The city of Palm Springs, California, turned 75 this year.
To celebrate the milestone, it had a cool party, downtown. It also installed the Marilyn Monroe street art sculpture (at the corner of Tahquitz and Palm Canyon Drive) which has drawn tourists from all over the world. It also began the demolition of the dilapidated downtown Palm Springs Desert Fashion Plaza Mall, which has been a mostly empty eyesore, and thorn in the side of the city, for over a decade.
In the 1950s, my grandparents used to go clubbing at the world famous Chi Chi nightclub and in the early 1960s I became a film buff, watching some of my first movies on the big screen at the Village Theater. Both were demolished in the late 1960s to make room for the current Desert Fashion Plaza Mall. I watched the mall being built then, and a little over 40 years later I’m happy to see it being demolished to make room for a new and improved downtown plaza. Although, I would prefer the return of the Chi Chi club and the Village Theater, that’s not likely to happen.
In my opinion, Palm Springs has always had the best downtown, of any of our desert cities. El Paseo, in Palm Desert has some great street art, restaurants and is a wonderful place to walk and shop, as well. Old Town La Quinta, is also a popular spot for the same reasons. All three downtown areas have their own personalities and much to offer tourists and locals.
I mention these three downtown areas because when you buy a home you are also buying a community and a lifestyle. If you prefer to live near the best downtown area (in my opinion, of course), please contact me and I’ll be happy to show you homes or condos in a variety of price ranges.