Category Archives: Palm Desert Real Estate

Real Estate Market in Palm Springs and the Desert Cities?


As a Realtor in Palm Springs for over a decade, and covering the cities of Palm Springs Proper, Rancho Mirage, Palm Desert, Indian Wells , La Quinta and Sun City Dell Web : I must say that I have to “keep quiet” and wait to see what really is going to happen.
The media and the “gurus” in the industry keep on telling us “increase in prices – it’s coming”. OK I am not crying or screaming (though I don’t see yet) but what I am seeing is that the inventory IS NOT LOW 3321 homes on the market compared to 2708 last October (see the numbers that for our resort Cities of the Desert, the number of Canadian Buyers who were 80% of our business in the last 4 years , are not there (their $$$ is now lower than ours and they have to ‘digest this new situation). So a fair inventory and less potential buyers HUM! the increase in price might just take a little longer!
But I am quiet and waiting to see what will happen in the next few weeks!

San Jacinto Mountain Towers Over Palm Springs



Towering over the city of Palm Springs is the majestic San Jacinto Peak, the highest peak of the San Jacinto Mountains.  At over 10,000 feet tall, the peak is ranked sixth in height amongst all peaks in the continental United States.  Known as one of the “Three Saints”, San Jacinto Peak joins Mount San Gorgonio in the San Bernardino Mountains and Mount San Antonio in the San Gabriel Mountains as the three tallest mountain ranges in Southern California.


Hiking and Climbing San Jacinto


Hiking is a popular activity within San Jacinto State Park, and San Jacinto Peak is easily accessible by several trails throughout the area.  The easiest way to access the high country wilderness full of granite peaks, dense forests and mountain meadows is by the Palm Spring Aerial Tramway from Valley Station.  Another popular route is to take the Marion Mountain Trail near the town of Idyllwild.  Other routes from Idyllwild include The Devil’s Slide, Deer Springs, Fuller Ridge, and Seven Pines trails.  For those feeling quite adventurous, the peak can also be reached via the Cactus to Clouds trail from the Palm Springs Art Museum, although this is an arduous climb of over 10,000 feet.

Visitors who would like to test their skills in snow and ice climbing can reach the peak by way of the Snow Creek Route.  This challenging route climbs directly up the north face with an elevation gain of 9,600 feet in less than 7 miles.  It involves hiking over rough terrain with sustained climbing with crampons and a ice axe.  This route is for serious climbers only, and there have been climbers who have been injured or have died while attempting this route to the peak.


Getting to San Jacinto


For those who would like to climb the peak by way of the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, take I-10 eastbound until you reach CA 111.  Turn right at the Tramway sign and drive to the end of the road.  Pick up a wilderness permit from the ranger station before heading out on the tram.

To climb the Cactus to Clouds trails from the Palm Springs Art Museum, continue on CA 111 until you reach Palm Springs.  CA 111 becomes Palm Canyon Drive.  Turn right on W. Tahquitz Canyon Way to Museum Drive.

Climbers who wish to take the Snow Creek route will take CA 111 to Snow Creek Rd.  There is a large turnout on the road at the Snow Creek Village sign where you will park to begin your journey.

Trails from Idyllwild take CA 243 south towards the town and follow signs to each trailhead.


More Information


All parking (except at the Tramway) require a National Forest Adventure Pass which can be purchased at any ranger station or from many local merchants.  The pass is $5 a day or $30 for an annual pass.  Permits are required to enter the San Jacinto Wilderness and State Park which can be purchased at the ranger station in Idyllwild at 25905 State Highway 243 or at the Mountain Station at the top of the Tramway.

Camping is allowed in the park by permit only, and there are many campgrounds located in and around Idyllwild.

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The Living Zoo in Palm Springs

The Living Desert in Palm Springs, California, seeks to preserve, conserve, and interpret the various deserts of the world. With its imporessive assortment of desert flora and fauna, Living Zoo visitors can learn about the world’s deserts all in one place.


The Living Zoo was founded in 1970 by forward-thinking trustees at the Palm Springs Desert Museum who predicted the impact that development of their town was having and would continue to have on their local ecosystem. This led to the building of a nature trail and preserve in Palm Desert. Four decades later, the zoo continues to focus on preserving the surrounding desert as well as sharing it with visitors. Additionally, the zoo teaches visitors about the deserts of the world with exhibits and displays that bring them to life.

