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Neighborhoods

Deepwell Estates

When walking through the Deepwell neighborhood, one will find a variety of architectural styles, from the mid-20th century to the new environmentally "green" houses. The area also has a variety of landscapes. With only a few homes behind tall hedges, full creative designs are visible including many drought tolerant native plantings. Residents take great pride in their homes.

At first glance, the name Deepwell seems strange in a desert community, but according to "The Unofficial History of Deepwell" by Ron Root, it is appropriate. It was here that in about 1926 that scientist Henry Pearson bought property and dug a well. Though he hit water at 100 feet, his curiosity forced him to keep going and he didn't stop drilling until 630 feet. Consequently, the name Deepwell was coined.

Today, we are a neighborhood of an estimated 369 homes including the 19 Biltmore houses. The boundaries are Mesquite Avenue on the north, South Sunrise Way on the east, East Palm Canyon on the south, and Deepwell Ranch to the west. This entire area is a mecca for bicyclists, joggers, and dog walkers. Many people get to know their neighbors or at least their dogs through daily walking activities.

We have had celebrities living here; most recently was Loretta Young. However, Jerry Lewis, Bill Holden, Marjorie Main, and Tippi Hedren, to name a few, owned homes.

We pride ourselves on being a friendly place in which to live. In fact, we have a number of annual neighborhood events to promote neighbors getting to know neighbors. The Deepwell Estates Neighborhood Organization (DENO) sponsors these happenings. In addition, we have an active Neighborhood Watch program and a newsletter.

DENO is one of the oldest neighborhood organizations in Palm Springs. According to our records, it was organized in 1995 and in joining, residents agreed to architectural requirements, regulations regarding compliance with building laws, fences, hedges, and zoning regulations with annual dues of $25. Their focus was to have "influence with Palm Springs City agencies as well as keeping Deepwell Estates in a highly desirable position and good neighborly relationships."

The socialization goal continues today through annual events including the Annual Meeting in January and neighborhood garage sale in February. In March, six homes opened their backyards for the Garden Walk. The beauty and variety of outdoor living spaces is absolutely spectacular. Progressive Deepwell in April provides plenty of good food and conversation. August Summer Survival is an evening cocktail party. And Taste of Deepwell (potluck) in October means we get to experience favorite recipes of those participating.

It is the openness and friendliness of residents that keeps the organization functioning and Deepwell a desirable place in which to live. 

El Rancho Vista Estates

El Rancho Vista Estates was the first of the Wexler & Harrison residential subdivisions.  Developer Roy Fey, a former Chicago accountant who came to the desert and developed a small real estate empire, built it.  He saw the potential Southern California Modernist architecture had in the emerging post-war housing market.  His belief in the product led him to use the street name “East Avenida Fey Norte” to memorialize his involvement in the development – a not uncommon practice among residential developers.  The development is a collection of approximately 75 single-family homes located northeast of the Palm Springs International Airport, accessed via Vista Chino.

Vibrant sunset, El Rancho Vista Estates.
Variations on several open plan layouts include flat roofs, butterfly roofs, and the down-turned eave, which became something of a signature in later Harrison projects.   Other character-defining details include now-classic mid-century architectural elements like decorative concrete block walls and floor-to ceiling glass walls oriented to spectacular mountain views that enhance indoor / outdoor living.  This early modernist tract has undergone a renaissance in recent years as the popularity of mid-century style s has returned.  Harrison owned a home in the development at 1593 Avenida Robert Miguel – an unusual example of an architect living in a neighborhood completely designed by his firm.

Beginning in 2000, the husband-wife team of John Lewis and Jane Steichen-Lewis has bought renovated and resold more than twenty El Rancho Vista homes.  They often live in the houses while working on them, and focus on the preservation of the original shapes and textures while incorporating a spare use of dramatic colors and natural desert landscaping.  

