15 Expensive Neighborhoods in Palm Springs

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Looking to buy a home in the Coachella Valley cities of Palm Springs or Palm Desert? Well, look no further as we provide you some details on some of the most appealing neighborhoods in this area.

Lantana

Lantana is a neighborhood that is suitable for every age group due to its central location. Families can send their kids to one of the nearby schools; Abraham Lincoln Elementary, Mitchell Paige, Sacred Heart School, Morning Stars Learning Program, and Palm Desert High School.

Lantana neighborhood
Lantana in Palm Desert

This gated enclave of 64 residences features large lots with single family homes built from 2000-2003. Many homes have their own swimming pools. There’s a private dog park exclusively for Lantana residents.

The HOA fees are low, yet you’re still close to everything that Palm Desert has to offer.  The inventory of homes on the market is seldom in Lantana, and when they are for sale, prices start in the high $400,000s.

Chino Canyon

Aerial Tramway

Chino Canyon is a unique tranquil neighborhood located near the Aerial Tramway. These homes are offered on large lots loaded with large prominent incredible boulders. They actually coordinate well with the landscape along with the views of the valley.

Property types range from condos, town homes to single family homes and prices begin at $250,000 up to $1.7 million.

Katherine Finchy Elementary School serves grades K-5.

The neighborhood is bordered in the north west by Tram Way and N. Palm Canyon Way to the east, and Vista Chino Rd. to the South.

Vista Las Palmas

Street in Vista Las Palmas

Vista Las Palmas is situated west of Old Las Palmas and east of Los Robles Drive. There are many large homes in this neighborhood bounded by W. Vista Chino in the north, Stevens Road in the south, N. Rose Ave westerly, and W. Via Monte Vista east.  located here.

The neighborhood of nearly 400 homes are made mostly of mid-century modern homes. The area was developed by the Alexander Company, mostly in the late 50s and early 60s. Some homes have been upgraded to contemporary style yet the mid-century architecture is very evident.

Additionally, there’ a sprinkling of Swiss Miss-style residences with steep gables. Homes are priced from $700,000 – $3,000,000 with the median home price at $1.5 million   If you want a great location and value, then look into Vista Las Palmas.

Old Las Palmas

This neighborhood of large gated estates is considered among the most glamorous residential areas in the Coachella Valley. The nearly 300 luxury homes in this community are deemed historic and architecturally significant. This keeps it in high demand by some of the most discerning real estate investors.

A couple of reasons are because the homes were designed by some of the best architects and it’s a neighborhood boasting the largest number of properties owned by celebrities such as Dean Martin, Marilyn Monroe, and Dinah Shore.

The style of homes varies from mid-century modern, ranch, to Spanish Colonial. It is not uncommon for these large estate homes to have an Olympic-sized pool with lush landscaping.

Many of Palm Springs‛ largest and oldest estates can be found in this neighborhood located between downtown and the mountains. To be more specific, it’s south of Stevens Road, west of North Palm Canyon Drive, north of Alejo Road and east of Via Monte Vista.

If you are looking for a grand estate, there is no better place to look than Old Las Palmas. Homes are priced from $400,000 – $6,000,000 The community has no HOA.

Movie Colony

The Movie Colony neighborhood received it label due to all the stars and movie executives that own and did own property here. With its enormous sized estates and prestigious residences, a lot of these homes have been preserved with their original construction from the 1920s, 30s and 40s.

Home in Movie Colony
Photo courtesy of Coachella Valley Assn of Realtors

Homes are located on mature tree-lined streets with styles that are either mid-century modern and stucco ranch homes. More than 500 stars and celebrities have identified Palm Springs as their desert retreat.

Notable celebrities include Cary Grant, Frank Sinatra, and Jack Benny. There are No HOA’s Homes are priced from $600,000 – $4,000,000.

Tennis Club

The oldest neighborhood in the city known as the Historic Tennis Club is bounded by Tahquitz Road to the north, Belardo to the east, Sunny Dunes in the south, and the mountains in the west. The area called Tahquitz Canyons Estate is also included.

