Oct. 12, 2018

Home Sales Remain Strong Going Into High Season!

Inventory Shortages Eased a Bit, But Strong Sales Continued Last Month

While inventory was still (-15%) below September of last year, that number is an improvement over the (-25%) we’ve been experiencing over the last few months. At the same time, sales softened slightly, while average selling prices continued to rise.

Trendvision’s® most recent year-over-year, September 2018 vs. September 2017 Report show that the largest increase in home sales last month took place with mid-range homes priced $500,000 to $999,999. Homes sales in this price range increased on average by (+21.9%) over the same period last year.

The two other home pricing categories showed moderate declines in the Number of Homes Sold, (-9.3%) for homes priced Up to $499,999, and (-5.9%) for homes priced 1M+.  At the same time, average sale prices rose slightly for homes under 1M, with the largest percentage price increase in homes priced up to $499,999, with a (+5%) increase in average selling price.

Low Inventory Eases yet Homes Are Selling Quicker. Our Local Market Stays Strong!

Let’s look at the three key market indicators, Average Sold Price, Number of Homes for Sale, and Number of Days on Market, for a good snapshot of the Palm Springs area real estate market and, its overall health.

  • Average Home Sold Prices fell for homes priced 1M+ to an average of $1,505,000, (-3.3%) less than last September. Prices rose by (+5%) and (+2.6%) over last year, for homes priced Up to $499,999, and homes priced $500,000-$999,999.
  • Number of Days on Market continue their downward trend this month. Homes Up to $499,999 saw days on market drop by (-13%) to 80 days, and continue to be our “best sellers”. Homes 1M+ sold in (-6.7%) fewer days on market, followed by Homes priced $500,000-999,999 selling in (-5.5%) fewer days. Overall, properly priced homes are selling in under 3 months throughout the valley.
  • The Number of Homes for Sale continues to remain low, with (-15%) fewer homes for sale than this time last year. We did see 121 new homes come on the market in September, a small (+4.6%) increase over the prior month.

All three of these indices reveal that, as we have seen all year, on average, there are still fewer homes on the market, and the ones that are sell quicker and at higher prices compared to September a year ago.

City Standouts! What’s Up and Who’s Down?

For the most part, as indicated above, the Number of Homes Sold in September 2018 vs. September 2017 were down in  about 1/2 of the cities, with four cities showing increased home sales: Rancho Mirage up (+21.8%), Palm Desert up (+2.3%), Bermuda Dunes up (+116.7%), and Coachella up (+6.7%). 

When it comes to Average Sold Price, Palm Springs stood out with a strong (+27%) increase over last September, and Coachella prices increased (+14.3%). Only Indian Wells and Rancho Mirage experienced decreases in sold price percentages.

The Number of Days on Market decreased for every city EXCEPT Bermuda Dunes, Indian Wells and Coachella. Double-digit percentage declines as high as (-29%) for Palm Desert, (-15.6%) for Rancho Mirage and (-14.3%) For La Quinta. Then there is (-9.2%) for Palm Springs, (-7.3%) for Desert Hot Springs, (-3.4%) for Cathedral City and (-2.5%) for Indio.

If you'd like a detailed market report for a specific city, just click here: Send Me A City Report.

Give us a call at (760) 625-7229, or visit www.thehamiltonregroup.com, for an easy-to-use home search, and for information on how we can help you with all your important real estate needs. 

The Hamilton Real Estate Group is evolving to meet all of our customer’s real estate needs. If you are ready to sell, call or email us, or for a FREE instant home valuation report, click here: What's My Home Worth?

 

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Sept. 27, 2018

Desert Lifestyle Report October 2018

Throw Open the Doors, and Step Out to a New Season of Fun! 

Fall is here, and it’s time to call forth your friends and venture out into a new season of high times. For the next seven-months, the desert cities of the Palm Springs area will transform themselves into venues for perpetual, spectacular parties, festivals, grand prix sporting events, fashion and movie galas, Holiday jubilees and fiestas, unlike any other place in the world. So, what are you waiting for? Get Ready…Set…Go!!!

Modernism Week Fall Preview, Oct 18-21

Buy your tickets now. www.ModernismWeek.com

One of the most anticipated of the Fall events, Modernism Week Fall Preview is only a few weeks away.  Tickets have been on sale since August 1st, and it’s a safe bet that seats are booking fast. 

For lovers of all things modern and mid-century this 4-day event is an absolute must. Palm Springs is ground zero for all things modern and mid-century. Artists, architects and designers from all corners of the world come here to engage in the city’s historic architecture, art, fashion, furnishings and home décor. 

More than just, a passive experience true modernist enthusiasts get to immerse themselves in the actual living history of the post-war era modernism design movement. Shops, hotels, homes, restaurants, theaters, even commercial banks are material examples of the modernist movement and to this day are glorified by the City and its residents as an exemplary and iconic image they enjoy and deeply value. 

Modernism Week Activities – More than 50 Activities and Events

Modernism Week Fall Preview this year has over 50 activities scheduled including, popular mid-century and modernism architecture and design lectures, lavish cocktail parties at some of Palm Springs’s most iconic homes, bike, bus and walking tours of local mid-century modern architecture and buildings. For Modernism lovers, this 4-day event sparks a heightened level of energy and excitement that carriers them right through to Modernism Week in February.  

What do Bob Hope and James Bond Have in Common?

Bob Hope’s dramatic John Lautner-designed, 23,366-square-foot Palm Springs residence, although built in 1979 rises like a giant mushroom cloud high on the horizon. John Lautner is also famous for having built The Elrod House in 1968, an example of free architecture. Anyone that’s seen the James Bond film Diamonds are Forever will remember the scenes of the organic, mountain rock embedded living room, swimming pool and an interior room of the Willard Whyte's mansion. 

Highlighted below are just a few of the many amazing events taking place. Visit www.ModerismWeek.com for a complete schedule and tickets.  

  • La Vie En Rose: Modernism Week veteran designer Christopher Kennedy returns to Fall Preview with La Vie En Rose, a 1958 renovated home that backs up to the San Jacinto mountains in the posh Vista Las Palmas neighborhood. Tours run from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Oct. 19–Oct. 21. Cost is $30.  A sunset cocktail party is also planned for the home from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 20. Cost is $70.
  • H3K Design’s Green Gables: Designed by Palmer-Krisel and built in 1958 by the Alexander Construction Company, this three-bedroom, two-bathroom home sits at the gateway to the Twin Palm development and is undergoing a complete renovation by H3K Design.  It features walls of glass, dramatic ceilings and natural stone walls. This is the public debut of the house. Tours run from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Oct. 20 and Oct. 21. Cost is $30.

Home Tour with Vintage Car 

  • Cul-de-Sac Experience: At Canyon View Estates #4, this tour combines vintage automobiles artfully displayed on the driveways of six homes designed by William Krisel in a quaint cul-de-sac in South Palm Springs. Access to all homes will be provided on the tour. At 10 a.m. Oct. 21. Cost is $65.
  • Steel x Three Tour: A rare opportunity to visit three of the iconic Steel Development Houses (Steel #1, #2 and #4) designed by the architectural firm of Wexler & Harrison in 1962. The homes highlight the combination of architectural imagination and factory-built components that continues to inspire today. This tour is organized by the Palm Springs Preservation Foundation. From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 20. Cost is $50.

