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At the November 17th Market Watch meeting hosted at the Toscana Country Club in Indian Wells by Palm Springs Life & Market Watch LLC, real estate professionals from around the Coachella Valley met to discuss the current market environment. I want to share some of the information and insights from that meeting with you as it is important for both Buyers & Sellers to understand what is affecting our real estate market now.

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Overall, the Coachella Valley real estate market is a Neutral Market. However, each desert city is unique. Call me at (760) 574-9382 to discuss which of our cities are in each of the three markets outlined in the graph and to discuss your real estate needs.

Overall, the Coachella Valley is in a neutral to slow growth housing market though separately some cities are recovering at a slightly faster rate than others. Home prices continue to recover  at a steady rate but not the overall market. Full recovery will take more time. Due to new, more  stringent lender regulations (i.e. TRID) set in place to protect the overall market from such contributing factors to the last Housing Bubble like unregulated ARM mortgages, we are not seeing another Housing Bubble in our future. The market and affected industries are adjusting to the new time table that transactions take in the case of traditional lending as impacted by the TRID regulations. Still, homes sales in the Coachella Valley are 30% below average.  Buyers are not seeing any urgency to move as interest rates remain low and we have zero inflation.

What does this mean to Sellers?

  • Listings that need staging or updating are remaining inactive on the market. The current Buyer wants to see the home closer to move-in ready even if they will be bringing in their own furnishings upon purchase. Buyers’ desire to create their own home or take on major renovation projects in order to update a home prior to move-in seems to be on the decline.
  • Homes need to be priced right! Buyers want the best for the most competitive price. Your home needs to be priced so that it will appraise based on recent sales not historical sales. Although the monies you have put into your home matter in maintaining an updated home, the listing price cannot be based on the this figure but needs to reflect the current market value. A lack of showing activity indicates the list price needs to be addressed. A Buyer’s first offer seems to be close to what their final offer will be. If there’s a huge difference in counter offers, we are seeing Buyers walk away from a home of interest after only a round or two of price negotiations to consider other properties that are more negotiable.

What does this mean for Buyers?

Overall, the market has changed. Prices have increased. Stop kicking tires, and make a decision while these factors are still in your favor.

  • Inventory is strong. Again, while some cities in the Coachella Valley are seeing slightly faster recovery than others,  our inventory of available homes has strengthened and Sellers are coming back into the market.
  • Interest rates are still low.
  • On the heels of that, we anticipate an increase in interest rates soon, possibly in early 2016.

For more detailed analysis or to find out more information on a particular city’s market in the Coachella Valley, give us a call at Carol Trentacosta & Associates, and let our knowledge and experience help you through your next real estate transaction.

August Real Estate Market Update for Greater Palm Springs Area

Current Market Conditions in the Coachella Valley

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Statistically speaking, we are in a neutral market in the Coachella Valley since our inventory has dropped to about a 5-month supply overall. However, statistics fail to consider the seasonal market we live in and the reduced inventory of the summer (approximately 3,800 units compared to 5,200 units just three months ago). As a local real estate expert, I have observed that home values are still being strongly influenced by Buyers in combination with these seasonal and inventory fluctuations. Should inventory remain low as the season begins, then Sellers may be in a better position as demand and supply more closely match. The Average Days on Market for Coachella Valley homes continue to be three digits – 114 on average with home priced above the million-dollar mark averaging higher.

 

Second Quarter Analysis

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As noted in the most recent market numbers from the Palm Springs Regional Association of Realtors (PSRAR), our prices continue to be off the market highs but reflect positive growth.  Coachella Valley real estate continues to be an attractive value to Buyers and opportunity for Investors. Sellers serious about moving their properties should note the continued importance of bringing listings onto market priced well so that the home takes advantage of the 30-day honeymoon period all properties enjoy when entering the market. Non-competitively priced homes suffer from lack of interest the longer they stay on market.

June 2015 – Calendar of Events for Palm Springs & the Desert Resort Cities

 
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HIGHLIGHTS:
June 16 – June 22, 2015
Location: Camelot Theatres
Event Type: Film Festival

Palm Springs International ShortFest is renowned worldwide for the extraordinary community of filmmakers it attracts, and for the quality and scope of its programming. ShortFest 2015 will present more than 300 short films from over 50 countries.


