Palm Springs : California

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What Palm Springs is like for active adults
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.

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Where to Live & Real Estate Values

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.
Average home prices in Palm Springs have fallen by half since 2006.  The median selling price was about $253,000 in early 2013 according to zillow.com.  Prices in surrounding communities could be less(Indio) or more (La Quinta).

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What is special about this retirement community
• 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
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What is not special about this retirement community
• 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
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What kinds of people like retiring here
Many wealthy people live in Palm Springs, either as retirees or weekenders or vacationers. The city is big enough that the regular people who support this community live here as well.
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Local economy is driven by
Tourism, medical, real estate, retirees
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Climate and Physical Environment
Palm Springs is situated in the Coachella Valley set against the St. Jacinto Mountains. 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 surrounding mountains.
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Restaurants & Cultural Scene

Palm Springs has a rich cultural life, much of to do with its status as a popular tourist destination and playground of the affluent. Don't miss the Desert Museum.

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

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

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Transportation
Palm Springs International Airport. There is an extensive, if underused, public bus system
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Valuable Links
Palm Springs on Wikipedia
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Facts about PALM SPRINGS
  • State: CA
  • Environment: Suburban,Mountain,Desert,
  • City Population: 50,001-100,000
  • Median age of Population: 45-64
  • Avg Jan Temperature: 41-60
  • Avg July Temperature: 81+
  • Median HH Income: 41,001-60,000
  • Average Home Price (MLS): $200,001-$300,000
  • Annual Property Tax on a $200,000 house: 2000-4000
  • Total Crime Index: 111-120 (high)
  • Cost of Living Index: 111-120 (high)
  • Culture Index: 111-120 (high)
  • State Sales Tax: Yes
  • State Income Tax: Yes
  • Name of the Guide: jb

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1. Rating: 3.4/5 ( 18 votes cast)

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2. Rating: 4.1/5 ( 10 votes cast)

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3. Rating: 4.1/5 ( 9 votes cast)

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9. Rating: 3.1/5 ( 11 votes cast)

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10. Rating: 3.4/5 ( 8 votes cast)