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Visit Sunnylands in Rancho Mirage: Summer Schedule

Monday, July 9th, 2012

Sunnylands Center & Gardens Summer Schedule

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Sunnylands Gardens

Sunnylands, the former Annenberg Estate, located in Rancho Mirage, California, is a 200-acre  estate currently run by The Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands, a not-for-profit organization and Annenberg family trust. The property was owned by Walter and Leonore Annenberg until 2009 and had been used as a winter retreat by the couple from 1966, when the house was completed. The property is “rich with historical significance,” according to the city of Rancho Mirage, which declared Sunnylands an historic site in 1990. Located at Frank Sinatra and Bob Hope Drives, the property has been the vacation site of numerous celebrities and public officials.

Sunnylands Patio

From June 1 to July 29, Sunnylands Center & Gardens will be open Thursdays through Sundays from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tours of the historic house and grounds, available by advance reservation, will begin at 7:15 a.m. The 90-minute tours are scheduled every 15 minutes thereafter with the last tour of the day beginning at 10 a.m. The new tour schedule, in response to the high summer temperatures, takes advantage of the coolest part of the day.

Sunnylands is closed in August. Sunnylands Center & Gardens will reopen on Saturday, September 1 at 9 a.m. Tours of the historic house and grounds will resume then also. Tickets for tours September 1 – 15 will go on sale at 9 a.m. August 15.

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Cactus at Sunnylands

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Fundraiser for 911 Memorial in La Quinta!

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012

911 Memorial Fund Raiser for La Quinta

911 Memorial Fund Raiser for La Quinta!

Support Andrew Davis and his dream to build a 911 Memorial in La Quinta using a steel piece of the World Trade Center. 

May 8th, 2012 at Louise’s Pantry, 47150 Washington Street in  La Quinta, CA.  Come enjoy a 3-course Italian dinner for $35, and it includes beer and vino!



The amazing thing is… this is the brainchild and effort of a 16 year old Eagle Scout…and what he has accomplished to date is really something! He is setting a great example to others his age…and quite frankly, all of us!! It would be wonderful if you could support it!

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Investment Opportunities in La Quinta

Monday, April 16th, 2012

Investors are Becoming Landlords in La Quinta   

We have been working with several investors in the Palm Springs area who are taking advantage of the low prices and abundant foreclosure homes on the market.  Most are holding the properties and leasing them for close to 10% return on their money.  One investor has plans to purchase 50 homes in the La Quinta cove neighborhood for $70,000-$130,000.  So far we have 14 homes purchased with 3 more in escrow… but our inventory is dwindling.

After reading this NPR article today, I am beginning to understand why.  Although the competition is sometimes fierce for these properties, with multiple offers on many of them… there has been a steady stream of properties coming on the market– usually 7-10 per week.  That number has fallen in recent weeks to 1-3.  It will be a challenge to find available properties in his price range– and in his geographic area.

If you are an investor seeking properties in the Palm Springs area– I can help you make it happen!

Hoping For Payout, Investors Become Landlords

The housing market has a new frontier — turning foreclosed homes into rental properties. Some big-time investors are starting to buy up thousands of homes to turn into rentals. That might help shore up home prices. But some housing advocates are nervous.

For decades, most single-family homes available for rent have been owned by mom-and-pop landlords. Sometimes it’s the nice old guy up the street who owns a couple of rental homes, and some even offer advice on the Internet.

But, it’s not just mom-and-pops anymore. With the collapse of the housing market, some professional investors with a lot of money smell an opportunity. Right now, there are fewer people able to own a house and more looking to rent. That’s driving up rental costs. Meanwhile, there’s a glut of foreclosed properties being sold on the cheap.

Jack Macdowell, the chief investment officer of Carrington Capital Management, is looking to spend nearly half a billion dollars buying up foreclosed homes and turning them into rental houses. And he’s not alone. Doug Brien, a managing director of Waypoint Homes in Oakland, Calif., is buying in California and around Phoenix.

“We’ve purchased almost 1,300 homes; we actually bought 137 homes last month,” he says. Brien, it turns out, is a retired NFL field goal kicker who played for the New Orleans Saints.

“The entire time I was playing, I was investing in apartment buildings, learning that business, and when I retired in 2005 I went to work for a real estate investment firm for a couple of years,” he says.

