Outside Considerations in a Palm Springs Home


So you have found the home with a perfect floorplan, upgrades, and yard. Great. What else should you consider? Many factors can affect your enjoyment and future resale in a Palm Springs Home. Being a Palm Springs Realtor and resident for many years, I’ll summarize what to consider in Palm Springs Real Estate. Not only are these personal but opinions of clients that I have worked with.

Location: Whether you want to be close to schools, shopping, golf, dog park, or public library, location is a primary factor

Views: Mountain Views, Tree Top views, Golf Course Views, City Lights. Negative impact could be lights from high school stadiums or telephone wires

Noise: Is it close to a busy road? Rail Road tracks? School?

Wind: Windier areas tend to be closer to the pass that separates the San Jacinto and San Gorgonio mountains. Specifically on the North side of Palm Springs North of Vista Chino. The winds tend to pick up between April and July late in the afternoon around sunset and then continuing throughout the night. For a brief time in the fall, it can also be windy. Personally, I think the North side has gotten a bad rap throughout the years. I live there and am happy that I have a nice home that I purchased for a reasonable price. Further South, pricing goes up dramatically!

Privacy: Very important. If not for you, for someone interested in buying your home down the road. Many people flock to the desert and want to go skinny dipping!

What is Leased Land?

What is Indian Lease Land?

In 1876, Pacific Railroad laid the tracks between Los Angeles and Yuma, Arizona. The U.S. government deeded the Agua Caliente 52,000 acres throughout the Coachella Valley (6,700 acres lay within the city of Palm Springs). The government gave the railroad a checkerboard of every square mile of land for 10 miles on either side of the railroad right-of-way. The Agua Caliente tribe got the non-Pacific Railroad owned squares.

The city of Palm Springs is built on a “checkerboard” consisting of alternating Indian and non-Indian land.

Some of the best neighborhoods in Palm Springs are on Indian land. Over 23000 residential properties are located on Indian lease land, which give the home owner the right to the property for the duration of the lease. Most Indian leases are administered by the Bureau of Indian Affairs, a homeowner doesn’t deal with the Indians directly, but instead usually with the appointed property management company or Bureau of Indian Affairs office.