Parties - Folks in retro attire pose by the Sinatra pool during a Modernism Week event.

  • Mod Mirage’ Sunset Party: This is a rare opportunity to visit ‘White Shadows,’ one of the oldest hillside homes in Thunderbird Heights in Rancho Mirage. The home was designed in 1957 by Henry Eggers of Eggers & Wilkman (previously a partner with Gordon Kaufmann). ‘White Shadows’ has never before been open to the public.  From 5-8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21. Cost $100.
  • Moroccan Midcentury Modern:  Check out and learn about the recently renovated Sands Hotel & Spa in Indian Wells. The hotel was built in the 1950s but recently reimagined in 2018 by interior designer Martyn Lawrence Bullard. Includes a cocktail and a bite from the Pink Cabana, the hotel’s ultra-stylish new restaurant. From 2 to 4:30 p.m. October. 19. Cost is $60.

Popular Bus Tour

  • Premier Double Decker Architectural Bus Tour:  All weekend long these 2 1/2-hour tours showcase significant buildings as well as iconic homes.  Daily tours depart from the parking lot of H3K Home, 501 S. Palm Canyon Drive in Palm Springs. Modernism Week will have a box office there where attendees may purchase tickets to Fall Preview events. 
  • Lost, Saved & Endangered: Architectural enthusiast Gary Johns with the Palm Springs Preservation Foundation will discuss and detail the many architectural treasures in the Palm Springs area that have been preserved, destroyed or that face an uncertain future. At 9 a.m. Oct. 21 at the Palm Springs Woman’s Club.  Free but must RSVP in advance.

JOSHUA TREE MUSIC FESTIVAL, OCT. 4-7

 joshuatreemusicfestival.com

Ethereal and uplifting, the Joshua Tree Music Festival is filled with inspiring rhythms and beats from musicians sharing stories of their lives and experiences from around the globe. Each year the event grows larger as more people learn about the richness of diversity and talent that is uncommon most anywhere else. Today, more than 2,500 men, women and children descend on the high desert of Joshua Tree to play, sing and frolic under clear skies.  The festival is open to all, offering fun experiences for everyone in the family to enjoy, including: special child-friendly programs, yoga and healing sessions, art installations, local artisan and farm-fresh food vendors.  

Summer Heat Took a Toll on Palm Springs area Home Sales, But There’s More to The Story

Trendvision’s® most recent report of year-over-year August 2018 vs. August 2017 show that home sales increased on average by (+5%) for mid-range homes priced $500,000 to $999,999. 

The two other categories showed declines in the Number of Homes Sold, (-8%) for homes priced Up to $499,999, and (-19%) for homes priced 1M+.  While this seems like it is significant, the fact is that homes are still selling, and there are other market forces at play that provide a better indicator of the health of the real estate market in the Palm Springs area. 

Low Inventory, Higher Sold Prices, Fewer Days on Market. Signs of a Healthy Market

The market data that really counts, Average Sold Price, Number of Homes for Sale, and Number of Days on Market, offer us better insight into the underpinnings of the Palm Springs area real estate market and, its overall health. It also gives us a better perspective on where the market may be headed. 

Average Home Sold Prices were up for homes priced 1M+ reaching $1,979,000, (+17%) more than last August. Prices rose by (+6%) and (+5%) over last year, for homes priced Up to $499,999, and homes priced $500,000-$999,999.

Number of Days on Market was down significantly. Homes priced $500,000-999,999 took a dive of (-34%), homes 1M+ sold in (-23%) fewer days on market, and homes Up to $499,999 decreased days on market by (-11%) to 83 days

The Number of Homes for Sale also decreased by double-digits across the board. 

All three of these indices reveal that as in the past eight months, on average, there are still fewer homes on the market, and the ones that are, sell quicker and at higher prices compared to August a year ago.

Give us a call at (760) 625-7229, or visit www.thehamiltonregroup.com, for an easy-to-use home search, and for information on how we can help you with all your important real estate needs. 

October Entertainment Schedule 

Fantasy Springs Casino

  • Chicago |  6
  • Steven Ma & Nancy Wu |  13
  • Boz Scaggs |  19
  • Christina Aguilera |  24
  • Michael Flatley’s, “Lord of the Dance: dangerous Games |  26

For box office tickets click here Fantasy Springs Resort

Agua Caliente Casino

  • MY TAM-NGUOI HAY QUEN EM DI |  7
  • Sting & Shaggy |  12
  • HRAG & Friends |  13
  • Toby Keith |  27

For box office tickets click here Agua Caliente Entertainment

Morongo Casino

  • Becoming Kareem |  5
  • Regine Velasquez |  7
  • Tyler Henry |  26

For box office tickets click here Morongo Casino 

Spotlight 29

  • Amor Eterno |  6
  • Gran Baile Con Banda El Recodo |  20

For box office tickets click here Spotlight 29 Casino

McCallum Theatre

  • Aida Cuevas Totalmente Juan Gabriel | 2
  • Willie Nelson and Family | 15
  • 7th Annual Family Fun Day | 21
  • Marlinsky Orchestra | 24
  • Classic Albums live – Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon | 27

For box office tickers click here McCallum Theatre

Palm Springs VillageFest, Thursdays; Oct. 4, 11, 18, 25; 7:00PM-10:00PM; Downtown Palm Springs transforms into a diverse array of artists, artisans, entertainers, and purveyors of fresh fruits and veggies, flowers, jewelry, snacks and sweets. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs. www.villagefest.org

College of the Desert Street Fair, Every Sat. & Sun. 7AM-Noon. Merchandise and services for all ages and any budget, the Street Fair offers more than 300 merchants, artists, Farmer’s Market, entertainment, food, and more. 43500 Monterey Ave., Palm Desert, 760-636-7957; www.codaastreetfair.com

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Sept. 22, 2018

McCallum 2018-2019 New Season of Stars and Spectacles!

McCallum Theatre  

73000 Fred Waring Drive, Palm Desert, CA 92260; Box Office Tickets are available by phone: (760) 340-2787 • Toll Free: (866) 889-2787 or at www.mccallumtheatre.com

Since its opening in January 1988 the McCallum Theatre has taken center stage as the most entertaining and influential cultural arts center in the Palm Springs area. The theatre has 1127- seats, superb acoustics and hi-tech sound system.  According to the Theater’s website, ticket sales consistently place the McCallum in the top 50 theaters in the world.  Its Education programs have served more than 400,000 local schoolchildren, educators and community members, while top entertainers praise the venue and its audiences

The McCallum Theatre’s mission is to entertain and educate the public by offering a variety of performing arts experiences that reflect the diversity of people, interests, and tastes of the Palm Desert/Palm Springs communities and constituents served by the Theatre.