May 29 – June 7, 2015
Location: Palm Desert/Surrounding cities
Event Type: Foodie

Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to experience some of the bestrestaurants the Valley has to offer. The 2015 Palm Springs Desert Resorts Restaurant Week will showcase over 100 restaurants, hotels & attractions over the entire Coachella Valley including Palm Desert. Restaurant Week is the perfect time to visit your favorite restaurant or try something new. Chefs prepare delicious three-courses meals for your dining pleasure, which include several choices for each course, priced at either $26 or $38 per person (not including beverages, or tax and gratuity).

Now through November 8th

Section 14 – The Other Palm Springs

Agua Caliente Cultural Museum

219 South Palm Canyon Drive

Palm Springs, CA 92262

760.778.1079

Website: http://www.accmuseum.org/

Explore the life experiences of people who lived on this one-square-mile tract of the Agua Caliente Reservation in downtown Palm Springs.   This exhibition explores the life experiences of people who lived on this historic tract in the 1940s through the 1960s. Section 14 was the home of diverse cultures, races, and ethnicities. It became a battle ground over Tribal Sovereignty and conflicting political and economic interests that forever changed the fabric of community life as it was known.

June 6, 2015

7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Location: The Show at Agua Caliente Casino

Event Type: Concert

Event Web Site: https://www.hotwatercasino.com/

Iconic DJ Art Laboe brings his Summer Love Jam to The Show at Agua Caliente Casino, featuring performances by Amanda Perez, El Chicano, Lighter Shade of Brown, Malo, MC Magic and Tierra.

June 7, 2015
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Sunday Cabaret Series presents Tish OneyLocation: Arthur Newman Theatre

Event Type: Concert

Event Web Site: http://www.lesmichaels.com/joslyn

Tish Oney in “Divas and Masters of Jazz.” This master pianist and acclaimed singer will accompany herself on popular tunes of many of the jazz world’s greatest singers.

June 12, 2015
9:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Location: The Show at Agua Caliente Casino
Event Type: Concert
Event Web Site: http://www.hotwatercasino.com/TheShow/ 

June 13 and 14, 2015

Friday: 6pm – 8pm
Saturday: 12pm – 9pm 
Sunday: 12pm – 9pm
Event Type: Pool Concerts
Event Web Site:  http://splashhouse.com/

WHAT IS SPLASH HOUSE? Splash House is a city spanning music festival, hosting one lineup across three resorts in Palm Springs combining the best aspects of a pool party and music festival in one weekend. A General Admission (GA) wristband gets you unlimited in-and-out access to all three pools, shuttle transportation, after parties, yoga, games, and more.

June 13, 2015
8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Location: Fantasy Springs Casino

Event Type: Concert

Event Web Site: http://www.fantasyspringsresort.com/prod/entertain/entertain.php

Grammy Award-winning artist Peter Frampton is joining forces for a summer tour with 1970’s rock power-pop band Cheap Trick and they’re making a stop at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino.

June 19 – June 27, 2015
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Location: Arthur Newman Theatre

Event Type: Theater

Event Web Site: http://www.dtworks.org/on-stage.html

Desert Theatreworks presents this deliriously funny new Jones Hope Wooten comedy that’s all about that four letter word: L-O-V-E. Under a full moon on this unpredictable night of romance, these four rollicking tales take you on an around-the-globe journey of unexpected and hilarious twists and turns.

Presented June 19-20 and 26-27 at 7pm, with matinees at 2pm on June 20 & 27.

June 19, 2015
8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Location: Spotlight 29 Casino

Event Type: Concert

Event Web Site: http://www.spotlight29.com/concerts.html

Gregg Allman is one of the founding members of the Allman Brothers Band, which had tremendous success in the early 1970s and introduced “Southern Rock” to the nation. In 2012, the group was honored at the Grammy Awards with the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award. Allman’s distinctive voice places him in the Rolling Stone list of the top “100 Greatest Singers of All Time.”

