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9 Local Golf Secrets in the Desert!

Sunday, November 25th, 2012

Golf in the Desert… 9 Local Secrets!

La Quinta Country Club

La Quinta Country Club protected by Eisenhower Mountain

There are a thousand  golf stories in the desert, and these are just a few. Golf courses are notorious for being places where things happen — not all involving a wedge or a putter. We pulled these interesting tidbits from the new Top 100 Holes guide. Use them to regale pals on your next golf outing or find more at

O’Donnell Golf Club

I played at O’Donnell when the par 3 fifth hole had a periscope. At one point they even had a television monitor for golfers to make sure the green was clear ahead.

La Quinta Country Club

Dwignt Eisenhower loved the La Quinta Country Club, and christened it when the club opened in 1959! It is also the oldest club to still be in the Bob Hope Classic/Humana Challenge rotation!

Classic Club

The wind can be a major factore here at The Classic Club! As part of the design philosophy on this course, there is not a single palm tree planted anywhere.

PGA West TPC Stadium Course

Hole 16 became famous when Speaker of the House Thomas P. “Tip” O’Neill tried and failed to get out of the 19-foot deep bunker on national television in the Bob Hope Classic.

Bermuda Dunes Country Club Classic Course

I watched a rookie John Daly hit the par 5, 18th in 2 shots! Of note: In 1973, Arnold Palmer won the last of his 62 PGA Tour victories with a putt on the  18th green.

The Quarry at La Quinta

Remington bronzes decorate many of the holes, featuring life size horses and swooping eagles. This is currently the only course in the desert listed in Golf Digest’s famed Top 100 Courses in the Country list.

Tradition Golf Club

Arnold Palmer designed this course, and has a home here! This club was built on the grounds of an old La Quinta date ranch named Hacienda del Gato.

Indian Wells Country Club

Presidents Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush and Gerald Ford teed off together at hole no. 10 in the first round of the 1995 Bob Hope Classic.

Desert Falls Country Club

Desert Falls was designed by architect, Ron Frehm, who also designed golf courses for Euro Disney and the Sultan of Brunei.


Bob Hope Home Listed for Sale in Palm Springs

Golf History in the Desert… by the Numbers!

La Quinta Golf Homes Under $400,000!

Private Tennis Villa in La Quinta California



Tradition Golf Club

Tradition Golf Club


Homes for sale this summer at La Quinta Country Club!

Tuesday, July 24th, 2012

La Quinta Country Club current Listings July 2012


La Quinta CC Homes Summer Market!


La Quinta Country Club Homes– Current listings July 2012

Inventories are very low throughout the valley, including La Quinta CC.  We have buyers, but need more homes to show them!  If you are considering selling- please let us know– we may already have a buyer for your home!

If you would like more information about any of these homes, or would like more information, please give me a call!


Price Address Beds/Baths
$265,000$280,000 77966 Lago Dr49835 Lago Dr 33 33 2201/43562178/ 2400
$399,000 78470 Calle Orense 2 2 1640/7405
$420,000 49245 Avenida Fernando 4 3 3014/11761
$539,000 49830 Avila Dr 3 3 2183/5663
$570,000 49980 Coachella Dr 3 3 2892/3920
$680,000 49380 Ave. Fernando 3 3 2720/5227
$899,000 78216 Hacienda La Quinta Dr 4 5 4158/13504
$959,000 48701 San Vicente St 4 5 4108/11326
$989,000 78084 San Timoteo St 3 4 3314/16553
$1,399,000 48790 San Vicente St 4 5 4539/14375
$1,400,000 48711 San Vicente 4 6 5700/25700
$1,495,000 49561 Avila Dr 4 5 3525/24394

25 Things to do before you leave for the Summer!

Monday, April 30th, 2012

25 Checklist for Closing your Home for the Summer!



Homeowners who are leaving for an extended vacation or the entire summer need to take steps to protect their home. Desert locals share these 25 steps they take to protect their homes:

summer checklist

Local homeowners differ on whether to turn the air conditioner off or leave it at a high setting, but all agree to make sure it doesn’t run constantly.
Clean food out of refrigerators, freezers and cupboards.
Lock all doors and windows.
Unplug all appliances, TVs, lamps, radios, washers, dryers and small electronics.
Close all blinds and curtains.
Set lights and sprinklers on timers.
Enlist a trusted neighbor to keep an eye on the property or hire a property management company.
If applicable, notify the homeowners association that the home will be vacant and provide them with emergency contact information.
Arrange landscaping and pool care.Use earthquake safety straps and brackets to attach heavy furniture to walls.
To help add moisture to furniture, place buckets of water throughout the home.summer checklist
Close drains.
Turn off inside water valves to the washer, under sinks and at toilets.
Turn the water heater to the “vacation” setting.
Turn off telephone ringers.
Bring in outdoor furniture.
Take out all trash.
Strip beds to allow mattresses to air out.
Vacuum carpets and floors to ensure that no sources of food remain for vermin.
Take all small valuables with you.
Arrange for mail forwarding, and stop the newspaper.
Put candles and clothing items with elastic — bathing suits, undergarments, etc. — in the refrigerator to prevent the heat from destroying them.
Lay lamps on the ground to prevent breakage in the event of an earthquake.
Oil wooden furniture.
Cover furniture with tarps to protect from dust and/or plastic in the event of a roof leak.

