Rancho Mirage, CA Real Estate News

By Kathy Schowe, La Quinta, California 760-333-8886
(California Lifestyle Realty)
    BEST BEER IN THE VALLEY! Not only does Babe's Bar-B-Que have amazing BBQ--now they are gaining accolades for their brewing skills!   Babe's Bar-B-Que & Brewhouse at The River of Rancho Mirage took one gold, one silver and two bronze medals in the L.A. International Commercial Beer Competition recently.  But they are not stranges to winning awards... check out The Best of the Best (Palm Springs Life), and Best of the Valley for years running! Great BBQ, and the best beer in the valley! That brings the micro-brewery medal count for Babe's to eight in the last two years. Babe's general manager, Arthur Vasquez, is happier than a pig in mud. Its “29 Palms Pale Ale,'' beat out Samuel Adams for the gold. Babe's got a silver in the German-style Schwarzbier category for the “Blackfin Lager....
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By Elaine Stewart, RE/MAX Desert Properties
(Elaine Stewart is the #1 Individual RE/MAX Agent for 11 years straight in the Coachella Valley. (760) 668-2399 )
For over 30 years now the The Springs Country Club has continued to excel with a rich social and cultural environment.  Since opening in 1975,The Springs Country Club has only grown over the years thanks to the exclusive shopping venues and restaurants nearby, the gorgeous views, and of course the golf. Rancho Mirage Real Estate is an obvious solution to live out your dreams of living in world of paradise.  There is a wide price range allowing everyone to take advantage of everything the area has to offer.  You will be able to find completely remodeled homes with high end finishes that range from $350,000 to $1.1 million. There is no better place to live than a community that enjoys the mid-80‘s in the middle of March. The Springs Country Club homes are conveniently located near high-en...
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By Elaine Stewart, RE/MAX Desert Properties
(Elaine Stewart is the #1 Individual RE/MAX Agent for 11 years straight in the Coachella Valley. (760) 668-2399 )
Morningside Country Club Homes for Sale: From Golf to Tennis to Pilates to Yoga, Morningside Country Club has a little bit of something to offer everyone in the gorgeous area of Rancho Mirage, CA.  While the ideal option is to look into Rancho Mirage Real Estate, even becoming a member of the country club will give you access to the countless amenities the club has to offer. The Palm Desert area serves up magnificent views of snow-capped Mt. Gorgonio and Mt. San Jacinto.  While enjoying the views of the mountains, one can take in the gorgeous setting and warm temperatures the desert has to offer.  With pleasant temperatures year-round, a golf course is an obvious feature for any country club.  The clubhouse and golf course at Morningside Country Club truly does steal the show with an 18...
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By Elaine Stewart, RE/MAX Desert Properties
(Elaine Stewart is the #1 Individual RE/MAX Agent for 11 years straight in the Coachella Valley. (760) 668-2399 )
Rancho Mirage Country Club delivers in all aspects of a country club.  From the gorgeous weather to the spectacular views to the endless amount of amenities, it is one of the top places for golfing you can live in the United States.  This is precisely why Rancho Mirage Real Estate is so popular here in the CoachellaValley. Currently you can find 10 condos for sale Rancho Mirage with a vast price difference.  Whether you are looking for a 3 bedroom 3 bath condo for $390,000 or a luxurious 3,300 square foot Condo for $850,000, the options are there.  The community itself has a lot to offer, but many consider the views of the golf course, lakes and waterfalls to make it all worthwhile. The next facet to boast about with the Rancho Mirage Country Club is the golf course.  The course is a pa...
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By Kathy Schowe, La Quinta, California 760-333-8886
(California Lifestyle Realty)
Brandini Toffee Opens First Retail Store in Rancho Mirage I first tried Brandini Toffee when they offered samples at Costco.... I was hooked!  I would purchase the Toffee and give it as a Hostess Gift, or share with guests visiting the Desert.  Then a few years later, I hired Leah Post's father to help me launch my LivetheDesertLife.com website.  Look how far they have come! As high school students they were the youngest to win the gourmet food industry's highest award, they appeared on The Martha Stewart Show, were one of Martha Stewart's Best Desserts 2008 and selected for Oprah's O-List online. Now the teenage entrepreneurs have opened their first retail store and toffee factory.After four years of toffee production, valley favorite Brandini Toffee announced the Grand Opening of thei...
