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nicoleG, Home Buyer in Palm Desert, CA

Are south or west facing properties in more demand than north or east facing properties? What are the pros/cons?

Asked by nicoleG, Palm Desert, CA Thu Dec 27, 2012

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In the Palm Springs and Desert Area South or West facing is a premium location due to the influx of Snow Bird buyers.... They want that winter sun on thier back yard for every precious second of the day that they are enjoying their vacation property...
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I have represented many buyers.
I have not heard many ask me about direction.
I have had the feng shui thing more than a few times.
Many do like a view.
heck before smart phones folding a map was tuff for some let alone knowing direction.
Of course the direction is on the rear view mirror of many cars.
Now Personally I do like the bank yard facing the South for tanning or a pool.
I have to say with all of this said everyone is different and buys on impulse.

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The sellers can get more depending on orientation of views , etc....Being the S. /Sw views are highly desired, this can create a higher dollar for the seller... but not always.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Dec 27, 2012
**Actually have a related question - I know that the busy real estate season is about to begin; will we see many more properties come on in January/Feb and do sellers ask/get more for the West/South facing properties?
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Thanks everyone - we are just starting to consider a winter move this area (yes, Palm Desert - thank you John) and noticed that many of the properties take longer to sell when facing North or East and were wondering why. Makes perfect sense that those from the the north want more light especially in the afternoon. We would not be living in the area in the summer months due to our own great temperate summers.
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Hi Nicole, Judging from the location noted in your question I'm assuming you're referring to the Palm Desert area. Having been ardent and frequent visitors for extended stays in the Palm Desert and La Quinta area for almost 40 years we personally prefer the West, NW and SW facing orientation as we love the dramatic sunsets and long shadows that seem to envelope the entire valley from the mountain ranges that are so close by.

The most dramatic view I've seen in the entire valley is on the 14th fare way of the Arnold Palmer golf course in La Quinta where my sister and brother-in-law have a vacation home and spend most of the fall and winter months. The mountain range is but a long #1 wood drive from their pool. The sunsets are short and sweet and view is one of the most spectacular in the desert.

That stated, however, we prefer Pam Desert because we enjoy the variety of things to do there and the many fine restaurants there are to choose from. North and East or NE facing views seem a little less dramatic for us as there is such a vast and open desert and we much prefer the dramatic mountain scapes and long shadows of the evening. But then there are those folks who love the desert views which is a good part of why they choose to live there.

The only take away about the desert are the long hot summers. We don't do well in the intense heat and therefore don't spend a lot of time there then. But we have neighbors who are from Phoenix and they love the desert heat. At the end of the day it's all about personal preference.
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Hello NicoleG, The sun rises in the East and sets in the West. The West and the South sides receive the most intense weather in regards to the sun damage on homes. The cons of these sides of the home will have more wear on the roofs and sidings. The pros or cons are more sun light thru the windows and into the room.

Feng Shui homes will go by the diredtion the front door is facing but I am not sure of any particular property in more or less demand by the direction it faces. The best Feng Shui facings are SW1, NW2, NW3, NE1, SE2 and SE3. Houses with these facings are know as "Prosperous Mountian Prosperous Water" houses and are good for wealth and relationship. Houses that face SW1 and NE1 are also good and are known as "Combination of 10" houses.

This does not mean that other facings are inauspicious. When in doubt check with your Feng Shui consultant.

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Hello, It depends on what time of year it is and if you are interested in having sun at certain times of the day in your yard. South and S. or Sw will get more sun in afternoon time and in summer it creates more heat and sun for a majority of the day.
Most snowbirds or vacationers prefer the S, SW or West facing property in the yard they are using as they want the sun in the yard as we are in a place where you can live outdoors most of the day in winter and spring.
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Snowbirds generally prefer south facing properties. . . especially Canadians. People purchasing year round residences are not as likely to put this on their "wish list" as summers in a south/southwest faciing home can be very hot!
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