LIVING IN PALM SPRINGS and COACHELLA VALLEY

Oct. 17, 2017

The Buzziest News about Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley

We completed our second show of “Palm Springs Real Estate Buzz” talking with HGTV’s remodelers “Kitchen Cousins” and Nebia’s CEO and co-founder of the newest designs for a bathroom fixture, the shower head. It allows users to save nearly seventy percent of water while bathing. It’s a great product, and although not cheap, it’s a must-have for the design and eco-conscious.

Palm Springs has been in the news recently:

  • At Conde Nast Traveler, the headline is that we are hotter than ever.

  • Modernism Week Fall Preview starts this week. The event precedes the international design experience in February 2018. Buy your tickets; they are going fast.

  • Our The Desert Sun reports on the new book, “Palm Springs Confidential: Playground of the Stars” whose author Howard Johns writes on the nearly 500 homes of the rich and famous.

  • Wally’s Desert Turtle, the legendary dining and bar lounge rooted on Highway 111 opens their doors for the 40th anniversary. Some marriages don’t even last that long.

If you aren’t suntanning, seeing fantastic architecture, drinking martinis or reading a new book, we have plenty of homes to see including:

287 Loch Lomond, Rancho Mirage: A beautiful three bedroom and four bath home with a courtyard, guest house, private pool, and spa overlooking the Gary Player Signature Golf Course in the Legacy at Mission Hills. Meet Wendy, who loves showing high-end homes.

81903 Villa Reale, Indio: Located in the family area of Indio, this stunning home features a great room with a fireplace, five bedrooms, three and a half baths, plus a two room casita. It’s a castle for a growing family.

78915 Rio Seco, La Quinta: A three-bedroom dwelling with three baths, three car garage and specially designed Pebble Tec pool. The price dropped from $540,000 to $519,000. HOAs do apply, but it comes with nine additional community pools and tennis courts.

 

All that and more to come this week. Keep reading!

Top Photo: Courtesy of Modernism Week.

Oct. 6, 2017

Things to Do in October 2017: Palm Springs & Beyond

We are proud, excited and scared about the launch of our “Palm Springs Real Estate Buzz” on KGX (920AM/ 99.1FM). Our first show consists of Jarrod Leitch from Franklin Loan Center, PS Appraisal’s Paul Sloan and new reality star, Eliise Stowell, from Bravo’s “Real Estate Wars” which debuted on the cable network on Thursday, October 5. Tune in or get the KGX Radio to listen on your phone or devices. Call us at (760) 394 – 6680 or send your questions via Facebook.

October is the beginning of fall and the start of the holiday season. It’s also Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Health Literacy Month, and World Blindness Month. For Coachella Valley, it’s the start of our exciting nine-month when the temperatures become temperate. 

Open Houses, October 7 – 8:

81903 Villa Reale, Indio: A lovely, five-bedroom, four-bath family house.

Other Events:

Desert Music Oasis, October 7 – 8, Empire Polo Club, Coachella

The two-day festival features live performances with on-site camping and food that organizers say, “Rival the best festivals in the world.” The evening is heavy on reggae with sets by Damian “Jr.Gong” Marley, Rebelution, Steel Pulse and Inner Circle. Other global musicianss include Los Lobos, Kinky and Warren G.

The 11th Annual “Paint El Paseo” Pink, October 14th, The Gardens of El Paseo.

In support of breast cancer awareness, all walkers wear pink in solidarity. Proceeds benefit the Desert Cancer Foundation – Suzanne Jackson Breast Cancer Fund for our Coachella Valley residents.

Desert AIDS Walk 2017 | Sponsored by KMIR, October 21, Ruth Hardy Park

Register to walk supporting those with HIV and AIDS as well as raise money.

The Great California Balloon Race, October 21st, Mecca

Hot air balloon pilots will race in a series of challenges earning points which converts into prize money at the end. An inaugural event, expect lots of fun and eye-popping color. Although the occasion is free, parking is $7.00.

Trick or Treat at Keller Williams Office, October 31, La Quinta. 2 – 5 PM.

