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Cash out There, Buy In Here

The $1 million you get for your primary home will buy a 
bigger space, resort-style amenities, and a dreamy quality of life in Greater Palm Springs.

Joan McKenna Current PSL, Home & Design, Real Estate

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The value of real estate in the desert drives its popularity for full-time residences and second or investment homes.

What will $1 million buy in the Greater Palm Springs real estate market? Likely a lot more than it does in the place that you call your primary residence — coastal Southern California, the Bay Area, Chicago, or the Pacific Northwest. In San Francisco, for instance, the amount buys fewer than 800 square feet compared to a sprawling 3,000 in Palm Springs, which also offers a resort lifestyle, easy commutes, and a meteoric arts and culture scene.

The value of real estate in the desert drives its popularity for full-time residences and second or investment homes.

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We looked at the area’s most popular feeder markets, which mirror tourism patterns to a great degree, and used a baseline of approximately $1 million to compare them to communities in Greater Palm Springs. What we found comes as no surprise: Dollar for dollar, the region offers more square footage, land, and amenities. And who could put a price on quality of life? We have great weather, reasonable traffic, and world-class entertainment and activities.

This is how we stack up against other markets.

2911 Second Ave., Unit 1206

List price $949,000
Square footage 1,066
Price per square foot $890
Annual Taxes $6,462
Monthly HOA/Condo Fee $1,169


Waterfront Belltown brims with stylish eateries, art galleries, and indie boutiques. Thriving nightlife makes it one of Seattle’s hippest areas.


This two-bedroom, two-bathroom penthouse condo offers direct views of the Space Needle, the water, and the mountains, plus a chef’s kitchen, soaking tub, and parking. Building amenities include a 24/7 concierge, a private supper club, a gym, and a dog run/wash area.

listing agent

Neda Perrina, Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty, 206-218-8589

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72789 Bel Air Road

List price $999,000
Square footage 2,510
Price per square foot $398
Annual Taxes $8,428
Monthly HOA/Condo Fee n/a


Off the scenic Palms to Pines Highway, the neighborhood unfolds 2 miles from El Paseo’s shops and restaurants and is also close to shopping malls, galleries, and recreational facilities.


This recently remodeled modern home offers four spacious bedrooms with en suite baths, an upmarket kitchen with double ovens, a living room with a fireplace, and a stylish master and bathroom with a soaking tub. The large outdoor area boasts mountain views, a large pool with custom built-in seating, and a fire bowl.

listing agent

Jolie Leydekkers, Windermere Homes & Estates, 760-660-6444, 760-702-6736

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1304 E. Sierra Way

List price $999,000
Square footage 3,103
Price per square foot $322
Annual Taxes $12,126
Monthly HOA/Condo Fee $655


Opened in 1970, Canyon Estates has
254 condos and single-family homes designed by architect Charles E. Dubois, AIA, near the Indian Canyons.


This four-bedroom, four-bathroom (all en suite) gated home features vaulted ceilings, clerestory windows, travertine floors, and a stone fireplace. It offers multiple patios, an outdoor fireplace and bar, and a lap pool and spa with a waterfall and mountain views. Plus: a nine-hole golf course, a gym, tennis, and 15 community pools and 12 spas.

listing agent

Scott Histed, Bennion Deville Homes, 760-218-1751

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1788 Clay St., Unit 407

List price $950,000
Square footage 764
Price per square foot $1,243
Annual Taxes $10,727
Monthly HOA/Condo Fee $627


With its diverse architecture and
demographics, stylish Nob Hill is a well-established, vibrant locale encompassing cozy cafés, foliage-lined alleyways, and Huntington Park, which provides free Wi-Fi.


This airy one-bedroom, one-bathroom condo near public transportation and restaurants offers a luxurious kitchen outfitted with Bertazzoni appliances and a quartz island. Building amenities include a lobby attendant, a communal courtyard, and a bocce court.

listing agent

Monica Burns, Compass, 415-244-7354

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456 W. Deming Place, Unit 2W

List price $1 million
Square footage 2,100
Price per square foot $476
Annual Taxes $19,682
Monthly HOA/Condo Fee $495


Lakefront Lincoln Park buzzes with eateries and shops set amid genteel brownstones, beaches, and parks. It offers attractions like the Chicago History Museum and Lincoln Park Conservatory, as well as a flourishing theater scene.


