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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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Concerts in the Park Palm Desert

Concert at Civic Center Park Palm DesertConcert at Civic Center Park Palm DesertWhen the Sun drops behind the Mountains, and the Lights come up at  Palm Desert Civic Center Park Amphitheater, you know you’re in for a Delightful Evening of Music. Every Thursday in October is the Fall Concert Series – Concerts in the Park Palm Desert Civic Center Park. For the past 25 years, Palm Desert’s free Concerts in the Park series has been a “Can’t Miss” series of events for residents and visitors alike.  Some of the Top Named Artists are…..

 

Concerts in the Park Palm Desert Civic Center Park

October 3 – LA Sound Machine.  LA Sound Machine Concert Series Palm Desert Civic Center ParkThere’s a lot to look forward to this fall with plenty of favorite tunes inspired by bands we all know and love. The season kicks off with L.A. Sound Machine, the #1 Gloria Estefan and Miami Sound Machine tribute band on the West Coast, which will have the crowd up and dancing on the lawn to fan favorites like “The Rhythm is Gonna Get You,” “Turn the Beat Around,” “Don’t Wanna Leave You Now,” “Conga” and more!

 

Concerts in the Park Palm Desert Civic Center Park

October 10 Amanda Castro Jazz Band
Concert in the Park Amanda CastroThe second concert features the Amanda Castro Band. Jazz singer Amanda Castro’s rich voice, energetic charisma and fun personality helps her bring music of the past and present back to life in a vintage, but still modern fashion. Amanda fuses Vintage Jazz, New Orleans jazz, Swing and Pop songs into a new musical experience. 

 

 

 

 

Concerts in the Park Palm Desert Civic Center Park

October 17 90’s Rock Show Band
90s Rock Show Band - Concerts in the Park90s Rock Show Band - Concerts in the Park
Re-live your 1990’s memories with an evening of flannel-filled fun with a soundtrack of the greatest grunge, alt-rock, and 90’s pop-punk. Performed by world-class musicians, A FULL STRING QUARTET all surrounded in state of the art sound, lighting and multimedia. 90s ROCKSHOW performs ’90s alternative and grunge rock from Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Stone Temple Pilots, Green Day, Blink 182, Radiohead,  Smashing Pumpkins, Sugar Ray, Third Eye Blind, Red Hot Chili Peppers, REM, The Foo Fighters, Goo Goo Dolls, Oasis, and more.

 

Concerts in the Park Palm Desert Civic Center Park

The Pack Concerts in the Park Palm DesertOctober 24 The Pack
Direct from Las Vegas…The Pack! Tribute to Dean, Frank, and Sammy. Relive the laughs, the songs..and the Dames! All the hits, all the comedy and all the memories as our stars take you back to the music, style, glitz and glamour of vintage Vegas!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Concerts in the Park Palm Desert Civic Center Park

October 31 Dead Man’s PartyDead Mans Party Concerts in the Park Palm Desert

Dead Man’s Party, the Oingo Boingo tribute band has been bringing you Boingo tunes live – the way you remember them from actual 

Oingo Boingo shows – for more than 18 years. This 8-piece band has been fashioned after the original Oingo Boingo line-up, featuring a three-piece horn section, guitar, bass, keys, drums and a front man so convincing that people sometimes believe that they are actually watching Danny Elfman himself!

Walk to Civic Center Park and enjoy all the wonderful resident benefits only Palm Desert can offer;

  • 70 Acre Park with Lake
  • Wandering Pathways
  • Amphitheater for Outdoor Concerts and Movies in the Park
  • Playground with Splash Pads
  • 6 Tennis Courts, Pickle Ball Courts
  • 4 Volley Ball
  • 3 Basketball
  • 4 Baseball Fields
  • Fitness Center
  • 5 Picnic Pavilions
  • Skate Park
  • Dog Park
  • Rose Garden
  • Outdoor Art
  • $7 m Aquatic Center set on 8 acres

Wish you could be a Palm Desert Resident?  Check Out these great homes in Palm Desert   Call Cathi Walter (760) 218 – 5752 Today for More information about all the Communities of Palm Desert.

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

2019 Riverside County Fair & National Date Festival

Riverside County Fair & National Date Festival

2019 Riverside County Fair & National Date Festival celebrates the date, the hallmark of the farming culture in Coachella Valley. Akin to what mid-century architecture means to the Greater Palm Springs Area’s real estate realm, the date is synonymous with the Coachella Valley. These delicious fruits are a product of the date palm, which comprises a big portion of the Southern California desert’s agricultural industry. Get a taste of the delectable date, and the Coachella Valley’s rich culture, at the 2019 Riverside County Fair and National Date Festival, taking place February 15-24 at the Riverside County Fairgrounds in Indio. This event offers fun for the whole family, including nightly entertainment from renowned music artists.

