Laguna De La Paz: A stunning setting in La Quinta

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I’m very excited about my new listing in the highly desirable community of Laguna De La Paz, a gated community of condos and detached single family homes surrounding a 7 acre lake framed by gorgeous, rugged mountains of La Quinta. Centrally located in La Quinta, around the corner are many great stores, restaurants and a new state-of-the-art movie theatre! The prices range from the low $200,000s to the mid-$400,000s, with the HOA monthly dues of $550 (at this time, Feb. 7, 2016) covering basically everything, including common area landscaping, 24/7 24 hour guarded gate, the lake, the roof and exterior painting, 15 community pools and 16 community spas, 5 tennis courts, clubhouse, fitness center, sauna, bocce courts, catch and release fishing, walking trail and more!

There is never an excuse for “nothing to do”!



It’s also very dog-friendly! You’ll see many people getting exercise on the walking trail along the lake with their canine buddies!


My listing is located at 48121 Vista Cielo, and is a spacious 1980 sq. ft. sunny 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom detached single family residence on a large 6534 sq ft lot which offers enough space to build your own private pool, if you want to! There is a built-in BBQ in the wrap-around patio. It has plantation shutters throughout, a stacked stone fireplace, recessed lighting, a huge walk-in closet in the master bedroom and a split floor plan. It also has a laundryroom and an attached two-car garage. There is a privacy wall all around, and it offers a safe place to let your children and/or furry family play outside. The listing price is only $308,000! This is a great value for so much house and so much amenities!




Also nearby is the popular Old Town La Quinta which hosts art festivals, farmers’ markets with live music, and there are many tempting restaurants and fashionable boutiques.



If you are looking to place golf, with your La Quinta residence ID card, you can get special rates at the prestigious SilverRock Golf Course. There are over 120 golf courses throughout the Coachella Valley, and many of them are public. This is a golf mecca so you have many choices for where to play around here!


If you want to watch polo matches, there are two polo clubs just down the road in Indio, the Empire Polo Club and the Eldorado Polo Club. The Empire Polo grounds are where the world famous Coachella and Stagecoach music festivals happen.

Laguna De La Paz, in La Quinta, offers the best of the desert lifestyle! It’s a very friendly community and is very conveniently located. Please contact me for more information at 760-587-6009 or you may e-mail me. Happy Trails!


Behind the gates of Mira Vista in Rancho Mirage: Spectacular Views!

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Behind the gates of the prestigious golf community of Mira Vista in Rancho Mirage are spectacular views of mountains, lakes, streams, trees, the golf course and greenery. The luxury homes were built by the renowned Toll Brothers, around 2001 to 2003, and range in size from around 2331 square feet to around 4372 square feet. Contemporary Tuscan seem to describe the style of architecture. Elegance and tranquility describe the spacious, sun-filled interiors.

Featured Property:
21 Calle Del Norte, Rancho Mirage

In a word: Beautiful!

In a word: Beautiful!

This elegant 3 bedroom / 4 bathroom, 3422 square foot property offers great views of the lake behind it surrounded by mature trees and flowers, as well as some of the Westin Mission Hills golf course, which is far enough away to allow privacy. It boasts its own salt-water heated pool and spa with beautiful lake views.

A sparkling salt-water pool and spa with pebbletec finish

A sparkling salt-water pool and spa with pebbletec finish

Tranquil lake views

Tranquil lake views

There is ample sunlight streaming through the variety of windows, walls of glass and clerestory windows, allowing for the views of the beautiful surroundings to be fully enjoyed. The interior is classic European with crown molding, baseboards and wainscoting, painted in creams, whites and golds.  Each bedroom has en suite bathrooms and their own entries to a private patio. The master bedroom has two large walk-in closets, a spacious bathroom with doorless shower and a jet tub and plenty of counter space and dual sinks.

