6 Reasons Why People Love Living in Palm Desert

DWA Team


Located in Southern California’s Coachella Valley, Palm Desert is one of the fastest-growing cities in the state and offers out-sized luxury amenities and convenience in the heart of the desert. With a population of more than 50,000 full-time residents and plenty of tourists, Palm Desert has a relaxed, suburban feel. If you’re considering one of Palm Desert’s beautiful homes for sale, consider the following reasons why full-time residents and visitors love this Californian luxury oasis.


Palm Desert has an arid, beautiful climate and is sunny most of the year. If you’re interested in Palm Desert homes for sale, you should also be prepared for the extreme summertime temperatures that occur in the Mojave. The average high temperature in July is a scorching 108 degrees, the area gets no snow, and it rains a minuscule five inches per year. With that said, low temperatures in the winter only dip into the mid-40s, which means outdoor activities can be on the agenda no matter the season. Plus, the pool and air conditioning in your home will feel that much nicer when the summer temperatures start to spike.

Fantastic places to eat

Whether you want ethnic cuisine, fast-casual fare, or fine dining, there’s a restaurant for you to enjoy in Palm Desert. Some favorite options among locals and tourists include Cuistot, a French restaurant with an unbeatable ambiance and huge wine selection; Mitch’s on El Paseo Prime Seafood, offering candlelit dinners and fresh catches; and Bellatrix, the restaurant located in the Classic Club golf club. If you’re looking for something more casual, check out the French Rotisserie Café for a lunch of slow-roasted free-range chicken, Wilma & Frieda’s Café for some breakfast or brunch, or Café Des Beaux-Arts for a quick French-style lunch while perusing the designer boutiques on El Paseo.

Affordable luxury

Though the market throughout the Coachella Valley is hot, there are still many affordable Palm Desert homes for sale. The median-priced home in this city is $561,000, up more than 38% from last year, but well below the average price of homes in Southern California. For example, the median-priced home in Santa Barbara is $1,845,000, $3,550,000 in Palo Alto, and $1,120,000 in Sausalito.

There are currently almost 300 Palm Desert homes for sale ranging in price from $125,000 for a two-bedroom, one-bathroom apartment up to $49.5 million for a seven-bedroom, ten-and-a-half-bathroom home located on more than seven and a half acres of land. Around 45% of Palm Desert homes are single-family, detached properties, but there are also plenty of condos and townhouses available for buyers who prefer these options.

Fun activities

Credit: Living Desert Zoo and Gardens
Whether you want to explore the great outdoors or beat the heat with some air-conditioned fun, there’s always something to do when you own Palm Desert real estate. Take a Red Jeep tour to see the San Andreas Fault, or learn more about native culture and survival in the Mojave Desert. Interact with some unique flora and fauna by taking the kids to check out the Living Desert Zoo and Gardens and its newest addition: Australian Adventures. And of course, golf fans can play a round at the Woodhaven Country Club.

While you shop for a home, be sure to spend some time at the “Rodeo Drive of Greater Palm Springs”, El Paseo. Shoppers at El Paseo can experience the best in high fashion with brands like Gucci and Ralph Lauren, shop for luxury jewelry at Frizzante Fine Jewelers or Todd & Company, and shop for spices and sauces at Williams Sonoma or The Upper Crust. When you need a break, stop into one of the 20 El Paseo restaurants for a meal or a refreshing drink. Options include JC’s Café, Armando’s Dakota Bar & Grill, and Eddie V’s Prime Seafood.

Exciting events

El Paseo Cruise Night, Credit: Palm Springs Life
Owners of Palm Desert real estate will have access to exciting events year-round. Over the holidays you can attend a Winter Wonderlette’s show or experience a sparkling winter wonderland put on by the Living Desert Zoo and Gardens. The Street Fair at College of the Desert is a local favorite, as is the Palm Springs International Film Festival (located a mere 12 miles down the road from Palm Desert). Classic car collectors can join other auto enthusiasts for El Paseo Cruise Night. If art is more your style, stop into Arts on Main Street to buy from more than 100 local photographers, sculptors, and painters.  

Great location

Palm Desert is only 12 miles away from Palm Springs, Temecula Wine Country is a short hour and a half drive away, and bustling Los Angeles can be reached in a little over two hours. If you want to travel further, Palm Springs International Airport is less than 12 miles away while major airports like San Diego International and LAX are just over two hours away.

Shopping Palm Desert luxury homes for sale?

If you’re ready to take the next step in purchasing Palm Desert real estate, reach out to one of the local Palm Desert real estate agents at DW & Associates for expert guidance. The team at DW & Associates will provide you with the best properties to fit your needs, and help you craft an offer to win any seller’s attention. When you’re ready to commit to a Palm Desert luxury home, contact DW & Associates.
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