Historic Tennis Club

The Historic Tennis Club (HTC) community is located immediately adjacent to the downtown commercial area of Palm Springs and includes many architectural significant properties. 

Complimenting the 240 single-family residences within the HTC community, there are several condominium properties and over 25 small, highly personable petite hotels. These hotels attract a large number of loyal, continuing customers to their facilities contributing to the economy of the Palm Springs commercial businesses.

The HTC area is one of the oldest neighborhoods in Palm Springs; it has one of the first churches built in the area, located on Baristo Road adjacent to the Orchid Tree Hotel. Both of these facilities opened their doors in 1936. Pioneer Pearl McCallum McManus settled in the area and developed the Palm Springs Tennis Club in 1940. This facility brought world-class tennis to the Desert.

Overall there are eleven structures located within the HTC boundaries that are found in the historic registry. This area truly captures the magical essence of old Palm Springs providing pedestrians with the opportunity to step back in time.

Indian Canyons

Originally built in the 1960s, most of Indian Canyons’ coveted real estate has been refurbished to reflect its modernistic roots.  Those who live here have chosen this neighborhood not only for its distinctive architecture, with designs by Stan Sackley and Palmer and Krisel to name a few, but also for its unmistakable vibe:  Welcoming, diverse, laid back and cordial come to mind when describing this little piece of Palm Springs history, both past and present. 

Our neighborhood’s name changed in 2009 from Canyon Country Club to Indian Canyons to reflect the new ownership of the 18-hole championship golf course, Indian Canyons North, which our homes surround.  This par 72 course, along with the 18-hole golf course directly across Murray Canyon Road, Indian Canyons South, are owned by the Agua Caliente Indian tribe and are open to the public.  Name changes aside, much of our neighborhood remains the same:  The dog walkers, joggers and bicyclists still populate our palm tree-lined streets, retirees on a stroll continue to stop and chat with professionals who fly here from their high-pressure lives somewhere else, and authentic mid-century modern homes stand in neighborly fashion next to tile-roofed Southwestern ranches. 

Natural desert beauty is our Indian Canyons neighborhood’s trademark.  We look out our picture windows to the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains, like bulky chocolate carvings during the day that dapple gold and purple at sunset, while even closer to home are the Indian Canyons North’s lush fairways, dotted with thousands of stately palms and olive trees.  The golf resort’s clubhouse, itself a tribute to modernism in its Donald Wexler design, provides a bit of unexpected grandeur in its northwest view of the course:  The Walt Disney Fountain with majestic water jets that spray more than 100 feet into the air.

Los Compadres

The area called Los Compadres (The Friends) dates back to 1941 with the founding of the Los Compadres Stables and Riding Club, and was one of the "last vestiges of the West in Palm Springs" with rodeos, western culture and fashion, horseback riding in the desert and foothills, the late iconic Mayor Frank Bogert, and the famous mink and manure social events.  Nearby Smoke Tree Ranch reveled in the same culture with its western chuckwagon breakfasts, devoted riders, and vacationing "wannabe" cowboys from the halls of commerce and Hollywood.  There was a great article written by Palm Springs Life in 2010 about "The Hay Days of Palm Springs" http://palmspringswestfest.com/index.php/ps-rodeo-history.

The residential neighborhood started in the late 70's with a pocket of Spanish-style homes and has grown over the years to include approximately 600 residences, apartments and townhomes.

Old Las Palmas

Old Las Palmas boasts the largest number of celebrity homes in Palm Springs, dating back to the mid 1920's when it was first developed by New York builder Alvah Hicks and his son Harold. Formerly a citrus grove, the Old Las Palmas Neighborhood includes the area from Alejo on the South, North Palm Canyon on the East, Monte Vista on the West, and Stevens Road on the North. Being within walking distance to downtown, the area offers many special advantages.