Bring the kids into our offices at 47100 Washington Street for a safe and scary good time. Our colleagues will be dressed to scare with goodies and delights.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oct. 3, 2017

"Palm Springs Real Estate Buzz" and KGX

Who knew it would be fun to start a radio show? At John Sloan Real Estate Group, we didn’t. Working with Garry Wing, a veteran radio broadcaster and his team is an enlightening experience how to bring people the news.

Garry has been flying under the Palm Springs radar although he has been a full-time resident of Palm Springs for the past 13-years. Throughout the country, though, he has been on-air and programmed some great radio stations since the mid-'70s, in cities such as San Diego, St. Louis, Tampa, Orlando, Grand Rapids, Charleston and Raleigh. Earlier this year, he was profiled by the our Desert Sun as the new owner of KGX. He's an active commercial airplane and glider pilot, an Instrument Flight Instructor and volunteers as a mission pilot with Angel Flight and Pilots 'n' Paws.

We are very excited to have an opportunity to discuss Palm Springs and the growing real estate in the area.

Our first show is in the can with Jarrod Leitch, Franklin Loan Center, talking about mortgages and lending. On the same show we have Paula Sloan from PS Appraisals discussing what goes into assessing your home’s worth and lastly, as we have mentioned, we have the very savvy, Eliisa Stowell, from Bravo’s new reality show, “Real Estate Wars.”

We are happy to announce that next week, we have talked to the handsome guys of HGTV’s “Kitchen Cousins” about their podcast “Home with the Cousins” and disaster preparedness.

 

Listen to the show every Saturday at 8:00 am, Or listen to the podcast on 920kgx.com. 

Sept. 28, 2017

Our New Radio Show: "Palm Springs Real Estate Buzz" on KGX Real Talk

John Sloan Real Estate Group made the announcement last week of a new KGX radio show dedicated to all things real estate in the Coachella Valley, called “Palm Springs Real Estate Buzz,” hosted by CEO, John Sloan. The show is an all talk format and will feature guests from around the world and the Coachella Valley.

Our first show will feature Jarrod Leitch, Franklin Loan Center ‘s Private Money Consultant and Senior Officer. He will debut his “Mortgage Minute” that will air on a weekly basis discussing how to receive the best loan for your home needs. A twenty-year veteran of the appraisal business, Paula Sloan of PS Appraisals, will also be joining as well to enlighten listeners about all the details in a home appraisal. Lastly, we will have Eliisa Stowell from Bravo’s new reality show “Real Estate Wars” which debuts on Wednesday, October 5 at 10 EST/ 9 PM Central. Tune into Bravo and send us questions via Facebook or Twitter that we can answer with Eliisa or call into our line at (760) 394-6680. 

Eliisa Stowell heads up Stowell & Associates, an Orange County-based luxury real estate company. Considered one of the coastal area’s top-producing agents, Stowell produced sales of over more than $150 million during her 15-year realty career. She and her team remain among the most sought-after luxury properties along Southern California's Riveria Coast. A Finland native and raised in Sweden before immigrating to the United States, Stowell speaks three languages: Finnish, Swedish, and English fluently. She’s also a supporter of Corona del Mar’s local school system where she lives. Outside of real estate and spending time with her children, her favorite activities are yoga and cooking. Eliisa also loves to travel to her hometown in Sweden, all areas of Europe, and to her second home in Mexico.

Sept. 26, 2017

An August Real Estate for Coachella Valley

Coachella Valley Real Estate Snapshot

According to the California Desert Association of Realtors (CDAR), “the Coachella Valley real estate market is moving!”  The August 2017 market statistics for the entire nine desert communities including the small numbers for the outlying areas Thermal and Mecca, for example, are up from last year during the same month. Closed sales were up by 14% as well as awaiting closing. Active home listings are down by 15% meaning that there was less inventory to sell. However, what is on the market is selling. The median house range is up by 6% compared to the same month. It’s important to note that what the summer was very busy for sales, countering the nothing that it’s a “summer slump.” Less competition in the real estate says it’s a great time to sell with a myriad of price points available.

