While Palm Springs is among the most popular cities in California for its rich history, incredible art and architecture and thriving nightlife and dining scene, there’s also plenty to do in the surrounding area. 

Take a trip up to the High Desert area to discover the many restaurants, golf clubs, parks and museums that can be found here. 

What Are The High Desert And Low Desert In California And Where Are They Located?

The High Desert and Low Desert are informally bordered areas in California that are mostly a distinction known to locals of the area. 

High Desert (also known as Mojave Desert) is about 2,000 feet above sea level, and situated just north of the Low Desert (also known as the Sonoran Desert), which typically sits at about 500 feet…

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OK, it’s not really invisible.

But it is a map that won’t show up on Google maps or on your nav system. And it is a map you’re going to want to refer to when you’re looking for Palm Springs real estate.

We’re talking about a map that indicates where the fee simple and lease land is in the city of Palm Springs and the surrounding area. People searching for homes to buy in Palm Springs may be unfamiliar with the concept, that is, the difference between fee simple (or just plain “fee”) and lease land, because they come from someplace where there is only fee land.

And it’s confusing, because fee land sounds like you have to pay a “fee.” But it’s actually lease land where you need to make a (usually) monthly payment, basically like rent,…

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View of Palm Springs

Palm Springs has a whole host of museums for history buffs as well as those who love learning while being entertained. Museums in Palm Springs are a great mix of this town’s rich cultural heritage in the area and its diverse artistic scene today. So without further ado, here are a few of the many museums waiting for you to explore in Palm Springs. 

Palm Springs Art Museum

Aptly located on Museum Drive in the Downtown Palm Springs area, the Palm Springs Art Museum has multiple permanent exhibits as well as a good number that change every few months, so there’s always something new to discover here. 

From paintings and sculptures to more abstract exhibitions such as glass, the Palm Springs Art Museum is a great way to spend the day appreciating…

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Palm Springs may be an oasis in the middle of a desert, but there’s no dearth of ways to spend a weekend in this tropical paradise. 

While the destination is renowned for its luxury hotels and incredible spas, the desert resort city is a great home base for adventures big and small. The town itself is chock full of quaint cafes, modern eateries, and vintage shops along Palm Canyon Drive. Beyond its borders, a world of active escapades and artistic discoveries awaits.

Ahead of your next weekend in Palm Springs, here are a few ways to spend 48 hours in the playground of stars:

Drive Through Joshua Tree Park 

Joshua Tree National Park is one of the world's most incredible natural wonders. 

Spanning nearly 800,000 acres, the park offers…

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If you’re thinking about buying a home or condo in the Palm Springs area and you plan on renting it out when you’re not staying in it, you’ll need to know whether that will be allowed.  The links below are to the short-term (under 30 days) rental policy pages of the various cities here in the Coachella Valley.  Keep in mind that any property, condo or house, located within an HOA is subject to the restrictions of the HOA first.  Here are links to the various city websites and policies.

Palm Springs Vacation Rental Policies

https://www.palmspringsca.gov/government/departments/special-program-compliance/vacation-rentals-1098

Cathedral City Vacation Rental Policies

https://www.cathedralcity.gov/services/vacation-rental-information

Rancho…

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If you’re in the market for Palm Springs real estate, navigating the complexities of fee land can seem overwhelming. 

To help you better understand this complex subject, we’ll be breaking it down with a simple explanation of fee land as it compares to lease land and what these two different ways of owning property in the Palm Springs area could mean for you.

Palm Springs Fee Land History

To really understand the nuances of why these two ways of owning land in Palm Springs exist, a quick look back at the history of the area will help.

In the late 19th century, when the American government was dividing up the land, they created a checkerboard pattern of one square mile patches of land in which every other square was owned by the Agua…

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Putting your home up for sale during a seller's market is optimal, as it will generally result in the completion of the sale with the greatest returns and the least amount of hassle.

However, there’s a bit more nuance involved in negotiating the best price during this ideal time.

To help you out, we’ve come up with some tips to ensure you get the most out of your home sale during this beneficial time. 

What is a Seller’s Market?

A seller’s market is created when there aren’t enough houses on the local market to keep up with its demands. 

Those lucky enough to sell their house in a seller's market will typically enjoy the ability to list the house at a higher asking price, and the house will spend less time on the market — typical of any…

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view of palm springs, california from simonetta kennett viewpoint

OK, it’s not really invisible.

But it is a map that won’t show up on Google maps or on your nav system. And it is a map you’re going to want to refer to when you’re looking for Palm Springs real estate.

We’re talking about a map that indicates where the fee simple and lease land is in the city of Palm Springs and the surrounding area. People searching for homes to buy in Palm Springs may be unfamiliar with the concept, that is, the difference between fee simple (or just plain “fee”) and lease land, because they come from someplace where there is only fee land.

And it’s confusing, because fee land sounds like you have to pay a “fee.” But it’s actually lease land where you need to make a (usually) monthly payment, basically like rent,…

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More often than not, downsizing is a viable course of action for older adults looking to improve their quality of life in their golden years. This is because downsizing, in a nutshell, essentially reduces expenses and responsibilities on the home front, which is a change that many retirees and empty nesters welcome wholeheartedly. 

 

Of course, this generally entails selling long-time homes in order to move to smaller, more manageable, and more accessible ones. Needless to say, much of the success of one’s downsizing efforts depends on being able to find the perfect lifelong home where you can thrive in comfort and safety for the rest of your life. Here are some of the most important features you should look out for as you commence your search.

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As if searching for the right house, making the offer, and closing escrow aren’t enough, now you actually have to move!

How are you going to furnish the place? If you’re buying in Pam Springs, chances are you’ve selected a contemporary, a Midcentury Modern, or a Spanish/Mediterranean style home. Will your Seattle apartment’s French settee and or your San Francisco Edwardian flat’s Louis VX dining set go with your new digs? And if your Palm Springs home is used as a second home, or maybe as a part-time vacation rental, you’ll have to find some practical, durable furniture. 

Luckily, Palm Springs is the place to be for vintage, contemporary and consigned furnishings. Savvy shoppers from all over Southern California make the trip out to the desert…

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