What’s special about this Date Festival event isn’t just the fact that it also is the Riverside County Fair, but the entertainment includes blessing of the dates, and award-winning Arabian Nights Musical Pageant. An entertaining show that mingles contemporary humor with classic folklore, magic and mystery are at the heart of “Aladdin and the Heart of Agrabah”. And the queen of the fair– she is Queen Sheherazade and she comes with a Court.

Riverside County Fair & National Date Festival

The Nightly Musical Pageant is set to return to the 72nd Annual Riverside County Fair & National Date Festival, right after the Salute to America at 6:00 p.m. The vocal talents, costumes and stage effects will amaze fair goers with this year’s spin of the 1,001 Arabian Nights extraordinary tale, Prince Khudadad in the Shadow of Destiny. The audience will be engaged the entire show as the cast takes fair goers back in time to the Far East.

You’ll want to come early to the pageant stage to be a part of the moving and inspirational Salute to America which will honor our country’s armed services immediately after the welcome message by the Fair Board at 6:00 p.m. nightly. Incorporating service men and women, as well as local school color guards, this musical tribute will leave you swelling with pride and thanks.

The Coachella Valley destination of Southern California known for dates, enjoys a huge attendance at the fair event. Beach and mountain dwellers grow weary of the the cold, and head for the desert to get a taste of sunshine and warm shirt sleeve weather during the finest month ever–February. Indio has over 100 days per year of 100+ degrees Fahrenheit temperatures but in February the average temperature is around 75 degrees.

Riverside County Fair and National Date Festival is held at Riverside County Fairgrounds, 82-503 Hwy 111, Indio, CA 92201

February 15-24, 2019 | President’s Day Parade February 18, 2019, 9 a.m.

Palm Desert Golf Cart Parade

Palm Desert Golf Cart Parade 2018
Sunday, October 28th from 12:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Palm Desert Golf Cart Parade

It’s time to kick off a new season in the Desert with the Palm Desert Golf Cart Parade!  This years theme is “Celebrating our Super Heroes” Our community will showcase and celebrate all of our different types of Super Hero’s including our Police Officers, Fireman, Veterans, Teachers, Parents, the list is endless.  Come be a part of the pageantry and fun as scores of whimsically decorated golf carts and bands march down El Paseo.

Palm Desert is a progressive city with an eye on the future – this picturesque desert community has a Dynamic Big City Vibe; with Exclusive Country Clubs, Fine Dining, Art Galleries, Live Theater, World Class Championship Golf and home to the valleys only zoo, The Living Desert, which combines an indigenous zoo with an authentic arboretum.  Be a part of what makes Palm Desert the place to be, check out these FAB homes for sale in Palm Desert!

Marthas Village Thanksgiving Day 5K

Martha’s Village Thanksgiving Day 5K
November 23, 2017, Corner of El Paseo and San Pablo
Starts at 8:00 a.m.

Martha's Village Thanksgiving Day 5K

Here’s a great way to show your support for the great work Martha’s Village does all year helping our local families in need.

Join thousands of Coachella Valley residents before your big Thanksgiving feast for a run, trot or stroll in the crisp autumn air along Palm Desert’s famed El Paseo shopping district, all in the spirit of a great local cause.

All proceeds go directly to Martha’s Village & Kitchen’s programs and services that help homeless and impoverished residents of Coachella Valley. So gather your co-workers, friends, and family for some light-hearted activity that helps your neighbors in need.

Post-race activities include Festival Row exhibitor booths, Kids Zone games and face painting, and a beer garden featuring local brew by La Quinta Brewing Co.

Home Buying What Lurks Behind the Fluff

Home Buying

Home Buying

 

 

 

 

 

 

HOME BUYING – THE INSPECTION PROCESS
You’ve been looking at homes for what seems like forever, you finally found the right house and now it’s time to make an offer.  What’s next?  After you’ve come to an agreement between parties on price and terms, it’s time to peak behind the curtain, so to speak, to confirm the house is all you think it is. Are the systems in good working order, is it structurally sound? The California Residential Purchase Agreement contains provisions allowing various inspections of the property.  The purpose of these inspections is to educate you as to the physical condition of the home you’re buying.

While these inspections do not provide guarantees of the condition of the property, they do provide valuable information to you as a Buyer.  Your Purchase Contract may provide for a withdrawal from the contract if these reports are unsatisfactory to you, but inspections should not be considered an open door to renegotiate the purchase price.

THE HOME INSPECTION REPORT provides an overall assessment of the present condition of the property. The inspection covers items such as appliances, water heater, furnace, electrical service, plumbing, exterior siding, paint, flooring and other visible features of the property. This is a general inspection and will often call for additional inspections by specific trades, such as roof and furnace inspections. Who Pays? Typically, this inspection is paid for by the Buyer.

