Country Clubs in
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Country Clubs in La Quinta

The new "Old Town La Quinta" at the base of the La Quinta Cove, features beautiful Santa Barbara-style architecture, and is the place to find an assortment of great restaurants, jazzy clothing boutiques, art galleries, jewelry stores, a wine bar, home decor, and much more.

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Private golf course with 36 holes. Newish homes in the palatial style of Old Spain.


Griffin Ranch
(For Equestrian Enthusiasts!
But, sorry, no golf!)

Griffin Ranch, developed by celebrity Merv Griffin, had its Grand Opening on Memorial Day Weekend, 2007. Whereas many gated communities in the Coachella Valley feature golf courses, this community spread out over 239 acres, caters to horse enthusiasts. Not far from here are the two world class polo fields in Indio. Here at Griffin Ranch, there are four different residential opportunities to choose from, with various floorplans, elevations and features to add and customize your home, with architectural styles borrowed from Andalusian, Spanish Colonial, Contemporary Mexican and Italian Farmhouse influences.

The homes run from 2,559 square feet to 5,629 square feet. Mountain views provide a beautiful backdrop in the distance.

There will be The Saddle Club, a full-service equestrian facility where horse-lovers can rent stalls and hire professional care for their prized horses, a clubhouse with hitching posts out front, and bridle paths all throughout the community. Nearby are trails out to the Santa Rosa mountains for the adventurous. The Griffin Club will offer members fine dining, meeting and screening rooms, a wine room, a state-of-the-art fitness center, massage and salon services, as well as an outdoor pool and spa and tennis courts.

Call me to arrange a tour at 760-587-6009.


The Hideaway
Very exclusive, with 36 holes on the private golf course.

La Quinta Country Club
Membership at La Quinta Country Club is limited to 325 Regular Golfing Members at its private 36 hole golf course. Founded in 1959, La Quinta Country Club now has a new Santa Barbara-style clubhouse. Membership is by invitation only and each nomination requires sponsorship by at least five Regular Members.

La Quinta Resort

Semi-private golf course with a total of 54 holes. Designed by Pete Dye.
The Madison Club

This ultra prestigious club has a 36 hole golf course, designed by Tom Fazio.


Mountain View
Country Club

Toll Brothers developed this golf community which offers a variety of membership opportunites including golf, fitness, tennis and community pool, as well as a fabulous restaurant with a top chef. The 18 hole championship golf course was designed by Arnold Palmer, and flows throughout the community. The stylish semi-custom homes are influenced by the Spanish colonialist architecture, and offer the best of amenities and quality.


Palm Royale
This gated community offers an 18 hole public golf course which is very pleasant to play. These condominium homes are a bit older, but many have been remodeled and offer a great value.


The Palms
Once a date palm grove, this beautiful golf course offers 18 holes.


PGA West Country Clubs
Six Golf Course Communities, Three Clubhouses, Health and Racquet Club, Restaurants and Multiple Social Activities:

Nicklaus Course
Arnold Palmer Course
Tom Weiskopf Course

Stadium Course
The Legends
Gregg Norman Course


The Quarry

The very prestigious gated community The Quarry in La Quinta features a member-owned world class private 18 hole golf course designed by Tom Fazio, surrounded by fabulous homes predominately in the Tuscan style, with some exceptions leaning towards contemporay modern. The homes here are generally two million and upwards. Some lots are available to build on.


Rancho La Quinta Country Club
Located just off Washington St., opposite the start of Eisenhower St., Rancho La Quinta is a well established gated community offering a private golf course with 36 holes and the Cantina Restaurant.


The Tradition
Very prestigious, The Tradition is located at the very end of Washington Street, going south. It is not far from the funspots of Old Town La Quinta, and very close to the hotspot Arnold Palmer's Restaurant. It's for serious golfers! Golf pro legend Arnold Palmer lives here, as well as motivational speaker Tony Robbins. Most of the homes are in the traditional Spanish-style.

a 55+ gated community

Trilogy is a very popular option available to people 55+, aging active baby-boomers because there is much to do at Trilogy including golf (this is where the famous Skins Golf Championship is held yearly), tennis, huge state-of-the-art fitness center with a great big pool to cool off in and more. There are many homes to choose from, from a wide range of prices, in the low $300s to over a million. Some houses are a few years old and often tend to have the best locations, while others are brand new. Please call me for more details about this very active and popular adult community at 760-587-6009.

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Here is the latest opportunity to buy a luxury home, previously valued at over $1,250,000 and now there are 9 of these gorgeous homes, all of them over 4,000 sq. ft. on a half acre. The bank which owns them will entertain offers which are 40% to 50% off the previous values, and some of these homes are offered designer-furnished. These homes are located in the Vista Santa Rosa area in the sphere of influence of La Quinta, but with an Indio zipcode. The mountain views are great. Million dollar homes nearby. Two polo fields just up the street.
Amazing value!!!
Sneak a Peek right here, and call me for details at 760-587-6009:

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There are so many choices to choose from for buyers. With interest rates at historically low levels, this is a very opportune time to buy your next house. Please allow me the opportunity to navigate you through the myriad of choices and get you the best deal for your new home.

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Wendy's Tips for

Landscaping in The Desert

In general, I recommend low maintenance desert landscaping with an automatic irrigation system in place. With regards to palm trees, the Mexican Fan Palms (Washingtonia Robusta) are the best to use and if you are building several homes out here, you may ask to get a special contractors' discount from them.

You can save money if you get them all planted on one day at all your properties. 12' trees are a nice touch. If you get ones that are a bit too tall for a wheel borrow or trailer (anything over a few feet) , you can hire truck with a boom crane is about $250 hour.

Note of caution: avoid Queen palms because they do not do well out here in the desert.

Date palms do well in The Desert and are beautiful but more costly than the Mexican Fan Palms.

As for plants, I recommend lantana, which come in lavender or yellow, or a combo, for ground cover, and there are also lantana shrubs for accents. Bouganvilla shrubs are great for adding color to walls (wired up).

Oleanders are great for privacy in between houses, and reach as high as 20' sometimes, and there is also dwarf Oleanders that reach 5'.

Great trees in the desert are Pepper Trees, Palos Verdes, Jacaranda (with purple blossoms), and others. An excellent place to get plants and trees is Bob Williams Nursery in Indio (go down Hwy 111 and take a right on Madison and it's up there on the right hand side; phone is 760-347-6397).

There are several places which offer a great selection of stones, rocks and decomposed granite: J & L Material (one in Indio 396-5997 and one in Thousand Palms 343-1411) which I think is the best. Sepulveda Building Materials in Thousand Palms and Southwest Boulder and Stone in Indio are also good bets.

Cactus are also great survivors of the desert heat, and a few specimen cacti really look great. The ocotillo also an eye-catching, sculptural plant to scatter throughout your desert landscaping design. Yuccas are also great accents to add in.

For around the pool, however, I favor a more tropical look, so I recommend planting not only lots of lantana and bouganvilla for color spots, but also banana trees which can do very well out here in The Desert. Their leaves often get frayed as a result of the periodic wind storms that sweep the Desert, but it doesn't detract from their beauty. There are a variety of banana trees to choose from.

Try to avoid having bouganvilla or jacaranda trees overhanging the pool, because you will always have to clean out the flower petals from the pool. Hibiscus trees and bushes also do well here in The Desert, providing there is an automatic irrigation system in place of course. Sometimes birds of paradise do well. There are other options for plants to use, of course, and the sales associates at the nurseries will be glad to offer you some more ideas.

You may want to hire a gardener to take care of your landscape, and generally they start at about $100 a month, coming at least twice a week.