The following are among the zoo’s highlights:

North American Desert

This exhibit features the beauty and wonder of flora and fauna that flourish in the four North American deserts. It features small animals such bats, scorpions, mice, lizards, snakes, and more, all of which are mainly active at night due to the intense daytime heat. See the multitude of birds that call the desert home, including hawks, eagles, vultures, falcons, quail, doves, orioles, and roadrunners. Mammals such as bobcats, mountain lions, wolves, coyotes, and badgers are featured as well. And then there’s the rare desert bighorn and the endangered Peninsular Pronghorn.

Botanical gardens such as the Yucca Garden represent the great diversity of flora found throughout the North American deserts. There’s also the Living Desert’s colorful Sage Garden, home to over 35 different colorful Lamiaceae species and the hummingbirds, butterflies, and bees that love them.

African Desert

Africa – home to deserts such as Sahara, Namib, and Kalahari – features some of the most dramatic, hostile deserts in the world.

Catch a glimpse of this arid splendor and the animal and gardens that call these deserts home at the Living Zoo. The Living Desert, with one of the best zoo breeding colonies found in the world, is host to two of the most endangered animals in the world, the slender-horned gazelle and the addax, a nearly extinct African antelope. The Living Desert has one of the best zoo-based breeding colonies in the world. Recently, addax born at the zoo were reintroduced to an area at the edge of the Sahara, in hopes of boosting the population in the wild.

Other African animals showcased at The Living Desert include hornbills, meerkats, warthogs, sand cat, foxes, giraffes, ostriches, endangered cheetahs, gazelles, and rare Grevy’s Zebras. Don’t forget about exotic African plants, too, from 30 kinds of acacia to strange kokerbooms.

The Ant Lab

Ant colonies are usually hidden, but The Living Desert exposes ant life at the new Ant Lab! In this unique and fascinating exhibit, visitors can watch 10,000 ants build tunnels, catch prey, do housekeeping, and care for their eggs, larvae and pupae.

Learn about ant social life and the ants’ role in the keeping the desert soil in constant good condition. The Ant Lab is located at the NEW Discovery Center and is open during regular park hours.

The Miriam U. Hoover Discovery Center

The Discovery Center is delightfully indoors, a respite from the heat where guests, especially children, discover interactively how sun, wind, sand, and just a little water join together to make such an amazing desert. Highlights include:

  • A giant ground sloth skeleton mounted in a recessed cavern
  • Replica bones and skulls of ancient animals displayed on a fossil wall
  • A carpeted “dune” where children can crawl, roll, and play
  • A crafts counter for kids with rubbing plates, paper, and colored pencils
  • Interactive areas where visitors discover the four elements shaping the desert
  • An old seismograph and computer display that provide a real-time look at tremors in the area

For more information on ticketing, directions, zoo hours, and more, please visit

All these and more awaits your kids in Palm Springs. As a family-friendly city, this desert city offers a wide range of theme parks & tourist spots perfect for family weekend getaways. Call Palm Springs Realtor, Claudine Messika @ (760) 799 5308 to know more about Palm Springs Real Estate & latest listings.

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Oasis Country Club in Palm Desert

1-oasis-country-club-fairway1-300x225The secret is out – Oasis Country Club is one of the best golf communities in Palm Desert!  With a beautifully maintained 18 hole executive golf course designed by Ted Robinson featuring twenty-two lakes, it’s sure to challenge even the most seasoned golfer!  Oasis is a public golf course, and offers membership to its members for $3,000 plus $3,000 annually.

The Oasis features 662 detached style units with more than 25 different floor plans.  Homes range in size from 775 square feet for a one bedroom to 1,803 square feet for the largest three bedroom unit available.  The units here are bright with open floor plans and represent some of the best deals in the Coachella Valley.  The homes range in value from approximately $200,000 to $525,000.  Monthly HOA dues are $455.

Some other amenities you’ll enjoy at Oasis Country Club include:

  •     Putting green and practice driving range
  •     Three lighted tennis courts for night play
  •     Golf instruction and lessons
  •     Fully stocked golf pro shop for the golfer and non-golfer alike, with 20 percent discount for homeowners
  •     18 pools and spas
  •     24 hour manned gate
  •     Stunning grounds and landscaping with breathtaking views of the San Jacinto Mountains
  •     Wedding and banquet services
  •     Beautiful clubhouse with views of 1st tee and 18th hole
  •     Second floor lounge with casual dining and wi-fi
  •     Newly remodeled restaurant The Grille Room with full menu

Oasis Country Club is located at 42330 Casbah Way, Palm Desert, CA, 92211.  Directions to the club can be found here.  They are conveniently located in Palm Desert on Hovley Lane between Cook Street and Washington Street, approximately 1.5 miles from Interstate 10.  Excellent shopping, entertainment, and dining are all within five to ten minutes from the club gates.

