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2019 Coachella Valley Golf Course Over Seeding Schedule

2019 Coachella Valley Golf Course Over Seeding Schedule

Coachella Valley Over Seeding ScheduleYIKES!  Are you waiting for the grass to grow while all the Coachella Valley Golf Courses close for Over Seeding?

 

 

 

 

Not to worry, we have the 2019 Coachella Valley Golf Course Over- Seeding Schedule here!

If you’re unfamiliar with the Phenomenon of our Desert Golf Course Over Seeding, here are the basics of what you will see happening on our local courses over the next couple of months.

2019 Coachella Valley Golf Course Over Seeding Schedule

Coachella Valley Golf Course Over Seeding Schedule for 2019

Currently, our local golf courses have warm-weather Bermuda grass on the fairways and tees and almost every course in the desert has some Bermuda on their greens.

Bermuda grass goes dormant and turns brown during the cooler winter months. So to keep the courses green and playable, they cut the Bermuda grass so short it’s mostly dirt, then spread tons of winter rye grass seed, add lots of water, and wait for it to grow. Golf Course Superintendents would prefer 4+ weeks of growth before turning out golfers. But the pressure to re-open as soon as possible during peak season, most courses will open with “cart path only” rules, within 3 weeks trying to limit the wear and tear on the new growth.   During the over seeding process and while waiting for the winter rye to take hold well enough to stand up to play, the courses will close during the grow-in period.

 

2019 Coachella Valley Golf Course Over Seeding ScheduleNo need to miss a day of great golf, here is the 2019 Coachella Valley Golf Course Over Seeding Schedule for most of the Golf Courses in Valley.

 

 

2019 Coachella Valley Golf Course Over Seeding Schedule –
PALM DESERT
See All Palm Desert Golf Course Properties HERE

Avondale Golf Club Over Seeding ScheduleAvondale Golf Club
Closes 10/1/19
Re-Opens for Golf 11/9/19

 

 

 

BIGHORN Golf Club Over Seeding ScheduleBIGHORN Golf Club
Mountains Course
Closes 10/7/19
Re-Opens for Golf 11/2/19

 

BIGHORN Golf Club – Canyons Course
Closes 10/7/19
Re-Opens for Golf 11/2/19

 

Chaparral Country Club Over Seeding ScheduleChaparral Country Club
Closes 9/22/19
Re-Opens for Golf 11/2/19

 

 

 

Classic Club Golf Golf Club Over Seeding ScheduleClassic Club
Closes 1/14/19
Re-Opens for Golf 11/16/19

 

 

 

Desert Falls Coutry Club Over Seeding ScheduleDesert Falls Country Club
Closes 10/7/19
Re-Opens for Golf 11/6/19

 

 

Desert Willow Golf Resort Over Seeding ScheduleDesert Willow Golf Resort
Firecliff
Closes 9/23/19
Re-Opens for Golf 10/25/19

 


Desert Willow Golf Resort – Mountain View

Closes 11/11/19
Re-Opens for Golf 12/26/19

 

Indian Ridge Country Club Over Seeding ScheduleIndian Ridge Country Club
Arroyo Course
Closes 9/23/19
Re-Opens for Golf  11/7/19

 

 


Indian Ridge Country Club – Grove Course

Closes 9/30/19
Re-Opens for Golf 11/7/19

 

Ironwood Country Club Over Seeding ScheduleIronwood Country Club
North Course
Closes 10/13/19
Re-Opens for Golf  11/15/19

 

 


Ironwood Country Club – South Course

Closes 10/2/19
Re-Opens for Golf  11/4/19

 

The Lakes Country Club Over Seeding ScheduleThe Lakes Country Club
All Courses: East, South, North
Close 10/6/19
Re-Opens for Golf 11/14/19

 

 

 

Marrakesh Country Club Over Seeding ScheduleMarrakesh Country Club
Closes 9/28/19
Re-Opens for Golf 11/8/19

 

 

 

Monterey Country Club Over Seeding ScheduleMonterey Country Club Over Seeding ScheduleMonterey Country Club
South Course
Closes 10/7/19
Re-Opens for Golf 11/11/19
West Course
Closes 10/14/19
Re-Opens for Golf 11/18/19

