About Palm Springs

Palm Springs is a desert resort city in the Coachella Valley, which is part of Riverside County, CA. It is located approximately 55 miles east of San Bernardino, 107 miles east of Los Angeles, 123 miles northeast of San Diego, and 268 miles west of Phoenix, AZ. The city spans over 94 square miles, making it the largest city in the county by size.

Golf, swimming, tennis, horseback riding, biking, and hiking in the nearby desert and mountain areas are major forms of recreation in Palm Springs.

The Cahuilla Indians have lived in the area for the past 350–500 years. When the Aqua Caliente Reservation was established by the United States government in 1896, the reservation land was composed of alternating sections (640 acres) of land laid out across the desert in a checkerboard pattern. The alternating, non-reservation sections, were granted to the Southern Pacific Railroad as an incentive to bring rail lines through the open desert.

The Agua Caliente Reservation occupies 32,000 acres of which 6,700 acres lie within the city limits, making the Agua Caliente band the city's largest landowner. Tribal enrollment is currently estimated at between 296 and 365 people.

The earliest use of the name "Palm Springs" is from 1853 US Topographical maps. When the word "palm" appears in Californian place names it usually refers to the native California fan palm which is abundant in the Palm Springs area.

Tourism is a major factor in the city's economy with 1.6 million visitors in 2011. The city has over 130 hotels and resorts, numerous bed & breakfast inns and over 100 restaurants and dining spots.

Palm Springs population is approximately 45,000. The city has a total area of 95.0 square miles. There are 22,746 households and there are 34,794 housing units. The median age is 51.6 years. The median income for a household in the city was Approximately $40,000. The relatively low income reflects the presence of a large retired population and a large population of owners of second homes whose income is not reported.

Located in the Coachella Valley desert region, Palm Springs is sheltered by the San Bernardino Mountains to the north, the Santa Rosa Mountains to the south, by the San Jacinto Mountains to the west and by the Little San Bernardino Mountains to the east. Palm Springs has a mostly hot, and usually dry climate, with over 300 days of sunshine and around 4.83 inches of rain annually. The winter months are warm, with daytime highs often between 73 °F and 86 °F . Summer often sees daytime temperatures between 106 °F and 112 °F.

The City of Palm Springs has developed a program to identify distinctive neighborhoods in the community. Of the 29 neighborhoods, 7 have historical and cultural significance.

The Movie Colony: The Movie Colony is just east of Palm Canyon Drive. The Movie Colony East neighborhood extends further east from the Ruth Hardy Park. These areas started growing in the 1930s as Hollywood movie stars built their smaller getaways from their Los Angeles area estates.

El Rancho Vista Estates: In the 1960s, Robert Fey built 70 homes designed by Donald Wexler and Ric Harrison in the El Rancho Vista Estates.
Warm Sands: Historic homes in the Warm Sands area date from the 1920s and many were built from adobe. It also includes small resorts and the Ramon Mobile Home Park.

The Mesa: The Mesa started off as a gated community developed in the 1920s near the Indian Canyons. Distinctive homes include Wexler's "butterfly houses" and the "Streamline Moderne Ship of the Desert".

Tahquitz River Estates: Some of the homes in this neighborhood date from the 1930s. The area was owned by Pearl McCallum McManus and she started building homes in the neighborhood after World War II ended. Today the neighborhood is the largest neighborhood organization with 600 homes and businesses within its boundaries.]

Sunmor Estates: During World War II, the original Sunmor Estates area was the western portion the Palm Springs Army Airfield. Homes here were developed by Robert Higgins and the Alexander Construction Company. Actor and former mayor Frank Bogert bought his home for $16,000 and lived there for more than 50 years.

Historic Tennis Club: Impoverished artist Carl Eytel first set up his cabin on what would become the Tennis Club in 1937. Another artist in the neighborhood, who built his Moroccan-style "Dar Marrac" estate in 1924, was Gordon Coutts. Other estates include Samuel Untermyer’s Mediterranean style villa (now The Willows Historic Palm Springs Inn), the Casa Cody Inn, built by Harriet and Harold William Cody and the Ingleside Inn, built in the 1920s by the Humphrey Birge family. The neighborhood now has about 400 homes, condos, apartments, inns and restaurants.

Las Palmas neighborhoods: To the west of Palm Canyon Drive are the Vista Las Palmas and Old Las Palmas neighborhoods. These areas also feature distinctive homes and celebrity estates.

Palm Springs Demographics

Welcome to Palm Springs! The city is going through a renaissance with new shops and businesses opening, with homes and entire neighborhoods being renovated, and with the arts making a comeback.

Palm Springs housing is varied. Single family homes-detached make up 32% of the total with single family homes-attached, counting for 21%. Mobil homes are 10% of the total with the remainder being in country clubs and condos.

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

For Palm Springs 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 Springs real estate: 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.