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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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Coachella Valley Fireworks 2019

Coachella Valley Fireworks 2019

Celebrate the Birth of our Nation with Fourth of July Festivities across the Coachella Valley

The Fourth of July is one of the most anticipated holidays in the United States. On this day, we gather with friends, family, and loved ones to celebrate the freedoms and liberties we enjoy and reflect on how we achieved this long-lasting independence as a nation. We also enjoy the splendor of fireworks displays lighting up the skies and filling each of us with a sense of patriotic wonder. There are several locations throughout the Coachella Valley where you can watch spectacular fireworks displays to commemorate the holiday. Check out the list below, with links to additional information, to find the closest venue to you with fireworks, festivities, and more.

COACHELLA VALLEY FIREWORKS 2019
Concert at Civic Center Park

 

PALM DESERT FIREWORKS
Live Music starts at 7:30 p.m. with The Swing Cats Big Band and
Fireworks start at 9:00 p.m. at the Palm Desert Civic Center Park Amphitheater

 

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PALM SPRINGS FIREWORKS  Fireworks Power Baseball Stadium
The celebration starts 2:00 p.m with a  Pool Party at The Palm Springs Swim Center on Pavilion Way with Family Friendly Music and Games. Then enjoy a lively game of Baseball at The Power Baseball Stadium on Baristo Rd starting at 6:00 p.m. followed by Fireworks starting at 8:00 p.m.

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Fireworks Rancho Mirage

 

RANCHO MIRAGE FIREWORKS
Stars ans Stripes Celebration with Fireworks Spectacular at the Agua Caliente Casino
with Magnificent Display with Synchronized Music.

 

 

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INDIO FIREWORKSFireworks Indio
The Cabazon Band of MIssion Indians
and Fantasy Springs Resort Casino will host a community-wide celebration with Fireworks Display at the Eagle Falls Golf Course

 

 

 

 

 

Best Home Remodel Projects Under $10,000

Best Home Remodel Projects Under $10,000
Is it in the Bedroom, Bathroom or Kitchen?

Home improvements, can average $20,000 or more for a Kitchen or Bath remodel according to Remodel Magazines, Cost vs Value Report. But the average homeowner is budgeting about $9,000 for a remodel this year. So how do you know where the best money is spent?

Here are a few tips How To Get The Biggest Bang for your Buck with the Best Home Remodel Projects Under $10,000.

Bathroom Remodel

 

Bathroom

  • Install modern plumbing fixtures
  • Replace a cabinet with a vanity
  • Update the counter tops
  • Replace dated lighting
  • Add storage by adding shelves

 

 

 

BedroomBedroom Remodel

  • Brighten up the room with an accent wall and lighting
  • Add storage with a closet organizer / system
  • Add an area rug
  • Update the window coverings
  • Beautiful Linens


Kitchen Remodel

Kitchen 

  • Add contemporary counter-tops and door hardware.
  • Customize the pantry with storage.
  • Add modern plumbing fixtures.
  • Add a suite of Stainless Appliances
  • Give cabinets a face-lift with new paint.

When it comes to the best home remodel projects under $10,000. these budget-conscious improvements can keep you from overspending.  Your highest return will be with the simple things that make your home look more modern, and add more functionality to a room. It pays to spend wisely!

Speaking of great remodels did you see this  Lock and Leave Golf Villa in Palm Desert? Check it out!

Zoo Camp at The Living Desert

Zoo Camp at The Living DesertZoo Camp at The Living Desert

Great summer fun for the kids!  Join any one of the week long sessions starting July 1st, 8th, 15th or the 22nd.

Zoo camp fosters in children an appreciation for the natural world through interactive activities, arts & crafts, tours and chats through S.T.E.A.M. based learning.

Campers get to explore desert environments, go behind-the-scenes, meet with animal care keepers and so much more. Each week offers a themed class giving campers an entertaining and educational topic geared towards specific age groups.

S.T.E.A.M. builds on the concept of STEM, (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) and adds one important component, “A” for the Arts.   The concept is interactive learning based on real-world applications with the Arts added to strengthen STEM learning and skills to help stimulate more creative thinking.

