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Canada Fest in Palm Springs December 8-9, 2012

In recent years, if you have noticed a discernible increase in the number of our Canadian neighbors vacationing and living in and around the Palm Springs area, you’re not alone. In fact, it’s hard not to notice, as the population of the desert cities and surrounding valley more than doubles during the winter. Over the years, a special relationship has developed between the desert cities and the influx of Canadians that has helped inject a new vitality into Palm Springs area winters.

As a result, Palm Springs will host Canada Fest 2012 on December 8th and 9th at the Palm Springs Convention Center. Canada Fest 2012 will be the first of its kind in the area, and its intent is to join Canadians and Californians in expressing their mutual appreciation for renewing the desert area as a vibrant and world-class winter vacation destination.

There will be more people, events, and activities to meet, see, and do than you can imagine, with the below being only a partial list of whom you can expect to meet and what you can expect to see or do:

  • Political Dignitaries – what’s a celebration of two countries and cultures without local and national political dignitaries making appearances? Canadian Ambassador to the United States Gary Doer, California Senator Barbara Boxer, local House Representative Mary Bono Mack, and the mayors of Vancouver (Gregor Robertson) and Montreal (Gerald Tremblay) are among the political dignitaries expected to appear at Canada Fest 2012.
  • Non-political Dignitaries – Miss Universe Canada and Miss Greater Palm Springs are both expected to appear and greet visitors. Also possible will be photo ops with two police offers on horseback, one representing the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and one the Palm Springs Police Department.
  • Booths – There will be booths representing more than 200 different vendors promoting and displaying clothes, real estate, food, drinks, seminars, and a host of other products and specialty items.
  • Prize drawings – Attendees will be given a “passport” that they can have stamped at one of the vendors in attendance. Once an attendee collects a minimum of 25 stamps, he or she will become eligible for any number of prizes from numerous drawings. Prizes will include cruises, trips, furs, jewelry, and more.
  • Food and Beverages – Attendees can relax with a brew or two at the Canadian Beer Garden. For coffee lovers, Tim Horton coffee will be served and prominently displayed throughout the event. There will be plenty of food, as well.
  • Fashion – Several runway fashion shows will be put on by top Canadian and U.S. designers, such Joseph Ribkoff, Dicker & Dicker of Beverly Hills, and more.
  • Special events
    • Children won’t be forgotten, as there will be special booths with yummy food and face painting, among other children’s favorites.
    • Autograph signings from celebrities and sports heroes.
    • Seminars on a variety of subjects presented by a throng of respected and well-known speakers and experts.
  • Music – Classic songs from American rock band Player, who will be playing a variety of their classic hits from the 1970s and 1980s.
  • Real Estate information – For anyone wishing to move to or merely vacation in Palm Springs, there will be plenty of information from the best, most trusted real estate figure in the area, Claudine Messika.

For more information on Palm Springs Real Estate and Homes, click here to speak with Claudine.

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Casual Concours Palm Springs IV

  • Location: 28-555 Landau Boulevard Cathedral City, CA 92234, Desert Princess Country Club
  • When: Oct. 19-21
  • Hours: 10 am – 3 pm
  • Tickets: $5


Those who are into cars will surely love the Casual Concours in Palm Springs, a classic car show on its 4th edition. It will take place between October 19 – 21, from Friday to Sunday. Individuals who are interested in participating in this unique event must register by mail or online. Additionally, tickets can be purchased at the door on the day of the event.

The main highlight of the event is the special charity car show brought by the Great Autos of Yesteryear. There will also be various other interactive and exciting events along the way that will make this weekend an unforgettable one. The past 3 editions have been interactive and tremendous and this year will be no exception. The actual show will be organized on October 20, Saturday, at the lovely Desert Princess Country Club. This new location is spectacular. Donations from this unique show will go to the animal shelter “Friends of the Palm Springs”. Thus, the organizers are expecting numerous animal lovers to the show to display their support for abandoned cats and dogs.

The Casual Concours will also have a host hotel, Doral Desert Princess Resort. This hotel is situated right next to Desert Princess Country Club. The resort fee is $10 and a room is $99 / night. That weekend will be full of events, so it might be a great idea to reserve a room in advance.