Palm Springs Tennis Club neighborhood home
Tennis Club Home

The neighborhood has just under 250 single family homes, townhomes, and 25 hotel condo units. The style of architecture is either Spanish or Contemporary homes.

This area is highly desirable because it is within walking distance to Palm Spring’s finest attractions providing quick access to restaurants, nightclubs, cocktail lounges, cafes, boutiques, and art galleries.

Homes are priced from $900,000 – $5,000,000. The median sales price is $776,000 as of October 2018. A neighborhood with this name has to have tennis and it won’t let you down as it features 11 tennis courts.

Deepwell Estates

For residents located in this attractive, virtually wind-free area, you are close to upscale eateries and boutique shop retailers.

deepwell estate street sign

This neighborhood features more than 360 homes boasting mid-century modern and California ranch style architecture.

Some of Deepwell Estates’ famous residents include Loretta Young, Jerry Lewis, Eva Gabor, Liberace, and William Holden.

Homes are typically on generous sized lots with some having scenic views of Mt. San Jacinto. They were built from the 1950’s through 2013. Many have since undergone extensive remodels.

Recent Deepwell Home Values: $500,000’s to $1.3 million. However, homes are typically priced from $600,000 – $1,500,000. There is no HOA.

Deepwell Neighborhood has these boundaries:
    East: Sunrise Way
    West: South Palm Canyon Drive including the detached Biltmore homes
    North: Mesquite Ave    
South: East Palm Canyon Drive 

The Mesa

The Mesa neighborhood is located west of S. Palm Canyon Drive in the lower hilly section of the San Jacinto Mountains.   Homes in the Mesa offer a variety of contemporary and innovative architectural styles such as Spanish Colonial villas, Adobe, mid-century modern as well as Santa Fe style homes. 

the Mesas home
Backyard with pool in the Mesa.
courtesy of Coachella Valley Assn of realtors

In the 1920’s, Edmond Fulford’s idea was to build a unique community in a secluded area that was protected from the desert winds. His concept was realized in this neighborhood.

The Mesa has no HOA fees and home prices are between $500,000 up to $4,000,000.  The average home price per Redfin is $1,495,000. As with any neighborhood, home values are subject to change.

No matter what home style or price point you end up selecting, it is a smart idea to begin the loan pre-approval process to see your financing options.

Map of the Mesa

Some of the street names you’ll find within this gem of an enclave with approximately 200 homes are Camino Descanso, Camino Buena Vista, Avenida Moraga, Crestview Drive, W. El Portal and Ridge Road.

The neighborhood also offers convenient access to downtown Palm Springs in ten minutes or less by taking Palm Canyon Drive (see the map).

Cahuilla Hills

The Cahuilla Hills neighborhood has a similar serene location as Bighorn Country Club across the street but minus the whopping sales price. This community on Cholla Way or Jaguar Way offers residents a wide selection of homes and lot sizes, which range from approximately one- to- five acres.

The architectural styles in the community vary from traditional 1970s to modern contemporary. Cahuilla Hills homes situated near the Bighorn Golf Club feature some of the most amazing views in the neighborhood. The community is unincorporated, with no HOA fees here and homes prices range from $500,000 up to $3.5 million.

Indian Canyons

Palm Springs‛ most distinguished golf course location is the south end canyon section. Homeowners in this very impressive community are offered access to the Indian Canyons Golf Resort designed by Donald Wexler and Rick Harrison. The club provides two 18-hole golf courses, a golf shop, and a driving range to improve your swing.

Homes styles range from the 1950s to the 1970s and typically sell from $600,000 up to $2,000,000.

Some homes are on leased land which may still qualify for financing depending on the details.

Araby

Although some of the properties in this neighborhood were first completed in the 1930’s and 1940’s, the majority of homes in this small community have been reconstructed with contemporary and Spanish architecture. 

The lot sizes are large so a good number of Araby residents used that added space and have in-ground pools.