More information about membership and club amenities can be found at their website, or by calling (760) 345-5661.  You may also email

For more information about Oasis Country Club homes & properties call Claudine @ (760) 799 5308. Claudine can help with all your Palm Desert Real Estate concerns.

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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.

For more information on homes in Sun City Palm Desert Country Club CLICK HERE to contact Claudine.


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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,

For questions about Woodhaven Golf Country Club, Call Claudine @ (760) 799 5308 or Visit Palm Desert Real Estate & Desert Homes for more info!

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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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Avondale Golf Country Club in Palm Desert

Built in 1969, Avondale Golf Country Club is one of the longest running private golf clubs in the Coachella Valley. The golf course was designed by 9 time PGA Tour tournament winner Jimmy Hines and is often referred to as the “Hidden Gem of the Valley”. The mature, perfectly maintained, tree-lined course is one of the best in the desert, and no game here generally lasts more than 4 hours. Golf membership runs from $2,500 to $10,000 equity with $630 in monthly dues. Membership is capped at 300 and each members holds 1/300th interest.

The 305 homes in Avondale are unique and diverse. They were built between the early 1970s through 2000. Homes range in size from 1,632 square feet to over 7,000 square feet. Homes in Avondale are all semi-custom and custom and feature between two and seven bedrooms. Homes are worth between $300,000 and $1 million. Monthly HOA dues total $225 and include social membership, tennis court usage, 24 hour security and access to the golf club.

Avondale is known to have a strong social tradition, where friends old and new come together to make memories that last a lifetime. For those looking for a truly special country club experience, Avondale can’t be beat.

Other features and amenities of Avondale include:

  • Two dining rooms and two bars with spectacular views
  • Sumptuous locker rooms
  • Theme nights such as wine tastings, martini nights and karaoke
  • New fitness center with state of the art equipment
  • Large grass range, chipping green and practice sand bunker
  • Private golf lessons
  • Always available tee times
  • Special event and banquet facilities

Avondale Golf Country Club is located at 758000 Avondale Drive, Palm Desert, CA, 92211. The club is conveniently located off Interstate 10 and within a few miles of shopping and dining.

For more information about membership opportunities, please visit the Avondale websiteor call (760) 345-2727.

For more information on homes in Avondale Golf Country Club  contact Claudine. Considering Palm Desert Real Estate & Desert Homes for retirement? Claudine & Alvin can help, CALL (760) 799 5308 TODAY!

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Monterey Country Club in Palm Desert

Monterey Country Club in Palm Desert is the definition of the private golf club experience. The trio of 9 hole layouts on the Ted Robinson, Jr., designed course blends seamlessly with the surroundings. Opened in 1979, the well-bunkered greens and beautiful lakes and ponds create both strategic diversity and a picturesque backdrop for golf. There is no initiation fee for golf membership, and annual dues are $3,960.

Monterey is home to one of the largest condo communities in Palm Desert, with 1,206 attractively designed units. A variety of floor plans are available, ranging in size from 1,269 square feet to just over 2000 square feet. Condos range in value from $189,000 to $545,000. HOA dues are $474 per month plus a mandatory $94 per month social membership. The landscape and abundance of mature trees in the community are well maintained and give it a charming and welcoming appeal.

Other amenities to be found at Monterey Country Club include:

  • Spanish Colonial style clubhouse with spectacular views of the golf course
  • Full driving range, short game practice area and putting green
  • Pro shop with member pricing
  • Dining room and banquet facilities
  • 15 tennis courts, sunken championship court and separate tennis clubhouse
  • Tennis lessons and clinics wit USPTA certified teaching professionals
  • Junior size Olympic swimming pool and jacuzzi
  • Poolside service from the Patio Grill
  • Summer swim team
  • 37 pools and spas
  • Fitness room with cardiovascular and weight-training equipment
  • Full calendar of golf and social events

Monterey Country Club is located at 41500 Monterey Avenue, Palm Desert, CA, 92260. Directions to the club can be found here. The community is a short distance from Palm Springs, many shopping centers, fabulous restaurants, entertainment, city parks and other attractions.

For more information on homes in Monterey Country Club CLICK HERE to contact Claudine. Interested with Palm Desert Real Estate & Its prestigious Golf golf communities? Search for Palm Desert Ral Estate OR Just call Claudine @ (760) 799 5308  or Email  her @

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