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Visit Teddy’s in La Quinta for some local flavor!

Wednesday, July 11th, 2012

Teddy’s in La Quinta has new location and new mural!

Teddy's in La Quinta

Teddy's Chicken Tostada

When you visit the new “Teddy’s” on Calle Estado in La Quinta...just a block south of Old Town Village– not only will you be greeted with a friendly smile and a warm welcom– but you will notice the striking mural on the east wall!

Several weeks ago a local artist, Susan Smith Evans was having breakfast at the original Teddy’s on Avenida Montezuma– she had no idea she would soon be working for Teddy! Susan Smith Evans, an artist and now-retired College of the Desert teacher, Evans admired a mural on the wall — a landscape with mountains and a casita. Then she noticed the chips in the paint and missing chunks of plaster.

“I said, ‘I can fix that for you,’” Evans says she told owner Teodoro Zaragoza (Teddy) , 59.

Zaragoza, however, didn’t need to have the repairs made because he was closing the shop after 17 years at the same location off Avenida Montezuma. The owner of the adjacent gas station bought the property to expand. Instead, Zaragoza needed a whole new mural for his new restaurant about two blocks away, on Calle Estado behind Old Town La Quinta.

Evans, 64, began working on the mural about two weeks ago. The dining room wall is a surrealistic nod to Zaragoza’s childhood and his memories of his hometown in Mexico. Located prominently in the mural is a not-yet-completed cathedral, the kind that routinely dots a traditional Mexican landscape.

“It’s not meant to be a historical depiction of Guanajuato, but a flavor,” says Evans, who visited the city’s famed mummies 30 years ago but still remembers the mountains and vibrant colors. “My impression of Mexico is that it’s very colorful.”

The mural is a work in progress — on purpose — so diners can watch Evans put the finishing strokes on it during lunch and dinner. She expects to have the mural completed today.  

“We thought it would be interesting to see it created,” Evans says.

A drop cloth and work bench have temporarily replaced a booth along the back wall of the restaurant, which opened July 1. Evans pulls paper towels and masking tape — tools of the trade — from a blue, cloth cooler and begins painting in an oversized plant she has already stenciled on the wall.

I had lunch there today and the mural is just beautiful!  Here is a photo of the artist finishing up her work of art at Teddy’s!

Teddy's in La Quinta

Teddy's new mural by Susan Smith Evans

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Desert Club Estates in La Quinta

Thursday, May 3rd, 2012

Desert Club in La Quinta… where winter never comes!

La Quinta 30th Anniversary– Desert Clubdesert club

 

















 

Kids now swim, frolic and play at the Fritz Burns Park and Community Pool, but it was once an exclusive playground for adults know at The Desert Club.  In the 1930′s and 1940′s  the Desert Club was a magnet for celebrities like Rita Hayworth. There were frequent poolside parties  in an informal setting, where guest could wear anything from “dress clothes to dungarees.”

Desert Club Estates is now a neighborhood in La Quinta with eclectic homes ranging from $250,000- $600,000.  Currently there are 7 active listings with 3 of them with offers and “contingent” status. The homes in Desert Club Estates are single-story, most with private pools, and no HOA’s.  The neighborhood is located close to Old Town La Quinta, La Quinta Resort, golf and shopping!

Desert Club advertisements touted La Quinta as the place “where winter never comes!”

 

 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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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     

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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  www.cheekysps.com

 

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.
760-864-8746;
www.triopalmsprings.com

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.
760-992-0002;
www.escenagolf.com

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.
760-327-1773;
www.threesixtynorth.com

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.
760-325-2794;
www.lascasuelas.com

Midvalley

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.
760-779-1415;
www.yardhouse.com

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.
760-568-9898;
www.mammagina.com

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.
760-837-9600;
www.the3rdcorner.com

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.
760-360-5991;
www.laquintacliffhouse.com

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.
760-564-5556;
www.restaurantsofpalmsprings.com 

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!

www.thewinebaratoldtown.com


     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     

 SchoweProperties.com☼ KathySchowe.comLivetheDesertlife.com 

         

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This Weekend… Art Under the Umbrellas!

Friday, March 23rd, 2012

Art Under the Umbrellas in Old Town La Quinta this weekend!

Art Under the Umbrellas
Main Street Old Town La Quinta
Saturday, March 24, 2012
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Art Under the Umbrellas in Old Town La Quinta is a fun and exciting gathering in quaint, scenic, Old Town La Quinta!