Monterey Country Club – East Course

Closes 9/30/19
Re-Opens for Golf 10/28/19

 

Oasis Country Club Over Seeding ScheduleOasis Country Club
Closes 9/23/19
Re-Opens for Golf 11/2/19

 

 

 

 

Palm Desert Country Club Over Seeding SchedulePalm Desert Country Club
Closes 9/22/19
Re-Opens for Golf 10/18/19

 

 

 

 

Palm Desert Greens Over Seeding SchedulePalm Desert Greens
Closes 10/7/19
Re-Opens for Golf 11/11/19

 

 

 

 

Palm Desert Resort Over Seeding SchedulePalm Desert Resort
Closes 9/15/19
Re-Opens for Golf 10/25/19

 

 

 

Palm Valley Country Club Over Seeding SchedulePalm Valley Country Club
Challenge Course
Closes 10/23/19
Re-Opens for Golf 11/20/19

 

 

 

Palm Valley Country Club – Championship Course
Closes 10/14/19
Re-Opens for Golf 11/16/19

 

Shadow Mountain Golf Resort Over Seeding ScheduleShadow Mountain Golf Resort
Closes 9/23/19
Re-Opens for Golf 11/23/19

 

 

 

 

Shadow Ridge Golf Resort Over Seeding ScheduleShadow Ridge Golf Resort
Closes 9/30/19
Re-Opens for Golf 10/26/19

 

 

 

Stone Eagle Golf Club Over Seeding ScheduleStone Eagle Golf Club
Closes 9/30/19
Re-Opens for Golf 11/8/19

 

 

 

Sun City Mountain Vista Golf Club Over Seeding ScheduleSun City Mountain Vista Golf Club
San Gorgonio
Closes 10/28/19
Re-Opens for Golf 11/25/19

 

 

Sun City Mountain Vista Golf Club – Santa Rosa
Closes 9/23/19
Re-Opens for Golf 10/28/19

 

Woodhaven Country Club Over Seeding ScheduleWoodhaven Country Club
Closes 10/6/19
Re-Opens for Golf 11/9/19

 

 

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2019 Coachella Valley Golf Course Over Seeding Schedule –
INDIAN WELLS

See All Indian Wells Golf Course Properties For Sale HERE

Desert Horizons Country Club Over Seeding ScheduleDesert Horizons Country Club
Closes 9/23/19
Re-Opens for Golf 11/9/19

 

 

 

Eldorado Country Club Over Seeding ScheduleEldorado Country Club
Closed for Summer
Re-Opens for Golf 11/1/19

 

 

 

Indian Wells Country Club Over Seeding ScheduleIndian Wells Country Club
Classic Course
Closes 10/7/19
Re-Opens for Golf  11/8/19

 

 

Indian Wells Country Club – Cove Course
Closes 9/23/19
R-Opens for Golf  10/26/19

 

The Reserve Club Over Seeding ScheduleThe Reserve
Closes 9/18/19
Re-Opens for Golf 11/8/19

 

 

 

Toscana Country Club Over Seeding ScheduleToscana Country Club
South Course
Closes 9/30/19
Re-Opens for Golf  11/9/19

 

 

Toscana Country Club – North Course
Closes 9/30/19
Re-Opens for Golf  11/9/19

 

Vintage Club Over Seeding ScheduleVintage Club
Closes 9/16/19
Re-Opens for Golf  11/8/19

 

 

 

Indian Wells Golf Resort Over Seeding ScheduleIndian Wells Golf Resort
Players Course
Closes 9/23/19
Re-Opens for Golf 10/12/19

 

 

 


Indian Wells Golf Resort – Celebrity Course

Closes 10/14/19
Re-Opens for Golf 11/1/19

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2019 Coachella Valley Golf Course Over Seeding Schedule –
LA QUINTA

See ALL La Quinta Golf Course Properties For Sale HERE

Andalusia Golf Club at Coral Moutain Over Seeding ScheduleAndalusia Golf Club at Coral Mountain
Closes 9/30/19
Re-Opens for Golf 11/8/19

