Greater Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley has been a famous tourist destination dating back many decades, but has been a hot real estate market for first and second homebuyers since the 1990’s and before. In the late 2010’s and early 2020’s, it’s homes were in higher demand than ever, as people discovered the many benefits of this cosmopolitan area, with ideal weather, less stress, and beautiful, more affordable homes (than larger metropolitan regions).
We have put together some information below, to help you learn more about our desert oasis. Call me at 760-250-1977 if you are considering a home purchases in Greater Palm Springs or any of our deluxe desert towns.
The City of Palm Springs is probably best known city in the area. It attracts nearly two million tourists each year, and is a lovely place to own a primary or second home. Let’s cover some of the main topics new desert residents ask about:
It’s a dry heat 🙂
You may have heard a local say that, and it’s true. Some people who only visit here occasionally think we have scorching desert temperatures year round, or way more than we do. In fact, the weather is lovely, with lots of sunshine, a mix of temps, and yes — about three or four months of 100-plus temps in the summer and early Fall.
But yes it really IS a different kind of heat, devoid of much humidity, so 105 in June feels like 80 elsewhere.
The weather can also vary depending on which area you live in, with winds picking up in some sections more than others, and more sun in certain towns.
It rarely rains…though some winter months can bring downpours (a good thing for our foliage and water needs). On average though, it rains about 2 weeks a year.
The dry sunny conditions are one of the top things homeowners love about our desert.
The summer months of July and August are very hot, indeed…sometimes as much as 110 or 120. Some businesses close, and locals may travel elsewhere during that time. But for those of us who stay, those are definitely “inside with air conditioning” months, as we just plan around that. It’s way better than areas that have hot temps AND humidity…we don’t have the humid conditions, which makes the heat bearable. Having a lovely pool doesn’t hurt.
Autum and Springtime here are perfect (don’t tell anyone) 🙂 We get 3 or 4 months of heat, and then 8 or 9 months of weather paradise. You will spend much of the fall and springs in or by the pool, and enjoying the myriad of outdoor activities the area offers – hiking, golfing, shopping, dining and more.
March to May average about 90…as do October and November…again, no humidity, so just ideal.
In our “wintertime months”, the weather is more mild — not unusual to have a chilly evening in the 40s, 50s or 60s, with daytime temps ranging 65 to 80. Higher desert area may even get some snow or frost. Winter here is greater for enjoying an outdoor firepit by the pool, or indoor fireplace in your livingroom or bedroom of your home, and for taking part in all those winter outdoor activities, like LGBT Pride, outdoor dining downtown, and so much more.
How about the wind! This is often a surprise for new residents — the wind can really pick up in parts of the Coachella Valley, more in certain months than others…with gusts as high as 20 to 40 miles an hour not uncommon. Palm trees sway and breezes cool things off. The wind is more intense in North Palm Springs and beyond, due to the natural flow near the mountain passes.
Give us a call or email us for more info…we can tell you exactly which sections are more or less windy, have more or less sunshine (sunsets can occur earlier in the North and West sections), and which months are the best for outdoor entertaining.
Here’s the bottom line…the weather here is really pretty fabulous…and it’s kind of a local secret. If you love sunshine and outdoors, you will love this Greater Palm Springs oasis.