·         Coachella Valley’s median price range: $325,000

·         Average days on market: 96 days

·         Average price per square foot $223

·         Month supply of housing inventory: 3.6

 

·         Current number of homes on market: 3,387 

Sept. 21, 2017

Our Open Houses for September and New Monthly Listings

At John Sloan Real Estate Group, we are very proud of assisting families, couples, and individuals with their real estate needs. It’s why our CEO, John Sloan, devoted himself to the business. After years as a general manager at broadcast affiliates throughout the Midwest, he brought his family to the California desert, dismissing the bracing winters for the Coachella Valley, becoming a realtor.  Over the last decade, John Sloan and his team have become one of the leading real estate groups in the area.

If you are in the market for a new home, an upgrade or just want to see what’s out there, here are a few new John Sloan Real Estate Group listings and a few open houses over the weekend:

78915 Rio Seco, Rancho La Quinta: PRICE REDUCTION: $519,750 (from $540,000)

Recently reduced, we have on offer a 3 bedroom, 3 baths, 3 car garage dwelling with a sublime pool and spa. We’ve seen a lot of water features in homes and this particular one is unique. The spa is raised, gently trickling down over the side into the lagoon below where comfortable laps are easy. Additionally, there is an outdoor fireplace to enjoy the cool winter nights while providing warming comfort and sex appeal.

81903 Villa Reale, Indio: $350,000

Come see our Indio-located (“Hub of the Coachella Valley”) lovely and family-friendly 5-bedroom, 3.75 bath listing in a gated Indio community. The two-story dwelling consists of a two-room guest house with a separate entrance, full bath, plus a small-prep area with sink. Inside the two-story abode, on the first floor, the open plan features a scullery, formal dining area, large eat-in-kitchen with a breakfast nook and island. The upstairs features a small loft-like library or office overlooking the massive living space, a well-appointed master bedroom with an en-suite master bath and a Jack-n-Jill bathroom for the adjoining bedroom/s. Large slab cement patio and backyard for a possible pool.

308 Paseo Primavera, Palm Desert: $284,000

We considered this sublime and pristine residence a charmer with 3-bedrooms, 2-baths, and an unusual touch, an indoor atrium for privacy which can be turned into a garden, tea-room, meditation area, yoga or whatever your creative imagination desires space. Additionally, the views from the outdoor eating area with built-in grill are stunning with a golf course and mountain views. Upgrades include a new refrigerator, plus two ovens and well-appointed kitchen. One of the many community pools is directly across the street to enjoy.

Sept. 19, 2017

Five Things to Look for When Hiring an Interior Designer

 

Let’s admit it, shopping for and buying a home is stressful. Going through dozens of real estate options and hoping to find something that fits all of your needs is just not going to happen. Even if you have all the money in the world, over the years you will have to make small adjustments to fit the growing art collection or you'll want to build a hidden safe to house the copious diamonds you’ve purchased.

However, let’s say you’ve bought the residence that fits most of your lodging desires. It needs a couple of tweaks to make it the perfect abode. How about hiring an interior designer to assist in the process? What do you look for when you want the services of someone who specializes in creating living spaces tailored to your needs? Here are suggestions on finding the professional services of someone who can work with you to create the perfect dwelling.

When to hire an interior designer? The correct person will assist the homeowner in crafting the perfect living space to fit the client's lifestyle. It means not only the aesthetic details such as swags and sconces but less interesting features such as electrical outlets, wi-fi housing, and air-vents. Ultimately, he or she will focus on every detail right down to the last nail, transforming your space into a haven that is efficient and easy on the eye.

Difference between a decorator and a designer? If you feel a need to do anything structural such as add or remove a wall, an interior designer is a correct choice. According to the home website The Spruce (Flanagan, Lauren; September 8, 2017; “Interior Design vs. Interior Decorating”), “Designers are comfortable with spatial planning and can help design and renovate interiors, right from drawing up the initial floor plans to placing the last decorative accent.” Plus they are really good at reading blueprints.