It works really well if you do them in your own neighborhood and you buy five homes and you manage them yourself. It gets a little dicier as you get to 100.

- Scott Simon, managing director at PIMCO

One thing led to another and Brien co-founded this company buying up foreclosed homes. Now he’s lined up $200 million from an investment firm. Brien says companies like his are looking to consolidate and professionalize the single-family home rental market.

To read the entire article follow this link.

Hoping For Payout, Investors Become Landlords


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Kathy Schowe   760.333.8886  

Intero Real Estate Services in Old Town La Quinta☼ 



Coffee Ice Cream lover? Try this Espresso Chocolate Gelato!

Thursday, April 12th, 2012

Espresso Gelato with Dark Chocolate Chunks

Espresso Gelato with Dark Chocolate Chunks

* I made this gelato and tried some before bed… it is delicious… but it did keep me awake!

espresso gelato with dark chocolate chunks!

  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/3 cup sugar, plus 1/4 cup
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 4 shots espresso
  • 1/2 cup ground espresso beans
  • 2 cups chopped dark chocolate

In a saucepan combine the milk, cream, and 1/3 cup sugar over medium heat. Cook until the sugar dissolves, about 5 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a medium bowl whip the egg yolks with the remaining sugar using an electric mixer until the eggs have become thick and pale yellow, about 4 minutes. This can also be whipped by hand.

Pour 1/2 cup of the warm milk and cream mixture into the egg mixture and stir. Add this mixture back into the saucepan. Cook over very low heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture becomes thick enough to coat the back of a wooden spoon, about 10 minutes.

Place a strainer over a medium bowl and pour the warm custard mixture through the strainer. Stir in the espresso and espresso grounds. Stir in the chopped chocolate. Chill mixture completely before pouring into an ice cream maker and follow manufacturer’s instructions to freeze.

Yields 1 quart

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Masters Champions Born 100 Years Ago!

Friday, April 6th, 2012

Masters Champs Born 100 Years Ago in 1912

Three of the the most famuous Masters champions were born 100 years ago in 1912.  The past champions Sam Snead, Ben Hogan and Byron Nelson left their indelible mark on the game of golf.  

1912 was also the year New Mexico became the 47th state, and Arizona the 48th.  The Olympics were held in Stockholm, Sweden and the Titanic struck an iceberg and sank on April 14th, 1912.

Many other outstanding people were born in 1912, including Julia Child, Jackson PollockDanny Thomas, Pat Nixon, Art Linkletter, Foster Brooks, Minnie Pearl, Woody Guthrie, Carlo Ponti, Perry Como, Karl Malden, and Lady Bird Johnson A very good year, indeed!


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Kathy Schowe   760.333.8886  


Treasure Swap Charity Luncheon for Boys & Girls Club!

Wednesday, April 4th, 2012

Treasure Swap and Shop for Boys & Girls Club!

Treasure Swap ‘n’ Shop April 26th
Charity Luncheon benefits Boys & Girls Club of Cathedral City
Date: 4/26/2012 12:00 PM
Cost: $100 plus a gently used treasure
Location: Leons at the Desert Princess
38-555 Landau Blvd.
Cathedral City, California 92234

Leon’s at the Desert Princess is the place for theTreasure Swap ‘n’ Shop, Thursday, April 26, 12pm.  The charity luncheon event benefits the Boys & Girls Club of Cathedral City.  Cost:  $100/person.

Guests are also requested to donate at least one (1) “treasure” to “swap ‘n’ shop”.  Items can be jewelry, clothing, home, but in very, very gently used condition – almost new.  Items wll be priced to “sell” and the guest receive “money” (scrip) to shop for other treasures new to you!


For Reservations call  Eileen Stern (760) 322-7063 or email at!

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Kathy Schowe   760.333.8886  

Intero Real Estate Services in Old Town La Quinta☼ 



Party Popcorn Recipe!

Sunday, April 1st, 2012

Party Popcorn Recipe … addictive and so easy!



I made this popcorn for a fun snack this weekend… and then packaged some up for clients– they loved it!


Pop 3 bags of microwave popcorn.

Melt 1 bag of white chocolate chips in the microwave, heat for 1 minute and stir, then heat for 15 seconds and stir until completely melted.

Combine popped popcorn and white chocolate in a bowl and mix until coated.

Butter 2 cookie sheets and spread the popcorn on the sheets.