It Took Hard Work, Dedication and Perseverance 

Hard as it is to believe, it took a group of Coachella Valley business, education and cultural leaders 15 years to make their vision of The McCallum performing arts center a reality. Serious fundraising began with thirteen sold-out performances by Fred Waring and, a $1 million contribution by local developer Terry Hahn. Things really began to pop when in the mid-1980’s former President Gerald Ford joined the board of directors and convinced Bob Hope to contribute.

All-star Opening Night Tribute to Bob Hope

Palm Springs Life was on hand to document the fever pitched excitement and energized performances. In the audience that night were many of the original Friends of the Cultural Center, Inc., notable celebrities, and politicos including, Ronald and Nancy Reagan, Gerald and Betty Ford, Walter and Leonore Annenberg. 

Van Cliburn Jr., American pianist who at the age of 23 won International Tchakovsky Piano Competition in Moscow in 1958, inaugurated the McCallum’s new Steinway piano. In typical fashion, Lucille Ball had guests teary-eyed from laughing. Sarah Brightman sang a tune from Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Phantom of the Opera a month before it opened on Broadway, and the Alvin Ailey dancers had everyone at the edge of their seats

A Spectacular 2018-2019 Season – October 2 – April 13  

The McCallum’s season kicks-off October 2 with Aida Cuevas Totalmente Juan Gabriel and ends April 13 with Chris Botti. In between, there are many amazing acts, shows and concerts, too many to mention all here.  Below is a list of upcoming acts for October. For months November through April, visit the McCallum Theatre box office and subscribe to our upcoming issues of The Hamilton Real Estate Group’s monthly Desert Lifestyle Report. 

October 2018 Shows

  • Aida Cuevas Totalmente Juan Gabriel | 2
  • Willie Nelson and Family | 15
  • 7th Annual Family Fun Day | 21
  • Marlinsky Orchestra | 24
  • Classic Albums live – Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon | 27

McCallum Box Office www.mccallumtheatre.com 

The Hamilton Real Estate Group is a Top Seller in the Palm Springs Area!

The Hamilton Real Estate Group specializes in the purchase and sale of the distinctive homes of the Palm Springs area, and are one of Coldwell Banker’s top producing real estate teams. 

If you are interested in learning more about Palm Springs, call Dan or Reuben at (760) 625-7229, and visit our website www.TheHamiltonReGroup.com to search for your new home. 

The Hamilton Real Estate Group. Experience the Difference!

Sept. 14, 2018

Fundamentals of a Seller’s Market Are Still In Play

Summer Heat Took a Toll on Palm Springs Area Home Sales, But There is More to The Story

Trendvision’s® most recent year-over-year, August 2018 vs. August 2017 Report show that home sales increased on average by (+5%) for mid-range homes priced $500,000 to $999,999. 

The two other home pricing categories showed declines in the Number of Homes Sold, (-8%) for homes priced Up to $499,999, and (-19%) for homes priced 1M+.  While this seems significant, there are other market forces at play that provide a better indicator of the health of the real estate market in the Palm Springs area. 

Low Inventory, Higher Sold Prices, Fewer Days on Market. Signs of a Healthy Market

The market data that really counts, Average Sold Price, Number of Homes for Sale, and Number of Days on Market, offer us better insight into the underpinnings of the Palm Springs area real estate market and, its overall health. It also gives us a better perspective on where the market may be headed. 

  • Average Home Sold Prices were up for homes priced 1M+ reaching $1,979,000, (+17%) more than last August. Prices rose by (+6%) and (+5%) over last year, for homes priced Up to $499,999, and homes priced $500,000-$999,999.
  • Number of Days on Market was down significantly. Homes priced $500,000-999,999 took a dive of (-34%), homes 1M+ sold in (-23%) fewer days on market, and homes Up to $499,999 decreased days on market by (-11%) to 83 days
  • The Number of Homes for Sale also decreased by double-digits across the board. 

All three of these indices reveal that as in the past eight months, on average, there are still fewer homes on the market, and the ones that are, sell quicker and at higher prices compared to August a year ago.

City Standouts! What’s Up and Who’s Down?

For the most part, as indicated above, the Number of Homes Sold in August 2018 vs. August 2017 were down in all cities EXCEPT, Cathedral City, up (+3%), and Indian Wells, up (+13%), and Desert Hot Springs, up (+20%). 

When it comes to Average Sold Price, La Quinta stood out with a whopping (+32%) increase over last August solds, and Thousand Palms prices increased (+26%). Cathedral City and Desert Hot Springs increased by double digits. Only Indian Wells, Bermuda Dunes and Rancho Mirage experienced decreases in sold price percentages.

The Number of Days on Market decreased for every city, EXCEPT Desert Hot Springs. Double-digit percentage declines as high as (-29%) for Palm Springs, (-22%) for Bermuda Dunes, Indian Wells and Palm Desert. Coachella and La Quinta sold homes quicker by (-19%) and, (-17%).

If you'd like a detailed market report for a specific city, just click here: Send Me A City Report.

Give us a call at (760) 625-7229, or visit www.thehamiltonregroup.com, for an easy-to-use home search, and for information on how we can help you with all your important real estate needs. 

The Hamilton Real Estate Group is evolving to meet all of our customer’s real estate needs. If you are ready to sell, call or email us, or for a FREE instant home valuation report, click here: What's My Home Worth?

The Hamilton Real Estate Group. Experience the Difference! 

 

Sept. 9, 2018

Palm Springs. Rich in Beauty and Diversity

Two hours east of Los Angeles and San Diego, Greater Palm Springs flows like an oasis along the base of the San Jacinto and Santa Rosa Mountains. Ragged eight-thousand foot pyramids rise from the Valley floor and serve as a breathtaking backdrop to the city of Palm Springs. With its large gatherings of palms, date and citrus trees laden with ripened fruit, the City is more reminiscent of an ancient oasis in Mesopotamia than the United States.

Throughout the day, sunlight and moon-glow transforms shapes, textures and colors minute by minute lulling all into a relaxed semi-transcendental state. From the moment you arrive in Palm Springs it is obvious why so many people choose to own a home there.  

Palm Springs History is Being Written by a New Generation 

During the previous few decades Palm Springs was considered a haven mostly for retirees, but within the last five years the downtown has turned a new leaf, and a younger more creative and energetic crowd has moved in.  Fueled also in part by a generation of work weary techies seeking weekend and vacation getaways, the city is bustling with renewed vigor and the temperature on fun has been turned way up! 

According to Palm Springs Life Magazine, not since the heyday of its Hollywood origins, when stars like Bob Hope, Frank Sinatra, Marilyn Monroe, and Elvis Presley roamed the streets, has there been such an explosion in local tourism, commercial, retail, and residential growth.

A new batch of entertainment industry types from Leonardo DiCaprio to Sia has once more made Palm Springs a favorite among fun and sun-seekers. They and high profile industry leaders like Larry Ellison, CEO Oracle (owner of the Indian Wells Tennis Garden) are investing into the Coachella Valley, and raising its profile in the national and international markets. This in turn is spurring further investment and giving rise in the downtown corridor to many new shops, hotels, restaurants and housing development.  An open, freedom loving mix of people and cultures, including the LGBT communities, hipsters, young families, and retirees, are giving rise to an enriched quality of life for all. 

