Palm Desert is a city in Riverside County, California, in the Coachella Valley, approximately 14 miles east of Palm Springs and 122 miles east of Los Angeles. The population is more than 50,000.
Palm Desert, which is in the center of the most populated area of the Coachella Valley, is a popular retreat for “snowbirds” from colder climates. Each winter it swell its population by an estimated 31,000. In the past couple of years, Palm Desert has seen more residents become “full-timers”, mainly from the coasts and urban centers of California, who have come for both affordable and high-valued home prices.
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 Beverly Hills.
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.
Palm Desert has an arid climate. Its average annual high temperature is 89 °F and average annual low is 62 °F. Summer highs above 108 °F are common and sometimes exceed 120 °F, while summer night lows often stay above 82 °F. Winters are warm with daytime highs between 73–84 °F. Under 5 inches of annual precipitation are average, with over 348 days of sunshine per year.
The City’s residential real estate mix includes rental apartments, condominiums, and single-family homes. While most homes are on residential streets, there are gated communities and country clubs. Oh, and plenty of multi-million dollar estates. There are well-established neighborhoods of older homes, brand new gated country clubs, 55 and older active-adult communities, and assisted living residences. Palm Desert is home to about 30 golf courses.