Real Estate 

A Stately Retreat

Modern lines and luxurious details define this La Quinta Hideaway estate.

On Retreat

This James McNaughton Movie Colony home, once part of the Barbara Hutton estate, exudes a timeless simplicity, progressing between privacy and transparency, connecting the inside with the outside.

A Powerful Asset

It’s time for a Coachella Valley industrial renaissance, fueled by the sun.

Visionary - Nachhattar Singh Chandi

Real Estate Visionary - “This is the best place to do business. We have great schools, good hospitals, and good transportation.

Visionary - John Monahan

Real Estate Visionary - John Monahan had been visiting Palm Springs regularly for about 15 years when he noticed that the 1968 Alan Ladd Building was for sale.

Visionary - Bighorn Properties

Real Estate Visionary - Bighorn Properties has been an unmatched resource for buyers and sellers since the inception of Bighorn Golf Club, having successfully negotiated more than $2.4 billion in property sales.

Visionary - Phillip K. Smith, Jr.

Real Estate Visionary - Smith appreciates all the Coachella Valley has to offer. “It’s been a terrific place to raise a family,” he says.

Visionary - Troy Zimmerman

Arts, Media & Entertainment Visionary - “It’s two hours from everything, whether you want to be in the mountains or by the ocean. It’s a huge community of good people, and it’s become a mecca of good design.”

Monte Sereno Palm Springs Balances Midcentury with Spanish, Tuscan-Inspired

Homes at Alta Verde Monte Sereno in South Palm Springs could appease both fans of midcentury design and those of Spanish and Tuscan-inspired homes.

Go Native

When designing a personal outdoor oasis, there are many reasons to opt for plants native to the desert.

New Construction Taking Off at Toscana Country Club

Construction activity at Toscana is matching the soaring temperatures in the desert with 20 homes under construction and more slated to start in the upcoming months.

Home of the Month: Palatial Retreat

Sitting on 1.23 acres in The Renaissance at Clancy Lane in Rancho Mirage, the 9,500-square-foot home boasts picturesque, 360-degree mountain views.

Getting Back on Track

Housing prices continued to inch up in May for the seventh consecutive month, even as sales continued on a year-over-year decline.

Coachella Valley Real Estate Market is a Demographic 'Super Mix'

The Coachella Valley is an eclectic mix of peoples, lifestyles, backgrounds, ages, incomes and wealth – a demographic super mix from all over the country and even the world.

Kyle Richards of 'Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' Buys La Quinta House

Kyle Richards of 'Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' and her husband Mauricio Umansky have bought a house in La Quinta.

Toscana Country Club Creates Friendships with No Borders

Toscana Country Club is on a roll with 40 home sales so far this year and a total sales volume of more than $74 million.

Super Tuscan

Behind the gates of the Toscana Country Club in Indian Wells, amid palm, olive, and citrus trees, the rustic elegance of Italian, Spanish, and Early California–style architecture reigns supreme.

Market Watch - Good Times Ahead

A measurable decline in investor sales and a significant increase in higher-end home buyer sales means a much healthier Coachella Valley market.

This-Century Modern

Architect Anthony Poon brought an Asian-inspired and modern exploration to the new design located in Palm Springs’ Alta Verde Escena golf course community.

Members Only

Built in the Early California architectural style, this home sits squarely within the Vintage Club, one of the country’s most affluent golf and tennis communities.

Market Watch - Tipping the Scales

The Pattern in valley housing over the last two years has been strong price increases fueled not by a powerful wave of home buyers but by a severe lack of home sellers. However, this pattern might finally be changing.

California Home Sales, Median Price Rise in April

California’s housing market continued to perform better than expected in April with both the median home price and home sales increasing month to month, according to the California Association of Realtors.

How to Pick the Proper Paver Sealer

Gather as much information about the sealer you plan to use on your paver surface so that expectations do not exceed its capabilities.

Living Well in the Golden Years

Palm Springs boasts beautiful housing communities for those on the cusp of — or already enjoying — their senior lifestyle

Otherworldly Craftsmanship

Space-age architecture meets organic design in a Hollywood legend’s hilltop estate

MarketWatch - What’s Behind the wage plunge?

Even after five years of the strongest government stimulation in American history, real wages are still down 10 percent, and the broadest measure of unemployment is 12.7 percent, just 4 percent less than its all-time high.