While you’re in Palm Desert, be sure to check out this Luxury Lock and Leave Resort Penthouse on Desert Willow Golf Course.  

Want more info?  Give me a ring on my cell (760) 218 – 5752 or drop me a line at Cathi@DesertAreaHomeFinder.com

Barker Dam Trail: Joshua Tree National Park

Barker Dam Trail

Barker Dam, is a water-storage facility located in Joshua Tree National Park in California. The dam was constructed by early cattlemen, including CO Barker, in 1900. It was raised in 1949 by rancher William F. Keys. It is situated between Queen Valley and the Wonderland of Rocks near the Wall Street Mill. It is a gathering place for desert wildlife, including many species of birds and Desert Bighorn Sheep.

 

Barker Dam TrailVisitors can reach the Barker Dam via a short trail from a nearby parking lot and can see Native American petroglyphs a short distance to the west. There is also good bouldering on side trails near the dam. The park offers a Barker Dam Nature Hike led by a ranger.

The lowest 9 feet (2.7 m) of the dam, the original portion, was constructed of concrete surfaced with stone on the downstream side. The height of the dam was raised an additional six feet with concrete in 1949–1950. The dam has several indentations. An inscription at top reads: Big Horn Dam Built by Willis Keys, W.F. Keyes, Phyllis M. Keys, 1949–1950.

Barker Dam Trail

The start of the trail is well marked, and if you are driving in your car, there are signs around the park that will direct you to the area where the trailhead starts. There is also a large parking lot by the trailhead and this area is busier if you come on a weekend, as it is one of the most well known and family-friendly hikes in the park.

The trail itself is less than a mile and half round trip, and it is a loop so that you never see the same thing twice. As soon as you get out of your car and start the trail, you immediately enter into an area with large rocks surrounding you on both sides.

Barker Dam Trail

The trail winds around for a little bit before dropping you out in a wide open area that makes up Barker Dam. The Barker Dam itself was really cool, primarily because it was so old and was still in working condition. I also enjoyed seeing the sign right at the top of the dam that was carved in the concrete from the brothers that helped build it.

DIRECTIONS: Turn east off Park Boulevard on Barker Dam Road towards Hidden Valley Campground. The turnoff is located 9 miles south of the west entrance station and 1.6 miles north of the intersection with Keys View Road. Continue on the paved road for 2.8 miles to a large parking area.

For current park conditions
visit JTNP Website or Call 760 367-5522

Rancho Mirage Writers Festival Film Club

The Rancho Mirage Writers Festival Film Club The Rancho Mirage Writers Festival Film Club is starting a new event that will take place at the Rancho Mirage Library and Observatory. The Rancho Mirage Writers Festival Film Club is a free series, held on the third Thursday of each month from September 2018 to June 2019. Films will start at 3 pm and free popcorn and water will be available. A new sound system has been installed in the room for the highest quality viewing experience.

Films are selected by Jamie Kabler and Peter Bart. The theme for the 2019 Festival centers around the 75th Anniversary of D-Day. These movies have been selected to complement and explore that theme.

The Rancho Mirage Writers Festival Film Club

The featured film this month is The Guns of Navarone (1961), a British-American epic war film based on the book of the same name. Starring Gregory Peck, David Niven and Anthony Quinn, it follows the efforts of an Allied commando unit to destroy a seemingly impregnable German fortress that threatens Allied naval ships in the Aegean Sea.

This spectacular World War II epic finds 2,000 trapped soldiers on a Greek island by Nazi invaders. Their only hope of escape is by boat. A small party led by Mallory (Gregory Peck) must make it by the radar station and immense firepower at Navarone. Miller (David Niven) is the demolition expert needed to sabotage the fortress. The men must scale the massive cliffs in order to blow up the enemy stronghold. Anthony Quinn plays the Greek resistance officer who battles with Mallory.