See the latest Palm Springs homes available for sale at this link: Palm Springs For Sale.

Amped Up Modernism

Developers, home buyers and entrepreneurs are restoring and re-purposing Palm Springs 70’s era mid-century properties, and building new homes, high-end shops, hotels, cultural, and entertainment centers,  with a fresh, new contemporary look.

Homes in various organic shapes and those with clean linear lines are dominating the Palm Springs Homes and interior designs. Many home buyers are renovating the 1950’s and 60’s mid-century modern homes, maintaining the integrity of the home structure, but adding in more efficient and energy saving materials and appliances, finding ways to cut costs with solar and water-saving devices. 

People looking for the traditional desert homes—Mediterranean, Spanish and Mission styles will be glad to know that there are plenty of those both new and original to go around. 

Palm Springs Market: Low Inventory and Higher Prices

The growth and popularity of the Palm Springs housing market is making it difficult for home buyers. It may take more patience, time and a bigger budget than planned to get the home they are after. Fewer people are moving so the inventory of homes is low by comparison to years past. Because of this it is more important than ever, to work with a real estate agent that is very knowledgeable about the area, housing market and where to ferret out the better deals. 

Call Dan or Reuben for more information on how to find exactly the right home for you in Palm Springs and surrounding areas. 

Palm Springs Events – Like No Other in the World

Palm Springs is the epicenter of some of the world’s most amazing and entertaining events. From Fall to late Spring, there is no better place to be. The sheer number of activities, events, concerts and shows can make your head spin. The most frustrating of all, is not being able to get to all of them. 

With millions of people from every corner of the world make their way here to attend the most popular events. They plan their events a year in advance, so getting tickets to the best seats in the best events can take some planning. 

Some of the most popular events in and around Palm Springs:

  • Modernism Week Fall Preview October, and Modernism Week in February
  • Cinema Diverse: LGBTQ Film Festival
  • International Film Festival
  • ShortFest, Arthur Lyons Film Noir Festival
  • American Documentary Film Festival
  • Native American Film and Art Festival 
  • International Festival of Short Films
  • Tour de Palm Springs Cycling Benefit
  • Fashion Week at El Paseo

Find out what's happening this month in the Palm Springs area here: Palm Springs Events

Call Dan or Reuben. Let us show you how we can turn your real estate goals into reality.  760.625.7229 or email:dan@thehamiltonregroup.com

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Posted in Real Estate News
Aug. 31, 2018

Desert Lifestyle Report - September 2018

Sunnylands’ Free Outdoor Films on the Great Lawn. 

For Three Fridays in September, You Get to Enjoy Life Like a Celebrity!

Rancho Mirage is well-known for its exceptional homes and extraordinary lifestyles, and Sunnylands, home to former Ambassadors Walter and Leonore Annenberg, represents one of the finest examples of a sophisticated lifestyle.  U.S. Presidents and world leaders continue to meet there for conferences and international summits on matters of significant consequence.  

Sunnylands’ Films on the Great Lawn, Friday night outdoor movie series, offers us the opportunity to enjoy family, friends and amazing films in the same place where U.S. Presidents, Kings and Queens, Ambassadors, and celebrities of all kinds have come before us. How cool is that!   

Upcoming Film Highlights.

Sep. 14: The Eagle Huntress tells the story of a 13-year-old girl from a nomadic tribe in Mongolia takes on a traditionally male role by raising an eagle and teaching it to hunt for meat and fur. This 2016 film is the winner of nine film awards and was nominated for nineteen. Rated: G, Running time: 1 hour 27 minutes

Sep 21: The Birds, Birds suddenly begin to attack people in this classic, 1963 thriller from director Alfred Hitchcock starring Tippi Hedren and Rod Taylor. Nominated for an Oscar, The Birds is a winner of a Golden Globe and recipient of an Edgar Allan Poe Award. Rated: PG-13, Running time: 1 hour 59 minutes

Sep. 28: A Birder's Guide to Everything, a group of teenage birders embark on a quest to find a bird that’s thought to be extinct. The 2013 adventure film is a winner of two international film festival awards. Rated: PG-13, Running time: 1 hour 26 minutes

Films on the Great Lawn are presented in partnership with the Palm Springs International Film Festival

Bring lawn chairs, blankets, and small picnic items. Large coolers, alcohol, smoking, and pets are not permitted. Please see information about Sunnylands policies regarding pets and picnics. With limited parking, carpooling is strongly advised. Admission is free.

No reservations are required. Gate opens: 7:00PM; Film begins: 7:30PM; Sunnylands Center & Gardens, 37977 Bob Hope Drive, Rancho Mirage, CA 92270; 760.202.2234.

A Bit of Desert Star Gazing Brings the Kid Out in Us All! 

Observatory Tours • Stargazing Parties • Observatory Programs

With the many big time celebrities and movie stars trekking around here, we often forget that there are many more stars, billions in fact, swirling around just above our heads.  Thank goodness, the folks at the city and library of Rancho Mirage have thought about that, and with the construction of the Rancho Mirage Observatory, we get to remind ourselves of the exquisite beauty and symmetry of the world and universe that surrounds us.  

The Rancho Mirage Observatory is the first public telescope in the Coachella Valley. Located at the Rancho La Quinta Library, it is an automated state of the art research level Observatory offering professional and amateur astronomers the ability to view our Galaxy!

Go see for yourself! 71-100 HWY 111, Rancho Mirage, CA; (760) 341-7323; info@ranchomiragelibrary.org

In Indian Wells the Living is Easy...and, Classy!

The crown jewel of Coachella Valley, Indian Wells is the most visually striking and beautiful. It is a favorite global business and vacation gathering spot for executives, celebrities and athletes.

Indian Wells is home to four luxury hotel resorts, featuring acclaimed events, fine dining, spas, and recreation.  The Indian Wells Golf Resort offers two top-ranked 18-hole public courses. 

For tennis buffs, the 122-acre, Indian Wells Tennis Garden, owned by Larry Ellison of Oracle, is home to the BNP Paribas Open.

Homes and Neighborhoods of Distinction

The homes and properties of Indian Wells are stunning and steeped in luxury. From custom classics and inspired mid-centuries, to elegant contemporaries, homes there are as beautiful, as any imaginable.  

Equally impressive are the neighborhoods, lush with vibrant gardens and each oriented around either, a Golf, Tennis, or Spa Resort. The spectacular vistas of the Santa Rosa Mountains, makes it hard to believe that Indian Wells is real, and not just the backdrop of a movie set. 

View the most recent homes available for sale in Indian Wells at this link: Indian Wells For Sale. 