A decorator concentrates on the aesthetics of choosing the correct color to brighten a room, window treatments for better sleeping, or choosing lighting and complementary accents. Without the technical know-how, they can transform a room into a practical yet sublime space.

Style and experience. A truly great and experienced designer will accommodate your aesthetic even if it veers from their personal style. Keep in mind that many designers do have signatures approaches to their craft. In a Washington Post story (Mui, Yian Q., January 23, 2010; “How to Choose an Interior Designer”  citing Washington D.C-based designer, Joe Ireland: “…showing the designer things that inspire you, whether it be the stitching on your favorite dress or a sunset in your honeymoon photos.”

Discuss billing and finances up front. For many, hiring a professional to assist them in producing the perfect space is about time but it doesn’t have to be costly. As a potential client understand if you are going to be charged for travel time, site visits, phone conversations, and how the fee structure is based: hourly, by the project, or do they receive buy items at wholesale (designer’s price) charging you retail. Negotiate everything before the work begins.  

Lastly, Houzz states, “Keep an open mind.” (Frederick, Lisa, August 11, 2012, “How to Work With an Interior Designer.”). Even if you and the hired interior professional become BFFs, it’s guaranteed that you will question some of their selections such as wallpaper, paint trim or a table leg. Before calling it odd or too retro, try it on and ask about their choice. Chances are you might come to love the selection, expanding your own tastes in the process. 

Sept. 16, 2017

Four of Coachella's Best Coffee Houses

Beginning our daily routines with a delicious cup of joe is a fundamental element to living a good life in California's desert communities. For many, the java jolt revs up our mornings and then, motors it throughout the day. While the global green mermaid chain dominates, there are still many independent coffee shops which are just as essential to community-building as the neighborhood watering hole. We have selected our favorites:

KOFFI (North and South Palm Springs, Rancho Mirage)

Founders John Abner and John Strohm opened their first Koffi shop in North Palm Springs in 2002. Over the next 15 years, they slowly grew the desert-born java roaster and retailer to include additional sites in South Palm Springs, Rancho Mirage and soon in redeveloped Kaptur Plaza, on Tahquitz Way. Along the way, also developed a kitchen where they crafted pastries and other baked goods for their customers.

Noted as being the Coachella Valley’s largest bean-to-beverage maker, Koffi sources nearly 20 café noir bean varieties for java Jonesers and its nine cities. “The Desert Sun” and “Palm Springs Life” have named the mud brewers, “Best of the Valley.”

www.kofficoffee.com

ERNEST Coffee (Palm Springs)

 

While Koffi brings a well-worn native vibe to the coffee experience, brashier Ernest feels as if it’s ready to change the world. Created by a former travel photographer, Jaime Kowal, who fell “in love with the weather,” the store serves Stumptown beans and will make any urban millennial feel they were in their hometown of New York City, PDX, or Los Angeles.  Kowal, who’s icon seems to be Moon Juice’s Chantal Acker Bacon, also owns a series of area hotels and a bar, under the moniker “The Desert Collective.”  Ultimately, Ernest’s atmosphere makes you feel like being anywhere. That can be a good thing.

www.ernestcoffee.com

Vintage Coffee House (Indio)

On the other end of the Valley, squirreled away in a this-is-any-place-in-America, lies a real mom and pop. Currently, with one location, the coffeemakers source their grounds from Oregon. With mouth-filling and gut-busting jitter juice creations like a white mocha or lavender. They serve delicious pastries and well sourced from around local bakeries. Fast wi-fi. Hours are only from 6:00 am – 2:00 pm.

www.facebook.com/thevintagecoffeehouse

IW Coffee

 To quote Rhianna, IW (Indian Wells, natch) Coffee “shines bright like a diamond” in the small town of Indian Wells. Sequestered in a strip mall, with red tile shingles atop pristine, white buildings, and mature date palms swaying in the desert breeze with the San Jacinto Mountains as a backdrop, the well-appointed java shop is worth a caffeinated look. Glass chandeliers, sugar-dusted croissants, and hi-back chairs dominate the atmosphere. Friendly and very nice “foam art” served on cappuccinos. Even better, they use Joshua Tree Coffee Roasters as their bean supplier – instead of making it hip, they made it more environmentally friendly.

www.facebook.com/iwcoffee

 

 

 

Sept. 13, 2017

REAL ESTATE BUZZ: The World, The Nation and Coachella Valley

 

" Houses of Palm Springs" Photo by Alissa Walker, Courtesy of Flickr

Our bi-weekly news report on things related to real estate from around the world, the country, and in Coachella Valley.