Buying Into Paradise

Palm Springs Real estate agent Andy Linsky lends insider information about purchasing a home in the Coachella valley

Toscana Gears Wellness for Lifelong Learning Experience

At Toscana, wellness encompasses more than just fitness. It’s an opportunity for lifelong learning for members to acquire new skills.

Real Estate, Tourism Continue Climb in Greater Palm Springs

Real estate and tourism continue their upswing in Greater Palm Springs, fueling continued local economic recovery, according to experts at the Coachella Valley Economic Forecast Conference.

Palm Springs Regional Association of Realtors Names CEO

DaVina Lara has been named CEO of the Palm Springs Regional Association of Realtors board of directors.

(Merv) Griffin Ranch Reopens La Quinta Doors

Lennar has reopened homes for sale at Griffin Ranch, once touted by the late talk show host and media mogul, Merv Griffin.

College of the Desert Eyes Palm Springs Mall in Expansion Switch

The Palm Springs Mall has once again become a focal point for College of the Desert's campus expansion plans.

Modernism Week Attendance Exceeds 45,000

Attendance at the 2014 Modernism Week broke the 45,000 mark or an increase of more than 10 percent over 2013, according to event officials.

Palm Springs Stars in Upcoming 'American Dream Builders' Episode

Palm Springs will be featured on NBC’s
 "American Dream Builders" March 30 after transforming two mid-century modern homes in the Racquet Club Estate area.

What is Modernism? Modern With a Bit of Nostalgia

What is modernism? Today, we appreciate and learn from modernism and the modern era with modern-day eyes and a bit of nostalgia.

Toscana Country Club Cyclists Share Spirit of Adventure

A growing and diverse group of cyclists at Toscana have taken their adventuresome spirit to book a pair of biking trips to Burgundy, France.

Leonardo DiCaprio Buys Dinah Shore House in Palm Springs

Oscar-nominated actor Leonardo DiCaprio has bought the former Dinah Shore home in the La Palmas neighborhood of Palm Springs.

Entertainment Enclave

Poolside cocktail parties. Back-lawn croquet. Tennis matches between friends. These are the images conjured when one pictures the perfect Palm Springs home.

Market Watch — Fundamental Change

Increase In Net Worth Bodes Well For The Coachella Valley

Twin Palms Frank Sinatra: View Icon's 1st Palm Springs Home

The Frank Sinatra Twin Palms estate takes visitors into the late icon's Palm Springs home built by famed architect E. Stewart Williams.

Edris House: Owner Stays True to E. Stewart Williams' Vision

The Edris House in Palm Springs is both a home and a fitting tribute to its architect, E. Stewart Williams.

Kelly Lynch Makes Personal Connection to Oyler House, Neutra Through Film

Actress Kelly Lynch had a chance to meet the original owner of the Richard Neutra designed Oyler House during filming of a documentary on its history.

Palm Springs Modernism Show: Marvelous Mod

Everything modernism from jewelry to furniture to art filled the Palm Springs Modernism Show & Sale.

'Modern on the Market' Opens Door to Mid-Century Homes

'Modern on the Market' will give modernists and novices alike an opportunity to check out mid-century modern homes currently on the market Feb. 15.

Frey House II: Simple. Durable. Zen. Iconic.

Frey House II is the second of two personal homes designed and constructed in Palm Springs by legendary architect Albert Frey.

Trilogy at The Polo Club Previews Models

Shea Homes' Trilogy at The Polo Club reveals its newest resort community Feb. 8-9 in La Quinta.

2014 Will be Good to Coachella Valley Economy, Expert Says

Christopher Thornberg, one of the state's leading economists, believes 2014 will be one of the best growth years in the Coachella Valley in awhile.

Toscana Country Club Celebrates the Month of Love

From romantic spa experiences to golf events to out of town jaunts, members and homeowners of Toscana Country Club can celebrate the month of love in February.

In the Light

Designer Christopher Thompson sets the mood of a space with creative lighting concepts.

Market Watch: Bubble-Free Zone

Even though home prices in the valley have risen 55 percent and distressed sales have fallen to 15 percent from a high of 60 percent, many people worry about this housing market.

Economic Experts Give 2014 Forecast for Coachella Valley

Economic experts Esmael Adibi and Christopher Thornberg will present their 2014 economic forecast at Coachella Invest 2014.

Palm Springs Real Estate Agents Host Their Own Film Premiere

Palm Springs real estate agents Michael Stray and John Cyr have decided to throw their own red carpet affair, only their film is a 30-second commercial and the stars are a pair of homes.