Those who want to participate in the amazing car show will have the chance to win a Ford Thunderbird dating from 1973. This will be used on the day of the event by the Great Autos of Yesteryear. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity, so you might want to take part in the race. The events start on October 19th, Friday, with the Welcome Reception. The reception will be held at the Animal Shelter, at 4575 E Mesquite Avenue. Participants will serve hors d’oeuvres and drinks and will have the chance to see the shelter. This special event will welcome Great Autos members only. Even though there is no entrance fee, the guests are encouraged to make donations.

On October 20th, Saturday, there will be the famous Casual Concours Car Show. It will kick off at 10 am and will last until 3 pm. The event will take place in Cathedral City, at 28 – 555 Landau Boulevard. Registered participants are invited to come at 7.30 am to arrange their cars. Until 9.30, all cars have to be placed. The vehicles have to be preregistered and the registration is $25. Spectators must pay $10 to see the show. After the car show, at 5.30 pm, there will be a cocktail reception and the award ceremony at Leon’s Restaurant. The last event will be on October 21st, on Sunday when the Farewell Breakfast will be organized at 9 am. Overall, the Casual Concours Car Show is an engaging event for everyone in Palm Springs. If you’re fond of cars and you want to admire the most gorgeous types, you are definitely invited to attend.

For more information on Palm Springs Real Estate and Homes CLICK HERE to speak with Claudine.

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The Mesa Luxury Homes and Estates – Palm Springs

The-Mesa-Luxury-Homes-and-Estates-300x225Mesa Luxury Homes Have a Long History in Palm Springs

Mesa Luxury Homes and Estates are located in South Palm Springs. This community has been established since the early 1920’s, under the leadership of Edmond Fulford, a famous Los Angeles businessman. It is specifically seated in Palm Canyon Mesa, this gated area was supposedly built on the lowest slopes of the San Jacinto Mountains to protect the homes from the strong winds of the desert. There was even a plan that there will be a common main entrance for the exclusive community, however, all these plans were put on hold because of Mr. Fulford’s death in 1936. Still, the gatehouse remains to be a reminder of the businessman’s vision.

After the death of Edmond Fulford, other developers put interest in the making of the Mesa community. That’s why this real estate offers several architectural styles. The estates are located on the east slopes of the San Jacinto Mountains, not following the original plan of Fulford. But still, Mesa gained a pretty good reputation around town; people often say that this place comes with a family and friendly atmosphere. The neighborhood is quiet and safe at all times. Almost all the neighbors here are friends, and they always take time to visit one another, which seldom happens in the society these days.

Tahquitz Canyon Location Provides an Ideal Setting

Mesa homes are near the east of Tahquitz Canyon. As you all know, Tahquitz Canyon features a 60-foot waterfall that comes in seasons. Indian rock art and ancient irrigation can also be seen through here. According to stories, the canyon is home to Tahquitz, an Indian who possess great power. It is believed to speak thunder and lightning, it eats human flesh, as well as beautiful women. Those who disappear on the mountains are said to be taken by this legendary Indian. This story adds mystery to the awesome Mesa community.

Are you excited to get your dream home from the best community up in South Palm Springs? It offers the best environment for a family and of course, you can get the finest out of nature. Some of the architectural styles that Mesa estate offer are the 1920’s Spanish villas, 1950’s Ranch homes, Santa Fe Style homes and a lot more. This community surely comes with a great combination of modern Palm Springs, the old school style of living, as well as a taste of good old Mother Nature. The price usually ranges from $600,000 up to $3 million, depending on the location, size, and type of home you want. Mesa homes and estates are not just for the rich, there’s a home perfect for anyone interested.

So, whenever you come around California, particularly in Palm Springs, go check out what the Mesa community has to offer. Surely, people are never left disappointed with the unique homes that this real estate can share. It is best to visit the place, rather than shopping for pictures from the Internet. The homes can be appreciated more once on the actual location of the estate, there is no doubt about that.


For more information about Palm Springs real estate & properties call Claudine @ (760) 799 5308.

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Alta Luxury Homes and Estates – Palm Springs


Alta is an exclusive community of luxury homes surrounded by spectacular mountain ranges located in Palm Springs.  The gated community is full of amenities and nestled in a beautiful desert location.

