Moving to Palm Springs

Are you considering a move to Palm Springs or the Coachella Valley in sunny Southern California?

Geoffrey Moore is an experienced Palm Springs real estate agent that specializes in relocation. He's a long-time resident of the valley and ready and willing to share all the tips and tricks he's learned over the years. Discover the lesser known hidden corners of Palm Springs and all the best this dynamic and vibrant city has to offer.

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Palm trees are a quintessential part of the Palm Springs aesthetic, with hundreds of these trees lining any given street in this popular town. Palm trees are thirsty plants, so they can only survive in an oasis — making Palm Springs the perfect area for these trees to thrive. 

While it may seem like this California town got its name from the presence of these trees, this is actually not the case. 

The name originally came from Spanish explorers that named the area La Palma de la Mano de Dios (The Palm of God’s Hand), so it’s entirely coincidental that this area also came to be a perfect place for palm trees to grow. 

In this post, we’ll be looking at some of the most popular types of palm trees that make Palm Springs such an exotic place to

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Joshua Tree in Joshua Tree National Park

The Palm Springs area is a place with endless things to do — festivals, a great local food scene, endless shopping opportunities and golf courses are all common activities that residents here can take advantage of. 

But one of Palm Springs’ most popular and internationally famous areas lies not within, but just north of this oasis city — The Joshua Tree National Park.

This national park borders the northern side of Palm Springs and provides homeowners with the ideal day trip to explore the many geological formations and, of course, its Joshua Trees.

Joshua Tree National Park Information

Located just north of the city of Palm Springs, Joshua Tree National park is a nationally preserved area that spans nearly 800,000 acres — larger than the

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Scenery typical of the Palm Springs area

While Palm Springs attracts thousands of tourists a year for its world famous golf courses, casinos and restaurants, there’s plenty of other unique Palm Springs activities that draw visitors and locals alike.

The sunny climate of this town combined with the stark beauty of its oasis-like scenery settled at the foot of the sublime San Jacinto Mountains create the perfect area for multiple natural and human made attractions. 

To make sure you don’t miss out on some of the best hidden gems of Palm Springs, we’ve come up with a guide of four lesser known activities to do in the area.

Shields Date Gardens

Date crops have been growing in the Palm Springs area since the late 1800s, when the USDA realized that the local climate is similar to

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Artist creating a mural as seen in Palm Springs, CA

Murals are an important and often overlooked part of community art that does a lot to create vibrant neighborhoods that encourage us to slow down, take in our surroundings and (as all good art does) facilitate conversations about big ideas. 

With all the other draws of Palm Springs life, some may not realize that the city has a wealth of famous murals drawn all over its walls, bringing the city to life in an energetic way.

While there are too many to name here, we’ve created a list of six Palm Springs murals to visit while taking a stroll through this city’s already scenic streets.

Mountain Charmers

Los Angeles based artist Christina Angelina created this influential Central Palm Springs mural back in 2013, and the effects it’s had on the

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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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view of chino canyon near desert palisades

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 above 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

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Spanish style home typical of Palm Springs area

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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View of Palm Springs near mountains

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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view of palm springs, california from simonetta kennett viewpoint

OK, it’s not really invisible.

Palm Springs Indian lease land mapBut 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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