was one of Sinatra’s favorite watering holes when he was in town. A giant portrait of him greets patrons of the place.

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Sun City Palm Desert Country Club

Golf, sun, and friendly staff – that’s what greets you at the splendid Sun City Palm Desert Country Club in beautiful Palm Desert, CA. With 36 holes of championship golf designed by golfing legend Billy Casper, Sun City offers a challenging course with well maintained greens at an exceptional price. Visit their website for a full schedule of rates and fees.

The Sun City Palm Desert Country Club is a community for those ages 55 and older. Homes in this community range from the low $200,000s to the low $800,000s and range in size from 1,000 to 4,000 square feet. All units are free standing with 44 different single family floor plans. Upgrades and finishes vary per unit.

Other features you’ll enjoy at Sun City Palm Desert Country Club include:

  • Golf instruction and lessons
  • Over 60 organized clubs with activities seven days a week
  • Three large recreation/clubhouse centers
  • Several indoor and outdoor swimming pools
  • Two fitness centers totaling 16,000 square feet
  • Ten lighted tennis courts
  • Two pickle ball courts
  • Two paddleball courts
  • Eight bocce courts
  • 200 seat theatre
  • Two restaurants, a cafe and a cocktail bar
  • Elegant and well stocked library with Internet access and thousands of books
  • Ballroom
  • Dog parks
  • Indoor walking track
  • Softball field
  • Fishing Pier
  • Post Office
  • Therapy spas
  • Miles of bike lanes and walking/jogging paths

Sun City Palm Desert is located at 38180 Del Webb Blvd, Palm Desert, CA, 92211.  Sun City is within two hours of Big Bear Lake Ski Resorts, Orange Country beaches and San Diego. The Palm Springs International Airport is less than 30 minutes away. Minutes from the community residents can enjoy theatre, dining, art galleries and festivals.

More information regarding membership and amenities can be found on their website or by calling (760) 200-2100.

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Mountain View Country Club in La Quinta

Mountain View Country Club in La Quinta seeks to enrich the lives of its members with a bevy of recreational opportunities and a strong sense of fellowship. The club, opened in 2005, features an 18 hole championship Arnold Palmer signature golf course that provides the perfect balance of beauty and challenge. This course is known as one of the most beautiful and well-maintained in La Quinta with stunning views of the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains. Golf membership is $75,000 Equity with $860 in monthly dues. Social dues are an additional $313 per month.

The Mountain View community consists of 426 homes, 50 of which are condos. The semi-custom homes have a Spanish Colonial architectural style and offer a wide assortment of views including the golf course, scenic lakes and mountains. Homes here range in value from $300,000 to $1.5 million, and condos range from $300,000 to $500,000. HOA dues are $338 monthly for condos and $505 monthly for homes.

Other amenities you’ll find at Mountain View Country Club include:

  • Private golf lessons and golf clinics
  • Pro golf shop carrying the latest in golf equipment and apparel
  • State of the art fitness center with cardiovascular and strength training equipment
  • Personal training
  • Group exercise classes including yoga and Pilates
  • Group hiking excursions
  • Four tennis courts
  • Private and semi-private tennis lessons
  • Beautiful pool and whirlpool
  • Spa featuring more than 30 treatments including facials and massages
  • Casual and fine dining
  • Banquet and special event facilities
  • A variety of social clubs including Desert Dogs Cycling, Dog Lovers, Book Club, Hiking Club, Investment Club, Stogie Style Cigar Club, Ladies’ Bible Study and Team Trivia Club

Mountain View Country Club is located at 80-375 Pomelo, La Quinta, CA, 92253.

For more information on Mountain View Country Club Properties, call Claudine @ (760) 799 5308. Or visit her site to know more about La Quinta Real Estate.


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Palm Springs, CA Housing Market Report for the week of July 30th, 2012

The median list price in PALM SPRINGS, CA 92262 this week is $325,000.

Inventory is tightening and days-on-market is falling. The Market Action Index shows demand heating up. These are relatively bullish signs for prices.

Supply and Demand

Home sales have been exceeding new inventory for several weeks. However because of excess inventory, prices have not yet stopped falling. Should the sales trend continue, expect prices to level off soon and potentially to resume their climb from there. Watch prices as the market transitions from a Buyer’s market to a Seller’s market.


Again this week in this zip code we see a downward notch for prices. Pricing has been weak in recent weeks and versus their absolute-high level. At this point, we will be looking for a persistent upward shift in the Market Action Index as a leading
indicator for a trough in prices.


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La Quinta Country Club

Established in 1959, La Quinta Country Club in beautiful La Quinta, CA, is a community rich in heritage. With a stunning 18 hole course once played by Presidents Eisenhower and Ford, La Quinta Country Club is rated one of the top five courses of the Coachella Valley. The course was designed by Larry Hughes, with a redesign by Robert Muir Graves completed in 1999. It features gently rolling fairways and two lakes surrounded by mature trees. La Quinta Country Club is one of four courses played annually as part of the Bob Hope Classic. Golf membership is $70,000, with annual dues of $12,900.

The La Quinta community is comprised of 515 homes that surround or neighbor the golf course. Homes include both single family residences and condos, and prices range from $250,000 to $3 million, which includes seasonal rentals. Homes were originally built between the 1960s and 1980s come in a range of styles including Spanish, contemporary and mid-century modern. Many have been upgraded or renovated. HOA monthly dues range from $300 to $475.