 

Cinema Diverse: LGBTQ Film Festival Sep. 22-25

Opening Night Screening: The Long Road to Freedom: The Advocate Celebrates 50 Years. Sep. 20,  7:30PM – 9:15PM  

Narrated by Laverne Cox with music by Melissa Etheridge, this moving documentary tells the story of LGBTQ lives through the pages, covers and first fifty years of THE ADVOCATE. The documentary focuses on major events and turning points in LGBTQ history through never-seen archival footage and engaging interviews with (Ricky Martin, Darryl Stephens, John Waters, Gloria Allred, Gavin Newsom, Dustin Lance Black, Margaret Cho, Robbie Rogers, and many more). Starting with the Black Cat, the film covers Stonewall, the 70s and the sexual revolution that continued from the late 60s, the disco years, the saga of the AIDS crisis, equal rights, marriage equality, and the trans movement to present day. We’ve come a long way, but we’ve still got a long way to go.  Sponsored by HERE TV.

For a complete schedule of times, events and box office visit www.cinemadiverse.org or call: 760.325.6565. Camelot Theatres, 2300 E. Baristo Rd., Palm Springs 

In Coachella Valley, Low inventory is Driving Home Prices Higher, and Buyers are Paying Them!

It seems that more of our Coachella Valley neighbors are staying put, resulting in far fewer homes on the market in July 2018, as compared to July 2017. Whatever the reason…great weather, shopping, entertainment, the result is, that there are fewer homes on the market.   

Good news is, the flow of home shoppers and buyers into the Palm Springs desert has not ebbed, and in fact, seems to be increasing. What this means is that home prices are rising in response to the reduced inventory, and even better, buyers are paying the higher prices!

Is Coachella Valley Headed Towards a Seller’s Market?

While no one can predict what will happen in the long term, it seems that people have been buying into a higher priced market for the past 6 months, and the homes for the most part, continue to sell quicker. All indicators thus far are favorable for many home sellers. Of course, it is not so in every city or every neighborhood, but overall the Coachella Valley residential real estate market is looking pretty solid. 

Typically, people are willing buy into a market and pay higher prices when they are confident about the area’s future economy. Without a thorough study, it’s impossible to tell what is driving current home buyer decisions, but optimism about the future of the Coachella Valley’s economy must be a part of them. And, that’s something we can all rally behind!

Give us a call at (760) 625-7229, or visit www.thehamiltonregroup.com, for an easy-to-use home search, and for information on how we can help you with all your important real estate needs. 

September Entertainment Schedule 

Fantasy Springs Casino

  • Martina McBride |  Sep 8
  • TLC with En Vogue |  Sep 15
  • Albatross |  Sep 22

For box office tickets click here Fantasy Springs Resort

Agua Caliente Casino

  • Purple Reign: The Prince Tribute Show |  Sep 1
  •  The Greatest love of All: Starring Belinda Davids |  Sep 8
  • Styx |  Sep 28
  • An Evening with Mel Brooks |  Sep 29

For box office tickets click here Agua Caliente Entertainment

Morongo Casino

  • Australia’s Thunder from Down Under |  Sep 6 & 7
  • The Maverick and Los Lobos |  Sep 14
  • JK Kim Dong UK |  Sep 16
  • Salt N Pepa |  Sep 20
  • Boy George & Culture Club, The B-52’s; Thompson Twins’ Tom Bailey |  Sep 28
  • Finis Henderson |  Sep 29
  • Breakfast with the Beatles, Hosted by Chris Carter |  Sep 30

For box office tickets click here Morongo Casino

Spotlight 29

  • Marsiela |  Sep 6
  • Ramon Ayala |  Sep 15
  • Chris Jansen (21+) |  Sep 29

For box office tickets click here Spotlight 29 Casino

Palm Springs VillageFest, Thursdays; Sep. 6, 13, 20, 27; 7:00PM-10:00PM; Downtown Palm Springs transforms into a diverse array of artists, artisans, entertainers, and purveyors of fresh fruits and veggies, flowers, jewelry, snacks and sweets. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs. www.villagefest.org

College of the Desert Street Fair, Every Sat. & Sun. 7AM-Noon;  Merchandise and services for all ages and any budget, the Street Fair offers more than 300 merchants, artists, Farmer’s Market, entertainment, food, and more. 43500 Monterey Ave., Palm Desert, 760-636-7957; www.codaastreetfair.com

Sunnylands, Films on the Great Lawn—free outdoor movie series, presented on three Fridays in September. No reservations are required. Gate opens: 7:00PM; Film begins: 7:30PM; Sunnylands Center & Gardens, 37977 Bob Hope Drive, Rancho Mirage, CA 92270; 760.202.2234; email education@sunnylands.org. (details above)

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Aug. 23, 2018

Modernism Week Fall Preview, Oct 18-21

It may be August, but the countdown has already begun for one of the most electrifying events of the year…Modernism Week Fall Preview

Few events draw as much attention and people to the Palm Springs desert each year. But that’s because no other place in the United States, or the world for that matter, is as tied to the history of the Mid-Century Modernism era.

Modernism Week Fall Preview this year has over 50 activities scheduled including, popular mid-century and modernism architecture and design lectures, lavish cocktail parties at some of Palm Springs’s most iconic homes, bike, bus and walking tours of local mid-century modern architecture and buildings. For Modernism lovers, this 4-day event sparks a heightened level of energy and excitement that carriers them right through to Modernism Week in February.  

Click here for the complete 4-day schedule of events: www.ModernismWeek.com

Modern Design with a Dash of Hollywood Panache

Frank Sinatra hired renowned architect E. Stewart Williams in 1947 to build his Twin Palms Mid-Century home located in the Movie Colony.  Bob Hope’s dramatic John Lautner-designed, 23,366-square-foot Palm Springs residence, although built in 1979 rises like a giant mushroom cloud high on the horizon. John Lautner is also famous for having built The Elrod House in 1968, an example of free architecture. Anyone that’s seen the James Bond film Diamonds are Forever, will remember the scenes of the living room, swimming pool and an interior room of the Willard Whyte's mansion in the 1971 James Bond film Diamonds Are Forever

Find your perfect Mid-Mod home at www.MidModPalmSprings.com

The Hamilton Group Specializes in Sandpiper Condos, Palm Desert,  Designed by Renowned Architects Palmer & Krisel

Sandpiper homes are a classic and historical example of the modernistic style. Built from 1958 to 1969 the complex of 300+ homes is designed for maximum privacy. Pools, spas, putting green, lush landscaping, and a short stroll to El Paseo’s trendy restaurants and shops make Sandpiper a favorite among Mid-Century favorite among Mid-Century devotees. 

Purists will want to buy one of the homes in Circles 5-12, designed by architects Palmer & Krisel, and now designated a Historic District by the city of Palm Desert.

To find your very own Mid-Century Modern at Sandpiper, go to www.Sandpiper4sale.com or give us a call at 760-625-7229

Modernism Week Activities – More than 50 Activities and Events

Taken from the Modernism Week website, here are a few of some of the exciting and fun events to whet your appetite!

H3K Design’s Green Gables: Designed by Palmer-Krisel and built in 1958 by the Alexander Construction Company.

