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We hear similar stories repeated in different ways from our clients; At first, they look forward to stolen weekend's to golf & relax in the desert - they gradually discover they're crafting ways to spend more time here until it becomes clear, life just doesn't get any better than this."

Once that realization hit's, the process of change begins... We know what an extraordinary commodity your home is - buying or selling a home can be one of the most important decisions you will make and having the right team on your side will make the difference.

We specialize in homes throughout the Palm Springs Valley including Palm Desert Real Estate & Homes, Indian Wells Real Estate & Homes, La Quinta Real Estate & Homes, Rancho Mirage Real Estate & Homes, Palm Springs Real Estate & Homes& Indio Hills Real Estate & Homes. Whether you want to buy or sell an estate, lock & leave property with income potential, a resort property, land to build your dream home, or a property located in a country club or golf community we know the desert and are here to help. Our motto, If its important to you, it's important to us, guides us as we help our clients buy or sell a home in the desert.

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Palm Desert Vision San Pablo

PALM DESERT VISION SAN PABLO

Vision San Pablo

The City’s newly updated General Plan identifies San Pablo Avenue as a key area for transformational change to facilitate the creation of a downtown/city center. The mile-long corridor connects shopping, restaurants, and other commercial services at El Paseo and Highway 111 with residential neighborhoods and The Civic Center including Civic Center Park, City Hall, College of the Desert, and eventually the CVLink.

Conceptual plans for the corridor call for a “road-diet” that would remove one vehicle lane in each direction on San Pablo and add enhanced walkways and buffered bike and golf cart lanes.

In May of 2016 the city set up a mock Vision San Pablo for 6 weeks.  The city striped San Pablo reducing the road by one lane in each direction. They set up golf cart, bike and pedestrian lanes and created a round about at San Pablo and San Gorgonio.  They brought in large boxed trees to line the center island and asked the community to use it and give feedback.  The responses were overwhelmingly positive and the city adopted Vision San Pablo into their Updated General Plan.

They are currently working on updating the construction plans and surveyors are working now with ground breaking expected this summer.

THE CORRIDOR PLAN

Palm Desert Planning

A central goal of the 111 Corridor Plan is to systematically
evolve the physical design and functional characteristics of 111 to a 21st Century City Center Boulevard. The transformed 111 Corridor will provide an aesthetically cohesive, practically connected, safe and welcoming city center that emphasizes pedestrian activity and community life, balanced with and not dominated by high-speed automobile traffic. The 111 Corridor will become the city’s primary gateway as an iconic arrival point and a major hub for civic and commercial life and future developments in the Coachella Valley. In addition to 111 itself, the Corridor is supported by key districts and streetscapes.

The primary focus area

Palm Desert City Center Plan

Approximately 1-mile of the 111 corridor between Highway 74 and Portola Ave. and includes seven cross streets, San Luis Rey, Larkspur, San Pablo, Las Palmas, Lupine and Sage.  These areas are targeted to implement the city’s new urban design standards designed to increase the flow of vehicular, bike and pedestrian circulation for future development and open spaces.

Second Focus is along San Pablo  between El Paseo and Civic Center, with street-scape renovations and traffic calming which will bolster connections to the larger community and Civic Center.  In particular, San Pablo Avenue will feature a future roundabout at its intersections with San Gorgonio Way. This will allow the City and future developers to introduce and incorporate active and passive open spaces such as the existing community gardens and other public frontages.

Third Focus is San Alessandro, to incorporate several vacant lots that will be linked and transformed into a “Woonerf” District, which is a walkable flexible-use arts district pioneered to integrate live-work developments with the surrounding community and bolster cultural institutions and businesses.

Want to see more of what’s cook’n in Palm Desert and the New Updated City Plan, drop me a line, I’m happy to provide a copy of the whole report. Cathi@DesertAreaHomeFinder.com.

 

 

 

100th Anniversary Cherry Festival in Beaumont

Cherry Festival

The 100th Anniversary Cherry Festival in Beaumont runs May 31 to June 3, 2018, at Stewart Park, and the theme is “100 Years of Cherries and Fun!”

