Situated in the heart of Greater Palm Springs, Palm Desert has metamorphosed from a sandy cove at the foot of the Santa Rosas into a sprawling shopping, entertainment, and recreation mecca. Catch a show at the McCallum Theatre, a state-of-the-art performance venue that has hosted some of the world’s top entertainers, as well as touring Broadway acts; feed a giraffe (#goals) at the wonderfully wild Living Desert Zoo & Gardens, ranked one of the top zoos in the country; let inspiration strike at the Palm Springs Art Museum’s outdoor sculpture garden; kick it into high gear on the Bump and Grind Trail (the 1,000-foot elevation gain pays off in breathtaking panoramic views); or play a round on an award-winning golf course.
Palm Desert Luxury Real Estate
Sophisticated yet offering the best in a casual and convenient lifestyle is the City of Palm Desert. With El Paseo as its anchor, a street with the best in fine and casual dining, shopping and galleries rivaling Rodeo Drive, Palm Desert is an affluent city for all from families to retirees to full-time residents to snowbirds.
Surrounded by snow-capped mountains in winter Palm Desert is one of the premier cities in the Coachella Valley.
Known for its top-rated schools raising a family in Palm Desert is a dream come true. With low crime, little traffic and a strong sense of community Palm Desert is like a small town with big-city amenities. The 1,127 seat McCallum Theatre in central Palm Desert is home to Broadway plays, top talent, and concerts for all tastes all year long.
History of Palm Desert
Palm Desert has a rich history dating back to the 1930s when a few homes were built and lots sold in a development north of Highway 111, according to the Palm Desert Historical Society. During World War II, General Patton brought some troops to Palm Desert to train for African warfare. The men who saw the potential for Palm Desert to become a world-class resort was developer Cliff Henderson and his three brothers. They brought in Hollywood investors including Edgar Bergen, Harold Lloyd, and millionaire Leonard Firestone to help turn this patch of sand into a sparkling desert playground.
Palm Desert is a convenient two-hour drive to Los Angeles and San Diego. The mild desert climate offers an abundance of opportunities to enjoy the City’s parks, golf courses, tennis courts, private golf clubs, and an award-winning aquatic center.
Palm Desert has been around for years but did not officially become a city until 1951. The growing year-round population is close to fifty thousand people, with that number increasing during “season” November through April, as snowbirds from around the country choose to call Palm Desert home. New home buyers to Palm Desert find diverse housing options.
Some buyers prefer amenity-rich luxury golf club communities while others opt for the smaller gated communities found throughout Palm Desert. Home to the JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa where several large swimming pools beckon and a leisurely boat ride delivers you to one of its many hot dining spots.
Palm Desert attracts new residents from around the United States to Canada. It’s well-deserved place as one of the Coachella Valley’s more diverse cities appeals to those who want an active relaxed friendly place to call home, even if only for several months a year.
Thanks to the City’s emphasis on quality education from elementary schools to college, many Palm Desert High School grads go on to top schools including, UCLA, UC Berkeley and, elite private colleges. Palm Desert is home to the thriving community college, College of The Desert where graduates of COD’s two-year programs often complete their education at one of the highly ranked University of California campuses.
The residents of Palm Desert love new adventures from hiking to dining to golfing. To reflect these distinctive styles and personal tastes, a large variety of architectural styles can be found throughout the City. Expansive modernist designs with open concept living spaces and walls of glass are perfect to live the indoor-outdoor lifestyle that defines Palm Desert.
Those interested in exclusive private country club communities will find their dream home that reflects their style among the large number of luxury country clubs and specialized residential developments. Some of the most popular in the Palm Desert area include:
- BIGHORN Golf Club
- Toscana Country Club
- The Lake Country Club
- Ironwood Country Club
- Desert Falls Country Club
- Indian Ridge Country Club
- The Reserve
- Palm Valley Country Club
- Shadow Mountain Club
Things to Do in Palm Desert
No matter where you choose to reside in Palm Desert, everything you could want in a City is a short easy drive away. Palm Desert’s is rich in a variety of amenities, entertainment venues, and dining and shopping possibilities that appeal to all, no matter where you hail from. Known for its five-star golfing tourists and residents alike have access to a variety of courses, many with reach-out-and -touch views of the Mt. San Jacinto.
If festivals and fun special events are what get you excited, Palm Desert creates a myriad of opportunities for residents to become involved with local traditions, including the world-renowned Fashion Week and the 55th annual Golf Cart Parade which takes place along El Paseo is a family fave of locals and visitors alike.
- El Paseo is one of the most recognizable shopping streets in Southern California, complete with all the top luxury brands delivers first-class shopping minutes from your home.
- Fine dining comes alive in Palm Desert. The choices are many and the food and people watching top rate. Jillian’s, Cuistot, La Spiga and Il Corso, Sullivan’s Steakhouse, Pacifica, and Tommy Bahamas have regulars who dine their several times a week. For a casual lunch, dinner or Sunday brunch stop in at The Daily Grill on El Paseo.
Palm Desert will quickly capture your heart as the place for your next chapter. Get out and view all the City offers in luxury real estate by contacting me to schedule an appointment. Prepare to be impressed.
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