June 20, 2015
8:00 pm

Location: The Show at Agua Caliente Casino

Event Type: Concert

Event Web Site: http://www.hotwatercasino.com/TheShow/

June 27, 2015

8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Stayin’ Alive: Celebration of the Bee GeesLocation: Spotlight 29 Casino

Event Type: Concert

Event Web Site: http://www.spotlight29.com/concerts.html

Recognized as the quintessential Bee Gees tribute band, the Stayin’ Alive production offers concertgoers a multi-media experience with big screen video clips and unbelievable imagery. The band features a vocal trio, backed by studio musicians who completely capture the magical sound of the original Bee Gees.

June 27, 2015
8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Location: The Show at Agua Caliente Casino

Event Type: Concert

Event Web Site: http://www.hotwatercasino.com/TheShow/

Grammy Award-nominated R&B artist Charlie Wilson in concert at The Show at Agua Caliente Casino.

June 28, 2015

2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Sunday Cabaret Series presents Jeanne PageLocation: Arthur Newman Theatre

Event Type: Concert

Event Web Site: http://www.lesmichaels.com/joslyn

Jeanne Page in “Reboot Live,” a show featuring Great American Songbook classics freshly reworked and tied to real life with humor and wit that will let you leave your troubles at the door. With Charlie Harrison and his trio. Broadway and classics from the Great American Songbook and selections for her new CD “This Is My Life.”

 

Being Green Can Yield Greenbacks

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Kermit The Frog’s tagline is: “It’s not easy being green.” If he were to be referring to real estate, he would be mistaken. Every existing home has the potential for improvement, California is investing in retrofits, and people are desirous of energy efficient upgrades. The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) expects the percentage of green building to double in the next five years to a 70 billion dollar industry.

California policies aim to improve energy efficiency. Residential Energy Conservation Ordinances (RECOs) typically require property owners to implement specific measures to reduce energy and water use. A property’s point of sale, a significant remodel or addition, or a specific date by which all subject properties must comply can trigger compliance.

California AB 758 is an energy efficiency law authorizing the California Energy Commission (CEC) to develop a statewide program for energy efficiency upgrades of existing buildings. These upgrades could be mandatory, voluntary, or a combination of both and involve time of sale energy auditing.

California Civil Code 2079.10 requires real estate sellers and brokers to inform buyers about the Home Energy Rating System (HERS) program. An owner of an existing home can hire a certified HERS rater from an approved provider to perform an energy audit which will evaluate the performance of energy-related components (e.g. insulation, windows, heating/cooling system, ducts, water heating, appliances). Combustion safety testing, moisture, or indoor air quality are not addressed. The rater generates a detailed rating report, explains key elements, and summarizes the energy use and recommended cost-effective efficiency improvements.

The SAVE Act would require expected energy costs and savings to be added to the home-affordability calculations for all federal agency-backed mortgages.

Building Performance Institute (BPI) certifies contractors to conduct comprehensive whole-home assessments that go beyond a traditional energy audit and sets the standard nationally for home performance. It uses building science to evaluate a home, identifies potential health and safety risks, identifies cost-effective improvement options or needed repairs, follows national and state protocols, and assures work quality. A “green” home is not limited to the benefits of energy efficiency but also encompasses indoor air quality, water conservation, resource conservation, and community design. Contractors must be BPI to participate in California’s Energy Upgrade California Program.

Having recently completed the National Association of Realtors (NAR) GREEN designation course, Team Carol Trentacosta can help you achieve a healthier, more comfortable home, understand green and energy upgrade opportunities that can lower utility bills and maintenance costs, access available rebates and financing, as well as increase your home’s value!

-Contributed by Hilary Christiansen

Water Use Reduction & Penalties for Coachella Valley Homeowners

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That water in California is scarce shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone. Drought penalties that will soon be applied to the Coachella Valley Water District’s (CVWD) billing process and go into effect July 1, 2015 could shock many. Carol Trentacosta and Team attended a recent meeting of the CVWD regarding the restrictions and impact on homeowners.

