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

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Morongo Casino

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

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Spotlight 29

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

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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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