Palm Desert Real Estate for Sale

About Palm Desert

Palm Desert was first known as the Old MacDonald Ranch, but the name changed to Palm Village in the 1920s when date palms were planted. The majority residents of pre-1950 Palm Desert were Cahuilla Indians.

The first residential development occurred in 1943 in connection with an Army maintenance camp in the area. That site was later developed into "El Paseo", an upscale shopping district not unlike Rodeo Drive.

In 1948, the Palm Desert Corporation began to develop real estate, and in 1951 the area was given its present name.  With only 1,500 permanent residents, the community was incorporated on November 26, 1973.

The City of Palm Desest has a total area of 27.0 square miles (70 km2), of which, 26.8 square miles (69 km2) of it is land and 0.2 square miles (0.52 km2) of it (0.76%) is water.  The elevation (City hall) is 224 feet (68 m) above sea level. Elevations vary from the lower northern half once covered in sand dunes to the upper slope southern cove (300–900 feet or 91–270 metres) all the way to the ridgeline at 1,000 feet (over 300 meters).

Palm Desert is located in the Coachella Valley 14 miles to the East of the City of Palm Springs.

Sun City Palm Desert, California lies on the northern side of Interstate 10 from Palm Desert itself, but is unincorporated and not part of the City of Palm Desert (the original name was Sun City Palm Springs from 1991 to 1996).

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Palm Desert Demographics

The graphs below show the demographics of Palm Desert: median income, population density and age, household make-up and adult education levels.

For Palm Desert real estate trend charts, click here.

We have included the above information to provide you a general idea of the community. For specific information about Palm Desert real estate for sale, whether homes, condos, country clubs, vacation homes or investment property, either call or e-mail us at the addresses below, or fill out one of the forms. We have one for buyers and one for sellers.