Greater Palm Springs, or the Coachella Valley as it is known to its residents, has a rich history dating back generations with the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians. Its 1960’s status as the playground of the stars continues today while establishing itself as one of Southern California’s most attractive destinations with year-round sunshine and idyllic quality of life.
With its reputation as an oasis of palm trees and springs, early development in the Coachella Valley centered around Palm Springs. The city became popular in the 1960’s as a getaway for the Hollywood stars and the epicenter for an explosion of mid-century modern-style homes. As the popularity of the desert grew, development spawned eight other cities that flourish today as popular getaway destinations.
The Coachella Valley has something for everyone, so it’s not uncommon for the artistic community to rub shoulders with retirees and lovers of the outdoors. The area is thriving with new hotels, spas, restaurants, casinos, clubs and cultural events. With 360 days of sunshine, 125 golf courses, minimal traffic and quick access to and from the airport, it’s easy to see the region’s appeal.
Residents are diverse in age, income, background and lifestyle, with many heralding from larger California cities and colder regions in the US and Canada. The area is home to a large retirement community, as it offers a well-deserved break from hectic lifestyles. Local casinos, theatres and clubs regularly host stars of the past and present, and events regularly celebrate the arts and architecture — providing a healthy dose of culture for residents and visitors.
Whether locals decide to relax, play or simply drive through the valley, the San Jacinto mountains provide a beautiful backdrop to life in the greater Palm Springs area. The mountains also house the world’s largest rotating aerial tramway, which has carried over 20 million people up the mountain since 1963.
When compared to coastal Southern California cities, the Bay Area, and many other cities across the country, greater Palm Springs is more affordable, offering an unprecedented selection of real estate options for every budget and lifestyle. The region is renowned for its mid-century modern architecture.
From internationally-recognized golf courses to luxury shopping, and from celebrity homes to an abundance of mid-century architecture, there is so much to love about the distinctive neighborhoods of the Palm Springs area. With a high quality of life and friendly locals, it’s easy to see why many choose to live here permanently.