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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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Palm Springs VillagefestDreaming of a warm winter? You don’t have to if you decide to visit (or even better, relocate) to somewhere naturally warm, like Palm Springs, California. The early months of the year are among the best times to visit Palm Springs — you’ll avoid the summertime heat that residents know all too well while being able to enjoy the consistently beautiful weather.

Events Throughout the Winter

Palm Springs doesn't slow down for the winter, and their event calendar is proof of that. Throughout the winter you will find many festivals. There’s the Villagefest Street Festival, a regular Thursday evening street festival in Downtown Palm Springs where artisans, entertainers, shops, and restaurants showcase their wares and samples to the public. If you’re only in…

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With an incredible view of the San Jacinto mountains completely surrounding this quiet neighborhood, it’s no surprise La Quinta is known as the gem of the desert. 

Containing affluent options for homeowners as well as more economical options, La Quinta homes are sure to impress on first sight of these picturesque homes.

In this week's post, we’ll be taking a look at why La Quinta real estate contains some of the finest options in Palm Springs. 

La Quinta Real Estate

Homes in the La Quinta area take inspiration from the natural beauty of the area they’re in, so many of these are modern and mid-century modern builds with an emphasis on merging indoor and outdoor spaces. 

On the higher end, these homes are the picture of luxury — floor to…

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For those that are looking to live in the desirable oasis town of Palm Springs affordably, the properties in Desert Highland Gateway Estates may be just what you’re looking for.

Heading east into Palm Springs on the 111, this quintessential Palm Springs neighborhood is one of the first that visitors to this oasis town will see through the palm trees that line this popular highway.

With a combination of single story homes typical of the area and a surprisingly affordable price range, these properties are ideal for potential Palm Springs residents looking to move to this historic California town. 

Read on for more reasons why Desert Highland Gateway Estates could be the perfect place for you to make your next move! 

Desert Highland…

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4 most Walkable Palm Springs Neighborhoods

In a place like Palm Springs where more than 90% of days are sunny, it makes sense that residents want to take advantage of the superb weather and exchange their car keys for their sneakers and walk to wherever their weekly errands take them. However, depending on where a neighborhood is, that's not always feasible.

If you're in the market for a walkable Palm Springs home, consider these Palm Springs neighborhoods.

Ruth Hardy Park

When it comes to centrally located Palm Springs neighborhoods, it's hard to beat the affluent community of Ruth Hardy Park. 

Downtown is less than a mile away, and most can make the walk in about fifteen minutes. As such, residents will find that a fun night out on the town is never more than a short walk from…

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With such a beautiful landscape surrounding the town of Palm Springs, there’s no wonder the area surrounding this town has been getting more and more populated over time.

But one of the last areas to have been developed is Desert Palisades, and it’s also home to some of the best views in the Palm Springs region.

Situated in Chino Canyon and just five minutes away from Downtown Palm Springs, this real estate is in a prime location to enjoy the incredible views of the San Jacinto Mountains as well as the twinkling lights of Palm Springs.

Let’s take a look at more features that make this new development among the best in the Palm Springs area.

Desert Palisades Architecture

With only 110 homesites, this luxury community still contains a lot of…

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Spanish style homes have been an architectural mainstay across the southwest United States for hundreds of years. 

Also referred to as Spanish Colonial homes, this style was introduced by conquistadors who brought the style from Spain because they knew how to build them and it served them well in the dry desert climate.

Before we take a look at the 4 best neighborhoods in Palm Springs for Spanish style homes, let’s take a quick look at some of the features that make this architectural style so unique. 

Features of Spanish Style Homes

Spanish style homes are perfect for the Palm Springs area because they are naturally cooling in the summer and warm in the winter. 

This is due to the white stucco or adobe exteriors — materials that work…

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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

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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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