Some of the well known celebrities that have lived in Old Las Palmas include Edgar Bergen, Liberace, Sidney Sheldon, George Hamilton, Mary Martin, Joseph Barbera, Donna Reed, Harold Mirisch, Alan Ladd, William Powell, Rona Barrett, Rudy Vallee, Harold Robbins, George Randolph Hearst, Sidney Korshak, Kirk Douglas, Kitty Carlisle, Jack Warner, Leo Spitz, Lily Tomlin and many others.

Today, Old Las Palmas is recognized as one of the premier locations in Palm Springs and many of the older estates and homes are being updated to enhance their unique properties. It's a privilege for those that live in this "special" place to organize together in the Old Las Palmas Neighborhood Organization to protect and preserve its heritage.

The Movie Colony

The Movie Colony is a neighborhood in Palm Springs, California, named after the many famous movie stars who owned homes beween the 1930's & 1960's. Some famous movie stars who had a home in TMC are Cary Grant, Dinah Shore, Jack Benny, Marilyn Monroe and Al Jolson.

TMC is located in central Palm Springs, within walking distance to the downtown, and is comprised of approximately 170 homes. The recognized boundaries by the City of Palm Springs and the Palm Springs Board of Realtors are: Tachevah Road on the North, Alejo Road on the South, Avenida Caballeros on the East and Indian Canyon on the West.

Within TMC are two parks. Ruth Hardy Park is located between Via Miraleste, Avenida Caballeros, Tamarisk Road and Tachevah Road. The Park has 8 tennis courts, 2 children's play areas, a basketball court, 2 volleyball courts, picnic tables with barbeque's, large open fields and ample parking.

TMC's proximity to the Palm Springs International Airport is approximately 3 miles and is the Highway 111 Exit on Interstate 10. (look for the windmills).

TMC has several hotels under renovation, The Spanish Inn (originally owned by Alan Ladd), the Colony Palms and the Indian Manor. The Movie Colony Hotel is located on Indian Canyon Drive at the corner of Via Altamira. It has 16 modernist rooms, Hollywood glamour with poolside relaxation. (www.moviecolonyhotel.com).

TMC is within walking distance of Downtown Palm Springs where there are many fine restaurants, shops and live entertainment

The Palm Springs Chamber of Commerce can be located at www.pschamber.org.

The local newspaper for Palm Springs is The Desert Sun (www.thedesertsun.com).

The Mesa

The first record of white men in the Palm Springs area was the 1823-24 expedition of Brevet Captain Jose Romero. Captain Romero led an expedition through the San Gorgonio Pass in search of a route to the Colorado River. His party stopped to rest at some natural hot springs, which they named Agua Caliente.

29 years later in 1853, Lt. R. S. Williamson and a geologist, W.P. Blake, with the Smithsonian Institution, were sent by the Federal government to survey land across the West for a possible railroad route from the Mississippi to the Pacific. In his detailed topographical report, Blake described the oasis of palm trees that shaded mineral springs flowing into a pond, which he called Palm Springs.

Between 1857 and 1877 several stagecoach lines traversed the San Gorgonio pass and most stopped at the Agua Caliente springs for water. The most influential was the Bradshaw Stage Line, which ran from 1863-1877. The Bradshaw line not only stopped at Agua Caliente but also had an adobe station built there. Jack Summers was the agent between 1865 and 1877, making him and his wife the first white settlers of Agua Caliente, soon to be Palm Springs.

The railroad finally made it through the pass in 1876. However, Agua Caliente was still very remote and few people knew of its existence. To establish Southern Pacific Railroad right-of-way, the company was granted alternating sections of land for ten miles on either side of the tracks. The railroad received odd-numbered sections while the even-numbered ones remained government property. On May 15th 1876, 880 acres of what is now Downtown Palm Springs, including Tahquitz Canyon, was set aside as the Agua Caliente Indian reservation. The next year, 48 sections – a little over 30 thousand acres of the government land – were given to the Agua Caliente band of Cahuilla Indians.