“This is the 100th anniversary of the Cherry Festival, and we are making it special with new events, including the fireworks display on Saturday night,” said Buzz Dopf, the Beaumont Cherry Festival Association president. “We also have expanded the beer garden, which now encompasses most of the festival grounds, and our food vendors are really good this year – there’s hot and spicy, cool and refreshing, sweet and sour – there’s something for everyone.

Cherry FestivalThe annual marquee event is the Cherry Festival Parade, and this year’s participation has increased with celebration of the 100th anniversary, said Bruce Murrill, a member of the Beaumont-Cherry Valley Rotary Club, which organizes the parade. “We currently have several float entries submitted along with marching bands, equestrians and many other participants. This will be one of our longer parades in recent memory with so many groups participating in celebration of the centennial.” On Saturday, June 2, at 10:30 a.m., the parade will commence at Beaumont Avenue and 12th Street, head south on Beaumont Avenue and turn east on 6th Street and end at City Hall.

 

 

Movies on the Great Lawn at Sunnylands

Sunnylands Films on the Great Lawn Free Movie Series


Starting May 4th and running three Fridays during the month.
Gates open at 7:30 show start at 8:00 p.m.

May 4 Princess Bride

The Princess Bride, a PG-rated fairy tale adventure directed by Rob Reiner, and starring Robin Wright, Cary Elwes, and Mandy Patinkin, among many others has become a true classic.

May 11 – Labyrinth

Labyrinth is a 1986 British-American musical adventure film by Jim Henson and executive producer George Lucas. The PG-rated film stars David Bowie and Oscar-winner Jennifer Connelly in one of her earliest roles as Sarah, a teenager who must navigate a labyrinth to rescue her baby brother.

May 18 – The Neverending Story

The Neverending Story, a PG-rated drama-fantasy is from 1984. The story tells of Bastian, who ducks into a bookstore to avoid bullies and sneaks away with a book. The novel, The Neverending Story, is about a fantasy land threatened by a darkness that destroys everything it touches. For the kingdom to survive it needs the help of a child.

Ruddy’s General Store and Museum

Ruddy’s General Store

Looking for something out of the ordinary to do when you visit Palm Springs, look no further than a trip to Ruddy’s General Store and Museum.

If you still remember sarsaparilla, fly ribbons, Rinso, silk stockings, Mazda lamps, Father John’s Medicine and Uneeda biscuits in the old cracker barrel, or wish you’d experienced, a quieter, less hurried time, you’ll find true nostalgia when you step into the General Store Museum. It’s a treasured bit of the past, conveniently located in the heart of downtown Palm Springs on Palm Canyon Drive.

Ruddy’s General Store

As you pass through the entrance, you are suddenly transported back in time to the 1930s and early 1940s. The museum is an authentic, lovingly re-created general store of that period.

In 1983 Jim Ruddy integrated his extensive 35 year collection of general store merchandise with a museum that he purchased in the Mid-West. The museum had been the collection of a Depression-Era liquidator who had kept his pick of the finest store fixtures and merchandise in his basement for 40 years. The result is one of the largest complete displays of unused general store merchandise in the country.

Ruddy’s General Store

Every detail is authentic, including the original showcases, fixtures, signs and products – groceries, tobacco, hardware, clothing, medicines, beauty aids, soaps and notions. More than 6,000 unused items and individual products – 95% of them filled with their original contents – line the shelves and counters.

Whether you are a collector, a history buff, or wish to relive the “good ol’ days,” you will truly enjoy a nostalgic visit to Ruddy’s General Store Museum.

Train Day at the Living Desert

All Aboard! Train Day at The Living Desert
It’s Train Day at The Living Desert, featuring fun events including A Scavenger Hunt,  Train chats, Train Adopts, and more!

Train Day is centered around the 3,300 linear feet of track at the Garden Railroad with a train-themed treasure hunt, special trackless train rides.  Model train enthusiasts come from all over to enjoy this spectacular model train display. The first child to finish their Scavenger Hunt will become Conductor of the Day!

