PGA WEST in La Quinta offers a fabulous golfing lifestyle!

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Imagine living in a luxury home in a world class golfing community with views like these! You can at PGA WEST, located in La Quinta, CA, whether you choose to buy a condo or a detached single family residence! They all offer amazing views. The prices range from the low $200,000s for condos to over $3 mil for luxury estates.

Pictured above are the spectacular views from a single family detached home located in the PGA Weiskopf gated community (there are 7 communities to choose from inside PGA West!) and is currently listed for $1,695,000. This fabulous home offers 4817 sq ft of luxury living with all the finest finishes and appliances, and is being offered decorator furnished!

If you prefer a condo, please consider my latest listing at 79772 Olympia Fields in the Palmer Private community, which also has million dollar views. Offered turnkey furnished for only $257,000! It’s a 2 bedroom, 2.5 bathroom, 1492 sq ft townhouse with 2 master bedrooms upstairs with en suite bathrooms. One bedroom faces the lake views which you can enjoy from your private balcony, and offers a walk-in closet. The other bedroom is on the other side of the house. The lake views with the Santa Rosa Mountains to the right are stunning! Here is a photo of the million dollar views from the south-facing patio and balcony:

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These are the MILLION DOLLAR VIEWS from the townhouse at 79773 Olympia Fields listed at only $257,000!

This delightful townhouse is tastefully furnished and has many upgrades including slab granite counters in the kitchen and bar area in the living room, plantation shutters throughout, ceiling fans, and more. It offers a detached two car garage, off the courtyard next to the kitchen. It boasts a fireplace in the living room for cold winter nights. There is also a guest bathroom and a closet with a new washer and dryer on the first level. There are several pools with spas nearby to choose from to enjoy.  HOA dues include all landscaping, exterior paint, roof, cable, trash, insurance including earthquake insurance, 24-hour guarded gate.

This desirable property makes a great weekend getaway, or long-term second home during our season, or a year-round primary home, and/or an excellent rental income property.

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Desirable south-facing patio and balcony, faces the lake, gets plenty of sunshine.

Here are some photos of the nicely decorated interior, offered turnkey furnished:

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Living room area, with the kitchen in the background, tastefully furnished.

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Kitchen with gorgeous slab granite counters, and a sunny eating area, and a courtyard patio behind it.

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Master bedroom facing the lake views!

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Master bathroom, with dual sinks, soaking bathtub and shower, and a walk-in closet.

The entire Coachella Valley is a golf mecca, and here at PGA WEST, you are in a highly concentrated golf course area as there are 6 courses to choose from! Three are private (Palmer, Nicklaus, Weiskopf), however three are semi-private (Nicklaus Tournament, Stadium, Norman). There are 3 clubhouses, several restaurants in PGA West, and there is the affiliate connection to the La Quinta Resort and Spa, as well as The Citrus, with additional restaurants for members. Being a resident here is offering you a KEY TO THE DESERT LIFESTYLE and a KEY TO THE BEST OF LA QUINTA in particular! Whatever you are interested in whether social or golfing or fitness activities, it’s here for you to enjoy! The list is long: golf, swimming, tennis (your choice of grass, hardcore, or clay courts), pickleball, racquet ball, fitness, yoga… you get the picture! For more information on membership, please call 760-564-7111. Here is a link to discover more about the PGA West lifestyle: http://www.pgawest.com/custom/flipbook/PGAWESTBook/index.html

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Golfers enjoy the Weiskopf Private course on a sunny December afternoon.

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The PGA West Private Clubhouse beckons in the afternoon sun.

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There are amazing lake, fairway and mountain views throughout PGA WEST!

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A Spanish style home in PGA WEST Norman currently listed for $1,295,000.

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The infinity pool at this home overlooks the 2nd hole in the Weiskopf Private course, offered for $3,750,000. With 5 bedrooms, 7 bathrooms, office, it’s 7,927 sq ft on a 28,314 sq ft lot.

To summarize, there is so much to explore in PGA WEST that you need a guide to help you in your search for your perfect place in the sun, whether it’s your primary home, a secondary home, and/or an income property. There are no rental restrictions at this time at the residences of PGA WEST, and so many residents take advantage of this to rent their properties out for premium prices during special events or during the season when they are not using their properties. During our season, there are a myriad of world class events here in the desert which attracts national and international sun seekers! These events included golf and tennis tournaments, polo and other equestrian events such as HITS, music festivals such as Coachella, StageCoach, Desert Trip, fashion events, car-racing events and more! Even in the summer, people come in to brave the high temps!

If you would like more information, please contact me, Wendy Campbell, your desert realtor, at 760-587-6009. You may also be interested in checking out my website: www.WendysDesertRealEstate.com for more general information about desert real estate.

 

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”!

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

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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!

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Indian Palms Country Club: A great place to live and invest in

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Indian Palms Country Club in Indio  has been a long time favorite for people who want a second home in this resort area, or even living here as a full-time resident in spite of the toasty summers here in the desert.  It’s been very popular with “snowbirds” in particular, people who flock down here from colder climates such as Canada, as well as the Pacific Northwest and the Mid-West of the United States during our season which offers fabulous weather from November to May, and even into June before it heats up to over 90 degrees.

Today, with home prices being still at record lows, many people are investing in Indian Palms Country Club, buying several properties, to rent out long-term or short-term and then they plan on sellng them when the prices climb back up again.  In the meantime, they can rent  them out easily in this market.

There are condos and detached single family homes, many of them built only a few years ago.  Some of the houses boast private pools and spas. Many of the homes are built along the golf course or a wide green fairway with meandering streams and waterfalls. 