In response to Governor Edmund G. Brown’s Executive Order B-29-15 on April 1, 2015 mandating a 25% statewide reduction in urban water use, the CVWD has adopted a new ordinance that shall remain in effect until the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) is expected to rescind Emergency Regulations on February 28, 2016.

Except where necessary to address an immediate health and safety need or to comply with a term or condition in a permit issued by a state or federal agency, this newly adopted ordinance mandates numerous restrictions.

  • One prohibition that will likely have a significant impact on homeowner associations is the elimination of an increased water budget for over-seeding.
  • New home developments could also be greatly affected if potable water is used to mitigate dust.
  • Contained in this ordinance are also recommended activities, including but not limited to, the encouragement of the irrigation and preservation of trees and shrubs, installation of an irrigation smart (weather based) controller, and discouragement of decorative fountains and water features.

Fines for noncompliance include a first violation written notice, a second violation in the amount of $50.00 a third violation of $100.00, and a fourth violation of $200.00. Subsequent violations could result in discontinued water service.

Water demand varies from location to location and from day to day within a location. It also depends on the time of day, the day of the week, the season of the year, prevailing weather conditions, manufacturing demands, and unusual events, such as, fires or mains breaks. The SWRCB has determined that the CVWD has a residential water use above 215 gallons per person per day and must reduce its outdoor water use by 36%.

Approximately 45% of CVWD’s customers are believed to be in the “penalty zone”. Those who have already taken steps to reduce water use should not be penalized. The goals with this ordinance are to conserve water, deter waste and unreasonable use of water, encourage efficiency, and to help cover the costs related to the investigation, inspection, and administration of the ordinance enforcement.

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Carol Trentacosta and Team recently received the National Association of REALTORS’s GREEN designation. We can help you achieve a healthier, more comfortable home, understand green and energy upgrade opportunities (including turf conversion) that can lower utility bills and maintenance costs, access available rebates and financing, as well as increase your home’s value. Contact us today an let us know how we can help.

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~by Hilary Christiansen

April 2015 Market Update

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At a recent meeting of Windermere’s top-producing agents & fellow Premier Directors at the Indian Wells Country Club, we discussed the current real estate market in the Coachella Valley. I wanted to share some of the information and insights from that meeting with you as it is important for both Buyers & Sellers to understand what is affecting our real estate market right now.

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General Market Trends

– Our Canadian buyers whom had been approximately 40% of our market are staying away from buying due to the current value of their currency. The majority of our Buyers continue to be out-of-state homeowners looking for 2nd and vacation homes.

– Overall, we are seeing more people downsizing in their home’s size whether they are part-time or year-long residents.

– We are seeing a decline in the popularity of golf which may adversely affect our gated communities though many properties have been expanding their community perks such as a stronger emphasis on tennis, clubhouse and spa services as well as more trending past times like pickle ball courts and bocci ball.

– The wave of Baby Boomers that we had expected to hit our market has not materialized so far. Not necessarily a sign of decline in the area, this could be due to circumstances such as a continued presence in the work force, remaining past the previously anticipated retirement age.

– Both the General Trends and Buyers’ Trends suggest it is indeed a Buyer’s Market right now. Acknowledging and working with these insights in mind will help me work together to most effectively market my listings to potential buyers.

Buyers’ Trends

– New construction is double what it was a year ago so many prospective buyers are going to new rather than re-sales. Energy efficient options such as solar energy panels, electric car plug-ins and more energy efficient construction & materials seem to support or augment this trend. Water conservation awareness has of course spread to many communities with municipalities and other government agencies offering rebates for drought-resistant and lower water usage landscaping.

Listings that need staging or updating are remaining inactive on the market. The current Buyer wants to see the home closer to move-in ready even if they will be bringing in their own furnishings on purchase. The desire to create their own home or take on major renovation projects in order to update a home prior to move-in seems to be on the decline.

Homes need to be priced right! Buyers want the best for the most competitive price. Your home needs to be priced so that it will appraise based on recent sales not historical sales. Although the monies you have put into your home matter in maintaining an updated home, the listing price cannot be based on this figure but needs to reflect the current market value. A lack of showing activity indicates the list price needs to be addressed. A Buyer’s first offer seems to be close to what their final offer will be. If there’s a huge difference in counter offers, we are seeing Buyers walk away from a home of interest after only a round or two of price negotiations to consider other properties that are more negotiable.

