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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.

All these amazing stories awaits you in Palm Springs…Interested with Palm Springs Luxury Homes? Call Claudine @ (760) 799 5308 or Visit her Palm Springs Real Estate Site!



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Palm Springs, CA Market Report for the week of July 23, 2012

The median list price in PALM SPRINGS PROPER, CA 92264 this week is $711,000.

Inventory has been lightening lately and the Market Action Index has been trending up. Though days-on-market is increasing, these are mildly positive indications for the market.

Supply and Demand

Home sales have been exceeding new inventory for several weeks. While still a Buyer’s market, prices seem to have responded by moving upward. If the demand trends continue, expect prices to keep marching upward, especially once we see a Seller’s Market.

Price

Price trends in this zip code continued their recent uptrend this week. While still below the market’s high point, we’ve seen a nice run recently.

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Sellers Making More Price Adjustments

It’s no secret that buyers are at an advantage right now when it comes to purchasing homes, and sellers are definitely starting to take note of this. Two recent surveys indicate that sellers are starting to gain more confidence in their properties; these surveys also show that sellers are also withdrawing from the market.

This results in very low home inventories, which limits the choices that buyers have when they’re looking for a new home, especially in prime buying season, which is in the spring. A national survey also confirmed that housing inventory had dropped 1.3 percent by the end of March. Listed inventory is also 21.8 percent lower than it was a year ago.

However, another study indicates that the number of people who affirmed that now is an ideal time to sell a home increased from 10 to 15 percent for the fourth month in a row. While this isn’t an overwhelming increase, realtors do believe this is a step in a positive direction.

As far as neighborhoods go, only about one in five adults agreed that now is a perfect time for someone in their community to sell a home, while 63 percent disagree with this sentiment. The prices that people are expected to pay for home is also directly linked to changing mindsets among home sellers.

Generally, Americans are expecting home prices to increase about 1.3 percent in the next year. This is due to the fact that people are generally optimistic about the positive turn the economy is taking, and are willing to pay for homes that are a little higher priced. Confidence in the home buying market rose two percent from March to April, so home purchases are expected to increase.

This presents good news for both sellers and buyers, and will increase the chances that individuals will get into new homes they are satisfied with, in terms of both home specifications and price.



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Summer Salsa Mambo Festival in Palm Springs – July 26, 2012

Are you ready to dance?! Then head to Palm Springs this summer for the Salsa Mambo Festival. Located at the beautiful Doral Princess Resort, the festival is scheduled to begin on July 26, 2012.

Just what is the Salsa Mambo Festival, you ask? It is a fun-filled four days of over 60 dance workshops taught by world famous artists! All aspects of Salsa, Mambo and Bachata are focused on, as well as Afro-Cuban, Afro-Samba, Cha-Cha-Cha, Argentine Tango, Tango Nuevo, Latin Motion and even Salsa Aerobics!

The weekend starts with an opening party on Thursday, July 26th and the madness doesn’t end until Monday afternoon. Workshops begin in the morning until early afternoon and are available in a variety of topics including Salsa Footwork, Couple’s Styling, Cool Salsa Moves, Social Cha-Cha-Cha, Tango Swing, Musicality and Ear Training, Urban Bachata and Fusion Tango.

Afternoons consist of pool and jacuzzi time at the resort’s beautiful outdoor oasis. The evenings are where the real fun begins, with dance parties being held until 4am. Friday is theme night with togas being the costume of choice. Saturday night is the Gala Dinner with exclusive dinner shows and exhibition dancing. This year’s theme for the Gala Dinner is Palladium Night! Bust out your best West Side Story outfit – colorful dresses, shark-skin suits, skinny slacks and ties. It’s a night to dress to impress!

Later that night ring in the “new year”. Grab your champagne glass, get ready for the countdown and dance the night away. Recover with Sunday nights’ Pajama Night – kick back and dance in your most comfortable (or sexy!) pajamas.

Some of the top dancers in the industry will be performing and teaching at the 2012 Salsa Mambo Festival including Miquel Aguirre, Violeta Anderson, Rolando Bonilla, Keith Givens, Cynthia Howell, Cristian Oviedo, Vince Torres, Latin Motion Dance Co, Salsa in Wonderland and Jazz fusion.

The best part about it all – all you Salseros out there will have the resort to yourselves! The Salsa Mambo Festival promoters have made sure that festival attendees are the only guests that weekend at the Doral Desert Princess Resort. This resort has everything you can hope for on a dancing vacation including 10 tennis courts, a 5,000 square foot pool area with Olympic size pools, 2 whirlpools, executive gym, racquet club, spa facility, fitness center, golf pro shop and clubhouse, 27 holes of PGA Championship gold, a tennis pro shop and more. All rooms include high speed internet access, hair dryer, refrigerator and HBO.

