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A Winter Wonderland

Wednesday, November 28th, 2007


Why does the image of a winter wonderland have to include snow? Well it doesn’t really of course, but because we Americans live mostly in four-season climate zones, and many of us come from Northern European ancestry, the memories of Christmas historically include lots of (or hopes of) the white stuff.

Picture this then. Our beautiful resort towns lit up in holiday splendor from Halloween through New Year’s Day, adorned boulevards , glittering shops and restaurants, crowds of people everywhere. That’s the true image the Coachella Valley presents to the world during the season. And because of our wonderful location at the base of the massive San Jacinto Peaks we’ve almost got snow! Most years we certainly can look up and see it anyway.

Without embellishing, there might be a moment when you’re here, perhaps strolling down Palm Canyon Blvd. after a show or dinner some night, when you’ll suddenly realize you could be in a ski-town! Resort towns, after all, are laid out in similar fashions, and the village atmosphere of Downtown Palm Springs, with its cafes and coffee shops spilling out onto twinkling sidewalks, is not all that different from an evening scene in Santa Fe or even Whistler (minus the clumping boots of course).

But the accompanying cold? Just enough at night to add the ambiance of a warm fire to your holiday, and a hot buttered rum perhaps. Daytime you’ll still be playing golf or tennis in picture-perfect weather. December usually hovers arounds the mid-70s.

Yes, in Palm Springs you can have your fruitcake and eat it too…

Happy Holidays from your Palm Springs Real Estate Agent!

Creator of Howdy Doody -Velma Wayne Dawson, in memory

Tuesday, November 27th, 2007


A true legend, and a memorable part of American history, puppeteer and puppet maker, Velma Wayne Dawson of Palm Desert, passed away on September 26, 2007. She was known for her love of puppets, that she was fascinated by at an early age after viewing the much praised team of Walton and O’Rourke. At this point, Velma was completely seduced by the magical quality of the puppets, and felt overwhelmed by a need to purchase some puppets, but found very few anywhere. Upon asking, she found that puppets were not common, and she made the decision to attempt to make puppets on her own, following the advice of the only book she was able to find, by Tony Sarg, about making puppets.

As a result of her love for puppets, she attended art school and learned to sculpt and paint. Her first creation was based off of the Tony Sarg book, and Velma always claimed it was a “pathetic” puppet. Some people feel her true schooling came following the viewing of a puppet show in downtown Los Angeles. She asked the Barlow’s, the husband and wife puppeteer team, if they sold their puppets, and received a resounding, “No, but we’ll teach you.”

This moment lead fairly quickly to the later stages in Velma’s life, as her skill for making puppets grew, and her reputation as an excellent puppeteer became widely known in the Hollywood movie circles. Following a crisis and losing their feature star, NBC contacted Velma, requesting a rush job on a puppet. (more…) Blog Search Directory

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Coachella Valley Weather

Saturday, November 24th, 2007


With the rate of population growing daily, not many small or decent sized towns, cities, or states are actually quite ready for the anticipated growth explosion in the rapidly arriving New Year. Coachella Valley is one of those towns that is taking it one step at a time, and planning on being prepared for population growth in the Coachella Valley, and how it will impact the current residents. This impact on these residents is what some of the city managers are using as a basis for their planning. Experts say the valley’s population is expected to double in the next 25 years to about 800,000. By 2066, it should surpass 1.1 million. The Coachella Valley’s population grows by 53 people daily. We Have Grown 59 % in the past 15 years, to our current 410,974. That growth rate tops those for Riverside County, California and the Nation.

Along with population growth, comes numerous other growth areas that if not controlled properly could have your city or town in a dire strait, (more…)

StageCoach Country Music Festival in Coachella

Saturday, November 24th, 2007


What qualifies as a fun and rowdy time? A trip to Coachella , Ca which is 40 minutes from Palm Springs, CA, will take you to the Empire Polo Fields near Indio where you will find thousands of fans waiting for the glorified line up of Country Musicians. Take the ride and follow the tracks of those that went before you and fall into the country ambiance of the stars of country music. This trip away gives you a chance to fully enjoy the country music you love, and see your favorite starts up close and personal.