Spacious master with 2 walk-in closets

Spacious master with 2 walk-in closets

There is a large living room area, with a wet bar, and also a formal dining area that is adjacent to the kitchen which features a big opening so plates can be passed over the counter and the chef can converse with dinner guests while in the kitchen. Granite counter tops and a granite-topped island with a stovetop with a ventilator fan panel that rises up or down with a push of a button. A laundryroom is between the kitchen and the garage, which is two car and has an immaculate epoxy floor.

Great kitchen for cooking!

Great kitchen for cooking!

All stainless steel appliances are included. The two built-in convection overs are perfect for creating multiple dishes. There is a breakfast nook that has views of one of the courtyards. This home is an entertainer’s delight, with plenty of room for guests to relax and enjoy the views and a beverage from the wet bar.

Great for entertaining!

Great for entertaining!

Plenty of room for guests

Plenty of room for guests

This tasteful and refined home is not offered furnished, however many furnishings are negotiable outside of escrow. The list price for this home is an amazing deal: $699,900, which is the lowest price per square foot in Mira Vista at only $204 per sq. ft. The HOA dues are low: $305/month which includes all common area landscaping, a guarded gate, tennis courts, a community pool, spa and clubhouse and more.

Tennis courts at Mira Vista beckon!

Tennis courts at Mira Vista beckon!

The sellers have moved out and are ready to travel the world. This is an amazing opportunity for someone who wants a spacious home in the coveted community of Mira Vista in Rancho Mirage, a desert city with the nick name of “Home to Presidents” since so many presidents have lived here, including President Eisenhower, and Gerald Ford, who have streets named after them. President Obama has visited this city on numerous occasions to relax and play golf. Golfing is available at the Westin Mission Hills Golf Course and the Mission Hills Country Club.

The Westin Mission Hills Golf Course weaves its way around Mira Vista

The Westin Mission Hills Golf Course weaves its way around the Mira Vista community, yet there is plenty of privacy

Not far from this choice property is The River, which has a huge movie theatre, boutiques and stores such as Forever 21, and many popular restaurants including PF Chang’s, Fleming’s and The Cheesecake Factory.

Call me, Wendy Campbell, a realtor with Power Brokers International, for a private showing or to find out when an open house will be happening, at 760-587-6009. This is a must see!

Deep Canyon Tennis Club in Palm Desert: Location, Location, Location!

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If you love tennis, pickle-ball and shopping, the condos at Deep Canyon Tennis Club might just be the perfect spot for your desert getaway, or live here year-round. Close by are also hiking trails and churches which also feature musical concerts throughout the year. Located just up the hill from the world-famous El Paseo with its world-class shopping, restaurants and art galleries, it’s hard to find a better location!

There are 350 condo units in this desirable gated community with a 24/7 guarded gate, and offers 12 tennis courts, 1 pickle-ball court, 12 swimming pools and 4 spas, along with a clubhouse for its residents to enjoy. As of this writing the HOA dues are $514 per month and cover basically everything!

There are beautiful mountain views and lush, mature trees which together create a true paradise!


Check out my listing at 72765 Jack Kramer Ln in this delightful community! It offers 2 Bedrooms PLUS an Office and 2 Bathrooms, and is offered turnkey furnished for $250,000. Painted in pleasing desert colors, there is alot of natural light due to the solar tube and the skylight. The large private patio area offers a mature citrus tree with plenty of fruit to pick for your pleasure. There is a carport for two cars, and a washer and dryer inside a closet in the condo itself.

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This desirable unit has no one above nor below and is a ground unit. There are other units in this complex that do have some one above or below them. If you would like to schedule a private showing, please contact me at 760-587-6009.

