There are some lovely neighborhoods in Palm Springs and each has its own history and character – with a dusting of celebrity magic! The Movie Colony was first developed in the 1920s as Palm Springs changed from health resort to residential area. Situated at the foot of Mt San Jacinto and protected from the strong breeze is The Mesa. This area has a rich variety of architectural styles, including Spanish inspired, mid-century modern and contemporary. Old Las Palmas also lies at the foot of these mountains and is a neighbourhood that has long been popular with ‘A’ listers. Vista Las Palmas is a stunning neighbourhood with iconic homes owned by equally iconic celebrities!.
Indian Canyons is enchanting as it was developed in the 1960s, close to a sea cove and next to the largest grove of natural palm trees in the world. In contrast, the historic Tennis Club area is the beating heart of Palm Springs, with a rich history and more than two dozen gorgeous boutique hotels. Twin Palms, also has a long history as it was the first area to be developed with modernist architecture.
Celebs love Palm Springs and the first hotel they fell in love with was The Oasis, which was built in a modernist design in 1924. The current favourite is the Avalon Hotel, with its elegant regency style and monochrome décor with colourful highlights in the guest rooms. This beautiful hotel has a lit courtyard and pool area and offers guests dining under the stars and is regularly frequented by Celebrities. L’Horizon Resort and Spa is another perennial favourite and The Rendezvous captures the glitz of the 1950s, with its boldly decorated guest rooms with portraits of some of the greatest stars. As well as hotels, there are ‘must see’ restaurants too, including Melvyn’s where Frank Sinatra was a frequent guest and had his own table – permanently reserved!.
Many celebs have preferred to buy a house in the area and these have included Frank Sinatra, Liz Taylor, Dean Martin and Elvis. There are a number of tours that take you to see celebrity houses. Many well known personalities still live in Palm Springs and it is possible to bump into Sammy Davis Jnr, Goldie Hawn, Barry Manilow or even Leonardo DiCaprio whilst you are out shopping!
How safe is Palm Springs?
There has been lots of press coverage about the level of crime in Palm Springs. This is true however, of any area that attracts rich people – be they residents or holidaymakers. The crime rate was climbing for a number of years, but this was linked to the increase in tourism in the city. In the last four years however, the crime rate has decreased by 24%, but it is advisable to keep an eye on your wallet and valuables at all times – and not let your guard down just because you are on holiday.
Is Palm Springs a walkable city?
It is easy to walk around the centre of Palm Springs in the sunshine and is in fact recommended, as there are great shops for browsing and coffee bars to relax in. There are special interest walks that look at the architecture, famous houses and unusual shops. If you enjoy hiking. there are ten great trails to follow in Greater Palm Springs. If you fancy exploring the different neighborhoods, renting a bike can be fun as there are plenty of designated cycle lanes. It is best to hire a car for enjoying the all the sights in the Coachella Valley (a distance of 30 miles) at your own pace.
What towns are near Palm Springs?
There are nine towns situated within 30 miles of Palm Springs and are strung along Highway 111 in the Coachella Valley with Palm Springs being the furthest point west. Collectively, they are known as ‘Coachella Valley’ or ‘Californian Desert’. They are all upmarket residential areas with golf courses, health spas and expensive properties.
The towns include Desert Hot Springs, Cathedral City, Rancho Mirage and Indian Wells. Indian Wells is the most luxurious of all and well known for its international tennis tournament which take place each March. A fun way to view these towns is from the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway which heads up through the Chino Canyon to the Mountain station with its café's.