We live in North San Diego and visit Palm Desert frequently. We often take what we call the crossing which is I 79 South to Anza and then up through Aguanga. It's a very beautiful and enjoyable drive. Not a whole lot of traffic but you can get stuck behind an RV or a semi occasionally.
But then with the windy and narrow country roads you really can't set too many land speed records anyway so we just relax and enjoy a beautiful drive. If you like a high desert rural setting you'll love this whole area.
As a manufactured home dealer, RE broker and contractor we've had the pleasure of working in this area over the years and have always enjoyed it except for a couple of months during he hot summer months June-Sept. Best to get with a local RE professional in the area as they really know their stuff.... more