John G. McCallum became the first permanent settler when he traveled to Palm Valley in 1884 and immediately knew this is where he wanted to relocate his family, including an ailing son.

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Judge John Guthrie McCallum
The first white settler of “Palm Springs”

The place was known by the name of "Palm Valley" until 1890 when Harry McCallum referred in a letter to his post office address in "Palm Springs." In 1887, 320 acres of the 6,000 purchased by John Guthrie McCallum, where surveyed into a township that today comprises downtown Palm Springs.

B. B. Barney purchased 600 acres from McCallum and built the first subdivision, called The Garden of Eden, at the present-day site of the Canyon Country Club. Streets where named for Adam, Eve and other early biblical characters. By 1888 Land sales where booming.

THE MESA NEIGHBORHOOD

1921 – PRESENT

Edmond Fulford, a successful Los Angeles businessman had a vision of building a unique community in a secluded Palm Springs location. He established the Palm Canyon Mesa on the lowest slopes of the San Jacinto Mountains in a caldera that provides neighborhood homes protection from the desert winds. Fulford’s dream was of an exclusive gated community that was entered through a common main entrance. The plan never came to fruition as Mr. Fulford died suddenly in 1936. One remnant, the gatehouse, still remains between South Palm Canyon and Mesa Drive on El Portal and is now considered an iconic representation of the Mesa Neighborhood. With the plan established, other developers, including architect Alfred Heineman, moved in to continued development in this beautiful area.

The Mesa also resides on the east flank of Tahquiz Canyon. A ruggedly beautiful canyon that leaves a stark impression from the huge gash the crag produces. Tahquitz is steeped in Indian folklore. According to this legend, Tahquitz was a man of great power. Created by Mukat, the legendary creator of the Cahuilla Indians. It is said that he craved human flesh and beautiful women. When people disappeared on the mountain they where reputed to have been carried off by Tahquitz and eaten. He speaks through lightning and thunder.

Today the Mesa is a unique and eclectic collection of architectural styles producing a beautiful neighborhood nestled in an awe-inspiring setting. The diversity does not stop there. The individuals who occupy the homes are as unique as the architecture, with occupations and interest spanning every conceivable endeavor. There is one other unique attribute to the Mesa. We are truly a neighborhood of friendly residents walking the streets every day and stopping often to enjoy each other’s company. We are glad you are visiting our virtual neighborhood and look forward to meeting you some day in our real neighborhood, close to the Garden of Eden on the East slops of the San Jacinto Mountains.

By Michael Slattery

Racquet Club Estates Neighborhood Organization

With nearly 550 single family residences, RCENO is quite possibly the largest of Palm Springs' neighborhood organizations. Our organization area is roughly contained within the streets of San Rafael, Ave. Caballeros, Vista Chino, and Indian Canyon Drive. The vast majority of residences in our unique neighborhood are attributed to very iconic and respected area developers and architects.

Designed by the respected architect William Krisel A.I.A., the Racquet Club Road Estates development was the largest single-family tract home venture built by the famed Alexander Construction Company, and comprises the greatest area of RCENO The beauty of these post and beam homes designed in the mid-century modern vernacular is found in the soaring waferthin rooflines, clerestory windows, an open floor plan, and a unique indoor-outdoor relationship. Enormous lot sizes contribute greatly toward the livability and enjoyment of these homes.

The Meiselman homes, located towards RCENO's southern boundary, is another sizeable block of historic mid-century modern residences built using the post and beam technique, clerestory windows, tongue and groove ceilings, scored stucco treatments, and walls of glass that contribute to indoor-outdoor enjoyment of amenities. Both Alexander and Meiselman hoped to capture and capitalize on the growing "second home market" of the era, appealing to potential buyers interested in an affordable vacation home.

Lastly, RCENO is proud to represent the seven Donald Wexler A.I.A. designed homes and the Alexander Ranch Homes near its northwestern most boundary.