A three-bedroom, two-bathroom home at the gateway to the Twin Palm development is undergoing a complete renovation by H3K Design.  It features walls of glass, dramatic ceilings and natural stone walls. This is the public debut of the house. Tours run from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Oct. 20 and Oct. 21. Cost is $30. Modernism Week will have a box office at H3K Home where people can purchase tickets for events in person.

Home Tour with Vintage Car: Modernism Week will have a box office at 501 S. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs where people can purchase tickets for events in person.

  • Cul-de-Sac Experience: At Canyon View Estates #4, the tour combines vintage automobiles artfully displayed on the driveways of six homes designed by William Krisel. Access to all homes will be provided on the tour. At 10 a.m. Oct. 21. Cost is $65. Modernism Week will have a box office at 501 S. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs where people can purchase tickets for events in person.

Parties - Folks in retro attire pose by the Sinatra pool during a Modernism Week event.

  • ‘Mod Mirage’ Sunset Party: ‘White Shadows,’ one of the oldest hillside homes in Thunderbird Heights in Rancho Mirage. The home was designed in 1957 by Henry Eggers of Eggers & Wilkman (previously a partner with Gordon Kaufmann). ‘White Shadows’ has never before been open to the public.  From 5-8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21. Cost $100.
  • Moroccan Midcentury Modern:  The recently renovated Sands Hotel & Spa in Indian Wells. The hotel was built in the 1950s but recently reimagined in 2018 by interior designer Martyn Lawrence Bullard. Includes a cocktail and a bite from the Pink Cabana, the hotel’s ultra-stylish new restaurant. From 2 to 4:30 p.m. October. 19. Cost is $60.

Popular Bus Tour

  • Premier Double Decker Architectural Bus Tour:  All weekend long these 2 1/2-hour tours showcase significant buildings as well as iconic homes.  Daily tours depart from the parking lot of H3K Home, 501 S. Palm Canyon Drive in Palm Springs. Modernism Week will have a box office there where attendees may purchase tickets to Fall Preview events. 
  • Lost, Saved & Endangered: Architectural enthusiast Gary Johns with the Palm Springs Preservation Foundation will discuss and detail the many architectural treasures in the Coachella Valley that have been preserved, destroyed or that face an uncertain future. At 9 a.m. Oct. 21 at the Palm Springs Woman’s Club.  Free but must RSVP in advance.

To get top dollar for your mid-century home, having an expert REALTOR makes all the difference. We specialize in mid-century and modern home sales and purchases. Call Dan or Reuben. Let us show you how we can turn your real estate goals into reality.  760.625.7229 or email:dan@thehamiltonregroup.com

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Aug. 14, 2018

Low Inventory is Pushing Palm Springs Area Home Prices Higher

Our Palm Springs area neighbors are staying put, and with fewer homes on the market, home buyers are willing to pay more to live here.  

The July 2018 vs. July 2018, Trendvision ® stats are out and all indicators point to two key facts: 

  1. First, the Number of Homes for Sale this July versus last, are lower by as much as (-25%) for homes priced, To $499,999, and (-15.6%) lower for homes 1M+. Even homes in the mid-range, $500,000 to $999,999, saw a decline in the number of homes for sale by (-4%). 
  2. Second, Coachella Valley Average Sold Prices in all three categories increased in lockstep with the lower inventory. Homes priced, To $499,999 saw average home prices increase by (+5.7%), and homes priced 1M+ increased by (+11.7%). Homes priced from $500,000 to $999,999 increased by (+1.1%.)  

All Indicators Point to a Strong Market 

Typically, these two market criteria are good signs that the home market is doing well. But, there is even more positive news. The Number of Days on Market again declined year over year. For the month of July 2018, homes priced, To $499,999 sold in an average of 84 days, a faster pace over last year by (-11.6%). Homes priced $500,000 to $999,999 sold on average in 98 days, (-17%) less. Only homes priced 1M+ increased the number of days they took to sell, but only by (+3%), to 144 days.

Another sign that the market is still solid, is that the Number of Homes Sold increased by double digits for homes priced, To $499,999 by (+12.7%), and $500,000 to $999,999 by (+10.4%). Only the luxury home market, homes priced $1M+ experienced a decrease in the number of homes sold by (-8.3%).  

So how long can this last? 

While no one can predict what will happen in the long term, it seems that the people buying into our market for the past 6 months, are confident about their decision to live and vacation here. Without a thorough study, it’s impossible to tell what is driving their decisions, but optimism about the future of the Coachella Valley’s economy must be a part of it. And, that’s something we can all rally behind!

By the Numbers and City Standouts!

July’s year-over-year averages per city are amazingly positive. Who would have guessed that July, one of our hottest months, would turn out to be one of the years’ best for the Number of Homes Sold, and Average Sold Price? 

 

If you'd like a detailed market report for a specific city, just click here: Send Me A City Report.

Here are the highlights.

Cities with the highest percentage increases in Average Sold Price: Rancho Mirage (13.8%); Bermuda Dunes (12%); Indio (6.9%); La Quinta (5.1%); Cathedral City (4.2%). Palm Springs decreased by (4.7%)

Cities with the greatest percentage increases in the Number of Homes Sold: Palm Desert (17.3%); Palm Springs (14.5%); Indian Wells (11.8%); La Quinta (10%); Bermuda Dunes (6%); Cathedral City (2.5%). Indio decreased by (-6%).  

Cities with the greatest percentage decreases in Days on Market: Bermuda Dunes (-53%); Indian Wells (-28.5%); Rancho Mirage (-22.8%); Cathedral City (-19.4); Palm Springs (-15.8%); Indio (-10%); Palm Desert (-8.9%). La Quinta increased 10 110 days, (+5.8%). 

The city with the highest average sale price is often Indian Wells. Click HERE to find out why Indian Wells is so popular!

Give us a call at (760) 625-7229, or visit www.thehamiltonregroup.com, for an easy-to-use home search, and for information on how we can help you with all your important real estate needs. 

The Hamilton Real Estate Group is evolving to meet all of our customer’s real estate needs. If you are ready to sell, call or email us, or for a FREE instant home valuation report, click here: What's My Home Worth?

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Aug. 10, 2018

The City of Indian Wells. Living Life Inspired.

The Crown Jewel of Coachella Valley, the City of Indian Wells is the Most Visually Striking and Beautiful.

Indian Wells is home to about 5,200 people lucky enough to call the city home. Located between Palm Desert and the resort town of La Quinta, it's popularity began early, after having caught the attention of Hollywood moguls, celebrities and U.S. Presidents. 

Indian Wells is best known for having opened the area’s first golf courses.  The Eldorado Country Club and the Indian Wells Country Club opened in the 1950’s, and Arnold Palmer won the first Bob Hope Desert Classic at the Eldorado Club, in 1960. Perhaps the most famous of all Indian Wells’ locals was President Dwight D. Eisenhower. He frequented the desert often, playing golf and eventually purchasing a home for him and his wife, Mamie in the Eldorado Country Club. 