 

 

 

Citrus Club Over Seeding ScheduleCitrus Club
Closes 9/30/19
Re-Opens for Golf 10/31/19

 

 

 

 

Golf Club at La Quinta Over Seeding ScheduleGolf Club at La Quinta
Closes 9/23/19
Re-Opens for Golf 11/4/19

 

 

 

Hideaway Golf Club Over Seeding ScheduleHideaway Golf Club at La Quinta
Pete Dye Course
Closes 9/23/19
Re-Opens for Golf  11/9/19

 


Hideaway Golf Club at La Quinta – Clive Clark Course

Closes  9/30/19
Re-Opens for Golf  11/16/19

 

La Quinta Country Club Over Seeding ScheduleLa Quinta Country Club
Closes 10/1/19
Re-Opens for Golf  11/8/19

 

 

 

La Quinta Resort and Club Over Seeding ScheduleLa Quinta Resort and Club
Dunes Course
Closes 9/23/19
Re-Opens for Golf  10/17/19

Mountain Course
Closes 10/22/19
Re-Opens for Golf  11/15/19

 

 

Mountain View Country Club Over Seeding ScheduleMountain View Country Club
Closes  9/30/19
Re-Opens for Golf 11/6/19

 

 

 

 

The Palms Golf Club Over Seeding ScheduleThe Palms Golf Club
Closes 9/16/19
Re-Opens for Golf 11/14/19

 

 

 

PGA West Resort Over Seeding SchedulePGA West Resort Courses – Public
Nicklaus Tournament Course
Closes 9/30/19
Re-Opens for Golf 10/25/19

Greg Norman Course
Closes 10/28/19
Re-Opens for Golf 11/22/19

PGA West Resort – TPC Stadium Course
Closes 10/7/19
Re-Opens for Golf  11/1/19

 

Club at PGA West Palmer Over Seeding ScheduleThe Club at PGA West – Private
Nicklaus Private Course
Closes 9/23/19
Re-Opens for Golf  10/25/19

Palmer Course
Closes 10/18/19
Re-Opens for Golf  11/19/19

 

 

The Club at PGA West – Private – Weiskopf Course
Closes  9/16/19
Re-Opens for Golf  10/18/19

 

Madison Club Golf Course Over Seeding ScheduleThe Madison Club
Closed for Summer
Re-Opens for Golf 11/13/19

 

 

 

The Quarry at La Quinta Golf Course Over Seeding ScheduleThe Quarry at La Quinta
Closes  9/30/19
Re-Opens for Golf  11/8/19

 

 

 

 

Rancho La Quinta Country Club Golf Course Over Seeding ScheduleRancho La Quinta Country Club
Jones Course
Closes 10/7/19
Re-Opens for Golf  11/9/19


Rancho La Quinta Country Club – Pate Course

Closes 9/30/19
Re-Opens for Golf  11/9/19

Silver Rock Resort Golf Course Over Seeding ScheduleSilver Rock Resort
Closes 10/7/19
Re-Opens for Golf  11/5/19

 

 

 

Tradition Golf Club Golf Course Over Seeding ScheduleTradition Golf Club
Closes 9/28/19
Re-Opens for Golf  11/16/19

 

 

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2019 Coachella Valley Golf Course Over Seeding Schedule –
PALM SPRINGS

See All Palm Springs Golf Course Properties HERE

Escena Golf Club Overseeding Schedule 2019Escena Golf Club Palm Springs
Closes for Over Seeding  – 9/30/19
Re Opens for Golf – 11/1/19

 

 

 

 

 

Mesquite Golf and Country Club Over Seeding Schedule

Mesquite Golf and Country Club
Information not available

 

 

 

 

Seven Lakes CC Over seeding Schedule

Seven Lakes Country Club
Closes for Over Seeding 9/11/19
Re-Opens for Golf 10/31/19

 

 

