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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.

History

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 http://www.livingdesert.org/.

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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Masters of Post Modern Architecture – Palm Springs

Masters-of-Post-Modern-Architecture-–-Palm-Springs-300x196Recently, the Palm Springs Museum has obtained the former Santa Fe Federal Saving and Loan building and it firstly expressed its intention to transform the location into a new type of museum. This was going to be centered on architecture and art. The idea received unexpected support from both the public and the media at a national level.

At the moment, it is raising funds in order to rehabilitate the historic building. After it will be renewed it is going to be transformed into a state of the art architectural museum. This would be the first museum of this kind in the country and it intends to amaze the public with the pieces exhibited. Imaginative, unique pieces will be presented and they are hoped to serve as source of inspiration for many future architects. Until now, no less than 30 famous entrepreneurs and famous leaders have shown their support for the project. The museum needs one hundred founding members that must commit to pay a certain sum for the next three years to keep the institution running, until it begins to produce its own profit.

Furthermore, the modern architect E. Stewart Williams will be in charge with the esthetic rehabilitation of the structure and also he will gather the pieces and the collections that will be exhibited. Also, the name of a great pavilion inside it, the Edward Harris pavilion comes from a great architectural historian, Beth Edwards Harris, who with her husband, Brent are thought to have been responsible for the revival of the Mid-Century Modernism, an important step in architecture. Their most important vision was to create community and commercial space. This way the local organizations were going to be supported and therefore, now the first level of the museum will be transformed into a public library with special cabinets for the architectural blueprints.

In addition, the plans of the museums involve the existence of an elevator, as well as walls made entirely of aluminum, glass panels, and decorations based on original blueprints. All must be as creative and as unique as possible, and visitors must not be disappointed by what will see. Also, the dividers from the former offices have already been removed and a larger open space has been created. This way, the original Terrazzo floor can now be completely admired and the overall look is much more impressive.

Moreover, the plan includes various decorations with black and white photos made by the famous photographer, Julius Shulman. These will be the perfect additions to the place and they will blend perfectly with the general style. The overall area will have different looks, to present as many unique ideas as possible, but in some way they are all going to match and come into a harmonious flow that will surprise and enchant the visitors. The architecture and design of the museum will surely be well received on the market and it will represent a fabulous source of inspiration for many architects. With its history and esthetic beauty it will be a pleasure to visit it.


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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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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.

Prices

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

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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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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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Morningside Golf Country Club in Rancho Mirage

b77450332e98f8f1d0be82675e63a700-300x224Be one of the elite at Morningside Golf Country Club. With its luxurious setting and top-notch amenities, Morningside has attracted former presidents, famous sports figures and leaders of industry to its membership.

Home to the first Jack Nicklaus designed golf course in the Palm Springs area, it features 140 acres of immaculate turf and 20 acres of lakes. You’ll have plenty of opportunities to better your game with two practice putting greens, a practice pitching area, and practice fairway bunkers. The course is surrounded by beautiful flowerbeds and boasts some of the most breathtaking views in Southern California. Golf membership is $50,000 private equity, with $1,048 in dues monthly.

There are over 360 homes in Morningside, offering large square footage and private pools. Homes are valued between $550,000 and $2.2 million, with HOA dues of $995 per month. The community association offers such services as an on-site handyman, security home watch provided by the in house security staff, and a 24 hour concierge service.

Other exciting features of Morningside Golf Country Club include:

  • Tennis facility with five hard courts and one clay court
  • Fully stocked tennis pro shop
  • State of the art fitness center with incredible views of the Coachella valley.
  • Casual and formal dining options, plus home delivery after 5:30pm every day
  • Extensive wine list
  • Year round special events including Jazz Nights, Chinese New Year, Canine Carnival and more
  • 51,000 square foot clubhouse with pool, considered one of the most architecturally beautiful in the desert, featuring stunning views of the San Jacinto Mountains

Morningside Golf Country Club is located at 39033 Morningside Drive, Rancho Mirage, CA, 92270. Find directions to the club here.

Learn more about life at Morningside Golf Country Club by visiting their website. To get more information about the club, please call (760) 324-1234, or email Corinne Zajac at czajac@clubatmorningside.org.

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