Award-Winning Homes

Alta homes offer the finest in indoor and outdoor living.  These architecturally distinct properties feature vanishing glass walls and inverted roofs that capitalize on the surrounding landscape.  The community features 67 homes that range in price from $5 million to $20 million.

There are three flexible floor plans available, and homes range in size from 2,875 square feet to 4,783 square feet.  Lots are approximately 15,000 square feet.  Homes come with a minimum of three bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms and a two-car garage.  Custom options abound such as solar panels, slide pocket doors, home offices, additional bedrooms and bathrooms, separate dining, living and entertaining areas, outdoor living areas and private retreats.  There is also the option of having a guest home on your property.

Interior details are also top-notch, with quality finishes and appliances.  Homes can include natural stone slab countertops, baths and showers, high-end plumbing fixtures, walk-in closets, fireplaces, kitchen islands and more.

Neighborhood Amenities

Alta is located just minutes from any convenience you may need.  Here is a sampling of what can be found nearby:

  • 5 minutes from Palm Springs
  • 15 minutes from Rancho Mirage
  • 20 minutes from Palm Desert
  • 10 minutes from upscale shopping district Palm Canyon Drive, where you’ll find over 160 shops offering a wide array of goods and services
  • 10 minutes from El Paseo, the “Rodeo Drive of the Desert”
  • Cabazon Outlets are 25 minutes away
  • Near College of the Desert and Chapman University
  • Close to Desert Regional Medical Center and Eisenhower Medical Center
  • Several golf courses are within minutes of Alta including Mesquite Golf & Country Club and Escena Golf and Country Club
  • Wide variety of fine and casual dining options, such as Villa Royale Inn, Copeley’s on Palm Canyon and Spencer’s Restaurant at the Mountain
  • Nearby hiking and bike trails

More Information

Alta is located at 3200 S Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA, 92264.  It is located with the Palm Springs Unified School District.


For more information about Alta Luxury Homes and Estates call Claudine @ (760) 799 5308. Claudine can help with all your Palm Springs Real Estate concerns.


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The Movie Colony Luxury Homes – Palm Springs

Movie Colony Homes Have a Glamorous History

The Movie Colony is positioned near the heart of Palm Springs, in close proximity to Palm Canyon in Old Las Palmas. It features 170 homes and prices that vary from $500,000 to $3 million per property. Over the years, the Palm Springs neighborhood was the home to numerous famous people such as David O. Selznick, Jack Benny, Harry Cohn, and more. In the early days, the El Mirador Hotel in the Movie Colony was the biggest attraction for celebrities due to its luxurious amenities and wonderful designs. The hotel is a hospital now, but the people have never forgotten about its glory days.


Community Overview

Positioned close to Pam Springs, the Movie Colony used to be an escape location for Hollywood celebrities who ran from the sets to build bungalows, estates, and cottages in the area. Throughout its years of glory, The Movie Colony highlighted a splendid mix of Spanish estates from the 20s and 30s. Leaving aside the homes, the area features 2 parks (Sunrise Park and Ruth Hardy Park), as well as an elementary school. The community highlights Mid-Century ranch style architecture with numerous homes built during the 1940s.


The Homes

Most of the homes built on the Movie Colony territory have luxurious amenities, high-class decorations, and exquisite facilities for future residents. Many of the homes in the area have only the finest of amenities. With an average price of $1.8 million, this architectural masterpiece will certainly live up to your expectations. Several of its greatest amenities include:

  • Private bar
  • Recreation room
  • Hardwood floor and carpeting
  • Air conditioning
  • French doors
  • Gas fireplace
  • Private spa
  • Fully equipped kitchen area


Luxury Homes and Estates

Many of the homes are in Mediterranean and Spanish style mansions that have been recently refurbished to suit the extravagant requirements of future residents. Featuring modern-day amenities but maintaining the Spanish allure, the home offers the following amenities:

  • Old-world tiles
  • Remodeled bath
  • Rustic beam ceilings
  • Ironwork
  • Courtyards and fountains
  • Arbors
  • Hardwood floor
  • Brand-new kitchen appliances
  • Garage space with 6 spots
  • Air conditioned/fireplace
  • Pool
  • Spa
  • Media room
  • Sunken garden

