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365 Things to do in the Palm Springs, CA Area

     Posted on April 26th, 2010 by Kathy

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     Posted on July 2nd, 2010 by Kathy

4th of July Events in the Palm Springs Area

4th of July Events in the Palm Springs Area!

JULY 4  “ALL AMERICAN FOURTH OF JULY” FIREWORKS SPECTACULAR, put on by the City of Palm Springs and POWER Baseball; 9:15pm (entry at 8pm).  Fireworks will follow the Palm Springs POWER vs. the Novato Knicks at 6:05pm; Palm Springs Stadium, 1901 E. Baristo Rd. Palm Springs; Free Admission to fireworks; game tickets $7 Adults, $6 kids and seniors; (760)323-8272

JULY 4  2ND ANNUAL INDIAN WELLS FOURTH OF JULY FIREWORKS CELEBRATION, CONCERT & FESTIVITIES; 7pm; parking at Indian Wells Tennis Garden, 78-200 Miles Ave., Indian Wells opens at 5pm with bus service to Indian Wells Resort and the IW Club,

JULY 5 THE CABAZON BAND OF MISSION INDIANS AND FANTASY SPRINGS RESORT CASINO FIREWORKS SHOW 8:45pm; Eagle Falls Golf Course, 84-245 Indio Springs Dr., Indio (800-827-2946.

JULY 4 FOURTH OF JULY CELEBRATION 7:15, live concert 9-9:30pm, fireworks; Palm Desert Civic Center, 73-510 Fred Waring Dr., Palm Desert; (760)346-0611;

JULY 4 ROTARY CLUB FIREWORKS SHOW & CELEBRATION 6pm concert & Color Guard, 9pm fireworks; Yucca Valley High School football field, Yucca Valley; (760)365-0444.



Top 10 Reasons to Visit Indian Wells!

     Posted on July 7th, 2010 by Kathy


Top 10 Reasons to Visit Indian Wells

  • 1.  Stay and play at four-world class resorts featuring stylish accommodations, outstanding amenities, and exceptional service.
  • 2.  Indulge body, mind and spirit with soothing skin and body treatments at three luxurious spa sanctuaries.
  • 3.  Golf and dine at the award-winning Indian Wells Golf Resort, home of the IW Club.
  • 4.  Enjoy world-class tennis and festivities at the BNP Paribas Open.
  • 5.  Have fun under the sun year-roundhiking, biking, swimming, golf, tennis, canyon jeep tours, hot air
  • balloon rides, and much, much more.
  • 6.  Find creative inspiration at the annual Indian Wells Arts Festival.
  • 7.  Discover fun for all ages at The Living Desert and nearby family-friendly attractions.
  • 8.  Indulge in culinary and shopping adventures at the finest boutiques and restaurants.
  • 9.  Relax and rejuvenate in an unparalleled vacation setting.
  • 10.  Indian Wells property owners have access to the finest Resident Benefit program in the nation.
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    Mountain Cove in Indian Wells for just over $150,000!

         Posted on July 12th, 2010 by Kathy

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    Mountain Cove–Near Indian Wells Tennis Garden. Indian Wells Residents can play golf at the Resort at Indian Wells for $35.00 per round including golf cart. Free fitness workouts at the Hyatt Grand Champions, Esmeralda, and Miramonte. Close to shopping and restaurants with the prestigious Indian Wells address at a discounted price!

    Great upstairs unit with high beamed ceilings and a second extra over-sized balcony ( permitted). There is a large den with door to the outside that can be used as 3rd bedroom. These units have 2 doors to the outside and can be divided. Nestled at the very south end of Mountain Cove Communities these units have a fantastic mountain setting !  $154,900– 2BR-3BA.

    Call Kathy Schowe to schedule a tour of this home!  760-333-8886


    Price Reductions are Still the Norm

         Posted on July 26th, 2010 by Kathy

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    Down Economy and High Levels of Home Inventory Put Sellers at Disadvantage as Prices Continue to Drop

    According to data compiled by Trulia, they announced that 24 percent of listings currently on the market in the United States as of July 1, 2010 experienced at least one price reduction. This represents a nine percent increase from the previous month. The total dollar amount slashed from home prices was $27.3 billion and the average discount for price-reduced homes continued to hold at 10 percent off of the original listing price.