Today, Indian Wells continues to be a favorite global business and vacation gathering spot for executives, celebrities, athletes, and fans of world-class Golf, Tennis, Art and Music Entertainment. Tennis is now one of the biggest events, hosted by the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in early March. Larry Ellison’s purchase of the Indian Wells Tennis Garden and his multi-million dollar upgrades and expansion of the venue has made the city of Indian Wells a pivotal part of the ATP World Tour Masters tennis tournaments, and a focal point for much of Coachella Valley’s tennis championships.   

View the most recent homes available for sale in Indian Wells at this link: Indian Wells For Sale. 

Homes and Neighborhoods of Distinction

The homes and properties of Indian Wells are stunning and steeped in luxury. From custom classics and inspired mid-centuries, to elegant contemporaries, homes there are as beautiful, as any imaginable.  

Equally impressive are the neighborhoods, lush with vibrant gardens and each oriented around either, a private Golf, Tennis, or Spa Resort.  The spectacular vistas of the Santa Rosa Mountains, makes it hard to believe that Indian Wells is real, and not just the backdrop of a movie set. 

The Good Life

Indian Wells is home to four luxury hotel resorts, featuring acclaimed events, fine dining, spas, and recreation.  The Indian Wells Golf Resort offers two top-ranked 18-hole public courses. 

For tennis buffs, the 122-acre, Indian Wells Tennis Garden, owned by Larry Ellison of Oracle, is home to the BNP Paribas Open, The Indian Wells Arts Festival and Indian Wells Music Festival.

Indian Wells Tennis Gardens - Entertainment Central for Championship Tennis, World-Class Art and Music Entertainment

The Indian Wells Tennis Gardens is best known by international tennis players and fans, as one of the top two venues to view world professional tennis tournaments. Tennis fans come to enjoy the sights, sounds and food, and to cheer on their favorite players.  Owned by Larry Ellison, CEO Oracle, the Tennis Garden’s has three Stadiums, with 16,100 seats making it the second-largest tennis stadium in the country. 

Every bit as impressive is the setting. The 122-acre site sports sixty-two palm trees, acres of flowers, lush greenery, and two large fountains, a retail center and dining at Spago, Wally’s Desert Turtle.

The Indian Wells Tennis Gardens is located at 78-200 Miles Ave., Indian Wells. Indian Wells Tennis Gardens

 

2019 BNP Paribas Open, March 4–17, Indian Wells Tennis Garden, Indian Wells

The BNP Paribas Open is the sixth-largest tennis tournament in the world and is a two-week combined event held at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. When it comes to tennis championships and venues, the Indian Wells Tennis Garden is among the world’s best. The beauty of the venue, delicious food, its majestic setting, and perfect weather make it one of the most attended of all tennis championships.

The Indian Wells Masters tennis tournament—presently known as the BNP Paribas Open is one of nine ATP World Tour Masters 1000 high-level events operated by the Association of Tennis Professionals, and one of the four WTA Premier Mandatory tournaments of the Women's Tennis Association

The Fifth Grand Slam

Every year, the world’s best tennis players take center court, and battle it out their favorite players battle it out on the to a riveting final championship event.  2018 was especially exciting with both Venus Williams and Serena Williams meeting each other on the courts at Indian Wells for the first time in many years. For tennis fans, 2019 will be just as exciting.   

2019 Tickets are on Sale Now. Click here for ticket packages and prices

Indian Wells Arts Festival-Rich in Color, Creativity and Diversity. March 29–31, 2019 

The Indian Wells Arts Festival is rich in color, creativity and diversity. Every year, more than 200 artists arrive from every corner of the world including, Japan, Africa, Central and South America, the United Kingdom, Europe.  The Indian Wells Tennis Garden offers the perfect setting to display the imagery and creative talents of the art and artists. It’s a wonderful and exquisitely entertaining event for art lovers and anyone interested in spending time outdoors.  

Indian Wells Music Festival-Rock out to Jazz, Blues and Country. April 5-6, 2019

The Indian Wells Music Festival, presented by Wendy Jane Productions and the Indian Wells Tennis Garden, is the last major event of the Coachella Valley's high season. For music and art lovers there is no better way to wrap up a season of non-stop entertainment and events than with the pulsating beats and rhythms of inspired music, wild stage sets, laser light shows, festival foods, a giant Ferris wheel, and boldly colored, floating creatures. 

The Hamilton Real Estate Group is Your Key to Indian Well's Homes and its Luxury Lifestyle.

View the most recent homes available for sale in Indian Wells at this link: Indian Wells For Sale.

The City of Indian Wells offers a select few a very special lifestyle. Contact Dan or Reuben to find out what makes this City so distinctive and one of the very best places to live in the Coachella Valley.  

Call 760-625-7229 or email dan@thehamiltonregroup.com 

To explore neighborhoods and homes on your own, visit TheHamiltonREGroup.com 

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July 30, 2018

Desert Lifestyle Report - August 2018

Summer’s Half Over. Now is the Time to Plan and Book the Upcoming Season’s Top Events! 

It may be hard to imagine right now, but a whole new and exciting 2018-2019 Calendar Season is already on the horizon. We are here to remind you that getting into the new season’s hottest events requires planning and a nimble response when tickets go on sale.  

It’s a matter of simple math. Every year, millions of people from all over the world are drawn to Palm Springs’ top high season events. They come for the fun and the sun, many of them planning their calendars and trips a year or more in advance. They are dialed-in with alarms ready to signal them the moment tickets to their favorite events go on sale. And, most likely, they are your favorite events, too. 

We will do our best to keep you abreast of the major festivities upcoming, but if there is one in particular that you have your heart set on attending, it’s best to keep it on your radar and, be ready to act quickly! First up, is Modernism Week October.

Modernism Week Fall Preview - Tickets On Sale Aug 1

Without a doubt, Modernism Week in February is one of the most popular of all the Greater Palm Springs festivities. It is so popular in fact, that a Modernism Week Fall Preview event is scheduled each year, October 18th-21st, in advance to offer people an early peek into the planned offerings for the February event.  

Modernism Week Fall Preview this year has over 50 activities scheduled including, popular mid-century and modernism architecture and design lectures, lavish cocktail parties at some of Palm Springs’s most iconic homes, bike, bus and walking tours of local mid-century modern architecture and buildings. For Modernism lovers, this 4-day event sparks a heightened level of energy and excitement that carriers them right through to Modernism Week in February.  Continue to watch for updates on Modernism Week Fall and February in our upcoming Desert Lifestyle Reports.

To get in on the fun, check out the schedule and buy your tickets fast. Click here for the complete 4-day schedule of events: www.ModernismWeek.com

Sandpiper: Original Mid-Century Modern Dream Homes

The Sandpiper, the first mid-century modern community of its kind, is as beloved and sought after today as it was when first built in the late 1950’s. 

Considered the first condominium project its kind, the story of Sandpiper home designs and the community’s distinctive layout, is recorded in the annals of the historic society, and documented in books as exemplary examples of mid-century modern architecture and design.

Distinctively designed, open-plan interiors feature 10-foot ceilings, skylights and "glass walls" with sliding doors, wet bars, double vanities in the master bath, walk-in closets, and plenty of modern amenities. Sandpiper homes are well-suited to 21st Century lifestyle as well, both as full-time residences and as vacation homes. Residents love the walkable community and short stroll to Palm Desert’s El Paseo with its fine dining, world-class art galleries and shopping.