– The flux of the overall market economy and the bounce of oil prices seems to be making Buyers more hesitant and has contributed to the dramatic drop-off in showings early in our season.

– On a positive note, our selling season continues to expand past the normal “season” of the Valley with buyers continuing to show a strong presence into June and the summer months.

Serena’s BNP Paribas Open Return in Sight

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Rancho Mirage might be known as “Playground of Presidents”, but the world’s best tennis players and several hundred thousand of their fans will converge upon the Indian Wells Tennis Garden for the renowned BNP Paribas Open from March 9-12, 2015.

Located at 78-200 Miles Avenue (between Washington St. and Fred Waring Dr.), this spectacular venue is owned by billionaire CEO and co-founder of Oracle Larry Ellison. In March 2014, it was expanded to include a second stadium with a seating capacity of 8,000, 6 broadcast booths, 3 fine dining restaurants (Nobu, Chop House & Piero’s PizzaVino), as well as a box office. Stadium 1 is the second largest in the world, comprised of 16,100 seats, 44 luxurious stadium suites, locker rooms, a press room, broadcast booths, a 6,000 square-foot commissary, and more.

This month, the largest WTA and ATP World Tour combined 2-week event will celebrate its 40th anniversary and welcome past champions NovakDjokovic, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Maria Sharapova, Ana Ivanovic, and Caroline Wozniacki. Like President Obama’s recurring visits to our attractive Palm Springs Valley, Serena Williams’s first appearance at the BNP Paribas Open since having won it in 2001 is generating much excitement. Citing harsh treatment from her fans, this #1 ranked player who recently earned her sixth Australian Open title and 19th Grand Slam crown had vowed to never return. Visit bnpparibas.com for further tournament details.

If you should find yourself in need of a break from tennis action, drive south on Washington Street. Within approx. 15 minutes, you will arrive at The La Quinta Civic Center Campus -a 17.5 acre park adjacent to La Quinta City Hall, La Quinta Senior Center and La Quinta Library. Just west at 78100 Main Street, enjoy an array of shops and restaurants at charming Old Town La Quinta.

Heading west on Fred Waring Drive for approx. 4 miles, you will reach Palm Desert’s Civic Center Park. This 70-acre park includes 6 tennis courts (closed Mondays from 1:30 p.m. -3:30 p.m. for maintenance) with 2 pickleball-only courts (Monday 8:00 a.m. -1:30 p.m. and Tuesday thru Sunday 8:00 a.m. -2:00 p.m.), 4 baseball fields, 4 volleyball courts, 3 basketball courts, 5 picnic pavilions, a skate park, a tot lot, as well as a dog park. Also found here is a collection of public art, including The Holocaust Memorial, The Peace Memorial, The Dreamer, and Desert Dessert.

Pamper your body with a variety of fresh, raw, organic, bio-active food and cosmetic items at Harvest Health Foods, Luscious Lorraine’s, and The Body Deli which are located at 73910 CA-111 (north side), between Portola Avenue and San Luis Rey Avenue.

Interested in purchasing a second home or investment property near the Indian Wells Tennis Garden? Check out our recent piece about Palm Royale Country Club which lies adjacent and offers many wonderful amenities!

~by Hilary Christiansen

March 2015 Event Calendar for Palm Springs and the Desert Resort Cities

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March 6 – March 8, 2015

First Weekend Palm Desert
Location: Palm Desert
Event Type: First Weekend
Event Web Site: http://www.palm-desert.org/events/first-weekend

The season is in full swing in Palm Desert in March, which makes this the perfect month to learn all about what First Weekend Palm Desert has to offer! Each month from November through May, starting with the first Friday and continuing through the weekend, you have a chance to discover a celebration of world-class arts and entertainment. For a complete list of events, visit the First Weekend website or call the Palm Desert Visitor Center at 760-568-1441.