If you are looking for a great real estate agent in the Palm Springs area… let me one for you!

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!

     If you are looking for a great real estate agent in the Palm Springs area… let me  one for you! 


Kathy Schowe   760.333.8886  

Intero Real Estate Services in Old Town La Quinta☼ 



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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Snoring Spouse? Sun City has a solution for you!

Saturday, March 24th, 2012

Homes Designed for our Snoring Husbands… What will they think of next?


Today I learned about a new floor-plan design marketed specifically to couples who are sleep-challenged. Those couples that have a partner who snores, huffs, puffs, grunts, coughs, and keep the other partner awake. This hit very close to home for me… because my husband can be a snorer. And right now in the depths of a chest cold, he is also a cougher, with snoring as a bonus!

I have retreated to the guest room when it becomes more than I can bear… and when I know I have to get up early the next morning. I don’t really want to go all the way down the hall– but it is a better option than the couch, or no sleep!

Now, it turns out, I find that I am far from alone. They are actually designing homes with this in mind! Today’s Desert Sun featured an article about our Sun City community.

Buyers whose marriages are plagued by a spouse who snorts, grunts and wheezes while he or she sleeps can opt for an adaptable bedroom plan marketed as the “owners retreat” at Sun City Shadow Hills in Indio.

Designed for couples who start out in the same bed but end up apart because of ear-piercing snoring, insomnia or late-night TV viewing habits, this secondary bedroom is connected to the bathroom of the master bedroom.

“A nice enclave that shares the master bathroom provides a civilized alternative to the family room sofa,” said Jacque Petroulakis, corporate communications spokeswoman for PulteGroup Inc., the parent company of Del Webb.

Many people “don’t like the idea of having totally separate rooms, but before this, didn’t have any other choice.”About a quarter of couples in the 55-and-older age group sleep apart to get a good night’s rest, according to PulteGroup, which got the data from a third party but also conducted focus groups and interviews as it developed the bedroom plan.

If you are interested in previewing these “sleep friendly” homes… give me a call!

Sweet Dreams!

If you are looking for a great real estate agent in the Palm Springs area… let me one for you!

Kathy Schowe 760.333.8886

Intero Real Estate Services in Old Town La Quinta☼☼


Taste of La Quinta– Great Food & Wine Event!

Friday, March 16th, 2012

Taste of La Quinta 2012 !

Taste of La QuintaTaste of LQ 2012

Saturday, March 17, 2012

1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Old Town La Quinta Event Lawn  


We had so much fun the last two years at this amazing food + wine + beer event in Old Town La Quinta!  The food is incredible, the people watching is fascinating and the music keeps you movin’ !!


The La Quinta Chamber of Commerce hosts the 3rd Annual “Taste of La Quinta” on Saturday, March 17th from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on the Old Town La Quinta Event Lawn.


Attendees can purchase a block of tickets to sample food from more than 20 participating La Quinta restaurants and taste from a selection of over 50 wines. There will be live entertainment to enjoy and a large, limited edition commemorative wine glass is included with the wine tasting!

Tickets sell out fast for this delicious, fun-filled event. Get your advanced tickets today by calling 760-564-3199.; Click here to see flyer!

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Hazardous Waste Collection Event March 10th

Sunday, February 12th, 2012

Hazardous Waste Collection Event La Quinta


March 10, 2012

Clear out your unused garden, bathroom, kitchen, garage, and other household products!

Bring them to the LaQuinta Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on

Saturday, March 10, 2012. This semi-annual, oneday event will take place in the South City Hall

parking area, off Washington Street and Avenida La Fonda. Only residential household waste will

be accepted at this event (no business waste).

This event is being conducted by Riverside County Waste Management, and may be cancelled due to inclement

weather or other potentially hazardous conditions, as determined by County staff.

Additional information can be found on La Quinta city website:

     If you are looking for a great real estate agent in the Palm Springs area… let me  one for you! 


Kathy Schowe   760.333.8886  

Intero Real Estate Services in Old Town La Quinta☼ 


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