    Many of the largest U.S. cities saw significant increases in price reduction levels this month with 22 of the top 50 cities across the U.S. experiencing price reduction levels at 30 percent or more, compared to just 10 cities in the previous month. Minneapolis leads the way with 40 percent of its home listings experiencing at least one price cut. This is the third straight month that Minneapolis has held the top spot and no other city has reached the 40 percent mark since Trulia started tracking home price reductions in April 2009. With an average discount for price-reduced homes at nine percent, the city’s total dollar amount slashed from home prices was $30.1 million.

    “Sellers are feeling the heat this summer as the economic recovery simmers down and home inventory levels climb,” says Pete Flint, co-founder and CEO of Trulia. “We’re seeing more and more sellers reduce their home listing prices to attract potential buyers, who definitely have the upper hand in negotiations this season. The slow start to the summer season is a major concern that we are heading towards a double-dip in the second half of this year.”

    Western U.S. Leads with Price Reduction Increases

    In the first half of 2010, cities in the Western U.S. were experiencing a decrease in reductions.  This month, the same cities experienced some of the largest surges in price reductions compared to the previous month.  Oakland increased 38 percent month-over-month and San Diego saw reductions increase by 25 percent. Additionally, Honolulu experienced a 21 percent increase from the previous month and Las Vegas increased by 20 percent. Texas cities also saw significant increases in price reductions with San Antonio and El Paso increasing by price 21 percent and 20 percent respectively. The following U.S. cities experienced the biggest increases in price reductions from June 1, 2010 to July 1, 2010:

    City State June 2010 July 2010 Percentage Change
    Oakland CA 13% 18% 38%
    San Diego CA 16% 20% 25%
    Omaha NE 25% 31% 24%
    Virginia Beach VA 26% 32% 23%
    Honolulu HI 19% 23% 21%
    San Antonio TX 19% 23% 21%
    El Paso TX 15% 18% 20%
    Las Vegas NV 10% 12% 20%

    Luxury Market Still Feeling The Pain

    Price reduction levels for luxury homes (those listed at $2 million and above) continue to provide large discounts with an average of 14 percent off of the original listing price. The average discount for homes priced less than $2 million remains at 9 percent.

    The chart above confirms that the Luxury and Resort areas are still reducing prices!

    For help finding a Resort, Golf, or Luxury home call Kathy Schowe at The Lori Bowers Group in La Quinta, CA!


    “Palm Springs Weekend” still SWINGS !

         Posted on July 28th, 2010 by Kathy

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    A Palm Springs weekend in the 1960s

    There was no local television and little local radio in the Coachella Valley. In the early 1960s, visitors and residents went out for entertainment.

    Stars and well-to-do guests stayed at Charlie Farrell’s legendary Palm Springs Racquet Club, but they also stayed at newer hotels such as the Riviera, the Spa and Gene Autry’s Holiday Inn, sometimes for months at a time.

    Palm Springs doubled in size in the early ’60s, which then-mayor Frank Bogert credited to the development of condominiums and mid-century modern houses built by the father-and-son team of George and Robert Alexander.

    Most people still went to the old-school supper clubs, like the Chi Chi, Romanoff’s and the intimate Ruby’s Dunes restaurant, where local residents Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby cut their teeth.

    But young people also were drawn to Palm Springs.

    Autry brought his expansion Los Angeles Angels to Palm Springs for spring training in 1961 and, by ’63, young players such as pitchers Bo Belinsky and Dean Chance were giving Palm Springs a reputation as a party town. Belinsky dated Ann-Margaret, Connie Stevens and Mamie Van Doren and married Playboy centerfold Jo Collins.

    Spring break had been attracting college kids to Palm Springs since the 1950s and, by the early ’60s, local kids were enjoying rock ‘n’ roll. They’d buy records at Patty’s Record Shop on Palm Canyon Drive and R&B discs at Butch Diamond Music on North Indian Avenue.

    The Howard Manor, now the Colony Palms Hotel on North Indian Canyon Drive, had long attracted young Hollywood. Elvis dropped by as early as December 1961, often to see ’50s rockabilly star Jody Reynolds.
    But loud, raucous rock was generally restricted to the outskirts of town, such as the old Farmhouse restaurant in Cathedral City.

    Adult contemporary music, reminiscent of the sounds featured in “Palm Springs Weekend,” has pretty much dominated the tourist-driven music scene since the big band era.

