Saturday, March 17, 2018

Palm Springs, California Dream Home



Last year, during our stay in Palm Springs, both Pat and I fell in love with the Sol homes. With a price ranging from $700,000 (unfinished) to $1,000,000 (completely finished and upgraded), these dream homes was totally above of our income level. 

Pat and I have dreamed wishfully of winning the lottery to have enough money to buy one of these units. Alas, we didn't win the lottery. 

This video was taken by my during an early morning walk near where Pat and I stayed. Pat usually sleeps later than I do. In order not to disturb Pat I'll usually take a walk outside wherever we're staying until he gets up later. 

Folks, there is nothing (so far) that I don't like about Palm Springs. Of course I haven't been there during the summer months and the (I hear) God awful heat. Pat and I may make a visit there this summer to check out his newly purchased condo and to see what Palm Springs is like in the summer.

In the meantime, I'll fantasize about winning the lottery and buying one of these fabulous units in Sol homes. 

15 comments:

  1. If I win the Lottery before you do, Ron, I'll scoop up one of these homes which will be big enough so you can come and spend an extended visit entirely at your whim - and you can bring up to two others with you should you wish (though only two max, understand!)

    However, aren't these starting to look a bit brutal (exterior only) for this day and age? I'm sure their interiors will be far more welcoming.
    I should also imagine that not having one's own means of transport would make living here well nigh impossible. (I've never learnt to drive). Unless there's a taxi firm on one's doorstep - and if anyone can afford one of these units they ought to be able to afford regular long taxi rides too.

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    1. Ray,
      The units in Sol look fine. The interiors are fabulous. I took extended videos of the interior of one sample which I will post in a future blog. As for transportation, one thing I really like about Palm Springs is the ease of getting around. If you life near or in the main part of Palm Springs you actually can manage without a car. You can always call on Uber of Lyft if you need to go farther out of the city. I drive but I would never live in Los Angeles (even though I love LA) because of the traffic congestion but Palm Springs is totally different . No congestion and very easy to get around which is very attractive to me. Palm Springs if the first place I found where I could totally retire and still keep my car. I love Philadelphia too but would never keep my car because of the city traffic. But of course if you lived in center city Philly you wouldn't need a car as many older folks (my friend Don McKenzie) included who I visit twice a year).
      Ron

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    2. What you say about not needing a car here is reassuring, Ron. It's well known that LA itself without own transport would be intolerable, but I wasn't sure about other places. I suppose in time they'll all go in the same direction.
      I'll remember your remarks when my 'turn' comes round - and it better get a move on as time is running scarce!

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  2. What? Pat bought a condo?? Is he moving from Hamilton to PSprings?

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    1. Denise,
      No, Pat isn't moving from Hamilton to Palm Springs. He bought the condo as an investment. He will rent it out. However, we still plan to visit Palm Springs at least once a year. If the condo is available when we visit, we'll stay there. But hopefully he will have a long term rental.
      Ron
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  3. can't you sell the Delaware house and contents and make it so?

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    1. Dr. Spo,
      I could and would. However, I will not do so as long as I am with Bill. I would never put him through another move. Although he still prefers out previous Pennsylvania home, he's settled in here now. This is where I will stay as long as Bill is here. Should I survive Bill? Then all options are on the table. Palm Springs is extremely attractive to me at this time in my life.
      Ron

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  4. Anonymous7:06 PM

    When can I move in?
    Loved Palm Springs. I stayed at the Marriott Desert Springs Resort.
    JP

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    1. itsmyhusbandandme,
      First time I visited Palm Springs I fell in love immediately. What always held me back was that I thought Palm Springs was only for the very rich. However, someone of my modest means can live there quite comfortably.
      Ron

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  5. It's really fantastic that Pat bought a condo in Palm Springs. Congratulations!! (..only I shudder to think what those Calif. taxes will be...) The desert climate in P.S. is great, although the summer heat might knock you for a loop - - but it's a preferable alternative to shoveling snow (and falling on ice - as we both know). I liked your video.

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    1. Jon,
      The California taxes do give me a pause. Here in Delaware I pay zero sales tax. In California I would pay 8.7% sales tax. The real estate tax on the homes I looked at is about the same as I'm paying here in Delaware ($2,000). The big expense would be he monthly HOA which ranges from $280 to $400. At present I pay $300 annually. Still, I am seriously considering making Palm Springs my final landing, should I survive Bill. I am so tired of the cold. I can manage the heat (air conditioning). I also like the easy laid back lifestyle of Palm Springs. I would need that if I reach a grand old age. Too much activity around here during the summer season. Gets worse every year, so much so I have a hard time even getting out of my development where I live.
      Ron

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    2. Ron, I'm surprised that the Palm Spring taxes are that low! I was paying almost that much in Texas - and taxes there are SUPPOSED to be low.
      Palm Springs used to only be for the very wealthy. It's nice (and encouraging) to know that it has changed, so that others can enjoy living there as well.

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    3. Jon,
      Much to my surprise, Palm Springs is welcoming to all income levels. The taxes (school and real estate) are very reasonable. The sales tax is 8.5% (zero here in Delaware) and the HOA fees are high. The trick is to buy something that isn't on Indian owned land where you have to pay a land lease. With a little research, there is affordable housing. And Palm Springs is a great place to live. I love it!
      Ron

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  6. Ron,

    We can all dream. Palm Springs is beautiful! I hope you and Pat can fulfill your dreams. Maybe if you spoke to Bill, you could convince him to move soon.

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    1. Linda,
      I could never nor would I never make Bill move again. I will stay here in Delaware as long as Bill is here. If I should survive Bill (we never know), then there is a definite possibility that I could make that big MOVE to Palm Springs.
      Ron

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