Art galleries, architecture, golf courses, swimming pools, mountains, there are so many places to start when trying to capture the essence of Palm Springs, California. Palm springs is often described as an oasis— sitting in the midst of the Coachella Valley— this city beams with culture and history.
Currently, with a year-round population of about 48,000 people and nearly double in the winter season, Palm Springs waffles between feeling like a dense happening city and feeling like a small quaint town— in the best way. For instance, there’s plenty to do— restaurants, bars, and galleries occupy a bustling downtown city center. But, you also get to know people— artists, retirees, small business owners, architects— this is a place that values community, an eclectic, and accepting, community at that. Palm Springs has a sprawling history full of Hollywood elites, forward-thinking design, and natural preservation. In the first half of the twentieth century Palm Springs was home (or a retreat from) to many Hollywood celebrities, like Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, and Marilyn Monroe, just to name a few. Many of these Hollywood legends are remembered through their magnificent homes that still dot the city, public art, and city streets signs. Palm Springs also annually hosts “Modernism Week” which is a ten day event that focuses on the history and current state of mid-century design and architecture. The city has some of the most spectacular mid-century modern architecture in the world— homes that not only belonged to celebrities, but were built and designed by some of the most prominent architects of the 1900s. Richard Neutra, Albert Frey, and Donald Wexler all have designed major properties in the area and helped to distinguish the area as a major hub of mid-century homes. This city also has access to award winning schools, gorgeous national parks, and public amenities like The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens as well as The Palm Springs Art Museum. If you have children, there are multiple public and private school options— as well as post-secondary schools! For instance, Palm Springs High School is known for excelling in sports, while Cielo Vista Charter School and Katherine Finchy Elementary School were both awarded gold ribbons by the U.S. Department of Education.
California is also ripe with affordable colleges and universities for residents through the UC and Cal state education system— California State University, San Bernardino and University of California, Riverside are both short jaunts from Palm Springs. Joshua Tree National Park makes for a great day trip, and has such a unique and emphatic terrain that people travel from all over the world to experience. Palm Springs is the perfect home for families or to find a place of one’s own, either way, this is a city full of opportunity.