Edmond Fulford, a successful Los Angeles businessman had a vision of building a unique community in a secluded Palm Springs location. He established the Palm Canyon Mesa on the lowest slopes of the San Jacinto Mountains in a caldera that provides neighborhood homes protection from the desert winds. Fulford’s dream was of an exclusive gated community that was entered through a common main entrance. The plan never came to fruition as Mr. Fulford died suddenly in 1936. One remnant, the gatehouse, still remains between South Palm Canyon and Mesa Drive on El Portal and is now considered an iconic representation of the Mesa Neighborhood. With the plan established, other developers, moved in to continued development in this beautiful area. Today the Mesa is a unique and eclectic collection of architectural styles producing a beautiful neighborhood nestled in an breathtaking setting. The diversity does not stop there. The individuals who occupy the homes are as unique as the architecture, with occupations and interest spanning every conceivable endeavor. Numerous celebrities including Barry Manilow and Susan Somers call this home today. Home prices range from 500K to 15 Million.
Once the exclusive domain of the Agua Caliente Indians, development began on the Indian Canyons Neighborhood in the early 1960s and the first golfers teed off at the Canyon Country Club golf course in October 1962. The iconic clubhouse was designed by famed architects Donald Wexler and Ric Harrison. The Canyon Country Club, now known as the Indian Canyons North Course, was the first 18-hole golf course in Palm Springs. Orange County developer Harry Kelso was brought in to create high-end homes and condominiums of varying designs and models, as were Arizona builder Paul Butler and Roy Fey of Fey’s Canyon Estates in Palm Springs. Additional prominent architects and builders included well-known mid-century architects Stan Sackley and William Krisel.The allure of the Indian Canyons Neighborhood, then and now, is due to the reputation of being “wind-free” Many Hollywood celebrities have made the Indian Canyons Neighborhood their home over the years including Fess Parker, Chuck Connors, and Walt Disney, who donated the spectacular fountain that is located between holes 9 and 18 on the North course. Most of the neighborhood is on “leased” versus “fee land” which means you lease the land your home is constructed on versus owning. Homes range from 600K to several Million.
Located at the southern-most section of Palm Springs and offers a rustic flair. Homes range from small post-war cottages to newer contemporary homes. Perhaps the most interesting history of Arbay is its former nick-name “Munchinville”. Munchkinville, Munchkin Land, Midgetville, Midget Town: All are names of a mythical place rumored for decades. After the Wizard of Oz was made, purportedly some of the small actors spent their earnings and bought land in the Araby building four homes with short door ways, windows, counters and roof lines to be built especially short to accommodate them people. For the most part the houses were made out of natural rock and they were constructed at the end of a long dead end street out of sight from the rest of the world. Currently there are about 350 residents living in Araby. Araby is located just below the exclusive and glamorous Southridge community. Homes in Araby range from 500K to around 1.5 Million.
This neighborhood is “on the way” to Andreas Hills and Parc Andreas and offers mostly custom built homes constructed between 1990 and today. Astonishing views and nice sized parcels (some leased and some fee) offers privacy. Homes are well priced and begin around 800K and go up to 2 Million plus.
This is a small enclave of about 40 homes on fee land. Andreas Palms is gated and home are generally 4,000 square feet or larger and are a great value. Pride of ownership is evident and the neighborhood is quiet and serene with wonderful mountain views. Prices range from 800K to around 1.5 Million
Once the home of Congresswoman Mary Bono, this guarded and gated community recently converted from lease land to fee land. Homes are elegant and large in stature and many are on 1 acre parcels with private tennis courts and offering outstanding views. Previously homes sold for as little as 800K and now are priced in the 1.5 million plus range.
A gated residential community with large custom built homes sited lots. Most homes were built between 1980 and 2006 and offer a variety of architectural styles. Located near Andreas Hills, the homes offers spectacular views and are considered a value. Several authors and other celebrities have called and still call this home including Choreographer Kevin Carlisle and actors Luci Arnez and Lawrence Luckinbill. Homes ranges from 800K to 1.5 Million.
Often referred to as the “Bel Air” of Palm Springs, Andreas Hills is located at the south end of Palm Springs in the Indian Canyons area. Andreas Hills is a very peaceful and sophisticated which is adjacent to some of the most scenic areas to be found in the valley. Homes and condos range from as low as 350K to over 1 Million.
Sunmor is a well-known central Palm Springs neighborhood comprised of an extremely intact collection of mid-century homes built in the late 50s and early 1960s. The two primary builders of Sunmor homes included Robert “Bob” C. Higgins and the father-son team of Robert & George Alexander, of the Alexander Construction Company. Several Hollywood celebrities have called Sunmor home. However, the neighborhood’s most famous resident was most certainly the colorful “cowboy mayor” Frank Bogert (1910-2009). Bogert served four terms as the city’s mayor from 1958-1966 and from 1982-1988. Two cul-de-sacs in the Sunmor neighborhood have the distinction of being named after members of the Alexander family, Robert’s wife Helene r (Helena Circle) and his daughter Jill (Jill Circle). Homes range in price from 450K to 700K.