Quick History

The city of Palm Desert is located between Palm Springs and Indian Wells.The early maps labeled it as a Sand Hole. In the 1930’s a few homes were built and lots were sold in a development north of Highway 111 called Palm Village. World War II brought General Patton to Portola Avenue and to the Colorado Desert to train for African warfare. No one ever dreamed this would become a world-class destination resort. No one except Cliff Henderson and his brothers Randall, Phil and Carl, who with brother-in-law Tommy Tomson and investors, including Edgar BergenLeonard Firestone and Harold Lloyd, who turned a sand hole into a sparkling jewel called Palm Desert. They envisioned fine homes and swimming pools, schools, churches, and a culture that would draw visitors and families from far and wide. 

Today

Located between Palm Springs and La Quinta, Palm Desert offers stunning mountain views, 350 days of sunshine a year, and a wide variety of residents. The city’s environment encourages an active lifestyle with the numerous golf courses, hiking trails, bicycle clubs, and fitness facilities. Shopping and dining on elegant El Paseo Drive (the desert’s Rodeo Drive) excites both visitors and residents. Nearby is Westfield Palm Desert, the only regional mall in the area.

The city’s must-see attraction is The Living Desert Zoo & Botanical Garden, a wildlife park devoted to desert flora and fauna from around the world — and the proud exhibitor of a collection of model trains that will delight the whole family. Add to this the arts and culture offerings of McCallum Theatre.

Palm Desert is also education focused, with three college campuses: College of the Desert; California State University, San Bernardino; and University of California, Riverside. 

 

NORTH PALM DESERT SOUTH PALM DESERT EAST PALM DESERT
Brava
Casablanca
Chaparral Country Club
Chatham Court
College View Estates
Dolce
Hidden Palms
Hovley Estate
Lantana
Merano
Montecito
Monterey Country Club
Palmira
Paseo Vista
Portola Pointe
Silver Sands Racquet Club
Sonata
The Gallery
The Grove
Valley Palms
Venezia
Villa Portofino
Bighorn Country Club
Cahuilla Hills
Corsican Villas
Deep Canyon Tennis Club
Indian Creek Villas
Indian Hills
Ironwood Country Club
Marrakesh Country Club
Monterra
Mountainback
Palm Desert Tennis Club
Sandpiper
Shadow Mountain Fairway
Shadow Mountain Resort
Silver Spur Ranch
Sommerset
Stone Eagle
The Summit
Streets above El Paseo Dr
Vista Paseo
Amatista at Capri
Avondale Country Club
Belmonte Estates
Brenna at Capri
Desert Breezes
Desert Falls Country Club
Indian Ridge Country Club
Oasis Country Club
Palm Desert Resort Country Club
Palm Lakes
Palm Valley Country Club
Regency Estates
Spanish Walk
Sun City
Sunterrace
The Gallery
The Lakes Country Club
Tierra Vista
Tucson
Waring Place
Whitehawk
Woodhaven Country Club
GOLF COMMUNITIES:
Avondale Country Club – Bighorn Golf Club – Chaparral Country Club – Desert Falls Country Club – Indian Ridge Country Club – Ironwood Country Club – Marrakesh Country Club – Monterey Country Club  – Oasis Country Club – Palm Desert Resort Country Club – Palm Valley Country Club – Shadow Mountain Fairway – Stone Eagle Golf Club – The Lakes Country Club – Woodhaven Country Club
TENNIS COMMUNITIES:
Deep Canyon Tennis Club – Palm Desert Tennis Club – Shadow Mountain Resort – Silver Sands Racquet Club
SINGLE FAMILY HOME (no golf course):
Amatista at Capri –  Belmont Estates –  Brenna at Capri –  Cahuilla Hill – Chatham Court – College View Estates – Dolce – Hovley Estates – Lantana – Merano – Montecito – Monterra – Palmira – Portolo Point – Silver Spur Ranch – Sonata – Streets above El Paseo – Sunterrace – The Gallery – The Grove – The Summit Tierra Vista – Tucson – Venezia – Vista Del Montanas – Vista Paseo – Waring Place – Whitehawk
CONDOMINIUM COMMUNITIES (no golf course):
Brava – Casablanca – Corsican Villas – Hidden Palms – Indian Creek Villas  – Indian Hills, Mountainback – Palm Lakes – Regency Estates – Sandpiper – Sommerset – Streets above El Paseo – Valley Palms
PRIVATE CLUB SINGLE FAMILY HOME & CONDOMINIUM MIXED COMMUNITIES: Avondale Country Club – Desert Breezes – Desert Falls – Indian Ridge Country Club – Ironwood Country Club – Spanish Walk
55+ COMMUNITIES: Sun City (Del Webb) –  Villa Portofino

*AREAS WITH NO HOA AND GATES
Palm Desert has a popular area of tiered wide streets behind El Paseo Dr, off Hwy 74. This area interests homeowners and home buyers who want older homes on larger lots that have no homeowner associations or HOA fees. The homes in this area are older or have been extensively remodeled. Prices range from the $300,000s to over $1 million. Some homes have mountain and/or city views. There are other areas of Palm Desert that are older and less expensive that also do not homeowner associations or HOA fees. These areas have become popular for buyers or investors looking for homes that are in need of updating and remodeling.


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