    “This town has been so influenced by the music of one man, Frank Sinatra, that when (tourists) come down here, they want to hear the music of the Great American Songbook because that is Palm Springs,” said local keyboard artist Marty Steele. “All the snowbirds, they want to hear Sinatra, they want to hear Louis Prima, they want to hear Dean Martin.”


    The truth is, most of “Palm Springs Weekend” was shot on a sound stage in Hollywood.

    The on-location shooting centered around the Riviera Resort, which was Palm Springs’ ritziest hotel.

    When the spoiled rich kid played by Robert Conrad tells Connie Stevens’ character he’s staying at the Riv, she coos, “The Riviera!”

    Stevens was staying at a rustic hotel amid a date palm grove, which was probably the complex behind Boomers amusement park in Cathedral City.

    If you check out the DVD at a video store or the Palm Springs Library, or order it online, you also may recognize North Indian Avenue off Interstate 10 as the site for the chase scene involving Conrad, Troy Donahue and Ty Hardin.

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    La Quinta Country Club Tour

         Posted on July 28th, 2010 by Kathy

    Welcome To La Quinta Country Club!

    Founded in 1959, La Quinta Country Club members enjoy a rich heritage other clubs dream of possessing. Most people are drawn here by golf and quickly fall in love with the beautiful desert ambiance and camaraderie among members. Although the spectacular golf and weather are the initial attraction to our club, genuine respect and interest in each other is the foundation that binds our special membership.

    Today, La Quinta Country Club is about to embark on it’s newest chapter, the new Santa Barbara style clubhouse opened the Fall of 2009. The new clubhouse is stately, sophisticated and inviting, qualities that are expressions of who we are as a club.

    Come explore LQCC to learn more about our exciting future. We are making history again!
    Call Kathy Schowe for private showings of homes at La Quinta Country Club!

    Check out these great deals on homes at LQCC!

    Click on each to see details– Coachella Drive & Entrada Lane !

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    $75Million– Private Golf Course for Sale!

         Posted on July 30th, 2010 by Kathy


    On the market for $75 million — by far the

    largest price tag ever for a desert estate —

    Porcupine Creek has everything but its own ZIP

    code !

    Even the rear of the main house strikes an impressive pose. Just  over the hill from the 19th hole, the pool and patio area are serviced  by a palapa bar and commercial kitchen equipment. Numerous statuaries,  including an oversized chess set, adorn the terraced lawn. On the far  left is the master suite balcony.Even the rear of the main house strikes an impressive pose. Just over the hill from the 19th hole, the pool and patio area are serviced by a palapa bar and commercial kitchen equipment. Numerous statuaries, including an oversized chess set, adorn the terraced lawn. On the far left is the master suite balcony.


    In 2008, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie paid $60 million for an Aix-en-Provence chateau. Given its 120 B.C. construction, they spent an additional $5 million on renovation.

    Last October, Patricia Kluge, winemaker and former wife of Metromedia founder John Kluge, put her Charlottesville, Va., estate on the market for $100 million (slashed to $48 million in February).

    Divorcee Suzanne Saperstein’s Versailles-modeled manse in Bel Air bears a $125 million price tag.

    Meanwhile, Candy Spelling, widow of TV mogul Aaron Spelling, holds out for the $150 million price established more than a year ago for her own Bel Air utopia.

    Chateau Miraval may have 35 bedrooms, Albemarle House may have an Islamic gallery, Fleur de Lys may have a ballroom and 3/4-mile jogging track, and The Manor may have a bowling alley, but none of these megapriced gems has what Porcupine Creek in Rancho Mirage has: its own 19-hole golf course, clubhouse, and driving range.

    Offered for $75 million by Christie’s Great Estates, Porcupine Creek hides behind the placid Mirage Cove neighborhood, where houses typically cost less than 1 percent of that price. The 249-acre residential property spreads its triangular girth across the base
    of the Santa Rosa Mountains.

    Built for Tim and Edra Blixseth (whose 2008 divorce drew attention from The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Fortune, Bloomberg, and Luxist), Porcupine Creek hit the market after Edra Blixseth filed for bankruptcy.

    Tim Blixseth had worked closely with Rancho Mirage architect Narendra Patel to create the idyllic desert retreat in the early 2000s.