The Movie Colony is an excellent location to invest in a property. Quiet but rejuvenating, it comes with spectacular homes you’ll adore. . Surrounded by lush greenery and mature trees, and minutes away from Palm Spring, the ranch includes the following amenities:

  • Soaring ceilings
  • Dramatic double door entry
  • Clerestory windows at the entry
  • Adjacent dining rooms
  • Spacious living room with fireplace
  • Bright kitchen fully equipped with modern appliances
  • Family room
  • Pool area
  • Laundry room
  • Parking lot
  • Garage space

Overall, The Movie Colony is without a doubt a high-end community that’s worth your attention. The quality of life in the area and the beautiful homes make the neighborhood one of the most appreciated and esteemed in Palm Springs and those looking to buy a home in the Colony will have at their disposal plenty of choices.

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Season Opens for Palm Springs Dancers Every Wednesday Night

ballroom-214x300There are many forms of dance that people enjoy these days. However, one thing considered to be the most elegant kind of dance, performed even back in the ages, is what they call as ballroom. Ballroom dance is often performed by two people, or partners. This dance can be done socially or competitively, and is known all over the world. But surely, it is famous in California, especially to those with older age. Because of the entertainment it brings, this form of dance has been enjoyed on stage, films and even the television.

There is nothing better than a whole night of dancing and fun in Palm Springs. Luckily for people who are quite interested in dancing, particularly in ballroom dancing, the seasons have opened for the Palm Springs Dancers every Wednesday night. People in California have waited all year for this, and now it has started. Since this is the 30th Anniversary for the Wednesday night dancers, every night will indeed be grand. To play the music, several bands and the best DJs are hired to make the night alive.

The dancing during these nights will go on from September until April next year, and hopefully, another season will come again. There will surely be long nights of dancing during such day of the week, a day that people will always look forward to. The dance starts off at 7 in the evening up until 9:30pm, two and a half hours of fun, entertainment, and endless ballroom dancing. Thinking of it alone makes the ballroom enthusiasts shiver with excitement. The venue of the dance will be at the Palm Springs Pavilion.

The Palm Springs Pavilion is owned and managed by the Palm Springs Park and Recreation. This is actually part of the large recreation complex located on the Pavilion way, South of Baristo. This is between Farrell and Sunrise. The dance floor is pretty huge, with a size of 10,000 square foot, made of hardwood. People can expect that the place can accommodate a large number of crowd. This is considered to be the best among the rest in the valley, that’s why it was chosen as the venue for the Palm Springs Wednesday night dance. For more than three decades, the Pavilion has been home to 300 dances and a venue to thousands of events in the said locale in California.

For those interested to take complimentary dance lessons and those who would like to attend the dance, they can contact the Palm Springs Park and Recreation through the official website which is Aside from that, people can send an e-mail to Technology has surely made communication a lot easier for people these days, just one click and people can be connected. However, for those who wants to see the actual area or venue, they can also go directly to the address: 401 So. Pavilion, Palm Springs, California, or contact the number (760) 323-8272. These contacts are also applicable for those who would like to organize events in the said venue.

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Palm Springs’ Star Studded Golden Years

Though Palm Springs may not be the fabulous vacation spot of the rich and very famous as it once was, it still has that old Hollywood sparkle. That’s leftover from years as the premiere American vacation spot for Hollywood’s execs and stars. Palm Springs became an official city in 1938. It started with seven councilmen and the mayor was Phil Boyd. During the 1939 census, Palm Springs reported a year-round population of just over 5,000, while during the summer, that number climbed to 8,000.

Kaufman_House_Palm_Springs-300x208Because the city’s four major hotels were all entirely occupied during the peak season, this prompted other hotels to move into the area. The top four hotels during the late ’30s and early ’40s were the Oasis, the Desert Inn, El Mirador and Del Tahquitz. The Deep Well Guest Ranch was not technically a hotel, but did host many seasonal Palm Spring residence.

The Chi Chi Nightclub became the town’s premiere nightclub with many national acts stopping by. Restaurants known in town were the Palm House and the Polynesian restaurant located in the Palm Springs Hotel. A Western-themed nightclub opened dubbed The Mink and Manure Club. During this Palm Spring saw travelers from Hollywood, but also various wealthy parts of the United States.