Set in an elegant eight-unit brick row house, this luxurious condo has three bedrooms and two-and-a-half baths. There’s a finely outfitted kitchen, a great room with a fireplace, and a soaking tub, plus a semiprivate elevator and a deck.

listing agent

G. Mayreli Sanchez, Century 21 Affiliated, 847-677-1200

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78800 Citrus Lane

List price $949,000
Square footage 1,066
Price per square foot $890
Annual Taxes $6,462
Monthly HOA/Condo Fee $1,169


The Citrus Club at La Quinta Resort & Club is a posh, gated haven surrounded by golf courses and mountains.


Overlooking the Pete Dye golf course, the furnished Mediterranean-style home has four bedrooms and five bathrooms, formal dining and living rooms, a granite kitchen with stainless steel appliances, a pool and spa with a waterfall , and a barbecue area. The club’s affiliation with La Quinta Resort & Club offers amenities including golf, tennis, spa, and dining.

listing agent

Sandi Phillips, HK Lane Real Estate,
760-541-4800, 760-561-5313

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103-1311 Beach Ave.

List price $1.02 million
Square footage 980
Price per square foot $1,041
Annual Taxes $2,025
Monthly HOA/Condo Fee $431


Set on the water adjacent to renowned Stanley Park, Vancouver’s lively West End is full of hip restaurants, museums, public art, and bike paths along the seawall.


Overlooking Sunset Beach, this sophisticated one-bedroom condo contains a den, a full
bath, and a powder room. Features include hardwood floors, crown molding, a large patio, and dedicated parking. Building amenities
consist of a garden, a gym, and 24-hour
concierge service.

listing agent

Shaz Karim, Sotheby’s International Realty Canada, 604-649-1494, 604-632-3300

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1949 Vista Caudal

List price $1.13 million
Square footage 1,701
Price per square foot $661
Annual Taxes $11,516
Monthly HOA/Condo Fee $444


This three-bedroom, three-bathroom end unit has an oversized porch and ocean and bluff views from the upstairs master and other bedrooms. It features a custom walnut door, porcelain tile fireplace, renovated kitchen with new KitchenAid appliances, and a spa-like master bath with a double sink and floating vanity.


The Bluffs offers the relaxed luxury of a European village. Residents enjoy a community pool, greenbelts, and proximity to the Fashion Island, Back Bay, and beaches.

listing agent

Andrea Ballesteros, Coldwell Banker, 949-415-4052

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67097 Dillon Road

List price $799,000
Square footage 2,650 + guesthouse
Price per square foot $302
Annual Taxes $6,163
Monthly HOA/Condo Fee n/a


A few miles from the ultrachic TwoBunch Palms resort, this quiet area is home to ranches, hot springs hotels/spas, and a golf course.


This contemporary Spanish-style estate on 15 private acres has five bedrooms and three bathrooms spread across 2,650 square feet, plus a one-bedroom, one-bath guesthouse with a full kitchen. The outdoor space includes a horse corral, a pool, a lit basketball court, and a treehouse. Other perks: a game room, a fire pit, and a three-car garage.

listing agent

Daniel Bragg, TenX Realty & Investments, 760-409-6073

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1144 17th St., Unit 11

List price $969,000
Square footage 950
Price per square foot $1,020
Annual Taxes $10,384
Monthly HOA/Condo Fee $437


Peppered with coffee shops, yoga
studios, galleries, and a hint of salty air from the nearby beach, the Wilshire-Montana area epitomizes easy, breezy Los Angeles living.


This split-level contemporary townhouse includes two bedrooms and two bathrooms; an open kitchen offers stainless steel appliances and quartz countertops. Other amenities include in-unit laundry, a remodeled master bath, a skylight, and the all-important private covered parking.

listing agent

Dan Nessel, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services, 310-365-0195, 310-255-3422

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