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By Mary MacGregor, La Quinta Country Club Homes
(HomeSmart Professionals)
Rancho Mirage's Art Affaire, the last major art festival of the year here in the Palm Springs desert takes place this weekend, November 14-15. The 9th annual event is held in Whitewater Park, a gem-of-a-park with appealing contours and gorgeous mountain vistas of the nearby San Jacinto Mountains. It's a perfect venue for this intimate gathering of 100 selected artists, all of whom look forward to participating since the event sparks on every count—for both artist and guest.   Hosted by the city of Rancho Mirage, public entry is free and so is the icy bottled water and servings of Smooth Jazz. The musical offerings take place on the tented hilltop next to food and drink from some of the city's most popular restaurants. Today visitors were treated to Lori Andrews, one of the few harp solo...
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By Elaine Stewart, RE/MAX Desert Properties
(Elaine Stewart is the #1 Individual RE/MAX Agent for 11 years straight in the Coachella Valley. (760) 668-2399 )
Thunderbird Heights is one of the most acclaimed residential communities in Rancho Mirage, California.  Set on the hillsides of Coachella Valley, Thunderbird Heights is set at a close proximity to the Thunderbird Country Club.  Residents in this development all have access to country club benefits, golfing, tennis, spas and more.  The neighborhood was originally constructed as the first one in the area in the 1950s.  Since then, there have been necessary renovations to bring the homes up to scale with the modern look and amenities of today. The golf course Thunderbird Heights residents have access to through the country club membership is the oldest one built in the area, constructed in 1987.  It has seen remodeling that has earned it the title of the place to be for those seeking the m...
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By Elaine Stewart, RE/MAX Desert Properties
(Elaine Stewart is the #1 Individual RE/MAX Agent for 11 years straight in the Coachella Valley. (760) 668-2399 )
The community of Waterford is found in Rancho Mirage, California.  This private development is set at Morningside and Frank Sinatra in Coachella Valley.  Custom homes built in this area surround a five-acre lake, and this allows nearly half of the properties to overlook the large lake as lakefront properties.  Every home also boasts fine mountain scenery and professional landscaping.  Most resale values of homes in this area are currently between $1.5 and $2 million dollars.  A few select estates sell for well over that, but these are not usually available for purchase.  The Waterford homes were constructed between 2002 and 2003. Homes For Sale in Waterford, Rancho Mirage The 40-acre Waterford community is within walking distance of four private country clubs in the area.  These are Mor...
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By Elaine Stewart, RE/MAX Desert Properties
(Elaine Stewart is the #1 Individual RE/MAX Agent for 11 years straight in the Coachella Valley. (760) 668-2399 )
The Mission Hills Collection offers the best that desert-living has to offer at a very reasonable price.  There is a slight bit higher than 300 properties, each lot being about a quarter of an acre, set on 126 acres of land that surrounds the Dinah Shore Golf Course.  Each and every home in this development has golf course access and a country-club feel that is very desirable by many.  Rancho Capistrano Development built and designed the homes in this community.  They are quite modestly priced for this kind of luxury living, with homes starting at $320,000.  The homes in this collect were built between 1997 and 2004, with the area specifically called Mission Hills Legacy Oakhurst between 2002 and 2004.  These homes run closer in price to $1 million. There are three custom floor choices ...
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By Elaine Stewart, RE/MAX Desert Properties
(Elaine Stewart is the #1 Individual RE/MAX Agent for 11 years straight in the Coachella Valley. (760) 668-2399 )
The homes of the Tamarisk Ridge community in Rancho Mirage, California offer some of the best desert living experiences in the nation.  Located in scenic Coachella Valley, this development boasts some very high-class, modern designed residences built to last.  This community draws world-wide attention because of its luxurious amenities, prime Rancho Mirage Real Estate location, great price, and access to the Tamarisk Country Club.  One of the biggest most acclaimed golf courses in the area is accessible through a Tamarisk Country Club membership.  The course has seen its fair share of professional golfers who want an excellent day on the green. While golf is the major draw to finding a home in this area, what good is the golf is you come home to anything less than a sanctuary?  The Tama...