  • Date:06/20/2019 3:00 PM

Location: Rancho Mirage Library and Observatory
71100 Highway 111
Rancho Mirage, California 92270

Staging Your Home to Sell – Top Trends in Home Styling

Home Staging or Home Styling is about telling the story of your home.  By adding dramatic punches of color or texture, using furniture or accent pieces in unexpected ways you can bring out the personality of your home.  You can, without words, tell your potential home buyer just how fabulous it is to live here!

Here are a few design trends that can be an easy way to start your story.

Get your Juju – Hand Crafted Hats by Tribes in Cameroon.

Juju Hats Add Color and TextureJuju hats, were worn by royal dancers during Bamileke tribal ceremonies. They symbolized prosperity and were created from natural or dyed chicken and wild bird feathers.

The Juju hat creates an interesting design element and can tie a room together with a wide variety of rich colors. A Great way to add texture and pops of color to any room.

Side Table Crazy – Curate a Modern Aesthetic.End Tables Make a Great Coffee Table

 

The standard wood or glass coffee tables are making way for a new innovative approach using a variety of side tables with the same or contrasting finishes at various heights and grouped together to create a cool modern look.

 

 

 

Light or Art? – Statement Lamps Make a Big Splash in Home Design and Staging.

Lamps that make a StatementSculptural lamps add a sense of drama and sophistication. Home Buyers will be wowed when they see dramatic floor and wall lamps that blur the lines between form and function.

 


Reflections –  Make a Drama Statement with a Shimmering Pool of Color

High Gloss Paint

 

Finding exactly the right color for a room is a defining moment in the design process. Once you’ve got the color perfect, it’s time to talk about the finish. Make a Statement by Adding Drama to the room with Super High Gloss Paint that shows like a shimmering pool of color. Paint an accent wall, the ceiling, or add a high gloss accent piece to the room to make an eye catching statement.

 

 

Weaving the story about your home is the art of marketing and presentation.  The way your home is presented, both online with photos and in person is what differentiates your home from the competition.  As that online buyer makes their way to your front door to look at your home in person, they want to be wowed.

In the Desert Real Estate Market, home buyer’s are more sophisticated than ever, they’re looking for a lifestyle. In other words they’re looking for the whole package – stylish, clean, well put together, well kept and easy to maintain, they want …..
“Hotel Ready”. 

See the Before and After on a Great Lock and Leave Golf Villa in Palm Desert

If you’re thinking about selling your Desert Home, give us a call today for a consultation. Let’s talk about how Home Styling can improve what you can ask and receive for your home.

Not quite ready to talk about selling your home yet?  That’s OK, you can still Find Out What Your Home Could Sell For now at My HomeValue365.com 

Palm Springs International ShortFest

Palm Springs Shortfest

The 25th Annual Palm Springs International ShortFest boasts up-and-coming filmmakers featuring their finest flicks. Presented by the Palm Springs International Film Society, this event is the largest film festival of its kind in North America. Each year, approximately 325 short films are selected from over 4,200 submissions to be screened at the Camelot Theatre in the Oscar® and BAFTA®-qualifying festival, with over 100 of the past winners advancing to be nominated or even win Academy Awards.

Each screening will feature 4-10 short films, all curated and blocked together to cover a central theme. In addition to the film screenings, the festival features a ShortFest Forum with panel sessions, master classes, and roundtables boasting working industry professionals sharing their insights into the film industry and tackling the latest trends in the business, as well as provide networking opportunities.

Palm Springs Shortfest

A highly competitive festival, ShortFest receives 5,000± submissions from over 100 countries around the globe. Approximately 325 shorts are selected and screened in 90-minute themed programs, with many of the remaining titles available for viewing in the Market. An Oscar®, BAFTA® and Los Premios Goya-qualifying festival, ShortFest has presented more than 100 shorts that have gone on to receive Oscar® nominations and/or awards.

Palm Springs Shortfest

With hundreds of filmmakers and industry professionals in attendance and an audience of 22,000 avid filmgoers, ShortFest is defined by a decidedly casual atmosphere and a taste for the unconventional. It’s not what you might expect to find in Palm Springs in June.