The condos have recently ranged in price from as low as the low $30,000s for a foreclosure, and up to $186,000, however the inventory for condos now is down fairly low now: only 10 on the market at this moment.

The 18 houses currently listed range in price from the low $100,000s to up to around the mid or low $400,000s, while the condos currently range in price from as low as $47,600 to $165,000. 

At this time, inventory is  also down for detached single family homes, after a buying frenzy within the past six months when 54 single family residences and 30 condos sold.  The condos sold with prices ranging from as low as $35,000 to $169,000, while the homes sold for prices ranging from $105,000 and up to $340,000.  The overall sales price as a percentage of the list price for condos was 96.82%, and for single family homes, it was 97.25%. I always remind my Buyers that generally the successful offer will be at least 94% of the list price.  In Indian Palms, with prices already so reasonable for homes that offer so much value, the successful offer apparently should be around 96% of the list price or more.  It is not uncommon for desirable homes that are priced right to receive full price offers, and sometimes even over full price, when multiple buyers are vying for the same property.

The history of Indian Palms Country Club is reflected in many of the streets which are named after Hollywood celebrities who were friends of the couple who created this resort area, Floyd Odlum, who was the owner of Hollywood’s RKO Pictures, and his wife Jacke Cochran, who was a world famous aviator.  The couple bought the 640 acres for under $100 an acre back in the 1930s, and built The Ranch House, which is now the location of the Golf Shop and Palm Terrace Room. 

The area is surrounded by mountain views and is lush with flora includng fruit and palm trees, and provided a wonderful backdrop for entertaining their Hollywood friends and even US presidents.  Today it continues to offer this to its many residents, whether full-time or part-time.

Within the guarded gate entrance of the community, the allure of Indian Palms Country Club is still strong with all the resort amenities offered such as public golf courses, many community pools and spas located throughout the community, and a Lifestyle Center which features tennis courts, a huge pool, and fitness equipment. 

There are about 17 HOAs throughout Indian Palms Country Club, and some of the HOAs even include the fitness in the low HOA dues, which range from around $250 to $375 per month.

Even if the Lifestyle Center is not included with the particular HOA that manages the particular community in which your house or condo may be in, you can pay a small monthly fee to join.

In the immediate area around Indian Palms Country Club, there are many luxury homes and the ultra prestigious Madison Club is right around the corner.

There are two world class polo clubs around the corner as well: the Empire Polo Club and the El Dorado Polo Club, where anyone can go and watch the exciting polo matches.

As soon as polo season is over, then the world famous music festivals take over, including Coachella, Stage Coach and more!

There are also many popular stores and restaurants nearby, so it is a very convenient location.

There are also posh casinos nearby that offer entertainment, fine cuisine, cocktail lounges and of course, gambling.  Fantasy Springs features live free concerts under the stars with talented “tribute bands” such as Bonfire who pay tribute to ACDC (pictured below) as in channelling the ACDC experience, in this case.

It is also a short drive to the HITS (Horses In The Sun) events which feature international dressage and jumping competitions for equestrians and their beautiful horses, in nearby Thermal, and the public is invited!

Seeing all the beautiful horses against the backdrop of majestic mountains and rows of palm trees is truly a sight to behold.

Besides the music festivals, Indio is famous for its many fun, family-oriented festivals, such as the Date Festival, where you may find belly-dancers and ostriche-riding races among other things!

Indio and its neighboring towns are famous for providing the US with 95% of the dates that are sold.  Date shakes are a delicious desert treat!  Shields Date Farms has a retro diner and shop which sell desert souvenirs including a huge variety of dates.

For those of you who are investors, here is an example of a savvy Canadian couple who recently bought four investment properties within the last few months with me as their realtor. 

They first bought a three bedroom, two bath home built in 2003, for only $136,000. It was in great move-in condition, with a separate laundryroom, and an attached two car garage.  I got it rented out to a nice family for them in under a week’s time.  It was previously owned by an investor who had bought it as a foreclosure on the courthouse steps, who fixed it up a bit, and put it on the market with an attractive price.  I advised my clients to move on it quickly and they did, and it’s already paying for itself.

Next my clients put an offer on a short sale house, meaning the sellers were allowed by their bank to sell the property for less than what they owed on the property, which is a fairly common occurence these days. This two bedroom, two bathroom home boasts a private pool. My clients’ counter offer that was ultimately accepted was $156,000. Not bad for a California home built in 2003, in a gated community with its own private pool!  The deal closed in 3 months, which is about the average for short sales.  Also rented out right away.

Next up, my clients saw another beautiful home in Indian Palms that was a short sale, and  I assisted them with writing up a counter offer that was accepted for this designer-decorated 4 bedroom, 3 bathroom home built in 2003: $143,000.  Amazing value!  And this short sale closed in a record 3 weeks! Also rented out quickly!

Again, another attractive house in Indian Palms came back on the market after falling out of escrow. It was a foreclosure and extra paperwork was involved. But it was worth it, as the sale price for this home built in 2001 ended up being $116,000 for this recently remodeled 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom home on a quiet corner with a private backyard. And it was rented out within a week of being listed!

My clients knew the value of these homes since they had been vacationing in Indian Palms for years, including the heyday years of high prices  from 2004 to 2006, and kept an eye on the falling  prices and felt that this was now definitely the time to start investing.  I think they are right, too, since inventory is now low and prices in some areas of the Coachella Valley are beginning to climb again. It’s only a matter of time when prices start climbing again in Indian Palms as well.