The exciting 7th season of Art Under the Umbrellas continues along the closed-off streets of Old Town La Quinta on Saturday, March 24th with 70 artists presenting newly created works in painting, glass, ceramic, jewelry, wood, sculpture, photography, fiber and mixed media. Free parking and free admission!

Steve Madaio & Friends will entertain art patrons with live music from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Don’t miss an enjoyable day outdoors perusing artist wares, exploring the unique Old Town shops and dining in Old Town restaurants. Art patrons will find quality artwork, while tourists will discover treasured mementos.

Art Under the Umbrellas

The final Art Under the Umbrellas of the season will be held on Saturday, March 31, 2012.

This year, La Quinta Arts Foundation is celebrating its 30th Anniversary in service to its non-profit mission of “Promoting and Cultivating the Arts,” through which $1 million has been awarded in college scholarships to visual art majors. For more information visit www.lqaf.com.
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Kathy Schowe 760.333.8886

Intero Real Estate Services in Old Town La Quinta

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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.  www.lqchamber.com; Click here to see flyer!

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Bicycle Rodeo and Safety Fair in La Quinta!

Saturday, February 11th, 2012

Bicycle Rodeo in La Quinta! Yee-HAW!

Fourth Annual Bicycle Rodeo and Safety Fair

February 25, 2012

Bicycle Rodeos were one of my favorite events growing up– I’m happy to report that La Quinta is hosting their 4th Annual event this month!

The La Quinta Police Department Traffic Services Team is hosting their Fourth

Annual “Bicycle Rodeo and Safety Fair” on Saturday, February 25. A bike rodeo

is a one-day training event that provides an opportunity for young bicyclists

to practice and develop skills that will help them become better bicyclists and

avoid typical crashes.

WHAT IS A BICYCLE RODEO?

It features safety inspections, rules of the road, and helmet safety. The goal is to

empower young cyclists, with a minimal set of skills, for on-road riding. Free

bicycle helmets will be given while the supply lasts.

RIDE THE BICYCLE SAFETY COURSE

Young cyclists will experience riding on a miniature course where they can learn

how to apply the rules of the road. An officer will point out hazards and offer

safety tips. Riders will learn about blind corners, stopping at stop signs, staying

off sidewalks, yielding to pedestrians, intersections, crosswalks, and driveways.

HERE ARE THE DETAILS!!!

What? Fourth Annual Bicycle Rodeo and Safety Fair  

When? February 25, 2012 (Saturday)

Time? 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Where? La Quinta Park (Adams Street and Blackhawk Way)

Who? All ages are welcome

We hope to see you at the BIKE RODEO!

 

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Kathy Schowe   760.333.8886  

Intero Real Estate Services in Old Town La Quinta     

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La Quinta Cove Homes are HOT!

Friday, February 10th, 2012

Just SOLD in La Quinta Cove!

Kathy Schowe with Intero Real Estate just closed on this short-sale property in the La Quinta Cove! The La Quinta Cove is surrounded by mountains and hiking trails and is within walking distance to Old Town La Quinta! 

This buyer will enjoy this beautiful view when he visits us in the winter… but many investors are buying homes in the La Quinta Cove and keeping them as rentals.  Homes can be purchased from $80,000- $130,000 with 3BR-2BA, 1200-1400sq.ft… and leased annually bring in $1100-$1300/mo.

Give me a call and let me help you find your dream home or investment property in La Quinta cove!

     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     

 SchoweProperties.com☼ KathySchowe.comLivetheDesertlife.com 

         

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Desert Classic brings out the Beauties!

Thursday, February 2nd, 2012

Desert Classic Concours d’Elegance 2012

A 1961 Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato, winner of the 2011 Desert Classic Concours d’Elegance Motor Trend Classic Editor’s Choice Award.A 1961 Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato, winner of the 2011 Desert Classic Concours d’Elegance Motor Trend Classic Editor’s Choice Award.JOHN WILEY

 

 

 

 

 

Beautiful weather, beautiful cars and beautiful people…. must be the Desert Classic Concours d’Elegance!

The Desert Classic Concours d’Elegance celebrates its fifth anniversary this month with a new host venue and another headline-grabbing spectacle: vintage cars owned by members of the eliteCheckered Flag 200 club, which supports the mission and initiatives of Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles.

