May 2009

Articles

Intelligencer - Driving A Hard Bargin

Intelligencer - Driving A Hard Bargin

Keith McCormick’s Classic Car Auction in February set a record attendance for its 24-year history with 27,000 attendees. However, none would pay as much as the owner of a 1961 Caddy Limo wanted.
PSST - Word Association

PSST - Word Association

Byron Nease, a Broadway star who has performed the role of Raoul in more than 1,700 performances of The Phantom of the Opera and who has a home in Palm Springs, has written Behind the Mask … No More
PSST - Soaring Into the Record Books

PSST - Soaring Into the Record Books

With the title “chief mechanic,” you might think Matt Voight spends all his time tinkering with, well, mechanical stuff. But at Palm Springs Air Museum, he’s digging into paperwork and playing private eye.
PSST - Overlooked Real Estate

PSST - Overlooked Real Estate

For $2.5 million, a chunk of mountainside perched over the O’Donnell Golf Club.
For $2.5 million, you could buy a chunk of mountainside perched over the private O’Donnell Golf Club. Thomas O’Donnell, who built the course in the late 1920s, apparently had fashioned living with such a view himself. A rock retaining wall, visible from the desert floor, marks the site of a level pad that was never built upon.
PSST - Timely Moves

PSST - Timely Moves

During a visit to Palm Springs from his Milwaukee home, Peter Mahler found his first house in the Las Palmas neighborhood. He was 15. “I told the owner I wanted to buy it,” he recalls. Seven years ago, his dream came true.
Editor's Letter - May 2009

Editor's Letter - May 2009

The Changing Meaning of Value
Seldom do I dread producing an issue of Palm Springs Life, but this month — our annual real estate issue — came with a challenge: We, like the army of reputable experts whom we interviewed, were hard-pressed to wrap our arms around a market so unsteady in the aftershock of the economic quake.
Palm Springs Horoscopes - May 2009

Palm Springs Horoscopes - May 2009

Mars in Aries’ month is so frenetic
No matter your chart, the energy cycle runs in overdrive. Impatience, arrogance, and anger dominate negotiations. A sense of urgency encourages action for its own sake — never a good idea. We all will be subject to periods of righteous indignation — best handled by actual physical effort.
Forever Seeking the Dream House

Forever Seeking the Dream House

Experts contemplate the question, “Is your house still your best investment?”
Is your house your best investment? It absolutely is when you apply the old-fashioned, or back-to-basics, rules of home ownership. It is only in the last two years since World War II that market prices have plummeted.
Revisiting the Kaufmann House

Revisiting the Kaufmann House

The delicate art of marketing Palm Springs’ most-famous house
It’s like being in Switzerland: You want to see the Matterhorn,” says Crosby Doe, a veteran salesman of architecturally significant houses. And when in Palm Springs, he adds, “You want to see the Kaufmann Desert House.”
The Calm in the Storm

The Calm in the Storm

Samuel T. Adams reveals the poetic humor of our chaotic times
Adams painted the two newest works in the exhibition on linen, taking himself closer to the raw surface: no ink or acetate, only acrylic paint.
Wheels - The Viper SRT-10 ACR

Wheels - The Viper SRT-10 ACR

A Great American Hero
The Viper SRT-10 ACR is the last version of the Dodge supercar before its ailing parent company, Chrysler, sells off the Viper brand. It’s also by far the best. Powered by an 8.4-liter V10 producing 600 bhp, this genuine 200-mph car has been transformed into a raw, undiluted thrill seeker that works so well you wonder why it took Dodge so long to make it.
10 NEW Rules of Palm Springs Real Estate

10 NEW Rules of Palm Springs Real Estate

Look for amenities and other perks in this buyer’s market
We’ve seen our share of tumult in the real estate market, but we’re here to share some sage advice with those of you in the market to buy a new house. If you know real estate history, these “new rules” should sound familiar. Like the industry itself, the rules of the game change and tend to surface about once in a generation.
Fashion Week El Paseo 2009 Wrap

Fashion Week El Paseo 2009 Wrap

Behind the scenes, at the tip of the runway, and in the mix of all the action at Fashion Week El Paseo, our photographers captured the excitement of Palm Desert’s most popular event.
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