Concerts in the Park Palm Desert

Enjoy Cool Summer Evenings in Palm Desert – Music in the Park We’re kicking off the Summer Season in the Desert with Live Concerts on the Terraced Lawn at Palm Desert Civic Center Park.

 

Every Thursday throughout the month of May

Music Lovers can look forward to a sampling of musical genres that range from Reggae, R & B, Jazz, Country to Indie.

Grab your friends, a blanket and have a picnic while you sit back, relax and enjoy live music under the stars.   Food trucks are also on standby with a wide variety of culinary creations.

May 3, 2018  Ambrosia 
Ambrosia
Ken Stacy – Acoustic Guitar / Vocals
Joe Puerta – Bass / Vocals
Mary Harris – Keyboard / Vocals
Christopher North – B3/ Keys / Vocals
Burleigh Drummond – Drums / Vocals
Doug Jackson – Suitars / Vocals

May 10, 2018 The PettyBreakers  – Tom Petty Tribute Band
The PettyBreakers
Steve Newby
David Zeman
Ozzie Mancinelli
John McAllister
Danny Leoni

May 17, 2018 Dead Winter Carpenters – Americana / Roots / Bluegrass
Dead Winter Carpenters

Jesse Dunn – Acoustic and Electric Guitars / Vocals
Jenni Charles – Fiddle / Vocals
Dave Lockhart – upright and Electric Bass / Vocals
Nick Swimley  – Lead Telecaster Guitar / Vocals
Brendan Smith – Drums / Vocals

May 24, 2018 The Blue Breeze Band – Motown and R & B
Blue Breeze Band
Harold Wherry – Electric and Acoustic Guitar
Laia Jones – Vocals
Bob Henley iii – Vocals
Richard Moorings – Keyboards, Trombone, Vocals
Darryl Bomar – Electric and Bass Guitar and Vocals
Tim Anderson – Tenor Sax and Vocals
Tyrone Griffin – Trumpet, Flugelhorn and Vocals

May 31, 2018 All Our Exes Live in Texas – Indie / Folk Harmonies
All our Exes Live in Texas

Hannah Crofts – vocal and Ukulele
Georgia Mooney – Vocal and Mandolin
Elana Stone – Vocal and Accordion
Katie Wighton – Vocal and Guitar

Palm Desert is known as the Cultural and Retail Center of the Desert Communities. Insiders know Palm Desert as the “Heart of the Coachella Valley” a small city feel with a big city vibe.  Check out this exceptional home in Palm Desert!  Call Me Today for a
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Palm Desert Concerts in the Park

 

Concerts in the Park

Palm Desert’s Civic Center Park Amphitheater is once again the hot spot for live music in May! Residents and visitors alike flock to the Palm Desert Civic Center Park every Thursday evening in May for the City’s free Concerts in the Park.

Held on the terraced lawn of the Civic Center Park Amphitheater, music lovers can look forward to diverse musical offerings from reggae to R&B, country to indie and more. Concertgoers are encouraged to bring picnic baskets, blankets, and lawn chairs.

The season will kick off in a big way on May 3 with a performance by Ambrosia, the Grammy nominated band known for its hit singles “How Much I Feel,” “Biggest Part of Me,” and “You’re the Only Woman (You & I).”

The full schedule promises to continue to delight fans throughout the rest of the month:

The Family YMCA of the Desert will conduct children activities prior to each concert and food trucks will be onsite with tasty food options, beverages and snacks for purchase.

Certified Farmers Market Palm Desert

Certified Farmers Market

We bring local farmers and vendors together to showcase the fruits of their labor for you. A Certified Farmers Market is approved and certified by the California Department of Food and Agriculture.

Every WEDNESDAY from  8:00 AM TO 12:30 PM Through June 24th

New Wednesday Evening Certified Farmers Market in Palm Desert. Market to Run from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM on First Wednesday of Every Month.

