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Palm Springs: Sunny Days and Surprises


Palm Springs: Sunny Days and Surprises

Paul Kaplan

I've made it a professional goal to be known as a leader in the Real Estate industry in the Palm Springs market for the past 20+ years...

I've made it a professional goal to be known as a leader in the Real Estate industry in the Palm Springs market for the past 20+ years...

Apr 24 4 minutes read

Palm Springs: Sunny Days and Surprises ☀️

Palm Springs beckons with its mid-century modern charm, sparkling pools, and endless sunshine. But before you pack your swimsuit and head for the desert, here are a few things most people realize before moving to this unique desert oasis:

  • The Heat is Real:  Palm Springs boasts glorious sunshine most of the year, but that sunshine comes with scorching temperatures.  Be prepared for triple-digit heat in the summer months and invest in strong air conditioning!

  • Dryness is the Norm:  The desert is arid, and Palm Springs is no exception.  Low humidity means your skin and hair might crave extra moisture. Stock up on lotion and consider a humidifier for your home.

  • Windy Wisdom:  Palm Springs experiences seasonal winds, particularly during the Santa Ana season (typically fall and winter).  These winds can be strong and can impact your comfort, especially outdoors.  When considering a home, it's important to research the wind patterns in the area.  Some neighborhoods are more susceptible to strong winds than others.  Look for areas with windbreaks provided by mountains or natural features.

  • Pools Aren't a Luxury, they're a Necessity:  Having access to a glistening pool is practically a requirement in Palm Springs.  It's your own personal oasis to cool off and enjoy the desert evenings.

  • Snowbirds Flock Here:  Winter transforms Palm Springs into a haven for seasonal residents.  The population can swell, impacting everything from restaurant reservations to grocery store lines.

  • Hiking Trails Abound:  The seemingly barren landscape hides a wealth of stunning hiking trails.  Be prepared for dramatic scenery, diverse plant life, and breathtaking mountain views.

  • The Stars Shine Bright:  With minimal light pollution, Palm Springs offers incredible stargazing opportunities.  There's even greater stargazing in the high desert, like Joshua Tree and Landers. Lay out a blanket on a clear night and marvel at the Milky Way.

  • Mid-Century Modern Reigns Supreme:  Palm Springs is a haven for mid-century modern architecture. Be prepared to fall in love with iconic design elements like clean lines, expansive windows, and desert-inspired color palettes. Mid-century homes celebrate desert living, but you will pay a premium for these homes.

  • Peace and Quiet Come at a Premium:  While Palm Springs offers tranquility, it's not a completely quiet town.  Music festivals and vibrant social scenes can create noise, especially during peak season.  Although there are strict vacation rental ordinances, expect there to be vacation rental properties throughout Palm Springs. 

  • The Cost of Living is Sunny, But Not Cheap:  The desert lifestyle comes with a price tag.  Housing costs can be high and be prepared for the added expense of running your air conditioner constantly during the hot months.

  • Community Matters:  Palm Springs fosters a strong sense of community.  Whether you're drawn to the art scene, the active lifestyle, or the vibrant nightlife, there's a group waiting to welcome you.

Moving to Palm Springs is an exciting adventure.  By being aware of these realities, you can be well-prepared to embrace the unique charm and desert magic this city offers.

Are you considering a move to Palm Springs?  What are you most excited about? Share your thoughts in the comments!

And when you're ready to start your search for a home, reach out to the Paul Kaplan Group, we're here to help you find your own desert oasis.

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