Tahquitz Creek Golf Resort Over Seeding Schedule

Tahquitz Creek Golf Resort
Legend Course

Closes 10/12/19
Re-Opens for Golf 11/12/19
Resort Course
Closes 9/9/19
Re-Opens 10/12/19

 

O'Donnell Golf Club Over Seeding ScheduleO’Donnell Golf Club
Closes 9/30/19
Re-Opens for Golf 11/1/19

 

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2019 Coachella Valley Golf Course Over Seeding Schedule –

RANCHO MIRAGE

See ALL of the Golf Course Homes for Sale in Rancho Mirage HERE

Mission Hills Country Club Golf Course Over Seeding ScheduleMission Hills Country Club –
Dinah Shore Tournament Course

Closes 10/14/19
Re-Opens for Golf  11/10/19

Mission Hills Country Club – Palmer Course
Closes  10/2/19
Re-Opens for Golf  11/4/19
Mission Hills Country Club – Pet Dye Course
Closes 10/31/19
Re-Opens for Golf  11/29/19

 

The Club at Morningside Golf Course Over Seeding ScheduleThe Club at Morningside 
Closes  9/23/19
Re-Opens for Golf  11/7/19

 

 

 

Omni Rancho Las Palmas Golf Course Over Seeding ScheduleOmni at Rancho Las Palmas
North Course

Closes
Re-Opens for Golf

South Course
Closes
Re-Opens for Golf

Omni at Rancho Las Palmas – West Course
Closes
Re-Opens for Golf

 

The Springs Country Club Golf Course Over Seeding ScheduleThe Springs Country Club
Closes 9/29/19
Re-Opens for Golf  11/7/19

 

 

 

Sunrise Country Club Golf Course Over Seeding ScheduleSunrise Country Club
Closes  10/1/19
Re-Opens for Golf  11/8/19

 

 

The S at Rancho Mirage Golf Course Over Seeding Schedule

The S at Rancho Mirage
Closes 9/29/19
Re-Opens for Golf  11/8/19

 

Tamarisk Country Club Golf Course Over Seeding ScheduleTamarisk Country Club
Closes 10/1/19
Re-Opens for Golf  11/1/19

 

 

Thunderbird Country Club Golf Course Over Seeding ScheduleThunderbird Country Club
Closes 9/30/19
Re-Opens for Golf 11/1/19

 

 

 

Westin Mission Hills Pete Dye Golf Course Over Seeding ScheduleWestin Mission Hills
Pete Dye Course
Closes 10/12/19
Re-Opens for Golf  10/31/19

Gary Player Course
Closes  11/1/19
Re-Opens for Golf  11/21/19

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2019 Coachella Valley Golf Course Over Seeding Schedule –
INDIO

See ALL of the Golf Course Homes for Sale in Indio HERE

Heritage Palms Golf Club Golf Course Over Seeding ScheduleHeritage Palms Golf Club
Closes 9/29/19
Re-Opens for Golf  11/1/19

 

 

 

Indian Palms Country Club Golf Course Over Seeding ScheduleIndian Palms Country Club – Three Nine’s 
Rotating – 18 Holes Always Open

 

 

 

 

Big Rock at Indian Springs Golf Course Over Seeding ScheduleBig Rock Golf Course at Indian Springs  
Closes 10/13/19
Re-Opens for Golf   11/6/19

 

 

 

 

 

Golf Club at Terra Lago Golf Course Over Seeding ScheduleGolf Club at Terra Lago
South Course
Closes 9/6/19
Re-Opens for Golf 10/12/19

 

Golf Club at Terra Lago –
North Course
Closes 10/13/19
Re-Opens for Golf  11/8/19

 

Platation Golf Club Indio Over Seeding Schedule

Plantation Golf Club
Closes 9/23/19
Re-Opens for Golf  11/15/19

 

 

 

 

Shadow Hills Golf Club Golf Course Over Seeding ScheduleShadow Hills Golf Club
Closes 10/7/19
Re-Opens for Golf  11/1/19

 

 

 

 

 

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2019 Coachella Valley Golf Course Over Seeding Schedule –
BERMUDA DUNES