Sprinkle with cake decorations and sea salt.

Refrigerate until firm– then break apart and store in plastic bags in refrigerator.

It won’t last long. ENJOY!

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Kathy Schowe   760.333.8886  

Intero Real Estate Services in Old Town La Quinta☼ 



Best Cheap Eats in the Desert!

Friday, March 30th, 2012

Best Cheap Eats in the Desert… Under $10 !

13 Dishes in the Desert Under $10

Delicious, inexpensive dishes in the desert!

A homemade tamale from Las Casuelas TerrazaA homemade tamale from Las Casuelas TerrazaLAS CASUELAS TERRAZA

Whether you stop in for Happy Hour… an early dinner, or even lunch…You don’t have to spend a lot of money to eat well in the Coachella Valley. Sometimes it’s merely a matter of timing. The following restaurants offer great dishes for $10 and less. Enjoy!

West Valley

Cheeky’s Palm Springs

Cheeky’s knows how to do breakfast and lunch… and they do it well!  Dine inside, or outside on a charming patio.  Buttermilk & fresh corn pacakes $ bacon $9. Fresh grilled cod tacos with cabbage slaw, spicy aoli, tomato $9.  Yam sandwich with feta, cilatro, red onion, tomato and mayo $8.

622 North Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs  760-327-7595


Trio Restaurant  

An energetic, desert-casual atmosphere with great American modern food at reasonable prices. Lunch daily, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; dinner 4 p.m. Open seven nights a week, offering Wisconsin artisan cheese plate, $9; country paté, $9; hand-breaded calamari, $9; white bean hummus with crostini, $7.
707 N. Palm Canyon Dr., Palm Springs.

Escena Lounge & Grill
Enjoy half-priced appetizers and drink specials in designated bar areas from 3 p.m. until closing. Happy hour prices: beer-battered onion ring tower, $3.50; lobster ravioli and shrimp, $4.50; Escena nachos, $5.50; blackened ahi tuna, $6.50.
Escena Golf Club, 1100 Clubhouse View Dr., Palm Springs.

Three Sixty North
Offers specialty cocktails, fine wines, and an enticing selection of appetizers and small plates. Happy hour Tuesday through Friday from 4 to 7 p.m., with Nick’s Angus beef sliders, $5; flour tortilla chicken quesadilla, $8; Margherita pizza with fresh basil and tomatoes, $8.
360 N. Palm Canyon Dr. Palm Springs.

Las Casuelas Terraza
Serving timeless, traditional Mexican food in an environment perfect for the whole family or single folks who just want to unwind. Homemade tamales, $8.95; guacamole especial, $9.95; black bean pizza with grilled chicken, $8.95; quesadilla Terraza, $9.95.
222 S. Palm Canyon Dr., Palm Springs.


George’s Bar & Grill (and insults!)

George’s in Cathedral City has been serving up tasty burgers for over 20 years… it is the perfect dive-burger-bar.  All prices under $10… just don’t ask for ketchup on your burger… but you can put it on your fries!

68885 Ramon Rd
Cathedral City, CA 92234

(760) 328-9991

The Yard House
Half-priced appetizers during happy hour, Monday through Friday, 3 to 6 p.m., and Sunday through Wednesday, 10 p.m. to closing. Happy hour prices: lobster, crab & artichoke dip, $5.33; Hawaiian poke stack, $5.93; grilled sweet Korean barbecue beef, $6.43; grilled artichoke, $4.93.
71800 Hwy. 111, The River at Rancho Mirage, Rancho Mirage.

Enoteca Bar at Mamma Gina Ristorante
Touted as one of the desert’s best deals serving premium wines, cocktails, and food at happy hour prices Monday through Sunday, 4:30 p.m. to close. Great dishes under $10 include bruschetta classic (tomato,  garlic, and basil on toasted bread), $5; salsicce pepronata (pork sausages with bell peppers), $5.90; gamberi spiedino (shrimp skewer on sautéed spinach), $6.90; cannelloni Fiorentina (crepes stuffed with ricotta cheese), $5.
73705 El Paseo, Palm Desert.

