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Living a Gated Community Lifestyle in Palm Springs, California

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Where to Retire in Palm Springs and Home Prices

Palm Springs is located in Riverside County. There are many other communities in the Palm Springs area, such as Rancho Mirage, Indian Wells, Palm Desert, Desert Hot Springs, etc. Some of these might offer less or more expensive housing options. Retirees contemplating a move to this area would be wise to spend time here on vacation to get a better feeling for the community right for them. The median home value was $$585,904 in the Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario Metro (Palm Springs) area in mid-2022, in the according to  Prices in surrounding communities could be less (Indio) or more (La Quinta).

What Is Special about Palm Springs

• Beautiful setting – a desert surrounded by mountains • Wide range of housing opportunities for seniors • Convenient shopping and extensive medical infrastructure • Mild climate year round • Palm Springs Aerial Tramway rises 8500’ above the city • 350 days of sunshine •  The old downtown is a cool place

What Is Not Special about Palm Springs

• There is lot traffic in the season • Development is non-stop • Not for people looking for budget places to live • How long will there be water in this desert • Summer is hot! • Some people will find life in all of the gated communities to be sterile • We have heard complaints about air quality

Climate and Physical Environment

Palm Springs is situated in the Coachella Valley set against the St. Jacinto Mountains, about 107 miles east of Los Angeles. The desert is beautiful and the opportunities for outdoor life are considerable. Summers are extremely hot and winters pleasant. It can be nice in the valley but there is snow on the tops of surrounding mountains. The average July high is about 108 and the low 78. In January the average high is about 70 and the low 45.

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

Palm Springs has a rich cultural life, much to do with its status as a popular tourist destination and playground of the affluent. Don't miss the Living Desert Zoo and Gardens. The annual Palm Springs International Film Festival is a very big deal.  Palm Springs VillageFest is a weekly cultural stroll in the downtown every Thursday. Agua Caliente Cultural Museum celebrates the native Americans who lived here.


Crime in Palm Springs is about twenty five percent higher than the national average.

Medical Facilities

Desert Regional Medical Center; Eisenhower Medical Center (Rancho Mirage, Ca); John F Kennedy Memorial Hospital, Inc (Indio, Ca).


Palm Springs International Airport. There is an extensive, if underused, public bus system.

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