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Old 05-11-2007, 08:45 PM
 
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While stubbornly persevering in my attempt to sell my home in NY during this snail's pace of a housing market, I am continuing to scout areas, both in CA, and elsewhere, that are affordable, aesthetically pleasing {I prefer mountains instead of water},and not boring, yet not urban. {And low humidity!}

A townhome in the Palm Springs area is an idea that caught my interest, but from reading some threads on this site, it is portrayed as an overwhelmingly gay environment. I prefer a mix of lifestyles in a community, but I do not want to feel like a fish out of water because I am a straight female.

I work in hospitality and the area would satisfy some degree of job opportunity for me. I have also considered Las Vegas, but it comes in second because it feels too transient an environment, and even though I would enjoy the headliner shows in my spare time, I am socially not a late night club hopper. And CA offers a greater diversity of interests.

So, would Palm Springs be a good fit?
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Old 05-11-2007, 09:39 PM
 
Location: Coachella Valley, California
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I live in Palm Desert so I know the area really well. Yes, Palm Springs is known as a gay area but there are also a lot of straight people there too. I'm straight! LOL

You are going to find a mix of people. There are a lot of families and straight people there too. There is low to no humidity and there are lots of hotels and restaurants. Palm Springs also has the Palm Springs Film Festival every year. If you've never been to Palm Springs, take a trip put here and check it out.

I know you said you were also considering Vegas as a possibility but in my opinion Vegas is just too darn crowded and it has lots of crime. I think you would probably enjoy the serenity of Palm Springs better - and you are two hours from the beach or from the mountains. That's something you can't get in Vegas.

You would not be a fish out of water at all.
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Old 05-11-2007, 10:25 PM
 
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While stubbornly persevering in my attempt to sell my home in NY during this snail's pace of a housing market, I am continuing to scout areas, both in CA, and elsewhere, that are affordable, aesthetically pleasing {I prefer mountains instead of water},and not boring, yet not urban. {And low humidity!}

A townhome in the Palm Springs area is an idea that caught my interest, but from reading some threads on this site, it is portrayed as an overwhelmingly gay environment. I prefer a mix of lifestyles in a community, but I do not want to feel like a fish out of water because I am a straight female.

I work in hospitality and the area would satisfy some degree of job opportunity for me. I have also considered Las Vegas, but it comes in second because it feels too transient an environment, and even though I would enjoy the headliner shows in my spare time, I am socially not a late night club hopper. And CA offers a greater diversity of interests.

So, would Palm Springs be a good fit?
YOU WILL BE A FISH IN THE WATER AND WONT CAME OUT BECAUSE IT GETS 126 DEGRESS IN PALM SPRINGS SO BE CAREFULL
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Old 05-12-2007, 12:06 AM
 
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YOU WILL BE A FISH IN THE WATER AND WONT CAME OUT BECAUSE IT GETS 126 DEGRESS IN PALM SPRINGS SO BE CAREFULL
Uh, It's hot, but I can't say it's ever been 126 degrees since I've moved four years ago.

I agree that Palm Springs is fine for a single woman, though many of my female co-workers complain that it's hard to find a single straight guy in Palm Springs. Plenty of straight male Marines come down to Palm Springs from 29 Palms on the weekends, and I see all walks of life walking around Palm Canyon Drive. I do think Palm Springs is much more laid back than Las Vegas. Art, film, and architecture have much more of an influence in Palm Springs than Las Vegas. Las Vegas is more about night life, Palm Springs is more a place to relax and golf. There is a great demand for hospitality, but some companies lay-off workers in the off-season. Albeit, the off-season is getting smaller and smaller, with more people staying in the desert all year 'round. Palm Springs airport is building another terminal to accommodate the growing number of visitors to the desert.

I'm not sure I agree with the low humidity of Palm Springs. I live up in the higher desert ( Joshua Tree), our house is cooled quite well with only a swamp cooler and no A/C. I think people have to rely mostly on A/C in the lower desert Palm Springs area. When I drive down to my job in Palm Springs I can feel the difference in humidity going down the Morongo Grade. At least by comparison of the two areas, Palm Springs feels more humid, not a Florida type of humid by any means tho.
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Old 05-12-2007, 10:25 AM
 
Location: Coachella Valley, California
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You will have a little bit of himidity in Palm Springs because thy do have to water all the golf courses and keep everything green, but it is not unbearable. Unbearable is Texas where I'm at right now! My parents live in Hesperia (high desert) and it is not as humid as Palm Springs, but I doubt that you would even be bothered by any minute amount of humidity.