The “Wexler’s” are the most innovative homes and are designated as Palm Springs Class One Historic Sites. These Wexler homes epitomize the exuberance and optimism of the mid-century modern era. They also showed their functionality of implementation, whereas every component of the entire home could be placed within its central core (kitchen, dual bathrooms) and literally shipped anywhere in the world. The unfortunate downfall of the Wexler homes was that the structural components were constructed entirely of steel. A sharp increase in the cost of steel shortly after construction of the seven homes made it unprofitable to build additional units.

Alternatively, on the tract designated for the steel homes, the Alexanders built the first phase of their newly redesigned ranch homes. These homes with their 1,456 square foot spacious interiors and open floor plans were now intended for year round living. The outside structure of these homes with their low hip roofline and angled beams has a distinctive Polynesian flair that was widely popular due to increasing interest in Hawaiian travel.

Sunmor Neighborhood

SUNMOR is a well-known central Palm Springs neighborhood comprised of a remarkably intact collection of mid-century homes built in the late 50s and early 1960s. The neighborhood is bordered by Palm Springs City Hall and the International Airport on the east, Farrell Drive on the west, and East Tamarisk and Andreas Road to the north and south respectively.

The two primary builders of Sunmor houses were locally prominent builder Robert “Bob” C. Higgins and the nationally prominent team of Robert Alexander and his father, George Alexander, of the Alexander Construction Company.

While Sunmor is generally known as an “Alexander” neighborhood, it was actually Bob Higgins who built the first houses and first imagined a neighborhood of affordable modernist tract homes in the present location. We know Higgins was a highly-competent builder engaged by many prominent architects because he is given credit for the construction of architect William Cody’s beautiful L’Horizon Hotel and architect Donald Wexler’s Alan Ladd residence (Higgins was also a partner in actor Alan Ladd, Sr.’s well-known Palm Springs hardware store, Ladd-Higgins Hardware). The earliest public mention of the Sunmor neighborhood appears in the July-August 1955 issue of Palm Springs Villager which enthusiastically announced that an “official groundbreaking” had taken place and that “building has begun on the extensive 213-acre Sunmor subdivision in Palm Springs.” The article identifies the Sands Realty and Development Company at 555 South Palm Canyon as the realtor of record with A. R. Simon as its president. Two other items of interest appear in the brief article. Firstly, Frank Bogert (discussed later) is identified as one of the “first purchasers” of a Sunmor home and the architectural firm of Wexler & Harrision is credited with having designed the Higgins-built homes.

The Sunmor neighborhood was next featured in both the September and October 1955 issues of Palm Springs Villager magazine in a pink-hued two-page advertisement for “Sunmor Estates…Palm Springs Newest Subdivision.” The 1955 advertisements identify a parcel of land at the terminus of Louella Avenue as “Present Construction” and other two land parcels are identified as “Planned Future Construction” to the west (almost to Sunrise Way) and south (as far as Ramon Road).

According to the advertisements, Sunmor Estates homes were priced “from $17,600″ and financed with 20-year loans. It is supposed that at least three homes had been built by September 1955 as the magazine advertisement touted “Dramatic 2, 3 and 4 Bedroom Homes Now on Display.”

Ultimately, only eleven houses were built by Higgins. While details are still murky, indications are that builder Higgins’ Sunmor Estates project faltered and by about 1957 the Alexander Construction Company had gobbled up many of the land parcels identified by Higgins and Sands Realty as potential future construction. Fortunately, Higgins’ designs blend nicely with the post-and-beam modernist houses built soon thereafter by the Alexander Construction Company.

Fortunately, the historic record regarding the Alexander Construction Company (responsible for building much of the mid-century housing stock in Palm Springs) is far more complete. In total, the Alexander Construction company is estimated to have built between 1,200-1,300 homes in the Palm Springs area between 1957 and 1965.