Certified Farmers Market

The new first-of-the-month Wednesday Evening Certified Farmers’ Market will have many of the same farms and specialty vendors that come to the regular Wednesday morning market, but there are also new farmers, plus new home-based food businesses and food vendors. We’ll also have entertainment, special events, chef demonstrations, music and more!

Live farm animals, antique farm equipment, community non-profit booths, activity/health booths – as well as additional food options for folks who want to join us for dinner.

The Certified Farmers’ Markets are the Coachella Valley’s only State and County Certified Farmers’ Markets. That means all the fruits, vegetables, meats and other products that are on sale at the markets have been grown on California Certified farms. In addition, almost all the farms are located within a 90 mile radius of the markets (thus reducing the carbon footprint), and many of the products sold are “USDA Certified Organic.”

Certified Farmers Market

The Certified Farmers Markets are sponsored by the Palm Springs Cultural Center, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, which was established to encourage the development of the cultural arts in the Coachella Valley with a specific focus in the areas of film, fine art, live performance, dance, music, and community festivals. The Center is dedicated to advancing education, to nurturing community-wide participation in the cultural arts, and to sponsoring scholarship awards for deserving individuals.

 

The McCallum Trail

 

The McCallum Trail

The McCallum Trail to the McCallum Grove is a very nice hike on a well maintained trail. The McCallum Trail has numbered stops which describe the fan palms, San Andreas Fault, desert pupfish, and various geologic and ecologic features of the preserve. Taking the McCallum Trail from the Visitor Center is about a two-mile round-trip hike, and if you want you can also hike the Moon Canyon Trail which will bring your hike up to over four miles.

When you leave the visitor’s center you will pass through the lush vegetation of Thousand Palms Oasis. Most of the trail in the oasis is on a well maintained raised wooden path above a marshy bottom. There are several ponds in this part of the trail with desert pupfish and other wildlife. After leaving the oasis the trail winds through a sandy wash before reaching McCallum Grove. While the trail is not very strenuous, hiking in the sandy wash can be a little harder.

The McCallum Trail

McCallum Trail is a 1.5 mile out and back trail located near Thousand Palms, CA. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking.  The Hike is Easy and enjoyable for all ages. Takes you through the Thousand Palms Oasis and out to McCallum Pond.

At the McCallum Grove there is a large pond which is fed by underground springs which are a result of seismic activity along the San Andreas fault. This is a very beautiful lush area, and once again you will see pupfish and other wildlife in the area.

For more information on the Coachella Valley Preserve please visit their website.

2018 Brew at the Zoo is a Safari of Fun

Brew at the Zoo

Celebrate National Beer Day at The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens’ 9th Annual Brew at the Zoo on Saturday, April 7 at 6:30 p.m. Early bird tickets at reduced prices are on sale now.

Craft beer fans will enjoy a wide variety of tastings from the surrounding area’s finest specialty breweries, as well as other libations, including premium wines and non-alcoholic beverages. Guests will embark on a culinary adventure as they enjoy tasty dishes and desserts from popular Coachella Valley restaurants and caterers.

Brew at the Zoo

The evening also includes live entertainment on stages set throughout the park from bands including Giselle Woo & The Night Owls, Bob & Donna Brown, and Vintage Vibe. Attendees also can explore the African section of the park and see zebras, cheetahs, warthogs, oryx and other animals.

 

Brew at the Zoo

“Brew at the Zoo is a major fundraiser for the zoo and it gets bigger and bigger every year,” said Dawn Petrick, Director of Park Services and Guest Relations. “It offers a spectacular setting with great food, unlimited beer samplings and lively entertainment. We like to say guests are ‘Saving Wildlife One Beer at a Time’ and supporting our mission of desert conservation through preservation, education and appreciation.”

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  • Cathi & Ben Walter
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  • 44530 San Pablo, Suite 101
  • Palm Desert, CA 92260
  • P: (760) 218 – 5752
  • E: Cathi@DesertAreaHomeFinder.com
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