Toscana’s Growth Keeps Pace with Busy Season

Toscana is a whirlwind of activity as members returning for the season can attest to the quick immersion into a host of endeavors.

Outside the Lines

Built for the golfer who enjoys the best in indoor / outdoor living, this custom contemporary house offers an ultra-private perch at the highest point of Las Cascadas Cove.

Cool and Collected

A Palm Springs couple says quirky art and furnishings make their house a home

Taste of the Tropics

Entertain family and friends at this spacious Rancho Mirage Estate. The 8,818-square-foot property boasts seven bedrooms and nine bathrooms in three separate, freestanding structures.

Have No Fear

A 1 percent increase in mortgage rates in June and July scared many homebuyers, and generated a growing belief the recovery was over because higher rates were ahead.

Visit the 10 Beautifully Decorated Show Homes at Toscana

From patio bars to pools and spas and everywhere in between. The architecture is authentic, informed by Mediterranean influences and burnished with a distinctly California character.

Exotic Luxury

The sophisticated Moroccan-style Casbah Cove residence in Bighorn Golf Club features an amazing 30-by-40-foot retractable glass ceiling in the center of the house that opens to blue skies and starry nights.

Monochrome Modern

About four years ago, something unexpected happened on the eastern edge of Joshua Tree. Architect Robert Stone began building two houses that recalibrate the notion of what new desert architecture can mean.

Approaching Normal

The slow housing season has begun in the Coachella Valley — a good time to review the progress of the recovery. Pricewise, it’s doing well.

Escena Palm Springs Attracts Pair of New Home Builders

Toll Brothers and Beazer Homes have acquired 200 Escena Palm Springs home sites, joining two other national homebuilders as new construction continues to show signs of life.

Vallera Palm Springs Adds to Palm Springs Development

Construction will begin this fall on Vallera Palm Springs, following an agreement between The Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians with The Rilington Group to build on Tribal trust land in downtown Palm Springs.

Up With Value

Housing continues strong recovery throughout the Coachella Valley. The median price per square foot had risen 23 percent over last year.

Steady as it Grows

Riverside is California’s fourth-largest county, and the Coachella Valley is vital to its steady economic recovery.

Playing Zone Defense

California’s Enterprise Zone Program was set up in 1984 to give businesses incentives to locate and hire in depressed areas.

Experience la dolce vita at Toscana Country Club

Spread over 640 sun-drenched rolling acres, this community developed by the acclaimed Sunrise Company combines the idyllic charm of Tuscany with the Coachella Valley’s distinctive ‘California casual’ vibe.

Visionary - John Monahan

John Monahan, who retired after 25 years as a healthcare company executive, has purchased and renovated the building, now called The Five Hundred.

Visionary - Randall Bone

Sunrise Company, which has developed some of the area’s finest country clubs and hotels over its 45 years, strives to bottle that experience.

Visionary - Vincent Battaglia

Renova — a full-service solar power plant builder for homes, businesses, and nonprofits from the Coachella Valley to the Salton Sea — began as Battaglia’s MBA thesis at UC Riverside Palm Desert Graduate Center.

Nurturing Entrepreneurs From Startup to Profit

Great ideas can be born anywhere, but they come to Greater Palm Springs to thrive. The Coachella Valley Innovation Hub (CViHub) has added a 45,000-square-foot Accelerator Campus and graduated its first class of entrepreneurs, with more in the pipeline.

Builders Hammer the Sounds of Progress

Home prices in the Coachella Valley are rising, leaving behind the recession, while offering an affordable alternative to Los Angeles, Orange, and San Diego counties.

The Pursuit of Happiness

Welcome to Greater Palm Springs, also known as the Coachella Valley, an idyllic destination built on tourism and agriculture, and growing in many other areas.

Quiet — and Idyllic — on the Set!

Fifty years on, Canyon View Estates still fulfills the midcentury dream — and offers a bright destination for a new generation of modernists

Market Watch - The Surge is Working

Home prices in the first four months of the year continued to surge at double-digit rates. A close look at these large gains reveals an important mechanism driving the housing recovery in the Coachella Valley.

Ain’t No Sunshine

In a wry sign from above and beyond, the City of Palm Springs was baptized by the bucketful the year it was born.

Steady as it Grows

Home prices are higher, but there is concern that the Fed’s Quantitative Easing program might create another price bubble or that rising mortgage rates of the last few months will stop the housing recovery.

