Moving to Palm Springs

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Palm Springs residents and visitors alike bask in the desert’s warmth and sunshine. There’s nothing like lounging all day at the pool, hiking through the canyons and mountains, or playing a round of golf, especially when you know where you are coming from it’s freezing, or raining, or the freeways are in gridlock. But you also need a place to eat, shop, and be entertained. And for that, downtown Palm Springs can’t be beat.

Palm Springs is not some suburb filled with shopping malls and parking lots. It has always been a small town, with a distinctive village feel. The main drag, Palm Canyon Drive, has been the focus for dining, shopping and fun for decades, and after the recent, major downtown renovation project that replaced the aging and unfortunate

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Palm Springs Indian lease land mapOK, 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, because you don’t

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Everything you should know about the Coachella Valley

The desert playground of the Coachella Valley is a renowned vacation destination to many types of travelers, from sunshine seekers to hiking enthusiasts to music festival goers and more. Highlighted by Palm Springs—which is easily the most well-known city in the area and attracts around 1.6 million tourists each year—there are plenty of obvious reasons to visit the valley, but there's a lot more you'll need to know if you plan on living here full-time or buying a vacation home.

It's great to explore the foothills of the San Jacinto Mountains or soak up the sun by a swimming pool, but a lot of visitors to Palm Springs don't have an in-depth knowledge of the entire area. With that being said, here's a bit more info on everything you should know about

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Palm Springs vacation rentalsIf 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

https://www.palmspringsca.gov/government/departments/vacation-rentals

Cathedral City

https://www.cathedralcity.gov/i-want-to/get/short-term-vacation-rentals

Rancho Mirage

https://ranchomirageca.gov/residents/short-term-rental-information/

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Current Palm Springs Weekly Weather Forecast

Palm Springs Seasonal Weather Trends

Palm Springs WeatherConventional belief is that Southern California doesn't have seasons, or if it does, there's a wet and a dry season. That's it. While not accurate, this perception from those on the East Coast or Northwest may seem true, especially on the California coast.

But in Palm Springs, you can experience a full range of seasons, more varied than that in, say, Los Angeles or San Diego. Let's take a look at the seasonal trends when it comes to Palm Springs weather.

Winter in Palm Springs: December through February

Winters in Palm Springs are among the mildest in the continental United States, with temperatures ranging from around 40 – 70° F (4.5 – 24°C).

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snowbirds buying a home in Palm Springs, CA

Southern California is a literal hotspot for Canadian travelers. Not only does it have fantastic weather, it's home to world-class golf courses and the gorgeous natural landscapes of the Coachella Valley. So what better place to escape the harsh Canadian winters than the beautiful desert city of Palm Springs?

Snowbirds often spend several months at a time in Palm Springs, so many choose to buy a home here.

But buying a home in a different country means understanding a whole new set of rules.

So, whether you're still deciding on Palm Springs as your official vacation spot or you're ready to take the plunge into its real estate market, here is a guide on everything you need to know about buying a vacation home in Palm Springs as a snowbird:

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    Palm Springs Cultural CenterYou may think the Palm Springs Cultural Center is just the Camelot Theater and the movies on the marquee, but it’s much more than that. Founded in 2007 by local philanthropists Ric and Rozene Supple, the Cultural Center has grown to not only include the Palm Springs International Film Festival, but a speaker’s series, book clubs and the vintage and farmer’s markets.

    The Camelot Theater, a Midcentury Modern showcase that was once part of the defunct Palm Springs Mall complex, had fallen on hard times, when the Supples bought, restored and reconfigured it. In 2017, they gave to the Palm Springs Cultural Center. (The Palm Springs Mall, abandoned for years, has recently been acquired by the College of the Desert. Construction is underway for a new Palm

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    Getting to and around Palm SpringsPalm Springs, centrally located in the Southwest, is within driving distance of several metropolitan areas, and the airport (PSP) provides great service to the Bay Area, the Northwest, and Phoenix. And that makes it easy for all your friends and family to visit you all year long. 

    Driving to nearby cities

    The closest metropolitan area is, of course, Los Angeles, at least in terms of distance. In terms of drive time, that depends on when you leave Palm Springs, and when you return. The 10 freeway is the most common route to get to central LA, and, say, to Santa Monica. But it’s also the most congested. If you leave Palm Springs on weekday mornings or on an Sunday afternoon, you’re bound to get in traffic, no matter which way you go. Early Saturday

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    Living in Palm Springs gives you the opportunity to attend any number of local events and festivals without the costs of hotels and transportation. And there are really too many to choose from, especially in season from January through May. But more and more attractions are coming to the desert in the summer. August is now the scene for Splash House parties at several local, hip hotels, like the Ace and Saquaro. And rates drop at many gay resorts sponsoring splash parties during the summer months.

    Below is a list compiled from many different sites. Be sure to check out the links for up-to-date information. Dates change somewhat from year to year.

    Starting in January:

    Palm Springs International Film Festival. Early January. This festival has

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    New building in Palm SpringsLook around. Palm Springs is booming. The last several years have brought new hotels, restaurants, clubs and housing to Palm Springs. Downtown is undergoing a revitalization, and the Uptown Design District is hopping with hip shops and cafes.

    What was known as primarily a sleepy retirement community has suddenly morphed into a sexy destination for young people – all year round. Major events follow one after another, especially in season, from the Palm Springs Film Festival to Modernism Week and the Coachella Music Festival. All these visitors need places to stay, to eat, and shop. And those businesses need employees, who need places to live.

    So, what's new on the horizon? Some of the projects you see when driving around town include:

    New Hotels

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