Similar advertisements of the era by the Alexander Construction Company touted tract homes “Designed by Architects, Built by Master Builders for Permanent Value.” The “architect” referred to is William Krisel (of the architectural firm of Palmer & Krisel). The Sunmor Alexander homes are Krisel’s “Ramon Rise” design. (The Ramon Rise neighborhood is located south of Ramon Road and to the west of El Cielo Drive and is now known as “Little Beverly Hills”). The Ramon Rise-Sunmor-Krisel connection was fortuitously unearthed by architect Jim Harlan in 2010 while doing research at the Getty’s architectural archives for the tribute journal The Alexanders: A Desert Legacy published by the Palm Springs Preservation Foundation.

The Alexanders were committed to the ideal that even in a luxury community like Palm Springs quality homes could be built to fit the budgets of lower and middle income families. With home prices in the late 1950′s generally starting at a modest $15,000, the homes were available to not only the elite Hollywood crowd but to more modest buyers. The Desert Sun newspaper recently opined that, “Because of their [the Alexanders'] vision, Palm Springs took a new shape and a new direction in development….Because of the Alexanders, Palm Springs has not only grown, it has grown in a much more balanced and solid way.

Over the years a number of minor Hollywood celebrities have called the Sunmor neighborhood home. However, the neighborhood’s most famous resident was most certainly the outspoken “cowboy mayor” Frank Bogert (1910-2009). Bogert served four terms as the city’s mayor from 1958-1966 and from 1982-1988 and was the author of two books that chronicled the early history of Palm Springs. Two cul-de-sacs in the Sunmor neighborhood have the distinction of being named after members of the Alexander family, i.e., Helene Alexander (Helena Circle) and her daughter Jill (Jill Circle).

Tahquitz River

The neighborhood sits on both sides of the Tahquitz “wash” just south of central Palm Springs. It was not always called Tahquitz River Estates. In the early 1930s, the first development was called Palos Verdes Estates and is still populated with charming "Old Palm Springs" Spanish revival homes. Some of these bungalows were under construction even before Palm Springs became incorporated back in 1938!

In 1947, when the banks of the Tahquitz Wash were stabilized, a famous Mid-Century builder from Los Angeles, Paul Trousdale, developed homes on either side of the banks, and called them "Tahquitz River Estates".  

Twin Palms

Unlike the inclusive city we know today, Palm Springs at mid 20th century restricted the areas in which its Jewish population could live and play. Sensing market demand, developers George and Robert Alexander, working with architect William Krisel, intended raw desert at the City’s southern edge to become a Jewish enclave. First they built the Ocotillo Lodge. Completed in 1956, the Lodge welcomed all home-seekers considering one of the 90 new adjacent homes. It was this fledgling neighborhood that introduced to the desert such modernist residential elements as open carports, clerestory windows, exposed concrete block, breezeways, and butterfly roofs. In doing so, Twin Palms became both the first midcentury modern neighborhood built by the Alexanders and the first housing tract in Palm Springs. Its success initiated the City's first major major housing boom and forever changed its architectural landscape. By the 1980s, contemporary, Spanish contemporary, and modern designs mingled with the midcentury architectural styles. Many original homes have been faithfully restored in recent years—some with the participation of William Krisel—and tour buses now lace our streets during Modernism Week. The Twin Palms Neighborhood Organization was certified by the City in March 2013. More than 25 members serve its vibrant committees that collectively provide opportunities for socializing and expressing civic responsibility, maximizing security and quality of life, preserving and promoting our neighborhood history, and keeping our neighbors and the City informed of our activities. Twin Palms now benefits from a population mix that reflects the diversity of Palm Springs, and the legacy of William Krisel and the Alexanders is a neighborhood alive with history and rich with character. 

