Located in the picture postcard Coachella Valley, Palm Springs, California has long been one of the most famous retirement communities. It draws active adults from all over the world with its beautiful landscape, rich culture, fine restaurants, diverse communities, and outstanding attractions. The population is 48,000 but many more people live in surrounding towns. Incorporated in 1938, this popular oasis has long been a haven for Los Angelites. Originally a destination for movie stars and the wealthy, the city known as “The Playground of the Stars” now attracts slightly more diverse residents. To see evidence of the famous, look no further than its main avenues – Bob Hope Drive, Frank Sinatra Drive, etc.
The slightly funky, upscale downtown is in a broad valley set against picturesque Mount St. Jacinto that rises over 10,000 feet directly above the town... The valley extends for miles and miles and the mountains are in the picture – glowing red or white depending on whether it is in the setting sun or a spring snowfall. There is no shortage of anything to do in Palm Springs, with golf and outdoor activities topping the list. In fact, Palm Springs offers residents and visitors the culture, sophistication, and opportunity usually reserved for large metropolitan areas. Photo of Palm Canyon drive courtesy of Wikipedia and
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