Learn more about what makes Sandpiper special at this link:

Sandpiper Palm Desert

We specialize in the purchase and sale of homes in Sandpiper, and continue to be the development’s top producing real estate team. It’s our love of the community and belief in the value and benefit it offers its residents that makes it easy for us to do our job there, and to do it well. 

We currently have beautiful homes for sale at Sandpiper. Please call Dan or Reuben for information and a tour of the homes. Or, visit:  www.Sandpiper4sale.com 

Idyllwild Strong! Jazz in the Pines Festival is a Go, Aug. 10-12

Nothing, not even fire, is going to stop Idyllwild’s 25th Annual Jazz in the Pines Festival. The festival is the year’s largest tourism event for Idyllwild and the primary fundraiser for the high school-aged Idyllwild Arts Academy.  The Arts Academy which hosts students from around the world was not damaged by the fire. Brave firefighters did an amazing job under extreme conditions to contain the fire and mitigate damage to the town. 

Festival COO John Newman said in a July 27, interview with reporter Bruce Fessier for the Palm Springs Desert Sun that, “ the show-must-go-on”, and will as planned, despite damage to some of the surrounding  staging areas.

An Amazing Line-Up of Jazz, Blues and R&B Performers

The Jazz festival is a favorite local event. This year, over two dozen bands are performing jazz, blues, and R&B to fans from all over the region. The festival is set among a breathtaking mountain campus, and with 27 artists, 4 stages, 3 days, and 50 vendors this is one of the hottest tickets in Southern California.  Proceeds from the festival benefit Idyllwild Arts Academy a 501(c)(3) non-profit whose mission it is to change lives through the transformative power of art. 

Located at Idyllwild Arts, 52500 Temecula Rd., Idyllwild, CA 92549. For information and box office click here: www.JazzInThePines.com

ARRIVE HOTEL—Dive-In Movie Series 

If you want the full Palm Springs experience then a stay at the ARRIVE Hotel is a must. Visitors there are immersed in the very essence of Palm Springs life, experiencing its eclectic culture, Hollywood flare, flavors and tastes. It’s pure delight for all the senses. The hotel features a courtyard pool and oversized Jacuzzi, poolside cabanas with firepits for romantic times. Group firepits and lounge seating, Bocce and ping pong encourage fun social gatherings. The Reservoir restaurant cooks up sumptuous southern California cuisine, and Customs Coffee and Ice Cream Shops offer up cool refreshments. 

Dive-In Movie Night Series – Grease, Aug. 31,  The Big Lebowski, Sep. 28

Not to be missed are the exciting and romantic poolside events. ARRIVE presents its Dive-in Movie Series every last Friday of the month.  The event is free, and open to adults 21 years or older.  Movie start at 7pm, and serious movie watchers are encouraged grab a drink, a friend and arrive early to grab a seat or a float in or by the pool, or poolside. visit www.ArriveHotel.com

Summer may be the best opportunity to buy a home in Greater Palm Springs 

The most recent statistics for home sales indicate that overall sales prices are up (3.4%) for June 2018. Typical of summer the Number of Homes for Sale have decreased and homes are still selling quicker than a year ago. 

The bottom line is that the Coachella Valley housing market is stable and is not notably deviating from its course since January 2018. With interest rates still attractive, summer may be the best opportunity to buy a home in the Greater Palm Springs area. At the very least, you may want to talk to Dan or Reuben about what good deals may be available now before people start remembering that summer doesn’t last long. 

Read the full market update report at: www.DesertMarketUpdate.com

City Standouts! What’s Up and Whose Down?

According to TrendVisions™ June home statistics the market is strong and steady, and although every city EXCEPT Indio, experienced decreases in the Number of Homes Sold, 7 of 10 cities had increases in the Average Sale Listing Price, with 6 of them in the double digits. Half of all the cities sold homes quicker, with 4 showing increased days on market and 1, Cathedral City, not changing at all. 

By the Numbers

  • Cities with the highest percentage increases in Average Sale Price: Bermuda Dunes (+15.6%); Indio (+14.3%); Palm Springs (+11.2%); La Quinta (+10.6%); Rancho Mirage (+10.65%); Cathedral City (+10.2%).
  •  Cities with the greatest percentage decreases in Days on Market: Palm Springs (-14.4%); La Quinta (-11.3%); Indian Wells (-11%); Palm Desert (-9.8%); Indio (-9%).
  • Cities with the greatest percentage of increases in the Number of Homes Sold: Indio (1.6%). Cities with the greatest percentage of decreases in Number of Homes Sold: Bermuda Dunes (-40.9%); La Quinta (-23.6%); Palm Springs (-13.8%); Palm Desert (-13.2%); Cathedral City (-12%); Desert Hot Springs (11.5%); Rancho Mirage (-10.9%).

Give us a call at (760) 625-7229, or visit www.thehamiltonregroup.com, for an easy-to-use home search, and for information on how we can help you with all your important real estate needs. 

August Entertainment Schedule Hot Days and Cool Nights

Fantasy Springs Casino

  • Jason  Bonham’s Led Zepplin Evening | August 3
  • Eric Moo | Aug 11
  • Golden Boy Boxing | Aug 17
  • Roger Daltry | Aug 18
  • The Jacksons  | Aug 25
  • Peter Frampton | Aug 31

For box office tickets click here Fantasy Springs Resort

Agua Caliente Casino

  • Brad Paisley |  Aug 2
  • Cheech & Chong |  Aug 4
  • Gladiator Challenge: MMA Showndown | Aug 11
  • Diva2Diva |  Aug 12
  • Vache Amaryan & Silva Hakobyan |  Aug 18
  • Steve Martin & Martin Short |  Aug 24
  • WFC 94 Live Championship Boxing |  Aug 25
  • Purple Reign: The Prince Tribute Show |  Sep 1 2

For box office tickets click here Agua Caliente Entertainment

Spotlight 29

  • Hijos De Barron  |  Aug 4
  • Pimpenella |  Aug 19
  • Los Tucanes De Tijuana |  Aug 25

For box office tickets click here Spotlight 29 Casino

Journey through the Desert-The Road Less Traveled at Palm Springs Art Museum, The Galen, Palm Desert. Summer Hours through Sept. 2, Fri – Sun. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., closed Monday through Thursday & Holidays.  Features work by approximately 20 American photographers, beginning with an expansive presentation on the archive of Stephen H. Willard who captured the spiritual and natural beauty of the desert in the early part of the 20thcentury. For more information click here www.PSMuseum.org

College of the Desert Street Fair, Every Sat. & Sun. Merchandise and services for all ages and any budget, the Street Fair offers more than 300 merchants, artists, a Farmer’s Market, entertainment, food and much more. Time/Place: 7 a.m.- 2 p.m. / 43500 Monterey Ave., Palm Desert, Contact: 760-636-7957 www.CODaaStreetFair.com

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