Condos at Desert Falls Country Club Offer The Desert Lifestyle

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Condos in the Desert Falls Country Club in Palm Desert offer the best of “the desert lifestyle”, including a carefree life-style since the HOA takes care of everything including all landscaping, 24 hour guarded gate, exterior maintenance, cable TV, 25 community pools and spas, 9 tennis courts (lit up at night), and a 3 floor state-of-the-art fitness center. The prices for these condos are very reasonable, too, starting in the low $200,000s. No wonder this is one of the most popular country clubs in the desert!  For golf enthusiasts, membership is available at the 18-hole championship Ronald Fream-designed Scottish course within the gates of Desert Falls Country Club,  listed as one of the top 10 courses by the SCPGA, and has earned a four-star rating from the “Golf Digest” list of “Best Places to Play”. There are often special golf membership deals available so check in with Golf Membership Director Dan McMahan at 760-423-1283 for the latest details!


I am proud to present my new listing for a beautifully remodeled, ground-level two bedroom, two full bathroom condo overlooking the 6th tee and with fabulous views of the golf course and mountains.  This 1360 square foot condo offers a nice patio with overhang on the north side where you can enjoy the panoramic views.



Here is a view of the condo and its patio, which is the lower left unit in this photo. There are four units per building.



From the front, in this following photo, you can see its two car garage which has a newer garage door. The front door is behind the stairs which go up to the unit above.



The address is 673 Vista Lago Circle N and it’s located on a quiet cul-de-sac, and surrounded by towering palm trees and colorful flowers and shrubbery.

The living room is bright and airy and has a dining area which is separated from the kitchen by an all granite counter area. There are plantation shutters throughout for a nice tropical ambiance. The 50 inch, wall-mounted, flat screen TV is to be included with the sale of this delightful condo.


All furniture and appliances are to be included in the sale of the condo. The kitchen has all granite counter-tops, newer cabinetry, newer and all-matching GE appliances including the washer and dryer in its own room.


Besides the dining area in the living room, there is a breakfast nook surrounded by windows in the kitchen.


Here is a better view of the dining area in the living room.


There are two bedrooms, and the master bedroom has its own bathroom en suite and plenty of closet space.



The other bedroom has sliding mirror closet doors, and the bathroom is in the hallway.




As previously mentioned, the GE washer and dryer are included in its own room.


While there is newer wall-to-wall carpet in the bedrooms, the rest of the floors are clad in 20 inch travertine-like ceramic tiles and set diagonally in the kitchen which opens up the space.

Be sure to talk to the Clubhouse for a tour and to learn about special membership deals (760-340-5646 ext. 225).

This highly desirable condo is offered for sale at $259,000 (reduced from $270,000), which is a great value for all the above-mentioned features.

Nearby are many shopping centers, restaurants, the McCallum Theatre for world-class cultural events and the Indian Wells Tennis Gardens for world-class tennis tournaments, and sometimes other events such as jazz concerts. This condo makes the perfect desert getaway as a second home or even as a year-round residence, which is becoming more and more common due to this area’s growing appeal and amenities. It also makes sense as an investment property since it is very easy to rent during our season which runs from October to the end of May and even into June.

Please stop by at an Open House or call agent Wendy Campbell to arrange a private showing (760-587-6009).

Best Bargain in South Palm Springs: 222 E. Sonora Road

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SonoraFrt1This lovely sunny 1928 square foot home on a 10,019 square foot lot offers a split floorplan with 3 bedrooms and 3 full bathrooms. Can you believe it’s listed for only $425,000?  It is the best-priced home in the very desirable location in the south end Palm Springs community of Tahquitz River Estates, sandwiched between the Deepwell and Warm Sands neighborhoods. The seller is ready to down-size so it is priced right now, so buyers take a look! This is now going to sell quickly.

It is just up from S. Palm Canyon, and the walk-ability factor is high. So conveniently close to many hotspots in Palm Springs as well as shopping malls. You could say that this is in “Party Central” as the new Hacienda Cantina and Beach Club just opened up down the street offering a party pool with food and drink, along with entertainment. It’s owned by the same people who produce the famous Coachella Music and Art Festival. A mile to the left is the popular Ace Hotel and about a mile to the right is the Hard Rock Hotel. Party hearty! And public transportation is right around the corner, or you can just walk or ride your bike to everything including the downtown Palm Springs area which is going to be utterly fabulous when the new construction is done in about a year’s time.