Bermuda Dunes Country Club Golf Course Over Seeding Schedule

Bermuda Dunes Country Club
Closes  9/30/19
Re-Opens for Golf  11/4/19

 

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2019 Coachella Valley Golf Course Over Seeding Schedule –
CATHEDRAL   CITY
See ALL of the Golf Course Homes For Sale in Cathedral City HERE

Desert-Princess-Country-Club Golf Course Over Seeding ScheduleDesert Princes Country Club
Closes 9/29/19
Re-Opens for Golf  11/1/19

 

 

 

 

Cathedral Canyon Golf Club Golf Course Over Seeding ScheduleCathedral Canyon Country Club
Closes
Re-Opens for Golf

 

 

 

 

Cimarron Golf Resort Golf Course Over Seediing ScheduleCimarron Golf Club
Closes
Re-Opens for Golf

 

 

 

 

The Coachella Valley is home to some of the Top Rated Golf Courses in the Country and the lifestyle is second to none.

We specialize in Golf Resort Properties, if you’ve been thinking about buying a Golf Get Away, we have the property for you.
Call Today for our Golf Resort Property Best Buy List!  (760) 218 – 5752

Cathi and Ben Walter - DesertAreaHomeFinder

 

 

Buying or Selling a Home with Solar Panels

Buying or Selling a Home with Solar Panels

Buying or Selling a Home with SolarMore than a 12 million homeowners across the U.S. added solar systems to their homes in 2018.  As solar systems have become more efficient and less expensive, they’ve become more popular with homeowners.

 

 

If you’re Buying or Selling a Home with Solar Panels, there are unique benefits and challenges you will want to know about

If you’re Buying or Selling a Home with Solar Panels how do you determine what value the solar system adds to the sale price?  In a recent study from Lawrence Berkeley National Labs, a research lab affiliated with the DOE, they found homes with solar sell for 4.1% more than homes without solar systems. The study found that home buyers are willing to pay a premium for systems that are owned.

The same is not true for leased solar systems. The home value premium only applies to homes with “host-owned” PV,(aka photo voltaic systems).  In other words, if you own your solar system vs leasing the panels from a solar company.

The study also found, just because you spend more on a larger PV system, the premium on the resale value may not scale to match the investment. Smaller systems for more modest homes return a higher margin on the investment when the home hits the real estate market.

When weighing the cost vs the benefit – the determining factor will be the ROI, how long it takes to recoup the hefty up-front investment. Through energy savings, tax credits, and the potential increase in your home’s value at time of sale.

There are many factors that influence a solar system’s true value, including the age, size, and power output of the system. No two solar systems are alike, which is why appraisers need to value each system independently.

One of the biggest gotchas of buying or selling a home with a rooftop solar system has to do with who owns the system and that depends how the system was purchased.

There are for ways to purchase solar panels:
Cash Purchase, Loan, Lease or Power Purchase Agreement. 

Buying or Selling a Home with SolarCash Purchase
Homeowners who purchase a solar system outright with cash own the system. That’s the simplest scenario in a real estate transaction. A solar system purchased outright is considered “real property,” in real estate parlance, or a fixture of the home, and can therefore be appraised as part of the home’s value.

 

Buying or Selling a Home with SolarLoan
The same applies to a system that was purchased with a loan that has since been paid in full. That system belongs to the homeowner. If, however, the homeowner is still making payments toward a loan, ownership will depend on the contract the homeowner signed with the lender. Most lenders allow the homeowner to claim ownership while they make payments. These systems can be appraised as part of the home’s value.

Other lenders may place either a lien or UCC-1 Filing (part of a legal set of rules that allow creditors to secure assets as collateral in the event of default by claiming third-party ownership) on the system. UCC-1 filings are technically not liens, but are often treated by title companies as a lien. If the system is secured with a lien or UCC-1, the lender may claim ownership of the system, which may therefore impact whether or not the system can be included in the appraised value of the home. Appraisal practices and underwriting guidelines continue to evolve as rooftop solar becomes more common, so be sure to work with your lender and title company to understand the specific guidelines in your area.

