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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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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windmills in california's coachella valley near Palm Springs

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

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Sunny, beautiful, peaceful Palm Springs has long had a reputation as a quiet haven for retirees looking to while away their days on the golf course. But for those in the know, Palm Springs is actually a huge draw for young families, trendy professionals, and millennials. One of the secrets of this oasis in the desert? Palm Springs is an excellent destination for remote workers. 

With more employees than ever before switching to remote work platforms, homeowners in every industry are taking advantage of their newly afforded freedom by packing up the old house and moving to exciting new locales. For many clever work from home employees, Palm Springs is a top destination on that list. 

Let’s take a look at the top three reasons Palm Springs is the

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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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Palm Springs has become an increasingly desirable place to live. The laid back lifestyle it provides along with endless sunny days makes it irresistable for home buyers, vacationers and investors.

But just like any popular vacation destination, as public interest rises so inevitably do home values and sales prices.

Luckily, there is still a deal to be had. Unlike numerous other hotspots across the state of California, Palm Springs remains surprisingly affordable, if you know where to look.

With that said, let's take a closer look at some of up and coming Palm Springs neighborhoods in 2021.

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Demuth Park

More than perhaps any other area of Palm Springs, the

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Current Palm Springs Weekly Weather Forecast

When are the Seasons in Palm Springs?

  • Winter: December to February
  • Spring: March to May
  • Summer: June to September
  • Fall: October to November

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

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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.

International and faraway travel may be on hold for now, but it won't be like this forever. We're looking forward to life getting back to normal post-pandemic and it pays to be ready when it does.

So, whether you're still deciding on Palm Springs

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work out equipment in palm springs

When you move to Palm Springs, you might notice everyone’s wardrobe is about the same: shorts and t-shirts. Except for more formal occasions when folks opt for a polo shirt.

For most months of the year, clothing is scanty. Expect to show lots of skin.

Hence, the abundance of gyms, fitness studios, and outdoor activities of various kinds to help you look your best. In and out of clothes.

Gyms

The Palm Springs area – and for our purposes, we’re limiting ourselves to Palm Springs and Cathedral City – has many of familiar, chain gyms. They vary in size, price, hours and clientele. Most have aerobic classes of some kind, and maybe yoga or mat Pilates. Not all are mentioned here.

palm springs gymA good practice is to visit each on a trial basis and see which

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The COVID-19 pandemic brought America to its knees, closing businesses and schools, eliminating travel, and disrupting lives. People everywhere were urged to stay home. Riverside County and Palm Springs in particular enacted strict regulations: requiring masks in public, shutting down bars, closing restaurants except for outdoor dining and take out, and restricting most tourist attractions. Palm Springs busiest tourist season was wiped out. No Coachella Festival, no Stagecoach, no tennis tournament. No Tram!

Is it OK to look on a bright side? Palm Springs’ residents have certain advantages that are the envy of city dwellers in these tough times. So much so that some part-time residents who maintain vacation or weekend homes in the desert abandoned

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