March 6, 2015
3:15 pm – 6:00 pm
El Paseo Cruise Night
Location: El Paseo
Event Type: First Weekend
Event Web Site: http://www.elpaseocruisenight.com/home.html

Remember when cars were cool? They still are–especially during El Paseo Cruise Night. Cars start arriving around 3:15pm at the upper level of parking structure behind The Gardens on El Paseo. Visitors are welcome to view the cars and meet the owners. After a few welcoming remarks, cruisers hit El Paseo at 4:30pm, so grab a chair and enjoy the show!

March 6, 2015
4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
El Paseo Art Walk
Location: El Paseo
Event Type: First Weekend
Event Web Site: http://www.elpaseoartwalk.com/

The renowned El Paseo Art Walk, a long-standing tradition on El Paseo, is held on the First Friday of every month, November through May, as part of the Palm Desert “First Weekend” city-wide promotion. Join the Art Galleries along with El Paseo Cruise Night and Extended Shopping Hours in participating shops, on the First Friday of every month from 4 to 8 p.m. There will be exhibit openings, artist receptions and more! Enjoy seeing everything there is to see, from the Palm Desert Art Museum in Pam Desert’s Free First Friday events, to each gallery and stops along the way, traveling in style on the El Paseo Courtesy Carts!

March 7, 2015
10:00 am – 4:00 am
Desert Arts Festival
Location: Frances Stevens Park
Event Type: Art Show/Fair
Event Web Site: http://www.westcoastartists.com/shows/ps3.html

The Desert Arts Festival will feature 100 artists presenting their original work in all mediums of two and three dimensional fine art, including paintings in acrylic, oils and watercolors, photography, etchings, sculpture in clay, glass, metal, stone and wood. Each artist will be present to meet with the public and discuss their work. All work is available for purchase. In addition to fine art, fine crafts will also be presented. Festival attendees will find blown glass, turned wood, semi-precious jewelry, pottery, stained glass, and an array of high-quality crafts.

March 7 – March 8, 2015
Johnny Mathis
Location: McCallum Theatre
Event Type: First Weekend
Event Web Site: http://www.mccallumtheatre.com/showdetails.php?id=769

Welcome Johnny Mathis back to the McCallum Theatre stage! One of the last in a long line of traditional male vocalists who emerged before the 1960s, Johnny Mathis’ romantic jazz and pop standards like “Chances Are,” “It’s Not For Me To Say” and “Misty” continue to delight audiences across the world. Johnny has been inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame twice and received the 2003 Lifetime Achievement Award by the Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Performance times March 07 8 PM March 08 7 PM

March 7, 2015
5:15 pm – 7:00 pm
Gardens Annual Concert Series
Location: Gardens on El Paseo
Event Type: First Weekend
Event Web Site: http://www.thegardensonelpaseo.com/events

Popular seasonal event at The Gardens on El Paseo. For a $12 donation residents and visitors alike can enjoy a wine and cheese reception held on the center lawn before the concert begins at 5:15 p.m. This date presents the Art of Sax benefiting Shelter From the Storm
March 9 – March 22, 2015
BNP Paribas Open
Location: Indian Wells Tennis Garden
Event Type: Tennis
Event Web Site: http://www.bnpparibasopen.com/

The BNP Paribas Open, the largest WTA and ATP World Tour combined two-week event in the world, to be held March 9-22, 2015 at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden.

March 5, 2015
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Music and Dining Under the Stars featuring The Lucky Tongue Band
Location: Desert Willow Golf Resort
Event Type: Dining
Event Web Site: http://desertwillow.com/MusicDining

On select Thursday evenings this season from 6:00pm to 9:00pm, we will play host to some of the Coachella Valley’s premier music acts, featuring sounds varying from Dixie Land Jazz to Classic Rock and also the smooth sounds of Contemporary Jazz.Our Music and Dining Under the Stars events, featuring mouth-watering buffets and top-notch live music, are set into the majestic vistas provided by our outdoor Lakeview Terraces and Clubhouse.Reservations are required and will fill up quickly. Make sure to book in advance so you can relish the flavors and tunes of Music and Dining Under the Stars. For Reservations, email kworden@desertwillow.com, or call (760) 346-0015 Ext 104.