The Salsa Mambo Festival is sponsored by Dance Sport California. DSCA is a dynamic dance organization providing dancers resources for training and education in the Social Latin Dances. DSCA offers a variety of programs in their studio in Signal Hill, CA and multiple festivals in Palm Springs and Los Angeles, CA.



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Palm Springs, CA – the Summer fest

Starting from June, Palm Springs is will be hosting an engaging community event called VillageFest. The festivity will end in September and it will be organized on Thursdays from 7 p.m. till 10 p.m. VillageFest features various smells, sounds and sights, and is expected to offer a delightful experience. This festival is a must – see for tourists all around the world because they will get in touch with the local culture. Also, they are going to see some foreign traditions and artisans. VillageFest is annually visited by thousands of people. They come here to relax, to learn more about Palm Springs and buy souvenirs for their friends and family.

This year, there will be countless booths featuring personal and unique creations that are hand crafted by local artisans. These products can make the perfect gifts because they are original and beautifully crafted. VillageFest can also be a great opportunity to visit Palm Springs and its surroundings. Visitors can accommodate in one of the numerous hotels and inns, and they can indulge themselves in delicious local dishes prepared by the restaurants.

This event is designed for friends and families and its intention is to use splendid art to bring people together. The artists are going to create extraordinary crafts out of nothing and are going to amaze the audience. It is a festival for individuals of all ages who can safely and comfortably walk into a world of crafts, food and rich art. So, it’s not only the works of art that are tempting. The food is also extremely alluring for all visitors. Dishes vary in nationality and content, and can offer a great culinary experience.

Eco-friendly tourists will love the farmers’ market stalls, because they will find natural and delicious vegetables and fruits. Healthy food can be quite expensive, but at the VillageFest everything’s affordable. Thus, the event promotes a healthy and a friendly atmosphere, and every year it manages to wow its visitors. The crowd will gather around at 6 p.m. By 7 p.m. the Palm Canyon Drive will be full of vendors and spectators. The entertainment venues, shops, clubs and restaurants will also be open late. Tourists will have the chance to take full advantage of their visit to Palm Springs.

There will be more than 150 booths and countless purveyors, entertainers and artists that will promote a wide array of objects and products such as paintings, fresh fruits, sculptures, vegetables, handmade pottery, flowers, organic soap, jewelry, sweets and snacks. Sitting at one of the outdoor cafés and enjoying this crowded street of California can be the best thing you can do during his vacation in Palm Springs.


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Winter in Palm Springs, a Wonderland to Canadians

Harsh Winters at Home Can Be Hard to Take

Shoveling snow can make one long for warmer weather, but that’s not likely to happen any time soon when winter begins in Edmonton or Montreal or just about any place in Canada. The only recourse that is real is to relocate. When searching for a sunnier site, many Canadians settle on Palm Springs. This renowned resort region typically has highs in the 70’s all through the winter months.

When Canadians come to check Palm Springs out, they are often astonished to be able to wear short pants and T-shirts while Christmas carols are playing in local stores. It is easier to relax here outdoors than it would be up north where staying outside can be a struggle for survival.

Cold weather can be especially hard on seniors who may feel the chill in their bones. While it is important to stay active as one ages, this can be tough when it’s frigid, and the sidewalks are invisible beneath a blanket of snow.

Flying South for the Winter Now Common for Canadians

It has long been a custom among many Canadians to head south in winter. Their travels often take them to Palm Springs. Realizing that this will be an annual occurrence, a lot of them are now taking the plunge and purchasing a place to reside in. This gives them the security of knowing where they will stay and that it will always be open and available.

Purchasing property in Palm Springs is also an excellent investment. Value here is high, and property appreciates considerably over the years. This is due to the lure the desert has over travelers. The region has long been a magnet for people wishing to relax and enjoy the warmth and hospitality the area has to offer. Palm Springs is also freeway close to Los Angels, a metropolitan region with millions of residents.

The Canadian consulate in Los Angeles reports that they get large numbers of inquiries from Canadians regarding the Palm Springs area. Recent unrest south of the border has made Mexico a less attractive destination and so Palm Springs has become a better option for tourists.

Time is Right for Buying into the Good Life

Favorable exchange rates make this a strategic time for Canadians to buy. The Canadian dollar is currently strong compared to the dollar so prices are lower than one might expect to pay. This can be particularly true when it comes to housing which has suffered from price drops of late. While the market has stabilized and has begun to show signs of an upswing, there are still many bargains to be had.