Golf courses became a recreational activity for the elite and in Palm Springs, it was played at Tom O’Donnell’s golf course. There were also several tennis courts. Charlie Farrell’s Racquet Club was another hot spot for the rich and famous during their leisure time. At this time, Palm Springs boasted the most swimming pools of any county in the United States. Bike rentals were available at numerous hotels, which let guests explore Palm Springs on bike, taking in the scenery. There were, and still are, amazing trails for hikers and runners to take in the mountains of Palm Springs.

In December of 1941, there were many people at the the Desert Inn for the annual dog show, which drew an eclectic and wealthy group of folks. It was here that people heard John Miller announce that Pearl Harbor had been bombed. With the declaration of war, many people fled Palm Springs to live in larger cities. Those who stayed and held on to their property for future generations prospered greatly.

Many thought Palm Springs had seen its best days before the war, however after the war, tourists returned to the area in droves. In 1962, John F. Kennedy visited the area, putting it back on the map for those who wanted to see and be seen.

If you are interested with Palm Springs Real Estate, your Palm Springs Realtor is  only a phone call away! (760) 799 5308

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Palm Springs Historical Society Helps Preserve the Past

palmcanyon1932-300x183Helping to Preserve the Past

The Palm Springs Historical Society is dedicated to preserving the history of Palm Springs.  It is sited on the Village Green.  This park like locale is set in a lushly landscaped portion of Palm Canyon Drive amidst a warren of shops, hotels, and restaurants.  The site may be toured individually or on a guided tour.  To arrange a guided tour the society should be contacts online or one may call them at 760-323-8297.

There is free parking available in the lot behind the headquarters off South Belardo Road between Barristo Road and Arenas Roads.  The Society is open to the public Wednesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. and Sundays from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.  There is a $3 admission fee for adults.  Children get to enter for free, but must be accompanied by an adult.  This charge includes admission to the nearby Comela White House and McCallum Adobe, two nearby historic structures.

The Palm Springs region has long attracted musical talents both as a place to relax and to play music.  In accordance with that rich tradition, the Historical Society is hosting an exhibit entitled “Chi Chi” after the famed nightclub where such luminaries as Cab Calloway and Ella Ftizgerald performed.  In this exhibition, one may listen to live recordings of those two iconic artists along with hearing tunes from Sophie Tucker, Louis Armstrong, and many more.  These recordings will take you back to the era of Swing when Big Band music was featured at many of the local resort hotels.  Included are a number of instruments played by legendary performers.


Schedule of Events

The Historical Society is featuring a raft of exhibitions for the remainder of 2012.  To begin with, there is a collection of Vintage Palm Springs Hotel brochures.  This tribute to the ephemera of yesteryear is entitled, “Graphic Hospitality.”  For history buffs of shopping, “La Playa” gives a photographic record of the development of one of the earliest shopping malls ever constructed called “La Playa.”  The Society is also showing off its collection of paintings by Carl Eytel,Palm Springs first artist in residence.

A video presentation of the creation of Palm Springs first resort hotel, the Desert Inn shows throughout the day in the Society’s theater.  The film traces the development of the site and shows how the hotel and close byFashionPlazahave evolved over the years.

Another video program playing regularly is called “Palm Springs Then and Now.”  The film flips back and forth from how sites looked in 1946 compared to the way they appear today,

The Winfield Line,Palm Springs: a True Story of Our Time is part of a new gallery that the Society has set up devoted to color photographs.  It features 75 color prints by Grace and Winfield Line that trace the history of Palm Spring from 1940 until 1980.  It includes journals and a guest book.

There are also black and white photography exhibitions chronicling the region’s history and the Naïve American culture.

For more information about luxury homes in Palm Springs, CLICK HERE to speak to Claudine about Palm Springs luxury homes.


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Palm Springs, Market Report for the Week of August 27, 2012

The median list price in PALM SPRINGS, CA 92262 this week is $319,900.

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. Since this is a Buyer’s market prices are not yet moving higher as excess inventory is consumed. However, as the supply and demand trends continue, the market moves into the Seller’s zone, and we are likely to see upward pressure on pricing.


We continue to see prices in this zip code hovering around these current levels, even though they bumped up a bit this week. Look for a persistent up-shift in the Market Action Index before we see prices move significantly from here.

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For more information regarding luxury homes in Palm Springs, CA, contact Claudine Messika.

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