March 7, 2015
9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Coachella Valley Wildflower Festival
Location: Santa Rosa & San Jacinto Mountains National Monume
Event Type: First Weekend
Event Web Site: http://www.desertmountains.org/

Come celebrate the beauty of the wildflowers at the 8th annual Friends Wildflower Festival. The activities will include food, a beer and wine garden, kids’ zone, exhibitors, raffles, and much, much more. For more information contact 760-568-9918 or email DesertMountains.org.

March 12, 2015
8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Dancing and Romancing
Location: McCallum Theatre
Event Type: Concert
Event Web Site: http://www.mccallumtheatre.com/show_details.php?id=778

The Desert Symphony Broadway and Hollywood combine for a romantic and entertaining evening of song and dance with two veterans of the Broadway stage: Joan Hess and Kirby Ward. Inspired by the likes of Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Gene Kelly and Eleanor Powell, this evening will put a song in your heart and have you dancing in the aisles! You will see one of the most prolific Pops performances and revel in some of the greatest music ever composed. In concert with The Desert Symphony Orchestra.

March 18, 2015
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Spencer Day
Location: Annenberg Theater
Event Type: Concert
Event Web Site: http://www.psmuseum.org/palm-springs/performance/spencer-day/

Spencer Day is Contemporary singer and songwriter, whose early albums were followed more recently by the acclaimed Vagabond in 2009 and the recently-released The Mystery of You in 2013. Scheduled for release on May 16 is a new CD, called Daybreak. While a strong jazz musician, his music has evolved with a variety of influences from folk rock’s The Association, rockabilly, big bands and Nancy Sinatra. He enjoys the versatility and flexibility of his music and plans on performing a show that will infuse elements of cabaret, storytelling, and comedy with his piano and vocals.

March 20 – March 22, 2015
The Ten Tenors
Location: McCallum Theatre
Event Type: Concert
Event Web Site: http://www.mccallumtheatre.com/show_details.php?id=717

Back by popular demand! Australia’s The Ten Tenors have taken Palm Desert by storm. One of the most popular groups to ever appear at the McCallum Theatre, they return with a brand new show featuring Broadway’s beloved hits performed as only the The Tenors can. You’ll hear music from Jersey Boys, Guys & Dolls, Sound of Music, Phantom of the Opera and many more. Plus, some of the great hits you have come to expect from The Ten Tenors. You won’t want to miss this show! Performance times March 20 8 PM March 21 2 PM and 8 PM March 22 2 PM and 7 PM

March 21, 2015
10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Art Under the Umbrellas
Location: Old Town La Quinta
Event Type: Art Show/Fair
Event Web Site: http://www.lqaf.com/cultural-events/art-under-the-umbrellas/

Over 80 artists participate at each Art Under the Umbrellas event, located along the closed-off streets of this charming outdoor venue reminiscent of colonial Mexico. This makes for an enjoyable day outdoors perusing artist wares, exploring Old Town shops, and dining in Old Town restaurants. Art patrons will find quality artwork, while tourists will discover treasured mementos.

March 21, 2015
8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Westside Story to Wicked: Broadway with the Callaways
Location: Annenberg Theater
Event Type: Concert
Event Web Site: http://www.psmuseum.org/palm-springs/performance/westside-story-wicked-broadway-the-callaways/

The Tony®-nominated Callaway Sisters are raising the roof with their newest show West Side Story to Wicked: Broadway with the Callaways! This dynamic duo from Chicago proves they’re one singular sensation, singing showstoppers from West Side Story, Chicago, Funny Girl, Cats, Carousel, Wicked and more. Ann’s dark, husky and jazz-flavored sound is the perfect complement for Liz’s clear bell tones in an evening of wit, humor and the soaring sounds of the greatest songs of Broadway!