The neighborhood of Araby Cove is located east of Farrell Drive and off Araby Road.  Streets within the community include Barona Rd, Concha Trail and Anza Trail.

Real estate prices range from one-half million up to $1.5 million. There aren’t any HOA dues.

Southridge

The exclusive 24-hour guard gated community located south of Highway 111 on Southridge Drive is called Southridge.  Homes in Southridge are among the most expensive in Palm Springs.

Contemporary home in Southridge

The 19 luxury estates showcase the absolute finest in construction quality, modern design and life’s amenities atop a hill of Mt. San Jacinto. On spacious acre-sized lots, you’ll notice the custom stone craft, expert landscaping, and exquisite architecture.

Homeowners enjoy panoramic views of Mount San Jacinto, Mount San Gorgonio, and the Coachella the valley below as well as surrounding mountain ranges.

There is an HOA called the Southridge Property Owners Association with fees of $574 monthly and up.

These luxury home enclaves price ranges from $1 million to more than $10 million.  Historical homes include the Lautner house shown in the James Bond movie “Diamonds Are Forever”, Bob Hope’s home, the William Holden house, and Steve McQueen’s house.

Bighorn Golf Club

Within the luxury section, situated in the southwest corner of Palm Springs foothills of the Santa Rosa Mountains is the community of Bighorn Golf Club. This secluded neighborhood has some of Palm Desert’s most expensive real estate with individual luxury custom-built homes starting at $1.5 million to more than $10 million.

These unique customized luxury homes in Bighorn Mountains and Bighorn Canyons are offered as a home or spacious villas in the ultra-luxury resort community

Amenities include two world-class, 18-hole golf course designed by Tom Fazio, a recently built 80,000-square-foot clubhouse costing $70 million (not a typo) with a fitness facility, tennis, salon, spa, five-star cuisine, social events and more. The conclusion is no luxuries were spared.

https://www.golfdigest.com/story/is-this-new-dollar70-million-clubhouse-at-bighorn-golf-club-the-most-extravagant-clubhouse-in-golf
Among the streets are Chalaka Place, Crescent Falls, Pinnacle Crest,  Metate Place, Tamit Place in the community. Club membership: $100,000. Golf membership runs $350,000, annual dues from $16,000 to $31,000, membership limited to homeowners; Recent HOA is approx. $775/

Parc Andreas


Photo courtesy of Coachella Desert Association of Realtors

This small gated community in South Palm Springs features over 140 homes. The majority of homes in Parc Andreas are custom-built homes, constructed in the late 1980’s. Living area square footage ranges between roughly 2,500 to 4,500 sq.ft. with lot sizes between 11,500 to 22,000 sq.ft.

Similar to other high-end Palm Spring neighborhoods, the Parc Andreas community was built to reap the benefits of the peaceful Indian Canyons location and mountain views from all directions.

Homes are currently selling between $500,000 to as much as $2.5 million. HOA:  approx. $110/mo and up. 
FYI – Residences are located on leased land with recent annual lease payments of $4,254.

Andreas Hills

This prestigious neighborhood features distinct views of San Jacinto Mountain range and the scenic desert hills backdrop. Andreas Hills real estate ranges from luxury condos to high-end single-family homes. Architecture spans from Tuscan style villas, Spanish Style homes, to modern luxury condos with vaulted ceilings and upscale designs.

Andreas Hills & Palm Canyon Drive

The streets of Andreas Hills such as Avenida Sevilla, Dogwood Circle, Maracaibo Circle, Snapdragon Circle, Bogert Trail, are mildly curving roads and peaceful cul-de-sacs. Each home’s private driveway is lined by palm trees and is enclosed by a lush green lawn with fully-grown desert bushes giving neighbors added privacy. Homes are priced between $1,000,000 – $3,000,000 without any HOA dues.

Additional neighborhoods with expensive real estate nearby Palm Springs and certainly well worth mentioning are the cities of Indian Wells and Rancho Mirage.

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