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!

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.

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Here are the stairs leading up to the skydeck:

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 wendysdesert@gmail.com 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!

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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 Bebo.com 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.

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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!

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Here is a street shot of the block:

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And here is another:

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And another:

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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:

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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!

Foreclosure in Indian Wells Ultra-Luxury Gated Community: Toscana

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Gorgeous house in exclusive Indian Wells gated community: Toscana

I have pre-viewed many luxury homes in almost all the exclusive luxury golf communities throughout the desert here in the Coachella Valley, and I personally think that Toscana Country Club offers some of the best values for those seeking a premium home at a prestigious address in Indian Wells.

 
Per capita, Indian Wells probably has the highest number of wealthy individuals who are lucky enough to call this desert city their home, or at least home-away-from-home!
 
There are many prestigious gated communities in Indian Wells, however Toscana is quite new in comparison, has spectular views and feels like a paradise upon entering, and for those who love their creature comforts, their spa center is probably the best of all of them!
 
It is very rare to find a foreclosed home anywhere in Indian Wells, but especially in such prestigious gated golf communities such as Toscana Country Club.
 
The foreclosed property pictured above is one such foreclosed property, and offers 4 bedrooms and 5 bathrooms within 3766 square feet of luxurious living area on a spacious 11,761 square foot lot.  The kitchen offers all the top-of-the-line appliances and materials such as granite countertops with a center sink island.
 
It offers a spectacular view of the second fairway!
 
The master bedroom offes a sunken tub, dual vanities, and a glass encased shower.
 
Besides the fabulous golf courses,there are five tournement tennis courts, and much more.
 
As is typical with virtually all offers, it is required that buyers also submit Proof of Funds (dated within the previous 30 days), and pre-approval letter from a direct lender.  Other requirements for special addendum also often apply when buying a foreclosed property of any kind.
 
Please contact me for more details and if you would like to view homes for sale in this or any other desert community at 760-587-6009.