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By Elaine Stewart, RE/MAX Desert Properties
(Elaine Stewart is the #1 Individual RE/MAX Agent for 11 years straight in the Coachella Valley. (760) 668-2399 )
If you love Rancho Mirage but are looking for a truly unique and different living experience you must have a look at Waterford. This prestigious are has a feel unlike any other community in the area. Built around a lake, these 61 single family homes have the enviable position of offering a park and lake like setting not found anywhere else in Rancho Mirage. Everyone knows Rancho Mirage is one of the most sought after addresses in Southern California and Waterford offers the perfect opportunity to get one of those addresses and yet be unique at the same time. Built in 2001, Waterford homes can range from 4,700 to 5,500 square feet and are built on huge lots giving the homes a truly estate like feel. The lot sizes average 18,000 square feet. Because these homes are built in and around the...
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By Elaine Stewart, RE/MAX Desert Properties
(Elaine Stewart is the #1 Individual RE/MAX Agent for 11 years straight in the Coachella Valley. (760) 668-2399 )
The homes found in the community that are part of the Tamarisk Country Club are some of the most modern, chic residences offered in Rancho Mirage, California.  People from all over the country and even other parts of the world are drawn here to experience high-class living, excellent golf and other country club benefits.  The community is home to friends, both new and old, who share much in common with each other.  Tennis courts, pools, spas and other country club amenities abound in Tamarisk.  Whether you plan a seasonal or permanent stay, this could be the community for you. All residents in the communities surrounding the areas around Frank Sinatra Drive are all offered memberships to the Tamarisk Country Club for a reasonable annual fee.  The homes in the Tamarisk development range ...
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By Elaine Stewart, RE/MAX Desert Properties
(Elaine Stewart is the #1 Individual RE/MAX Agent for 11 years straight in the Coachella Valley. (760) 668-2399 )
Your dreams of luxurious living combined with breathtaking views and prime real estate location come to life at The Villas of Mirada in Rancho Mirage, California.  The 46 semi-custom residences in this prestigious community are located on the hills of Coachella Valley, 530 feet above the valley floor.  The panoramic views of mountain vistas combined with outdoor living opportunities are enough to draw interest at a national, even a worldwide, level.  The spectacular location of The Villas of Mirada are unmatched by any other real estate in the California, even within other communities in the valley. Senterra Real Estate Group is the developer responsible for designing The Villas of Mirada.  Their expert designing takes desert living to a new level currently unsurpassed by any other comm...
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By Elaine Stewart, RE/MAX Desert Properties
(Elaine Stewart is the #1 Individual RE/MAX Agent for 11 years straight in the Coachella Valley. (760) 668-2399 )
Located in Rancho Mirage, California in the beautiful Coachella Valley, the Mirada Estates is a community of high class residences that promotes family and safety.  The location of these estates was very purposefully chosen.  270,000 acres of untouched wilderness surround the community, resulting in spectacular 360 degree views.  The name of the development came from the Spanish word for "look" or "view," which is certainly what you get in a Mirada Estates.  The layout of this community is designed to blend with the nature around it rather than compete with it.  The natural landscaping that surrounds each home along with the modern design creates a feeling of refuge. These gorgeous homes have recently been selling at prices set mostly between $2 and $2.9 million.  Some of the most elite...
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By Elaine Stewart, RE/MAX Desert Properties
(Elaine Stewart is the #1 Individual RE/MAX Agent for 11 years straight in the Coachella Valley. (760) 668-2399 )
Rancho Mirage, California is located in Coachella Valley, a location equidistant from Los Angeles and the Mexican border--about two hours each way.  Within this city are many residential communities that offer high-class living and amenities.  For one of the most luxurious living opportunities, choose Escala.  The exquisite craftsmanship of these homes has been perfected over many years of renovation since they were first built 25 years ago.  The finest materials and finishes come standard at Escala, along with the chance to personalize a home with captivating room layouts and floor plans designed to fit your lifestyle. Each home ranges in size from 3,200 to 4,400 square feet, and every house in this community is one level, a major plus for anyone who desires a home without stairs.  Sta...