You don’t have to be a Party Animal to love this beautiful home with good bones. There is plenty to love even if you prefer a more low-key lifestyle.  This spacious home was built in 1996 and features soaring cathedral ceilings, granite countertops in the kitchen, solar tubes to bring lots of natural sunlight into the kitchen, a split floor plan, a lush walled in backyard featuring many citrus trees, Spanish clay roof, lots of sunshine and convenience.

SonoraBck1The backyard offers privacy and mountain views as well as plenty of citrus fruits for the picking! The covered patio in the back (pictured) offers a nice area for dining al fresco and grilling up your favorite foods to savor.



Inside the house, the kitchen is open to a breakfast nook and a den, while a formal dining area is adjacent. You’ll love the bull-nosed slab granite countertops.  All appliances are included.

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This and bordering neighborhoods has mostly single family residences with some small inns and a couple apartment buildings sprinkled throughout.

Just on the other side is the Plaza Del Sol with Stein Mart, a great place to buy new clothes and home decor at great prices, Miro’s Restaurant, an elegant European-style bistro and many other services.  The SmokeTree Plaza is a couple miles down the road Palm Canyon and it has all you need: Ralph’s Supermarket, all kinds of restaurants, banks, cleaners, you name it. It’s there. Up Sunrise is another plaza with plenty to offer, so you have your pick.

Plaza del SolAll the while you are surrounded by gorgeous mountain views and lush landscaping with towering, majestic palm trees.

This is an exceptional location in Palm Springs, not only for all the above listed reasons, but also because it is in a wind-free zone! It’s a great weather sweet spot in the desert. Sonora Road, like many of the roads in the Tahquitz River Estates community, is like a country road.

Now for some stats: as mentioned my featured listing at 222 E. Sonora Road is the BEST-priced home in Tahquitz River Estates, listed at $425,000 ($220 per sq ft!), with he list prices of homes in this area range from $425,000 to $895,000. There are only 9 active listings, and so inventory is obviously low. Buyers should make their move now if they are serious about owning a piece of this paradise.

As for SOLD property prices, they range from $357,000 to $835,000 in this same area for the past 6 month period.

This is a great home for anyone who wants to be in a convenient, beautiful, wind-free area! That could be YOU! Please call me to arrange a private showing on my cell: 760-587-6009.

If you are thinking of buying this property as an investment, for rough figures, I believe you can rent it long-term for about $2500 per month or short-term for about $5000 per month. You could rent it out AND enjoy it for yourself when it’s not rented. If you want your own private pool, there is plenty of room for one in the backyard, otherwise, you can just use the pool at the Hacienda Cantina and Beach Club, Ace Hotel or Hard Rock Hotel, to name a few choices.

This home offers the best of the easy Palm Springs lifestyle!

Here are a few parting photos of the brand new Hacienda Cantina and Beach House this is just around the corner which offers the use of the pool for FREE (for those aged 21 +), an outdoor DJ, outdoor and indoor bar areas and restaurant with delicious food and drinks:

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Rancho Santana: a very desirable gated community in La Quinta

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Rancho Santana is a newer gated community in La Quinta with only 168 homes, which have been built in stages from 2006 to 2012 and range in price from the high $400,000’s up to $1,125,000.  There are still a few lots left for future luxury homes to be built upon.

The Mediterranean-style homes range from around 2800 to 4650 square feet, and all offer granite countertops, high ceilings, walk-in closets and other luxury features and amenities.  Some come with their own private pools and spas, and some have skydecks which allow a feast for the eyes of panoramic mountain views.

This home, which is currently my listing, at 81598 Ricochet Way, is offered for $534,000. It offers 3184 square feet of luxury living space which includes 4 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms.  This includes an attached casita, with its own entryway: perfect for guests! High ceilings, granite counters and an island in the gourmet kitchen, two fireplaces including one in the retreat of the en suite master bedroom, custom tile floors inlaid with decorative European-style designs, and much more, make this a very special place to live.  The energy bills are kept low due to the zoned AC/heating and the energy provider is IID (Imperial Irrigation District).