You may also want to check out areas near Palm Springs such as Palm Desert, La Quinta, Rancho Mirage and Indian Wells as there are resorts, hotels, restaurants and spas in those areas as well.

I have never had any problems meeting straight people in the Coachella Valley. Like I said, there is a pretty good mix of people in the desert - straight, gay, rich, poor, caucasian, non-caucasian, etc. You name it, we got it. But check it out for yourself and see if it's a place you would like.
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Old 05-12-2007, 11:05 AM
 
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Thanks to all. Your comments run parallel with my instincts in feeling that I would be happy relocating there. It seems to embody all the major points I am looking for. I will continue my research into the finer details, but I guess, like anything else, nothing ventured nothing gained.

... and follow your heart.
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Old 05-12-2007, 02:53 PM
 
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While stubbornly persevering in my attempt to sell my home in NY during this snail's pace of a housing market, I am continuing to scout areas, both in CA, and elsewhere, that are affordable, aesthetically pleasing {I prefer mountains instead of water},and not boring, yet not urban. {And low humidity!}

A townhome in the Palm Springs area is an idea that caught my interest, but from reading some threads on this site, it is portrayed as an overwhelmingly gay environment. I prefer a mix of lifestyles in a community, but I do not want to feel like a fish out of water because I am a straight female.

I work in hospitality and the area would satisfy some degree of job opportunity for me. I have also considered Las Vegas, but it comes in second because it feels too transient an environment, and even though I would enjoy the headliner shows in my spare time, I am socially not a late night club hopper. And CA offers a greater diversity of interests.

So, would Palm Springs be a good fit?
Relocated here from Northern NJ to Rancho Mirage, about 4years ago. It's been wonderful. There really is no humidity to speak of. All of the NY area is very humid in comparison.

What I would recommend is that you lease a condo, rather than purchase outright. There is a good selection (furnished or unfurnished) and this will give you a great idea of whether or not this area is for you.

Our whole Valley area is very diverse and growing rapidly. There are some beautiful resort hotels and lots of fine and casual restaurants. It offers great entertainment options at the major casinos, film festivals of every conceivable description, hiking trails, tennis, swimming year-round, croquet, and of course golf.

I think you'd love it! Welcome!
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Old 06-09-2007, 08:39 AM
 
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hi, myself and my husband will be moving to Ca in the summer, and we will like some advice on the rancho mirage area in terms of the price of rent, safety, and other things. we heard the southern part of ca is cheaper, are there other areas we should look into? Also would anyone know good hospitals to work as a nurse,
thanks.
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Old 06-09-2007, 02:22 PM
 
Location: Coachella Valley, California
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hi, myself and my husband will be moving to Ca in the summer, and we will like some advice on the rancho mirage area in terms of the price of rent, safety, and other things. we heard the southern part of ca is cheaper, are there other areas we should look into? Also would anyone know good hospitals to work as a nurse,
thanks.
Desert Regional Medical Center is in Palm Springs, Eisenhower Medical Center is in Rancho Mirage, there is also JFK Hospital in Indio as well as numerous clinics and doctor offices and urgent care facilities around the desert. Loma Linda is not too far away if you want to commute.

As far as places to live ... I would recommend either Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, Indian Wells, La Quinta or certain parts of Palm Springs and maybe check out the new Shadow Hills area of Indio. I would steer clear of Desert Hot Springs and Cathedral City is "iffy".
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Old 06-10-2007, 01:37 PM
 
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Try staying there for a few days. It's got a different feel...a fairly quiet resort town. Spring Break brings drunken college students. Yes, lots of gays, specifically old gays. The young gays are gravitate toward Cathedral City where the bars are. The heat...it sounds like you want it. It's intense. I lived in Vegas for 3 years and found the heat in Palm Springs a notch more. On Vegas, it's a rough town and doesn't sound like a good fit for you. Palm Springs is a lot quieter and much, much cleaner. It also has wonderful mid-century architecture. It's a mecca for Neutra and Eichler lovers.
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