Running June 18-24, the 25th Annual Palm Springs International ShortFest is an excellent appetizer until the Palm Springs International Film Festival returns in January 2020. For more information, including a list of events, tickets, and more, visit the ShortFest website.

Tuesday, June 18 | Film screenings begin | Opening Night
Tuesday, June 18-Sunday, June 23 | Film Screenings
Thursday, June 20-Saturday, June 22 | Forum
Sunday, June 23 | Closing Night
Monday, June 24 | Best of Fest
*New this year, film screenings will begin the afternoon of Tuesday, June 18!  More programs = more films!

Desert Real Estate Market Update

The Coachella Valley Real Estate Market is Strong. 

When we look at prices now compared to one year ago, we see that detached home prices are up 4.6% and attached home prices are up 7.3% from last year.  Eight of Nine Valley cities saw a price increase.

Detached and Attach Home Prices by City

The total number of sales have slowed a bit from last year, down about 5.3%. Detached homes were down about 4% while Attached homes, which saw a bigger price increase, has had a bigger dip in the number of sales, down about 7.6%.

Number of Home Sales for Detached and Attached

When we look at the number of sales by Price Range, we see that the majority of the sales are between $200,000 – $500,000.  The largest dip in number of sales is in the $800,000 – $1m price range, then picking up again over $1m.  However, when we compare the number of sales year over year by price bracket, we see that the largest dip in the number of sales in 2019 was below $400,000. From $500,000 and up the number of sales were at about par over last year.

Number of Sales by Price Range

Currently there are about 3,600 homes listed for sale in the Valley, about the same as this time last year. This is a seasonal market; you can see the pattern on the chart below.  We reach our lowest inventory levels in September every year and gradually increase to an annual peak in February and March.

Housing Inventory

Breaking down the inventory levels; it’s no surprise that the lowest inventory levels are in the $200,000 – $400,000 price range.  The month’s supply starts climbing over $500,000. Based on the current number of homes listed for sale divided by the number of sales each month, if no new inventory entered the market, we see there is a 6 month supply in the $500,000 – $600,000 range.  About a 7 month supply for homes priced between $700,000 – $900,000 and a 13 month supply for homes priced over $1m.

Months Supply by price range

Based on price trends, the number of sales, inventory levels and low interest rates, we can say the Coachella Valley Real Estate Market is Strong.  The trends we see suggest that we will continue to see a strong real estate market throughout 2019 and into 2020.

If you would like more detailed market information about your city, your community, or your home specifically, give us a ring – we’re on standby to help.   (760) 218 – 5752

Greater Palm Springs Restaurant Week 2019

Greater Palm Springs Restaurant Week 2019
Various Restaurants Throughout the Valley
May 31 – June 19, 2019

DINING GUIDE

It's Time to EAT

Greater Palm Springs Restaurant Week® is a 10-day dining event  at restaurants throughout the Coachella Valley.  More than 100 participating new and local favorites are offering specially priced menus for Restaurant Week 2019.

No passes, tickets or coupons are required…diners simply dine out at participating restaurants throughout the event. Make a reservation on our website or call the restaurant directly. Due to the popularity of this event, advance reservations are strongly encouraged, but walk-ins are welcome.

Bon Appetit!

 

Palm Springs Air Museum Memorial Day Flower Drop

Palm Springs Air Museum Memorial Day Flower Drop & Air Fair
May 27 All Day, Flower Drop at 1:00 p.m.
Palm Springs Air Museum

Memorial Day Flower Drop

Palm Springs Air Museum honors our fallen US soldiers each year with a fly-by and flower drop of over 3,000 red and white carnations from B-25 Mitchell Bomber. Followed by Flight Exhibitions and fun activities for the whole family.

See All of the Palm Springs Air Museum Memorial Day Events

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  • Cathi & Ben Walter
  • REALTOR ®
  • 44530 San Pablo, Suite 101
  • Palm Desert, CA 92260
  • P: (760) 218 – 5752
  • E: Cathi@DesertAreaHomeFinder.com
  • CalBRE# 01346930

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