    “Before designing Porcupine Creek, I took a trip to France and visited many ancient chateaux, studied them, and came back with lots of inspirations,” Patel says. “We walked the raw [Rancho Mirage] land many times and spotted the location of the house in such a way that it would have the view to the mountains, the golf course, and the city lights.”

    Certainly the 18,430-square-foot main residence, four 1,860-square-foot guesthouses, and four 600-square-foot casitas hold value and cachet. Patel is an award-winning architect of custom houses in the desert and is now working on a “net-zero” luxury hotel in China.

    However, it’s the golf course — designed by Tim Blixseth with a little help from friends (including Tom Weiskopf, Dave Stockton, and Annika Sorenstam) — that makes Porcupine Creek so dear.


    The golf course’s signature 15th hole, with a jaw-dropping panoramic view from a patch of green in the rugged hillside, tickled the fancy of Travel + Leisure writer Jeff Silverman, who commented in his article, “Personal Golf Courses” (November 2005), that it “demands a bracing carry from a tee cut high in the mountains to a green 247 yards out — and more than 200 vertigo-inducing feet down.”

    Silverman called the course (6,718 yards from the back tees) “a good test of skill that incorporates classic lines of play.” Golf  Digest ranked Porcupine Creek the 13th best private course in California (2007-2008) — ahead of Tradition Golf Club, The Reserve, Monterey Peninsula’s historic Dunes course, The Links at Spanish Bay in Pebble Beach, The Vintage Club, and Bighorn Golf Club.

    The yardage book credits two U.S. presidents (George H.W. Bush and Gerald Ford) with influencing or inspiring the design of two holes (8 and 10, respectively). A plate engraved “President Ford” on a locker in the clubhouse indicates the former Rancho Mirage resident was a frequent Porcupine Creek golfer (Congresswoman Mary Bono shares the honor with a personalized locker on the women’s side).

    Tim Blixseth purportedly bought out four nurseries to landscape the course. Palm trees echo the Southern California environment. Stately saguaros bring to mind Arizona. Evergreens testify to the Blixseths’ attachment to Montana. Wildlife scampers and hops across the terrain; but don’t expect to spy a porcupine — unless it’s a statuary on the putting green, the shape of a knob on the hammered-wood cabinetry in the locker room, or engraved on a clubhouse napkin. Porcupine Creek derives its name from a tributary in Big Sky, Mont., where the Blixseths owned a golf and ski resort/residential community.

    The 19th playoff hole conveniently brings golfers back to the main house. (Who needs to return to the clubhouse when a swimming pool and palapa bar are just over the rise?)


    One can easily picture the palapa bar at a tropical resort. Clearly Porcupine Creek begs to entertain (and has, as the Blixseths hosted two weddings and fundraising galas with hundreds of guests). Commercial kitchens, indoors and out, provide cooking power and serving space to regale crowds. The “party pad,” (“around the corner” from the 15th green) also includes a fully wired stage that has seen the likes of Earth, Wind & Fire; ample room for tables and dancing; and a hearth. Nearby, a children’s play area unfolds with a full-size circus carousel and trampoline.

    While falling short of the capacity of hotels, the property easily accommodates more than a visiting uncle or two. The Anchor Inn, near the main house, contradicts the desert environment — making guests feel like they’re in Nantucket, the Sea of Cortez, Bahamas, or Malibu. So labeled, the one-bed/one-bath casitas have been individually appointed with seaside-themed colors and furnishings. Each also has its own mailbox (inviting long stays?).

    Guests who require more space — or a more exotic “destination” — could take up residence in one of four guesthouses, themed Old Hollywood, Africa, Asia, and Mediterranean. Each includes a living room, two bedrooms, walk-in wine cellar with sink, laundry facilities, plush robes and towels branded “Porcupine Creek — A Private Residence,” and the requisite mailbox.

    The main house also sports a guest suite with private entrance, office/den, cabinet with sink and mini-refrigerator, walk-in closet, and copious bathroom. Because family was uppermost in the Blixseths’ minds, they created a room with carved wood, kid-sized beds for their grandchildren and, more importantly, a playroom with an Alice in Wonderland-styled and -sized door and nanny quarters across the hall.