It’s also worth mentioning that sellers are on the hook to pay off any loan tied to a property prior to a sell. Solar is no different. Sellers are ultimately responsible for paying off their loan obligation as part of the sale or through other means if the buyer is not willing to take over the loan, and may want to adjust their asking price accordingly.

Buyers who are willing to take over the loan on the solar energy system will need to qualify concurrently for both a mortgage and a loan for the system, which may affect their debt-to-income ratio.

Buying or Selling a Home with SolarPower Purchase Agreement, (PPA) or Lease
Under a Power Purchase Agreement or Lease, the homeowner pays for the right to use the system for a specified period of time, but does not actually own the system. The system is owned by the solar provider, who typically places a UCC-1 Filing against the system as described above. Systems financed in this way are owned by a third party (not the homeowner) and cannot contribute to the appraised value of the property.

Sellers with a solar system obtained through a Power Purchase Agreement or lease must either transfer their systems to their new residence or “buyout” their contract. The specifics vary by solar provider, so be sure to read your contract.

Buyers looking to purchase a property with either of these types of agreements should obtain a copy of the solar contract tied to the property and decide if they are willing to take the contract. This process may add to the timeline, but may be worth the effort. Power Purchase Agreements and solar leases are a way to take advantage of the benefits of solar with little or no up-front costs. The rates are typically lower and fixed for a specified term.

BRINGING IT ALL TOGETHER

Buying or Selling a Home with Solar

Buying or Selling a Home with Solar Panels – Tips for Buyers

  • If buying a home with a solar system is high on your wish list, make sure your agent knows that.
  • Work with agents, lenders, and title companies trained or at least familiar with rooftop solar whenever possible.
  • Ask your agent or title company to check if a UCC-1 Filing (a lien) has been placed on the system. If there is, you will need to work with your agent, title company, solar provider, and the property owner to determine how you will negotiate the UCC-1 Filing as part of the deal.
  • If the system is tied to a Power Purchase Agreement or a lease, make certain you understand the risks and obligations of the contract before taking it over. You can also request the system be removed by the seller as part of the deal, assuming the seller is in a position to do so.
  • If the seller is still making payments on the loan for the solar energy system, work with your agent to decide if you will take over the loan or ask the seller to pay off the loan as part of the deal. Remember, if you intend to take over the loan, you must qualify for both the solar loan and your mortgage.
  • Ensure the appraiser accurately accounts for the value of the system. The appraisal validates the system’s value should you need to sell the property in the near future.
  • Allow extra time in your purchase contract for the closing date.  There can be a lot of moving parts when trying to completely understand the details, negotiate who will pay, etc

If you have solar installed on your Desert home and unsure how the solar impacts the value of your home for the current real estate market, give us a ring – we’re happy to help.

Buying and Selling a HomeBuying or Selling a Home with Solar Panels – Tips for Sellers

  • Work with agents, lenders, and title companies trained or at least familiar with rooftop solar whenever possible.
  • Get a jump start on the process, collect all of your system’s documentation together, along with 4 – 6 months of your most recent electric bills, and share those with your agent.
  • If you acquired your solar system through a Power Purchase Agreement, a Lease, or through a Loan; check to see if there is a UCC-1 Filing placed on the system. If there is, work with your agent,  title company, solar provider, and the buyer to determine the best way to negotiate the UCC-1 Filing as part of the deal.  Rarely, but possibly, the solar provider or finance company may be willing to provide a “subordination agreement”.  Taking 2nd position behind a 1st mortgage, if the buyer is willing to take over the contract.  This would be an exception not the rule.
  • If you’re still under contract with a Power Purchase Agreement, or Lease, or if you are still making loan payments be prepared to buy out your contract if the buyer is not willing to take ownership of the contract.  If the market is strong, you may be able to adjust your asking price to account for the added expense or search for a buyer willing to take the contract.
  • Ensure the appraiser accurately accounts for the value of the system. Remember, $0 valuations must be supported with sufficient evidence.
  • Chances are, potential buyers aren’t looking at your house just because of the solar panels and people unfamiliar with solar panels won’t know about the added value, so it’s important for you and your agent to explain this value. The appraisal can help with that, but a knowledgeable real estate agent will be an important part of this.  Be prepared to share past electric bills to demonstrate the savings you enjoy as a result of your solar energy system.

