Prices, however, are typically lower in the north end compared to comprable properties in South and Central PS. So its a matter of compromise. If you're looking specifically at a mid-century home, Racquet Club Estates is a phenomnal historic mid-century neighborhood- prices here have actually sold higher then similar homes in Central Palm Springs, because this neighborhood has really evolved over the years. Buyers will pay a premium for an architectural property. Because of the affordability of many homes in the north End compared to other areas, I don't think your resale will be specifically affected negatively.
As far as the wind, it is not constant. The main windy months are when the weather patterns change- in the fall and late spring. Most people buying a 2nd home in Palm Springs, aren't here during those months anyway. There may be other days throughout the year that are windy, however, it could be windy all over town, just the nature of the desert. If you're buying in a built up neighborhood, however, there usually isn't that much sand. However, if the house you are buying is adjacent to the open desert, sand will be an issue that you will have to deal with. Some clients actually LOVE living in the North End- the wind will keep your pool cooler in summer months. You also tend to have less bugs in the north end. The views I think are the best in the valley, in the north end of town because you can look right up the canyon where the tramway goes. There's also a lot of development going on in the north end, including the newly renovated Riviera Hotel which will be a hot spot for Palm Springs. Additionally, the Racquet Club is being restored with the reopening of the famous Bamboo Room. Historically the major resorts in town were built in the North End.
Best of luck with your decision. And I'll be happy to answer any additional questions, as well as give you a list of clients to contact that live in the north end, to get their own personal experience.
She lives in a great development and loves her home. It's a great new-construction house with tasteful 'spanish-style' architecture, solid build quality and a great floor plan. Purchased for a great price I might add. Homes are continuing to sell in the development so clearly there is a market in the Northern area.
No home or location is perfect of course. The flip side of the windy days are so many days are spectacular and a reminder of why desert living is so wonderful.
Sand in the pool, dust in the air and your lungs. Cars, houses and you get absolutely filthy.
Do yourself a favor and move elsewhere, anywhere, but the Coachella Valley.
If the wind doesn't get you, the crime, inconsideration, selfishness, and materialism will.
Don't forget, the desert is old people, gays and Mexicans.
I know many people who live in the wind tunnel throughout the valley, from North Palm Springs to Indio, and are happy where they live because of the other many positive qualities of their respective neighborhoods.
Regarding resale, price is the great equalizer. A home in a wind tunnel area will, typically, sell for less than the same home in one of the less windy areas of the valley. (Note: at certain times of the year, the wind and sand area annoying no matter where you live). As to the percentage of people who will not even look in Northern PS, it will vary according to the type of home you are considering. More price conscious buyers will still consider North PS because, as mentioned above, the prices will be relatively lower. For the less price conscious buyer, you will be eliminating a fairly large percentage of buyers.
If you are still interested in buying anywhere in Palm Springs I refer my clients to Brady Sandahl, a reputable, knowledgeable agent. If you are interested in the more central part of the valley, i.e., Rancho Mirage/Palm Desert, I will be glad to help you. Lynda Stefani 760-406-1063.