Some Palm Springs realtors have begun placing ads in Canadian newspapers seeking a share in a growing market. Canadians who move to Palm Springs find that more and more of their countrymen are calling the place home as well. They understand the value that having a place in the sun can bring. It makes no sense to suffer through another winter of discontent.



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Why Canadians Are Buying Homes in Palm Springs

Canadians Have Clout in Today’s Market

Canadians now comprise the largest percentage of foreign nationals buying property in the U.S.  The figures are especially true in the Palm Springs Region where Realtors report record numbers of inquiries from Canadians wishing to buy in the region.

Experts suggest this is a result of the strength of the Canadian currency along with diminishment of the price structure of property in the U.S.  While prices have ceased slipping in Palm Springs, they remain well below the peak reached several years back.

The housing crisis has led to a glut of homes now on the market with plenty of bargains to be had.  Several Realtors in the Palm Springs area specialize in foreclosures and short sales where homes can be purchased for a fraction of their former worth.  Care must be taken to determine the home’s condition in these cases as owners may have neglected repairs and maintenance once foreclosure proceedings began.

Palm Springs and adjacent communities have been expanding for decades, and there is plenty of room in the Coachella Valley for expansion.  With the downturn in housing, there are now substantial listings of properties for sale.  These range from condos in town and along golf courses, and single family homes in both settings.  In addition, there are many homes scattered throughout the desert that offer solitary splendor.

Tax Codes Differ in Canada and U.S.

Buying property in Palm Springs is a pretty straight forward procedure for Canadian citizens.  Property taxes and fees are the same for all buyers regardless of place of origin.  The implications such purchases have on the income taxes Canadians pay can very so it is important to consult an expert in this area before filing tax returns.  It can be confusing what sorts of expenses are deductible and how loans should be structured to gain the best possible advantage.

Different tax standards can apply depending on whether a Canadian comes to live in Palm Springs permanently year round or just winters in the region occasionally.  There are also variations depending on whether one has retired or is still working.  If still working, there are differences if the work is done in Canada or the U.S.or if work is done in both places.  These days with so much work done on line, it can be difficult to determine exactly what is done where.

Renting Out Property Can Provide Income

Since many Canadians only live in Palm Springs for part of the year, it is possible for them to rent their places out for the rest of the year.  Such a strategy can allow a property to pay for itself.  Several agencies provide services devoted to this, and area realtors will be able to suggest firms to use.

Many Canadians are buying property around Palm Springs to rent out year round.  Homes and condos in the Coachella Valley offer excellent investment opportunities with long term prospects for appreciation in value virtually certain.  This is due to the region’s popularity as a resort destination with acclaimed winter weather, numerous golf courses, and chic shopping districts.



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Newest Housing Data Signals Improvements

The latest round of real estate data shows home-builder confidence is soaring as homes in the United States become more affordable. In California, prices and sales appear to be on the mend.

In a note back in May, Ian Sheperdson, chief U.S. economist for High Frequency Economics, wrote that the improvements in the housing market may be a result of credit loosening. The lack of readily available home loans has been a significant hindrance and one of the stumbling blocks to a rising market, he wrote.

Reacting to the rise in builder confidence, Sheperdson’s note further stated that the key factor is improving access to mortgage finance versus the level of rates, which have been very low for a long time. After a credit event, availability of credit is an important factor to real recovery; housing is on the cusp, he wrote.

Also in May, the National Association of Home Builders reported that its index of confidence in the market for newly constructed single-family homes climbed to a level of 29, the gauge’s highest reading since May 2007.

The West was the only region that saw a decline, down two points to 29. The Midwest and South were up five points each to hit 27 and 28 respectively, and the Northeast was up six points to 32.

In many housing markets, builders are reporting that sales and buyer traffic have picked back up after a pause this past April, Barry Rutenberg, chairman of the builders association, said in a news release.

It appears we have resumed the gradual upward trend in confidence that started at the beginning of this year, as excellent affordability and stabilizing prices encourage more people to pursue a new-home purchase, he stated further in the release.

A separate index produced by the National Association of Realtors indicated that homes in the United States reached a record level of affordability in the first quarter of this year. According to research, the index shows a family that earns the median annual income of just under $61,000 can afford a home costing $325,500.

And finally, home prices and sales appeared to improve in the Golden State as well, according to the California Association of Realtors. The statewide median price rose above $300,000 for the first time, and sales were at their highest level in more than two years, the group said.