Billed as Desert Speed Week, the Rancho Mirage Desert Classic Concours d’Elegance rolls into the Coachella Valley with vintage car races on President’s Day weekend, followed by a procession of more than 250 of the finest examples of automotive excellence spilling onto the grounds of Westin Mission Hills Resort & Spa in Rancho Mirage on Feb. 25-26.

The exhibition, ranked among the top 10 classic car shows in the world, emphasizes foreign and domestic classic cars from 1969 and earlier.

The Desert Classic is a magnet for media. The inaugural event — which unfolded at the historic O’Donnell Golf Club in Palm Springs — featured the West Coast premiere of the first Ferrari ever built.

Last year, it gained appreciable press for its showing of historic Indianapolis 500 cars. Motor Trendcontributor Matt Stone wrote, “This show had it all: heavy classics, sports cars, and exotics, a fine selection of oval racers celebrating 100 years of the Indy 500, woodies, trucks, and myriad odd ducks. The quality was high; several of the cars would play hard for best of show honors anywhere in the world, with enough really fine drivers on hand to make the show approachable for everyone.” A San Marino couple, Aaron and Valerie Weiss, won best in show at last year’s Desert Classic with their 1929 Auburn 8-120 Boattail Speedster.

“Our focus this year is on the Petersen Automotive Museum’s Checkered Flag [200] club,” says Desert Classic organizer Paul Merrigan, who won the 1998 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in the Postwar GT Italian Coachwork Class with his Maserati A6. “These stalwart car enthusiasts support the goals and vision of the museum, which allows almost unlimited access to cars of a historic nature.”

The Checkered Flag 200 consists of the museum’s top-tier members, who will bring some of the world’s most beautiful vintage cars to the Desert Classic. “We believe that it is our duty not only to preserve these works of automotive art, but also to share them with the public in order to keep the passion alive for our car heritage,” says Bruce Meyer, the group’s president. “We’re privileged to represent the Petersen Museum at such a prestigious event.”

Generally, the Desert Classic invites owners to bring their automobiles; others apply for acceptance. All provide a brief history of their vehicles for spectators to peruse during the event. And all will face judges in their respective classes, which range from Pre- and Post-War American and European to American Heritage Racing and International Competition. Special awards will go to the best classic race car and the most significant open and closed cars, most unusual vehicle, and the People’s Choice Award, Motor Trend Classic Award, and Best in Show.

The nonprofit Desert Classic benefits local charities, including ACT for MS, Loving All Animals, FIND food bank, and Desert Classic Scholarship Fund (in association with College of the Desert).

Event Schedule

Friday, Feb. 24

Track Day
9 a.m.-4 p.m. — Chuckwalla Valley Raceway, Desert Center

Saturday, Feb. 25

The Desert Classic Tour
8-9:30 a.m. — View more than 100 spectacular vintage automobiles in a festive atmosphere. Free and open to the public.
9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. — Watch the cars depart for a driving tour through the Coachella Valley — from Rancho Mirage to the Salton Sea and back. View the route map and schedule at www.desertconcours.com.
12:30-2:30 p.m. — The tour concludes at Cuistot restaurant in Palm Desert, where the cars will again be on display.

The Desert Classic Vintage Car Auction
10 a.m.-5 p.m.
 — Westin Mission Hills Resort & Spa hosts the Vintage Car Auction presented by Auction Group International. The auction, which is open to the public, offers an impressive selection of classic cars focusing on influential automotive design through the decades.

Sunday, Feb. 26

The Desert Classic Concours d’Elegance
More than 200 classic cars will be on display at Westin Mission Hills Resort & Spa. Don’t miss the Checkered Flag 200 club from the Petersen Automotive Museum. Enjoy music, specialty vendors, and exceptional food and beverages.
10 a.m. — Gates open
12:30-1:30 p.m. — Presentation of significant cars and interviews
1:30 p.m. — Awards presentation begins
4 p.m. — Best in Show presentation, event concludes

Tickets: Advance $30/person; gate $35/person; children 10 and younger and active/reserve military personnel enter free.

Information: www.desertconcours.com
Schedule subject to change

     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     

 SchoweProperties.com☼ KathySchowe.comLivetheDesertlife.com 

         

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Arnold Palmer’s 80th Birthday in La Quinta!

Monday, October 12th, 2009

Arnold_Palmer_173382We celebrated Arnie’s 80th in La Quinta at Palmer’s Restaurant!

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