1. Natural Beauty
The Coachella Valley (CV) is beautiful. Really beautiful. In every city of the desert valley you will see majestic mountains, towering palm trees and colorful flowering plants. While each city has a slightly different flavor, I always feel like I’m wandering in a kind of paradise. I thank my lucky stars everyday for the privilege of living here.
2. Small Town Lifestyle with a Big City Vibe
I get to enjoy most of the benefits of a big city lifestyle without all the headaches. There’s very little traffic, no lines (except late night at the iconic nightclub The Nest!), a pretty laid back attitude and a definite sense of community. Yet, CV has top notch restaurants, great shops, significant cultural activities and plenty of recreation. If I feel energized enough to embrace the big city lifestyle for a few days, I can just pop over the mountain to San Diego or cruise to LA in about 2 to 3 hours. Phoenix is about 3-1/2 hours away and if I cut through the Mohave Desert, I can be in Vegas in about 4 hours give or take. For a totally different change of pace, there’s Idyllwild, Big Bear Lake, Lake Arrowhead, Joshua Tree National Park, Julian, and Temecula wine country – all less than two hours away.
3. Food, Music, and the Arts
The choices for dining in the Valley are endless. From authentic Mexican flavors to French cuisine to American bistros, you are sure to find something to please your taste buds. CV is also the land of countless Happy Hours with daily offerings at most of the local restaurants pairing great food with reasonable prices to please the most particular palettes and budget conscious clients. The music scene has boomed here especially since Goldenvoice brought the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival and the Stagecoach Country Music Festival to the Empire Polo Grounds in Indio. (Now if they would just bring back Desert Trip – affectionately known as Oldchella!) But music doesn’t stop at the festivals. Our local music scene is chalk full of talented musicians performing at local restaurants and nightclubs while headline names can be found at our local casino’s entertainment venues. Art festivals and art galleries abound in the valley. La Quinta Arts Festival was ranked #1 in the nation. Other festivals include the Indian Wells Arts Festival, Southwest Arts Festival, Rancho Mirage Art Affaire, and several others. Regular local art happenings include Art Under the Umbrellas at Old Town La Quinta, First Friday El Paseo Art Walk in Palm Desert, First Wednesday Backstreet Art District Art Walk in Palm Springs and Second Saturday Art Walk in Cathedral City. Desert X began in 2017 and offers a very unique experience of site-specific installations by renowned international contemporary artists. The McCallum Theatre in Palm Desert entertains us with everything from Broadway shows and theater to classical, jazz, comedy, dance, and so much more. And don’t miss The Living Desert – the local botanical garden and zoo voted one of the top ten zoos in the nation by USA Today. Check out the Visit Greater Palm Springs website for a host of cultural activities.
4. Recreational Opportunities
The Coachella Valley has some of the most fabulous golf courses in the world with over 120 private and public courses to satisfy every level of golfer along with their budget. La Quinta, Indian Wells, Rancho Mirage and Palm Desert offer their residents great discounted rates on championship style public courses. The Indian Wells Tennis Garden hosts The BNP Paribas Open (the largest two-week combined event outside of the four Grand Slams) while also catering to their club members who play on 29 world class courts. Voted one of the top tennis resorts in the world, La Quinta Resort and Club offers both tennis and pickleball on 23 courts. Numerous private clubs and public racquet courts can be found as well throughout the desert. However, the Greater Palms Springs area is not just for golf and tennis anymore. Hikers and bikers currently enjoy miles of trails while CV Link is working on connecting our cities with a safe, continuous route with shade structures and charging stations for low speed electric vehicles. Yoga and fitness centers are plentiful with well trained instructors. And for the dance enthusiasts, check out KKCalifornia for local studios and social events.
5. Palm Springs International Airport
While you may have to make an extra stop when departing out of our tiny airport, it is a breeze to navigate through it. I love stepping off the plane when I land here. Most of the time I walk directly outside and onto the tarmac where I immediately get a whiff of the alluring fragrance of Palm Springs’ local plants and trees. I have never had this experience in any other airport but when I breathe in that sweet aroma, I know I’m home. Take notice next time you land. When departing from Palm Springs, I can easily Uber there or park my car for reasonable prices. There’s rarely a line and I can breeze through security in a jiffy. My no stress airport!
6. Bonus Reason – NO SNOW!!!!
Ok, I now it gets hot but that’s exactly why I live here. After 50 years of livings in the cold, wintery climates of Minneapolis, Chicago and Park City, Utah, I had enough snow for my lifetime. Here in the Valley, I can see the beautiful snow peaked mountains in winter and if my guests want, they can venture up the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway to play in it. With very little humidity, I welcome the warmth!
Tell me your top reasons to live in the Coachella Valley!!!