STRUCTURAL PEST CONTROL INSPECTION Often referred to as a “Termite Report” is conducted by a licensed inspector. In addition to actual termite damage, the Pest Report will indicate any type of wood destroying organisms that may present, including fungi (sometimes called “dry rot”), which generally results from excessive moisture.

Section I Conditions
Most Pest Reports classify conditions as Section I or Section II items. Section I conditions are those which are “active”, or currently causing damage to the property. Generally, Section I items need to be corrected before a lender will make a loan on a home.

Section II Conditions
Those which are not currently causing damage, but are likely to, if left unattended. A typical Section II item is a plumbing leak where moisture has not yet caused fungus decay.Who Pays? Your Purchase Contract will specify who is responsible for the cost of the inspection and who will make the corrections. This is a negotiable item.

PHYSICAL INSPECTION is usually done through a General Home Inspection. While Home Inspectors are not currently required to have a license in the State of CA, most are, or have been, General Contractors. The Inspection

and the resulting report provide an overall assessment of the present condition of the property. What is Inspected? The Home Inspection covers items such as exterior siding, paint, flooring, appliances, water heater, furnace, electrical service, plumbing, and other visible features of the property. This is a general inspection and will often call for additional inspections by specific trades, such as roof and furnace inspections.

If conditions warrant, the Home Inspector may recommend a Structural Engineer’s Report. Such a report would identify structural failures and detail recommended corrections. Who Pays? Typically, this inspection is paid for by the Buyer.

NATURAL HAZARD REPORT real estate seller and brokers are required to disclose if the property being sold lies within one or more state or locally mapped hazard areas. The law specifies that the six (6) required hazards be disclosed on a statutory form called the Natural Hazard Disclosure Statement (NHDS).
Required Risks Include:
A Special Flood Hazard Area
Dam Inundation
Very High Fire
Wildland fire
Earthquake Fault Zone
A Seismic hazard

In Addition, the following supplemental hazards are commonly reported as well:
Radon Gas exposure
Airport influence area
Megan’s Law disclosures
Military ordnance

GEOLOGICAL INSPECTION will educate you as to the soil conditions at the home you’re buying.  This inspection is not typical in our area of the CA desert but could be done if there is a red flag that is causing concern.  It would be performed by a Geotechnical Engineer and involves not only physically inspecting the property, but also researching past geological activity in the area. The primary purpose of a Geological Inspection is to determine the stability of the ground under and around the home. Who Pays? Typically the Buyer pays, but as with other inspections, this is negotiable according to the contract.

HOME WARRANTY a Home Protection Plans provide additional protection for certain systems and appliances in your new home and help both the Buyer and Seller.  It protects the Seller from unforeseen failures such as a dishwasher that quits the day after closing and claims from the Buyer they didn’t disclose. They protect the Buyer from the same, the AC that breaks-down 6 months after move-in.  For a service fee, the home warranty company will send a technician out to diagnose the problem and make necessary covered repairs.  Who Pays for the Policy?  This is a negotiated item; Buyers typically ask the Seller provide a coverage plan, they are not required to but it’s generally considered a good idea if they do.

There are many twists and turns throughout the home buying process that go beyond finding that perfect home.  It takes the skill and knowledge of experienced professionals like Cathi and Ben Walter with Bennion Deville Homes to ensure you are covered and the details are handled properly.  Home Buying in the Desert, see the best of Palm Desert, Indian Wells, Rancho Mirage, La Quinta, Palm Springs, Indio. For more information about the home buying process and how Cathi and Ben Walter can help, call  (760) 218 – 5752  or email them today Cathi@DesertAreaHomeFinder.com

 

Annual Concert Series at The Gardens on El Paseo

The Gardens 19th Annual Concert Series kicks off Saturday, January 28th with entertainmconcert-at-the-gardensent by the John Stanley King Band with proceeds benefiting YMCA of the Desert. The 8-week series consists of a 1-hour concert each Saturday night on the Center Lawn of The Gardens on El Paseo from 5-6pm, with ticket sales and wine reception preceding each concert. A $15 ticket purchase helps benefit local charities and includes 2 glasses of wine and lite bites.

2017 schedule:

Essential Home Staging Tips

contemporary interiorToday, Home Stagers are tackling all-out transformations that aim to present compelling contemporary design, while projecting a complete aspirational package.

It’s not just about solving a problem now, but much more about presenting a lifestyle to prospective buyers, Things have changed, in terms of people’s expectations, they expect homes to be bright and fresh. Ornate furniture and heavy fabrics are now a turnoff for most buyers and they don’t want the home packed. They want a cleaner, simpler lifestyle with more flair and fun.