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This lovely home with many designer features includes a skydeck with these fabulous views (below)! This photo does not do it proper justice! It’s a great place to sit back and watch some of our spectacular desert sunsets. There is a wet bar and covered area as well.


Here are the stairs leading up to the skydeck:


The gate to Rancho Santana is located on the south side of Avenue 52 just east of Monroe Street, and the westside of Rancho Santana is next to the uber-prestigious Madison Club, which features a private world class golf course and multi-million dollar luxury homes and estates.

Rancho Santana has very low HOA dues ($142 per month for my featured listing) and offers walking trails, a putting green and a playground area surrounded by lots of green grass.


If you love horses, there are two world-class polo clubs with restaurant right around the corner! Empire Polo Club has entrances on Monroe St. and Avenue 50, while the El Dorado Polo Club has an entrance on Madison Street. Watching the polo matches while tail-gating or sitting in a cabana is a wonderful way to spend Sunday afternoons.



If these two top-notch polo clubs were not enough for horse-lovers, Rancho Santana is just a short drive to the Horses In The Sun events in Thermal, where riders from around the world showcase their jumping skills and more equestrian talents.


If you love golf, you are in luck.  As a resident of La Quinta, you will have discounted rates to play at the prestigious SilverRock Golf Course, which is just down the road a short distance from Rancho Santana, on Avenue 52.  Of course, the entire Coachella Valley is a mecca for golf enthusiasts.  There are about 120 or so golf courses throughout the Coachella Valley and many of them are public courses.  For instance, Indian Palms CC is a very popular  golf community with public golf courses and it is just around the corner on Monroe at Avenue 48. I have listed and sold many homes and condos in Indian Palms Country Club, which offers many amenities including an on-site restaurant, fitness club, tennis courts, community pools and more.

My listing at 81598 Ricochet Way in Rancho Santana is great for either a second residence or even full-time, since when you need to get away from the summer heat, the coastal beaches are only about a two and a half hour drive away. Or you can escape to the mountains in about the same time.

“Snowbirds”, people from colder climes, flock here during our season,  which begins in October and ends in May or June, because of the balmy weather and beautiful scenery of mountain vistas, fountains, colorful flowers and towering palms which line the streets.  There is plenty to do, besides the afore-mentioned golfing and horsing around, such as world-class shopping on El Paseo in Palm Desert, our “Rodeo Drive” in the desert, with a Saks Fifth Avenue, Gucci, Jill St. John, Ralph Laurent, Louis Vuitton, and all the rest. There are film festivals, Fashion Week, concerts at the McCallum Theatre, art museums, outdoor shopping and marketplaces, hiking, biking…the list goes on and on!

Whether you are interested in a house or a condo here in “the desert”, I can help you find what you are looking for and assist you with achieving your real estate goals. Please call me at 760-587-6009 or e-mail me at to start the process!

Exploring the Pacific Heights “Gold Coast” on Christmas 2013

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doorwayPacHts (1)I was lucky enough to be able to be in San Francisco this Christmas, and decided to explore “The Gold Coast” of Pacific Heights, which is on Broadway between Divisadero and Lyon Streets. I had read an interesting article in the October issue of the Vanity Fair magazine about this uber tony block where one must be at least a multi-millionaire, if not a billionaire, AND, it is said, “connected”, in order to live here.

As a realtor, and a lover of luxury real estate AND San Francisco, it was exciting to be able to take a look for myself at these amazing properties, at least the exteriors.  Coming from the desert area, where most ultra-luxury homes are hidden behind the private gates with security guards or high, thick hedges, these AMAZING homes were on open display! And I was not the only one taking photos!