Other amenities you will enjoy at La Quinta Country Club include:

  • Private golf lessons available from top professionals
  • Traditional course layout that is challenging to both novices and pros
  • Golf pro shop with all the latest in equipment and apparel
  • Array of fitness classes with personal trainers
  • Spa services including massage, manicures and barber
  • Car washing services
  • Fishing in trout stocked lake
  • 39,000 square foot Santa Barbara style clubhouse
  • Spacious dining areas
  • Beautifully appointed locker room
  • Social calendar full of activities

La Quinta Country Club is located at 77-750 Avenue 50, La Quinta, CA, 92253. The club is just minutes from La Quinta, and residents can enjoy the many art, shopping, social and cultural opportunities available there.

For more information about membership opportunities and club amenities call (760) 564-4151.


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2 Hour Rule and Rat Pack Made Palm Springs a Celebrity Haven

Palm Springs Became The Home for the Rat Pack

Hollywood’s original bad boys, the Rat Pack, added to Palm Springs luster in the post World War II era. The shenanigans of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Joey Bishop, Sammy Davis Jr., and Peter Lawford at the Chi Chi Club, Riviera Resort, and other watering holes out there in the desert helped to add to the city cache, but Palm Springs was already renowned as a celebrity destination back in the 20’s when future members of the Rat Pack were still little kids or infants.

Palm Springs had a lot going for it as a hideaway from the hustle and bustle of studio life that already dominated the Hollywood scene by the 20’s. The region already had hotels and golf course where people could relax throughout the year. Yes, the days were hot in summer, but that was just a good reason to hit the links early in the day and while away the afternoons at pool side.

The setting was spectacular perched beneath the towering San Jacinto Mountains, but what made it especially attractive for the Hollywood crowd was the so called “two hour rule” that applied to actors under contract. Because they might be quickly needed for a shoot under special circumstances, Hollywood players under contract were required to remain at all times within two hours travel time of the studios. Palm Springs just managed to make it under that limitation. While the highways out to the resort have been upgraded, the traffic has gotten worse. The two hour rule can still apply just not during the morning or evening rush.

A Home Away from Home for Several Rat Pack Members

Several Rat Pack members including Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Sammy Davis Jr. so enjoyed their visits to Palm Springs that they ended up purchasing homes there. The Sinatra compound in particular became a favored meeting site for Rat Pack members. Numerous other Hollywood celebrities purchased homes here in the Rat Pack hey days of the 50’s and 60’s.

Bob Hope bought a house here and became such a beloved member of the community that they named a boulevard after him. His partner in all those “Road Movies,” Bing Crosby also had a house here and a street that bears his name. Other luminaries include George Hamilton, Kirk Douglas, and Jack Benny.

The celebrities are not all out of Hollywood or just confined to film and stage. Albert Einstein maintained a home here. The celebrated genius found the star studded skies inspirational and loved to lie out on an easy chair in his back patio and look up at the heavens. He claimed that some of his best thoughts came to him during such moments of relaxation.

Female celebrities are also included on the list of famous folks who choose to have a house in Palm Springs. These include such people as Marilyn Monroe, Lily Tomlin, Dinah Shore, and Elizabeth Taylor. Palm Springs also attracts famous couples such as Carol Lombard and Clark Gable, Lucille Ball and Desi Arnez, Elvis and Priscilla Presley, and getting back to the Rat Pack, Ava Gardner and Frank Sinatra.

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Woodhaven Golf Country Club

At Woodhaven Country Club in Palm Desert, CA, you’ll find a well-maintained and beautifully manicured golf course nestled in a friendly and vibrant community. It’s easy to see why its one of the most visited country clubs in East Palm Desert. With an 18 hole golf course featuring tree-lined fairways along with plush greens and boasting spectacular mountain views, golfers from novice to pro will find it a challenge. The course was established in 1985 and designed by golf architect Harold Heers, Jr. Golf membership is $5,000 to $6,000 with monthly dues ranging from $279 to $467. For an additional $99 per month, Woodhaven members can also play at two sister courses located in Palm Springs at Cimarron Golf Course.

Woodhaven is a community comprised of 504 condo homes ranging in value from $165,000 to $300,000. HOA dues run $421 a month which includes social membership. This fee also includes exterior maintenance including roofs, landscaping, insurance (including earthquake), cable TV, and trash pick up.

Additional amenities that make Woodhaven Golf Country Club a real treat include:

  • Eight tennis courts, including four lit for night play
  • Beautiful remodeled 34,000 square foot clubhouse
  • Fitness center
  • Golf pro shop with latest equipment and apparel
  • Golf games that run no longer than 4 hours
  • Putting green, practice bunker, driving range and chipping area
  • Two racquetball courts
  • Restaurant, lounge and snack bar
  • Special events including a New Year’s Eve celebration and a Valentine’s Day party
  • Several pools
  • Spa and steam room
  • 24 hour guard gated access
  • Several memberships available including Business, Social, Tennis and Golf

Woodhaven Golf Country Club is located at 41-555 Woodhaven Drive EAST, Palm Desert, CA, 92211. .

More information about membership opportunities as well as the fabulous amenities at Woodhaven can be found , by calling (760) 345-7636,

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HOW IS THE MARKET?? Question we are being asked day in and day out


So 2538 Realtors spent 3 and 1/2 days at the Tom Ferry Coaching Seminar for Real Estate Professionnals- why so many this year the largest ever…because we all understand that the market IS CHANGING and that we need to learn how to make it work for US for mainly for our clients and how to bring them the best information and help them the best way in this new reality.

The Market has changed no matter if you are in Palm Springs or on the California Coast, Florida, Nevada.. and I am prepared, fully knowledgeable and here in my market in Palm Springs and the Desert Cities to answer your questions and guide you.

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