Palm Desert MARKET SNAPSHOT
Located in Riverside County, Palm Desert is located 14 miles east of Palm Springs and 122 miles east of Los Angeles. One of the fastest-growing cities in California in the 1980s and 1990s, Palm Desert was incorporated as a master planned community in 1973 with only 1500 residents. As of 2010, Palm Desert’s population was 48,445.
Palm Desert is a popular winter retreat, as the city has the warmest winters in the United States and an arid climate with an average annual precipitation of only 5.52 inches. Each winter, “snowbirds” from the northern and eastern United States as well as Canada flock to Palm Desert, adding at least 31,000 more people to the city’s population.
However, more residents are becoming “full-timers” in recent years; many of these full-timers are from elsewhere in California. These new residents come for the many affordable, high-valued Palm Desert homes and Palm Desert condos. Palm Desert homes are priced much lower than elsewhere in California. Palm Desert condos are also competitively priced, and there are many luxurious options currently on the market in Palm Desert.
Palm Desert boasts more than 30 golf courses and is known as the “World’s Golf Capital.” Palm Desert Country Clubs are known throughout the state of California for their fine golf courses. One of the finest Palm Desert Country Clubs is Desert Willow Golf Resort, which is the municipal golf course of Palm Desert. Desert Willow Golf Resort has two championship courses, one of which, the Firecliff course, was featured on a 2010 Golf Magazine list of best golf courses in California. Because Palm Desert is a popular tourist destination, there are over 30 hotels in Palm Desert, including the four-star JW Marriott Desert Springs Golf Resort and Spa and the four-star Desert Willow Golf Resort.
There are also 14 municipal parks in Palm Desert, including a dog park. Other local attractions include El Paseo Drive, an upscale shopping district akin to Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills. Palm Desert is also home to Westfield Palm Desert, a shopping mall featuring 176 stores including JC Penney, Macy’s, and Sears.
Palm Desert is served by the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, which has a substation located within the city. The city of Palm Desert also has a contract with the Riverside County Fire Department to provide fire and paramedic services to the city, and there are three fire stations located within Palm Desert.
Learn more about the current real estate market in Palm Desert on our Market Report.