If you have solar installed on your Desert home and unsure how the solar impacts the value of your home for the current real estate market, give us a ring – we’re happy to help.

Final Thoughts
Buying a home with Solar, or installing solar on your home is generally a sound investment; If you live in your home for the duration of the warranty, you can expect a grid tie system to pay for itself 2-3 times over. With tax breaks and energy savings.

Even if you decide to move before the warranty is up, you still come out ahead. The value of the system can translate into a higher sale price when your home hits the market. That premium is typically enough to cover the cost of the hardware; which is a break even on the solar investment.

If you’re looking at purchasing a home with solar, and not sure what the price premium actually is, give us a ring we’re happy to help.

Star Party at Joshua Tree National Park

JoshuaTree-night sky festivalNight Star Festival – Celebrate Fall Equinox with a Star Party at Joshua Tree National Park, September 21, 2019.

This year’s Night Star Festival Star Party will include at least 20 Telescopes, Music, Constellation Tours and Sky Stories.

Daytime activities include astronomy lectures, photo booth, educational tables and youth crafts, along with solar viewing, nature walks, and tours of the model solar system (the “orrery”) at Sky’s the Limit.

Joshua Tree National Park is proud to have recently been designated as an International Dark Sky Park at the Silver Tier level by the International Dark-Sky Association (IDA).

The night sky is a glittering dome peppered with stars, planets, and passing meteors—but most people no longer get to see it. In urban and suburban settings, artificial lighting and atmospheric pollutants wash out the light of the stars. This is a serious loss. For millennia, our ancestors experienced a dark night sky. Cultures around the world told stories about the constellations and used the stars as a calendar. Only for the past few generations have humans been denied the chance to stand in awe of the heavens. Boasting some of the darkest nights in Southern California, Joshua Tree National Park offers many visitors the chance to admire the Milky Way for the first time in their lives.

On a clear, moonless night, you should have no problem viewing the stars from anywhere in the park. However, light pollution from surrounding communities does impact Joshua Tree’s night skies, so some areas of the park are darker than others.
The park strives to be a refuge for those who want to experience a naturally dark night sky.

 

Extreme Golf at the Pioneer Pass Golf Challenge

Extreme Golf at The Pioneer Pass Golf Challenge

Extreme Golf at Pioneer Golf ChallengeEver play golf down the side of a Mountain with a four-wheel drive vehicle as your golf cart?  This is your chance in the 2019 Pioneer Pass Golf Challenge. Beat the desert heat, take in some great scenery, meet a few new friends and have tons of fun!  Tee it up this Saturday for the 60th annual Extreme Golf at the Pioneer Golf Challenge. 

 

 

 

This quirky, obscure sporting event continues a tradition that started in 1959.

Pioneer Pass Golf Challenge

The Pioneer Pass Golf Challenge is a two day tournament – Hawk’s Landing Golf Course in Yucca Valley, is the starting point.

No, the players don’t actually hoof it, players caravan up the mountain in four-wheel drive vehicles to Big Bear. Each hole is set up at different spots along Pioneer Pass – the four wheel drive vehicle’s are your golf cart’s for this challenge.

After completing each hole, golfers pile into trucks for the drive to the next “tee.”

Golfers are required to bring their own “spotters.” These good sports stake out a place somewhere down the “fairway,” and watch for flying golf balls. Not an easy job, as virtually the entire course is played in the rough.  The nine-hole event covers about 30 miles, takes players though rugged mountain terrain before dropping down into Yucca Valley.

Pack your four wheel drive vehicle, grab a spotter with a good pair of binoculars and hit the links for a wacky day of Extreme Golf at the Pioneer Pass Golf Challenge.  Wondering how you could possibly sink a tiny golf ball in a hole on the side of a mountain? Not to worry, each hole is about 20′ in diameter and played mostly along the dirt road that brings you down the mountain.