Are you a country music fan? Do you sing the country blues in your heart, and is the blood that pumps through your veins pure country? (more…)

Palm Springs Real Estate

Thursday, November 15th, 2007

Are you looking for the perfect place to unwind, slow your hectic life down, and rest easy?

Come on over to Palm Springs, California where the beauty of living is restored, and the pace slows down to a more normal rate. Good health, beauty, and enjoyment are the key words here, and you will find this out for yourself when you contact an agent in Palm Springs Real Estate.

Palm Springs has more to offer than most of the larger cities, which are nice in their own rights, but isn’t it time to settle down in a healthy way? Spas and health resorts abound here in the Coachella Valley and offer relaxation and a healthy start on the rest of your life. Where else in the world can you experience the gorgeous balmy days with cool nights? Not only are you experiencing a regenerative life again, but also rubbing shoulders with some of the most famous people in America.

Looking for a way to fill those relaxed and carefree days? Try visiting some famous stars’ homes (more…)

Palm Springs Attractions

Thursday, November 15th, 2007

 Whether you are searching for the perfect holiday, or somewhere permanent to settle down, Palm Springs is the place for you. Offering such a variety as old Indian museums, an air tramway, living deserts and zoos. Where else will you find such varied and awe inspiring attractions? Only in Palm Springs California can you find these things!

Palm Springs is home to the world’s biggest circulating tramcar that takes you on a ride to the peak known as Chino Canyon where you can feast your eyes and your stomach at the restaurant known as the “Top of The Tram” with an 8,000 foot down to bring you to the surrounding area. Following an afternoon on the tramcar, perhaps another attraction you would like to view would be a breath taking scenic drive from the middle of the town, to the land owned by the tribe of Cahuilla Indians. Only here are you able to view the land that has been left alone for centuries, and immerse yourself in the culture surrounding this beautiful location.

These attractions and many more are only a drop in the well (more…)

Active Rain Memberships Surge

Tuesday, November 13th, 2007


Active Rain is helping real Estate Agents and other Real Estate related businesses promote and grow their businesses on the internet through its vast network of Real Estate Agents professionals from real estate, mortgage, title and other related industries such as staging. You can get allot of information on Active Rain on almost any subject you can imagine. Active Rains memberships have surged to over 40,000 members.

“We are building this community in order to help members promote and grow their real estate business on the Internet,” says the Active Rain website. Active Rain is a new, free online real estate community for agents, brokers and ancillary service providers to the real estate industry.

SEATTLE, July 11 /PRNewswire/ — ActiveRain, the world’s largest social networking site for real estate professionals, marked its one-year anniversary today by surpassing 35,000 members and 120,000 posts, and projecting monthly double-digit growth over the next 12 months.

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The Palm Springs Lifestyle

Saturday, November 10th, 2007


It might seem a cliche’, maybe even passe’, the image of Palm Springs as a nonstop martini pool party, but there is a certain more modern truth. Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley do encourage a lifestyle change, especially if you’re coming from a fast-paced stressful city life. That is, simply, to slow down. Live more for the moment.

That’s not to say that all your troubles will go away because suddenly you’re in Shangra-La. But, from the first day, you will sense a decided difference in attitudes and demeanor from, say, folks in Los Angeles or San Francisco. Great cities, both of those, but not the mellow image of California the world believes to be true. Now, Palm Springs? Well, as the iconic Eagles song goes … “Take it Easy”….

The contemporary resident or visitor might not indulge quite so much in the guilty pleasures of the rat-pack, but the healthier pastimes of golf, tennis, hiking, swimming, spas, and just unwinding, are arguably more satisfying. And the food? Don’t even get me started.

The Coachella Valley housing market has leveled off considerably in the past year, and there are many amazing deals to be found. Don’t wait for the cycle to come back around favoring the seller. Contact a Palm Springs Real Estate Agent or Palm Springs Real Estate Broker soon, and claim your piece of the true California dream.