Coachella Valley Housing: Buy, Sell or Hold

In this presentation Market Watch explains in detail the Distress Housing Market Model used to predict the 20% price gain in the Valley’s housing markets in 2012.

Baby Boomers Meet Desert Housing

The Market Watch seminar on April 26th begins by explaining to us the 8% price gain in the median price per sq. ft. of a Valley home during the first three months of this year.

psst! — The Cool School

This oasis dazzles in the center of Los Compadres Equestrian Estates, surrounded by 1.5 miles of French-graveled walking paths.

psst! — Hot Property

A personal hot tub on the 17th fairway of one of golf’s finest courses distinguishes this mountaintop mansion on Rocky Creek at Bighorn Golf Club in Palm Desert.

Market Watch — Waiting to Exhale

Results for the first quarter of 2013 show the continuation of the strong housing recovery begun last year.

Real Estate - Power to the People

As the Coachella Valley housing recovery continues to evolve, the area’s median price per square foot declined slightly in February. Of the nine desert cities, six grew and three declined.

Psst! - Hot Property

Amid the flutter of butterfly roofs and other specimens of midcentury modernism in The Mesa neighborhood in Palm Springs, a lone Craftsman home stands out on a grassy flat. The handcrafted property features Brazilian Koa hardwood floors and several low-pitched rooflines, bearing exposed rafters — a signature of the home’s breed and the artisan’s expertise.

Cameo — A Sunny Disposition

Sunnylands Center and Gardens opened, fashioning itself as “Camp David West” — a destination for internationally significant retreats, meetings, and an educational resource for the public.

6 Dream Houses

Spectacular views, indoor/outdoor living spaces, and state-of-the-art amenities propelled six of the last year’s greatest home sales

Bob Hope on the Market

Bob Hope’s iconic Southridge house with the flying-saucer roof — possibly the most pointed-at property in Palm Springs — has come to market with an asking price of $50 million.

75 Things We Love About Palm Springs

People to our east may have the Grand Canyon, Gateway Arch, and Broadway, but they also have intolerant immigration rules, tornadoes, and stressful traffic. People to our west may have Pacific Ocean beaches and Sunset Boulevard, but they also have fog and stressful traffic.

Market Watch — Prices Increase, Sales Decrease

The median price per square foot for the Coachella Valley rose another 4 percent to $135 in January — a three-month increase of 14 percent. Market Watch projects a year-end price of $150, assuming sales pick up in the next few months.

Take an Elegant Adventure

The luxury travel/tour company PS-Uncommon Journeys offers vacation packages and door-to-door service for customers who have the time and means to leisurely travel.

Off the Grid, On the Edge

In the High Desert, two prefab glass-and-steel “iT Houses” embrace the extreme elements and provide an outback brand of minimalist luxury

Hot Property — Gucci’s Mountain Mansion

Jet-setting to the desert from Italy, British heiress Patricia Gucci heard about a one-bedroom casita with a 23-acre front yard in the hills above Palm Desert. She bought the Mountain Center property in 1993 and transformed it into an 11,000-square-foot, 10-bedroom/10-bathroom main house with guesthouses.

Market Watch — Here Comes the Recovery

Most observers wonder whether last year’s price gains will continue this year and into next. The forces of supply and demand, which drive the prices of all markets, appear more positive than ever for desert housing.

Hot Property

This geometric jewel, built in 1959, flutters among other butterfly roofs in Palm Springs’ historic Racquet Club Road Estates.

Maximizing the Minimal

With steel construction, bright orange sails, and outdoor showers, this new house brings innovative design to a classic Palm Springs neighborhood

Restoring the Past, Building a Future

The L.A. architecture firm Marmol Radziner is revitalizing iconic modern houses — and transforming a 1960s bank into a world-class architecture and design center

The Return of Real Estate

Housing statistics show the median price per square foot for all houses in the Coachella Valley increased $5 to $126 in November 2012. Gains maintained through the slow season indicate that prices will likely advance again early this year.

Selling Palm Springs

Multimillion-dollar deals, opulent lifestyles, and smooth-talking reality TV Realtor Steven Aaron made time to chat modernism and the secret art of selling real estate.

Bringing Presence to the Past

Today’s architects take inspiration from early masters and run with it

Most Endangered Modernism

“Our architecture is becoming internationally renowned, and it has the potential to transform the city,” says Ron Marshall, president of the Palm Springs Preservation Foundation. “[As] architectural tourism becomes bigger and bigger, it’s become the golden goose of Palm Springs economy.”

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