I guess I get a little defensive of this city, especially when I see comments like the one posted by Farinhite_451 who clearly has no current information on this city and doesn't bother to post their name. Desert Hot Springs has a stigma attached to it based on very old information. I live, work and volunteer in this city. My household income puts my family in that "top 3%". We feel safe here, we enjoy having a large yard, wide streets HUGE views of the entire valley and mountains and a sense of community found in only a few of the smaller country club neighborhoods on the valley floor.
Depending upon WHERE in Deert Hot Springs you are looking, it can be windy, that is true, but the nicest parts of the city are not in the wind. The areas tucked against the mountains are not windy, have elevations FAR above the desert floor cities that Farinhite mentions and stay cooler in the Summer and warmer in the winter (higher elevation=cooler, not in the shadow of the mountain=warmer in the winter). As far as dust goes, the entire Coachella Valley is in the Desert - ALL the cities get their share of dust, and when the Santa Ana winds blow during the summer, it is the valley floor cities that get pounded.
There is NOT a problem with meth labs in Desert Hot Springs and hasn't been such a problem for MANY years.
The City has a new City Council, a new City Manager and a new Police Chief and more and more volunteers pitching in to make the city great. This is the first time in ten years that the city is finally on track - something that someone who lives in Los Angeles would not bother to learn.
There are some areas (as any ALL of the Desert Cities) that I would caution any buyer about. ALL of the Desert Cities have their less desirable areas.
The West side of Desert Hot Springs and the Mission Lakes area are both beautiful and still some of the most affordable areas in the entire valley. Take a look at Mission Lakes Country Club and Mountain View by Mission Lakes. There are newer homes on the West side of town and we are seeing buyers who own properties in La Quinta, Rancho Mirage and Palm Desert buying homes here now. Those who live in the valley full-time know the difference.
The ONLY current drawback we make sure buyers understand is a lack of services. Some of the better shopping and most of the entertainment is in the lower valley. Well, I am happy to drive 15 or 20 minutes to get there and then come home to a quiet, friendly neighborhood.
I hope this very biased but very informed information helps!