Vista Las Palmas

In the late 1950's, tract housing had become a national phenomenon. In Palm Springs, tract housing was taken to a new level by the father-and-son team of George and Robert Alexander of the Alexander Construction Company. They built over 1200 homes in the architectural style now known as Southern California Modern. They commissioned talented modernist architects to create forward-looking homes that include soaring rooflines and elegant minimalist facades with lots of curb appeal. The interiors include post and beam
construction, walls of glass, and spacious floor plans that flow smoothly from inside to out. The homes fit perfectly in the natural desert landscape against backdrop of the San Jacinto Mountains.

The Alexander Construction Company began building clean-lined modern vacation homes at the southeast end of Palm Springs. As their success grew so did their idea of what a house should be and how much it should cost. By the end of the 1950's, they were building the Vista Las Palmas area – nestled up against San Jacinto Mountains on the northwest side of town where the wealthy "Old Hollywood" crowd had built Spanish Revival houses in Las Palmas.


In Vista Las Palms, the firm of Palmer and Krisel, as well as architect Charles Dubois, designed approximately 330 homes. William Krisel contributed his iconic “butterfly” roof houses, a folded plate roof design, and several others. Charles Dubois created the distinctive “Swiss Miss” A-frame, among others. The mix of designs creates one of the most varied, yet cohesive neighborhoods in Palm Springs, and it is always a stop on any architectural tour of the area.

Robert Alexander and his wife, Helene, moved from Los Angeles to Palm Springs in 1957, living in Vista Las Palmas. Their special custom home at 1350 Ladera is “The House of Tomorrow” which was featured in an eight-page spread in Look Magazine’s September 1962 issue. Designed by Palmer & Krisel, the home features a series of circular glass pavilions under a single, “batwing” roof. Electronic controls were installed to manipulate indoor climate, outside lights and automatic rain. Lava rock walls and Jetson’s-style furniture made it a fabulous showplace. The cost of the new home—said to be $300,000, set a new standard for luxurious living in Southern California. In 1968, the home was used as the secret getaway for Elvis and Priscilla Presley where they spent their honeymoon.

On Sunday, November 14, 1965, George & Robert Alexander and their wives were killed in an airplane crash when their Lear Jet en route to Burbank crashed into the Little Chocolate Mountains northwest of Indio. The Alexander legacy lives on today in the preserved Mid Century neighborhood of Vista Las Palmas.

In the 1950’s celebrities from Los Angeles used Vista Las Palmas as their desert retreat from busy work schedules. Celebrities who once lived and played in Vista Las Palmas include Marilyn Monroe, Dean Martin, Peter Lawford, Colonel Tom Parker, Debbie Reynolds, Joan Collins, George Hamilton, Kirk Douglas, Dinah Shore, John Phillips of the Mama’s and Papa’s, and Trini Lopez (still a resident.) 

Today, Vista Las Palmas has become a symbol of Mid-Century Modern design for the distinctive homeowner who wants the relaxed lifestyle of the desert. Owners include weekenders from nearby Los Angeles, part-time residents from a colder home base, to the full-time residents who desire year-round peaceful desert living. Residents share an interest in preserving the history and architecture that so perfectly complements the desert landscap

Warm Sands

The Warm Sands Neighborhood consists of approximately a half square mile and is bordered by Indian Canyon on the west, Ramon Rd on the north, Sunrise Way on the east, and Sunny Dunes on the south.

The Warm Sands neighborhood is comprised of single family homes, multi-family homes, apartments, a condominium complex, gated modern homes, a mobile home park, commercial businesses, and eleven resorts. Warm Sands is a diverse community with much to offer.

Our community began in the 1920’s when adobe homes were in fashion, long before the City of Palm Springs was incorporated in 1938. At that time the area consisted of homes and ranches, and some commercial businesses. The community has grown and since the 1950’s many modern homes have been built in Warm Sands. Today, new homes continue to be built on vacant lots in the area.

Warm Sands is located near downtown Palm Springs and the area has gorgeous views of the San Jacinto Mountains. Those mountains are the key to the beautiful weather that is enjoyed in Warm Sands.