What was once referred to as Palm Village for its vast date farming now is a popular desert retreat for residents and visitors alike. Located approximately 14 miles east of Palm Springs and 122 miles southeast of Los Angeles, Palm Desert is a rapidly growing city in the Coachella Valley. With a year-round warm climate and a mean annual temperature of 75.8 degrees, Palm Desert is one of the warmest places in the United States. In fact, each winter an estimated 31,000 “snowbirds” flock to Palm Desert to escape the colder climates.
In recent history, Palm Desert has seen more residents becoming “fulltimers,” migrating from the coasts and urban centers of California in search of aff ordable and luxury homes. Best known for its California style modern architecture, Palm Desert exhibits the finest examples of the mid-century modern movement with clean lines and organic shapes. Amongst the architectural masterpieces are homes and buildings designed by famed architects like Albert Frey, William Krisel, and Walter White. Many celebrities including Rita Rudner, Michelle Wie, and Bill Gates also keep homes in Palm Desert.
Home to deep valleys, soaring mountains, and everything in between, Palm Desert is an outdoor playground unlike any other. From hiking through the Santa Rosa Mountains to a hot air balloon ride over the Sonoran Desert, there are plenty of ways to enjoy Palm Desert’s varied landscape and soak up the warm Southern California sun.
A major shopping destination, Palm Desert’s El Paseo is often compared to Rodeo Drive with its posh retailors, fi ne restaurants, and art galleries. Around the corner at the Living Desert Zoo and Gardens, go eye-to-eye with a giraffe, or take flight at the Butterflies! Winged Wonders exhibit. Revered as the “World’s Golf Capital,” Palm Desert has 30 golf courses within 10 miles of the city including Shadow Mountain, Marrakesh, Palm Desert Greens, and Palm Desert Country Club.