Besides this neighborhood having some of the best possible views of the San Francisco Bay, with a fabulous view of the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz Island, along with the various sea-going vessels that glide around the bay, this neighborhood is adjacent to a section of the Presidio Park and seems pretty private, yet amazingly open! Although this part of the Presidio Park is dissected by a busy street, there is enough of a park for dog-lovers to enjoy with their dogs, should you happen to be in the neighborhood.

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And as previously mentioned, one has to have some serious money to buy a property here, whether it’s Old Money or New Money. One of the interesting developments, as documented in the Vanity Fair article, is that there is some tension between the Old Money, as represented by such folks as the Gettys, grand dame Denise Hale, the Trainas, and so on. Particularly Denise Hale is written to not be at all thrilled with the New Money as represented by high tech scions such as part-time desert resident Larry Ellison and let’s just say some “lucky ducks” who cashed in at just the right time in the game of high tech IPOs, such as Michael and Xochi Birch, who sold their social media to AOL for a gazillion dollars just before the “dot bomb” happened and now a few years later, they have bought it back for just a mere $1 million. If you go to their website, you will see it is still basically “under construction”.  After watching the “infomercial” for the website, it is easy to see why Denise Hale and the Birches would not seem to have much in common!!

PHlion (1)Judging from the map of “The Gold Coast” in the Vanity Fair article, this is most likely the exterior of the Birches’ fabulous Pacific Heights home. The lavish interior features a dramatic all teal blue living room, designed by  in-demand 47 year old interior designer Ken Fulk, and is displayed in the Vanity Fair article. Michael Birch is British and is a fan of English pubs, so I guess it is only natural that he actually had the entire interior of one brought in and installed into this house! Apparently he and his wife certainly know how to throw great parties! He hired two Beefeater guards from the Drake Hotel to flank the entryway for one of his parties. How fun!

PHlarry (1)The house pictured above belongs to Larry Ellison, CEO of Oracle and now owner of the desert’s Indian Wells Tennis Gardens where world-class tennis tournaments take place each year. Larry has grand homes around the world, however this one seems a bit modest compared to his neighbors in this neighborhood. And it certainly has a more contemporary, modern edge to it. He paid $3.9 mil for it, and according to the Vanity Fair article, he completely remodeled the house in this modern style that some of his neighbors supposedly disapprove of, since it is so different from the other homes on the street. He also took a neighbor to court in order to get the right to have the tops of their trees trimmed in order to make his view of the bay unobstructed. Another bit of drama is that Nicola Miner, the daughter of the co-founder of Oracle with whom Larry had reportedly clashed with, bought the property directly across from his, and placed a nine-foot robot with a steel gas-pump penis in her front terrace. Some people read some antagonistic meaning into that, however, the Vanity Fair article states that Ms. Miner denies that the robot has anything to do with Mr. Ellison, and that their relationship is “largely harmonious”.  Here is a photo of the robot sculpture, which is apparently offensive to some of the neighbors.


I think it is hilarious, personally!  One has to really look to notice it in the grand scheme of things, as the following photos shows.

PHrobotbushes (1)There is a public stairway down to the next street where there were many people jogging up and down burning off calories from haven eaten “too many See’s Candies chocolates” during Christmas season, which is what I overheard from one of the joggers.

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A beautiful formal garden halfway down the stairs invites sitting down and taking in the views.

PHgardenThere also happens to be a private residence there. Not such a bad deal to have a fabulous public garden right there for which the upkeep you are not responsible for!


Here is a street shot of the block:


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Judging from the map in Vanity Fair, the home below belongs to Trevor Traina, a scion of one of San Francisco’s most established families. I love the green house, where I saw some palm fronds, and wonder if they have some orange trees and an herb garden as well. Certainly a great place for a cup of tea or a glass of wine with some friends! Trevor Traina is credited with bringing his New Money pals who are internet moguls into the neighborhood.

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Perhaps my favorite mansion is one that is apparently owned by a highly successful doctor, a wedding-cake classical house, pictured below:

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And here is the side view:


All I can say is, that IF I do win a mega millions jackpot, I will most certainly buy a home in this area if possible!

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