Painting all the walls a neutral off-white are giving way to bold accent walls.  People are looking for more personality.

A handful of attractive photos in handsome frames might actually help create the right environment. If a photo shows the family on vacation, maybe someplace warm and nice, that ties into a lifestyle a buyer might want to emulate.

A good staging job shouldn’t look like a stage set..

NIX THE STAGE SET Setting the dining table with plates, cutlery and glasses, or placing a breakfast tray at the foot of the bed appears too contrived to savvy buyers.

REPLACE TRADITIONAL FURNITURE Rent or buy inexpensive contemporary furniture to stand in for pieces that appear dark, heavy, old or ornate.

NEW TOWELS AND LINENS Fresh, fluffy towels and crisp white bed linens are an inexpensive way to suggest luxury.

AVOID SCENTS Smells that are pleasing to you may be off-putting to potential buyers. Avoid scented candles, fragrant flowers and baking or cooking right before showings.

EMBRACE THE ACCENT WALL While most walls should be painted neutral hues, some stagers now use a bold color or wallpaper on a single wall.

If you’re thinking about selling your desert home, call us today for more valuable information about how we set your home apart from the competition.
We will sell your home quickly for top dollar.
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Cathi@DesertAreaHomeFinder.com
(760) 218 5752

 

Happy Fourth of July in Palm Desert Civic Center Park

fireworksPalm Desert, Rancho Mirage and Indian Wells have teamed up with financial resources to stage the party of the year!  Grab your friends and family, bring a blanket and picnic while you enjoy live music, food and a spectacular firework display at the Palm Desert Civic Center Park.   Events begin with presentation of the flag by a Marine Corps Color Guard followed by a concert featuring the Swing Cats Big Band. After the concert, fireworks will light the night sky at 9:00 for a 20 minute synchronized display set to music and simulcast on FM radio stations 100.5 and 93.7   Air conditioned shuttle service available at The Gardens on El Paseo.  Celebrate the Nations 240th anniversary of freedom with a bang!

McCallum Theatre – Palm Desert

The vision for a live Performing Arts Center became reality with the Grand Opening of The McCallum Theater in 1988, named for one of the deserts Pioneer families, McCallum.   Palm Desert was chosen for its central location with the goal to entertain, educate & enhance the lives of their patrons and serve all of the desert communities.

The McCallum Theater gained acclaim by audiences, entertainers and peers alike as one of the most prominent theaters in the United States hosting extraordinary performances year round.      

Within a short distance of The McCallum Theatre is the sought after resort community of  BIGHORN Golf Club in Palm Desert and the upscale Homes in Indian Wells each with the unique desert resort lifestyle.

The McCallum Theatre is located on the College of the Desert Campus in Palm Desert, California and seats over 1,100 guests. Some of the famous performers include personalities such as Johnny Cash, George Burns, Diana Krall, Kathy Griffin, Elizabeth Taylor and Oprah to name a few.

Some of the other communities around The McCallum include, Venezia, a small gated community with just 64 homes, reminiscent of an Italian Village. One of the newer communities in Palm Desert is The Gallery and Brenna at Capri and Amatista at Capri each are newer homes in gated communities with low homeowner fees.

Looking for an easy carefree way to enjoy the desert, Palm Desert has many “Lock and Leave” condo’s, where your HOA takes care of everything while you’re away, just a short distance from The McCallum Theatre is, Desert Falls Country Club with Championship Golf & Tennis.  Monterey Country Club is a private guard gated community with Championship Golf and Tennis.  Palm Valley Country Club also has Championship Golf & Tennis with state of the art Health & Fitness, Spa and Clubhouse, each of these communities offer the ease of Lock & Leave Fairway Condo’s with prices starting at $200,000 and go up to $600,000.

Initially fund raising for The McCallum was based on pure ticket sales. When Ted Giatas took over as President, he and Jack Jones developed a new concept for fund raising by creating entertaining television advertisements and from there the entire structure of the McCallum Theatre fundraising efforts changed. The McCallum Theatre now functions as a non profit organization with hundreds of volunteers that help keep the theater running smoothly, with over 400 team members that volunteer as ushers and other needed positions.

The McCallum Theatre hosts private concert events and performances for students and teachers as part of their academic program to advance the performing arts; through this program the theater hosts over 37,000 students annually. Additionally, The McCallum Theatre can be rented for private parties or events.

Tickets can be purchased online, or at the box office.

McCallum Theatre for the Performing Arts
73000 Fred Waring Drive
Palm Desert, CA 92260

Box Office
Hours: Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm
*Extended hours on performance days, and summer hours may vary
Phone: (760) 340-ARTS (2787)
Toll-Free: (866) 889-ARTS (2787)

 

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  • 44530 San Pablo, Suite 101
  • Palm Desert, CA 92260
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