A record-high housing affordability coupled with a brighter economic picture, pushed the Spring home buying season off to a strong start, LeFrancis Arnold, president of the association, said in a news release.

With interest rates declining to new record lows in recent weeks as well as a continually improving economy, we should see a steady improvement in the housing market throughout the end of the year, Arnold said further.

The California real estate group also reported that the amount of inventory on the market remained low. About four months and just under a week’s worth of homes were available for sale on the market, according to the association’s inventory index. Around six to seven months is considered a healthy market.



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Palm Springs 4th of July Activities and Events

Palm Springs is where you should be this Independence Day if you seek a fun, festive, firework show-filled Fourth of July. Come enjoy this country’s liberty and freedom with us in Palm Springs! Take a peek at this list of the amazing events that wait for you as you explore and discover your community!

  •  Join us for an All-American 4th of July in Palm Springs!  There will be a spectacular fireworks extravaganza with the City of Palm Springs and POWER Baseball. The festivities will begin at 6:05 p.m. when the Palm Springs POWER will take on the Casa Grande Cotton Kings at Palm Springs Stadium, located at 1901 E. Baristo Road. The well-awaited fireworks show, simulcast by KDES radio, will start at 9:15 p.m. Gates will open at 5 p.m. and game tickets are $7 for adults and $6 for children and seniors. Free admission for the fireworks will begin at 8 p.m. Break out your red, white, and blue and come in your independence day spirit! For more information, call Palm Springs Parks and Recreation at (760) 323-8272.
  • Come to participate in an evening of free fireworks and music at the City of Palm Desert’s yearly Independence Day celebration located at the Civic Center Park. The fun will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 4th, with a toe-tapping 90-minute concert. The fireworks will promptly follow the concert at 9 p.m.

In Palm Springs, you can participate in your country’s freedom by watching some fireworks and celebrating your liberty!  We wish you an amazing Fourth of July and hope you remember to thank those who have made Palm Springs, and our country, the place it is today!



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Mesquite Golf and Country Club – Palm Springs

The Mesquite Golf and Country Club was established in 1984 and ever since that period, its architect Bert Stamps has managed to make it stand out as one of the most spectacular golf courses in Palm Springs. When one is golfing at the Mesquite, one can’t help but admire the beautiful and spectacular tropical scenery that hits them. From the majestic San Jacinto and Santa Rosa mountain range to the tree lined fairways and the 5 lakes found on the grounds, Mesquite golf country club has one of the most beautiful golf courses in the US.

Reasons one should join the Mesquite Golf and Country Club

 

There are various reasons why one should join the Mesquite Golf and Country Club some of which include;

  • The Mesquite golf course has a beautiful 6,400 yard field that is both challenging and eye catching. This will sure appeal to all golfers who love beautiful scenery and enjoy a challenging game of golf.
  • The Mesquite golf course features a traditional 18 hole championship layout that was designed by renowned architect Bert Stamps.
  • Mesquite golf course also has 5 lakes that are strategically placed within the field to create a more challenging field for the club’s golfers. A feature that members of the Mesquite golf country club enjoy and love.
  • The Mesquite Golf Course is lined with mature trees that give it a certain picturesque appeal that is both appealing and attractive to all of its members.
  • Mesquite Golf and Country Club also features a fairly large grass practice facility for its members coupled with a driving range.
  • The Mesquite clubhouse has being beautifully crafted in a Spanish style that makes it stand out from other clubhouses. This Spanish clubhouse boasts of a lot of culture and uniqueness that most people find hard to resist.
  • The Mesquite clubhouse is huge with over 15,000 square feet, and has an elevated fully established restaurant that serves some of the best cuisines in the region.
  • While at the Mesquite Golf and Country Club one gets to enjoy the awesome views of the mountains and lush fairways that are characteristic of the unique landscape at the Mesquite Golf and Country Club.
  • The clubhouse also has a banquet area, a cocktail lounge, pro shop, two racquetball courts, and a patio that gives one a chance to enjoy the breathtaking views that are at Mesquite golf country club.
  • The Mesquite Golf Country Club is located just a few miles from Downtown Palm Springs, which is close to some of Palm Springs most famous hotels, airports, and casinos.
  • The Mesquite Golf and Country Club has hosted several local PGA and Golden State Tour events, this has made it gain recognition as one of the best places to golf.
  • Bob Hope has also frequented the Mesquite Golf and Country Club. This has served as proof of how beautiful and good the golf course and clubhouse at the Mesquite Golf Country Club is.



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