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By Elaine Stewart, RE/MAX Desert Properties
(Elaine Stewart is the #1 Individual RE/MAX Agent for 11 years straight in the Coachella Valley. (760) 668-2399 )
With a location near Los Reyes and Tamarisk in Rancho Mirage, California, the Artisan residential community boasts custom and semi-custom floor plans at phenomenal prices.  The homes were newly built primarily between 2002 and 2004.  Half-acre to three-quarter-acre lots provide you with plenty of breathing room to soak in some of the more scenic views of the area.  Artisan offers homes with models named after reputable artists like Van Gogh.  This community was constructed by the Ministrelli Development, a fact that places instant trust in the integrity of these homes for anyone who has ever set foot in one.  The customizable details and effort that go into Artisan homes are truly spectacular.  The price you pay for a home in a prestigious community such as this promises to deliver what...
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By Stephen (Steve) Love
(Bennion Deville Homes (Formerly Windermere Real Estate) - Palm Springs Area)
As mentioned in our previous blog "Short Sales Revisited", the Obama Administration is planning on implementing strategies to streamline the short sale process which is long overdue and hopefully takes away the stress and frustration that up until now is customary with the short sale process.  Can hardly wait ! Even with the experience we have in Short Sales, it is often very time consuming and frustrating. This new plan is a welcomed necessity. The following is a quick primer about Short Sales and the proposed "Plan" : What is a short sale? A short sale is a transaction in which the lender, or lenders, agree to accept less than the mortgage amount owed by the current homeowner. In some cases, the difference is forgiven by the lender, and in others the homeowner must make arrangements w...
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By Bill Morgner
(The Morgner Group - HomeSmart Professionals Palm Springs)
So today I begin my journey on active rain.  Over the weekend I had the privilege of meeting an incredible number of quality people at my open house on both Saturday and Sunday at 276 Neutra St. in Palm Springs exclusive gated community called ALTA.  One thing that was consistent on everyone's minds- and what they continued to express to me is their hope that the real estate market in Coachella Valley, Palm Springs, Rancho Mirage, Palm Desert, La Quinta, Indian Wells has hit bottom.   Well, if I use the small community of ALTA as a barometer, I would say that it has!  Over the past 45 days, we have had 2 closings and 1 go into escrow- after 1 solid year of no activity.  AND it's AFTER SEASON!  The canadian investors have flown home, and it is almost all locals at this point, and sales a...
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By Elaine Stewart, RE/MAX Desert Properties
(Elaine Stewart is the #1 Individual RE/MAX Agent for 11 years straight in the Coachella Valley. (760) 668-2399 )
Mark your calendars as Saturday, May 2nd 2009, The Desert Lexus 17th Annual Music Festival will be returning.  With a number of terrific performers and a magnificent setting to enjoy it at, this is one event you do not want to miss.  Rancho Las Palmas Resort and Spa will be playing host to the music festival this year.  It is the perfect hotel of choice for families and couples looking for a relaxing and enjoyable time in the Southern California desert.  The resort rests on the heels of a magnificent $35 million makeover.  It has been specially remade for the 21st century traveler looking for the ultimate experience. There are different packages and tickets you can look into purchasing.  Tickets can be purchased through the McCallum Theatre box office.  IN addition, they will be sold on...
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By Elaine Stewart, RE/MAX Desert Properties
(Elaine Stewart is the #1 Individual RE/MAX Agent for 11 years straight in the Coachella Valley. (760) 668-2399 )
Agua Caliente Casino located in Rancho Mirage, California is one of the premier hotspots for all sorts of entertainment.  The non-stop gaming action will have you energized and playing all night long, and the other amenities that are available will leave you extremely satisfied.  This resort was rated as one of the best in the entire region.  Agua Caliente Casino has it all.  Read on to find out what awaits you at this luxury destination. What are the basic features of this resort?  Agua Caliente Casino offers great slots play and gaming tables.  There are a wide variety of poker rooms on top of this.  Don't forget to check out the Paradise Jackpots, an exclusive promotion that transforms every slot machine into the possibility of a gold mine.  Try out the first-class video poker bar as...
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