March 22 – March 28, 2015
Fashion Week El Paseo
Location: El Paseo
Event Type: Fashion Show
Event Web Site: http://www.fashionweekelpaseo.com/

The Tenth Annual Fashion Week El Paseo™ unfolds March 22-28, 2015 under the Runway Tent on Larkspur Lane between El Paseo and Shadow Mountain in Palm Desert, California – the heart of Palm Desert’s most celebrated shopping district: El Paseo. Fashion Week El Paseo™ showcases the newest collections by top designers as well as fresh ideas by emerging designers. Produced by Palm Springs Life, it has become one of the Coachella Valley’s most popular events.

March 24, 2015
8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Women of Ireland
Location: McCallum Theatre
Event Type: Concert
Event Web Site: http://www.mccallumtheatre.com/show_details.php?id=771

Women of Ireland is an innovative and exciting full stage concert production which showcases the next generation of Ireland’s leading female performers. The show demonstrates the wealth of talent that exists within Ireland’s traditions of music, song and dance.

March 26 – March 30, 2015
American Documentary Film Festival
Location: Camelot Theatres
Event Type: Film Festival
Event Web Site: http://www.americandocumentaryfilmfestival.com/

The American Documentary Film Festival is located in the beautiful resort community of Palm Springs, California. Strategically located 2 hours east of Hollywood, this film mecca boasts a favorable viewing audience, many self-proclaimed aficionados. The American Documentary Film Festival aims to be the largest documentary festival and market on the West Coast of the United States. Our main objective is to promote a world vision of film as seen through the eyes of the filmmaker of whomever or whatever their subject matter may be in order to educate and entertain the film goer.

March 27 – March 29, 2015
Food + Wine Festival Palm Desert
Location: El Paseo
Event Type: Food and Wine Tasting
Event Web Site: http://www.palmdesertfoodandwine.com/

The 5th annual the Food & Wine Festival Palm Desert™ will be held March 27-29, 2015. The festival, organized by Palm Springs Life, will gather the brightest and most inspired chefs from across the country for three extraordinary days of culinary and wine tasting under The Big White Tent on Larkspur between El Paseo and Shadow Mountain in Palm Desert, CA. This event will be uniquely educational in focus, showcasing the Coachella Valley as the ultimate culinary destination.

March 30 – April 5, 2015
ANA Inspiration LPGA Golf Tournament
Location: Mission Hills Country Club
Event Type: Golf
Event Web Site: http://anainspiration.com/

Formerly known as the Kraft Nabisco Challenge, witness over 100 ladies compete at The Mission Hills Counrty Club in Rancho Mirage, CA. for the coveted Dinah Shore Trophy, and see if this year’s winner will continue the tradition of leaping into Poppies Pond at the 18th hole.

Community Feature: Palm Royale, La Quinta

PR3Located in La Quinta, “Gem of the Desert”, Palm Royale Country Club is a gated community comprised of 354 privately owned Spanish-style residential condominiums.

Situated on an 18-hole par 3 public course designed by renowned golf architect Ted Robinson, Palm Royale property owners enjoy unlimited free golf on this scenic, challenging course! Additional amenities include a clubhouse, a golf pro shop, 4 lighted regulation tennis/pickleball courts and 6 pools/spas. Low monthly HOA dues of $390.00 also cover building maintenance, common areas landscaping, trash and cable TV.

IMG_3310Palm Royale’s convenient location at the intersection of Fred Waring Blvd. & Washington St. facilitates access to other desert resort cities and a variety of Palm Springs Valley attractions, such as, Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, The River Entertainment Complex, The Living Desert Zoo & Botanical Gardens, El Paseo Shopping District, and popular music and film festivals. This lively community is walking distance to the newly expanded Indian Wells Tennis Garden, home of the renowned BNP Paribas Open. Nearby lies charming Old Town La Quinta with its array of shops, restaurants and seasonal events, including the Certified Farmers Market. The La Quinta Civic Center Campus is a beautiful 17.5 acre park adjacent to City Hall, the Senior Center and the La Quinta Library.

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Host city to the annual Humana Challenge Golf Tournament, La Quinta is one of the Coachella Valley’s youngest cities. Other signature events are La Quinta Arts Festival, Hot Rod & Custom Car Show and Taste of La Quinta.

Discover Palm Royale; uncover a gem!

By Hilary Christiansen

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