Your 2nd round is a little easier on Sunday, with an 18 hole Scramble played at The Hawks Landing Golf Course in Yucca Valley.

Pioneer Pass Golf Challenge ewspaper ArticleThis event was originally organized to help raise funds to build a paved road between the two towns.  The pioneers of this extreme golf event, assisted by Marines from the Twentynine Palms base, met on the mountain in the 1950’s with shovels and other equipment to carve out the proposed road. The golf challenge was created as a promotional event to draw attention to the road concept.

The back-road between the towns is still unpaved, but the Pioneer Pass Golf Challenge continues 60 years later.

 

 

Special Function Room Trends

Special Function Room Trends
Every year, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) conducts a series of surveys of more than 500 leading Architectural firms to uncover trends in new home design. Here are some of their conclusions from the home features study on Special Function Room Trends.

 

Special Function Room Trends Outdoor Living SpaceOutdoor Living Space
According to the AIA recent Home Trends Survey, the most popular special room isn’t a room inside the house, but rather outside.  Outdoor Living Space is the most requested Special Function Room Trends. Since the average lot size is much bigger than the home’s footprint, the Outdoor Space can offer a great opportunity for Outdoor Living. In the past three years of the survey, the respondents said Outdoor Living Space was gaining popularity faster than any other feature.

Mud RoomSpecial Function Room Trends Mud Room
With the rise in popularity of Outdoor Living Spaces, it seems natural a Mudroom would be the next feature increasing in popularity. When spending all this time outside;  a room in where you can remove dirty clothes and shoes becomes a valuable space. The Mudroom serves as more than a place to remove muddy shoes, it also serves as a place to store the kids backpacks, hang coats, dog leashes, or store gardening tools. A Mudroom is a great way to help keep the house clean and free from clutter. Fortunately, Mudrooms don’t have to take up a lot of space, they can combine with other spaces like the Laundry Room.

Special Function Room Trends Home Office

Home Office
The third most common Special Function Space is the Home Office. While the Home Office has been a popular request for decades, more and more people are working from home and the demands to be constantly connected creates the necessity for a dedicated space.  The Home Office is a must have for many home buyers.

 

 

 

Pet RoomsSpecial Function Room Trends Pet Room
A new and emerging Special Function Room Trend is a  Pet Room.  More clients are asking to include Pet Rooms or Interior Kennels. Pooch-friendly technology including music, a flat-screen TV mounted on the wall, Bed, Web Cam with Audio, Pet Door with Access to outdoors, built in storage for toys, and area for food and water bowls.

 

 

 

 

In-Law SuiteSpecial Function Room Trends In law suite
An In-Law Suite also grew in number of requests. A separate Bedroom with Sitting Area, en-suite Bath and Coffee Bar / Kitchenette have grown in popularity.

 

 

 

 

Main Floor Master BedroomSpecial Function Room Trends Main floor Master
More people are choosing to age in place and having a Main floor Master Bedroom is essential to being able to stay in your home. The main floor Master has become one of the top requested Special Features home buyers are ask for.

 

 

 

Special Function Room Trends Man Cave She ShedShe Shed / Man Cave
A dedicated space to escape and enjoy a special hobby is a fun addition and can add a Wow Factor for home buyers. Something as simple as converting a spare bedroom can work.  

 

 

If you’re thinking about remodeling your home, and want to make sure you’re adding value that matters most to home buyers, think about incorporating some of the top requested Special Function Rooms into your remodel plan.

 

 

 

Taco Bell Pop Up Hotel in Palm Springs

Taco Bell Pop Up Hotel Palm Springs CATaco Bell Pop Up Hotel in Palm Springs.

The Bell: A Taco Bell Hotel and Resort is taking over the V Hotel in Palm Springs for an extended weekend. This 5 day marketing promotion is designed to create a buzz around the brand on social media channels.

Float across the pool on an inflatable Hot Sauce Packet while sipping drinks from the Baja Bar. Guests will wake up to room service breakfast and enjoy exclusive Taco Bell food items poolside all weekend long. The resort also will have a salon, dive in movies and gift shop.  Reservations went online and sold out in 2 minutes!

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

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