CNBC: Realty Check is a blog about all things real estate. With the current natural disasters, it could be much worse than previously projected.

CNN Money:  A Chinese billionaire, the same one who dropped the purchase of Dick Clark Productions,
let go of a US $600 million London deal.

Realtor.com: New homes under US $200,000 hit the market nationally – not that many – but some.

US News & World Report:  Make sure your down payment gets to the escrow office. Avoid phishing scams!

Realty Times: Before hiring a contractor for a new construction, read this handy guide.  

 

Aerial View of Palm Springs/ Courtesy of Flickr

 

Coachella Valley Local News:

The Desert Sun: Rosalie Murphy, our real estate writer, talks about which renovations make your house values go up!

 

Los Angeles Times: Pasadena’s "Case House No. 10" hits the market at $2.99 million. 

Sept. 8, 2017

World's Biggest & Priciest Real Estate

 

Photo courtesy of Instagram/Vanity Fair

The (Second) Most Expensive Residence in the World:

It’s no surprise that the Queen of England lives in the world’s most expensive residence, Buckingham Palace (US$1.56 billion). The royal home contains nearly 830,000 square feet of space and priceless art and antiquities. Unpredictably, the second most expensive is located in Mumbai, India. Built by richest family in India (and for a brief time the wealthiest man alive, businessman Mukesh Ambani), the single-family home sits on land worth US$25 million. Technically, the private home stands 60 stories high but with double height ceilings for most floors, one counts 27. Covered by Vanity Fair when the home was completed, Nita Ambani, a philanthropist, detailed the 400, 000 square foot abode comes with a garage for 168 cars, three helipads – just in case you and your friends arrive on separate flights -- a 50-seat theater and 9 elevators.  

 Pool

Photo courtesy of  Facebook/ABC News

World’s Biggest Private Pool

They say that everything is bigger and better in Texas. It’s certainly true regarding the private pool on an estate in the small town of El Campo (population: 11, 602).  The biggest pool is on the market for a US$5 million. The 600,000-gallon saltwater pool is by all estimates a private resort featured on a 2-acre land parcel. It comes with a 21-foot slide, six waterfalls, and an adjustable-speed lazy river to push you along in your floaties and inner tubes. There are two hot tubs which each seat 25 – 30 people. The palm trees which border your personal water park where shipped in from Florida at approximately $300,000. Oh -- and all this comes with a 7,329-square foot 4-bedroom, 3-bathroom mansion, a 4-bedroom, 3-bath guest home, a modern barn equipped with two full apartments and a garage for your planes and autos. But that pool…

 

Photo courtesy of The Richest

World’s Biggest House

The official home of the Sultan of Brunei with over two million square feet is the world’s largest. According to the website “The Richest” the royal palace has 5 swimming pools, nearly 1800 rooms with 44 staircases, 257 bedrooms, 110-car garage, an air-conditioned stable for 200 polo horses, and a private mosque which can hold 1500 people.

 

Coachella Valley’s Most Expensive

 Rancho Mirage

Photo courtesy of Sotheby's

An architectural masterpiece high on a Rancho Mirage bluff, 38 Sky Ridge, priced at $16,500,000, becomes Coachella Valley area’s most expensive piece of real estate. Designed by the Palm Desert area’s award-winning area architecture firm Prest-Vuksic, the 13,800 square foot dwelling consisting of 4-bedroom, 6-baths with unprecedented views of the mountains and valley floor.  Fine art installations, a massive infinity pool, a two bed and two bath guest house and almost three acres of pristine desert landscape come in this one-of-a-kind home.