The 3rd Corner Wine Shop & Bistro
The 3rd Corner Wine Shop & Bistro has made eating out fun again. Its living wine list, fine food, and affordable pricing combine to create an ideal dine and wine shopping experience. Olive sampler, $6; house salad with olives and tomatoes, $6; duck confit and truffle flatbread pizza, $10; 3rd Corner hamburger, $10; smoked ham sandwich, $10.
73101 Hwy. 111, Palm Desert.

East Valley

Cliffhouse Grill & Bar
Carved into craggy granite outcroppings, Cliffhouse and Cactus Grill features a popular happy hour from 3 to 6 p.m. daily (and all night Sunday). $10-and-under delights include cheeseburger, $7; Coachella Valley burger (American cheese, dates, jalapeño), $8; seared ahi sandwich, $10; grilled salmon salad, $10; Cactus Grill penne, $8; Cabo-style fish taco, $5.
78250 Hwy. 111, Point Happy, La Quinta.

Hog’s Breath Inn La Quinta
A younger offshoot of the famous Carmel restaurant, the Desert Hog in Old Town La Quinta offers indoor and outdoor dining with second-story views of the nearby Santa Rosa Mountains. The lively saloon is a popular gathering spot with happy hour from 3 to 6:30 p.m. Crispy calamari, $10; ahi tuna poke, $10; mushroom ravioli with smoked mozzarella and marinara, $10; prosciutto-wrapped dates, $7; iceberg wedge salad, $6.
78605 Main St., Second Floor, Old Town Carmel Building, La Quinta.

Alkobar Indio  

Alkobar is the best spot in the valley for Philly Cheesesteak sandwiches… and now they offer sushi as well!  A strange combination… but a winner for sure! Almost all menu items under $10.00.

82590 US Hwy 111 Indio, CA 92203 (760) 347-6235


 The Wine Bar in Old Town La Quinta

The Wine Bar in Old Town is a fun, casual, comfortable place– where you can sit outside on the patio and watch people… or even enjoy a cigar!  Menu items include flatbread individual pizzas, paninis, salads and soup.  Even a cupcake sampler for dessert!  Most items under $10.  The best deal is that they offer NO CORKAGE for bottle purchased in the wine store!

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Kathy Schowe   760.333.8886  

Intero Real Estate Services in Old Town La Quinta☼ 



Woody’s Burgers in Palm Springs!

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

Best Burger in Palm Springs!


Woody’s burgers were voted Best of the Best by Palm Springs Life readers and KPSP Local 2 viewers, and a stream of repeat customers agree.  Woody’s recently finished in the top 3 burgers in the Desert Sun Best of the Best survey!

Owner Wayne Woodliff came out of retirement with a novel idea and with his two sons, Johnny and Jimmy, created a gourmet burger and beer eatery in the former Greyhound bus station on Indian Canyon Drive in Palm Springs. As you step in the door, you see a sleek counter with friendly servers to take your order for a menu of 100 percent Angus burgers, fries, hot dogs, sandwiches, chicken wings, salads, and sides made to order. Go into the back room and you find yourself in a candlelit bistro with a jukebox, pool table, and a stage filled every night with the best live rock, blues, jazz, and swing.

Thursdays bring wine tastings from 6 to 8 p.m. Specialties include a blue cheese burger and Hawaiian jalapeño burger. Portobello, turkey, and veggie burgers also are available. For a lighter meal, try a slider version of any burger. Delicious sides include caramelized onions, sweet potato fries, and coleslaw.

Open 11 a.m.-midnight daily. Woody’s Burgers 317 N. Indian Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA 92262;


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American Dream? Homeowner Satisfaction Survey Results

Monday, March 26th, 2012

Is the American Dream alive and well? Are Homeowners satisfied?

Is the American dream alive and well?  Are Homeowners satisfied?


According to the recently released results of the the 201 National Homeowners Satisfaction Survey from HomeGain– the survey revealed that 72% of surveyed homeowners are satisfied  with owning a house.  26% were dissatisfied… and mostly because of home depreciation.

People from the northeast were the highest at 77%… midwest the lowest at 68% by region.

Surprising to me those who had purchased a short sale were the most satisified of all at 83%… perhaps the  arduous process creates the feeling of “winning”!


The least satisfied homeowners wer the 18-25 age group, coming in at 45%, the only group to have a satisfaction rate less than 50%.  Perhaps these younger homeowners have unrealistic expectations when purchasing their home… also– they have purchased in a down market, and have yet to experience the appreciation in their home that more experienced buyers have encountered.


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