    Not all guests stay the night, and the perfect host needs a common area in the house to entertain. Porcupine Creek’s game room boasts a white Carrera marble bar with brass foot rail and taps, limestone fireplace, mahogany bookshelves, and a stained-glass domed rotunda lined with built-in banquette seats from a church in Europe setting off a billiard table supported by brass lions.

    Ensuring guests stay fit as well as relaxed, the spa (with its own entrance and check-in desk) includes a workout room with the kind of top-of-the-line equipment found in commercial gyms (the ROM “4-minute” cross-trainer alone sells for close to $15,000). The spa features two massage/treatment rooms with Endermologie machines, steam room, Vichy shower room, hot tub, and hair salon.

    Given the entertainment-focused nature of the estate, it comes as no surprise that the kitchen boasts the equipment and storage capacity (including a walk-in refrigerator with a walk-in freezer) to serve crowds.

    For family-only or casual breakfasts for a couple of guests, the Porcupine Creek host can use a smaller kitchen (though with an expensive La Cornue range) to serve a circular table under a stained-glass dome. A wall-mounted, plasma-screen television in the “breakfast nook” provides an opportunity to check the latest financial news. In the main dining room, an Italian stained-glass panel embellishes one end of the room, while the other end overlooks the lawn adorned with stone sculptures from Europe and the pool area beyond. Throughout the house, stained glass from European churches and elaborately carved wood lend an ambiance of historical grandeur. “The furnishings came from antique collectors from France and Italy,” Patel says. “The carved fireplace in the great room came from Florence.”

    Master quarters, reached by stairway or elevator, consume the upper level of the house. The bedroom easily accommodates a baby grand piano, situated to take advantage of light streaming in from the wall-length balcony, which features a spa overlooking a fountain and pool. His-and-her bathrooms include sitting areas, room-sized closets (for the record, hers is larger), and walk-in showers with overhead murals. The master suite also includes his-and-her offices and a coffee station.

    All of this deserves the grandest of entries — delivered by an 80-foot-diameter fountain ringed with 90 individually lit jets that shoot water up to 80 feet high. The splash resounds enough to be heard from the 15th tee. A latilla made from long-retired vineyard stakes covers the walkway to the front door.

    Inside, a vintage Lalique table and carved thrones set an opulent tone in the foyer. A sheet of water runs down a tile mosaic — handcrafted by Italian artisans — that depicts a golfer and a woman in period dress on the Porcupine Creek course.

    Throughout the house, ceiling murals add artistic whimsy, such as in the his-and-hers powder rooms flanking the foyer. His shows two men wearing top hats and red bow ties, with wine and cigar, playing chess. Hers audaciously portrays harlots peering down from a balcony. Other murals, such as the one gracing the ceiling of the great room, reflect a more traditional tone.

    Don’t expect to see an “Open House” sign. Christie’s Great Estates’ vetting process for potential buyers is apparently more stringent than that undertaken for some political candi-dates. And security is tight even for those who prequalify.

    Patrick Duffy, founder and principal of L.A.-based MetroIntelligence Real Estate Advisors (he also has a home in the Coachella Valley), suggests that a variety of resort companies — a la Four Seasons, W Hotels, and Donald Trump’s golf oases — could be interested in Porcupine Creek but for a minor detail: a development agreement precluding its use as a resort. That leaves a smaller, albeit global, group of potential buyers. Duffy counts among them aristocrats of the Middle East, Asia, Latin America, and Eastern Europe and Russian oligarchs. He also suggests a profile for Porcupine Creek aspirants: “People who love golf, love the Palm Springs weather and lifestyle, and also have the money to be able to maintain it.

    “Clearly, they would want to be able to entertain a lot,” he continues. “This is someone who will be flying [guests] into the airport and shuttling them from there — someone with time and money to spend.” Duffy also thinks Porcupine Creek would appeal to a “Ron Burkle type” who would use the property to host fundraisers as Burkle does at his Green Acres compound in Beverly Hills.

    And then there’s The Donald himself, who pocketed a tidy profit after selling Maison de l’Amitie in Palm Beach, Fla., in 2008 for a cool $100 million. He paid $41.35 million for the beachfront property in 2004, refurbished it to the tune of $25 million, and sold it to Dmitry Rybolovlev (if not an oligarch, at least Russian).

    “Donald Trump has Mar-a-Lago in Florida,” Duffy says. “If he had the desire, he could make [Porcupine Creek] the West Coast version of that.”